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Kudos to Obama and Netanyahu for two phenomenal speeches at the UN


President Obama

The cynics will say that President Obama’s speech on behalf of Israel at the UN last week was motivated by electoral concerns — he got the message from the special Congressional election in New York, in which a Republican won for the first time since 1922 in a heavily liberal, Jewish district.

Or, the cynics will say that the mess at the UN, with the Palestinian Authority seeking a unilateral recognition of statehood, was caused by Obama’s inept handling of the Middle East to begin with.


Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 September 2011 01:04 )


Prayers for 5772 from the IJN Staff

AT this time of upheaval in the Middle East, uncertainty in Israel and deepening divisiveness here at home, I pray for understanding, coexistence and peace. I pray that we learn to listen to each other with consideration and respect, and work together to create harmony in the world. Shana Goldberg, IJN website editor AS we approach the High Holidays, we ask Hashem to bless us all with mazel, health and happiness and most importantly to inscribe us in the book of life. In addition, we pray fo...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 August 2013 02:35 )


The fallacy of a ‘green’ environment

These are not trick questions: He who recycles extensively is more environmentally responsible than he who does not — right? He who drives a car that gets 27 mpg is more environmentally responsible than he who drives a car that gets 17 mpg — right? He who puts his air conditioning on a timer and does not use it during the day is more environmentally responsible than he who does not — right? He who waters his lawn three times a week is more environmentally responsible than he who waters...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 September 2011 02:17 )


Egypt: You cannot base peace on two men

Those initial skeptics of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel used to say: “Peace cannot be based on one man.” The man they meant was Anwar Sadat, who, in 1977,  courageously broke the Arab paradigm of “no peace, no recognition, no negotiations” with Israel. But, he was one man. And he was assassinated by the Moslem Brotherhood for making peace with Israel. Well, peace did survive that one man. But it might not survive his successor, Hosni Mubarak. “Peace cannot be based on two...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 September 2011 11:38 )


Anne Epstein 1923-2011

Until the past few years, B’nai B’rith was an all-male organization; locally it was proudly known as B’nai B’rith Denver Lodge #171. In the old days, the lodge president changed annually and the lodge’s office moved every few years. One thing, however, was a constant: the dedication and perseverance of the lodge’s longtime, part-time secretary, Anne Epstein, who passed away this week.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 September 2011 06:42 )

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In a Haifa hair salon, Arab and Jewish-Israeli women bond over shampoo

Gabe Friedman Jewish-Arab coexistence in Israel has never looked so sudsy. The New York Times opinion section on Tuesday featured part of “Women in Sink,” a short documentary set in a Christian-Arab hair sa... [Link]

Tony Blair: Sunni states ready to normalize Israel relations on basis of Arab Peace Initiatve

Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA) — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Sunni Muslim countries are ready to normalize ties with Israel should Israel negotiate a peace deal with the Palestinian Authority ... [Link]

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