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To Starve Or Feed the Beast

By Leonard Fein

Surely Nashat Aqtash has one of the more improbable jobs in the world: He is public relations adviser to Hamas; his job is to portray the new majority party of the Palestinians as kinder and gentler than its charter and its history have convinced most of the world it is.Before last week’s elections, Aqtash was reportedly paid $40,000 for hisRead More


Movement Cannot Feed Society on Resistance Alone

By Eran Lerman

Painful ironies mark the new political landscape of the Middle East, following the shattering defeat of the Fatah movement in last week’s Palestinian Legislative Council elections. One symbolic moment tells the story.As many of their countrymen watched in shock — one Palestinian scholar, who met a group of visiting French Parliamentarians onRead More


Europe Should Leverage Aid To Coax Islamists to Moderation

By Eric Frey

As Hamas considers what to do with the majority of seats it won in last week’s Palestinian Legislative Council elections, one would expect it to listen particularly well to what the European Union and its member states have to say. After all, they are the ones primarily bankrolling the Palestinian Authority.Last year alone, Europeans coughedRead More


Whither Hamas, and With It the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

By Mara Rudman

The day after Hamas’s “Reform and Change” list swept last week’s Palestinian Legislative Council elections, two 20-something Palestinian women staffing our international observer delegation from the National Democratic Institute started peppering me with questions.How quickly could the United States pull the plug on the democracyRead More


The Skewering Of Jack Abramoff

By David Klinghoffer

From George Clooney to Orthodox rabbis, the list of those who have scathingly denounced Jack Abramoff seems endless. Given the admission of guilt by this Orthodox Jew and former super-lobbyist for Indian gambling tribes, is it possible to discover any grounds for sympathy with him?Actually, yes.But first a disclaimer. As I wrote in the ForwardRead More


The Purse and the Sword

By John Yoo

Iraq is beginning to sound like a rerun of the Vietnam War, and not just because presidential critics again are crying out that the United States has fallen into a quagmire. Opponents of the American presence in Iraq are arguing that a wartime president has overstepped the Constitution and that, if Congress’s constitutional role in deciding onRead More


Is Olmert a Man Of Action?

By Leonard Fein

George Orwell taught us that the words used by political leaders may not mean what the same words mean in conventional discourse, what they mean according to our dictionaries. (So did Lewis Carroll.) Accordingly, it is worth noting a potential transformation in Israel — where three phrases, it seems, have begun overnight to mean just what theyRead More


In Praise of ‘Civilian’ Leadership

By Uri Dromi

Can Ehud Olmert fill the vacuum left by the mighty Ariel Sharon? This is the question that Israelis, and indeed, people all around the world, are currently asking. After all, Acting Prime Minister Olmert, likely winner of the upcoming March 28 elections, has no serious military background. And in a country besieged by terrorist, guerrilla,Read More


Out of Many, Less Than One

By Leonard Fein

The polite way to put it is that we are a “voluntary community,” and that is surely the truth. But it is quite far from the whole truth, which is that we are an anarchic community. For better and now and then for worse, we have neither pope nor president, no hierarchical structure that speaks to — and for — us allRead More


Go to Gush Etzion

By Leonard Fein

Facts and figments. As ever, Jerusalem is a riot of figments. Camp David, Taba, Geneva, back to Clinton, the road map, on and on, and trying to grab hold as each buzzes past is like trying to catch a mosquito: You’re sure you have it but when you open your hand there’s nothing there, so you try again and this time you’re really sure but noRead More





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