Friday, September 30, 2016 Elul 27, 5776
The bizarre and unbalanced nature of the struggle of the State of Israel to defend itself against terrorist attacks was never more apparent than in the last week. Some 15 months after Israel withdrew its troops and its settlements from Gaza, the densely populated strip of territory is now fairly bristling with arms of all sorts. In response to the...
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Pundits are saying that one consequence of last week's congressional elections will be that John Bolton, America's ambassador to the United Nations, will once again be denied confirmation by the U.S. Senate. But that's only half-true. Many Democrats opposed Bolton and some, like Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.), deserve much of the blame for this. But Bolton's chance for a permanent...
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The General Assembly of Jewish Federations in North America met this week in Los Angeles. But as is often the case with such gatherings, the one item that makes a headline usually has something to do with an Israeli saying something silly. The latest victim of hoof-in-mouth disease was Jewish Agency chair Zeev Bielski, who managed to raise hackles by...
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University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann got more than she bargained for when she opened up her residence to students for her annual Halloween costume party. Like other revelers, student Saad Saadi had his picture taken with Gutmann, who was dressed as Glinda, the good witch of the north, from "The Wizard of Oz." But Saadi's costume was a little...
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Every time anything happens in Israel, Israelis always seem to ask themselves -- and everyone else who will listen -- how will this affect the chances for peace? It's an interesting exercise, and events, such as the entry of Avigdor Lieberman and his Yisrael Beitenu party into the coalition of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, make excellent fodder for discussion, with...
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