Thursday, July 31, 2014 Av 4, 5774

President Bush's decision to go to Israel this week as part of the celebration of the Jewish state's 60th birthday is an altogether appropriate gesture. Israel remains the only democracy in the Middle East, and as such, is America's only genuine ally in a region ruled by Arab and Islamic authoritarians. The diplomatic focus of Bush's mission remains the attempt...
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By:
Asaf Romirowsky
Marking Israel's 60th anniversary has engendered much debate within Palestinian society about the Nakba ("catastrophe") and its celebration on May 15. Truth be told, the real catastrophe did not occur in 1948; it happened much earlier and it continues today under the leadership of Hamas. That is, the inability of the Palestinian national movement to create the political and social...
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True to form, activists and the establishment march in opposite directions on China
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Jonathan S. Tobin
Psychologists have sometimes used the Rorschach test for personality assessments. Whether or not reactions to a series of ink blots actually means anything or not is a matter of opinion. But when it comes to politics, there are some issues that function more or less the way the Rorschach is supposed to. Like the ink blots, some topics produce a...
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'Revisionist' historian's '1948' places current and past conflicts in perspective
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Jonathan S. Tobin
In the course of a lengthy essay in The Atlantic , writer Jeffrey Goldberg quotes an encounter he had with a Gazan imam named Ibrahim Mudeiris, who had just delivered a sermon in which he had described the Jews as "the sons of apes and pigs." Mudeiris summed up the current standoff between Israel and the Hamas movement which currently...
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The anniversary of Israel's founding cannot be treated as just another day on the calendar. Put simply, the rebirth of Jewish sovereignty in the land of Israel 60 years ago was the pivotal moment in modern Jewish history. The existence of a State of Israel changed the life of every Jew on this planet. It didn't matter whether you were...
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