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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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Greek FM thanks Israel for concern over economic crisis

Marcy Oster Kotzias arrived in Israel hours after his country voted 61 percent to 39 percent to reject further austerity measures in order to in exchange for an economic bailout from international creditors. ... [Link]

Rivlin calls for trust between Arab, Jewish communities at Iftar meal

Marcy Oster Rivlin also addressed the uptick in attacks on Palestinians against Jewish targets since the start of Ramadan. ... [Link]

Israel coordinates transfer of lion cubs from Gaza

Marcy Oster The cubs, Max and Mona, were transferred to Israel from Gaza through the Erez crossing and then taken to a sanctuary near Amman. ... [Link]

Near site of landmark march, Philadelphia museum celebrates Jewish role in promoting gay rights

Ben Harris The National Museum of American Jewish History has mounted an exhibition focusing on three Jews instrumental in the American gay rights movement. ... [Link]

Kerry: Iran talks ‘could go either way’

Marcy Oster Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, campaigning in New Hampshire, warns that even with a deal, “Iran’s aggressiveness will not end.” ... [Link]

‘A Borrowed Identity’ depicts divided hearts in a land divided

Lisa Keys Based on the autobiographical novel of the noted writer Sayed Kashua, the film explores an Arab-Israeli relationship of a very personal kind. ... [Link]

Dome of the Rock tops CNN list of structures on verge of extinction

Marcy Oster Preservation plans have been derailed due to hardened relations between Israel and UNESCO, according to CNN. ... [Link]

Arson seen as cause of Jerusalem forest fires

Marcy Oster Firebombs hurled from a nearby Palestinian village are believed to have started the blazes, which have destroyed nearly 250 acres of trees. ... [Link]

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