Forward Forum


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


Closing the Door on Moderation, One Seat at a Time

By Sandy Maisel

Senator Joseph Lieberman’s loss in Connecticut’s Democratic primary last week is symptomatic of a larger problem facing those who seek to govern the United States. The shock over a politician as prominent as Lieberman losing a primary for renomination, as well as the depth of feeling over the war in Iraq and the focus on the Democrats’ efforts to regain control of one or both houses of Congress, have obscured the more important concern revealed in Ned Lamont’s upset victory.Read More


A Judgment Observed Does Not a Theocracy Make

By David Klinghoffer

Some members of America’s political and cultural elite have been having a tough time lately distinguishing between the political philosophy of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and that of our country’s religious conservatives. Ahmadinejad is a classic theocrat whose regime subjects his country to religious law. Can we say the same of a Christian like George W. Bush?Read More


Glatt Kosher Meat Is Not All It Is Cut Out To Be

By Marc Shapiro

Due in no small part to the recent controversy at the AgriProcessors slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa, there has been a lot of talk of late about how glatt kosher meat is produced. Yet for all the sensational headlines about whether the standards of kashrut are being met, little attention has been paid to how those standards are actually determined.Read More


A Word Liberals Dare Not Speak

By Leonard Fein

What is it about the left that causes such instinctive antipathy toward Israel? It wasn’t always that way. Years back, Israel was in fact a favorite of the left, the more so of what I will call here left-liberals.Read More


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