Sunday, May 3, 2015 Iyyar 14, 5775
By:
Jonathan Schanzer
Palestinian spokesmen announced last week that talks between the warring Hamas and Fatah factions broke down in Cairo, and failed to produce a national unity government. With heads hung low, Egyptian mediators told the factions' representatives to return to their respective fiefdoms in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip until a new round of diplomacy is announced. Hamas has...
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By:
Shai Franklin
So the Obama administration has affirmed its decision not to participate in the April 2009 Durban Review Conference, which will revisit the dubiously named 2001 World Conference Against Racism. We can take a deep breath and realize: The U.S. government engaged multilaterally, and the sky did not fall. In fact, there were dividends for Washington -- and even for Jerusalem...
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By:
Douglas Bloomfield
David Broder of The Washington Post, one of the nation's pre-eminent political columnists, said that the Obama administration "suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands" of pro-Israel lobbyists and "their friends on Capitol Hill" when Charles "Chas" Freeman withdrew his nomination as chairman of the National Intelligence Council. Sorry David, you've got it all wrong. The defeat was an inside...
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By:
David Magerman
As president of the Kohelet Foundation, and as a parent and board member of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School, I applaud the passionate support our community has demonstrated for the Saligman Middle School and the wonderful education it provides. The community's grass-roots efforts demonstrate deep concern for our school. However, while congratulating the community for its boldness...
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By:
Barak Mendelsohn
Hillary Rodham Clinton's first visit to the Middle East as secretary of state signaled a departure, though not a clean break, from the policies of the previous administration. Clinton pledged $900 million in aid to the Palestinians and her criticism of Israel's tight control of the border crossings into the Gaza Strip reaffirmed the administration's stated commitment to the Palestinian...
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