Jewish Journal

Words Matter — Obama’s Next Challenge

By Judea Pearl

May 17, 2011 | 6:16 pm

Palestinians rally on May 15 in Ramallah to mark Nakba Day. Photo by Chen Xu/Chine Nouvelle/SIPA/Newscom

By the time this article is published on May 19, President Barack Obama will be putting the final touches on his policy speech on the Middle East, scheduled for the same day. Many see it as... read full article

  • The psychology behind the Ground Zero mosque

    By Judea Pearl

    August 28, 2010 | 7:40 pm

    I have been trying hard to find an explanation for the intense controversy surrounding the Cordoba Initiative, whereby 71 percent of Americans oppose the construction of an Islamic Center and a Mosque next to Ground Zero. I cannot agree with the theory that such broad resistance...

  • Daniel Schorr on Acting Against One’s Principles.

    By Judea Pearl

    August 2, 2010 | 11:34 am

    The following email was sent to Judea and Ruth Pearl in 2003 by ledendary journalist Daniel Schorr, who died last week, on July 23, at 93. It was written in response to a request for an essay for the Pearl’s book, “I Am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of...

  • Jews of Discomfort

    By Judea Pearl

    July 27, 2010 | 6:11 pm

    What makes fog float in midair, while raindrops fall straight down to earth? Physics teaches us that it is all a matter of “surface-to-weight ratio” — a simple parameter that determines whether soap bubbles rise or fall and how many passengers a jet plane can carry. The larger...

  • Seeking Honesty in the Middle East

    by Judea Pearl

    April 20, 2010 | 6:10 pm

    Of all the players that took part in the recent Israel-United States flair-up, I find President Obama to be the most straightforward.

    My interpretation of what the president was telling Israel is as follows:

    “I am prepared to live with a nuclear Iran, but, to contain it, I need...

  • Roger Cohen’s Game With Israel

    By Judea Pearl

    February 16, 2010 | 6:20 pm

    For the life of me, I wish I could be a professional analyst — someone who makes a living telling people what world leaders think, why they think the way they do,
    why what they think is not what they say and how we ought to act knowing what they truly have in mind.

    The nice thing...

  • Airport Profiling, Statistics and Mistrust

    By Judea Pearl

    January 20, 2010 | 3:53 am

    In the wake of last month’s attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner, President Obama has ordered intensified airport screening of passengers from 13 Muslim countries. This move has sparked a healthy public debate about targeted screening in American airports, its effectiveness and its...

  • The Miracles of November

    By Judea Pearl

    November 25, 2009 | 12:57 pm

    This month marks two monumental events in the history of the Jewish people — the Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917, the first official recognition of Jewish national aspirations, and Nov. 29, 1947, the United Nations vote for the partition of Palestine, which led to the...

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