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Bad for the U.S., Bad for Israel

By Leonard Fein

It doesn’t really matter, and surely comes as no surprise, that substantial majorities in England, France, South Korea, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Spain and Australia think the war in Iraq is a mistake and that they prefer John Kerry to George Bush. In Mexico, 83% of the respondents to a rather remarkable poll say that our invasion of Iraq wasRead More


The Case for Bush: Safety in Freedom

By Kenneth Bialkin

Every member of an ethnic, racial or religious minority in the United States understands the power and value of freedom and democracy. Americans understand that the right to vote ensures the equality of every person; democracy is a powerful force that commands respect for the rights of others and insists on the application of the rule ofRead More


The Case for Kerry: Strength Through Respect

By Bruce Terris

I am a Washington lawyer who moved to Israel 20 years ago and has since lived in Jerusalem roughly half of the year. As you might well guess, I care deeply about the security of Israel. I am a member of Likud, the party of Prime Minister Sharon. Like a majority of Likud and unlike Sharon, I oppose giving back Gaza and a portion of the WestRead More


Withdrawal From Peace

By Leonard Fein

Think the contemplated Israeli withdrawal from Gaza is the first step in a revived peace process, a step that will be followed by Israel’s withdrawal from the bulk of the West Bank? Then read what Prime Minister Sharon himself has to say on the subject: “It is very possible that after the evacuation [disengagement], there will be a long periodRead More


Voting Against Our Own Interests

By David Klinghoffer

Everyone knows that the Jewish vote skews to the left. Among national religious groups, only black Protestants are more securely in the pocket of the Democratic Party. But did you know that Jews, unlike blacks, are actually becoming more liberal over time?That startling fact is reported in a new survey from the Pew Forum on Religion & PublicRead More


Putting Politics Back Into Service

By Jane Eisner

Two years ago, my oldest daughter volunteered as a full-time teacher’s aide in a public elementary school in Philadelphia. Then a senior at a Jewish day school, she was fulfilling her graduation requirement for community service and, I’d like to think, fulfilling her civic obligation to serve.The school was just a few milesRead More


When Evil Speaks the Truth

By Yossi Alpher

Remember Tareq Aziz, the senior official in Saddam Hussein’s regime who frequently spoke on its behalf to Western audiences? He will soon stand trial in Baghdad, alongside Saddam and other former henchmen. As a mouthpiece for the most brutal regime anywhere in recent history, he deserves no pity.But consider this: He frequently spoke the plainRead More


Bearing Freedom

By Leonard Fein

There are some who contend that the principal difference between President Bush and Senator John Kerry is that one is moved by ethics and ideology, the other by process and pragmatism. In the first of their debates, for example, the president, it is said, laid down an ethical and ideological marker: This war, our war in Iraq, is about freedom.Read More


When Victory Is No Victory at All

By Ofer Shelah

It is typical of the prolonged, ambiguous war between Israel and the Palestinians that no one can really say who prevails at a certain point in time. To some strategists, the important issue is who appears to be winning. “Let us project victory,” was the sound advice given once by Brigadier General Eival Gilady, former headRead More


Helping Afghans Fight for Themselves

By James Phillips

Afghanistan, already a major front in the war on terrorism, now has also become an important front in the American presidential campaign. Senator John Kerry has charged that the Bush administration made a huge mistake in the war against terrorism by diverting military forces from Afghanistan to Iraq. “Iraq is not even the center of the focusRead More


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