Israel's survival problem is basically as follows: A small state, indeed a microstate that is less than half the size of Lake Michigan, is surrounded by several openly-genocidal enemy states - some of which still seek biological and/or nuclear weapons of mass destruction.
Of the taking of polls there is no end, particularly in a presidential election year. Although it's considered the better part of wisdom to feign at least a healthy disregard, if not an active disdain, for the preponderance of polling, the truth is that political junkies couldn't live without a steady dose of polls.
Progressive Jews (both secular and religious) initially refused to focus on the fact that Pearl was beheaded because he was a Jew and an American.
In addition to being an outstanding prosecutor, Charles had a unique ability to link diverse people and create bonds for the benefit of the wider community.
What an irony: No other people except the Jews has ever made Jerusalem its capital, despite its conquest by many imperial powers, but now clear facts are denied and history is rewritten.
Something must have happened to so dramatically shuffle the cards and leave the analysts dumbfounded.
Mrs. Thatcher told us that Mrs. Gandhi had complained to her that America's attitude toward India was nowhere near as positive as she would have expected it to be toward a fellow democracy.
The third yahrzeit of HaRav Avigdor Miller, zt"l, occurred a few weeks ago. I had the privilege of knowing him as a talmid and on a personal level for more than 30 years, from about 1970 until his passing in 2001.
My previous column on Project Daniel considered the dire consequences of a nuclear war in the Middle East, an almost unimaginable scenario of devastation and suffering that Israel must carefully avoid. It was the spectre of precisely such a scenario that first gave rise to Project Daniel.
The sad reality is that nothing has changed on the ground. These facts are still the same today as they were in 1947 or 1948, yet the perspectives have changed so dramatically.
It's been two years since we last checked in with Binyamin L. Jolkovsky, editor-in-chief of JewishWorldReview.com - two years during which he's added new columnists, broken important stories, and seen JWR finish first in two "favorite website" polls of Monitor readers.
You don't get a "second to none" rating by simply hanging around with the 80-plus percent crowd.
Not for nothing am I known as the 'bulldozer.' My ability to outmaneuver the enemy on the field of battle has come in handy in dealing with those I consider the enemies of my ethnic-cleansing plans.
For chassidim, the last ten years have been painful. There is no question that we are orphans.
The IDF noted: "It is important to keep in mind the danger posed by the illegal, irresponsible, and dangerous behavior of the ISM group that led to the tragic death and sad results."
I live in a settlement. I wonder when my turn to be expelled will come. The Israeli government encouraged me to move here.
Israel holds nuclear weapons for only one purpose: To prevent catastrophic destruction of the Jewish state by enemy state aggression. It is altogether inconceivable that Israel would ever resort to such weapons as an initial move of war
Some years ago, in conversations with then Israeli Ambassador Zalman Shoval, I urged the creation of a special "brain trust" to examine Israel's increasingly precarious security situation. The main objective, related to Ambassador Shoval, would be to assemble a uniquely capable cadre of strategic thinkers who would be free from the various constraints that normally burden both academic and military planners. The Ambassador agreed fully, but for one reason or another, the idea never got off the ground at that time.
The security guard gets off the bus with a changed demeanor. His face is cold and professional, and he looks sharply at everyone sitting at the stop.
It should also be noted that in all these cases the so-called halachic standards are not being determined by the gedolim everyone is supposedly following so faithfully but by the Jewish street.
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