Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Kislev 4, 5775

By:
Douglas M. Bloomfield
Despite his frequent threats to quit, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas doesn't want to be tossed onto history's garbage heap with the rulers of Egypt and Tunisia, so he decided over the weekend to shuffle his Cabinet and schedule long-postponed elections. Along the way, he also lost his chief peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, a 20-year veteran of verbal sparring with the...
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An Incomplete, Harmful Picture of a Serious Issue We write to express our disappointment with the Jewish Exponent's cover story on the decision by Beth David Reform Congregation to disinvite a Muslim speaker, Iftekhar Hussain ("Riding Rough Tide of Muslim Relations," Feb. 10). The article reported that the decision was related to the speaker's connection with CAIR, the Council on...
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A new day is dawning in Egypt -- and perhaps the whole Middle East. But where the sun will ultimately rise is still a huge and worrisome question mark. It was hard not to be transfixed by the euphoria in the streets of Cairo following the ouster of Hosni Mubarak -- and by the prospect that democracy might take root...
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The front page of the Feb. 14, 1986 Jewish Exponent said it all: A full-page photo of Natan Sharansky with a red block stamped across the bottom proclaiming that the world's most famous prisoner of conscience was "Released From Soviet Prison." Just three days earlier, the man then known as Anatoly Shcharansky had walked across the bridge linking East and...
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How About Vouchers to Cure Every Social Ill? I read in the arguments in the Jewish Exponent -- pro and con -- about school vouchers, and I am now convinced that we need them (Editorial & Opinions: "Will Vouchers Empower Parents and Students? Or Will They Limit Their Freedom of Choice?" Feb. 3). But why stop there? How about a...
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