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The crisis in US-Israel relations

It is time for cooler heads. Tighter tongues. Longer-range perspectives.

After Simeon and Levi smote the residents of Schechem, who raped their sister Dinah, father Jacob comments: “You have made me stink among the inhabitants of the land . . . I am few in number and should they band together and attack me, I will be annihilated . . . ” (Genesis 34:30).

You have made me stink. This came to mind in the aftermath of the bald comments by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, minus any context, nuance or qualification, before his election. No Palestinian state, none, never. No patriotism among Israel-Arab voters, any of them.

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Murder charge for slicing out a fetus

The brutal attack in Longmont, Colorado, on an obviously pregnant woman that left her hospitalized and her fetus dead, raises once again a question that American society continues to grapple with: When does a fetus become a baby? With technology and medicine rapidly advancing, fetuses that would once have died at childbirth are now viable. The line of viability, between a fetus and a being capable of living independently, is no longer distinct.
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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 r...

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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Obama: I have same high expectations of Israel as I do of U.S.

Ron Kampeas President Obama says his criticism of Israel is born of the high regard with which he holds Israel — and the expectation he has that Israel live up to the values it shares with the United States... [Link]

Lady Gaga accepts ADL award on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation

Gabe Friedman Pop star Lady Gaga accepted an award from the Anti-Defamation League on behalf of her nonprofit Born This Way Foundation. ... [Link]

World Bank: Gaza economy on ‘verge of collapse’

Gabe Friedman Gaza’s economy, stifled by the highest unemployment rate in the world, blockades, poor governance and a series of military conflicts, is headed towards a “collapse,” a new report by the World Ba... [Link]

Obama: I criticize Israel because I care about Israel

Ron Kampeas Defending Jews from anti-Semitism is necessarily entwined with criticizing some of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians, President Barack Obama told a Jewish audience. ... [Link]

Dutch restaurant says it erased Israel from map for culinary reasons

Cnaan Liphshiz The owners of Rotterdam’s Le Souq say they replaced Israel with ‘Palestine’ on a map because of their passion for Palestinian food. ... [Link]

How to build an American shtetl — See: Bloomingburg, N.Y.

Uriel Heilman Shalom Lamm is developing a playbook for setting up an American shtetl. The problem is some of his new neighbors in Bloomingburg claim he used bribery, fraud and corruption of public officials to do s... [Link]

Switzerland defends funding for Israeli leftist group

Cnaan Liphshiz Breaking the Silence is scheduled to bring an exhibition to Zurich with federal, municipal support. ... [Link]

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