Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774

Jonathan S. Tobin

GOP candidates' focus on immigration and religion misleads and diverts the nation
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Political consultants make their money in lots of ways, but one of the key insights into campaigns is not so much about picking candidates as it is in picking issues. There is little question that most Democrats have assumed that a war that most Americans perceive as a disaster would be the issue on which they could defeat the Republicans...
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Intelligence estimate leaves Bush nuke policies in ruins and Jerusalem isolated
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After years of trying to build awareness of the threat from Iran, the release this week of a new National Intelligence Estimate claiming that it has no current nuclear-weapons program has sunk the campaign to keep that Islamist republic in quarantine. That is not the spin coming out of the administration or from many of its supporters. Instead, some of...
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What the media is saying about Judaism and Israel
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Real Reasons for Mideast Conflict: What Are They -- and Why Scholar Bernard Lewis writes in The Wall Street Journal ( www.opinionjournal.com ) on Nov. 26 about whether the Arabs are really contemplating peace: "The first question (one might think it is obvious, but apparently not) is, 'What is the conflict about?' There are basically two possibilities: that it is...
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Distorting the meaning of this festival isn't a harmless holiday exercise
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The holiday hijackers are at it again! First, Passover was transformed from an inspiring commemoration of the birth of the Jewish nation during the Exodus from Egypt into a catch-all festival that celebrates the rights of every afflicted minority and fashionable cause imaginable. Now, it's Chanukah's turn. This year, more groups are again seeking to use the old festival of...
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What the media is saying about Judaism and Israel
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The Preferred Scenario? An Angry Iran, Not a Nuclear One! Scholar Jonathan Spyer writes in Britain's The Guardian ( www.guardian.co.uk ) on Nov. 9 about the danger of a nuclear Iran: "The possible emergence of a nuclear-armed, Islamist Iran committed to the destruction of the Jewish state is the key security issue currently occupying the attention of Israel's political and...
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