Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Tishri 6, 5775

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Douglas M. Bloomfield
With all the bowl games being played this time of year, one should be named for Jerusalem - that perennial political football that politicians like to kick around in hopes of scoring an electoral touchdown. Israeli, Palestinian and American politicians are once again playing the game with gusto as elections in all three places shape up. Often, it's less a...
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Show Israeli Avengers as Heroes, Not Doubters “Munich” is not your typical Steven Spielberg movie (Cover Story: “Is ‘Munich’ Fair Game?” Dec. 22). Comparing this to the summer film “War of the Worlds,” you could say that the Martians won. The movie is a parable that believes “violence begets more violence.” Is that always true? The unstated premise of the...
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Throughout 2005, most observers of Israel were under the impression that a truce between the Jewish state and Palestinian terror organizations had created a situation where violence was on the wane, if not completely eliminated. With the second intifada seemingly ending with a defeated whimper rather than a bang at the close of 2004 as Mahmoud Abbas succeeded Yasser Arafat...
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Religious rationales for policy positions ring hollow on both sides of the spectrum
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Though it seems as if the last national election ended the day before yesterday, the next grand tilt between our two major parties is once again upon us. The 2006 congressional elections are still 11 months away, but the Republican and Democratic war drums are beating loud and clear. As is the custom in our fair republic, both parties are...
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Tepid response to Spielberg film raises some 'Passionate' questions
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Whenever questions are raised about the accuracy or the truth of something portrayed in a film, the movie-makers and/or their public-relations representatives have a ready-made response. "It's just a movie," they say. The exchange invariably concludes with the film's people advising critics to "Lighten up. Nobody expects movies to be historically accurate or true." That answer has a lot of...
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