Saturday, August 30, 2014 Elul 4, 5774
Stroke of Fate This week was one in which the challenges to the Jewish people were made all too clear in one single stroke. Israel and its friends abroad were shocked by the news that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had suffered a mild stroke on Sunday. Fortunately, the condition caused no great problems, and the prime minister is on his...
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An accord was finally reached last week whereby Israel's Magen David Adom can join the International Red Cross after more than a half-century of unjustified exclusion. The reaction to this agreement by the State of Israel and most Jewish organizations in the Diaspora has been relief mixed with euphoria. But pardon us if we aren't joining in the celebration. Though...
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After nearly a year in power, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas remains Israel's best hope for a peace partner. The problem, though, is that his actions still speak much louder than his "moderate" words spoken to the West. Earlier this month, Abbas named the newly opened Rafah border crossing in honor of a Palestinian terrorist who murdered five Israelis in a...
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Is the Bush administration losing its nerve in its confrontation with Iran over the Islamist regime's bid to obtain nuclear weapons? That's a reasonable question to ask this week after Washington endorsed yet another largely symbolic attempt by the European Union to appear as if it's doing something to halt Tehran's march to nuclear capability. The scheme would actually allow...
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The overwhelming anti-Israel bias that has come to characterize Middle East studies at major American universities is no longer the dirty little secret of academia. After the publication of scholar Martin Kramer's ground-breaking 2001 book Ivory Towers in the Sand, the momentum has gradually built for Congress to take action to halt the use of federal money to subsidize programs...
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