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Deal on Iran: Ships passing in the night

Ships passing in the night. Netanyahu lays out an alternative deal. Obama says Netanyahu said nothing new. Translation: War is closer.

Two ships passing in the night.

Netanyahu says: The alternative to a bad deal is a better deal.

Obama says: Netanyahu said nothing new.

Netanyahu says: This deal has a sunset provision. It guarantees the right of Iran to build a nuclear bomb in 10 years.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 March 2015 14:21 )

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Russia today: Cold War reawakened?

There was a time when Vladimir Putin was welcomed onto the global stage. After September 11, when the US was confronted with global terrorism, Russia’s president, having faced down homegrown terrorism in Chechnya, turned westward. Overtures toward NATO set a cooperative tone for East-West relations, further evidence at the time that the Cold War was over. Rising GDP following the economically unstable Yeltsin era solidified Putin’s popularity on the homefront. The Russian leader seemed i...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 March 2015 14:22 )

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For European aliyah en masse, there is a high price to be paid

Four innocent Jewish men gunned down. A Jewish young woman, waiting for a ride, stabbed to death. A beautiful two-year-old girl critically injured by rock-wielding assailants, dead two years later. These events did not occur in France. They did not occur in Scandinavia, the UK or Belgium. They happened in Israel. Yet, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would have you think that the calculus is black and white: Jews in Europe are in mortal danger; Jews in Israel are perfectly safe. If ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:48 )

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Muslim ‘Friendship Ring’

The long-range solution to radical Islam’s love of death is not a social uplift effort. It is an idea: a reformation of Islam or a return to its true nature — take your pick. It doesn’t matter, so long as anti-Semitic and anti-Western hate and death-embrace are extirpated from practicing Islamic communities. For so long, that long-range solution seemed very long range, indeed. Perhaps a ray of hope now shines from Scandinavia. A recent terrorist attack against a Jewish institution in Denm...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:09 )

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More crimes and embarrassments

Two stories from this week: “Ex-Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger indicted on corruption.” “Senior rabbi of Sydney yeshiva, Rabbi Yossi Feldman, resigns over testimony on sexual abuse.” On the corruption front, the charges against the former chief rabbi include fraud, money laundering, profiting from donations to charitable causes and taking $2.6 million in bribes to sway his opinion on matters he decided as chief rabbi, such as conversions to Judaism and rabbinic appointments; as well a...
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Op-Ed: What billionaires owe the Jewish community

Ben Harris It’s time for mega-donors to embrace an ethic of accountability by inviting the Jewish community into the decision-making process, the president of the Ruderman Family Foundation writes. ... [Link]

Bibi’s speech, the remix

Gabe Friedman Of all the humorous takes on Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on Tuesday, this one may be the best. ... [Link]

Ruderman Family Foundation launches fourth annual Jewish inclusion competition

Gabe Friedman As in previous years, the foundation will award five different organizations $50,000 each for innovative methods of integrating people with disabilities into the Jewish community. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: For Ukraine Jews, Purim holiday merely a respite

Ben Harris Millions of dollars in aid will be needed in the next six months to provide relief to Jews in Ukraine, the head of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee writes. ... [Link]

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