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Dramatic Reversals Bring New Support for Gaza Plan

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Israel’s military intelligence chief warned the Cabinet this week that America’s mounting troubles in Iraq might prompt it to seek broader international backing and pay for it with the “Israeli coin” of forced concessions that Israel can ill afford.The intelligence chief, Major General Aharon Ze’evi-Farkash, told the CabinetRead More


Justice Dept. Takes Heat Over Survivors’ Lawsuit

By Nathaniel Popper

A bipartisan group of 17 senators, including Hillary Clinton, a New York Democrat, and Trent Lott, a Mississippi Republican, came together last week to chastise the Department of Justice for its handling of the so-called “Gold Train” case.The Justice Department has fought at every turn against the federal lawsuit brought by Hungarian HolocaustRead More


The Lament of the Damned Detainee

By Gus Tyler

The recent scandals about the maltreatment of prisoners in Iraq have raised the question of whether such wartime captives have any rights. According to the Geneva Convention on the prisoners of war, they do. And the rights they have would have made impossible the hair-raising abuses they suffered at the hands of their American jailers. But — aRead More


Pro-American French Author Blasts Bush Administration

By Marc Perelman

Coming from another Frenchman, the argument hardly would seem surprising: The war in Iraq was a tragic mistake that derailed the war on terror and damaged America’s image to a point where it now needs a major intellectual, moral and political shake-up to restore its credibility.But when Bernard-Henri Levy, France’s most prominentRead More


Agreement To Preserve Jewish Sites in Poland Hailed

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Underscoring an intensifying effort to confront its troubled past, Poland has signed an agreement with the United States to preserve and restore historic Jewish sites in Poland.The agreement, signed last month in Washington, is the latest in a series of accords America has signed with European governments since 1992 toRead More


Right-wing Initiative Targets ‘Lost Jews’

By Steven I. Weiss

Right-wing Orthodox activists in America have launched an initiative to bring tens of millions of so-called “lost Jews” from Asia and Europe to the West Bank.The new effort was highlighted in promotional advertisements for an annual concert in Central Park, which has become a major destination for tens of thousands of New York Jews. The event,Read More


Settler Rabbi: Killing Civilians Permitted

By Eetta Prince-Gibson

JERUSALEM — A top rabbinic leader of the West Bank settler movement declared last week that the Israeli military is “permitted” under Jewish religious law to kill “ostensibly innocent” civilians in the course of warfare, and that feelings of guilt over such deaths reflect “the morality of unbelievers.”Rabbi Dov Lior, chairmanRead More


Chalabi Allies Claim CIA Plot Of Defamation

By Marc Perelman

Neoconservative allies of Ahmad Chalabi are rallying to the side of the embattled Iraqi politician, insisting that he is the victim of an orchestrated campaign to discredit him.Chalabi and several of his allies outside of government say that he has been undermined by political enemies at the State Department and at the CIA who falsely claim thatRead More


Bipartisan Deal on Judicial Picks Draws Ire From Both Sides of Aisle

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan deal to break the Senate logjam over judicial nominees is drawing criticism from both liberal and conservative activists.Under the deal, which was negotiated by the White House and by legislative leaders from both parties, Democrats will permit the Senate to vote promptly on 25 of President Bush’s less controversialRead More


Ex-Mideast Envoy Zinni Charges Neocons Pushed Iraq War To Benefit Israel

By Ori Nir and Ami Eden

The simmering debate over the role of Jewish neoconservatives in drawing America into war in Iraq erupted with new fury this week. One of America’s most respected ex-generals took to the airwaves to charge on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” that the war had been fought for Israel’s benefit, just days after a similar charge was leveledRead More


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