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Israel’s Right to Self-Defense on Trial

By Eliot Engel

Israel’s right to defend itself against suicide bombers is on trial. On Monday, the International Court of Justice at The Hague began a hearing on whether Israel has the right to build a security fence to try and keep out the terrorists.This case is being brought to the court by the Palestinians and anti–Israel factions in the United NationsRead More


Passion and Redemption

Amid all the boiling passions awakened by Mel Gibson’s “Passion,” it’s been mostly overlooked that this movie is a critical landmark in Gibson’s personal journey as an artist. Of the 40 films with which he’s been associated over a 25-year career as actor, director, producer and writer, only three have been described as labors of loveRead More


Don’t Rush Rebuilding of Iraqi Military

By Daniel Byman

Improving security may be the single most important objective for U.S. officials in Iraq, but current American efforts to promote security risk jeopardizing Iraq’s eventual chances of becoming a democracy.Iraqis walk along dangerous streets, with murder and robbery common. An ongoing insurgency claims American lives almost daily, and killsRead More


Wide-Ranging Interests

By Leonard Fein

When it comes to the question of what constitutes “Jewish art” or “Jewish music,” there is not and likely never will be a definitive and satisfying answer. Is any art by a Jewish artist “Jewish art”? Was Felix Mendelssohn a “Jewish composer”? Mahler?Similarly, there is no final answer to what it is that makes an issue of public…Read More


A Double Standard on Suicide Terrorism

By Leonard A. Cole

At the recent conference of world business and government leaders in Davos, Switzerland, Jordan’s foreign minister, Marwan Muasher, declared that suicide attacks against Israeli citizens are morally wrong. His statement was extraordinary because Arab leaders rarely, if ever, have forthrightly labeled such killing immoral. AcknowledgingRead More


Joe Lieberman’s Historic Run

By Blu Greenberg

A decade ago, I found myself in a hotel lounge in a mid-sized American city chatting with a local Jewish leader. He spoke loudly, but every time he used the words “Jew” or “Jewish,” he lowered his voice. For an instant, I experienced an urge — similar to one I had felt in a Moscow cafeteria in the 1970s — to hopRead More


A Modern-Day Mordecai

By Menachem Genack

Senator Joe Lieberman would have made a wonderful leader for this country. He is an authentic American statesman, a brilliant craftsman of public policy (witness the primary role he played in drafting the Homeland Security Act) and a serious and loyal Jew.Ruefully, support from the Jewish community, which should have been sustained andRead More


Communal Confusion

By David Klinghoffer

There seems to be more confusion than ever in the Jewish world over the word “Jewish.” The lack of clarity is exemplified nowhere more obviously than in the debate over homosexuality — not that there is much debate going on among our Jewish communal leaders. Leading Jewish groups overwhelmingly favor erasing the marks of disapproval that…Read More


Rebuilding Trans-Atlantic Ties

By David A. Harris

Call me hopelessly, irredeemably naive, but I remain convinced that Americans and Europeans are umbilically bound by common fundamental values and common existential threats, and thus, ipso facto, a common agenda.This was not necessarily obvious in 2003, with demonstrators filling the streets of Europe to protest George W. Bush’s, and to aRead More


The Good That Could Come From Sharon’s Gaza Gambit

By Scott Lasensky

Supporters of Israel, not to mention Israelis themselves, are trying to make sense of Prime Minister Sharon’s recent announcement about plans to dismantle Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip. At first glance, it’s easy to be unenthusiastic about such a unilateral step. But a deeper analysis reveals a range of benefits, prominent among themRead More





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