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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


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


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

By Steven Simon

The perfect storm that has broken over the Middle East since the back-to-back kidnappings by Hamas and Hezbollah was fed by converging developments, developments that might have been manageable individually but which proved disastrous in combination. A look at the conditions that merged to fuel the typhoon offers a sense of just what it willRead 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


Outsourcing the Deficit

By Gus Tyler

At first blush, it is a mystery. We’re talking about the tax receipts of the federal government; they are projected to total about $250 billion more this year than they did last year and, as a result, will bring down the budgetary deficit by about $150 billion more than was projected just six months ago.Where is this money coming from? It is notRead More


Diverging From Convergence

By Leonard Fein

Edwin Seligman, a founder of the American Economic Association, once wrote that there was nothing wrong with the property tax except that it was mistaken in theory and impossible in practice. So also, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s signature proposal, called in Hebrew “hitkansut,” rendered best in translation as “consolidation”Read More


Pushing Israel’s Right To Exist Is The Wrong Strategy

By Yossi Alpher

Neither Israel nor the United States needs an “Israel’s right to exist” certificate from Hamas in order to have dealings with that movement. To insist on this precondition for contact not only places an unnecessary obstacle on the road to dealing with the Hamas-led government in the Palestinian Authority. It also sends a subtle andRead More


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