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The message of the Israeli election

No matter how painful Israel’s economic problems may be, security still comes first.

Kulanu, the new Israeli party that won 10 seats and is likely to be the linchpin in election winner Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition, campaigned on economic issues. Kulanu needed to bring in former Israel ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, so that it wouldn’t be completely bereft of a foreign policy voice. Yet, Kulanu, impressive though its showing may be, did not change the fundamental Israeli reality: fears over security. When all is said and done about the Israeli economy, there was a brutal war in Gaza last summer.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:46 )

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Don’t say thank you

Gratitude is the pinnacle of Jewish ethics. Stemming from the gratitude to G-d for one’s very existence, not to mention the benefits of life, an individual’s obligation to say thank you is more than an ethical act. It is a spiritual one, an imitation of one’s attitude toward the Creator. How disturbing, then, that a recent copyright verdict basically tells recording artists: Don’t say thank you. Jermaine Dupri, a Grammy-winning hip hop producer, made what should be the harmless, pedestr...
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Executions and beheadings in Saudi Arabia . . . 44 in 2015

To some, it might seem xenophobic or nationalistic to utter statements delineating the stark cultural and moral differences between nations. To say, for example, that Israel and Saudi Arabia are essentially, fundamentally, different on cultural and moral scales will no doubt raise for some the specter of Islamophobia or of one religious tradition claiming superiority over another. After all, aren’t Israel and Saudi Arabia on the same page when it comes to many of the important geopolitical i...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 March 2015 08:45 )

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Lessons from Netanyahu’s speech

Not new, but newly clarified and crystallized, are these points about the Iran negotiations emerging from Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress March 3: • Iran is a bad actor, with a decades-old history of terrorism against Americans, Israelis, Syrians, Jordanians, Lebanese, Yemenis, Kurds and others. • Iran has not abided by UN resolutions or international agreements, such as the Non-Proliferation Treaty, of which it is a signator. Iran will not abide by any ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 March 2015 08:44 )

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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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Obama wasn’t the only world leader George W. Bush dissed this week

Ron Kampeas More leaks from W.’s off-the-record speech this week at the Republican Jewish Coalition convention. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Why more American Jews are voting Republican

Lee Zeldin Why are Jews who have voted Democrat their entire lives taking a second look at the Republican Party? Two words, writes Rep. Lee Zeldin, Congress’ sole Jewish Republican: Foreign policy. ... [Link]

Hebrew Theological College, Touro system to affiliate

Marcy Oster Rabbi Zev Eleff, recently of Brandeis University, was appointed chief academic officer at the Chicago-based Hebrew Theological College, which is nearly a century old. ... [Link]

Chabad delegation meeting Obama includes woman, a first

Ron Kampeas The presence of the veteran female educator was a nod to the president’s emphasis on the need for education for girls. ... [Link]

300 Israelis return home from earthquake-ravaged Nepal

Marcy Oster Israeli search-and-rescue teams began trying to reach about 80 Israeli hikers trapped in remote areas hit by the earthquake using rented and borrowed helicopters. ... [Link]

Palestinian teen, trying to breach security fence, killed by Israeli troops

Marcy Oster The 18-year-old was among a group of Palestinians attempting to enter Israel from the northern West Bank. ... [Link]

D.C. Jewish school gets $20M donation to add middle school

Ron Kampeas Alfred Moses and The Gottesman Fund will each give $10 million to the Jewish Primary Day School. ... [Link]

Alleged Kansas City JCC shooter says he’ll change plea to guilty

Marcy Oster Frazier Glenn Miller said by phone from jail that he plans to use his court appearances to “put the Jews on trial where they belong.” ... [Link]

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