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What is wrong with Jews in a Palestinian state?

“We did not return to the land of Israel after 2,000 years of longing to live under the government of Mahmoud Abbas. Whoever advocates for the idea of Jewish life in Israel under Palestinian rule is undermining our ability to sit in Tel Aviv.”

So says Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing Jewish Home party in Israel, and economy minster in the current Israeli government.

Count us among those who undermine Israel’s ability to sit in Tel Aviv — a policy we readily embrace because, of course, it’s not true. Bennett’s words are utterly fallacious. Jews who choose to live anywhere in the world undermine nothing, provided only that they are welcomed and safe where they live.

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 January 2014 04:37 )

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Why Obama is not trustworthy on Iran

President Obama is not to be trusted with his plan for diplomacy with Iran because he has already moved the goalposts. Before the negotiations have even begun, he has already ceded a major point to Iran. He has said that he will not demand that Iran cease its enrichment of uranium, the process essential to the production of a nuclear bomb. Obama has said that he will approve of Iran’s demand that it be allowed to enrich uranium up to 5%. That sounds like not a big deal. Wrong. It is a big dea...
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Marriage license, conditioned on counseling — another hairbrained idea

Of all the hairbrained ideas that have been proposed for the Colorado ballot, this one ranks at the top. Two California busybodies David Schel and Sharon Tekolian are trying to get Colorado to put an initiative on the November ballot that would require mandatory pre-wedding education before couples could say “I do.”
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The need for the painful truth at Arapahoe High School

Charges that administrators ignored warning signs of violence from student killer Karl Pierson need to be investigated comprehensively and objectively. Right off the bat, we were suspicious when an Arapahoe High School official pooh-poohed the fact that the door was propped open when killer Karl Pierson got in unchecked, replete with his shotgun, machete and Molotov cocktails, and murdered Claire Davis, Dec. 13, 2013. “He would have gotten in anyway,” or words to that effect, was the res...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 January 2014 01:52 )

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Ariel Sharon, 1928-2014

Larger than life, Ariel Sharon was arguably Israel’s best known leader. Israel would not have survived without him, his controversies notwithstanding. It speaks to the outsized life of Ariel Sharon that, upon his death, not much needs to be said. His life spoke for itself, and anyone with the faintest acquaintance with Israel over the past 50 years knows what his life said.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 January 2014 12:25 )

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