Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774

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Zalman Shoval
Though Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said that he has not abandoned hope for negotiations with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, present political realities within the Palestinian Authority and Abbas' own ultimate goals would probably make such negotiations another exercise in futility. At a recent conference in Washington, I listened to senior Egyptian and Jordanian diplomats and Fatah officials proclaiming an...
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By:
Evelyn Gordon
Conventional wisdom holds that Israel's international standing is directly related to its willingness to move toward peace with the Palestinians. Yet in recent years, despite previously unimaginable concessions, its international standing - far from improving - has hit an all-time low. Consider recent developments: • It has become acceptable in academic and media circles to question whether Israel even has...
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Media Clippings
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Back in November of 2005, The New York Times ran an article about fashion photographer Lillian Bassman, who had been, in the 1950s and '60s, one of the leading lights working at Harper's Bazaar, where her experimental black-and-white fashion images first appeared. However, as times and tastes changed, she fell into obscurity, and got to the point where she nearly...
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By:
Melody Amsel-Arieli
The ax is about to fall. From July 1, Israelis must live within their bank overdrafts. Yes, overdrafts. Half of Israel maintains healthy overdrafts, withdrawing more money from their accounts than they deposit - and with the bank's blessing. In fact, banks routinely grant clients once, twice, even three times their monthly salaries in what amounts to standing loans. This...
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By:
M.J. Rosenberg
At pretty much the same time that Secretary of State Rice and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert were discussing, during Olmert's Washington visit, the best means to weaken Hamas by strengthening Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the House of Representatives was overwhelmingly voting for a bill that, in the eyes of many in Israel and the United States, would prop Hamas...
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