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In the Trenches

Sunday Jul 13, 2014
    Two centuries ago, the great German poet Goethe said: “The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.”   It’s as true today as it was then.   The difference between Hamas and Israel couldn’t be greater, yet you wouldn’t know it when listening to some observers.   For the Non-Aligned Movement, it’s all about Gaza’s innocence and Israel’s guilt. One fine day,...
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Tuesday Jul 08, 2014
  Want to be taken seriously by Israel and its friends?   Here’s your moment to demonstrate your bona fides.   If you really mean what you say about criticizing Israeli policies but not questioning Israel’s inherent right to live in peace and security, then raise your voice right now.   Not tomorrow, not the day after, but today.   Speak up and say that the scores, if not hundreds, of rockets being fired from...
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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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