Intermountain Jewish News

Aug 31st


Sen. Charles Schumer, remember Breckinridge Long

Sen. Charles Schumer is a key Jewish Democrat, required to vote on the Iran nuclear deal. He is still sitting on the fence. He is in line for political power as the presumptive replacement for Sen. Harry Reid as the minority leader in the US Senate. Lest the prospects of power influence the way he votes, we would call to mind the example of another leader who once had the same power over the fate of millions of Jews: Assistant Secretary of State Breckinridge Long (1881-1958), who was in charge of refugee affairs during WW II.


Letter to Sen. Bennet, Reps. DeGette, Perlmutter, Polis, Tipton

At press time, Sen. Bennet, and Reps. DeGette, Polis, Tipton and Perlmutter, are undecided on the Iran deal. Here is why they should vote no. I. There is a perverse advantage to witnessing atrocities up front, in person. Even the best of the witnesses will say, “then my knees went weak and I went away.”

Contempt for Congress

Since when does the UN Security Council determine the security interests of the United States? Funny. We thought that laws for the US were made by the US. Not so, it seems, under the current administration. Before giving the US Congress its say on the Iran deal — in accord with a law signed by the president — the president went to the Security Council to give it its say. This is not a mere procedural detail.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 14:12 )


BBC: Black = white

Despite protestations — malevolent on the part of those like Iran, naïve on the part of some university students — that anti-Zionism is distinct from anti-Semitism, we have definitive proof otherwise. It’s straight from the horse’s mouth. News item in the IJN, page 6: Gazans say “yahuds” (in English, “Jews”) are responsible for the alleged massacres of Gazan children. However, the BBC, the UK’s publicly funded flagship media corporation, opted to translate “Jews” as “Is...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:22 )


Blessed are the manipulators

Iran, a country small and weak — compared to the US — is the tail wagging the dog Blessed are the peacemakers . . . well, make that the manipulators. If the matter were not so deadly serious, we would perversely sit back in our chairs and wax poetic about the political genius of the leadership in Iran. Take this recent nuclear deal in context — in large context. In grand context. The deal is an absolute reversal of any logical, expected, rational turn of fortune. Here is Iran, pretty st...
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