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Project Daniel: Conclusions (Part Ten – Final)

Medieval maps typically portrayed Jerusalem at the center of the world. From the standpoint of nuclear strategy and world peace, such a portrayal has exceptional validity today. Confronted with relentlessly genocidal state and non-state enemies, some of which energetically seek weapons of mass destruction, Israel must now quickly fashion a coherent and pragmatic strategic doctrine. Recognizing this urgent requirement, the Project Daniel Group undertook to prepare its unprecedented Final Report to the Prime Minister.

Project Daniel: Israel’s Deterrence And Defense Doctrine (Part Nine)

Last week, we considered Project Daniel's recommendations concerning Israel's preemption and nuclear warfighting doctrines. The Group strongly endorsed the Prime Minister's acceptance of a broad concept of defensive first-strikes, but just as strongly advised against using his undisclosed nuclear arsenal for anything but essential deterrence.

Project Daniel: Israel’s Survival Amidst Growing Worldwide Anarchy (Part Six)

In the concluding paragraphs of our Project Daniel Final Report, Israel's Strategic Future, we identify a number of critical policy issues that need substantial further study. The first of these issues is described as "the growing anarchy in world affairs." What does it mean to live amidst such anarchy? What are the expected implications for secure and predictable international relations?

Project Daniel: Israel’s Survival Struggle And Nuclear War In The Middle East (Part Four)

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.

‘Song of Peace’ Redux

In the late 1960's, well after the Six Day War, a whine-filled "peace song" titled Shir Hashalom became popular among Israel's teeny-boppers. At the...

Ronald Reagan and the Jews

"Reagan I could trust." - Yitzhak Shamir"He was unshakable; a staunch supporter." - Shimon Peres

Letters To The Editor

Magnificent RumsfeldYour Feb. 27 editorial on the Democratic presidential candidates was on target. I know that liberal Jews - those whose prime concerns in...

Suicide Bombers In Macrocosm: The Intolerable Danger To Israel Of Irrational Nuclear Enemies

"Do you know what it means to find yourselves face to face with a madman?" asks Luigi Pirandello's Henry IV. "Madmen, lucky folk, construct without logic, or rather with a logic that flies like a feather."

The Brat With No Hat (With apologies to Dr. Seuss, wherever he may be)

The sun did not shine.It was too wet to play.So they sat in GenevaWith murderers all day.

The Day Israel Abandoned Appeasement

The new head of state in Israel took office some time after his mentor was assassinated.

Time For Israeli Peaceniks To Get Real

I recently had the opportunity to interview Shlomo Ben Ami, Israel's foreign ministerduring the Barak administration.

Second Guessing G-d

In my last column I wrote of the anguish and sorrow that fills the hearts of our brethren in Israel nowadays, and I wrote of the all-too-real curses that are enumerated in Parashat Ki Tavo. There is one curse however, that at first glance, may be difficult to understand, but if you take a moment to think about it, you will realize how poignantly it speaks to us: "And it shall be, if you will not hearken to the voice of the L-rd your G-d to observe and perform all His commandments and all His decrees that I command you today, then all His curses will come upon you and overtake you" (Deuteronomy 28:58).

Letters To The Editor

Remembering GidoneWhen people read of my late son Gidone Busch, they have this image of an emotionally disturbed man with a hammer (which was...

A July 4 Special Commentary: Patriots, Refugees And The Right of Return

When the War of Independence began, it quickly assumed the nature of a civil war.

Disappointing Political Machinations

We are disappointed to report that because of the last minute intransigence of New York's Governor George Pataki, the state Senate failed to pass the two bills important to the Jewishcommunity which we wrote about last week, and which had been passed earlier by the Assembly.

Is Taxpayer Support For Religious Schools Constitutionally Required?

In its last term, the United States Supreme Court narrowly upheld the constitutionality of publicly financed tuition vouchers for parochial school education. In effect the court said that if a public authority decided to include parochial schools in a program of general application, theFirst Amendment's requirement of separation between church and state did not prohibit it.

55 Years Since 1948

There are many things that come to mind as Israel marks 55 years since it won its independence in 1948. If nothing else, Israel has demonstrated that Jews, given even less than half a chance, can collectively rise to the very peak of human achievement. We Jews have always contributed to mankind in much greater proportion than our numbers would suggest,wherever we found ourselves. But it is in Israel, where Jews have organized a state, which after a mere 55 years, has fostered wondrous achievements in virtually all areas of humanendeavor, that what we are capable of is so obvious.

The Logic Of Rick Santorum

Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum's point about a pending Supreme Court case challenging state anti-sodomy laws seems hardly remarkable. The senator said: "If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [homosexual] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery, you have the right to anything."

Unfortunate Kosher Food Decision

As The Jewish Press reported last week, a three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit sitting in Manhattan has thrown out provisions of New York's Agricultural and Markets Law which since 1915 has prohibited the fraudulent selling of food as kosher.

The Best And The Brightest

Every year at this time the conservative Media Research Center compiles the most outrageously biased and stupefyingly dumb remarks made by media people during the previous 12 months. Even the quickest perusal of these gems should forever still any doubts about the media's inherent liberal bias and stupefying shallowness.

A Voice From The Grave

In 1982, the late Rabbi Meir Kahane wrote in The New York Times, ?There is one sublime reason why we should not give up a centimeter of land: it belongs to us! ... the land belongs to us because the G-d of Israel, Creator and Titleholder of all lands, gave it to us.?

Q & A: Moment Of Silence

QUESTION: I saw an item recently in the Jewish Press where a group of rabbis met with elected officials to promote a 'Moment of Silence' in public schools. What is the halachic basis for this type of prayer?Shlomo FeivelsonCoconut Creek, FL

Arafat Has A Friend At Harper’s

Harper's, the literary magazine founded in 1850 and celebrated in its early years for featuring the works of Herman Melville, Henry James and Mark Twain, has for most of its history been an insomniac's delight - a snooze-inducing bore found mainly in the waiting rooms of doctors who hope to impress patients with a little bit of culture-by-association.

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