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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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Thursday Apr 17, 2014
  This year, we mark what would have been Jan Karski’s 100th birthday.   The more time goes by, the more I miss him. Precisely when his voice is needed more than ever, he is no longer among us.   In 1914, Jan Karski (né Kozielewski) was born to a Catholic family in Poland. The youngest of eight children, he was mobilized in the Polish army in 1939, just before the Nazi invasion on September 1. His wartime saga as...
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Tuesday Mar 25, 2014
    I would normally never get involved in an Israeli labor dispute. Not being Israeli, I know my place. But in the case of the decision by Israel’s diplomats to walk out after failing to reach a satisfactory deal with the government, I readily confess that I can’t remain silent.    I know well many of Israel’s diplomats, having met them in Jerusalem, New York, and the four corners of the earth over the...
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