To mark IDC Herzliya’s 20th anniversary, we spent a day following Prof. Uriel Reichman, IDC’s founder and president, and Jonathan Davis, VP for External Relations, around its delightful campus.
Posted on: April 13th, 2005InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Israel now faces grave dangers from Iran, a hostile Islamic state deeply involved in production of nuclear and certain other weapons of mass destruction. In essence, the Jewish State will soon have only two options vis-a-vis Iran: 1) sit tight, do nothing militarily, and hope that deterrence, political agreemeents and/or economic sanctions will prevent Iranian mega-aggression; or 2) strike preemptively against pertinent military targets, thereby expressing what international law calls "anticipatory self-defense."
Posted on: April 6th, 2005InDepth → Columns
Myrna Frankel was born and raised in New York City which, she feels, is such a fantastic place to live that she would still be there if Israel had not been beckoning to her all the days of her life.
Posted on: April 6th, 2005InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Taken in isolation, the emerging Palestinian state - a state that is now being forged with the open support of U.S. President George W. Bush - will have no direct bearing on Israel's nuclear posture. Yet, although obviously non-nuclear itself, Palestine could substantially diminish Israel's capacity to wage certain forms of conventional war and could thereby enlarge the Jewish State's incentive to rely on unconventional weapons in particular circumstances.
Posted on: March 30th, 2005InDepth → Columns
Many Israelis are dreading the march of time as the days of "disengagement" approach.
Posted on: March 30th, 2005InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Truly, there can never be any virtue without memory, and France - it would seem - displays a persistent penchant for forgetting. Now unambiguously aligned with the Arab/Islamic states in global geopolitics, France's staunchly oppositional posture toward Israel is a predictable continuation of official French policy toward the Jews during and immediately after World War II.
Posted on: March 23rd, 2005InDepth → Columns
Mordechai and Barbara Goldman came on Aliyah in 1975 from Toronto, Canada. Barbara grew up in Toronto and was active in Bnei Akiva (madricha and rosh snif) and NCSY.
Posted on: March 23rd, 2005InDepth → Columns
How shall we truly understand what happened on the last day of March one year ago, when an Iraqi mob burned, desecrated and hanged four American contractors from a bridge in Fallujah?
Posted on: March 16th, 2005InDepth → Columns
As Israelis suffer the stress of disengagement and the beginning of the dismemberment of the Jewish homeland, it is still important for American religious Jewish families to come on Aliyah.
Posted on: March 16th, 2005InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Bettelheim, like the Greek poet Homer, understands that the force that does not kill - that does not kill just yet - can turn a human being into stone, into a thing, while it is still alive.
Posted on: March 9th, 2005InDepth → Columns
Unfortunately, the question as to where to raise your children and where you and they should live is not a hot topic in the American Jewish community.
Posted on: March 9th, 2005InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Can the Sharon government protect Israel's citizens? Clearly, "disengagement" will open the door widely to "Palestine." In consequence, once deprived of its remaining strategic depth, Israel will become an irresistibly tempting object for aggression by certain enemy states.
Posted on: March 2nd, 2005InDepth → Columns
I once thought that my study of logic would prepare me to understand how the world behaves. Living in Israel these past months has cured me of this assumption.
Posted on: February 23rd, 2005InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Writing of the Jews as a "people of solitaries," E.M. Cioran, the most dazzling French philosophical voice since Paul Valery, observes of the Jewish "nation" that this people, "...unsuited to the complacencies of despair, bypassing its age-old fatigue and the conclusions imposed by fate, lives in the delirium of expectation, determined not to learn a lesson from its humiliations...."
Posted on: February 23rd, 2005InDepth → Columns
Purim, which is not too far away, reminds us that people often can wear masks to hide their true identity.
Posted on: February 16th, 2005InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
It is a familiar story. Israel, with nary a hint of meaningful reciprocity (reinforcing standing government policy of "Land For Nothing"), releases Palestinian terrorist prisoners. This time, in fact, Prime Minister Sharon even threw in amnesty for terrorists not yet apprehended.
Posted on: February 16th, 2005InDepth → Columns
The entire world is in turmoil and yet people ask, "When will peace come to Israel?"
Posted on: February 9th, 2005InDepth → Columns
It is often hard to understand the attitude of American Orthodox Jews to Israel.
Posted on: February 9th, 2005InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
A dear friend of mine in Israel, a hard-fighting veteran of all too many wars, was asked to summarize his view of the "disengagement." "What," I inquired, "do you think of the forcible deportation of Jews from Jewish lands in Gaza and parts of Samaria by the government in Jerusalem?"
Posted on: February 2nd, 2005InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Israel's nuclear capacity remains undeclared. For now, this is in Israel's overall best interest. In a world where the United States currently expresses serious concerns about nuclearization in Iran and North Korea, it would be inappropriate for Israel to embarrass its major ally by any form of nuclear disclosure.
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