Saturday, January 31, 2015 Shevat 11, 5775

What the media is saying about Judaism and Israel
Scholar Amitai Etzioni writes on www.huffingtonpost.com on Oct. 4 that the main accusation of The Israel Lobby thesis is not backed up by the data: "To those of us for whom the claim that the Israel lobby is all-powerful is neither a well-established truism nor an ugly piece of anti-Semitism, the evidence presented in support of this claim matters a...
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Anti-Semitism Hits Home via Google
With growing anti-Semitism in Europe and in North America, the Jewish and pro-Israel communities are facing new challenges. Books like The Israel Lobby by academicians Stephen Walt and John J. Mearsheimer add significant fuel to the fire in terms of the U.S.-Israeli alliance and force us to take a more direct approach when we evaluate the facts. Recently, we have...
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An unpopular war doesn't dim the patriotism or the courage of our armed forces
After Israel's War of Independence, Hebrew poet Nathan Alterman famously memorialized those who fell in that struggle in his poem "Magash Hakesef" -- "The Silver Platter." The reference was to a statement by the country's first president that no one was going to hand the Jews a state "on a silver platter." In other words, it would have to be...
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Someone is always saying something outrageous these days. So when right-wing columnist Anne Coulter opined last week on MSNBC that Jews were "incomplete" and should convert to Christianity, it set off a predictable wave of outrage. But those who seek to debate the risible Coulter and to prove to her that Jews are quite complete as they are miss the...
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As the world contemplates the progress that Iran is making toward nuclear capability, the latest revelations about the Israeli airstrike on a site in northern Syria last month are beginning to put together pieces of a frightening regional puzzle. Front-page stories in The New York Times over the past week have reported that U.S. intelligence sources have confirmed what many...
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