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  • Israel Must Defeat the Palestinians

    September 20, 2016 | 11:17 pm

    There is a recent controversy over Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's comments about ethnic cleansing in regards to the Palestinian leadership process on East Jerusalem and the territories. During the 46 years of my turbulent but interesting life, East Jerusalem was my...

  • On foreign policy, Jeb Bush navigates between brother and father

    February 24, 2015 | 9:25 am

    As clearly as Jeb Bush has stated that he does not want his foreign policy chops assessed against that of his brother — or his father — his choice in advisers has only made things murkier.

    Of 21 advisers to the former Florida governor and putative presidential candidate named...

  • What Ramy knew about the fall of Assad and the rise of the Islamic State

    By Rob Eshman

    August 27, 2014 | 1:19 pm

    After a few years of the cold shoulder, I finally heard from my Syrian friend, Ramy Mansour, and his message couldn’t have been more clear: “I told you so.”

    Ramy didn’t use exactly those words. But his Facebook message to me, after years of silence, essentially summarized what...

  • George W. Bush to Speak to Messianic Jewish Group: Why???

    By Rob Eshman

    November 8, 2013 | 2:29 am

    There are only three possible reasons why former President George W. Bush has agreed to be the keynote speaker at the annual fundraiser of   Messianic Jewish Bible Institute.

    1. He loves Jews so much he wants them to experience the joy of being Christian.

    2. He really doesn’t...

  • Bush to Jewish leaders: I don’t trust Iran’s peaceful intentions

    October 16, 2013 | 9:52 am

    Former President George W. Bush told a Presidents Conference gathering that he did not trust the Iranian regime to change its intentions toward Israel.

    “I will not believe in Iran’s peaceful intentions until they can irrevocably prove that it’s true,” Bush told the 1,200 guests...

  • Confronting bigotry in all its forms: When is the word ‘Jew’ an offensive stereotype?

    July 16, 2013 | 3:51 pm

    An elected official in a small Florida town last week used the word "jew" as a verb to mean cheap or stingy. This set off a minor controversy which I'll report below. This hardly rises to the level of outrage triggered (pun intended) by the acquittal of George Zimmerman in another...

  • Supreme Court denies appeal of Holy Land Foundation convictions

    October 30, 2012 | 2:08 pm

    The U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal of four Holy Land Foundation organizers who were convicted on charges of conspiring to send money to Hamas.

    The appeal was declined Monday without explanation.

    The Texas-based Holy Land Foundation had its assets frozen by the Bush...

  • Obama and Israel: The record, the facts

    October 25, 2012 | 1:45 pm

    President Obama has been criticized for being wrong for Israel. Even in the third debate of the Presidential campaign, a lovefest toward Israel, which was mentioned 31 times by the candidates, Governor Romney managed to get in a couple jibes against Obama's Israel policy. "I think...

  • Debunking myths on Israel and U.S. foreign policy

    September 7, 2012 | 1:32 pm

    Nowhere are the urban legends and mythologies more enduring and destructive than those that currently surround Israel and U.S. foreign policy.

    Here are five of the most popular myths that are worth unpacking and discrediting.

    Myth #1: Obama is Hostile to Israel


  • Bend the Arc sends activists to push for tax cuts for the wealthy repeal

    August 23, 2012 | 11:14 am

    Nine young political activists have started out on an eight-state tour to push for the repeal of the Pres. George W. Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy.

    The “If I Were a Rich Man” tour, which started Wednesday, is organized by Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, a...

  • Barack Obama: A true friend of Israel

    August 3, 2012 | 11:05 am

    In three months, the American people will elect a President—either returning Barack Obama to the White House for a second term, or handing the reins of power to former Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney.

    This election will doubtless turn on domestic issues and the economy will be...

  • Members of Congress file brief to support Jerusalem passport case

    August 1, 2012 | 10:13 am

    A bipartisan slate of 58 members of Congress signed a friend of the court brief in a case involving a 9-year-old boy who was born in Jerusalem but was denied a request to have Israel listed on his passport as his place of birth.

    Menachem Zivotofsky was born in western Jerusalem....

  • Letters to the Editor: America, George Bush, Israel

    September 14, 2011 | 12:43 pm

    How Did We Get Here?

    Marty Kaplan’s “How Did This Happen to America?” (Sept. 9) is a searing piece of journalism. Money has clearly infected our democratic system of government. What Kaplan does is articulate when the line was crossed when cynicism became the norm. Somehow we...

  • For Daniel Agami, 9/11 attack was a call to service—and to tragic destiny

    August 31, 2011 | 2:28 pm

    Daniel Agami was working as a disc jockey in South Florida when the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 changed the trajectory of his life.

