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CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Smacking the Saudis: Trying to sound tough on Middle East terrorism, former Vermont governor Howard Dean smacked Saudi Arabia in response to a question from Tom Brokaw during Monday night’s NBC-televised presidential candidate debate in Iowa.Asked by Brokaw whether he considered Saudi Arabia a “friend” or an “enemy,” DeanRead More


Billionaire Philanthropist Laurence Tisch Dies at 80

By Nacha Cattan

Laurence Tisch, the hotelier, corporate empire builder and champion of Jewish and general philanthropy, died of complications from cancer November 15 at the eponymous Tisch Hospital of the New York University Medical Center. He was 80.A self-made billionaire, Tisch built a sprawling business conglomerate with his brother Preston thatRead More


A Traveling Holiday

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

This year, Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 27. Or so they would have you believe. With life as complicated as it is, and everything from DVD players to the Internet being “wireless,” doesn’t it stand to reason that holidays can be portable too?Holidays, especially Thanksgiving, are usually happy, food-filled marks of a specific timeRead More


The Spooks Speak: Former Shin Bet Chiefs Talk of Peace

Following are excerpts from a round-table discussion among four former directors of Israel’s Shin Bet General Security Service, published November 14 by Yediot Aharonot. The participants: Avraham Shalom (director 1980-1986), Yaakov Peri (1988-1995), Carmi Gillon (1995-96) and Ami Ayalon (1996-2000). All rose through the ranks, except Ayalon, aRead More


Lawmakers Hail Netanyahu Plan For Economy

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Republican senators are hailing the plans of Israel’s finance minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who is seeking to heal Israel’s war-ravaged economy with a set of reforms modeled on those of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.Last week, Netanyahu impressed a crowd of 10 senators and dozens of congressional staffers on Capitol HillRead More


Community Gathers To Grieve in Istanbul

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Yoel Ulcer was so set on helping Istanbul’s Jewish community that he could hardly wait to turn 18, when he could join the corps of volunteer guards that stands outside synagogues and Jewish institutions in Turkey’s commercial capital.Ulcer’s devotion cost him his life: He was one of 25 people, including six Jews,Read More


The Lesson From Istanbul: Terrorism Knows No Borders

By Zeyno Baran

The terrorist attacks against two synagogues in Istanbul on November 15 should serve as another warning of the grand ambitions of the global jihadist movement. The territory of NATO’s only Muslim member, a country that has been an American ally for 50 years, is now part of the global battlefield in the war against terrorism. Al Qaeda and itsRead More


Europe’s Leaders Confront Antisemitism

By Marc Perelman

The recent bombings of synagogues in Turkey and an attack on a Jewish school in France appear to have jolted European leaders into action against antisemitism.After the school near Paris was burned down last week, French President Jacques Chirac announced the creation of a special inter-ministerial entity to deal with antisemiticRead More


Hollinger Woes Casting a Pall Over Future of Neocon Papers

By Nathaniel Popper

A convergence of unrelated financial scandals is threatening to sink the tiny but influential boat of Jewish-flavored conservative journalism.At the center of the controversy is Hollinger International, a media company that owns dozens of conservative newspapers, including the hawkish Jerusalem Post. An internal investigation into improperRead More


Authorities Investigate Incidents at Jewish Sites

By Marc Perelman; With Reporting by Eric Marx.

Law-enforcement authorities have opened investigations into two incidents in the Washington area involving suspicious surveillance of Jewish institutions, the Forward has learned.The investigations began last month, but has gained new urgency in the wake of the November 15 terrorist bombings of two synagogues in Turkey, and amid new warningsRead More


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