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U.S. Officials Supporting Sharon Speech

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Despite an initial White House rebuke and continuing State Department objections, Bush administration officials are now voicing support for a major policy address delivered last week by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.The Israeli leader appeared to throw U.S. officials a curve December 18 in a speech at the Herzliya securityRead More


Demographics Drive Likud’s Shifting Agenda

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Driving the Likud’s metamorphosis from “Greater Israel” dogmatism to separation pragmatism are not constraints of geography but of demography.“Above all hovers the cloud of demographics,” Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Israeli columnist Nahum Barnea of Yediot Aharonot last week, explaining his dramatic decisionRead More


Crisis Looms Over Settlement Evacuations

JERUSALEM — The debate over the future Israel’s settlement policy continued to rage furiously this week, following Prime Minister Sharon’s December 18 speech outlining possible unilateral steps to separate from the Palestinians and redeploy some settlements.While the Labor Party and the left continued to dismiss Sharon’s plan as eitherRead More


Jerusalem Returns to Normal: That Is, Chaos, Paralysis and Strikes Abound

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Things were briefly back to normal in government offices last week, and that meant chaos.For the last three months, a rolling series of work stoppages, slowdowns and outright strikes have brought Israel’s infamous government bureaucracy to a virtual standstill. The result has been a nightmare for those needing anything from aRead More


After Rebuke, Bush Officials Voice Support For Israel Plan Israeli Sends Signal to Iran Over Airwaves — In Persian

By Marc Perelman

When Israel’s defense minister chatted on-air with radio listeners last week about the possibility of a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities, he did more than just send a warning to the leaders in Tehran. He also shed light on one of the strangest media phenomena in the Middle East: the Farsi-language program of IsraelRead More


Gibson Film Exposes Rift In Vatican Hierarchy

By Nacha Cattan

The debate over a papal screening of Mel Gibson’s controversial film has become a flashpoint between liberals and conservatives struggling for power in the Catholic Church under the ailing pope.The pope saw “The Passion of Christ” and is said by conservatives to have praised it in a few words, saying, “It is as it was.” But in anRead More


Embattled Academic Tony Judt Defends Call for Binational State

By Nathaniel Popper

Tony Judt is a scholar who was until recently best known for his writings on European history. But then, in a 2,900-word essay in the October 23 edition of The New York Review of Books, Judt dropped the intellectual equivalent of a nuclear bomb on Zionism, calling for the dismantling of Israel as a Jewish state.Judt argued in his essay that IsraelRead More


Senator: Saddam Nab, Dean’s Rise Make GOP An Easy Sell

By E.J. Kessler

The capture of Saddam Hussein and the rise of Howard Dean are making President Bush and the Republican Party a much easier sell in the Jewish community, Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman says.“My effort is made easier by Howard Dean, by Dean’s not having a strong record on the war on terror, by his comments on Saddam, by his comments onRead More


In New Hampshire, People Power Drives Primary

By E.J. Kessler

LACONIA, N.H. — Standing before a roaring fire on a cold night in the living room of a comfortable home here, Josh Levin demonstrated why Howard Dean is running away with the hearts of New Hampshire voters — and, probably, his party’s nomination.Levin, 25, a native of Chicago transplanted to this small town by the Dean campaign, stood beforeRead More


Jazzman Strikes a Chord at Community Programs

By Andrew Muchin

He has hung out with Dizzy Gillespie, played piano with the Rolling Stones, written three books, hosted national radio and television shows, co-run a jazz record label, produced albums by top jazz and pop performers and composed a Grammy-nominated film score. But what’s tickling Ben Sidran’s ivories these daysRead More





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