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Daniel Patrick Moynihan was a genuine intellectual, but also a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat who revelled in partisan politics. He was a true iconoclast, but delighted in the trappings
and traditions of the Senate. He was a serious and original analyst of the dynamics of human development – at times seeming to be able to predict the future – but displayed the showman’s oratorical flourishes and exaggerated mannerisms. Although we disagreed with him on several occasions, we share with most others an abiding respect for his intelligence, creativity and the sense of history he always brought to the table.
In the Jewish community, he was especially admired for his almost singlehanded, and ultimately successful, battle against the “Zionism Is Racism” UN resolution while serving as the U.S. Ambassador to the UN. And, in the United States Senate, he was a leading force in securing the passage of the Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act of 1995 which called on the United States to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital.
Of particular interest these days is his prescient article on the coming collapse of significance of the UN in Commentary magazine in 1975, in which he described the United States as being continually outvoted by majorities of third rate powers who were fast taking over the world body. Even then, he concluded that the UN was “a sterile enterprise which awaits total
Senator Moynihan was no saint. But he was one of a kind.
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Latvia, July 4, 1941 they forced many Jews in the shul putting it on fire; everyone was burned alive
There’s blood on the reporters’ hands AND New Israel Fund for funding groups feeding lies to the UN
Respect & appreciation for our country is not only a civic value but an essential Jewish one as well
Israel, like the non-radical Islamic world. will be happy see the ISIS beheaded for once.
Kids shouldn’t have “uninstructed” Internet access, better to train them how to use it responsibly
What if years from now, IS were to control substantial territory? What world havoc would that wreak?
Rambam writes the verse’s double term refers to 2 messiahs: first King David; 2nd the final Mashiach
The Gaza flotilla has been rightfully and legally blocked by Israel’s Navy, with greetings from Bibi
The president described the attack as “an act that drew on a long history of bombs and arson and shots fired at churches, not random, but as a means of control, a way to terrorize and oppress…”
“The only [candidate] that’s going to give real support to Israel is me,” said the 69-year-old Trump.
And whereas at the outset the plan was that Iran would have to surrender most of its centrifuges, it will now be able to retain several thousand.
Now oil independent, US no longer needs its former strategic alliances with Gulf States-or Israel
Can adoption agencies limit the placement of children to heterosexual couples only?
It wasn’t too long ago that Mr. Erdogan, in his determination to burnish Turkey’s credentials as an Islamist state at the cost of the secularism that had brought much economic and political success to Turkey, upended his country’s decades-long cooperative relationship with Israel.
Does the pope really believe that Father Dehon’s destructive anti-Jewish calumnies do not disqualify him from the highest honor of the Catholic Church because in his time everyone did it?
There was something else of great importance in play – something we would have liked to see him take into account before deciding to stand with the boycotters.
“Let’s get something straight so we don’t kid each other…[the Iranians] already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material,” said Mr. Biden. “Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal.”
Beyond the particulars of this tragic death, however, we should all be concerned about the possibility that a criminal prosecution in a major American city is being driven by fear of mobs in the street.
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