Wednesday, January 28, 2015 Shevat 8, 5775
It would be tempting to dismiss the anti-Israel ravings that launched the conference on racism in Geneva with a simple "I told you so." Israel and its global supporters would certainly be justified in doing so after hearing the not-unexpected diatribes of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as he opened the gathering this week. If anything, the tone set by Ahmadinejad...
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You have to wonder whether it's more than a coincidence that a U.N.-sponsored conference on racism -- widely expected to blame Israel for much of the world's ills -- is set to begin in Geneva on April 20, the anniversary of Adolf Hitler's birthday. Or that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has denied the Holocaust and called for the elimination...
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Israel and the West have much at stake in Turkey, which is why President Barack Obama's visit there this week was watched so closely. Turkey sits at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, a secular democracy with a Muslim majority, some of whom worry that an Islamic state could displace the status quo. Obama used his address to the Turkish...
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When we sit down to our seders next week, this year, as always, the central character of the Exodus story will be missing from the Haggadah. For many commentators, Moses' absence from the retelling of our journey from slavery to freedom only enhances his stature as one of the great Jewish leaders of all time. There are various explanations for...
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You could almost hear the collective sigh of relief emanating from Jerusalem to Washington to Brussels as Israel's Labor Party signed off on a coalition agreement this week with Benjamin Netanyahu. The deal means that Netanyahu will become Israel's next prime minister with the broader base that he had long sought, but that had appeared to elude him until the...
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