Forward Forum


When Time Isn’t on Israel’s Side

By Leonard Fein

Some 20 years ago, Ehud Olmert — now deputy prime minister of Israel, recently mayor of Jerusalem, back then a rising star in Israel’s right-wing firmament — was among the principal speakers at a United Jewish Appeal event in Silverado, a lovely retreat center in northern California. One day, the two of us took a long walk, during which weRead More


An Intelligent Choice to Lead The New CIA?

By Elliot Goldenberg

I have never met Republican Rep. Porter Goss, nor have I ever spoken with him. Still, as the author of two books on convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, the fact that Goss could be the new director of the CIA gives great me cause for concern.First of all, let me say that I am not a Bush-basher. In fact, even though I’m aRead More


Loathe the One You’re With

By Leonard Fein

Remember the mood just six or eight months ago? President Bush seemed like a sure winner in his bid for re-election. Howard Dean was all the rage, with his unprecedented and extraordinarily successful fund raising via the Internet and his blunt challenge to the incumbent — but hardly anyone thought that in a Dean-BushRead More


Digging Up the Bible

By David Hazony

With Jerusalem’s future forever a subject of contention, many who care passionately about the Golden City have missed the new debate that has emerged over its ancient past. A new cadre of Bible scholars and archaeologists, some with an overtly political agenda, has argued that the great Israelite kingdom, depicted in the books of Samuel, KingsRead More


The Smart Money Is on Israel, Again

By Harry Langman

Last year, total foreign investment in Israeli companies was 61% higher than in 2002 and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange rose 50%. After four years of negative economic news, the smart money is investing Israel.As an export-oriented country, Israel’s economic well-being is closely tied to that of the United States and other Western nations. SoRead More


Evaluating the Candidates’ Health Care Plans

By Kenneth Thorpe

With skyrocketing health insurance premiums and a persistent rise in the number of uninsured, health care has assumed center stage in this year’s presidential race. While President Bush and Democratic candidate John Kerry have developed detailed health care proposals, the nature and scope of the proposals are dramatically different.The presidentRead More


The Fundamentals of an Iran in Exile

By Roya Hakakian

The diplomatic officer asked, for the third time, how I’d been persecuted as a Jew in Iran, as he leafed through my application for political asylum. But I said nothing.His stern tone, his fierce gaze demanded certainty, clarity and conviction — all the things that I could not find within. Sitting opposite him in his office at the AmericanRead More


No Ifs, Ands Or Butts

By Kathleen Peratis

In March, an American woman on the staff of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees accused the high commissioner himself of sexual harassment, saying he had “grabbed her behind.”Read More


The Stalled March of Palestinian Moderation

By Tawfiq Abu Baker

It was in 1974, exactly 30 years ago, that Palestinians made the monumental decision that was considered the largest turning point in their modern history. During the Palestine Liberation Organization’s 12th National Council, held in Cairo, delegates accepted — for the first time — the establishment of a national authority on any PalestinianRead More


Time To Rethink Shoah Education

By Robert Rozett

Today, more people than ever are aware that the Nazis murdered some 6 million Jews in the Holocaust. Years of development and implementation of educational programs, often backed by governments and NGOs around the world, have been augmented by official days of remembrance, museum exhibits, major motion pictures and almostRead More


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