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  • Bush’s Arab world tour significant for Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    With its focus on strengthening the moderate Arab coalition against Iran, President Bush's tour of the Persian Gulf countries, Saudi Arabia and Egypt could prove extremely significant for Israel.

    From an Israeli perspective, the three key elements were isolating Iran, coaxing...

  • The Importance of Accessibility

    By Dr. Robert Wexler

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Although this was my third visit to the White House, the novelty does not easily wear off. My first invitation was to a prayer breakfast toward the end of the Clinton administration.

    The second time, I wasn't actually invited. I just hitched a ride as the guest of my close friend,...

  • U.S., Israeli officials see conflicting Iraq study ideas

    By Ron Kampeas

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    American and Israeli government officials agree on two things: Iraq has nothing at all to do with Israeli-Arab issues.

    Except when it does.

    From President Bush and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on down, the leadership of the Israeli and U.S. governments are simultaneously embracing...

  • Israeli police want to charge Katsav for rape; U.S. funding Hamas opponents

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli police want to charge Katsav for rape Israeli police recommended indicting President Moshe Katsav on charges of rape and sexual harassment. Katsav rejected calls to resign, and his attorney said Monday morning that he will quit only if an indictment is submitted....
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  • Illegal aliens; Dems and Reps; Shocked, just shocked!

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Illegal Aliens
     
    Roberto Loiederman's article, "Living and Working [Il]legally in America" (Sept. 8), achieved its desired results. The Jewish guilt arose in me with each passing word like hot gases about to blow off the top of a volcano. How can I deny illegal Mexicans and others...
  • Salman Rushdie Q & A: there's a fascination with death among suicide bombers

    By Erich Follath

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Salman Rushdie, 59, has spent many years thinking and writing about terrorism. In this interview with political author Erich Follath, which appeared last month in Der Spiegel and is reprinted here with permission, Rushdie reflects on why apparently normal young men turn to terror,...
  • Washington Now Linking Iraq, Lebanon

    By Ron Kampeas

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A funny thing is happening on Israel's way into Lebanon: Its war with Hezbollah is converging politically with the civil war now convulsing Iraq.

    In Baghdad, tens of thousands of Shiite marchers swore allegiance last week to their Hezbollah co-religionists; some even pledged their...

  • Mr. President, Thank You for Standing by Israel

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Dear President Bush:

    I never preach or write about politics. I think it is inappropriate for the rabbi of a large congregation to do so.

    Firstly, I am a rabbi not a political scientist. I do not presume to know more about matters of state than my congregants. I know they can read...

  • Gay Marriage Ban Could Alienate Jews

    By Ron Kampeas

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It's a familiar calculus in the relationship between the Jewish community and the Bush administration: a social issue that divides the country 50-50 has the Jewish community split 75-25 against where President Bush stands.

    On Monday, Bush strongly endorsed the federal marriage...

  • Abbas’ Move Challenges Olmert

    By Leslie Susser

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As Prime Minister Ehud Olmert presses ahead with plans for another unilateral withdrawal from the West Bank, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is determined not to be sidelined by Olmert's go-it-alone approach.

    In late May, as Olmert tried to convince President Bush of...

  • Israel: Between Iraq and a Hard Place

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The intensifying crisis of Iran's nuclear program is bringing into sharp relief the problems created for Israel by the radical foreign policy of the Bush administration. In a world filled with nations and movements hostile to Israel, the United States has long been Israel's big...

  • U.S. Must Act on Iran Nuclear Threat

    By Rep. Brad Sherman

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Outrageous statements by Iran's president calling for Israel's destruction put Iran back on the front page for a few days in October. Such belicose rhetoric should surprise no one; the destruction of Israel has been Iranian state policy since the 1979 revolution.

    What should be...

  • Libby, Judaism and the Leak Probe

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When Joshua Muravchik, perhaps the pre-eminent expert on the interventionist foreign policy that has become known as neo-conservatism, was looking for non-Jewish neo-cons to prove that the movement isn't pervasively Jewish, he naturally included Lewis Libby.

    "Non-Jews figuring...

  • Court Nominee Alito Through Jewish Lens

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The long paper trail of hard-hitting conservative opinions that Judge Samuel Alito has left in his wake is perfect fodder for the kind of left vs. right, black-and-white confirmation battle that this town relishes.

