The Other Pro-Israel Lobby

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“Usually after the first event, it’s like a firestorm,” said Pastor Scott Thomas, the Florida state director for Christians United for Israel (CUFI). “The excitement hits, the understanding settles in.” That, in short, illustrates the process through which CUFI has become America’s largest pro-Israel organization in less than a decade of existence. In January, CUFI… Read More

A Look Back

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WASHINGTON — The opening of an exhibit at the Austrian Embassy in Washington of more than 50 photographs by an 84-year-old Jewish Nobel laureate was something of an amateur hour — twice over. Both Austria’s ambassador and Martin Karplus, the photographer, referred to the pictures — postcard-style views of Europe in the 1950s and a… Read More

Coming Up Short

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WASHINGTON — For the second year running, a bid to pass a bill intensifying sanctions against Iran appears to be foundering on threat of a presidential veto. In his State of the Union address Jan. 20, President Obama vowed to veto further sanctions legislation, saying it would “all but guarantee” his efforts to achieved a… Read More

Nisman Mystery

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The mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman seems ripped straight out of a crime thriller. Nisman — the indefatigable prosecutor collecting evidence of culpability in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people — was found dead in his apartment just hours before he was to present… Read More

Watchful Eyes

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LONDON — Guards, CCTV, locked gates, 24-hour surveillance: These are some of the security measures that Jewish schools, community centers and synagogues in the United Kingdom and Europe have in place. The protections are especially striking compared to what can seem like little or no security at Jewish communal buildings in the United States. Still,… Read More

Punishing Blow?

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Having failed in the past to harness Congressional ire with the Palestinians and hold U.S. aid in the balance, the newest effort by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to defund the Palestinian Authority is generating positive reactions on both sides of the aisle. His bill, introduced on the first day of the 114th Congress, would prohibit… Read More

Israel’s Fallen

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“There isn’t a day that I don’t think about him. That I don’t think of my pain and the pain of the others whose children were killed. It is not easy,” says Shosh Goldmacher, whose son Nadav, a 23-year-old resident of the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, was killed by an anti-tank missile when he… Read More

Nous Sommes Charlie

From left: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel lead a solidarity rally in Paris attended by more than 1 million supporters to condemn the brutal attacks recently seen in the city. (Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

The international community watched in horror last week as armed radicals in Paris massacred a dozen people at a satirical magazine, held hostage a kosher supermarket, killing four of its shoppers, and engaged in a standoff with police. “These madmen, fanatics, have nothing to do with the Muslim religion,” French President Francois Hollande told citizens… Read More

What to Do?

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French Jews are feeling embattled. Arsonists have targeted their synagogues, terrorists have attacked their schools and shops, and with only a few exceptions, French society has not united behind them to stop the assaults and harassment. The solution, according to Israel’s prime minister, is simple: Move to Israel. “To all the Jews of France, all… Read More

Breaking Point

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PARIS — When he heard that four Jews had died in an attack on a kosher supermarket near his home, 16-year-old Natan Kalifa was overcome with grief, anger and a feeling of exclusion from French society. He even contemplated staging an act of violence — possibly against Islamists who support the murders — he recalled… Read More