Sunday, November 23, 2014 Kislev 1, 5775

By:
Judea Pearl
In the week preceding the Annapolis summit last year, Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erekat proclaimed, "The P.A. would never acknowledge Israel's Jewish identity," to which outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert reacted angrily with: "We won't hold negotiations on our existence as a Jewish state ... . Whoever does not accept this cannot hold any negotiations with me." In other...
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By:
Rafael Medoff
The recent Time magazine cover depicting Barack Obama as Franklin D. Roosevelt illustrated the widespread expectation that the new president intends to govern in the spirit of the New Deal. This perception has been reinforced by an Obama spokesman's confirmation that the president-elect is reading Jonathan Alter's book about Roosevelt's first hundred days, as well as Jean Edward Smith's biography,...
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The decision by the Democratic caucus of the United States Senate not to remove Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I.-Conn.) from his chairmanship of the Homeland Security Committee was a welcome sign of reconciliation in the aftermath of the election. Only eight years ago, Lieberman was the Democrats' candidate for vice president. But fate had something else in store for him and,...
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By:
Rabbi George Stern
Climate change poses a danger to almost every nation. Israel is vulnerable -- to the direct effects of climate variations and, particularly, to the political effects of the worldwide use of oil, much of it from the Middle East, which we are burning at mushrooming rates and which is (thanks to carbon dioxide emissions) the biggest factor contributing to global...
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By:
Benjamin Balint
Is Saudi Arabia, home to Islam's two holiest cities, and the Arab world's most conservative monarchy, experiencing a change of heart? In a campaign against extremists at home, Saudi courts have now begun to try 991 prisoners held on terrorism charges. A new government initiative targets jihadist detainees for counseling and religious re-education. And, last year, a Saudi mufti, Sheikh...
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