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In Post-Saddam Middle East, Now Is the Time for a Separated Peace

By Alon Pinkas

While it is still too early for an accurate assessment of how America’s toppling of Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq will change the Middle East, one thing is certain: The strategic landscape in the region has changed significantly, and is inexorably on course to further change.From Israel’s regional perspective, Iraq has been eliminated as aRead More


No Discussion Of Settlements, Diplomats Say

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Despite the road map’s requirement of Israeli steps toward a settlement construction freeze, Israel and the United States have not held any detailed discussions of the steps that would be involved in such a move, senior Israeli diplomatic sources said. American administration sources confirmed the Israeli account.The text of theRead More


U.K. Looks Inward as Its Boys Turn Up as Suicide Bombers

By S.A. Greene

LONDON — The disclosure that two British citizens were involved in a Tel Aviv suicide attack has come as a shock to Britain. It has not, however, come as a surprise for British Jews.“I think we are saddened but not surprised,” said Henry Grunwald, president-elect of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the country’s main JewishRead More


White House Is Aiming To Raise Iranian Nukes At U.N. Security Council

By Marc Perelman

In a possible softening of its attitude toward the United Nations, the Bush administration has decided to bring the issue of Iran’s nuclear program to the U.N. Security Council.While it bypassed the world body to deal with Iraq militarily and is trying to handle North Korea’s recently revealed nuclear capability through regional talks, theRead More


Mitzna Resignation Batters Labor, But Raises Unity Coalition Hopes

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The sudden resignation of Labor Party leader Amram Mitzna, just six months into his tenure, has opened up possibilities for the formation of a new Likud-Labor national unity government that could advance the Middle East peace process.Coming amid a flurry of post-Iraq diplomatic activity, including the introductionRead More


Movement Creates Shoah Scroll To Ritualize Holocaust Holiday

By Sheldon Gordon

TORONTO — In a revolutionary attempt to ritualize the observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Conservative movement has produced the first-ever formal liturgy for the holiday.Dubbed “Megillat Hashoah” — “The Scroll of the Holocaust” — the document was recited publicly for the first time in North America during an AprilRead More


Illinois Senate Candidates Eyeing State’s Jewish Voters

By E.J. Kessler

Illinois State Comptroller Dan Hynes is considered the early favorite for the Democratic nomination in the race to succeed his state’s Republican senator, Peter Fitzgerald, who decided last month not to run for re-election. The son of another popular politician, Hynes, 34, can count on the support of Cook County’sRead More


Writer Discovers Romance in Kafka’s Happiest Chapter

By Max Gross

Kathi Diamant didn’t really like Franz Kafka when she first read him.Even today — more than 30 years after she first read “The Metamorphosis” — she doesn’t express the kind of veneration one would expect from the director of the Kafka Project at San Diego State University. “I prefer Kafka’s personal writing to hisRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

French Gentleman’s Agreement: In May 2001, David De Rothschild, scion of the French branch of the family banking dynasty, told an Israeli newspaper that despite reports to the contrary, he did not feel that France was drowning in a wave of antisemitic acts.“Within hours of its publication, his comment would rocket through e-mailsRead More


Muslim Clergymen Repudiate Schoolbooks’ Bigoted Content

By Ori Nir

Two of New York’s most prominent Muslim clerics have publicly spoken out against antisemitic content in Islamic textbooks used in local Muslim schools, after the issue was brought to their attention by a group of Jewish community leaders.The textbooks, used in Muslim parochial schools in Brooklyn and Queens, contain claims thatRead More





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