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Arthur Cohn

  • On Chanukah, four questions

    November 26, 2013 | 3:36 pm

    As the beginning of Chanukah and end of the year approach, where does lsrael stand?

    The nuclear threat by lran, the continuing unrest and tragedy in Syria and the troublesome ongoing peace talks between lsrael and the Palestinians, as well as new pressures from the European Union...

  • The truth about settlements

    June 26, 2013 | 6:09 pm

    Whenever the Middle East peace process is a topic in the news or in discussions, its factual stagnation is almost automatically blamed on the Israeli settlement development. It is one of the most controversial issues in the Middle East conflict. Even friends of Israel dissociate...

  • Some reasons for Israel’s skepticism towards the Palestinian Authority

    January 28, 2013 | 10:27 am

    The biased news coverage on Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, is frightening. It is therefore of vital importance to mention in discussions about the Middle East all relevant facts, in order to give the audience a full and balanced picture. I would like to illustrate...

  • Israel MUST rely on itself

    September 19, 2012 | 3:24 pm

    Once again, during the year that is drawing to a close, there was no country that was more harshly criticized, no state that was more frequently condemned than Israel.  

    “The demonization of Israel increased during the past year,” Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency...

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  • From generation to generation

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The 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...

  • Demonization—or peace talks?

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Throughout 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...
  • Peace in the Mideast remains an illusion

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    President 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...

  • OneVoice speaks mistakenly on achieving peace

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Again 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...
  • Double Standard Exists on Terrorism

    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...

  • Disengagement Now—No Way to Peace

    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,...

  • Israel Criticism Must Be Well-Founded

    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...

  • Jerusalem Roots Sustain Jewish Life

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I never created a professional work about Jerusalem. I didn't write about Jerusalem in the days I worked as a journalist; nor did I, as a producer, make any films about the city. Nevertheless, Jerusalem is an integral part of all of my creations. Such is the power of Jerusalem that...

  • Geneva Peace Plan a Win for Arafat

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    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...

  • An Open Letter to Avraham Burg

    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.

    Dear Avrum,

    I've known you -- within our...