Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774
Amid all the massive media attention that followed Israel's raid on a flotilla bound for Gaza on Monday, the juxtaposition of two stories in many of the country's newspapers the next day was more than ironic. The headlines in The Philadelphia Inquirer provided as good an example as any: "Outcry, crisis after deadly raid by Israel" was followed by this,...
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Arlen Specter's stunning loss in last week's Senate primary is quickly becoming old news. Pundits are moving beyond the analysis of why Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator lost in the final weeks to U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, the political upstart who bucked the Democratic Party machine and capitalized on the anti-incumbent wave flooding the country. But before we turn to the tough...
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Israel's acceptance into the prestigious Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is a welcome development at a time of increasing international isolation of the Jewish state. That the 31-member OECD -- an association of mostly wealthy democracies that promotes international trade -- put aside politics to recognize the extraordinary economic contributions of the "start-up nation" distinguishes the body from other...
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Talk about the intersection of religion and politics. Next week marks two important dates on our Jewish and political calendars: Shavuot and the Pennsylvania political primary. There appears no obvious connection between the two events beyond the convergence of dates -- polls will close on the May 18 primary just as Shavuot is beginning. But one shared question looms for...
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Despite Iran's twisted effort to hijack this week's nuclear nonproliferation conference at the United Nations, the United States and other Western nations turned the heat back on the Islamic Republic's obfuscation when it comes to its own nuclear program. But walking out on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his speech -- as several nations did -- is not enough. Too...
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