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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 men,” one might say. One might be right. We hope not, but we fear the worst.

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

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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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Muslim support for Shalit

Among the peripheral victims of 9/11 were non-jihadist American Muslims. Apparently, the Saudi-based fundamentalist Islamic terrorists who planned and carried out the 9/11 attack either didn’t know or didn’t care about the way in which their Muslim brethren in America and elsewhere in the world would be viewed. American Muslims defend themselves, saying that Islam is a “peaceful religion,” and that the terrorists are but a fringe element. Still, mainstream Muslims are viewed with mistrus...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 September 2011 10:21 )

Osama bin Laden won

It is truly a consolation that Osama bin Laden is dead, that his organization is, apparently, reeling, that since 9/11 America has not been hit by a major terrorist attack, that terrorism in general, though hardly defeated, is no longer “the wave of the future,” that a significant memorial is rising at ground zero. All true. But all, unfortunately, the minor part of the ledger. Bin Laden is dead, but so is the pre-9/11 America. It is not just innocence that has been lost. It is infinitely m...
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If you live long enough . . .

The United Nations is vacuously anti-Israel. What a surprise —  a shock, actually — to learn of the UN report on the flotilla. Turkey, in 2010, let loose a number of boats to boost Hamas in Gaza. Israel intercepted the boats. One of the “unarmed” ships was heavily armed. Israeli soldiers defended themselves. Nine Turks died. Turkey was outraged. The UN investigated. If you live long enough, you’ll see everything. Well, now we see the UN exonerating Israel, in principle....

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 September 2011 22:58 )

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Bank settles $40M lawsuit over compulsory Hitler parody video

Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — BNP Paribas bank has settled a $40 million lawsuit with a Jewish former employee who claims he was penalized for complaining about a mandatory viewing of a training film that featur... [Link]

In new film, Yitzhak Rabin narrates his autobiography

Andrew Tobin “Rabin in his Own Words,” which opens in Friday in New York, Los Angeles and South Florida, is more than a tribute to the two-time Israeli prime minister tragically gunned down in 1995. The apt... [Link]

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