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Former high level Clinton, Bush negotiator in Mideast says ‘peace process’ can’t work

Former high level Clinton, Bush negotiator in Mideast says ‘peace process’ can’t work

WASHINGTON — Depending on your view of the Middle East and the Obama administration, Aaron David Miller is either a hero or a turncoat.

Miller, a peace process functionary under both Bush administrations and the Clinton administration, published a declaration of independence last month from what he called the “religion” of the peace process.

Critics of the Obama administration’s emphasis on peacemaking — among them neoconservatives who once reviled Miller as an apostle of the process — embraced his article, published in Foreign Policy, as the repudiation of the process.

“One can take exception to some of Miller’s argument, but the core of it is indisputable,” Jennifer Rubin wrote on Commentary magazine’s Contentions blog. “The peace-process believers ‘need to re-examine their faith.’ ”

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Kagan would make it 3 women, 3 Jews

Kagan would make it 3 women, 3 Jews WASHINGTON — Rabbi David Saperstein runs through a shopping list of superlatives on Elena Kagan — “self-evidently brilliant” and “steady, strategic and tactical” — before acknowledging that he doesn’t have much of a handle on what President Obama’s choice to fill a US Supreme Court seat actually believes. In the Jewish community Saperstein, the head of the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center, apparently is not alone. Community reaction to Obama’s selection of Kagan,...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 May 2010 09:27 )

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International

Is British chief rabbi needed?

Is British chief rabbi needed?LONDON — A new book that criticizes Britain’s chief rabbi is opening old wounds and sparking a new debate about whether the institution of the British chief rabbi has outlived its usefulness. Another Way, Another Time examines the tenure of Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, known formally as chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth. Author Meir Persoff, who has written two academic studies on the Chief Rabbinate, argues that despite Sacks’ pledge at the onset o...
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Ehud is Obama’s favored Israeli

Ehud is Obama’s favored Israeli WASHINGTON — Fifteen years after Ehud Barak walked into politics wearing the warrior’s mantle, he is easing into the diplomat’s lapels. The former military chief of staff, whose 1999-2001 premiership was dogged by his reputation as cerebral and remote, in his current role as defense minister is emerging as the Netanyahu government’s most accessible and conciliatory figure, according to watchers of the US-Israel relationship. “There’s no doubt that Barak has emerged as a de facto go...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 May 2010 09:27 )

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Seserman speaks Whither Jewish Agency? AJF head to help lead the change

Seserman speaks Whither Jewish Agency? AJF head to help lead the changeREDEFING an organization that’s more than eight decades old — and changing an objective focus from “duress” to “choice” — is no small task. As the Jewish Agency for Israel embarks on precisely such a mission, one needn’t travel to Israel to consult with the venerable organization’s celebrity chairman Natan Sharansky. Just ask Colorado’s own Doug Seserman who, in addition to his day job as president-CEO of the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, is a member of the Jewish A...
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Jesus comes to the Hanukkah party

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For Cuban Jews in U.S., rapprochement with Castro regime cause for concern

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Washington Institute names former Palestinian negotiator as fellow

Ron Kampeas The Washington Institute for Near East Policy named a former Palestinian negotiator to its think tank team. ... [Link]

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