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  • Abrams: U.S. must address Iran’s threat to Israel

    April 28, 2010 | 10:58 am

    A former Bush administration official said he hopes the United States will address the Iranian president’s threat to “wipe Israel off the map.”

    “Israelis are living under the threat of annihilation every day,” Elliot Abrams, the Bush administration’s National Security Council...

  • Ha lachma anya

    By Steve Greenberg

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

  • Cheney talks Iran in Israel; U.S. strike seen as remote

    By Leslie Susser

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    With U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in Israel this week talking about Iran, the big question was whether President Bush would be willing to use military force in the waning days of his presidency to stop Iran's nuclear weapons program.

    The answer from most Israeli intelligence...

  • The other ‘N- word’

    By Jordan Susman

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Few words have the power to upset individuals and corrode a conversation more than the N-word. Its very use short-circuits rational discourse. Thrown around with frequency in certain circles, the N-word provokes and torments, gaining totemic power with each use.

    The N-word I refer to...

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  • Karl Rove lecture spins crowd animosity to admiration

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    The Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Studios was packed Monday evening for the second in this year's Public Lecture Series from American Jewish University (AJU). But the atmosphere was different from last month, when former British Prime Minister Tony Blair captivated a packed house...
  • The NIE, Iran, presidential politics and the Jews

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The release last week of the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran's nuclear ambitions stunned the nation's capital. After being buried for a year, the NIE has deflated the Bush administration's case on Iran by stating that Iran halted its program to develop a nuclear weapon...
  • Progressives should join Jews on Iran strategy

    By Andrew Lachman

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Iran's nuclear ambitions have emerged not only as a foreign policy issue but recently have become an American political issue, as well.

    In response to the news offensive by the neoconservative movement and the Bush administration threatening military action against Iran and without...

  • Subpoenas in AIPAC trial could reveal U.S. secrets

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Subpoenas issued to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and other top Bush administration officials could end up shedding unprecedented light on the Bush administration's inner workings and the government's dealings with the pro-Israel...
  • Henry Waxman: The Democrats’ Eliot Ness

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The sweeping Democratic congressional victories in 2006 have not translated into the kind of oversight many voters had hoped for. In particular, the Senate Judiciary Committee has been notably unable to penetrate the Iron Curtain of Justice Department resistance.

    The Bush...

  • We must not ignore Nuremberg’s lessons for today

    By Sen. Christopher Dodd

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Elie Wiesel once wrote: "There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest." Let history show that at this moment, we are failing that test.

    Half a century before the most terrible attacks our homeland has ever...

  • How Walt and Mearsheimer’s book got the pro-Israel lobby wrong

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Covering Israel, its relationship with the United States and the influential lobby that straddles the two often requires the basic skills and instincts of a cub reporter on the neighborhood beat.

    With that in mind, I approached "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy," the new book...

  • Bush picks Orthodox Mukasey for Attorney General

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In the aftermath of her son Ari's murder by an Arab gunman on the Brooklyn Bridge in 1994, Devorah Halberstam was introduced to a federal judge for the Southern District of New York with a longstanding interest in terrorism-related issues.

    In the years since, Judge Michael Mukasey...

  • 5767: News of the Jewish year in review

    By Justin Sulsky

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Here's a chronology of some of the top news items of the past year:

    September 2006

    • Yeshiva University announced that its immediate past chairman, fertilizer and oil magnate Ronald Stanton, was giving $100 million to the school -- believed to be the highest amount of money ever...

  • No child left behind?

    By Steve Greenberg

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

  • Help Bush

    By Rob Eshman

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    George W. Bush has one last chance to leave behind a great legacy in the Middle East, and I want to help him. He has a year and a half left to support and encourage agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and to midwife and recognize the state of Palestine.

    Call this...

  • Islamofascism and the GOP

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Republicans are now telling us that America (and Israel) face a mortal threat from "global Islamofascism." Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Vt.) has been blasting Democrats for not "recognizing" this threat. Get used to it, because this is going to be the frame for the Republican presidential...
  • Bush’s ‘neocons’: far from the best and the brightest

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A significant shift in American political history occurred in the late 1960s and early 1970s when a group of "Cold War intellectuals," a number of whom were Jewish, defected from the liberal mainstream of the Democratic Party.

