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Sharon Aide: U.S. ‘Indifferent’ To Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The Bush administration, while focused intensely on its “grand plan” for remaking the Middle East, is “indifferent to the situation” between Israel and the Palestinians and is unlikely to re-engage until after the November elections, according to Israel’s defense minister, Shaul Mofaz.Speaking to the Forward in an exclusiveRead More


Cardinals Meet For a Dialogue With Top Rabbis

By Nacha Cattan

In a move that may reestablish the World Jewish Congress as the primary Jewish partner for dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church, this week the organization arranged an unprecedented gathering of top-level Catholic and Jewish religious leaders from around the world.The two-day “open dialogue” included current and former chief rabbis from sixRead More


Survivors’ Group Leaders Split Over Aid

By Nacha Cattan

Four leaders of a prominent Holocaust survivors’ coalition, including its board chairman, have broken with the group’s approach to the allocation of Holocaust-era restitution payments, saying the group’s campaign for increased aid to American survivors had become overly combative and had “backfired.”The four dissenters are chargingRead More


The Illusion of the Latest Medicare Reform

By Gus Tyler

Just about every major industrial democracy in the world has a single-payer system to provide medical services. The payer is the government that, in turn, is financed by taxes paid by those who someday may require medical care.The United States has a multi-party system involving insurance companies, health maintenance organizationsRead 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


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