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Blinded by the Light Unto the Nations

By Bethamie Horowitz

In the last month, the Israeli military has assassinated the two top leaders of Hamas while Prime Minister Sharon has been pushing for Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza. Many of us watching from the American Jewish sidelines have alternated between two feelings: Dreading that worse yet may result from these killings and the retaliatory rage theyRead More


Between an Ax And a Scalpel

By Leonard Fein

There’s a reason the Left (or the liberals or the progressives, or whatever nom de guerre you prefer) seems so bereft of a positive agenda. The Right, by and large, knows precisely what it seeks to accomplish. It seeks to dismantle government. It wants to privatize medical care, and social security, and our prisons, and even a hefty part of our military. In order to do that, it either legislates privatization or asserts spending caps that effectively destroy existing programs.Read More


Weapons of Mass Deception

By Patrick Clawson

With all the attention to Condoleezza Rice’s testimony to the 9/11 Commission and the fighting in Iraq, it’s been easy to overlook the explosive news about Iran’s nuclear program. In early April, Iran announced it will start building a “research” reactor which just so happens to be of the right design and sizeRead More


Home Is Where the Heart Isn’t

By Alisa Solomon

Estelle N’Gambi came to New York from Zambia four years ago to take a position as a live-in nanny with a family in Yonkers. She labored 18 hours a day, seven days a week, earning only $250 a month — and she had to sleep on the floor.N’Gambi’s story is an all too familiar one for domestic workers here in the land of opportunity.Read More


Victims, Born and Unborn

No children, born or otherwise, will be protected by the so-called Unborn Victims of Violence Act that President Bush signed into law last week. The new measure is a legal trifle that makes it a crime to harm a fetus during the commission of another federal crime. The presumed logic of the bill is that terrorists, drug kingpins andRead More


Mr. Sharon Goes To Washington

By Leonard Fein

Beg your pardon? A referendum of the Likud Party to determine whether Israel will or will not withdraw from Gaza?It is excruciatingly difficult to feel sympathy toward George W. Bush, but the imminent arrival of Prime Minister Sharon in Washington must move even the stone-hearted to just such an emotion. What will poor President Bush be thinkingRead More


Beyond the Euphrates: A War of Truth vs. Lies

By David Klinghoffer

From Iraq came the revolting photos. Barbarians in Falluja had strung up the burnt bodies of American civilians on a bridge over the River Euphrates. Apart from the sheer horror of it — the teenagers merrily dancing as the blackened corpses swung in the background — Jews in particular may have been struck by the eerie resonanceRead More


In Sudan, A Modern-Day Story of Slavery

By Charles Jacobs

It is during Passover that we Jews are most sharply reminded that we walk the earth as redeemed slaves. But while human bondage may for us be a thing of the distant past, for many others slavery is not a matter of history. This year, as we celebrate our redemption at Seder tables around the globe, there are by conservative estimateRead More


Destroying Enemies, Before They Destroy Us

By Amira Schiff

The decision to target Sheikh Ahmed Yassin last month was taken by the Israeli Cabinet following the double suicide bombing in Ashdod. That attack was perceived as a major step up in terror activity because it targeted a chemical storage site. Had it exploded, the devastation would have been enormous.In response, Prime MinisterRead More


Targeted Killings: Two Israeli Perspectives

By Ehud Eiran

He was the de facto ruler of Gaza and represented a revolution that challenged Israel’s right to exist. His involvement in Palestinian terror attacks against Israel led to his assassination. On July 19, 1956, Colonel Musfasa Hafez, President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s intelligence chief in what was then Egyptian-controlled Gaza, was killed by anRead More





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