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Posted: Mon, 06/07/2010 - 12:17 | Route 17

 

While there's been no shortage of Jews who insist that Israel was wrong to stop and board the terrorist flotilla. there's been a curious disconnect. Most of the Jews who got the most sea-sick by Israel's self-defense are the same Jews who constantly want Israel pressured to get more involved in the peace process.

But what do the existing agreements of the peace process have to say about Israel's rights to control the waters off the Gaza coast?

Posted: Mon, 06/07/2010 - 10:43 | Adam Dickter's Continuum

Former Welterweight Champion Yuri Foreman, who gave up the title to Miguel Cotto on Saturday night, will now have more time to concentrate on his rabbinical studies at Iyun Institute in Brooklyn. He will eventually be the first boxing rabbi, but given the inspiration he’s provided to future pulpit pugilists, he won’t likely be the last.

Here are 10 signs that your rabbi may also be a prize fighter.

10. Last guy that walked out during his sermon wound up in a body cast.

Posted: Mon, 06/07/2010 - 10:18 | Political Insider

Update: JTA is reporting that Thomas has retired, effective immediately.

Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD, a prosperous Washington suburb, had a graduation speaker all lined up for the June 14 event. But then the proposed speaker was caught on camera saying Israels should “get the hell out of Palestine” and maybe just go back where they came from – presumably places like Germany and Poland.

That was Helen Thomas, the Hearst Newspapers columnist and a member of the White House press corps for 60 years.  Her comments produced the predictable reaction, with some Jewish groups calling for Hearst to give her the ax because of her  blatant bias against the Jewish state and some Jewish Republicans trying to lay the controversy in the lap of the Obama administration.

Posted: Mon, 06/07/2010 - 00:49 | Abigail in Love (Maybe)

It started out as a lovely Shabbat walk. Who could have anticipated the unexpected ambush?

But as my girlfriend and I rounded the bend I spotted a gentleman I know - albeit vaguely. I had met him and his wife soon after I arrived in Israel around a year ago and liked them both. I probably only saw him since then one or two more times.

So it was only natural that I introduce him not only to my friend, but also to my dog, who had joined us on the walk. “This is Trevor Pickus,” I said.

“That’s pathetic,” he spat. Then he repeated it. “That is so pathetic!” I can only assume that people who give their dogs their surnames are pathetic because it suggests we think they are fully human. Which Trevor is.

Posted: Sun, 06/06/2010 - 23:00 | The J-List

 -The US alternative rock band "Pixies" decided to cancel their June 9 Tel Aviv performance, allegedly in response to the Flotilla incident

Posted: Sun, 06/06/2010 - 09:30 | Political Insider

Update: the New York Times asks  whether talk about Israel as a strategic liability instead of asset is gaining traction in this "Week in Review" article.  It's the New York Times, so look for some strong reactions from pro-Israel leaders in the next few days - and some qu