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Groups Take Issue With Bush Address

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — President Bush’s State of the Union Address drew mostly negative reviews among Jewish groups upset over his pointedly partisan stance on several domestic issues and his failure to make any mention of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.Just months after describing the push for peace as a personal priority to which he is deeplyRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

O’Neill Observations: A story about President Bush told by former Treasury secretary Paul O’Neill in a new tell-all book is drawing fire from Jewish Democrats, including Howard Dean’s campaign chairman.Quoting O’Neill on the early days of the Bush administration in the book, “The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and theRead More


Rabbi’s Trial Draws Protest

By Nathaniel Popper

The trial of an Israeli rabbi who attempted to physically block the demolition of two Palestinian houses is drawing increasingly vocal protest in the United States.In the boldest act of protest yet, Rabbi Arthur Waskow stood up in the middle of an event commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. at the Israeli embassy in Washington and deliveredRead 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


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

JEFFERSON, Iowa — In a machine shed on a farm here, standing in front of a large American flag and a green and yellow tractor, Rep. Richard Gephardt was betting his political career on the idea that family farmers are being hurt by free trade.“Our farmers can compete with anyone in the world, if we get them on a level playing field,”Read More


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