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Jack Weiss

  • Israel booming but helicopters may be an omen of trouble ahead

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    On a recent morning, as Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ratcheted up warnings that Israel was preparing to launch a major operation in the Gaza Strip, I stand on an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) lookout a few hundred yards from Gaza, as two dark Apache helicopters swoop down and...
  • Schmoozing with the Shammes of Shanghai

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The shammes of Shanghai is an 87-year-old man named Wang Fa Liang. I often write for this paper when I return from overseas travel, but halfway through my recent trip to China with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, I was at a loss for a topic. And then I played hooky one morning in...
  • An Open Letter to Harvard’s Stephen Walt

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    At an Aug. 28 Washington forum hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Stephen Walt of Harvard University's Kennedy Center and John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago expanded on their paper "The Israel Lobby," first published as a faculty working research paper...
  • Israel: This year, Last Year

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Marvin Hier, Jack Weiss

    "A month ago, we planned to send our kids to Nahariya for release," Eli Moyal, mayor of the Gaza-adjacent, Qassam-besieged town of Sderot, tells me.

    It was a great idea -- last summer I took my kids to Nahariya for vacation. We played on the beach and took a speedboat to the...

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  • Skip Beaten Path for Zipline Adventure

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    High above Kiryat Shemona, the Bekaa Valley to our left and the Golan Heights straight ahead, my wife and kids jumped from a cliff and sailed hundreds of feet on a zipline.

    Waiting to leap were two young Orthodox men. The first pushed off, his payot flapping in the wind as he held on...

  • Villaraigosa Would Make a Great Mayor

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    On the morning of Rosh Hashanah last fall, Antonio Villaraigosa accompanied my family and me to services. He had a busy schedule that day, and as the promised hour for the conclusion of services came and went, I told Antonio

    I would understand if he left.

    "I'm staying," he...

  • Lessons From Israel

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Natalie, a 17-year-old from Ethiopia, looks forward to serving as an army paramedic and dreams of a trip to California. Mikhail, an 18-year-old from the former Soviet republic of Georgia, reflects on his decision to leave his friends in a crowded Tel Aviv nightclub one hour before...

  • Lieberman, Easterbrook and Dearborn

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Sound bites from last week:

    "I am Joseph, your brother." -- Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), speaking before the Arab-American Institute in Dearborn, Mich.

    "Disney's CEO, Michael Eisner, is Jewish; the chief of Miramax, Harvey Weinstein, is Jewish. Yes, there are plenty of Christian...

  • Loss for Jews if Secession Wins

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The question has been posed to me frequently over the past several months: Is Valley secession "good for the Jews?"

    Truthfully, it's a difficult question to answer. Other current matters are easier to address. Is President Bush good for the Jews? Prime Minister Ariel Sharon certainly...

  • Secession: Rolling the Dice With Public Safety

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Any experienced law-enforcement professional knows that coordination and communication make all the difference in a complex case or threat situation.

    During my final trial as a federal prosecutor, my co-counsel and I coordinated the efforts of five federal law-enforcement agencies...

  • Reflections on Ground Zero

    November 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I had not intended to go to New York. Instead, after having helped launch Los Angeles's Threat Preparedness Task Force, my focus for the past several weeks had been on practical measures that our city can implement to be better prepared in the event of a catastrophe. My brother, who...