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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


The Skewering Of Jack Abramoff

By David Klinghoffer

From George Clooney to Orthodox rabbis, the list of those who have scathingly denounced Jack Abramoff seems endless. Given the admission of guilt by this Orthodox Jew and former super-lobbyist for Indian gambling tribes, is it possible to discover any grounds for sympathy with him?Actually, yes.But first a disclaimer. As I wrote in the ForwardRead More


The Purse and the Sword

By John Yoo

Iraq is beginning to sound like a rerun of the Vietnam War, and not just because presidential critics again are crying out that the United States has fallen into a quagmire. Opponents of the American presence in Iraq are arguing that a wartime president has overstepped the Constitution and that, if Congress’s constitutional role in deciding onRead More


Out of Many, Less Than One

By Leonard Fein

The polite way to put it is that we are a “voluntary community,” and that is surely the truth. But it is quite far from the whole truth, which is that we are an anarchic community. For better and now and then for worse, we have neither pope nor president, no hierarchical structure that speaks to — and for — us allRead More


Go to Gush Etzion

By Leonard Fein

Facts and figments. As ever, Jerusalem is a riot of figments. Camp David, Taba, Geneva, back to Clinton, the road map, on and on, and trying to grab hold as each buzzes past is like trying to catch a mosquito: You’re sure you have it but when you open your hand there’s nothing there, so you try again and this time you’re really sure but noRead More


Promote National Pride in Germany, but Be Faithful to History

By Brad Hirschfield

Years ago, I was told the joke about a boy who murders his parents and then begs the court for mercy on the basis of being an orphan. Today, a new version is circulating across Germany.It tells of a father who organizes a complex and comprehensive plan to murder all his children. Some of them manage to escape to a distant land, only toRead More


When Reel Life Intrudes on the Mideast Conflict

By Phyllis Chesler and Ariel Chesler

People are more than edgy these days. Our careless, civilian ways are endangered — some say by Islamist terrorists, others by Republicans, or by Leftists, or madmen on strike. People are hunkering down; today they talk only to those with whom they already agree.Among Jews, however, nervousness seems to have been elevated to a national sport. HowRead More


Our Role in Promoting Holocaust Denial

By David Klinghoffer

Last month, British historian David Irving was arrested in Austria for the crime of denying the Holocaust. When he goes on trial this February, facing up to a decade in prison, he could become a martyr for antisemitic kooks — kooks like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.A couple of weeks ago, Ahmadinejad commented that, in Western nations,Read More


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