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The Pollard Saga

21 Av 5775 – August 5, 2015
Jonathan Pollard’s presumptive release in mid-November 2015 had long been a matter of public record, though many may not have been aware of it.

Of Stabbing and Arson Deaths

First, of course, the contrast with the Arab treatment of Arab murderers of Jews is striking.

Targeting Yeshivas

We daresay there are many stories of successful business ventures among chassidim.

The Sound Of Silence

14 Av 5775 – July 29, 2015
By most accounts, the one person with the political muscle to swing enough Democratic votes to override a veto is Sen. Schumer.

Secretary Kerry’s Dangerous Game

The next day, in a speech in New York to the Council on Foreign Relations, Mr. Kerry substantially upped the ante.

The Iran Deal: More Questions Than Answers

7 Av 5775 – July 22, 2015
Mr. Kerry may or may not be genuinely disturbed and troubled by the Iranian leader’s continued belligerence. With the deal completed, that’s not even a matter of concern anymore.

Iran Agreement: Roadmap To The Bomb

29 Tammuz 5775 – July 15, 2015
One of the more troubling aspects of the path to this agreement is the way the administration repeatedly revised its end-game expectations.

Accommodating Jewish Voters

22 Tammuz 5775 – July 8, 2015
Mr. Silver’s legislation changed the primary date to April 19, which avoids any conflict. And, we are happy to say, he received the support of Republicans in the legislature for changing the date.

Making The Religious Rules In Israel

The issue of the Chief Rabbinate’s control over conversions and other life-cycle matters has long been a contentious one.

Surprise! UN Condemns Israel

The U.S. vote was the sole negative one cast (India, Kenya, Ethiopia, Macedonia, and Paraguay abstained).

Eloquent When He Wants To Be

15 Tammuz 5775 – July 1, 2015
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...”

Iran’s Credibility

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.

Protecting The Franchise

8 Tammuz 5775 – June 24, 2015
Seventy-one members of the Assembly, including Glen Cove Assemblyman Chuck Lavine, who heads the New York chapter of the National Association of Jewish Legislators, joined in the effort to secure a majority to protect the rights of Jewish voters.

Security For Yeshivas

Students in New York City schools are protected by publicly funded security guards, so it would seem a no-brainer that students attending non-public schools be similarly protected.

New UN Report, Palestinian Resolution and the Obama Administration

Seems like Israel is being faulted for not tying both hands behind its back instead of just one.

Hypocrisy In Action: The Matter Of Rachel Dolezal

We still have trouble understanding why anyone would care, except perhaps if she had tried to qualify for special status under a government program designed to benefit members of minority communities.

Restricting The Franchise

1 Tammuz 5775 – June 17, 2015
He says government should be in the business of seeking ways to include citizens in the voting process, not to exclude them.

Israel, Gaza, And The ‘War Crimes’ Issue

Last November, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a New York City audience that Israel “went to extraordinary lengths to limit collateral damage and civilian casualties.... In this type of conflict, where you are held to a standard that your enemy is not held to, you’re going to be criticized for civilian casualties.”

The Supreme Court’s Passport Decision

24 Sivan 5775 – June 10, 2015
The court’s finding that the president has exclusive jurisdiction in recognizing foreign countries might have been be apt if the issue at hand were a congressional attempt to grant recognition to “Palestine” as a state.

Erdogan’s Comeuppance

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.

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