    For Jewish groups, however, the clarity of Alito's record fades to...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Paper: Israel, Vatican Close to Deal

    Israel and the Vatican reportedly are close to an agreement on church properties in the Holy Land. The Times of London reported last week that the sides were readying the agreement in time for a visit by Israeli President Moshe Katsav to the...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    More Gaza Aid Seen

    The European Union offered to boost aid to the Palestinian Authority for rebuilding the Gaza Strip. E.U. official Benita Ferrero-Waldner said last week that the 25-nation bloc, already the Palestinians' biggest foreign donor, would be willing to increase aid...

  • Faith-Based Hurricane Relief

    By James Besser

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Bush administration is dramatically expanding funding for faith-based groups as part of its hurricane relief efforts, and some Jewish groups are warning that it could blow a big hole in the church-state wall.

    "It's like the levees; once the church-state wall is breached, it's...

  • Jewish Groups Lose on Three Judges

    By James Besser

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Senate didn't go nuclear this week, which was good news for those worried that a proposed rule changing barring filibusters on judicial nominations could produce congressional chaos. But the news wasn't as good for the handful of Jewish groups that have been fighting against some...

  • Letters to the Editor

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    One Sided

    In your recent article, the Bush administration criticizes Israel's building of new homes in the Maale Adumim settlement as a violation of the "road map" [peace plan] ("Jews Try to Sell Withdrawal Plan to Jews," April 1).

    Firstly, these homes are being built in the...

  • New Study Breaks Down 2004 Election

    By Matthew E. Berger

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Newly compiled information suggests that a few more Jews voted for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry last November than originally reported, and highlights several areas where Republicans are gaining momentum within the Jewish community.

    The analysis by the Solomon...

  • The Social Security Fix: Pay Back Funds

    By Rep. Henry Waxman

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    President Bush has proposed the biggest transfer of wealth in history. He plans to use trillions of dollars in contributions to the Social Security

    Trust Fund to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and other administration spending priorities. And he does not want to pay the money...

  • East of Western— a Kosher Cornucopia

    By Ron Kampeas

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    President Bush is declaring his hope for a Palestinian state loud and clear, and no wonder -- it's almost the price of entry to the alliance with Europe that he urgently wants to revive.

    Some in the American Jewish community at first were uneasy about Bush's push for the...

  • Bush Touts Palestine in Europe

    By Ron Kampeas

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    President Bush is declaring his hope for a Palestinian state loud and clear, and no wonder -- it's almost the price of entry to the alliance with Europe that he urgently wants to revive.

    Some in the American Jewish community at first were uneasy about Bush's push for the...

  • U.S. Hedges Stand on Abbas Victory

    By Ron Kampeas

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    It was an invitation without an R.S.V.P.

    Come on over, President Bush told his newly elected Palestinian Authority counterpart -- but let's wait to set a date. The check is in the mail, I'm just not sure how much.

    The decisive election Sunday of Mahmoud Abbas, the moderate favored...

  • U.S. Wavering on Mideast Democracy

    By James D. Besser

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Last week, President Bush said it plainer than ever before: Palestinian democracy, not just an end to terrorism, is the essential precondition for any new U.S. peace efforts in the region.

    With Palestinian elections only a month away, the Bush administration hopes the vote will...

  • Is the U.S. Terror Threat Overblown?

    By Brian Doherty

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    President Bush has played the Sept. 11 card with his choice of former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik to head the Department of Homeland

    Security during his second term. Kerik's a man who had to personally attend the funerals of many of his own boys as a result of the...

  • Idea of Dumb Bush Voters Lacks Reality

    By Cathy Young

    December 3, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    As the furor over the election dies down, with unseemly whining from sore losers and unseemly gloating from sore winners, certain stereotypes of Bush voters continue to command currency among disgruntled liberals. One of them is that Bush supporters, and conservatives in general,...

  • Stakes Loom Big in Future of High Court

    By James D. Besser

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) gets it and so does the Religious Action Center (RAC) of Reform Judaism. Both groups have made careful scrutiny of the Bush administration's judicial nominations a top priority in the past year.

    Groups on the religious right get it, as...

  • Closing the Gap on Believers

    By Jack Miles

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Is religion more prominent or less today in American life? Is it fading away or roaring ahead? Articles about the conservative Christian influence in the Bush administration point -- often fearfully -- in one direction. Statistics about the disappearance of young adults in the 18-30...

  • Briefs

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Bush Signs Security Aid

    President Bush signed a law giving $25 million to protect Jewish sites and other nonprofit institutions. On Monday, Bush signed the Homeland Security Appropriations Act, which earmarks money for high-risk nonprofit institutions to be doled out by the...

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