When Friends Leak

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There is an old political adage: “There are no permanent friends or enemies in international relations, only interests.” While it is unquestionably true that the U.S.-Israel relationship is rock solid, and that the United States and Israel share a deep friendship and a thick web of interests, there appears to be one or more people… Read More

After Egypt’s Coup

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Until last week, most of us thought we knew what a military coup d’etat was. If the army removes the civilian head of state from office, that is a coup. Still, the United States so far has not officially called the July 3 armed services overthrow of Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi a coup. One likely… Read More

Leaders Of The Future

For six decades, baby boomers have reshaped American society, as they entered each new stage of their lives. They’re about to do it again. And the possible effects already have some in the Jewish community talking — and worrying. In the next 10 years it is projected that about 90 percent of the top executives… Read More

Mandela’s Rise Above Resentment

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela is in critical condition.

As we go to press, Nelson Mandela is in critical condition in a Pretoria, South Africa hospital. He is the subject of much discussion and admiration. World leaders, including President Barack Obama, are jockeying for a final opportunity to visit with him. It is difficult to think of Mandela without trying to identify another world… Read More

Erdogan Misses An Opportunity

In March, just before he was to end his visit to Israel, President Barack Obama placed a call to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, handed the phone to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of Israel and initiated the public phase of reconciliation between the two American allies. Now, that process seems to be faltering. … Read More

The EU Bows To Hezbollah

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The European Union, comprised of 27 member countries, further diminished its own credibility as an international influence, when it failed last week to approve a British proposal to designate Hezbollah’s armed wing as a terrorist organization. The British proposal cited Hezbollah’s connection to a bus bombing in Bulgaria last summer that took six lives as… Read More

What Does Moderation Mean?

Iran’s President-elect Hassan Rowhani wants to promote “mutual confidence” with the U.S. ( Farzaneh Khademian/ABACAPRESS. COM)

Iran’s new president-elect, Hassan Rowhani, says he seeks a “dialogue with the world.” And the 64-year-old cleric says his country should show “greater transparency” in its nuclear program and promote “mutual confidence” with its adversaries, including the United States. So far, so good. But what can we reasonably expect from Rowhani? Rowhani’s moderate language is… Read More

A Revered Jewish Agency Closes

When the Jewish Education Services of North America (JESNA) closes its doors at the end of the month, it will be a quiet end for an agency that loomed large in the field of Jewish education for more than three decades. Founded in 1982, New York-based JESNA was the Jewish federation system’s central address for… Read More

What Peacekeepers Are — And Are Not

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On June 6, when the Syrian army retook the Kuneitra crossing on the Golan Heights from anti-government rebels, it crossed into the demilitarized zone that has separated Syrian and Israeli forces since 1974. When that happened, Israel threatened to strike Syrian tanks, according to a leaked U.N. document. In response, Syria promised to fire solely… Read More

The Unclear Message In The Telephone Data

Reaction to revelations that the U.S. government is secretly collecting data from an estimated three billion phone calls a day as well as from nine major U.S. Internet providers has been of two general varieties. One has been a shrug, that the same information has long been gathered by Internet companies to enrich their coffers… Read More