Former Senator Arlen Specter speaking at a news conference in Washington D.C., November 2004. (Photo: Reuters)
Arlen Specter, A Fiercely Independent American Original
Jane Eisner of the Forward pays tribute to the veteran Jewish senator who walked both sides of the political aisle.
Specter’s Jewishness was the kind born of the immigrant experience, of being raised in the only Jewish family in a small Kansan town, and of fighting his way into the political arena in Philadelphia just when Jews were at the brink of acceptance. It translated politically into staunch support for Israel, for the separation of religion and state, and the preservation of civil liberties. It translated personally into support for Jewish institutions in the city he called home for decades.
If Israel Strikes Iran, What About Hezbollah?
When contemplating an assault on Iran's nuclear facilties, Israel must take into account the real damage that Hezbollah could do, writes J. Michael Cole in The Diplomat.
But perhaps no single factor, besides Iran’s nuclear program itself, will be as important in influencing Israel’s strategic assessment as the realization that attacking Iran risks sparking a war on several fronts; that is, one that not only invites retaliation from Iran, but very likely from its regional ally and sometimes proxy, Hezbollah.
Elections season has only just begun
Dan Margalit of Israel Hayom ponders the political maneuvering that is the trademark of Israeli elections.
Elections always provide a license to vilify, exaggerate, offend, make vain, swear to lies, spread charms and theories, mock friends and be photographed smirking with enemies (just wait for the photograph of the hug between Eli Yishai and Aryeh Deri when they are forced to run on the same [Shas] list).