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Sunday Jul 06, 2014
    Try as I might, there are some things I just don’t get.   For starters, I’m seeking to understand Israel’s options in today’s Middle East.   To listen to some observers in the media and in foreign ministries, it’s all quite simple and yet puzzling – simple because the answer is obvious, and puzzling because somehow Israel is the only country that doesn’t get it.   These...
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Sunday Jun 22, 2014
  Belzec.   It’s not exactly a household name.   But during World War II, Belzec, a small town in southeastern Poland, was one of the main Nazi death camps in the occupied country, along with Auschwitz-Birkenau, Chelmno, Majdanek, Sobibor, and Treblinka.   As many as 500,000 Jews were murdered there by the Nazis. Astonishingly, the camp operated for no more than ten months.   By the end of 1942 it was shut down,...
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Wednesday May 28, 2014
    Europe needs to wake up to the threat posed by anti-Semitism.   Sure, it thinks it’s awake, but, in reality, only partially.    The problem is bigger and deeper than many realize. And the stakes couldn’t be higher, not just  for Jews, but for Europe’s core values, beginning with the protection of human dignity.   As a long-time Europhile whose wife and three children are EU citizens, I...
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Tuesday May 06, 2014
  For many nations, a 66th birthday may not generate much excitement. But if the country happens to be Israel, which celebrates its birthday this week, it's another story.   Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only UN member state whose right to exist is regularly challenged, whose elimination from the world map is the aim of at least one other UN member state (Iran), and whose population centers are deemed fair game by...
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Thursday Apr 24, 2014
  The Ukraine crisis continues. At this stage, no one can safely predict where the country will be a month from now, let alone a year down the road. Nonetheless, a few things appear crystal-clear.   First, history will record this as a high-stakes, even defining, crisis. What happens in Ukraine matters – first and foremost, of course, to the Ukrainian people—but it doesn’t stop there. The reverberations can already...
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