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What’s In A Name? The Status of the Jewish Quarter

23 Shevat 5772 – February 16, 2012
In this highly politicized era, where every time Israel begins construction on any part of Jerusalem beyond the 1967 green line, it’s worth asking why the Jewish Quarter has been spared the same level of international criticism.

Obama’s Iranian Ostrich Policy

23 Shevat 5772 – February 15, 2012
Obama plays the delaying game while giving a false impression to his gullible supporters – especially liberal American Jews – that he is supposedly doing everything to stop Iran short of military attack.

The Answer Is In Our Hands

Recent polls show yet again that the vast majority of Israeli society is traditional, holds from its religious faith and shies away from coercion. Thus, hasn’t the time come for our national leadership to express the desires of the large Jewish majority?

In Israel, Economic Concerns Mount – But Who Will Benefit Politically?

Demonstrations last summer that protested exorbitant housing prices, high costs for basic necessities and growing income inequality managed to mobilize an unprecedented number of Israelis. Still, even if socioeconomic issues become a central issue in the upcoming elections, it is not clear that parties such as Labor or Meretz will be its beneficiaries.

Rubin Reports: What To Do About Syria?

With the Obama Administration leading from behind and stressing the need for a UN consensus to do anything, it is now stuck with a passive stance on the Syrian civil war.

After New Delhi Bombings, Fears Of Escalating Attacks

WASHINGTON – Israeli leaders blamed Iran for two assassination attempts late Sunday and early Monday – in Tbilisi, Georgia, and in New Delhi, India. The bomb in Tbilisi was disabled before it could be activated, and the attack in India wounded the wife of an Israeli diplomat and her driver.

Iran-Syria Axis Strengthens as Isolation Grows

The intensified cooperation between Iran and Syria reflects their understanding that Iran's nuclear ambitions and the unrest in Syria are linked: Western nations' arming of the Syrian Opposition would cause a serious rift with Russia and China at a time when their consensus is crucial to constraining Iran's nuclear program.

Antisemitism in the Media: The Tip of the Iceberg?

22 Shevat 5772 – February 14, 2012
Are the media actually interested in helping the Palestinians, or really just in bashing Israel? The media's overkill fixation on bashing Israel hurts not only Jews and any chances for peace, but also Palestinians.

Beware of the Phased Plan!

Last week’s meeting between Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal highlighted their common strategic goal, despite their bitter rivalry in recent years: The PLO’s Phased Plan aimed at the establishment of a Palestinian state in all of what was 'Palestine' within the Ottoman/British Mandate borders.

Jordan’s King Abdullah Needs to Wake Up – Fast

21 Shevat 5772 – February 13, 2012
Jordan has recently witnessed weekly demonstrations calling for far-reaching reforms and an end to financial corruption. King Abdullah did not take the protests seriously at first, but is now desperate to restore calm and order; going as far as ordering the arrest of some of his most trusted officials.

Syria, Russia: It All Looks Different From Out There

Robert Mackey at New York Times’ The Lede has a Friday post entitled “Crisis in Syria Looks Very Different on Satellite Channels Owned by...

Kedar: Egypt’s Question of Sovereignty

20 Shevat 5772 – February 12, 2012
Egypt's prosecution of pro-democracy NGOs reflects unresolved suspicions and hostilities towards the West and democracy.

‘The lady doth protest too much, methinks.’

17 Shevat 5772 – February 9, 2012
A war of words has erupted between Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan and American Novelist Paul Auster. Auster seemed to hit a nerve, suggesting that his allegations might be true.

Syrian Homework for Hillary

15 Shevat 5772 – February 8, 2012
The “Syrian people” is a composite of Sunni Muslims, Alawites, Kurds, Druze, Turkmens and Circassians.

Galileo and the Likud

14 Shevat 5772 – February 7, 2012
PM Netanyahu's recent opposition to two Knesset bills underscores a worrying drift in Israeli political culture from the most basic democratic governing principles like separation of powers, and checks and balances.

When the Moderates are Radicals

13 Shevat 5772 – February 6, 2012
The Islamists are not “moderate” and many of the alleged moderates are not moderate. Hence, the hope for moderation and real democracy is limited by the small numbers of those who hold them.

Rambam Hospital Doctors Save Gaza Girl with Congenital Heart Defect

13 Shevat 5772 – February 5, 2012
Rambam Medical Center Public Affairs Director David Ratner describes how the life of a young Palestinian girl was saved by the hospital.

Jewish Press Exclusive: Likud Elections Exposed

11 Shevat 5772 – February 3, 2012
An official ballot member and secretary for the Likud primary gives a first-hand account of the controversy surrounding the election.

Second Thoughts About The Mosque Fire In Tuba-Zangariya

10 Shevat 5772 – February 2, 2012
Conventional wisdom states that the January 14th mosque fire in Tuba-Zangariya was perpetrated by vindictive Jewish vandals, but upon closer inspection, such a claim seems dubious at best.

Preempt Iran — At All Costs!

9 Shevat 5772 – February 1, 2012
A discussion about the cost of a pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities that reflects skepticism and acquiesces to a nuclear-armed Iran ignores precedents, plays into Iran's hands, and threatens Israel's existence.

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