Israel turned 66 years old in 5774, the year that just passed. Some 8.2 million people live in Israel, of which 24,000 immigrated in the past year. Some 178,000 babies were born, and 42,000 people died. Jews make up 75 percent of the population; Arabs make up 20.7 percent. When...
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May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pmThe first chief rabbi of the Jewish community of the Swiss city of Basel was my grandfather, Arthur Cohn, after whom I was named and whom I know only through hearsay and stories told by my father.
For 40 years, my grandfather held the office of chief rabbi of Basel, a city to...
April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pmThroughout Jewish history, it has been necessary, time and again, to fight prejudice and false accusations. To mention just one notorious example, there is the blood libel of Pesach, which accuses the Jews of using the blood of Christian children for the baking of matzot -- a blood...
January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pmPresident Bush's historic visit to Israel and the Middle East can only delay the inevitable disappointment.
Why? It follows the enormous anticipation of the Annapolis conference
in late 2007 -- a conference the overwhelming majority of Israelis believe failed. Since then, the...
November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pmAgain and again, private organizations appear on the scene, promoting agendas designed to advance the peace process in the Middle East. In many cases, their intentions may be good; unfortunately, however, they generally lack a minimal understanding of the situation, and their...
March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm
The Palestinian film, "Paradise Now," which describes in an understanding way the lives of two Palestinian terrorists, won a string of important awards from major film festivals, culminating in this month's Oscar nomination as best foreign film.
How is it possible that such a film...
July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan for an Israeli pullout from Gaza and a few more settlements in the Shomron has found extensive initial approval among Jews in the Diaspora.
At first glance, this is understandable. The absence of a credible Palestinian negotiating partner,...
March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm
What are the limits for criticizing Israel? Many condemn the Jewish community's refusal to listen to harsh criticism, while others object to the aggressiveness of the attacks against the Jewish state. Both sides claim to express themselves only on grounds of their "love" and...
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Yasser Arafat is the one who gains the most from the Geneva understandings. The State of Israel is the prime loser.
During the past months, and especially after the acceptance of President Bush's "road map" to peace, Arafat was urged finally to take concrete and serious steps...
October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm
On Sept. 26, the Journal published an opinion piece by MK Avraham Burg critical of Israel's current government ("Leaders Stay Silent as Israel Collapses.") The following is a reply to Burg. To see Burg's letter, go to www.jewishjournal.com.
I've known you -- within our...