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Former Defense Official Offers Grim Mideast View

WASHINGTON — A former undersecretary of defense is saying that Israel is missing an opportunity to leave the territories and has tried the patience of an extremely sympathetic president.In his first interview since leaving the Bush administration, Dov Zakheim’s take on the Israeli-Palestinian dispute was grim.“It’s a huge mistake,”Read More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Bill’s Bigs: “The American-Jewish community has been very good to me,” former President Clinton writes on Page 947 of his new memoir, “My Life.”You know it, baby.Without American Jews, Clinton couldn’t have funded his campaigns or run his administration. But what’s more, he genuinely has an affinity for Jews, as many of hisRead More


Defend the Civil Right to Freedom Of Religion for America’s Workers

By Eliot Spitzer

At first glance, Donovan Reed and Kalman Katz have very little in common. Though both are from New York State, Reed is an African-American from Mount Vernon, while Katz is an chasidic Jew from Borough Park. But both Reed and Katz are devoutly religious, and both were put in the untenable position of having to choose between keeping their faith andRead More


What Was the Real Reason for the War in Iraq?

By Gus Tyler

The report of the the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission) on why and how America was drawn into a war in Iraq compels some critical rethinking. This is no ordinary commission. When it was named, the almost universal feeling was that the commission members were people of intelligenceRead More


Israel’s Fence, New Tactics Seen Behind a Decline in Bombings

TEL AVIV — Israelis cheered silently Tuesday when the government published its latest terrorism statistics, holding their collective breath lest their streak of good luck run out. For the Israeli Defense Forces, the announcement was an occasion for a careful pat on the back, a sign of a job well done. The announcement of the tally of terroristRead More


Israeli Arabs Try New Strategy for Rights

By Ethan Porter

A group of Arab-Israeli human rights activists have spent the last month in America meeting with Jewish groups and government officials in order to agitate for the improvement of the unequal status of Arab citizens in Israeli society.The group, a delegation from the Mossawa Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens (Mossawa means “equality” inRead More


Judge’s Memo Displays Heat Of the Debate On Restitution

By Nathaniel Popper

In a sign of the growing personal and emotional dimensions of the Swiss bank settlement, the federal judge overseeing the case, Edward Korman, fired off an unexpected attack at a prominent lawyer who has had little to do with the case, and who, even the judge called a “latecomer to the proceedings.”Korman filed a legal memorandumRead More


Bin Laden Aimed To Link Plot to Israel

By Marc Perelman

In an interim staff report released last week, the presidential commission investigating the September 11, 2001, attacks shed new light on the role of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Al Qaeda’s worldview.The disclosures seem to weaken Israeli claims that the issue was only a secondary priority for Osama bin Laden, and they could rekindle theRead More


Annan Urges U.N. To Fight Antisemitism

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — Secretary General Kofi Annan’s speech here this week, delivered to the first seminar on antisemitism held at the U.N. headquarters, is being seen by some as a sea change in the way the organization has dealt with Israel and Jews internationally.Acknowledging that the U.N.’s record on antisemitism had fallen shortRead More


Claims Conference Focuses on Securing Funds for Home Health Care

By Nathaniel Popper

Responding to a groundswell of requests from aging Jewish Holocaust survivors, the organization responsible for securing support for survivors is putting an increasing emphasis on winning funding for home health care.In the first step of this effort, last month the Conference on Jewish MaterialRead More


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