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Hamas rockets — from Iran

Iran sows the seeds of war against Israel, and we’re supposed to believe Iran will give up its nuclear program

We’re stunned. Absolutely nonplussed. Sec. of State John Kerry has announced that after six months of negotiations with Iran, explicitly designed to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, the matter is still unsettled. Who would have believed?

Children in Sderot would have believed. Israelis in bomb shelters around the country would have believed. The commander of the Tehran-originated Klos-C — the ship that Israel seized last March, carrying Syrian-made, long-range M-302 rockets — would have believed. The parents of the three Israeli kidnapped teens would have believed. Actually, who wouldn’t have believed?

Iran’s actions speak clearly: Arms to Israel’s enemies; an end to Israel. Actually, Iran’s words in negotiations speak just as clearly: We shall not shut down our military, nuclear capacities, just reduce them. The US, France and others have accepted that. Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu is the odd man out in his call for a complete closure of Iran’s nuclear weapons capacity.

The fighting in Gaza is not only about Gaza. It is about Iran: its supply of weapons, past and future.

Copyright © 2014 by the Intermountain Jewish News

 

Layers of horror

Murder of Israeli teens, immolation of a Palestinian teen, Hamas rockets. A time for war — and a wakeup call. I. Sadly enough, the murder, apparently by Jews, of a Palestinian boy, 16 — it is apparently necessary to state — is ethically repugnant and politically stupid, both in the extreme. This, even if the Palestinian boy were not burned to death. It becomes necessary to state corollaries: • Jewish education in Israel, the amazing efflorescence in Torah study there notwithstandin...
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Journalistic offenses in times of crisis

Journalists are taught to be fair and accurate. Reader and watcher, beware. Jews surprised by the slanted coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, particularly at this dangerous intersection, better get used to it. Some anchors (we stress some) and journalists are engaging in debates and writing articles that are so lopsided that they strain not only our eyes and ears but our credulity as well. On the July 8 broadcast of CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront,” Burnett wedged Ron Dermer, Israel...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 July 2014 01:04 )

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The meaning of American independence

Who is July 4 really about? The Founding Fathers? The warriors? The heroes? When it comes to the Fourth of July — as with most other national holidays — all of the clichés have long been spoken. It’s about more than beer, barbecues and baseball, more than fireworks, more than hanging Old Glory from the porch or bandstand. It’s even more than taking a moment from our busy and colorful celebrations to think about the courage and vision of those Founding Fathers who, on a sultry summer...
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Triple murder: A game changer

Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Hamas. The difference, anyone? How much history was changed by three names: Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman. Alas, add three more names to the list of dead heroes, with the short-term prospect of more violence and the long-term prospect of a decline in racism. Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman — three idealists, three young men — were murdered during “Freedom Summer” in the American south 50 years ago. These young men were fighting for voter r...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 July 2014 08:58 )

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