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New hope for Israel’s Labor party

In France, Emmanuel Macron ran from the center, eviscerated the traditional conservative and Socialist parties and outflanked the frightening far-right National Front to become president. His newly minted political party then won a majority in the National Assembly. Will Avi Gabbay do the same in Israel?
Wednesday 07/19/2017
Letters to the Editor
Posted: July 19, 2017

I hope Democrats don’t turn themselves inside out over Jon Ossoff’s loss in the Georgia 6th (June 20). While I’m truly sorry he lost, it was an overwhelmingly Republican district, where Tom Price won by 23 points in 2016 and the full disaster of the current Republican policies are not yet felt by most people. When the astonishingly terrible health plan is finally made public and people watch their parents, children, siblings and friends be denied health care, pay more and lose access, and they experience the full horror of President Trump’s foreign policy, decimating the State Department, turning on our allies and generally trashing 70 years of American international leadership, Democrats will win in district after district if they do the ground work that is always necessary to win elections.

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Wednesday 07/12/2017
Letters to the Editor
Posted: July 12, 2017

After Dan Schere’s five-column discussion (“Is there a center in pro-Israel lobby?” June 9 issue of Jewish News), he concludes that there is no viable middle ground!

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Netanyahu’s Indian bromance
Posted: July 12, 2017

It wasn’t exactly “From Here to Eternity,” but the image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, up to their shins in the Mediterranean surf and discussing desalination, says a lot about the budding romance between the two Asian democracies.

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Wednesday 07/05/2017
Caring for captured and wounded enemy soldiers a fundamental IDF value
Posted: July 05, 2017

One of the greatest challenges of a medical corps team member is to care for captured and wounded enemy soldiers. I served as an army medic during the 1967 Six-Day War in the battle over Jerusalem and as a battalion physician in the 1973 Yom Kippur War in the Sinai Desert. In both wars, I cared for many captured and wounded enemy prisoners.

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Fill the anti-Semitism envoy position
Posted: July 05, 2017

If we were living in a vacuum, the Jewish community wouldn’t be “entitled” to a State Department office with an envoy assigned to monitor and combat anti-Semitism. But there are at least three reasons why the office — which the Trump administration has left unstaffed since July 1 — should be filled.

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Wednesday 06/28/2017
Murder on the health care express
Posted: June 28, 2017

The demise of health care is going to look something like “Murder on the Orient Express” — everyone in the GOP takes a stab at it in the middle of the night and in the end no one knows who did it. The first wave of protest in response to the outrageous House bill has ebbed completely, and this time after a U.S. Senate vote there will be no second chance. The time to fight back is now.

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Israel’s government crashes into the Wall
Posted: June 28, 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not our elected leader. The government of Israel is not our elected government. But, as members of the Jewish people, the Land of Israel is our ancestral birthplace, and its holy places are our holy places. And a deal is a deal.

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Wednesday 06/21/2017
Let us break our current political intolerance
Posted: June 21, 2017

The shooting in Alexandria, Virgina, that nearly killed Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) could have been a horrifying massacre. That it wasn’t was a miracle, a combination of good fortune and valiant heroism, and frankly, pure luck.

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A call for thoughtful dialogue
Posted: June 21, 2017

The human capacity to devise new ways to disrupt, terrorize, injure and kill appears limitless. And so it was on June 14 that James T. Hodgkinson, armed with a semiautomatic rifle, turned the congressional Republican team’s practice for the next day’s baseball game for charity into a bloodbath.

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Wednesday 06/14/2017
Our frenemy Qatar
Posted: June 14, 2017

The oil-rich sheikdom Qatar is much like its neighbors on the Arabian Peninsula – undemocratic, ruled by a minority clan, both a U.S. ally and an active sponsor of extremists. Much the same can be said of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and the other countries that last week severed relations with Qatar and imposed a blockade on the small country.

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Netanyahu calls Trump’s bluff on settlement construction
Posted: June 14, 2017

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apparently wants to convince us that he is not interested in reaching a peace deal, but in maintaining power by catering to his radical right flank and the settler movement.

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