Saturday, October 25, 2014 Heshvan 1, 5775
After nearly a year in power, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas remains Israel's best hope for a peace partner. The problem, though, is that his actions still speak much louder than his "moderate" words spoken to the West. Earlier this month, Abbas named the newly opened Rafah border crossing in honor of a Palestinian terrorist who murdered five Israelis in a...
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Is the Bush administration losing its nerve in its confrontation with Iran over the Islamist regime's bid to obtain nuclear weapons? That's a reasonable question to ask this week after Washington endorsed yet another largely symbolic attempt by the European Union to appear as if it's doing something to halt Tehran's march to nuclear capability. The scheme would actually allow...
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The overwhelming anti-Israel bias that has come to characterize Middle East studies at major American universities is no longer the dirty little secret of academia. After the publication of scholar Martin Kramer's ground-breaking 2001 book Ivory Towers in the Sand, the momentum has gradually built for Congress to take action to halt the use of federal money to subsidize programs...
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The news that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon intends to bolt from the Likud Party to establish his own "National Responsibility" slate is an earthquake in Israeli politics. For many American Jews who have long deplored the intense polarization of Israeli politics and the impact that this divide has had on American Jewry, the prospect of a centrist triumph is...
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Thanksgiving is a holiday virtually all Americans observe and enjoy. And yet, there is still a lingering doubt on the part of some as to the role that religion can or should play in the festivities. That is a particularly interesting conundrum for religious minorities such as Jews, who rightly seek to maintain a distinction between the faith of the...
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