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  • Unforgiven

    By Rob Eshman

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The best line in the 1992 movie, "Unforgiven," is when Gene Hackman is looking up into Clint Eastwood's shotgun and moans, "I don't deserve this ... to die like this," and Eastwood snarls back, "Deserve's got nothin' to do with it."

    That exchange is the only way to make sense of what...

  • Your Letters

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Federation Pension

    Reading the article, "Federation Faces Underfunded Pension," in your July 30 issue, I found it to be needlessly alarmist and selective in providing facts on a highly complex subject. Most disturbing is the inaccurate lead. The Federation is absolutely not...

  • Kerry Must Walk Mideast Tightrope

    By James D. Besser

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass), who claimed the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Boston last week, is almost certain to win a substantial majority of Jewish votes on Nov. 2. But that doesn't mean he doesn't have Jewish problems.

    Paramount among them: how to...

  • Dems Finalize New Pro-Israel Platform

    By Matthew E. Berger

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Democratic Party wants to send the right message to the American Jewish community about its priorities in the Middle East, but its platform fails to include several positions Jewish groups recommended.

    The platform, finalized this weekend in Miami, resolves to uphold the close...

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  • Court Fence Ruling Upholds Rule of Law

    By M.J. Rosenberg

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In 1832, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the United States government could not force the Native American Cherokee tribe out of its Georgia homes and into reservations in Oklahoma. President Andrew Jackson, appalled by the court's interference in a jurisdiction he considered...

  • For Whom Poll Tolls

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Gallup Poll recently released its newest data on Jewish political attitudes, and it holds bad news for George W. Bush and for Republicans searching for Jewish votes. Based on polling from 1992 through May 2004 (of admittedly small, rolling samples of Jewish voters), the Gallup...

  • Left, Right Playing Blame-Israel Game

    By James D. Besser

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Conspiracy theories unite the political extremes, a fact that stands out starkly as the fruitcake left and loony right converge around theories blaming Jewish neoconservatives for an Iraq War they despise.

    The blame-Israel surge, which erupted on the Senate floor recently when Sen....

  • Brother Emphasizes   Kerry Israel Support

    By Marc Ballon

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A crowd of 150 well-heeled, mostly liberal Jews paid $250 apiece to hear Cameron Kerry, Sen. John Kerry's Jewish brother and top adviser, speak about the Democratic presidential candidate's commitment to Israel and the Jewish people.

    Cameron Kerry, 53, told The Journal that his...

  • Islamic Group Uses Jewish Sect as Tool

    By Kevin O’Grady

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) recently announced that "in an effort to foster better cooperation between Muslims and Jews," its Southern California chapter, along with several California mosques and branches of the Muslim Student Association, would sponsor a...

  • Angelenos Lobby for Israel in D.C.

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "You have tears in your eyes at one moment; you are angry the next -- the emotional swing is enormous," said Michael Tuchin, a Los Angeles lawyer who was in Washington, D.C., this week for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference. "It is an unmatched...

  • AIPAC Gives Bush Standing Ovations

    By Matthew E. Berger

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    President Bush knew what he was doing when he took his case for staying the course in Iraq to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). No audience appreciates the president more for sticking to his guns in the Middle East than the pro-Israel lobby in Washington.

    Bush...

  • The New Black

    By Rob Eshman

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's a sad fact of modern Jewish life that more of us believe Hitler will come back before the Messiah comes at all.

    Our texts and greatest prophets hold out a future of messianic promise. But real life has taught us to drive with one or both eyes in the rearview mirror. I'd like to...

  • Kerry’s Flip-Flops on Israel Stir Concern

    By Rick Richman

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Earlier this year, Sen. John Kerry started shifting his position on Israel in hope of removing it as an issue of concern to Jewish voters.

    In February, just before the New York primary, Kerry met with prominent Jewish leaders and explained the naming of former President Jimmy Carter...

  • More Jews May Hop on Bush Bandwagon

    By Marc Ballon

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Chaim Mentz is a registered Democrat who has voted Democratic in the past five elections.

    Come November, though, the Orthodox rabbi and former KFI radio talk show host plans to throw his support behind President Bush. In Mentz's opinion, the upcoming election isn't about abortion...

  • View on Mideast ‘Embarrassing’

    By Ira Forman

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Recently former President Jimmy Carter spoke out about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as he visited Texas. He spoke of U.S. bias toward Israel, of Arab animosity toward the United States, because of a lack of progress in the peace process and he focused his criticism on the Israeli...

