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When Legislation Matches Our Best Impulses

By Simeon Kolko

This Monday marks the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment. This landmark legislation, which remains a stirring case study in the importance of human rights and moral idealism as an instrument of foreign policy, provided the impetus for the mass emigration of Jews from the former Soviet Union and helped propel the windsRead More


Let the Voice Of Peace Be Heard

By Luis Lainer

Immediately after Yasser Arafat’s death, Prime Minister Sharon announced that his test for “exposing the true face” of the new Palestinian leaders would be an end to incitement against Israel in the Palestinian media and education system. The prime minister was correct to insist on an end to inflammatory messages emanating from PalestinianRead More


The Way We War

By Leonard Fein

Soon after World War II, when I was in my teens, I saw the film version of Erich Maria Remarque’s novel, “All Quiet on the Western Front.” The film, produced in 1930, is set during World War I. It was the first “anti-war” film of the sound era, and much as the war it depicted was trumpeted as “the war to end all wars,” the film wasRead More


Too Hot for San Diego

By James Goldsborough

Young Judea as a boy and his brother immigrated to Israel.Over a good bottle of Santa Ynez cabernet, I told him that President Bush was pandering to American Jews by blocking progress on an Israeli-Palestinian accord. Bush kowtows to Prime Minister Sharon, I said, blocking progress toward a settlement and a viable Palestinian state. Jews voted 4-1Read More


Less Than Reassuring Words at Columbia University

By Ralph Seliger

The question of whether an anti-Israel atmosphere exists at Columbia University, as alleged in recent news reports, will presumably be answered in an internal investigation. But it’s apparent from a recent event hosted at that Ivy League campus that pro-Israel views, regardless of ideological shading, are under seige.Columbia hosted a NovemberRead More


Spooked Agencies

By Yossi Alpher

The nature of a country’s intelligence gathering and military or paramilitary operations has to change in accordance with changing threats to its security. This seems to be a fairly sound national security principle. But as we have seen in recent months and years in both Israel and the United States, the conceptualization andRead More


Question Time for Kean

By Ami Eden

Thomas Kean, the chairman of the 9/11 Commission, was on “Meet the Press” this past Sunday, taking queries from Tim Russert, one of the toughest questioners in network news. On December 8, anyone with some spare time (and a little luck) could win the chance to play anchorman, when Kean delivers a free, public lecture at theRead More


The Elephant’s Big Britches

By Leonard Fein

What passes for liberal wisdom these days is mostly babble. There’s lots of brave talk about organizing for 2008, but there’s almost nothing by way of program and policy. Scratch just a bit, and you’ll find that the brave talk masks a sense of alarm regarding what President Bush’s second term may mean for the nation.At dinner oneRead More


A Requiem for the Occupation

By Ofer Shelah

Israel’s military chief of staff, Lieutenant General Moshe Ya’alon, facing an unprecedented wave of criticism over his soldiers’ conduct and morals, did something last week that is also almost unprecedented, at least for him: He admitted that an army investigation into a controversial matter was faulty. “Officers and servicemen have liedRead More


The Blindness to Household Labor Rights

By Kathleen Peratis

The first two women nominated to be attorney general of the United States, Zoe Baird and Kimbe Wood, withdrew their names in quick succession, both having been exposed as domestic scofflaws — they employed (apparently) undocumented foreign workers to care for their children, and they (apparently) did not pay Social Security taxesRead More





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