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Posted on: December 19th, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
The Jewish community held a candle-lighting ceremony at the Presidential Palace, with the participation of President Lech Kaczyñski.
Posted on: December 12th, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
From the Oslo Accords' very beginnings, on September 1, 1993, Yasir Arafat reaffirmed that any "peace" agreements must be an intrinsic part of the PLO's 1974 phased plan for Israel's destruction: "The agreement will be a basis for an independent Palestinian state in accordance with the Palestinian National Council resolution issued in 1974.... The PNC resolution issued in 1974 calls for the establishment of a national authority on any part of Palestinian soil from which Israel withdraws or which is liberated..." Later, on May 29, 1994, Rashid Abu Shbak, a senior PA security official, remarked: "The light which has shone over Gaza and Jericho will also reach the Negev and the Galilee."
Posted on: December 12th, 2007InDepth → Columns
In recent weeks, there has not been much good news from Israel. Many of us had expected Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to resign due to the police investigations against him, but he has brazened them out.
Posted on: December 12th, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
Last week, we celebrated Chanukah, commemorating the repossession of the Beit HaMikdash from the hands of the mighty Greek Army.
Posted on: December 5th, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Certain Arab/Islamic critics of Israel often speak of some deeply sinister Jewish migrations to "Palestine" after World War I, neglecting to mention that (1) there has been a large and continuous Jewish presence in the land for over 3,000 years; and (2) there has been a continuing Jewish majority in Jerusalem.
Posted on: December 5th, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
Located in Eastern Poland, Poznan is one of the oldest and leading Jewish communities in Poland-Lithuania.
Posted on: November 28th, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Back in August 2007, the Palestinian Authority (PA), Prime Minister Olmert's "partner in peace," named a soccer tournament after Ziyad Da'as, a Fatah-Tanzim terrorist who had been eliminated by Israel exactly five years earlier. The Palestinian Da'as was responsible for the heroic January 2002 attack in which gunmen opened fire with an M-16 at a Bat Mitzvah in Hadera, murdering six and seriously wounding thirty. With equal courage, he had also planned the kidnapping and murder of two Israeli civilians in Tulkarem in 2001.
Posted on: November 21st, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
"It is in the thick of a calamity," we learn from Albert Camus' The Plague, "that one gets hardened to the truth, in other words, to silence." Now that Iranian nuclearization is reaching the point of no return, noisy declarations from Tehran are apt to become less shrill. Reciprocally, in Jerusalem, an inaudible truth could soon yield to action.
Posted on: November 21st, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
Before my most recent trip to Poland I gave my readers a chance to hire me to find the town of their origin in Poland.
Posted on: November 14th, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
One must wonder: Is current U.S. policy on the "Road Map" merely the result of a foolish consistency, or is something much more sinister going on? After all, President Bush and Secretary of State Rice remain determined to birth a viable Palestinian state, one that would be part of an altogether mythical "two-state solution."
Posted on: November 14th, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
Last week's anniversary of Kristallnacht reminded us that the Shoah happened in a relatively cultured society.
Posted on: November 7th, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Some things never change. First and foremost, it seems, is the determination of American presidents to assist in the birth another enemy state called "Palestine." Notwithstanding this country's "War On Terror," the Bush administration continues on a conspicuously self-destructive path that will only make us more vulnerable to terrorism.
Posted on: November 7th, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
Every time I come to Poland there is some new sign of the resurgence of the religious Jewish community.
Posted on: October 31st, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
My readers in The Jewish Press will already know that I write a great deal about Israeli nuclear issues. One of these inherently existential issues is the need for a coherent and codified Israeli nuclear doctrine. Moreover, this need was an integral part of Project Daniel - a private effort that reported to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon ("Israel's Strategic Future," January 2003) and was most immediately concerned with Iranian nuclear weapons and the associated prospect of nuclear war in the Middle East.
Posted on: October 31st, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
For the past few weeks I have been describing my trip through Poland to different graves of Polish tzaddikim of the past.
Posted on: October 24th, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Over the years, I have closely followed the work of Yossi Melman, an outstanding investigative journalist with Ha'aretz and a leading authority on Israel's intelligence communities. Not surprisingly, his earlier book, Every Spy a Prince (co-authored with Dan Raviv) was an international bestseller.
Posted on: October 24th, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
On my many trips to Poland, I always heard of the amazing synagogue structure in Lancut.
Posted on: October 17th, 2007InDepth → Columns
At precisely 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 30 (Chol HaMoed), something happened. Something new.
Posted on: October 17th, 2007Sections → Magazine → Archives
In a recent column on the cemetery of Krakow one of the pictures was mislabeled as the grave of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Riminov (Rymanow).
Posted on: October 10th, 2007InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Can the Olmert government protect Israel's citizens? After last summer's Lebanon war, this is hardly a serious question. Further, following Iran's continuing defiance of the international community in its illegal nuclearization, a defiance carried out with literal impunity, the consequences of Israel's national impotence could soon be genuinely existential. Let us be candid. This is the case even before Mr. Olmert proceeds with his plan to give up the Golan.
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