  • We Have an Obligation to Speak Out

    By M.J. Rosenberg

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The major reason many American supporters of Israel line up behind the policies of the Israeli government is that they do not want to be in the position of second guessing the Israelis. The feeling is that they live there and have to bear the consequences of whatever policy Israel...

  • Bush or Kerry?

    By Joel Kotkin

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    America's Jews face a difficult choice in this year's election. For many, the Bush administration symbolizes the kind of yahoo Republicanism -- shaped by evangelical Christianity and the South -- that grates on the sensibilities of a highly urbanized and socially liberal community.

    ...

  • We Should Not Reject Evangelical Alliance

    By Abraham H. Foxman

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The lesson to be learned from recent differences between many American Jews and conservative Christians -- on Mel Gibson's film, "The Passion of the Christ," and on equal rights for gays -- is not to walk away from relationships with evangelicals.

    It is not to reject evangelical...

  • Kerry Begins Jewish Outreach Effort

    By Ron Kampeas

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Now that he's proven he's electable, John Kerry is ready to tell Americans why he should be elected.

    Only in recent days has the Massachusetts senator started to outline detailed policy positions. Some of these having to do with foreign policy and terrorism have been of particular...

  • Candidates Eye the Jewish Vote

    By Ron Kampeas

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Now that it's down to John Kerry versus George W. Bush, American Jews -- prominent in swing states in what could be a close election -- can expect plenty of attention.

    "Anything that moves a few hundred or a few thousand voters one way or another in any state can cause a seismic...

  • Of Kerry and King

    By Rob Eshman

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    If I were John Kerry, I would spend every spare moment standing in front of a mirror, practicing the speech I'm going to give in October when U.S. soldiers capture Osama bin Laden.

    The 2000 presidential election was a referendum on the future -- who did Americans believe could lead...

  • Sharon Plan Raises Myriad Questions

    By Leslie Susser

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Ariel Sharon's major policy statement at the Herzliya security conference last week might have made world headlines, but it's far from clear what the Israeli prime minister has in mind. Sharon called on Palestinian leaders to open negotiations with Israel and threatened...

  • Turkish Jews: We’ll Carry On

    By Yigal Schleifer

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The recent bombings of two Istanbul synagogues won't end the tradition of openness in Turkey's Jewish community -- and it could even make the community more cohesive, leaders say.

    At the same time, the attacks are unlikely to force Turkey to retreat from its alliances with Israel...

  • U.S., Israel Seek to Help Qurei

    By Leslie Susser

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Sobered by what they see as past policy errors, Israeli, American and Palestinian leaders are determined to help the new Palestinian Authority prime minister, Ahmed Qurei, succeed where his predecessor failed.

    Success would mean defusing the three-year-old Palestinian intifada and...

  • Dividing Lines

    By Rob Eshman

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    About two miles northwest of Bethlehem, Israel's much-discussed security fence comes to an end -- not with a bang but with a whimper.

    A massive pile of coiled razor wire lays in a tangled heap beside the completed portion of the fence, which here separates the newly built Jewish...

  • Ford Funded Durbin Anti-Israel Activists

    By Edwin Black

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In August 2001, thousands of human rights activists from around the globe gathered in Durban, South Africa, for a United Nations conference that participants hoped would address racial injustice plaguing humanity, from Rwanda to Sri Lanka to the United States.

    But after more than a...

  • Bush Expands Mideast Agenda

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With the death toll mounting in Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian "road map" plan in tatters, the Bush administration and Congress want to put out other Middle East fires before they get out of control.

    Administration officials and lawmakers recently launched initiatives to sanction...

  • Ten Years After Oslo

    By Leslie Susser

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm


    Ten years ago this week, Israelis and Jews around the world watched the famous handshake on the White House lawn with a sense of history in the making. Some believed the Oslo agreement was the harbinger of peace and the guarantor of Israel's future as a Jewish and democratic state....
  • World Briefs

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Pardons Not Recommended for Police

    No pardons should be given to police officers involved in quelling Israeli Arab riots in October 2000, Israeli officials said. Both Israeli President Moshe Katsav and Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein said the next step in examining the...

  • Targeted Killings’ Other Casualties

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Killing Hamas leaders wounds the terrorist group, Israeli and Palestinian officials agree. At question is whether moderate Palestinians -- and U.S. influence in the region -- are also casualties of Israel's targeted strikes.

    Israel has killed at least 11 leaders of Hamas since the...

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