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In Search of a Liberating ‘Jewish Mystique’

By David Klinghoffer

Since Betty Friedan’s death I’ve found myself wishing that the cause I care about most had a voice like hers to speak for us.That cause is traditional Judaism — which, among many others things to recommend it, offers a wiser and ultimately more humane vision of womanhood than does feminism. Indeed, women under 45 or so have mostly seenRead More


The Cost of Not Raising Gas Prices

By Donald Losman

Although Americans have been grousing about the price of gasoline, the truth is that pump prices are still not high enough. As high as prices might seem today, they do not reflect the true costs of oil.The free market normally does an excellent job of allocating society’s scarce resources because prices usually incorporate all relevant costs andRead More


Know Thine Enemy

By Yossi Alpher

Because Israel and Palestine are more than neighbors — because they are almost Siamese twins, difficult and dangerous to separate — it seems inevitable that, despite the barriers of ideology and antisemitism, despite Hamas’s refusal to recognize Israel and Israel’s refusal to talk to bigots who don’t recognize it, eventually the two willRead More


Knowing What We Don’t Know

By Leonard Fein

Here’s a puzzle, a small piece of a much larger set of nagging issues that bubbles just beneath the surface of our ordinary lives: On December 23, 2005, Lawrence Kaplan, a senior editor of The New Republic, asserted in The Wall Street Journal that “Israeli officials were lukewarm about the war [in Iraq] from the outset, being farRead More


To Starve Or Feed the Beast

By Leonard Fein

Surely Nashat Aqtash has one of the more improbable jobs in the world: He is public relations adviser to Hamas; his job is to portray the new majority party of the Palestinians as kinder and gentler than its charter and its history have convinced most of the world it is.Before last week’s elections, Aqtash was reportedly paid $40,000 for hisRead More


Movement Cannot Feed Society on Resistance Alone

By Eran Lerman

Painful ironies mark the new political landscape of the Middle East, following the shattering defeat of the Fatah movement in last week’s Palestinian Legislative Council elections. One symbolic moment tells the story.As many of their countrymen watched in shock — one Palestinian scholar, who met a group of visiting French Parliamentarians onRead More


Europe Should Leverage Aid To Coax Islamists to Moderation

By Eric Frey

As Hamas considers what to do with the majority of seats it won in last week’s Palestinian Legislative Council elections, one would expect it to listen particularly well to what the European Union and its member states have to say. After all, they are the ones primarily bankrolling the Palestinian Authority.Last year alone, Europeans coughedRead More


Whither Hamas, and With It the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

By Mara Rudman

The day after Hamas’s “Reform and Change” list swept last week’s Palestinian Legislative Council elections, two 20-something Palestinian women staffing our international observer delegation from the National Democratic Institute started peppering me with questions.How quickly could the United States pull the plug on the democracyRead More


Is Olmert a Man Of Action?

By Leonard Fein

George Orwell taught us that the words used by political leaders may not mean what the same words mean in conventional discourse, what they mean according to our dictionaries. (So did Lewis Carroll.) Accordingly, it is worth noting a potential transformation in Israel — where three phrases, it seems, have begun overnight to mean just what theyRead More


In Praise of ‘Civilian’ Leadership

By Uri Dromi

Can Ehud Olmert fill the vacuum left by the mighty Ariel Sharon? This is the question that Israelis, and indeed, people all around the world, are currently asking. After all, Acting Prime Minister Olmert, likely winner of the upcoming March 28 elections, has no serious military background. And in a country besieged by terrorist, guerrilla,Read More





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