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‘Soprano’ Zionism

By Gil Troy

My grandmother used to sigh, “Shver tsu zayn a yid” — it’s tough to be a Jew. These days, though, it’s even tougher to be a Zionist. It is an act of triple-chutzpah.Diaspora Zionists risk the opprobrium of anti-Zionists who libel Zionism as racism, of Israelis like writer A.B. Yehoshua who uses crude sexual terms to sneer that Diaspora…Read More


How To Rule But Not Lead

By Leonard Fein

As nearly as I can recall, the last war-related protest in which I participated — in fact, helped organize — was a protest in favor of American intervention in Bosnia. The year was 1993, just a decade ago. Europe then as now was passive, unwilling to put an end to the carnage. And so were we. Indeed, among the most vociferous opponents…Read More


The New Powell Doctrine

By Ron Rubin

Regardless of how the war with Iraq unfolds, the six-month American dalliance with the United Nations over the future of Saddam Hussein represents one of this country’s main post-Cold War diplomatic defeats. What makes this disaster even more aggravating is that the wounds were self-inflicted and avoidable.Future historians will blame thisRead More


The Bush Administration’s Suffocating Secrecy

By Steven Aftergood

Even as the war in Iraq unfolded, President Bush signed an executive order Tuesday establishing a new policy on national security secrecy. The new secrecy policy had been awaited with anticipation, or dread, because it redefines what government information will be made available to the public and what will be withheld.The new Bush policy is lessRead More


Europe’s Blind Antisemitism…

By Lauren Gottlieb

In the Belgian capital of Brussels, as in most other parts of Western Europe, very few people carry guns. But everyone has a finger to point.The power of this observation was made especially clear to me one Saturday morning last fall as I walked several of my host family’s children to synagogue. It was cloudy and drizzling, as most autumn daysRead More


… Perceives All Jews as Representatives of Israel

By Moses Constantinis

In the minds of many here in Greece and across Europe, the State of Israel was and is considered the state of the Jews. The Greek public does not clearly distinguish between Israelis and Jews, and even government officials often refer to all Israelis as Jews in their speeches, although not maliciously.There are Greeks who believe that anythingRead More


Abraham’s Iraq Mistake

By David Klinghoffer

‘Turn it over and over, for everything is in it.” So the mishnaic tractate Pirke Avot tells us of the capaciousness of Torah: Everything that concerns us in our private or public lives is addressed by Jewish tradition — everything, including what America’s plans should be for post-war Iraq.In making the case for war, President Bush spoke…Read More


First Reform Palestinian Authority, Then Negotiate

By Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

The urgency of Prime Minister Sharon’s efforts to bring about the reform of the Palestinian Authority and the emergence of a genuine, effective and trustworthy Palestinian partner for peace was driven home during my most recent visit to Israel leading a five-member congressional delegation.During our discussion,Read More


The Iraqi Challenge to Pax Americana

By Uzi Arad

Historians who examine the rise and fall of great powers frequently ask how a given power attained the status of empire. Some historians probe the essence of the imperialist urge — that is, they ask what awakened the aspirations that brought the great power to its preeminent status, since the growth of an empire has often been accompanied byRead More


Unleashing Women’s Leadership Potential

By Shifra Bronznick

In the last two years, five of the most significant organizations in the Jewish community have elected a woman as president or chair, each for the first time in its history.This is not mere coincidence. It reflects the beginning of a historic change. Just five years ago, a study of 45 major American Jewish organizations found that more than halfRead More


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