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Pro-Israel General Will Oversee Reconstruction of Postwar Iraq

By Alana Newhouse

With the United States poised to invade Iraq, attention has turned to retired army Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, the man set to govern the country in the event of an American military victory.Garner — who in 1991 helped lead Operation Provide Comfort, which delivered food and shelter to Kurds in northern Iraq after the Persian Gulf War — will overseeRead More


Book Banned by Ultra-Orthodox Brings ‘Torah Personality’ To Life

By Lawrence Grossman

This path-breaking work, the product of 15 years of painstaking research, brings to pulsating life the world of pre-war “Lithuanian,” or non-chasidic, Orthodoxy, in particular its yeshivas, which have come to serve as educational models for contemporary Orthodoxy in the United States, Israel and elsewhere around the world. Yet the book hasRead More


Little Evidence of Hezbollah Operative’s Role in Attack

By Marc Perelman

His name keeps popping up.Imad Mughniyeh, the infamous top Hezbollah operative, has been linked to a long list of terrorist acts during the last 20 years. His name is on a warrant for his alleged role in the March 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires. But until recently he was never formally linked to the 1994 bombing of theRead More


Good Morning, Ruppin Street: Okay, Now I’m Really Scared

By Melvin Jules Bukiet

Shortly after dawn on my second morning in Tel Aviv, I heard a loudspeaker. Jet-lagged and groggy, I staggered to the terrace of my apartment overlooking the Mediterranean. Down below, a man inside a military-looking vehicle repeated a message that blasted out of a bullhorn mounted on the hood. My Hebrew ends at “shalom” so I desperatelyRead More


Indictments in Argentina Bombing Draw Denials, Threats From Iran

By Marc Perelman

Iranian officials threatened a possible cut-off of diplomatic relations with Argentina this week, after Argentina issued its long-awaited indictment of senior Iranian officials for masterminding the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish communal center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people.The 400-page indictment, issued last weekendRead More


Al Sharpton: I Want To Be Considered On the Merits

By E.J. Kessler

Ask Reverend Al Sharpton questions about public policy, and he gives terse, politically circumspect, moderate-left answers.Ask the controversial civil-rights activist and would-be Democratic presidential candidate whether he is being held to an unfair standard because of his race and history, however, and you get an earful.It’sRead More


Congressman Apologizes for Blaming War Push on Jews

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Embattled Rep. James Moran is apologizing for claiming that the Jewish community was pushing the country into war. But the Virginia Democrat’s apology failed to allay the increasing fears in some circles that Jews will be blamed for a war against Iraq.Moran, a seven-term congressman representing a heavilyRead More


Secret State Dept. Report Disputing Bush Claim on Arab ‘Domino Effect’

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The State Department is circulating a classified report dismissing the White House claim that a regime change in Iraq would trigger a push for democracy throughout the Arab world.The report strongly criticizes the controversial prediction of a post-Saddam Hussein democratic “domino effect” in the Middle East, the Forward hasRead More


U.S. Troops Stationed in Israel Shoulder Unique Tax Burden

By E.J. Kessler

American servicemen manning Patriot missile batteries in Israel are having their wages garnished for federal taxes, even though other troops stationed in what is likely to become the Iraq war theater are exempted from such levies.That, said Democratic Rep. Gary Ackerman of New York, is an injustice that should be rectified.“Usually, whenRead More


Iranian Threat Looms Large In War’s ‘Day After’ Scenario

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — While Israelis gear up for an expected American war on Iraq, their leaders are increasingly preoccupied with “The Day After.”Most senior strategists here believe Israel would emerge in a stronger position after a war. A changed regime in Baghdad is widely expected to create new opportunities for IsraelRead More





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