Jewish Agency Names First Woman as Diaspora Chair

By Nacha Cattan, With Reporting From Ha’aretz

The Jewish Agency for Israel has named a woman to its top Diaspora post for the first time ever, but the appointment is receiving a lukewarm response from the American Jewish communities she is meant to represent.A powerful fundraiser for the Jewish Agency, Carole Solomon, won a fiercely fought battle Tuesday for chairmanship of the agency’sRead More

Israeli Spies Aided Feds In Readying ‘Jihad’ Case

By Marc Perelman; Ori Nir

Intelligence supplied by Israel played a key role in the indictment last week of University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian on charges that he is a leader of the Islamic Jihad Palestinian terrorist group, the Forward has learned.An FBI delegation traveled to Israel late last year to collect intelligence obtained by Israel during theRead More

Soft Side to Sharon’s ‘Hard-line’ Coalition

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Sharon was hard at work this week cobbling together a coalition government that seemed to be leaving almost everyone unhappy — including much of Sharon’s own Likud party.The prime minister’s closest aides were insisting it was all part of a plan, a classic Sharon high-wire act that would eventually leadRead More

For Ex-Klansman David Duke, No Room at the Inn in Virginia

By Seamus Mcgraw

Jay Patel didn’t pay much attention to the beleaguered looking blonde-haired man in the overcoat who shuffled through the lobby of the Quality Inn last Saturday night. The Indian immigrant, who had come to the United States during the mid-1980s to build a better life for his family, had better things to do that night than stare at the customers.Read More

Image-Conscious Iran ‘Releases’ Last of Jailed Jews

The release of five Iranian Jews from prison resulted not from a change of heart by the regime in Tehran, observers say, but from a political calculation that requires a burnished national image.And clouding the relief of their relatives and advocates is concern that these released prisoners may be rearrested at any time or be subjected to otherRead More

Jewish Military Families Finding A Virtual Home On ‘The Brave’

By Lisa Keys

For Judy Ledger, an administrator at an Atlanta synagogue, the bumper stickers on her Honda SUV speak a thousand words. On one side, a sticker proclaims — in Hebrew — her love of nature. On the other, she proudly declares “My Son is in the Army,” “My Daughter is in the Army” and, simply, “Go Army!”“People would stare atRead More

Holocaust Denier Demands Refugee Status

By Sheldon Gordon

TORONTO — The Canadian government is likely to thwart a bid for refugee status by Ernst Zundel, a notorious Holocaust denier who was deported from the United States to Canada last week and is being held in a Niagara Falls, Ontario, detention center.The German-born Zundel, who lived in Canada for more than 40 years without citizenshipRead More

Her Funny Valentine Charms Her With Water, Duct Tape and Cipro

By Alana Newhouse

Unlike many Americans, I have had jugs of Poland Spring water and a month’s supply of beans and rice stored in my tiny Upper West Side kitchen for weeks. My husband, Daniel, beat a path to the local hardware store way before any of them sold out of duct tape and plastic sheeting. For Valentine’s Day he ordered me a one-week supply ofRead More


By Ori Nir

Israel, U.S. Ink Fighter PactAfter months of negotiations, Israel last week signed an agreement with the United States outlining the terms of its participation in the development of the Joint Strike Fighter, the next-generation fighter jet.The agreement is in the form of a letter of intent, in which Israel commits itself to paying tens of millionsRead More

Defense Adviser Urges ‘Posse Approach’ Toward Evildoers

By Marc Perelman

Richard Perle is a hot ticket these days.As chairman of the Defense Policy Board, a key advisory panel to the Defense Department, the former Reagan administration official has privileged access to the Pentagon — where he has many friends in senior positions.But as he likes to remind his audiences, Perle speaksRead More

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