Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774

The Value of One Life As the current impasse in Gaza moves into its third week, Israeli politicians have begun debating the thing most of them swear they won't do: make a deal with Hamas terrorists to save the life of a kidnapped Israeli soldier. The dilemma facing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is an unenviable one. Either he must...
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Stu Goldman
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Both Republicans and Democrats may be led astray by activists on key issues
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Has American politics ever been more extreme or partisan? From the Republican scandal-mongering about the Clintons to the Democrats' anger over the 2000 Florida recount and the arguments over the decision to go to war in Iraq, there has been a steady escalation in the quotient of meanness and conspiracy theory mongering. Aided and abetted by new media like Internet...
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'Never Again' Was Never Far Away at Conference Phillip Rosen complains that at our recent conference, "Blowing the Whistle on Genocide" -- devoted to Josiah E. DuBois Jr., a non-Jewish official of the U.S. Treasury Department in the 1940s -- "not one of the speakers ... saw the relevance of the past to the present" (Letters: "A Historical Comparison of...
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Media Clippings
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Azure, an intellectual quarterly out of Jerusalem, has established itself in about six years as an indispensable source of new ideas about Zionism, Israeli politics and Jewish culture. It's spring edition, No. 24, is typical of its concerns. In "The IDF and the Israeli Spirit," Moshe Yaalon, the former military chief of staff, considers what the editors call "the greatest...
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