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

As Sharon’s Plan Advances, Officials Reconsider Arafat

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — For months, the Israeli public and the political system waited anxiously for the announcement of Attorney General Menachem Mazouz on whether he was going to press bribery charges against Prime Minister Sharon. Sharon’s security plans, the composition of his coalition and his own political future hung in the balance. WhenRead More

Court Actions Highlight Lack Of Special Rep On Restitution

By Nathaniel Popper

The last month has seen the first major spate of legal action on Holocaust-era issues since 2001, when the Bush administration downgraded the American government’s representation on restitution and reparations matters.To observers from almost every side of the debate, the recent wrangling in court has revealed the deep impact the absenceRead More

Halliburton Investigated For Iran Ties Under Veep

By Marc Perelman

A Treasury Department investigation into the activities of oil giant Halliburton in Iran is looking at potentially suspicious business contacts between Iran’s oil company and Halliburton at the time it was headed by Vice President Richard Cheney.According to documents dating from 1997 and 1998, a Dubai-based Halliburton subsidiary receivedRead More

Bush Pushing Israel on Terms Of Disengagement From Gaza

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — As Israel prepares to withdraw from Gaza, the Bush administration is laying down a stiff series of expectations that could set the stage for a rocky few months between Washington and Jerusalem, pro-Israel activists say.President Bush expects Israel to start taking steps to rehabilitate Gaza’s shattered economy by settingRead More

O Father, Who Art Thou?

By Stuart Eizenstat

During the last decade, Swiss, German, Austrian and French companies and their governments paid some $8 billion to Jewish and non-Jewish victims of the Third Reich, disgorged thousands of dormant bank accounts, finally honored prewar insurance policies and returned confiscated property and artwork.The Europeans paid reparations for their conductRead More

Ten Years After Schneerson’s Death, Lubavitch Movement Flourishes

By Steven I. Weiss

This is the first in a series about the progress of the Lubavitch movement since the death of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the charismatic head of the Lubavitch chasidic movement, died 10 years ago this week, leaving both followers and observers wondering about the future of the highly successful religiousRead More

Liberal Coalition’s Opposition Seen Likely To Stop Religious Freedom Bill

WASHINGTON — Opposition from a growing coalition of national civil rights organizations, as well as a tight legislative schedule in Congress, appear to be damaging the chances for approval of a religious freedom bill that is a top priority for Jewish groups, congressional aides and Jewish activists say.The bill, the Workers Religious FreedomRead More

Mending a Fractured Relationship Through Diplomacy

By Nathaniel Popper

Stefan Schlueter’s effort to heal Germany’s wounded past extends even to the linguistic level. When speaking about Germans today, he carefully uses the phrases “non-Jewish Germans” and “Jewish Germans” to emphasize that both are a part of the German community.“It would give Hitler a small victory to think of Jews and Germans asRead More

Newsdesk June 18, 2004

Rabbi Settles CaseThe senior rabbi of the Temple of Aaron in St. Paul, Minn., settled a lawsuit alleging that he engaged in sexual misconduct with a woman he was counseling. However, he has retracted his decision to resign from the Conservative synagogue.“Right now he’s reweighing his options, but is frankly overwhelmedRead More

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