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Columnist William Safire, Former Nixon Speechwriter, Dies at 79

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

William Safire, the conservative speechwriter turned columnist who made an art of at once embracing and poking the Washington establishment, died at 79.Read More


Before Talks With U.S., Iran Tests Missiles That Could Reach Israel

By Yossi Melman (Haaretz)

Two days before the opening of talks between Iranian and U.S. officials, the Islamic Republic went ahead with a test launch of long-range missiles capable of reaching Israel.Read More


Date Set for Olmert's Trial on Corruption Charges

By JTA

Ehud Olmert’s trial on corruption charges is set to begin on Feb. 22, 2010.Read More


Brandeis President Will Step Down, Lead Jewish Nonprofit

By JTA

The president of Brandeis University said he will be resigning to head a major Jewish nonprofit.Read More


New Revelations Bring Iran's Nuclear Threat to Forefront

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

With Iran, it always comes back to the nuclear issue.Read More


Katie Couric Confronts Ahmadinejad With Holocaust Photos

By Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz) and Haaretz Service

Hours before addressing the United Nations on Wednesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave an exclusive interview to CBS’s Katie Couric. During the course of the interview, the CBS anchorwoman accused the Iranian leader of denying the Holocaust, and showing him photographs of dead bodies of Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II.Read More


Bibi to U.N.: Goldstone Report Presents Stark Choice

By JTA

Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly that the Goldstone report on the Gaza war presents the United Nations with a choice: Support Israel or terrorists.Read More


Ukraine Plans Hotel on Site of Notorious Holocaust Massacre

By Uzi Dann (Haaretz)

The opening line from Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s most famous poem, “Babi Yar” — “No monument stands over Babi Yar” — may once again be an accurate reflection of reality if Kiev’s municipality carries out its plan to build a hotel on the memorial site of one of the most notorious massacres of Jews during the Holocaust.Read More


Obama to Bibi, Abbas: Success Depends on Acting With Urgency

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

The meetings ran overtime, and Mahmoud Abbas wouldn’t stop arguing even after he stepped into a room full of cameras.Reporters could not make out exactly what was exercising the Palestinian Authority president in his exchange with President Obama, but fist pounding isn’t usually a sign of things going well.Read More


In Paris Enclave, Jews and Muslims Channel a Common Past

By Ilan Moss (JTA)

It’s a few hours before Shabbat in the Belleville neighborhood of Paris, and a Lubavitch Chasid is helping an elderly Tunisian Jew put on tefillin in the doorway of a kosher butchery.Read More





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  • Israeli soldiers want you to buy them socks. And snacks. And backpacks. And underwear. And pizza. So claim dozens of fundraising campaigns launched by American Jewish and Israeli charities since the start of the current wave of crisis and conflict in Israel and Gaza.
  • The sign reads: “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Zionists are not under any circumstances.”
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  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
  • "My wife and I are both half-Jewish. Both of us very much felt and feel American first and Jewish second. We are currently debating whether we should send our daughter to a Jewish pre-K and kindergarten program or to a public one. Pros? Give her a Jewish community and identity that she could build on throughout her life. Cons? Costs a lot of money; She will enter school with the idea that being Jewish makes her different somehow instead of something that you do after or in addition to regular school. Maybe a Shabbat sing-along would be enough?"
  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
  • "'What’s this, mommy?' she asked, while pulling at the purple sleeve to unwrap this mysterious little gift mom keeps hidden in the inside pocket of her bag. Oh boy, how do I answer?"
  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
  • Not a gazillionaire? Take the "poor door."
  • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
  • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
  • "My bat mitzvah party took place in our living room. There were only a few Jewish kids there, and only one from my Sunday school class. She sat in the corner, wearing the right clothes, asking her mom when they could go." The latest in our Promised Lands series — what state should we visit next?
  • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
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