Monday, May 25, 2015 Sivan 7, 5775

Dream On!
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It's been taken for granted for years - in journalism circles and in a good percentage of the Jewish world - that David Brooks, The New York Times opinion columnist, was meant to replace William Safire, who was, until his recent retirement, the only conservative and pro-Israel voice who remained. Some have said that Brooks is a liberal's idea of...
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Excerpts from international writers with commentary on issues relating to the Middle East, Israel and world Jewry: Can Centrist Party Bring New Sobriety to Israeli Politics? Shalem Center fellow Yossi Klein Halevi writes in The New Republic ( www.tnr.com ) on Dec. 2 about whether Israeli centrists have a chance: "With Sharon's new party, Israel's centrist majority has finally found...
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Sharon's earthquake changes Israeli politics, but will it impact American Jews?
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To hard-core Israeli right-wingers, Ariel Sharon was always the guy who didn't know the words to "Shir Betar." That was the hymn composed by Zionist legend Ze'ev Jabotinsky; it was the anthem for the Betar youth movement that always served as the core of the nationalist camp the Likud Party always claimed to lead. For those who idolized Menachem Begin...
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Reform Stand Ignores the Threat of Radical Islam As a Reform Jew, I’m deeply disappointed in the movement of which I am a part. By voting “overwhelmingly” to oppose the war in Iraq (Nation & World: “Reform Movement Takes Strong Stand Against Two Big Issues,” Nov. 23), the Union for Reform Judaism and my fellow Reform Jews have missed the...
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The overwhelming anti-Israel bias that has come to characterize Middle East studies at major American universities is no longer the dirty little secret of academia. After the publication of scholar Martin Kramer's ground-breaking 2001 book Ivory Towers in the Sand, the momentum has gradually built for Congress to take action to halt the use of federal money to subsidize programs...
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