Friday, December 19, 2014 Kislev 27, 5775
By:
Martin Kramer
Behind the financial crisis was a well-practiced mechanism for concealing risk. The risk was there, and it was constantly growing, but it could be disguised, repackaged and renamed, so that, in the end, it seemed to have disappeared. Much of the debate about foreign policy in the United States is conducted in the same manner: Policymakers and pundits, to get...
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Barry Rubin
For years, India has been subjected to periodic terrorist attacks throughout the country. But what happened earlier this month in Mumbai is something new and different: a full-scale terrorist war. This is the kind of threat and problem that Israel has been facing for decades. What are the lessons for India from Israel's experience? First, India needs and has the...
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By:
Amitai Etzioni
During an off-the-record meeting in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 10, one of President-elect Barack Obama's senior foreign-policy advisers stated that pushing a two-state solution on Israel and the Palestinians had to take place with great urgency. This was because it was seen as the best way to turn around the Middle East (which he defined as including Afghanistan and Pakistan)...
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By:
Judea Pearl
In the week preceding the Annapolis summit last year, Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erekat proclaimed, "The P.A. would never acknowledge Israel's Jewish identity," to which outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert reacted angrily with: "We won't hold negotiations on our existence as a Jewish state ... . Whoever does not accept this cannot hold any negotiations with me." In other...
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By:
Rafael Medoff
The recent Time magazine cover depicting Barack Obama as Franklin D. Roosevelt illustrated the widespread expectation that the new president intends to govern in the spirit of the New Deal. This perception has been reinforced by an Obama spokesman's confirmation that the president-elect is reading Jonathan Alter's book about Roosevelt's first hundred days, as well as Jean Edward Smith's biography,...
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