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Sea of Distrust Watering Down Euro-Mediterranean Ties

By Eric Frey

As soon as European monitors took up their positions at the newly opened Rafah checkpoint last month, European Union diplomats started speaking of a new chapter in the difficult relationship between Israel and Europe. Not surprisingly, the honeymoon ended barely after it had begun.The leak last week of a controversial E.U. report, which heapedRead More


Laboring for Social Welfare Limited by An Open Economy

By Ephraim Kleiman

By speaking out loudly against the rise of economic inequality and the spread of poverty in Israel, newly elected Labor Party leader Amir Peretz has brought about a major shift in the country’s public agenda, away from the security matters that have dominated debate in Israel for so long. Some unspecified anti-poverty measures were supposedly inRead More


Jewishness Gets Americanized, Lox, Schlock and Pickle Barrel

By Bethamie Horowitz

Of late, ethnic Jewishness in America seems to have taken on some new flavors. Consider the bagel.Today, in addition to the traditional poppy seed and onion, one hears about heretical varieties like blueberry, rainbow and parmesan. And what’s more, these bagels now seem to be available everywhere around the nation, whereas evenRead More


Left, Right And Center

By Leonard Fein

For about a millisecond, it seemed as if politics in Israel was experiencing a clarity bounce. The Labor Party, once the unchallenged engine of the system but lately suffering from mortis (yet without rigor), a flopping corpse suffering from terminal nostalgia, suddenly had chosen to face forward rather than back.Amir Peretz, its new leader, was aRead More


Press Poland To Pass Property-Restitution Law

By Marilyn Henry

In 1956, a year after Auschwitz survivor Michael Taffet became an American citizen, the government of Poland nationalized his family’s property in Debica. The seizure was based on a decree issued in 1946 that permitted the government to take property still considered “abandoned” 10 years after the end of World War II.Polish Jews likeRead More


The Long Way Home to Lhasa

By Ira Rifkin

Tibet would seem to have little history in common with Israel. Yet much like Jews after the destruction of the Second Temple, today Tibetans face the daunting task of preserving their religious culture and national dreams while facing an indeterminate exile.The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled political and cultural leader, is well awareRead More


Sharon Centers on What’s Left

By Yisrael Medad

Since independence 58 years ago, Israel’s political system has lacked a true center. This week, Ariel Sharon decided to try to find it, and in the process, rewrite the history of the Jewish state.The prime minister’s jettisoning of his Likud connections is more than just politics become personal on a scale not seen since David Ben-GurionRead More


An Injustice to Saddam’s Victims

By Richard Goldstone

Last week Adil al-Zubeidi, a leading defense lawyer in the trial of Saddam Hussein and his erstwhile political colleagues, was assassinated on the streets of Baghdad. It was the second such killing in less than a month, and it has caused many to question whether the trial can be a fair one. How, more than a few commentators have asked, can theRead More


Peretz, the Next David (or Mitzna)

By Leonard Fein

The Hebrew word for “periphery” is “periferiah.” Last week, in the stunning victory of Amir Peretz over Shimon Peres for the chairmanship of the Labor Party — or, as accurately, in the stunning loss of Shimon Peres to Amir Peretz — it was the periferiah that moved to Israel’s center political stage. The biggest revolutionRead More


Contempt for God Is Stealing America’s Morals

By David Klinghoffer

I’m not a regular reader of Glamour magazine, but my wife was studying the current volume of that journal when a headline caught my eye: “The Man Who Stole My Life,” a story about hairdresser Kelly Stein.One day a transvestite named Debbie entered Stein’s beauty salon in Greensburg, Pa. “Raised never to judge” other people, as she toldRead More





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