Jewish Journal

Steven L. Spiegel

  • U.S. Could Play Positive Gaza Role

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Ariel Sharon stunned Israeli politics early this month by announcing that he had ordered official plans for relocating 17 settlements in the Gaza Strip and at least three more in the West Bank. He has ignited a political firestorm in Israel, as many on the Israeli right are...

  • ‘Road Map’ Critics Are Off Course

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It is astonishing that in America, many Jews are not heartened by President Bush's "road map" toward Middle East peace, officially made public last week. These Jews fear that Israel will be pressured to make premature concessions and prefer no diplomacy to one in which Israel would...

  • Sharon’s Election Brings Full Agenda

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In the wake of the tragic death of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon on the Space Shuttle Columbia, there was Ariel Sharon, the prime minister and prime healer, providing solace on national television. Just five days earlier, Sharon had won a stunning election victory, and it is clear...

  • Israel Maintains Hope Through Despair

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As we enter the year 5763, the mood of the Jewish people is justifiably dark indeed.

    It has been a year of increasing violence in the Middle East, growing anti-Semitism in Europe, hostility toward Israel, and a general air of crisis and ominous headlines -- a shared misery of...

  • The Best Defense: U.S.A.

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Jewish world is trembling. Ask American Jews who would ordinarily be visiting Israel. Ask college students who want to spend a year in Jerusalem, or out-of-business hotel owners in Tel Aviv. Ask the average Israeli who hesitates when entering a cafe, stepping on a bus or visiting...

  • Israel vs. Florida

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Trying to figure out the results of the Israeli election? Here's something that might help: compare and contrast what happened this week in Israel with what happened last November in Florida.

    In Florida, when the election was over, people knew less than they thought they did. As for...

  • Israel 101

    January 18, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    As Israel faces a continuing crisis, people who reach different conclusions about what course the country should take seem to agree on one point: not enough people, Jews and non-Jews, know the basics about Israel, the Palestinians, and the conflict in which they are locked. For...