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  • President Obama, is Turkey a Democracy?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 5, 2013 | 7:51 am

    If you had a chance to take a look at our new Israel Factor survey you might have noticed that besides the questions related to presidential candidates, we also included a question on policy: "Please rank the Obama administration’s policy on the following topics from 1 (terrible...

  • Romney: Israeli-Palestinian conflict ‘unsolvable’ [VIDEO]

    September 18, 2012 | 1:52 pm

    [JTA] Mitt Romney told fundraisers in a private meeting that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was "unsolvable" and that his strategy would be to "kick the ball down the field."

    "I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the...

  • At What Cost?

    By David Mamet

    July 25, 2012 | 12:44 pm

    It has been suggested that the purpose of a college education is to ease the transition into adulthood. After several decades teaching college-age students, I would agree, only substituting delay and prevent for ease.

    Eric Hoffer wrote in “The Ordeal of Change” (1963) that the...

  • Opinion: The case for bombing Iran Is quickly collapsing

    March 20, 2012 | 12:32 pm

    One critical element leads me to the conclusion that the United States will not go to war with Iran, nor allow Israel to do so. It is this: common sense.

    It is true, of course, that common sense dictated against invading Iraq. But the very fact that we did invade Iraq, and that the...

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  • Iran policy reveals split between U.S. Jewish and Israeli left

    September 7, 2009 | 5:23 pm

    Israel’s highest-ranking female soldier, Brig. Gen. Yisraela Oron, was sounding all the right notes for her J Street hosts.

    At the tail end of a U.S. tour for the left-wing pro-Israel lobby, Oron was lending her considerable security credentials to its platform: a two-state...

  • Analysis: Gaza crisis is opportunity for Obama

    By Ron Kampeas

    December 29, 2008 | 7:55 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Does the mini-war underway between Israel and Hamas in and around the Gaza Strip present President-elect Barack Obama's incoming administration with a crisis or an opportunity?

    Israel's aerial bombardment, the most intensive in the Gaza Strip in the history of the...

  • LAST LOOK: Where do McCain and Obama stand on the issues?

    November 3, 2008 | 11:27 pm

    DOMESTIC POLICY

    ABORTION

    Abortion is an area of sharp disagreement between the two candidates. Obama said during the Oct. 15 presidential debate that he believes Roe v. Wade was “rightly decided,” although “good people on both sides can disagree.” He added that “women in...

  • ANALYSIS: Who advises McCain and Obama?

    By Ron Kampeas

    October 28, 2008 | 5:50 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA) -- When the question of recognizing Israel landed on President Harry Truman's desk in May 1948, he had to balance the advice of his old friend, Clark Clifford, against the general he deeply admired, George Marshall.

    In the end Truman went with his friend,...
  • McCain advisors:
    No to Syria talks, little interest in Middle East peace process

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 22, 2008 | 5:17 pm

    LEESBURG, Va. (JTA)—A McCain administration would discourage Israeli-Syrian peace talks and refrain from actively engaging in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

    That was the message delivered over the weekend by two McCain advisers—Max Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on...

  • John McCain is in big trouble

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    September 21, 2008 | 4:22 pm

    Even from Paris, I can tell that John McCain is in big trouble. 

    As the Wall Street crisis hit like a tidal wave, Obama’s support has jumped.  Meanwhile, Sarah Palin’s support has dropped like a stone.  The ABC talking heads tore McCain apart this morning.  (I can pick this up...

  • James Baker says Bush’s Syria policy is ‘ridiculous’; Sobell finally gives it up

    September 17, 2008 | 9:39 pm

    Baker Calls Bush 'Ridiculous' on Syria

    The Bush administration's refusal to deal with Syria is "ridiculous," said James Baker, a former U.S. secretary of state.

    Five former secretaries of state met Monday under the auspices of CNN to discuss what advice they would give the next...

  • Ehud Olmert should be indicted, Israeli police tell prosecutors

    September 8, 2008 | 4:17 am

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—Ehud Olmert should be indicted on corruption charges, Israeli police recommended Sunday.

    Bribery is the most serious of the charges that police recommended against the prime minister to Attorney General Menachem Mazuz. Others include fraud, breach of trust and money...

  • McCain accepts nomination, offers little new on Israel, Iran

    September 5, 2008 | 5:04 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (JTA)—John McCain used his convention speech Thursday to unveil his game plan for claiming the mantle of real change: Shore up support among conservatives by touting traditional Republican positions while appealing to undecided voters by criticizing his party’s...

