Sunday, September 14, 2014 Elul 19, 5774

Treat Iran With Contempt -- It Deserves Only That! Concerning the ongoing problem of what America should do about Iran (Nation & World: "Foreign-Policy Debate to Center on Iran," Nov. 16), I read the letter sent by Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to President Bush and found it to be childish in its approach to solving the problems in Iraq and...
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Media Clippings Back in the good old days -- meaning 25 years or so ago -- there was a wonderful Jewish magazine called Present Tense, which was published by the American Jewish Committee, the same people who (still) put out Commentary. When Norman Podhoretz took over at the helm of Commentary, he turned it so far to the right that...
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Opposition to Iraq War Trumps Bush on Israel In Jonathan Tobin's postmortem on the recent elections and the Jewish vote that went heavily in favor of the Democratic Party (A Matter of Opinion: "Reversal of Fortune Still Possible," Nov. 16), there was not enough emphasis on an issue that has been in the media for a very long time: Iraq...
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'Kristallnacht': Too Soft a Word to Describe Pogrom In reviewing Martin Gilbert's new book, Kristallnacht: Prelude to Destruction, Robert Leiter notes that the author claims that "the perpetrators saw in this name both their sense of triumph and their contempt: triumph at what they had destroyed, laughter at the thought of the sound of broken glass" (Books & Writers: "Kristallnacht,...
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Joseph Smukler
With the rapid rise of anti-Semitism around the world, and a growing list of Islamic governments and Muslim extremists actively sponsoring it, strong words from the leader of the Catholic Church are necessary. So when Pope Benedict XVI denounced all forms of anti-Semitism, he added a powerful and important voice to our fight against this old and very ugly form...
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