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Hier will honor the presidency

A presidential inauguration has always been a celebration of the peaceful transfer of power. This year, after a crude and divisive election campaign won by Donald Trump, the idea of a peaceful transfer has emerged in high relief.
Tuesday 01/17/2017
Obama was, for better or worse, the face of liberal Zionism
Posted: January 17, 2017

During his campaign for president in 2008, I wrote a column suggesting that Barack Obama was struggling to connect with Jews because they weren’t sure that he supported Israel’s cause in his gut — that is, in his kishkes. I may have been the first to apply the term “Kishkes Factor” in relation to Obama's politics and Israel.

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Wednesday 01/11/2017
Responsible leaders on both sides should dial down Israel rhetoric
Posted: January 11, 2017

Whatever the motivation of the Obama administration, the events of the waning days of last year mark a dramatic low point in U.S.-Israel relations. The Kerry speech has commanded the most recent attention, but the disastrous decision to abstain on U.N. Security Council Resolution 2443 is more likely to be recorded as a milestone that doomed the peace process. It is a moment that could trigger any number of highly destructive consequences for Israel and the two-state solution that the administration claims to champion.

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Increase in reports of acts of intolerance demands vigilance
Posted: January 11, 2017

The Phoenix Holocaust Survivors’ Association and Generations After has issued the following statement:

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Hier will honor the presidency
Posted: January 11, 2017

A presidential inauguration has always been a celebration of the peaceful transfer of power. This year, after a crude and divisive election campaign won by Donald Trump, the idea of a peaceful transfer has emerged in high relief.

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Wednesday 01/04/2017
UN declares Mideast a restricted neighborhood
Posted: January 04, 2017

Last week’s UN Security Council vote against Israel’s right to allow Jews to buy land and build homes in the historic Jewish homeland of Judea and Samaria was a blow against human rights and religious liberty.

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What Kerry failed to mention
Posted: January 04, 2017

When the Secretary of State of the United States, John Kerry, has to go on television and speak for 72 minutes in an attempt to explain and justify the decisions of the president, then it is obvious that those decisions were wrong. It can only be compared to an attorney delivering his closing remarks to a jury in a criminal case, completely ignoring the facts and the evidence that exists, but repeating the same baseless and unsustainable arguments over and over again, knowing full well that his client is guilty.

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Justice for Rubashkin
Posted: January 04, 2017

President Barack Obama has been using his waning days in office to cement his legacy as the most merciful president in recent memory. Two weeks ago, he commuted 153 sentences of primarily low-level drug offenders ensnared in statutorily mandated minimum sentences, bringing his overall commutation total to the highest of the last 11 presidents combined. Although that’s not the total picture – if no more action is taken, Obama will leave office this month as the second-least-likely president in history to grant pardons – it’s hard to question whether the outgoing president’s embrace of clemency is genuine.

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Election reflection: Wisdom from my parents
Posted: January 04, 2017

Since Nov. 8, I have been trying to make sense of the presidential election. I’ve considered the forensic analyses from sources all over the political map, from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal, from Fox News to MSNBC, and everything in between. There is no shortage of explanations, enough to fuel political pundits and barroom brawls for months to come.

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Wednesday 12/28/2016
Treating the wounds of Aleppo
Posted: December 28, 2016

The Syrian city of Aleppo is 400 miles from the Israeli border. It is closer to Turkey, Cyprus and Lebanon than it is to any hospital in Israel. That’s one reason why Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement last week that his government is looking into ways to bring thousands of Syrian civilians who were wounded as Aleppo was pulverized to Israel for medical treatment is such a big development.

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Time to heal the election wounds
Posted: December 28, 2016

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Hanukkah: A major holiday?
Posted: December 28, 2016

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