  • Biden, Palin lead campaign clash on Mideast

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 4, 2008 | 5:25 pm

    ST. PAUL (JTA)—The two vice-presidential candidates led the way Wednesday as the Obama and McCain campaigns worked to draw clear battle lines on Iran and Israel.

    In a highly anticipated speech at the Republican National Convention, Alaska Gov. and vice presidential nominee Sarah...

  • GOP platform offers strong support for Israel, veers right domestically

    September 3, 2008 | 1:27 am

    MINNEAPOLIS (JTA)—John McCain’s Jewish supporters characterize him as a Republican maverick who shares his party’s bedrock support for Israel and combating anti-Semitism. Critics dismiss him as the standard-bearer of a staunchly conservative party at odds with the Jewish...

  • Beyond sicko

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 16, 2008 | 10:53 pm

    Because this was happening a short taxi ride from the White House, I half expected someone from Dick Cheney's office to burst in at any moment, grab the microphone and proclaim the conference kaput, dissolved like an inconvenient parliament.

    "I think this may be the best day of my...

  • Reversal of fortune: The Mexican immigrant shift

    June 26, 2008 | 11:31 am

    "Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans and Vagabonds: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America" by Gregory Rodgriguez (Pantheon, 2007).

    The immigration-reform debate has gripped the country and enflamed passions. Hate groups, along with mainstream media, have engaged in facile...

  • 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...

  • It’s time to act on Saudis’ support of terror

    By Neal Sher

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was stunned at the hostile reception he received during a recent visit to London. It seems our British friends are much more attuned than we are to the nefarious role the Saudis continue to play in financing and fomenting terror.

    As Middle East...

  • Bush’s environmental legacy

    By Steve Greenberg

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

  • Q & A with investigative journalist Seymour Hersh

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Journalist Seymour M. Hersh, 70, announced his arrival in Washington nearly four decades ago by uncovering the U.S. military massacre of Vietnamese women and children at My Lai and winning the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. As a freelancer for the tiny Dispatch...
  • Bibi Netanyahu ranks high ...  as racist demagogue

    By Larry Derfner

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    By rights, Binyamin Netanyahu, which every poll says is by far the most popular politician in Israel, should be ranked with Jean Le Pen, Jorge Haider and the rest of the Western world's racist demagogues.

    But he won't be, because anti-Arab racism in Israel is either supported or...

  • Democrats have no beitzim

    By Rob Eshman

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It's not polite to say the English word for cojones in this paper, so I'll use the Hebrew: beitzim.
     
    Beitzim means eggs in Hebrew, but it is also slang for cojones.
     
    And as the midterm election draws near, any clear-eyed assessment of the Democratic Party would have to conclude:...
  • Israeli Strategy Under Fire

    By Leslie Susser

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Beyond the immediate escalation, the recent Palestinian attack on an Israeli army outpost near the Gaza border raises serious questions about Israel's security and foreign policies.

    Right-wing politicians argue that the incident, coupled with months of incessant rocket fire from...

  • NGOs Feel Sting of Hamas Ban

    By Uriel Heilman

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Nearly three months since Hamas took control of the Palestinian Authority, Western governments aren't the only ones trying to figure out how to deliver aid to the increasingly needy Palestinian population without inadvertently supporting its extremist government.

    Nongovernmental...

  • School Risked Fiscal Peril for Its Students

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Esther Nir knew she wanted her daughters to have a Jewish education. Although she and her Israeli-born husband, Ofer, were living in a decidedly secular kibbutz, Nir had attended yeshiva as a young girl in Brooklyn.

    "I wanted my children to learn Torah and decide for themselves what...

  • Middle-Class Squeeze

    By Julie G Fax

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In the past six years, Diane Demetras and her husband, Marcel Indik, have taken one low-cost vacation and have dined out only on rare occasions. They don't buy themselves new clothes, they drive old cars and rent movies rather than go to them because weekend activities have been...

  • 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...

  • Marriage Conversion Rate Proves Low

    By Rachel Silverman

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Low conversion rates among intermarried Jewish families continue to plague those working to reverse the demographic downtrends in American Jewry.

    Fewer than one-fifth of non-Jews who marry Jews convert to Judaism, according to a new study distributed by the American Jewish Committee....

  • This Week - Mission Impossible

    By Rob Eshman

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    These have been the six most difficult years in Ambassador Gideon Meir's professional life, and when I tell you what he does, you'll immediately grasp the reason why.

    Meir is deputy director general for media and public affairs in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. What that...

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