Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774
By:
Michael Oren
Israel's interception of the flotilla attempting to break the Gaza blockade has been the focus of massive international attention -- and condemnation. In the melee of interviews, editorials and images, the basic facts of the incident have often been obscured. Segments of the American Jewish community were rendered confused and bereft of answers. Why, many asked, did Israel have to...
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By:
Lee Rosenberg and Alan Solow
Like the people and governments of Israel, the pro-Israel community in the United States has long sought a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through direct negotiations between the parties that would lead to a lasting peace agreement and Israel's acceptance by all its neighbors. The Israeli people dream of peace, and their governments have worked and sacrificed for it. As...
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By:
Jeremy Ben-Ami and Debra DeLee
Some people see the world not as it is, but as they would like it to be. Psychologists have a term for this: They call it living in denial. Sadly, denial colors the way too many leaders of established institutions in the American Jewish community look at Israel when it comes to matters of peace. Decades of telling and retelling...
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By:
Menachem Genack
The severe sentence of 27 years in prison for Sholom Rubashkin is a victory for a prosecution that from the outset pursued a win-at-all-costs strategy. But the success comes at a price, and not just to the 51-year-old facing a virtual life sentence, his wife and children. The government's handling of this case has sullied our justice system. One recalls...
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By:
Nathan Diament
Lynn Schusterman, a passionate philanthropic leader in the American Jewish community, has called upon Jewish organizations to adopt policies that will foster greater inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Jews in the community. In a recent piece published in these pages, Schusterman asked Jewish organizations to join her foundation "in adopting non-discrimination hiring policies that specifically mention sexual orientation...
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