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Sharon Says He Is Ready For Painful Concessions

By Ari Shavit

There are some matters regarding which we will be ready to take far-reaching steps. We will be ready to carry out very painful steps. But there is one thing that I told President Bush a number of times — I made no concessions in the past, and I will make no concessions now, or ever make concessions in the future, with regard to anything thatRead More


Behind Warnings to Damascus: Reassessment of Younger Assad

By Marc Perelman, With Reporting By Ori Nir in Washington.

A sudden flurry of U.S. warnings to Syria in recent days indicates that Washington has undertaken what Israel and its supporters here have been urging for months: a comprehensive reassessment of Syrian ruler Bashar Assad.In the past two weeks, while U.S. troops were taking control of neighboring Iraq, a string of top American officials —Read More


Rabbis Backed by Ultra-Orthodox Win

JERUSALEM — Israel elected two new chief rabbis this week, after a hard-fought race pitting the religious Zionist movement, which founded and long led the state rabbinate, against the ultra-Orthodox rabbinate that has traditionally shunned it.Both races ended in victories for ultra-Orthodox-backed candidates, dealing a humiliating blowRead More


In Baltimore, Aged Now Get Services Where They Live

By Nacha Cattan

BALTIMORE — Helen Salzman inches across the lipstick-red carpet to welcome guests into her cozy, two-story frame cottage.Her delicately appointed dining room is immaculate, her off-white sectional looks spanking new and the kitchen floor is well scrubbed. But the legally blind Salzman does not notice that her plush rug isRead More


Search for Hillel Director Seen Drawing to a Close

By Nacha Cattan

The search to fill one of the Jewish community’s highest-profile positions appears to be drawing to a close.Richard Joel, the popular president and international director of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, is stepping down April 30 to become president of Yeshiva University and its affiliated Rabbi IsaacRead More


Achieving Peace in Iraq Requires Staying the Course on Democracy

By Daniel Byman and Kenneth Pollack

It would be foolish to believe that democracy in a post-Saddam Iraq will be easy or certain — let alone that doing so might solve all of the problems of the Middle East. Iraq has real problems that are going to make the creation of a functional democracy there difficult and lengthy. As critics of intervention have noted, Iraq has littleRead More


IN OTHER WORDS

No Kidding: Hebrew University professor Omer Moav has devised an economic formula to combat global poverty: Fewer kids equals more wealth.“Why is rapid population growth bad for a country’s standard of living?”, the Jerusalem-based sociologist and economist writes in a March 2003 article on Project-Syndicate.org. “The math is simple:Read More


Ethiopian Leader Alleges Discrimination

By Nacha Cattan

A leader of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel is petitioning the Israeli Supreme Court, claiming the government discriminated against her by denying her a job because of her political party affiliation.Negist Mengesha claims she was denied a job leading an internationally funded Ethiopian welfare program after she became politicallyRead More


Newsdesk April 11, 2003

Israel: No U.S. PressureThe Israeli embassy in Washington denied this week that the Bush administration officially requested that Jerusalem suspend the sale of an advanced airborne radar warning system to India. “There was no official request,” said Yossi Draznin, who handles American-Israeli defense cooperation at the embassy. DrazninRead More


Arafat Places Stumbling Blocks in Abu Mazen’s Path

JERUSALEM — Israeli and American officials were watching nervously this week as the prime minister-designate of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, tried to maneuver his way through a series of obstacles laid in his path by his boss, P.A. chairman Yasser Arafat.Several sources close to the Palestinian leadership told the Forward thisRead More


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