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A Word, Yossi Beilin, From An Old Friend

By Steve Berman

Yossi, last week you published an opinion article on this page defending the legacy of Jimmy Carter and his book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” (“Carter Is No More Critical of Israel Than Israelis Themselves”). As one of the 15 councilors who resigned last week from the board of the Carter Center — and as an old friend of yours — I feel I must take you to task for defending both the book and the man.Read More


Not All Critics Are Our Enemies

By Leonard Fein

The evident and growing antipathy toward Israel on America’s left, and on college campuses in particular, has become a fashion of our time. It is dispiriting even if no longer surprising; though reports of its extent are often exaggerated, it is real enough to be a legitimate concern.Read More


Carter Is No More Critical of Israel Than Israelis Themselves

By Yossi Beilin

Looking at the controversy that has erupted over former President Jimmy Carter’s book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” I have to say I am a little envious — envious of a national culture in which a book, or just a book title, can stir such a debate.Read More


Taking Bush At His Word

By Frank Luntz

Several months ago I was blessed with an interview with former Secretary of State Colin Powell, one of the best communicators ever to represent the United States on the world stage. As an aside, I asked him what his reaction was to President Bush’s unfortunate phrase “bring it on” during an otherwise uneventful White House press conference.Read More


Twelve Days That Should Rend Our Souls Asunder

By Beryl Wajsman

This week and next, we would do well to pause and reflect on the solemn and universal backdrop against which this period of time unfolds every year.Read More


If It’s ‘Apartheid,’ Then Who’s the Palestinian Mandela?

By Nir Eisikovits

Of all humanistic disciplines, history is the easiest to exploit for the advancement of one’s political worldviews. Former president Jimmy Carter’s recent book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” is an interesting case in point.Read More


The Limitations of Liberal Pluralism

By David Klinghoffer

I had an opportunity last weekend to take a mental snapshot of the Jewish liberal species at Limmud New York, a learning conference held at the Friar Tuck Convention Center in Catskill, N.Y. Of some 900 people present for the beautifully organized smorgasbord of presentations on religious, political and other topics, I was probably one of about five Republicans. I was also among the 100 or so speakers.Read More


There Is No Place To Hide Iraq’s Slain

By Leonard Fein

This war in Iraq, which began as a lie, now continues as an illusion. The bloody deception is long since revealed, the pathetic perjuries by now grown stale.Read More


The Case for Carter

By Yossi Beilin

What President Carter says in his new book about the Israeli occupation and our treatment of Palestinians in the occupied territories — and perhaps no less important, how he says it — is entirely harmonious with the kind of criticism that Israelis themselves voice about their own country.Read More


Sharon Warned Bush

By Yossi Alpher

Sometime prior to March 2003, then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told President Bush privately in no uncertain terms what he thought about the Iraq plan. Sharon’s words — revealed here for the first time — constituted a friendly but pointed warning to Bush.Read More


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