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Thursday Jun 12, 2014
    Jabotinsky was a true democrat.  Those in the settler movement who profess to embrace his principles must embrace the democracy that he championed.  And that means real democracy, and not the pseudo-democracy that lies at the heart of Dani Dayan’s recent political plan, published in the New York Times on June 9.      The heart of the Dayan plan was that the separation barrier should be taken down and...
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Sunday May 18, 2014
    Israel has an inspiring story and a heroic history.  Her enemies in the Middle East are unsympathetic, and her friends in America are numerous and devoted.  As a result, Israel is popular in America, both on the grassroots level and among the political elites.  Nonetheless, in the PR wars, as played out in America’s media and on campus, Israel does not tend to fare well.     In fact, Israel’s PR...
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Thursday Apr 10, 2014
      Brandeis University, a Jewish-sponsored university and my alma mater, has withdrawn its offer to give an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali.  As reported in the New York Times and elsewhere, Brandeis changed its mind eight days after announcing the honor to Ms. Hirsi Ali, who was born in Somalia and served in the Dutch Parliament.  The President of Brandeis, Fred Lawrence, said in his announcement of the change...
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Tuesday Mar 25, 2014
    American Jews don’t realize it yet, but they will be spending much more of their time responding to what I refer to as the “Glick-Abbas proposal” to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.    The Abbas in question is not Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority, but his son, Tareq, a 48-year-old Palestinian businessman from Ramallah. In an interview in the New York Times on ...
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Sunday Mar 16, 2014
    The Jewish religious world is in turmoil. This is so in Israel, and it is true throughout the Diaspora as well.   Such turmoil is hardly new. For thousands of years, Judaism has been characterized by the absence of an established religious hierarchy, resulting in a significant measure of ongoing religious chaos. For the most part, this religious muddle has been a blessing for the Jews, giving rise to vigorous and creative...
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