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THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE: Sweating Out a European Identity

By Eric frey

Earlier this summer, a group of Israeli academics attended a conference here in Vienna. Half of their visit was spent complaining about the heat.Read More


History Demands an Uncompromised Home for Shoah Archive

By Edwin Black

The world’s largest Holocaust archive, the secretive International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen, Germany, has finally agreed to open its files to researchers and journalists. The long-awaited access follows years of acrimonious contention between the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which manages the repository.Read More


Fog of War Is No Cover for Causing Civilian Deaths

By Kenneth Roth

The awful bloodshed and intense emotions of war are not conducive to careful moral reasoning. With Hezbollah rockets raining down on northern Israel, an honest reckoning of the conduct of Israeli forces in Lebanon is difficult.Read More


Hezbollah Hasn't Hit Investment in Israel

By Aaron Katsman

Investors throughout the world are worried about the possibility of the war between Israel and Hezbollah spreading across the entire Middle East. That the Israeli market has held up quite strongly in the face of this war, then, points to an impressive maturation of Israeli investors over the last five years.Read More


Will Mel Gibson Get Away With His Antisemitic Tirade?

By Edward Koch and Rafael Medoff

Now that Gibson has been revealed as having ranted against “f—ing Jews” who “are responsible for all the wars in the world,” a debate has erupted over what consequences, if any, he should suffer.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


No Thanks, Mr. President

By Leonard Fein

Depend on it: Before long former New York mayor Ed Koch, Rep. Eric Cantor and Republican National Committee head Ken Mehlman will be telling American Jews that we owe George W. Bush a vote of gratitude for his steadfast support of Israel in its current conflict with Hezbollah. And there are doubtless large numbers of Jews who, though reluctantRead More


When War’s Not That Far Away

By Leonard Fein

Abba Houshi was the mayor of Haifa from 1951 until his death in 1969. No Israeli mayor has governed with as much authority and none save Teddy Kollek, who was mayor of Jerusalem for 29 years, governed with greater imagination.I spent some time with Houshi while he was mayor, not long after the opening of the Carmelit funicular subwayRead More


Of Al Gore, Global Warming and God

By David Klinghoffer

If you’ve seen Al Gore’s global-warming scare movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” you may have come away as I did, wondering about the highly partisan nature of the climate-change debate. Why is it partisan at all? If carbon-dioxide emissions are perilously raising global temperatures, surely that’s a problem which can be left toRead More


War in the Middle East, Through Israeli, American and Iranian Eyes

By Uri Dromi

Last Saturday night, 40 years after we graduated the Israel Air Force Flight Academy, the class of 1966 gathered for a reunion. We met near Herzliya, on the lawn of the spacious house belonging to one of our number, Kobi Richter. After graduation, this former kibbutznik had gone on to become one of the air force’s outstanding fighter pilots.Read More


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