    Suddenly it didn’t feel like performing at events and parties for well-known entertainers was all Agami, then 22, could be doing with his talents. For...

  • Bin Laden's killing raises immediate questions of security

    May 2, 2011 | 10:24 am

    For years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, many Americans waited in fear for the next strike by al-Qaida on U.S. soil. But the ensuing decade has seen no more major terrorist attacks in the United States.

    Now, with the news that Osama bin Laden has been killed in Pakistan by...

  • Bush cancels Keren Hayesod appearance in Geneva

    February 7, 2011 | 2:00 pm

    Former President George W. Bush canceled a planned appearance at a Keren Hayesod fundraiser in Geneva because of planned protests.

    Bush was to be the featured speaker at a Feb. 12 dinner for the group, the daily Le Tribune de Geneve reported on Feb. 5.

    Keren Hayesod, also known as...

  • Not too shabby

    December 14, 2010 | 4:14 pm

    From The Jewish Chronicle:

    Six months after Chelsea Clinton married investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, the granddaughter of President’s George HW Bush has announced she is to marry another New Yorker of Jewish descent.

    Lauren Bush, niece of George W Bush, is engaged to the son of Jewish fashion designer Ralph Lauren.

    Read more The Jewish Chronicle.

  • Bush friend wins praise for Holocaust Museum role

    December 26, 2008 | 12:22 am

    As a close friend of President Bush and a top Republican Party fundraiser, Fred Zeidman knew that his appointment as chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council nearly seven years ago looked like a gift from the new president to a political crony.

    So Zeidman stood up at his...

  • Alan shrugged

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 13, 2008 | 7:35 pm

    What went wrong?

    Greed is only part of it. Yes, the people who sold subprime loans to unqualified buyers were concerned about their cut, not about ARMs spiking and home prices falling. Yes, the Wall Street wizards who sliced and diced collateralized debt obligations were greedy for...

  • Defending Identity

    By Rob Eshman

    July 16, 2008 | 11:28 pm

    Natan Sharansky's previous book, "The Case for Democracy," changed the world. It inspired a generation of U.S. policymakers and influenced President George W. Bush in his decision to go to war against Saddam Hussein.

    So when Sharansky's second book, "Defending Identity," came out...

  • Torture: What did we know, and when did we know it?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 27, 2008 | 7:19 pm

    “After years of disclosures by government investigations, media accounts, and reports from human rights organizations, there is no longer any doubt as to whether the current administration has committed war crimes.  The only question that remains to be answered is whether those...

  • In economy-focused State of the Union speech, Bush offers no new Mideast ideas

    By Ron Kampeas

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Just weeks after his first presidential visit to Israel, President Bush made clear his priority for his final year in office: the economy, stupid.

    If the president has a Middle East breakthrough up his sleeve, he was not ready to reveal it Monday in the State of the Union address...

  • Bush’s environmental legacy

    By Steve Greenberg

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 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...

  • Are Democrats Ready to Return to Power?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The American political system is on the verge of a major change. The Republicans are in danger of losing to the Democrats in the November congressional elections.

    Foreign affairs will be central to the outcome. Are the Democrats ready for their big curtain call?

    The Republicans...

  • Rushdie’s ‘Clown’ No Laughing Matter

    By Gina Nahai

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Shalimar the Clown : A Novel," by Salman Rushdie (Random House, 2005).

    Salman Rushdie is at Disney Hall, addressing a near-capacity audience as part of the Music Center's 2006 Speaker Series. He has come this March 1 evening to talk about politics and art, truth and...

  • The End of Bush’s ‘Jewish Moment’

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Republicans once had high hopes that George W. Bush would draw American Jews away from their historic affinity with Democrats into embracing the conservative party. They believed that Jews would be drawn to Bush's intense support for the State of Israel. Orthodox Jews, already more...

  • U.S. Must Refocus Democracy Building

    By Julia Fromholz

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The past few weeks have seen massive voter turnouts at two free, fair and largely peaceful elections. Yet neither election led to an inspiring outcome. Only muted hopefulness greeted Haiti's election, while the results of the Palestinian elections were outright alarming.

    These two...

  • Abbas Gets Warm, Cold Reception

    By James D. Besser

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas got a warm White House reception last week, but got a colder shoulder from Congress and few top items on his Washington wish list, starting with a commitment by President Bush to move forward aggressively with the stalled Mideast "road map" peace...

  • U.S. Needs Time Frame on Iraq Mission

    By Sen. Russ Feingold

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It's been nearly two and a half years since the president gave a triumphant speech about

    Iraq before a banner declaring, "Mission Accomplished."

    But while he was right to celebrate the skill and bravery of the U.S. military forces that deposed Saddam Hussein, he was wrong about...

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