Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 5774

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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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The 'Inconceivable' Misery of Displaced Gaza Jews I had just returned from Israel when I read Jonathan Tobin's column (A Matter of Opinion: "Why I'm Not Giving Up on Israel," May 25). At the end of our trip, we visited the "tent city" near Ashkelon that he mentioned in his piece. I agree with his characterization of the people there...
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The Begin Precedent Twenty-five years ago this week, the prime minister of Israel faced a wide-ranging dilemma. Menachem Begin was presented with evidence that an Iraqi nuclear reactor that might produce a weapon of mass destruction would soon be operational. He could have continued pursuing apparently fruitless diplomacy or waited in vain for a major power to act. Or he...
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Ignoring the international extravaganza is the right and Jewish thing to do
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Do you know where you are going to be for most of this coming month? Most people around the globe do. They are going to be in front of their television sets (even if they have to hike a few miles to a neighboring village) to watch the quadrennial sports extravaganza that dwarfs the Olympics in international interest, not to...
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