Monday, August 3, 2015 Av 18, 5775

Don't Forget Volunteers Who Fought for Israel! Concerning Jonathan Tobin's column about a new film on Israel's War of Independence that includes fictional Americans fighting for the Jewish state (A Matter of Opinion: "Film Bombs in 'Jerusalem,' " Oct. 25), I'm a Machal veteran, one of the real American volunteers. I fought from Feb. 2, 1948, until July 20, 1949,...
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Edward Newman
The rabbinical head of the British reform movement, Rabbi Tony Bayfield, wrote in Ha'aretz that reform/liberal Jews can "bridge the abyss," and join forces with secular Jews in Israel and the Diaspora. The partnership, he said recently, should be "one forged outside the synagogue and rooted in the ancient Jewish perception that we worship God (believers, nonbelievers and agnostics alike)...
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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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What the media is saying about Judaism and Israel
Activist Sarah N. Stern writes in The New Republic ( www.tnr.com ) on Oct. 25 about the upcoming peace summit in Annapolis, Md.: "On July 25, 2000, I was in attendance at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy when Israeli Attorney General Eli Rubinstein had come to address the group. He had just returned from Camp David, Maryland, where...
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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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