Friday, April 18, 2014 Nisan 18, 5774

By:
Barry Rubin
It's become fashionable to match the celebration of Israel's founding (part of the media can't even admit that Israelis are celebrating) with Palestinians' marking of their 1948 nakba , or "catastrophe." Yet whose fault is it that they didn't use those six decades constructively? And who killed the independent Palestinian state alongside Israel that was part of the partition plan?...
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By:
Ami Nahshon and Mohammad Darawshe
A quiet change is taking place in northern Israel among Jews and Arabs. Jewish and Arab municipal officials who only a few years ago resisted being in the same room together now are working on collaborative solutions to transportation problems, environmental cleanup, tourism development and job creation. In cities and regions throughout Israel, thousands of young Jews are studying conversational...
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There Was a Pitched Battle in Washington Over Israel's Birth Former diplomat Richard Holbrooke writes in the Washington Post ( www.washingtonpost.com ) on May 7 about the U.S. decision to recognize the State of Israel in 1948: "In celebrations surrounding Israel's 60th anniversary, it should not be forgotten that there was an epic struggle in Washington over how to respond...
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New York is, in tone and pace, one of the most Jewish cities in the world, and yet, most of time, you wouldn't know it from reading The New York Times . Of course, there are lots of stories about Jews throughout the paper, but they are not often about Jewish Jews. Occasionally, there are stories in the Metro section...
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By:
Douglas M. Bloomfield
What does it say about the Palestinian commitment to peace when the first American president to make creation of a Palestinian state a goal of his administration is told he is unwelcome when he comes this week to celebrate Israel's 60th birthday? When President Bush goes to Israel, he will be persona non grata -- translation: Yankee, go home! --...
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