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Demographics Drive Likud’s Shifting Agenda

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Driving the Likud’s metamorphosis from “Greater Israel” dogmatism to separation pragmatism are not constraints of geography but of demography.“Above all hovers the cloud of demographics,” Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Israeli columnist Nahum Barnea of Yediot Aharonot last week, explaining his dramatic decisionRead More


Crisis Looms Over Settlement Evacuations

JERUSALEM — The debate over the future Israel’s settlement policy continued to rage furiously this week, following Prime Minister Sharon’s December 18 speech outlining possible unilateral steps to separate from the Palestinians and redeploy some settlements.While the Labor Party and the left continued to dismiss Sharon’s plan as eitherRead More


Charedi Rabbis Rush To Disavow Anti-Gentile Book

By Allan Nadler

Leaders of the country’s most prominent ultra-Orthodox yeshiva are scrambling to distance themselves from a book by one of their disciples, which argues that gentiles are “completely evil” and Jews constitute a separate, genetically superior species.Written by Rabbi Saadya Grama — an alumnus of Beth Medrash Govoha, the renowned yeshivaRead More


Sen. Santorum Blasts France On Religious Symbol Ban

By Marc Perelman

A leading Republican senator is blasting the French government for its efforts to impose a ban on the wearing of religious symbols or garments in public schools.Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, the Senate’s third-ranking Republican, told the Forward that the French decision was “very dangerous.”“This is further evidence of the postmodernRead More


Saddam Nab Turns U.S. Focus Back To Mideast

By Ori Nir; With Reporting by Ha’aretz and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

WASHINGTON — The capture of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein will lead to an intensification of White House efforts to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, diplomatic sources say.Hussein’s capture, administration officials told Israeli and Arab diplomats this week, is likely to create a changed atmosphere in the Middle EastRead More


Bush’s Jobless Economic Recovery: Workers Pay Price for Productivity

By Jeffrey Frankel

From recent news reports, the American economy might appear to be in great shape. The estimated rate of growth in GDP in the third quarter was a very strong 8.2%, and the Dow Jones climbed back above 10,000 last week. The economic recovery now seems genuine. Furthermore, forecasts are for growth to continue strong, in the vicinity of 4%,Read More


Bush’s Internationalist Push Has Dems Grasping for Policy

By E.J. Kessler

The capture of Saddam Hussein is pointing up one of the great ironies facing Democrats when they mull their party’s foreign policy: President Bush has stolen it.Bush’s prosecution of the Iraq war — like his “No Child Left Behind” educational program and his Medicare prescription drug plan — seeks to beat Democrats by joining themRead More


Canadians Pick Jewish Activist As Top Lawman

By Sheldon Gordon; Chrétien, Who Was Unhappy Over Cotler’s Refusal to Toe the Party Line.

MONTREAL — Irwin Cotler, the outspokenly pro-Israel legal scholar sometimes known as Canada’s Alan Dershowitz, has been promoted from a backbench member of Parliament to the high-profile posts of justice minister and attorney-general in the new Cabinet announced last week by Paul Martin, Canada’s new primeRead More


Mob Violence Spurs Israeli Crackdown on Organized Crime

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The Israeli government has decided to make the fight against organized crime a national priority, following the deaths last week of three bystanders during a failed assassination attempt against a reputed leading Tel Aviv crime boss.Following Sunday’s Cabinet meeting — devoted almost entirely to the issue ofRead More


Bye-Bye, Bagels: Finicky Fans Flip for Flagels

By Max Gross

A 65-year-old regular at Montague Street Bagels — a Brooklyn Heights temple to the traditional treat — stepped up to the counter one chilly December morning.“Three flagels,” said the customer.The long line of patrons behind him suddenly perked up. “What’s a flagel?” erupted a chorus of eager Brooklyn Heights residents.Not as doughyRead More





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