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Pressured, Assad Offers Charm Campaign

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continued his version of a peace offensive this week, publicly offering to give up weapons of mass destruction if Israel agreed to do the same, knowing in advance that it won’t.Israel’s Prime Minister Sharon replied in kind, sending a message to Assad that if the Syrian leader agrees in advanceRead More


Bush Seeks To Pressure Iran, Syria On Weapons

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Encouraged by Libya’s surprise decision to abandon its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, the Bush administration has instructed its Middle East experts to seek ways of pressing for similar changes in Syria and Iran.Staffers at the State and Defense departments have been told to step up efforts to elicit change in theRead More


Israelis Help Iran Victims Despite Rebuff

By Nathaniel Popper

Israel’s president is calling on Israeli citizens to find ways of donating to Iranian relief indirectly through international humanitarian organizations, despite Iran’s rejection of aid from the Jewish state.“I am sorry about the decision of the rulers of Iran to reject the humanitarian good will of the citizens of Israel,”Read More


News Report on Illegal Outposts Prompts Calls for Probe of WZO

By Nacha Cattan

American Jewish communal leaders are calling for an investigation into the activities of the World Zionist Organization, a Jerusalem-based confederation of Diaspora Zionist groups, following an Israeli news report alleging that the body was funneling money to illegal settlement outposts.The Israeli daily Ha’aretz reported on December 26 thatRead More


Florida Shoah Survivors Facing New Set of Woes: Age, Infirmity, Poverty

By Nacha Cattan

HALLANDALE, Fla. — With thick-rimmed glasses perched on his forehead and his hands folded across a woolly knit sweater, Aaron Stern looks more like the world-renowned behavioral scientist he once was than the man he has become: a Holocaust survivor who cannot pay his own rent.The articulate 85-year-old has triumphed over enough adversity forRead More


Right Wing Gears Up for Clash With Sharon

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Israel’s right wing is gearing up for a confrontation with the government in the coming days, in the wake of Prime Minister Sharon’s decision this week to start removing so-called illegal Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.Sharon announced on Sunday that he had decided to remove four outposts, out of an estimated 50 toRead More


Jewish Paper Uses ‘Latin Flavor’ To Fill a Void

By Max Gross

Jacqueline Donado, managing editor of the New York-based Spanish-language newspaper El Diario La Prensa, has seen many Spanish papers pop up in the city.“There are monthly, biweekly, weeklies, dailies,” Donado said. “There are Mom and Pop newspapers…. [There are] papers that are going by nationality; there is one for taxiRead More


Rhodes Scholar Heads to Iraq as Military Officer

By Ariel Zilber

By virtue of the Rhodes Scholarship he was awarded in November, Daniel Helmer is scheduled to study at Oxford University this fall. Before he heads to England, however, he is going to Iraq.Helmer, a 22-year-old from Colts Neck, N.J., was an academic overachiever as an undergraduate. He was also a member of the gymnastics team, president of theRead More


Orthodox Warrior Keeps Kosher on the Front Lines

By David Klinghoffer

Mikhail Ekshtut is a warrior. His mom is a worrier.So when the Air Force Reserve called Ekshtut up to active duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he had a problem. One of the relatively few Orthodox Jews in the American military, Technical Sergeant Ekshtut hesitated to commit an untruth. But he also guessed that his mother would be consumedRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Daniel Treiman

Neoconspiracy Theories: The notion that neoconservatives are “Jews who serve the interests of Israel” has been embraced “with varying degrees of delicacy” by political actors ranging from Patrick Buchanan to European news outlets, writes Max Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and contributing editor to The WeeklyRead More


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