Monday, September 1, 2014 Elul 6, 5774

Jonathan S. Tobin

Michael Levin's sacrifice is a stark contrast to contemporary American Jewish culture
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This week, a family in Bucks County is facing the ultimate tragedy. The Levins have lost their son, Michael, a 22-year-old graduate of Council Rock High School, who was killed in Lebanon on Aug. 1 while serving with the Israel Defense Force. The Levins are not alone in their grief. Dozens of Israeli families have also been faced with the...
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Bush critics need to acknowledge unparalleled support for Israel
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As Israel's counteroffensive against Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon heads into its fourth week, it's time to explicitly acknowledge one huge difference between this latest chapter of Israel's 58-year-old war of self-defense and those that have preceded it. Like the Sherlock Holmes story in which the key factor is the dog that did not bark, it is the almost complete absence...
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A lesson in false moral equivalence marks a new low in editorial misjudgment
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If there's anything we ought to have learned in the last decade, it is that the conflict between Israel and the Arabs is not so much a dispute about land as it is a question of hatred. What sort of hatred? Arab and Islamic hatred for Jews and intolerance for the notion of Jewish sovereignty in the historic homeland of...
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The conventional wisdom about the Middle East proves wrong again
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The world has been watching northern Israel get pounded by Hezbollah rockets live on TV -- and Israel pound right back. Dozens of Israelis are dead, and so are more than 200 Lebanese. The latter had the bad luck of being in the way of Israeli retaliatory fire aimed at the terrorists, who launched this latest round of warfare with...
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Both Republicans and Democrats may be led astray by activists on key issues
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Has American politics ever been more extreme or partisan? From the Republican scandal-mongering about the Clintons to the Democrats' anger over the 2000 Florida recount and the arguments over the decision to go to war in Iraq, there has been a steady escalation in the quotient of meanness and conspiracy theory mongering. Aided and abetted by new media like Internet...
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