Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774

Jonathan S. Tobin

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may know something no one in the Western media, let alone governments, seems to know. What is it? We're all bluffing. I had assumed that the ludicrous surge in interest in playing poker was limited to the United States, but it certainly appears that the president of Iran has managed to tie into one element of the culture...
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Focus on pliability of Sharon's successor ignores the real 'peace process' story
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A week into the post-Ariel Sharon era of U.S.-Israeli relations, some things are already clearer than they were just a few days ago. The first is that although the Bush administration is worried about whether any of the prime minister's possible successors will be as skillful at orchestrating territorial withdrawals as Sharon was, no change in policy toward Israel is...
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Religious rationales for policy positions ring hollow on both sides of the spectrum
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Though it seems as if the last national election ended the day before yesterday, the next grand tilt between our two major parties is once again upon us. The 2006 congressional elections are still 11 months away, but the Republican and Democratic war drums are beating loud and clear. As is the custom in our fair republic, both parties are...
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Tepid response to Spielberg film raises some 'Passionate' questions
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Whenever questions are raised about the accuracy or the truth of something portrayed in a film, the movie-makers and/or their public-relations representatives have a ready-made response. "It's just a movie," they say. The exchange invariably concludes with the film's people advising critics to "Lighten up. Nobody expects movies to be historically accurate or true." That answer has a lot of...
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Excerpts from international writers with commentary on issues relating to the Middle East, Israel and world Jewry: Roots of Denial Run Deep in Iran Columnist Jeff Jacoby writes in The Boston Globe ( www.boston.com ) on Dec. 18 about the extent of Holocaust denial in Iran: "Once again, the president of Iran repeated his foul lie. "On Dec. 14, in...
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