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Netanyahu’s Budget Riles Left, Threatens Unity Talks

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Benjamin Netanyahu, the spoiler of Ariel Sharon’s Cabinet, managed this week to throw Israeli politics into turmoil by pulling one of his most unexpected stunts ever: bringing in a 2005 state budget framework on time.Netanyahu’s draft budget, a Thatcherite mix of privatization and spending cuts, is winning plaudits from economistsRead More


Terror Threat Against Synagogue Was False Alarm

By Nathaniel Popper

With federal and city officials racing to respond to warnings of new terrorist strikes against the United States, the media appears to have set off a frightening false alarm about an alleged threat to a small Manhattan synagogue.Time magazine reported Monday that the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue on Manhattan’s Lower East Side wasRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

‘Truth in Labeling?’ I: A glossy new White House publication titled “President George W. Bush: A Friend to the American Jewish Community” is raising the ire of Democrats, who contend that it is a thinly disguised — and dishonest — campaign document put out with public money.The 26-page booklet, issued by the White House’s Office ofRead More


Bush Relying on Pakistan, Saudi Arabia

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON – Faced with mounting criticism from the left and the right for its support of authoritarian regimes in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the Bush administration is visibly stepping up its reliance on both countries in the war on terrorism.Administration officials are hailing the role of Pakistan and, to aRead More


To War or Not To War

By Michael Walzer

Clausewitz’s famous line, that war is the continuation of politics by other means, probably was meant to be provocative, but it seems to me obviously true. The claim is equally obvious the other way around: Politics is the continuation of war by other means. It is very important, however, that the means are different. Politics is a form ofRead More


Pinkas Tapped After Feud With J’lem

By Ori Nir

Israel’s highest-profile diplomat in the United States, who resigned this month in a feud with his foreign minister, has agreed to take a job as chief executive officer of the American Jewish Congress.Alon Pinkas, who served as the Israeli consul general in New York until August 1, will assume a newly created postRead More


Liberals Worry Coalition Deal Will Boost Orthodox Monopoly

By Ami Eden

As Israel’s Labor Party negotiates to join Ariel Sharon’s governing coalition, Reform and Conservative leaders are urging the party to stand firm against ultra-Orthodox demands over issues of religious pluralism and civil marriage.The president of the Union for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, sent a letter August 10 to Labor leader ShimonRead More


Four Top Leaders Of Jewish Agency Seeking To Depart

By Nathaniel Popper

Four of the top professionals at the Jewish Agency for Israel recently have announced their plans to leave the agency amid talk of growing tensions between the top professionals and the political leadership of the massive, quasi-governmental Israeli social-service agency.Leading the list of departures is the agency’s top professional, DirectorRead More


Comic Pushes Limits in Antisemitic Sing-along

By Nathaniel Popper

On his hit HBO television series, “Da Ali G Show,” British Jewish comedian Sacha Baron Cohen is after laughs, but in the process he is creating a new form of sociological experiment.Each week, under the guise of three different fictitious personas, Baron Cohen is shown interviewing unsuspecting Americans to elicitRead More


Online Dating Service Flirts With Public Stock Offering

By Gabriel Sanders

Online dating service seeks IPO investors, long walks in the park. After it was announced last week that the corporate parent of JDate.com, the leading Jewish Internet dating site, was making moves toward an initial public offering of its stock, JDaters stopped to wonder: Just what does this mean for me?“As though I didn’t feel likeRead More


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