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Lessons from Netanyahu’s speech

Not new, but newly clarified and crystallized, are these points about the Iran negotiations emerging from Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress March 3:

• Iran is a bad actor, with a decades-old history of terrorism against Americans, Israelis, Syrians, Jordanians, Lebanese, Yemenis, Kurds and others.

• Iran has not abided by UN resolutions or international agreements, such as the Non-Proliferation Treaty, of which it is a signator. Iran will not abide by any new agreement, whatever its provisions.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 March 2015 08:44 )

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Deal on Iran: Ships passing in the night

Ships passing in the night. Netanyahu lays out an alternative deal. Obama says Netanyahu said nothing new. Translation: War is closer. Two ships passing in the night. Netanyahu says: The alternative to a bad deal is a better deal. Obama says: Netanyahu said nothing new. Netanyahu says: This deal has a sunset provision. It guarantees the right of Iran to build a nuclear bomb in 10 years.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 March 2015 14:21 )

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Russia today: Cold War reawakened?

There was a time when Vladimir Putin was welcomed onto the global stage. After September 11, when the US was confronted with global terrorism, Russia’s president, having faced down homegrown terrorism in Chechnya, turned westward. Overtures toward NATO set a cooperative tone for East-West relations, further evidence at the time that the Cold War was over. Rising GDP following the economically unstable Yeltsin era solidified Putin’s popularity on the homefront. The Russian leader seemed i...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 March 2015 14:22 )

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For European aliyah en masse, there is a high price to be paid

Four innocent Jewish men gunned down. A Jewish young woman, waiting for a ride, stabbed to death. A beautiful two-year-old girl critically injured by rock-wielding assailants, dead two years later. These events did not occur in France. They did not occur in Scandinavia, the UK or Belgium. They happened in Israel. Yet, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would have you think that the calculus is black and white: Jews in Europe are in mortal danger; Jews in Israel are perfectly safe. If ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 February 2015 10:48 )

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Muslim ‘Friendship Ring’

The long-range solution to radical Islam’s love of death is not a social uplift effort. It is an idea: a reformation of Islam or a return to its true nature — take your pick. It doesn’t matter, so long as anti-Semitic and anti-Western hate and death-embrace are extirpated from practicing Islamic communities. For so long, that long-range solution seemed very long range, indeed. Perhaps a ray of hope now shines from Scandinavia. A recent terrorist attack against a Jewish institution in Denm...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:09 )

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Russia’s Putin pledges support for Palestinian state

Marcy Oster Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Arab League that his country will support efforts to build a Palestinian state with a capital in eastern Jerusalem. ... [Link]

Will Netanyahu join partners’ push for the poor?

Ben Sales The prime minister of Israel may have solidified his ruling right-wing coalition, but several of his new partners have competing views on how best to help the nation’s poor and middle class. ... [Link]

Netanyahu: Iran deal ‘confirms all of our concerns’

Marcy Oster The Israeli leader said he expressed to Senate leaders “deep concerns” over the agreement being formulated. ... [Link]

Hungarian rockers keeping Israel date despite profane objections

Cnaan Liphshiz The bass player for Tankcsapdara said the Tel Aviv show in June will go on, citing past performances by Depeche Mode, Iron Maiden and Metallica. ... [Link]

Woman arrested for sexual abuse of teenagers at a bar mitzvah

Gabe Friedman A 32-year-old woman reportedly exposed her breasts to several guests at a bar mitzvah party before performing oral sex on a 15-year-old boy. ... [Link]

ADL slams Lena Dunham’s New Yorker piece

Gabe Friedman The Anti-Defamation League has called Lena Dunham’s recent controversial piece in the New Yorker “tasteless” and “offensive.” ... [Link]

Is U.S.-Israel crisis a speed bump or sign of a long-term conflict?

Ron Kampeas President Obama’s comments this week suggest he has not heeded the calls of leading pro-Israel lawmakers and Jewish organizational leaders to tone down his disagreement with Israel. ... [Link]

Y.U. medical school staff receives employment warning

Gabe Friedman Over 2,500 employees at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine could be laid off as a result of Montefiore Health System’s takeover of the medical school’s operations. ... [Link]

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