Oren Rawls


The Silence in Cairo Can Be Heard in New York

By Oren Rawls

Last month two Egyptians who normally wouldn’t cross paths — one a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood’s young guard, the other an outspoken liberal expatriate journalist — found a surprising bit of common ground on the Forward’s opinion page.Read More


Polish Museum Draws Scant Protest

By Oren Rawls

On Tuesday, a “Who’s Who” of American Jewish philanthropists joined Polish President Lech Kaczynski in Warsaw to break ground on the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, an institution being billed as a foundation on which to rebuild understanding between Poles and Jews.Read More


Time To Talk Detente With Tehran

By Oren Rawls

Fact is, Iran is sitting in a rather good position right now, and we did a whole lot to put it there.Read More


Disengagement’s Architect Outlines West Bank Pullout

By Oren Rawls

Ariel Sharon’s sudden exit from the political stage has raised serious questions about the future of Israel’s strategy of unilateral separation from the Palestinians. For answers, the Forward turned to the man who, perhaps more than any other, can claim to be the architect of unilateral disengagement, retired major general Uzi Dayan.Dayan, aRead More


Manhunt for ‘Last Nazi’: A Story Of New Leads or Misled Media?

By Oren Rawls

VIENNA — It would have been a fitting epilogue to the Simon Wiesenthal story.Shortly before the famed Nazi hunter was laid to rest last month, it appeared that the trail leading to his last big prey suddenly had gone hot. Media across Europe breathtakingly reported on the tightening noose around Aribert Heim, the S.S. doctor known as theRead More






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