Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774

Jonathan S. Tobin

Time to take the 5767 Jewish pundit quiz on next year's news
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Did you enjoy 5766? For Jews around the world, it was the usual assortment of bad -- and even worse -- news. It was a year of war and suffering in Israel. Hamas won an election, and low-level warfare in Gaza was followed by large-scale war in the north with Hezbollah. Elsewhere, the bloody stalemate in Iraq continued, as did...
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Post-9-11 recriminations should lead
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This past week, many in the chattering classes devoted their energy to the controversy about ABC's television film "The Path to 9/11." Partisanship seems to dominate virtually every discussion these days. So it was no surprise that, just as Republicans have sought to minimize the lack of attention paid to the terror threat by the Bush administration, so, too, have...
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Santorum's fate could be decided by the Jewish community's political priorities
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For the last three decades, observers of American Jewish life have struggled with the question of whether or not foreign-policy issues should overwhelm domestic concerns in the battle for Jewish votes. But in November, this debate ought to get the attention of a wider audience. That is because it may well be on this seemingly arcane question that the fate...
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The notion of an Israeli 'defeat' tests Diaspora support in more ways than one
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For generations of Diaspora Jews raised on the idea of an invincible Israel, the last month has been something of a blow. While historians will probably have better luck sorting out the results of the recent weeks of fighting between Israel and its Hezbollah antagonists than journalists, there is little question that the result was a lot less than most...
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Islamo-fascists are fighting on several fronts. Can we focus on the threat?
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The discovery last week of yet another fiendish plot by British Islamist terrorists to commit mass murder against Western targets was notable in many respects. For most people, the plan to blow up as many as 10 cross-Atlantic flights via suicide bombers using liquid explosives will be best remembered as the crime that took restrictions on carry-on luggage to a...
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