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All sizzle, no steak

Most American Jews would agree that the place for the U.S. Embassy in Israel should be Jerusalem. But the cheers of some to rumors, hints and pandering about a relocation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will do nothing to hasten what we hope is an eventual move. The rumor was delivered by Vice President Mike Pence. He announced at a Nov. 28 event marking the 70th anniversary of the U.N. vote to partition the British Mandate of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states that President Trump is “actively considering” how to move the embassy. As he spoke, he was pandering to those Jews who would cheer at any nod in the direction of Jerusalem.
Wednesday 11/29/2017
A Trump peace plan?
Posted: November 29, 2017

Recently, Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law who is tasked with working on Israeli-Palestinian peace, paid a visit to Saeb Erekat. The veteran Palestinian negotiator was recuperating in Virginia from a lung transplant. According to The Washington Post, “after briefly considering, and then nixing, wine — Erekat is Muslim — Kushner ultimately brought chocolate.”

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Wednesday 11/22/2017
And now, Al Franken
Posted: November 22, 2017

Donald Trump, a Republican. Harvey Weinstein, a Democrat. Roger Ailes, a Republican. Dustin Hoffman, a Democrat. Roy Moore, a Republican. And now we come to Al Franken, the Jewish liberal Democratic senator from Minnesota and former comic who over the last few days has been accused by two different women of improper sexual conduct.

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Wednesday 11/15/2017
Challenges for the Democrats
Posted: November 15, 2017

At a reception in Washington last week, a group of Jewish Democrats announced the creation of a new organization to support the election of Democratic candidates nationally and to further the general agenda of Jewish Democrats, who tend to be center or center-left. That the coming out party happened the day after off-year elections produced two big wins for the Democrats certainly added to the celebration of the new organization’s goals.

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Wednesday 11/08/2017
Uneven responses to acts of terror
Posted: November 08, 2017

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We cannot put into words the grief and pain we all feel.” This is how President Donald Trump began his response to the news that 26-year-old Devin Kelley used a submachine gun to kill 26 people in a Texas church on Sunday. We, too, grieve at what appears to be the deadliest shooting in Texas history.

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Wednesday 11/01/2017
Drawing Dershowitz
Posted: November 01, 2017

For decades, civil liberties lawyer and Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz has been a riveting and sometimes polarizing public figure, speaking out forcefully and provocatively on a long list of issues, many of them unpopular and controversial. A self-described liberal Democrat, he is a fearless debater and a staunch supporter of Israel.

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Wednesday 10/25/2017
The right thing at the University of Florida
Posted: October 25, 2017

It took a declaration of a state of emergency and $600,000 worth of security, including snipers, paid for by taxpayers, but the appearance of white supremacist Richard Spencer at the University of Florida last week passed largely without violence. That’s a very different outcome than at the August march Spencer led in Charlottesville that resulted in the death of a counter-protester who was run over by an apparent Spencer supporter.

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Wednesday 10/18/2017
Harvey Weinstein is not a Jewish issue
Posted: October 18, 2017

Over the past two weeks, we have seen many reactions and reactions-to-reactions to the story of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long pattern of reported sexual harassment and assault of women. Most of us are simply repulsed by the allegations of unchecked abuse of power and Sodom and Gomorrah-style depravity. And for some, the reactions are even more pronounced because Harvey Weinstein is Jewish.

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Wednesday 10/11/2017
Needed: sensible firearm regulation
Posted: October 11, 2017

There was a time — about two weeks ago — when no one but a few had heard of bump stocks, the “accessory” that makes a semi-automatic weapon work like an automatic weapon. So when returning to the debate over the role of firearms in the United States following the murder of 58 people in Las Vegas, it would be wise not to focus on that specific issue.

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