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May 3, 2012

by Shmuel Rosner

May 3, 2012 | 3:31 am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the United Nations General Assembly. (Photo: Reuters)

What the Evangelicals Give the Jews

Jewish tradition has more in common with modern Christian values than it has with ‎the liberal attitudes espoused by many Jews today, argues Michael Medved in ‎Commentary Magazine.‎

In which areas, exactly, can committed Jews identify irreconcilable differences with ‎serious Christians when it comes to most significant questions of morals, ethics, and ‎righteous behavior? Does anyone suppose that our Baptist neighbors cherish the ‎centrality of the family less passionately than we do, or display a weaker commitment to ‎acts of compassion for the poor, or express a more feeble determination to repair a ‎broken world in the tradition of tikkun olam? Anyone who honestly believes that born-‎again believers neglect their obligation to “love your neighbor as yourself” hasn’t visited ‎their churches and schools and service organizations to witness the prodigious acts of ‎loving kindness that sometimes put our communal efforts to shame. ‎


Chris Christie’s Islam Problem

Writing in Algemeiner, Daniel Pipes and Steven Emerson take issue with the New ‎Jersey governor and possible running mate for Mitt Romney, over ‎claims he supports for Islamists over American interests.‎

In short, Christie has hugged a terrorist organization member, abridged free-speech rights, ‎scorned concern over Islamization, and opposed law enforcement counterterrorism efforts. ‎Whenever an issue touching on Islam arises, Christie takes the Islamist side against those –‎the DHS, state senators, the NYPD, even the ACLU – who worry about lawful Islamism ‎eroding the fabric of American life.‎


Electioneering

A seemingly perennial election season and policy-flexible politicians should not distract ‎Israelis from the real issues facing the country, says the Jerusalem Post in its editorial.‎

And when the superfluous electioneering din dies down, we’ll be left with all that ‎weighed heavy upon us previously – the threat of a nuclear Iran, Palestinian pressures, ‎the perfidy of the Arab Spring, our frayed socioeconomic fabric, the real estate bubble, ‎the cashed-strapped educational framework, health system, police force, public ‎transport networks, etc. None of this will go away.‎


British Jews must speak out against Ken ‎Livingstone

The former mayor and current Labour candidate’s skill in managing London cannot ‎overshadow his cavalier and often offensive attitude toward Britain’s Jewish ‎population, writes D.D. Guttenplan in Haaretz.‎

Whether Livingstone has truly made the transit from anti-Zionism to anti-‎Semitism, or has simply calculated that any perceived deference to Jewish opinion ‎would count against him among London’s far more numerous Muslim voters, I ‎can’t say. But neither can I ignore my own sense that he seems seem willing to ‎dismiss and diminish Jewish concerns in a way that doesn’t seem true for other ‎minority groups. ‎


The Dumb Idea Hall of Fame

Writing in Foreign Policy, Aaron David Miller take a look at five of the most ‎unconstructive moves in Middle East diplomacy.‎

Dumb Idea No. 1: Palestinian statehood at the U.N. The most woolly-headed and ‎inconsequential idea goes to the Palestinians for pretending (they actually may not really ‎believe it themselves) that action at the United Nations might help their cause for ‎statehood. Having tried this idea once last September with predictable results—a big, fat ‎nothingburger—the PLO may be gearing up again for another run.‎

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