Forward Forum


European Force for Lebanon Is a Feeble Mission

By Eric Frey

With European countries preparing to supply more than half of the 15,000 troops bound to keep the peace in southern Lebanon, the Old World is embarking on one of its biggest military endeavours since 1945. The Lebanon mission will formally be under the United Nations umbrella, but European leaders see it as a chance to prove that Europe can hold its own as a global actor, and perhaps even become a counterweight to American dominance.Read More


Regional Peace Requires Troops For Palestine

By Bernard Avishai

‘How can Israeli soldiers fight a 10-year-old boy who wants to die? Or a teenager at the wheel of an exploding truck, smiling because he knows that in 10 seconds he will be in Heaven? This is the generation I am afraid of!”Read More


Consumer Demand Drove Adoption of Glatt Standard

By Menachem Genack

In an August 18 opinion article, Marc Shapiro takes the Orthodox Union to task for, over the last 30 years, having “adopted a new standard in kashrut, one that defines only glatt kosher as acceptable” (“glatt Kosher Meat Is Not All It Is Cut Out to Be”). The era that Shapiro laments as having passed, however, was unfortunately one frequently rife with fraud.Read More


Spread The Good News

By Leonard Fein

‘Summertime,” Gershwin used to say, “and the livin’ is easy.” Not the summer of 2006, though.Read More


Quit the Canard That American Policy Advances Israeli Security

By Daniel Levy

Rejection of hubris has become the defining characteristic of the post-Lebanon war mood and debate in Israel. That is understandable.Read More


Facing Down a Wounded Nation

By Shlomo Avineri

Between the inconclusive outcome of Israel’s war against Hezbollah and the widespread perception in Israel that the war was badly managed, it is far from clear that the Olmert government will survive.Read More


Were Rosen and Weissman Guilty Only of Being Right Too Early?

By Michael Berenbaum

Instead of being grounds for prosecution, perhaps the influence Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman were trying to exert — making officials and the public aware of the danger from Iran — should be heralded.Read More


We Are One, But Not the Same

By Abraham Foxman

Relations between Israel and American Jews, by now an old and recurring subject for discussion, have come to the surface again, this time on the editorial page of the Forward (“The Third Front,” August 4). Writing about the conflict in Lebanon, the Forward calls for a greater role for American Jews in Israeli decision-making because what Israel does has significant, and often negative, consequences for American Jews.Read More


Seeking Visions in a Contradictory Time

By Bethamie Horowitz

Since the beginning of the second intifada, American Jews have bumped along like an old tin can tied to the back of Israel’s jeep as it veers along the dusty road to who knows where. It’s been hard — but mind you, never as difficult as what Israelis go through — to adjust to the painful, seemingly unending saga of intifada and occupation over the years, to the point where we’re equally in despair of and exhausted by it. And this summer, apparently out of the blue, we entered a new reality.Read More


The Courage To Be Humble

By Leonard Fein

Now that the shooting’s over (one hopes), the postmortems, quite literally, begin. And they are already ugly, very ugly.Read More


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