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High-Stakes Drama in Israel Pits Top Cop Against Attorney General

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — It is a showdown worthy of a Hollywood script, where “The Sopranos” meets “Law and Order” deep inside “The West Wing.” It is a confrontation that is shaking Israel’s law-enforcement apparatus to the core and rocking its political establishment. It is depicted on both emotional sides as a fateful battle betweenRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Sunshine State Scramble: Rep. Peter Deutsch, a Jewish Democrat from south Florida, has emerged as the best-financed of the several contenders vying to replace Senator Bob Graham, who declared this week that he would not run for re-election in 2004.Deutsch, whose district stretches from Broward County south to Key West, has some $3 million cashRead More


Legislators Focus On Jews Who Fled From Arab Lands

By Marc Perelman

A group of American lawmakers has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives calling for recognition of the plight of the 900,000 Jews who fled Arab countries after 1948.The congressional move is part of a larger campaign by Israel and its supporters here to link the fates of Jews and Arabs who fled their homes in 1948, in an apparentRead More


Legislators Focus On Jews Who Fled From Arab Lands

By Marc Perelman

A group of American lawmakers has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives calling for recognition of the plight of the 900,000 Jews who fled Arab countries after 1948.The congressional move is part of a larger campaign by Israel and its supporters here to link the fates of Jews and Arabs who fled their homes in 1948, in an apparentRead More


Conservative Head Calls Sabbath-Driving Rule a ‘Mistake’

By Nacha Cattan

The head of Conservative Judaism’s flagship institution is arguing that the movement made a “mistake” when it issued a landmark ruling a half-century ago permitting Jews to drive to synagogue on the Sabbath.Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, made his declaration last week in Dallas during a speech at theRead More


Former CIA Director Calls for Tougher Policy on Syria

By Marc Perelman

Washington should send an American aircraft carrier to the Syrian coast, summon strongman Bashar al-Assad aboard, chide him vigorously for sponsoring terrorism, meddling in Iraq and pursuing weapons of mass destruction — and take special care to confront him over Syria’s occupation of Lebanon.So says the CIA’sRead More


Ukraine Tycoon Creating a Stir With Purchase Of U.S. Media

By Nathaniel Popper

Ukraine’s most prominent and controversial Jewish businessman, Vadim Rabinovich, said he has bought a “controlling stake” in America’s oldest Russian-language daily newspaper, Novoe Russkoe Slovo, and its sister radio station, Narodnya Volna.Rabinovich, the first overseas owner of NRS, holds a numberRead More


Hawks, Doves Face Off Following UCLA Fracas

LOS ANGELES — After reading news of devastating fire storms, widespread local labor strikes and Middle East suicide bombings, readers of the Los Angeles Times may have found some relief in the headline “UCLA Rabbi Accused of Kicking Woman.”The incident may generate some laughs, but it has triggered a face-off between supporters and criticsRead More


Sharon Feeling Pressure As Neocon, IDF Chief Slam West Bank Policy

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Still smarting from an embarrassing dust-up with his top general a day earlier, Israel’s Prime Minister Sharon received a stunning public rebuke last week from a key ally in Washington when Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz endorsed a peace plan that envisions Israel withdrawing to its June 1967 borders.Wolfowitz, consideredRead More


Religious Right Fights To Save Pro-Settler Radio Station

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Last month’s closure of the major media outlet of the pro-settler religious right, radio station Arutz-7, has left supporters scrambling to get it back on the air and critics satisfied that the law against illegal broadcasting has been upheld.The Oct. 20 ruling by a Jerusalem Magistrates Court, after four and a half yearsRead More


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