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If Iran ‘messes with Israel,’ President Obama says he’ll come to Israel’s defense. But it was Obama’s taking a credible military threat off the table that led to his compromised deal with Iran to begin with.

“Trust me,” President Obama in effect says to Israel in light of his flawed deal with Iran. It’s flawed because it violates Obama’s own goals going in. That was when sanctions were first imposed — when the goal was to close down Iran’s nuclear program. Everyone knew that wouldn’t happen without a credible military threat.

Obama shifted the goal posts.

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US Muslims likely outnumber US Jews

“Muslims to overtake American Jews by 2050” reads a headline, summarizing a recent Pew study. Pew counts 5.7 million American Jews and 2.75 million American Muslims. The study is misleading in the extreme. It is likely that American Muslims already outnumber American Jews. This is  because the Pew study counts as Jews those who self-identify as Jewish when asked their religion. Under the Pew study, the answer to the question “who is a Jew” is entirely subjective. A Jew becomes anyone w...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 April 2015 08:56 )

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Kudos: Four free Jews who personify Passover

Kudos: Four free Jews who personify Passover PASSOVER EDITION 5775 SECTION C PAGE 24 Every year the IJN salutes people — known or obscure — who bring freedom into our lives. Passover, with its message of gratitude to G-d for our freedom, is the appropriate moment to say thank you. Sid Shafner: Liberator Sid Shafner, who at 93 is as mentally sharp as a razor, can recount every harrowing incident he endured in WW II. The Philadelphia native signed up for the US Army right after Pearl Harbor. Like all American soldiers,  Shafner des...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 April 2015 11:21 )

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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 co...
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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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Parents of Jewish journalist Steven Sotloff reflect on first anniversary of his slaying

Julie Wiener On the eve of the first anniversary of their son’s murder by ISIS, Arthur and Shirley Sotloff said they had held out hope for his survival because his grandparents were Holocaust survivors. ... [Link]

Marvin Mandel, Maryland’s only Jewish governor, dies at 95

Julie Wiener Mandel earned kudos for policy victories, but a fraud conviction in 1977 forced him to leave office and sent him to prison. ... [Link]

Hungarian official booed off Jewish festival stage for defending disinvited singer

Julie Wiener The heckling came after Csaba Latorcai defended Maria Petras, who had been scheduled to appear at the festival but was disinvited amid allegations of anti-Semitism. ... [Link]

Israel to allow Palestinian soccer players to travel for West Bank match

Gabe Friedman The Sept. 8 match will test Israel’s stated willingness to relax its travel restrictions on Palestinian players. ... [Link]

NHL lawyer excels for league and family – can she make history?

mbrodsky Some foresee Jessica Berman, 37, as the first female commissioner of a men’s professional sports league. But the New Yorker may have made an even greater impact since her husband’s stroke. ... [Link]

Judge to dismiss RICO lawsuit against N.Y. Orthodox developer

Uriel Heilman A federal judge indicated that she will dismiss a federal racketeering lawsuit filed against an Orthodox Jewish developer building a housing development in the upstate New York village. ... [Link]

Auschwitz ‘showers’ for tourists cool off some, offend others

Gabe Friedman As temperatures neared 100 degrees, museum officials thought the mists of water were a good way to beat the heat … ... [Link]

Obama to Forward: Hezbollah will be a focus of post-Iran deal

Ron Kampeas Tensions with Israel will not outlast the deal, the president said in is first interview with the Jewish media since his 2008 election. ... [Link]

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