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Rabbis Urged To Quit Alliance

By Miriam Colton

Several rabbis are being urged to drop out of an anti-gay marriage coalition because it includes a Muslim organization with alleged ties to terrorist groups.One rabbi, Marc Gellman, a Reform clergyman best known for co-hosting the interfaith television program “God Squad,” has already severed ties to the Alliance for Marriage, citingRead More


Poll: Support for Israel is Strong

By Nathaniel Popper

By a two-to-one margin, 62% to 31%, Americans believe their government should back Israel even if it leads to an increased probability of terrorist attacks against this country, according to a new survey of American attitudes toward the Middle East sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League.The poll, conducted from December 1- 4, shows strongRead More


In Rare Speech, Shin Bet Chief Cites Iran, Jewish Terror as Threats

HERZLIYA, Israel — In a rare public appearance, the director of the Shin Bet security service this week called Iran the “No. 1 terror state in the world,” urged the government to build the West Bank fence as quickly as possible and admitted the security services, “including the Shin Bet,” had not provided the Israeli public with “theRead More


Worshippers Indicted After Entering Palestinian Areas

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — In a move intended to deter Israelis from entering Palestinian-controlled areas, Israeli state prosecutors have filed charges against a group of Bratslav chasidim who illegally went to pray at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus last week — and were attacked by Palestinian gunmen as they left the site.Eight of the 16 Jews who enteredRead More


Envoy Under Fire for Discussing Terror Suspect’s Trial

By Sheldon Gordon

OTTAWA — The Israeli ambassador to Canada came under fire last week after publicly disclosing that a Hamas official had allegedly tried to recruit a Canadian citizen of Palestinian origin to assist in terrorist attacks in North America.The Canadian Foreign Ministry called in Israeli Ambassador Chaim Divon to protest comments heRead More


Sen. Santorum Blasts France On Religious Symbol Ban

By Marc Perelman

A leading Republican senator is blasting the French government for its efforts to impose a ban on the wearing of religious symbols or garments in public schools.Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, the Senate’s third-ranking Republican, told the Forward that the French decision was “very dangerous.”“This is further evidence of the postmodernRead More


Saddam Nab Turns U.S. Focus Back To Mideast

By Ori Nir; With Reporting by Ha’aretz and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

WASHINGTON — The capture of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein will lead to an intensification of White House efforts to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, diplomatic sources say.Hussein’s capture, administration officials told Israeli and Arab diplomats this week, is likely to create a changed atmosphere in the Middle EastRead More


Bush’s Jobless Economic Recovery: Workers Pay Price for Productivity

By Jeffrey Frankel

From recent news reports, the American economy might appear to be in great shape. The estimated rate of growth in GDP in the third quarter was a very strong 8.2%, and the Dow Jones climbed back above 10,000 last week. The economic recovery now seems genuine. Furthermore, forecasts are for growth to continue strong, in the vicinity of 4%,Read More


Bush’s Internationalist Push Has Dems Grasping for Policy

By E.J. Kessler

The capture of Saddam Hussein is pointing up one of the great ironies facing Democrats when they mull their party’s foreign policy: President Bush has stolen it.Bush’s prosecution of the Iraq war — like his “No Child Left Behind” educational program and his Medicare prescription drug plan — seeks to beat Democrats by joining themRead More


Canadians Pick Jewish Activist As Top Lawman

By Sheldon Gordon; Chrétien, Who Was Unhappy Over Cotler’s Refusal to Toe the Party Line.

MONTREAL — Irwin Cotler, the outspokenly pro-Israel legal scholar sometimes known as Canada’s Alan Dershowitz, has been promoted from a backbench member of Parliament to the high-profile posts of justice minister and attorney-general in the new Cabinet announced last week by Paul Martin, Canada’s new primeRead More


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