Thursday, October 2, 2014 Tishri 8, 5775
Keep the Peace! Public opinion in a democracy is a volatile commodity. That's what opponents of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to disengage from Gaza and dismantle Jewish settlements are learning in the wake of some bad decisions by protesters. The spectacle of extremists blocking traffic or even seeking to disable vehicles undermined the sympathy of Israelis for the settlers'...
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To those who think that the Jews and Israel always must fight alone against their enemies, the latest crop of bad news has brought something of a silver lining along with it. The bad news is that the movement within the mainline Protestant churches to push for disinvestment in companies that do business in Israel is growing. Previously, the Presbyterian...
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The decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to allow certain displays of the Ten Commandments on public property stay and to ban others may strike zealots on both sides of the secular/religious divide as unsatisfactory. But the compromise, achieved by a key vote switch by Justice Stephen G. Breyer, was a commendable effort to strike a balance between the demands...
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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has used her latest tour of the Middle East as an opportunity to lecture two of America's regional allies - Egypt and Saudi Arabia - about the need for democracy. The Bush administration is right to press the corrupt and dictatorial leaders of both those countries to reform. And though progress in Egypt is minimal,...
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Apparently, Reason Pays Off, While Hatred Breeds Discontent British historian Paul Johnson writes in the June issue of Commentary ( www.commentarymagazine . com) that the Arab world has paid a heavy price for its anti-Jewish obsessions: "Over the last half-century, anti-Semitism has been the essential ideology of the Arab world; its practical objective has been the destruction of Israel and...
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