The Wisdom of the Kurds

Some 30 million Kurds live in an area that includes parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. A non-Arab Sunni people, the Kurds have the distinction of being the world’s largest stateless minority. But that may be changing. The massive shifts occurring in the Middle East and the practiced moderation of Iraq’s Kurds have produced… Read More

Shame in the House of Israel

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Coming as it did on the heels of the discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teens, the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian, was assumed to be an act of revenge. Whether the six men arrested Sunday in the crime turn out to be ultra-nationalist fanatics or mere thugs, they have brought… Read More

Peres, Dershowitz, Obama — and Pollard

Last week, a perfect storm of sorts formed over Washington in the long campaign to win Jonathan Pollard’s release from a life sentence  for espionage. Both Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz, a Pollard supporter for decades, and outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres, who has a tangled relationship with the Pollard case, urged President Barak Obama to… Read More

‘Our Boys’

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In the weeks since their disappearance while hitchhiking home from their West Bank yeshiva, Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel became household names for many. For those who held their photos aloft at vigils, taped their pictures to their front doors or tied three yellow ribbons around a front-yard tree, they became familiar faces,… Read More

Where Are We Going With Iraq?

With their good cop/bad cop approach to foreign policy, it is hard to know exactly how far President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry will go in order to achieve the administration’s frequently conflicting goals of a peaceful world and a United States detached from it. Up until now, we haven’t seen much… Read More

With friends like these …

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What’s with the Presbyterians? On the one hand, the Presbyterian Church (USA) claims to love its “Jewish sisters and brothers” and believes in interfaith dialogue; and its member churches frequently partner with Jewish organizations to combat such societal ills as hunger and homelessness. On the other hand, the church has now become the poster child… Read More

A nightmare come true

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Having a child snatched off the street is a common parental fear, although one with little basis in reality. In the case of three Israeli teens who disappeared late last week after hitchhiking home in the West Bank, such a nightmare has come true. The apparent kidnapping galvanized Israelis, tens of thousands of whom gathered… Read More

Eric Cantor’s fall

At a time when the presence of three Jews on the Supreme Court is barely the subject of much discussion in our community, Eric Cantor’s service as the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, but the chamber’s only Jewish Republican, still causes wonder and much commentary. It’s easy to see why. Republicans are a… Read More

A hope that Israel’s 10th president is a uniter-in-chief

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The role of the president of Israel is largely ceremonial. The most important constitutional role is holding consultations in forming a government and accepting a government’s resignation. But Israel’s presidency has also been shaped by the men who have served in that capacity. In the case of Likud Knesset member Reuven Rivlin, who was elected… Read More

Let’s bring the others home too

To free or not to free. “Every circumstance is different,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in explaining why the U.S. trade of Taliban prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl does not necessarily mean that Washington will make trades for other Americans in enemy hands. The list of Americans held includes… Read More