    Alienated by the anti-war movement and by what they saw...

  • L.A. Persian Jews and Muslims oppose bombing Iran

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In recent weeks, calls for possible strikes against Iran by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and other government officials have caused alarm among some local Iranian Jews and Muslims familiar with the Tehran regime.

    Iranian American experts on Iran's fundamentalist Islamic...
  • Only democratization can fight Islamists

    By Paul Kujawsky

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Natan Sharansky's June 5-6 Democracy and Security Conference in Prague could reinvigorate the commitment of the United States to support the growth of liberal democracy. If not, the Islamists win a crucial advantage.

    There are two basic foreign policy philosophies. The idealist...

  • U.S. Jewish leaders skeptical on funding for Abbas

    By Ron Kampeas

    June 21, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It took little time for the Bush administration to come up with answers to the radically changed Palestinian reality: Fund and engage with the new moderate Palestinian Authority government.

    Yet those answers raised questions for some of Israel's Jewish supporters across the political...

  • Iran nuclear threat: What to do?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As the wild ride known as the Bush Administration careens toward its end, the only question remaining is whether the president will order an attack on Iran. Mired in the endless quagmire of Iraq, desperate for some military success, Bush might try to salvage his wounded sense of...
  • Letters

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Birds and Bees

    Three cheers for the gutsy parent who spoke up about the sexual ethics program at Alonim. ("Beyond the Birds and the Bees," July 17). I was a CIT at Alonim 45 years ago during the "golden days," when founding pioneer Dr. Shlomo Bardin was running the camp.

    We had...

  • U.S. Mistakes Worsen Iran Situation

    By H. David Nahai

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The recent runoff election in Iran catapulted the ultra-conservative mayor of Tehran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, onto the international stage and set off a blaze of speculation. But while the face of the presidency may have changed, the soul of the regime has not.

    From the vantage point...

  • Policy Clash Grows on Settlement Issue

    By Leslie Susser

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    On the surface, it seems that the recent public quarrel between Israel and the Bush administration over Jewish settlement blocs in the West Bank could have been put off until Israelis and Palestinians get around to negotiating permanent borders.

    But underlying the exchanges are...

  • Jews Try to Sell Withdrawal Plan to Jews

    By Ron Kampeas

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The hardest sell for American Jewish groups signed on to promote Israel's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip might be other Jews.

    Many of the major Jewish religious streams, lobbying groups and civil rights groups are encouraging the Bush administration, lawmakers and...

  • Study Points to Big Church-State Shift

    By James D. Besser

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A new study reveals that the Bush administration is succeeding beyond the most optimistic projections of supporters -- and the most pessimistic fears of critics -- in funneling government social service dollars to religious groups, despite the refusal of Congress to pass most of its...

  • Gaza Plan Foes Face Evangelical Aid Loss

    By James D. Besser

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    With the Gaza disengagement plan picking up momentum and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon getting set to pitch the proposal to the Bush administration at Camp David next week, right-wing Jewish groups are counterattacking, hoping to forestall U.S. support for the plan. Their partners in...

  • Speaking Truth to Power—Not

    By James D. Besser

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There's nothing bashful about Jewish organizations, but in 2004, many suddenly go mute if the subject involves potential conflict with the Bush administration. 

    The silence epidemic has been particularly evident in the ongoing Capitol Hill battles over President Bush's proposals...

  • Bribe Charges Cloud

    By Leslie Susser

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The state prosecutor's recommendation to indict Ariel Sharon on bribery charges came just as the Israeli prime minister was putting the finishing touches on his plan for Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank.

    If Attorney General Menachem Mazuz decides to...

  • Slaying Raises U.S. Peace Plan Concern

    By Ron Kampeas

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The death of Sheik Ahmad Yassin will pave the way to Palestinian moderation, Israel and its friends in Washington say.

    But others, including Bush administration officials, are worried that the road just got a lot bumpier.

    The United States scrambled Monday to reassure the world --...

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