A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:
“We could better the lives of hundreds of millions,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a speech this week before AIPAC. “We all have so much to gain from peace.” His rallying cry roused the commentators: "Netanyahu’s AIPAC speech was essentially, then, a well-crafted rebuttal of the threats and delusions emanating from Washington, which does not believe Israel understands much about the region and remains blind to its insights. Israel will manage regardless," wrote P. David Hornik at FrontPage Mag. "Obama’s strong-arming will never change that truth. He owes America’s closest ally in the region far better," said a New York Daily News editorial. Stay tuned.
Fears in the combative area of Ukraine are escalating. "Some say the recent street fighting in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, and the prospect of a nationwide civil war, could unleash latent Ukrainian anti-Semites. Others say the danger comes mainly from Russians who may assume a growing degree of control over Ukrainian society," reported The Jewish Week. This may be a no-win situation for them, argued Marc Tracy. "What seems to be consistent is this: Both sides are using Ukraine’s Jewish community as a symbolic pawn, in which the credibility of the other side can be diminished by accusations of anti-Semitism." Not many are optimistic about this situation as it grows more dire.