Room to Grow: From Givat Ha?eytam, a West Bank hill, the Jewish settlement of Efrat is visible in the distance. The remote land is within Efrat?s municipal boundaries and could be developed without being identified as a new settlement.

Why Defining ‘Natural Growth’ Is So Confusing, On Purpose

Givat Ha’eytam, a lonely hill in the Israeli occupied West Bank, seems like anything but a natural part of the bustling 8,000-person Jewish settlement of Efrat. Indeed, the stony outcrop, with its view of Efrat’s buildings in the distance, soon will be cut off from that settlement by the separation barrier Israel is building across the length of the West Bank, ostensibly to protect Israelis from Palestinian terrorism.

Modern Solomon: Executive com-pensation master Kenneth Feinberg will set salaries for TARP executives.

New ‘Pay Czar’ Walks Familiar Path

The age-old Jewish antipathy toward the murderous, antisemitic monarchs of pre-communist Russia was never captured better than in the old joke, retold in “Fiddler on the Roof,” in which a rabbi asks if there is a special prayer for the czar. Yes, the rabbi replies: “May the Lord bless and keep the czar — far away from us.”

Strategic Value: Some Israeli officials and advocates have argued that current Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, above, better suits Israel?s strategic goals than his reformist rivals because he better represents the malevolent threat Iran poses.

Unrest in Iran Poses Dilemma For Israel

Iran’s descent into instability has confronted Israel and its American supporters with a dilemma in choosing between two competing approaches: one based on human rights, and the other on realpolitik.

Prague Conference May Be Last Chance To Settle Holocaust Property Claims

In what may be the final opportunity for many Holocaust survivors, the international community is launching a new effort to reach understandings on restitution of property that belonged to Jews in Europe before the Nazi occupation.

Signs Of The Times: Protesters gather outside the Brooklyn offices of Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who helped scuttle a bill to make it easier for victims of sexual abuse to sue their molesters and institutions that helped enable or cover up the abuse.

Survivors’ Hopes Dashed as NY Assembly Adjourns Without Sex Abuse Vote

Sexual-abuse survivors who traveled to Albany, N.Y., with high hopes this past spring got a tough lesson in political reality. The state Assembly’s regular session ended on June 22 without any action on a bill that would make it easier for sex-abuse victims to sue their molesters and the institutions that employed them.