Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774

Reader's Lament
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Most people who still read magazines and newspapers love articles that feature surveys -- and the more outrageous the question, the better. The Webzines have exploited this sure-fire technique of the old journalism, and a most entertaining example appeared last week on Slate. Five years ago, the editors asked critics to discuss their "greatest literary omissions" -- "the most important...
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As the years pass, the open wound in the collective Jewish heart that was created by the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin has begun to heal. Though the murder of a prime minister because of his peace policies illustrated the tremendous division in Israeli society, for most Jews, Rabin's death represents a bright red line against communal violence that none should...
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Coulter and Evangelicals Need to Study Their Bible Ann Coulter's point -- that Jews need to be perfected by accepting Jesus -- simply articulated what evangelical Christians believe in their hearts, but avoid stating in order to make their message more palatable (Editorial: "Coulter Culture Shock," Oct. 18). By saying Jews need to be perfected, she is replacing the word...
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Naomi Chazan
The upcoming peace conference in Annapolis, Md., is unleashing a spate of emotions, ranging from euphoria, enthusiasm, wariness and aversion to downright paranoia. Those who want to see it happen fear its failure; those who oppose it dread that it will take place. And skeptics, steeped in the lessons of past experience, doubt its utility. These contradictory responses share a...
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Evelyn Gordon
Middle East peace talks rest on a fundamental delusion: that most Palestinians truly want an independent state alongside Israel. Granted, polls have repeatedly shown a majority among Palestinians for this proposition. The majority may be razor-thin (the Jerusalem Media and Communications Center's latest poll put it at 51.1 percent), but it exists. Yet those who seize on this as proof...
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