Close your eyes, breathe in deeply, now exhale slowly… That was easy, wasn’t it? Not for everyone…
Posted on: October 18th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
There is no easy answer to the question of ongoing Iranian nuclearization. All options are unappealing, and all will have very substantial costs. For the moment, diplomacy still seems to be the preferred path to crisis remediation, but only because polite conversation and empty threats protect all parties from taking easily identifiable risks.
Posted on: October 18th, 2006Sections → Magazine → Archives
During Chol Hamoed Sukkot the sound of singing in a sukkah was heard in Czestochowa for the first time since the Shoah.
Posted on: October 11th, 2006InDepth → Letters To The Editor
Three-State Solution In his fine column of Sept. 15, Louis Rene Beres noted that Israel was not the aggressor in 1967 and as such was justified in using anticipatory self-defense. That point should be clarified: Israel used preemptive self-defense only against Egypt. Both Syria and Jordan initiated hostilities with attacks against Israel. Indeed, Israel had […]
Posted on: October 11th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Now we have passed the five-year anniversary of September 11, 2006 - with all of the horrifying memories, with all of the recurrent pain. We know today, that all pertinent government agencies are working 24/7 to keep us safe in the future. We know, as well, that even greater preparedness can never make us truly safe. We know, above all, that we must continue with our daily lives, personal and collective, and that we must not submit to the unprecedented blackmail of Islamic terrorism ("Convert or die!").
Posted on: October 11th, 2006Sections → Magazine → Archives
On Yom Kippur, I was in Kiev after having participated in the commemorations at Babi Yar.
Posted on: October 4th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
The roots of 9/11 lie deeply embedded in civilizational hostility - in its distinctly partial - but nonetheless - primal Islamic hatred for western modernity. This fixed and growing hatred extends to other major religions, especially Judaism, but also to certain elements of Christianity. And although it is true that the greatest portion of Muslims rejects terror violence as a means of fulfilling presumed Islamic expectations, the remaining portion is not statistically insignificant. This group numbers (at least) in the tens-of-millions.
Posted on: September 27th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
There are other PA/PLO/Hamas violations of Oslo, any one of which could comprise an entire magazine article.
Posted on: September 27th, 2006Sections → Magazine → Archives
As of Tzom Gedalia, Sept. 25, I will be on a trip to Ukraine and Poland.
Posted on: September 20th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
The rights of both Jews and Christians were openly trampled on by the Muslim conquerors of Jerusalem. Churches were made into mosques. Slaughterhouses were deliberately established near Jewish places of worship. Mosques were built next to churches and synagogues so that their minarets could literally "over-tower" them.
Posted on: September 20th, 2006Sections → Magazine → Archives
Last week, President Lech Kaczynski of Poland visited Israel, where he participated in many events in support of Israel and the Jewish community in Poland.
Posted on: September 13th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
The unchanging struggle to evict the Jews from "all of Palestine" (that is, from Israel as well as Judea/Samaria/Gaza) is driven by the homicidal idea of jihad or holy war. According to Islamic orthodoxy, their "prophet" is said to have predicted a final war to annihilate the Jews.
Posted on: September 13th, 2006Sections → Magazine → Archives
For the last two weeks I have written about cemetery restoration in Poland. This week I present a report from the Foundation for the Preservation of the Jewish Heritage in Poland, which has done tremendous work in the field. The first half of 2006 has been a busy time for the Foundation for the Preservation of the Jewish Heritage in Poland. The Foundation has cleared up ten Jewish cemeteries and fenced four of them, erected monuments or memorial plaques commemorating pre-war Jewish communities in five towns and is currently restoring four synagogues.
Posted on: September 6th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
The poet Auden understood many things. He understood truly important things as only the poets can. He understood that humankind can always be found in pretty much the same imperiled condition.
Posted on: September 6th, 2006Sections → Magazine → Archives
I recently interviewed a Holocaust survivor who was present as the Russian army entered the town of Czetachowa.
Posted on: August 30th, 2006InDepth → Letters To The Editor
New Leadership Needed If one were previously inclined to believe that Israel’s leadership would finally muster the will to fight the Islamofascists chomping at its borders, the recent war with Hizbullah/Iran should dispel us of this illusion (Steven Plaut, “The War Israel Chose To Lose,” op-ed, Aug. 25). Instead of arming the IDF with […]
Posted on: August 30th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
Technically, the Lebanon war against Hizbullah is over. In fact, however, Israel remains starkly vulnerable to further rocket attacks, and - even more ominously - to a still-nuclearizing Iran. Making matters worse, Prime Minister Olmert has yet to openly change course from his indisputably catastrophic plan for "realignment" and "convergence."
Posted on: August 23rd, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
In an ancient myth, the Greek gods condemn Sisyphus to roll a great rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone will inevitably fall back of its own weight. By imposing this terrible judgment the gods had prescribed the dreadful punishment of interminable labor. But they also revealed something vastly more difficult to understand, namely, that even such useless labor need not be altogether futile. Such labor, they knew, could also be heroic.
Posted on: August 23rd, 2006Sections → Magazine → Archives
Last week's conference on Jewish genealogy in New York featured many sessions dealing with the issues of tracing Jewish lineage.
Posted on: August 23rd, 2006InDepth → Columns
Six days after the "Three Weeks War," our goal is to carry on, with all the more determination, the mission to bring about a great awakening among the Jewish people.
Posted on: August 16th, 2006InDepth → Columns → Louis Rene Beres
With mounting evidence that Hizbullah-fired rockets can cause Israel considerable damage, one point should stand out glaringly above all others: Under no circumstances should Iran be allowed to reach the stage at which it could launch nuclear weapons.
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