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Anti-tax Activist Defends Holocaust Comparison

By Eric Marx

A top anti-tax activist and White House ally is standing by his comparison of proponents of the estate tax to the perpetrators of the Holocaust, while taking the analogy further and dismissing his critics as “socialists.”“The Nazis were for gun control, the Nazis were for high marginal tax rates,” said Grover Norquist in an interviewRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Clark Climb: Capitalizing on his surge in New Hampshire, retired general Wesley Clark is stepping up his push for support in the Jewish community, which some observers have identified as a key source of the more than $10 million in contributions that he posted for the fourth quarter of 2003.According to an e-mail message being circulatedRead More


Israel Presses White House To Reword Rights Report

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Israel is pressuring the Bush administration to omit references to the West Bank security fence from the State Department’s annual human rights report.American diplomats in Tel Aviv recently told Israeli officials that the administration planned to refer to the fence in the report’s chapter that scrutinizes Israeli violations ofRead More


Shimon Peres: Time Is Running Out for Likud Party

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Shimon Peres is once again aiming to become the next Israeli prime minister. He won’t admit it, perhaps even to himself, but there is no doubt that Peres can already envision the evolving circumstances that might catapult him once again, against all odds and expectations, to the nation’s top office.Peres would have toRead More


Sharon Adviser Weighs Romanian Pol’s Offer

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — A political consultant to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is weighing an offer to work for a right-wing Romanian presidential candidate with a history of antisemitic statements, despite the objections of Israeli Foreign Ministry officials and Jewish communal officials in America.Eyal Arad, an Israeli public-relations consultant who ranRead More


Settlers Make Permanent Plans

By Larry Derfner

Two tractors sat at the edges of Ginot Aryeh, slated to be the first of many makeshift, barely-populated West Bank settler outposts soon to be removed in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s “disengagement plan.” Set up in a rocky field not far from its “mother” settlement of Ofra, the outpost has a population of about 30 religious settlersRead More


Liberal Hawks Rethink Stance on Iraq

By Marc Perelman

The elusive search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and mounting questions about pre-war intelligence are prompting some liberal supporters of military intervention in Iraq to reassess their positions.Kenneth Pollack, a former CIA analyst and National Security Council official in the Clinton administration who wrote an influential book inRead More


Critics Slam Rabbi, Y.U. Over Article on Gentiles

By Nacha Cattan

An article in a student publication of Yeshiva University’s affiliated rabbinical seminary that suggests the basis for the religious prohibition against murder is different for Jews and non-Jews is causing a stir in the Modern Orthodox world.The article quotes classical Jewish texts to support the argument that while the Bible contains aRead More


Ultra-Orthodox Officials Go To Bat for Anti-Gentile Book

By Steven I. Weiss

A leading ultra-Orthodox organization has launched a campaign to shift attention from a controversial book on Jewish superiority, choosing instead to attack the Forward’s reporting on it.Agudath Israel of America has refused to condemn the book by Rabbi Saadya Grama, published in Hebrew under the titleRead More


Wary of Right, Sharon Punts On His Plans

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Under opposition pressure to spell out his still-murky “unilateral” plans on the Palestinian front, Prime Minister Sharon appeared before the Knesset last Monday and did just the opposite. Gone were the phrases that had caused such a stir last month, such as “dismantling outposts” and “unilateral withdrawal.” Instead, heRead More


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