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Passionate but Modest Proposal Calls for Sane, Humane Zionism

By Shlomo Avineri

The Fate of Zionism: A Secular Future for Israel & Palestine By Arthur Hertzberg HarperSanFrancisco,

208 pages, $19.95. * * *Arthur Hertzberg is a rare bird on the American Jewish scene: a Jewish public intellectual who is also a Jewish leader. Once upon a time — when there were not many Jewish academics in the United States —Read More


Israeli Intelligence Probe Asks: What Did We Know and When?

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — As a special Knesset investigative committee began drafting its report this week on Israeli intelligence leading up to the Iraq war, Israel’s defense establishment found itself caught up in an unexpected debate over whether Israel had overstated the Iraqi threat, and why.The Knesset probe, headed by LikudRead More


‘Passion’ Debate Risks Alienating Christian Allies

By Sara Liss

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Standing before a room full of Anti-Defamation League leaders at the Italian Renaissance-style Majestic Breakers hotel here, Rabbi Robert Levine appeared to be preaching to the converted as he tore into Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.”But then Levine, the religious leader of Congregation Rodeph Shalom inRead More


Chabad, Secular Groups Battle in Austria

VIENNA — A group linked to the Chabad movement has been cozying up to the government of Austria and the European Commission, angering secular groups that have been battling those entities in an attempt to get them to act against rising continental antisemitism.Last week, a three-day rabbinical conference organizedRead More


Newsdesk February 13, 2004

Melee at KnessetViolence broke out in the Knesset last Monday, when several local Likud party activists ran amok after being denied entry to a closed committee meeting.The dispute arose when a group of Likud Central Committee members arrived to monitor a meeting of the Knesset Finance Committee, which was to discuss privatization of anRead More


Israel Programs Rebound

By Miriam Colton

Rebecca Blank, a sophomore at Blind Brook Public High School in Westchester County, N.Y., has wanted to study abroad for several years. Highly active in her temple youth group and a longtime attendee of the Reform movement’s summer camps, her first choice was Israel. So last week, Blank boarded an El Al plane at Kennedy Airport to embarkRead More


Groups Win Support for Israel on Fence

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — With the International Court of Justice set to open hearings on Israel’s West Bank security fence, American Jewish organizations are claiming partial credit for the decision by Western governments to side with Jerusalem and promising a full-blown campaign in support of the barrier.“We perceive it as a new frontRead More


Egypt, Jordan Fear Deterioration of P.A.

By Marc Perelman

Moderate Arab countries are growing increasingly concerned that the Palestinian Authority may collapse, according to diplomats and observers. Countries such as Egypt and Jordan openly worry that the demise of the P.A., coupled with the perceived American disengagement in an election year and the Israeli government preparing to takeRead More


Syria Diplomat Seeking Friends Among Public

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — It has gone almost unnoticed in this media-saturated city that the man sent by Syrian President Bashar Assad to represent his country here at one of the lowest moments in bilateral relations is one of Syria’s most prominent reformists. Yet, in a little less than a year, Ambassador Imad Moustapha, 43, has reformed —Read More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Jews for Joe!: Confounding the fears of many, including the candidate, Jewish voters in the states that voted February 3 did support Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman in greater percentages than did non-Jews.In the end, however, that did not provide much help for Lieberman, who ended his centrist bid for the presidency Tuesday.According to exitRead More


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