Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

12/14/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

From zoot suits to flagpole sitting, the university campus has always been a source of fads and fun that spread beyond the campus. As young people focus on their education they also look to affirm their youth and push the envelope of tomorrow.

12/14/2010 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In an article on the recent General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, The Jewish Week’s Gary Rosenblatt noted the delegates’ understandable “angst” over “international efforts to delegitimize Israel.” Then he asserted: “Many of the 4,000 delegates witnessed that effort firsthand [my italics] when a tiny group of hecklers ... disrupted the keynote address by Prime Minister Netanyahu.”

But those young people were not trying to delegitimize Israel or destroy it.

12/14/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

In announcing that they would recognize a Palestinian state along 1967 borders, the presidents of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay risk undermining a very delicate peace process. Only Israeli and Palestinian representatives can create a two-state solution.

12/13/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

Israel is roiled once again in sad and needless moral controversy. Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu of Safed, son of former Israeli Chief Sephardic Rabbi Mordecai Eliyahu, and with the support of 49 other rabbis, has ruled that it is forbidden by Jewish law for Israeli Jews to sell land or rent property to an Arab.

12/12/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

I cannot remember reading anything as despicable or callous as Henry Kissinger’s observation, captured for posterity on secret White House recordings newly released by the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, that “The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy. And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.”

12/10/2010 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

The 2012 presidential election campaign has begun. Suspecting that the incumbent is vulnerable, Republicans are already beginning to position themselves to carry this campaign to voters early and often against the Obama Administration.

Jews will be seen as a key target for this effort. Several core factors will define the Jewish connection in this campaign cycle. Accessing early campaign money and embracing the Israel connection represent two elements that will be seen as pivotal the 2012 campaign and to Jewish support. Both parties, and more directly aspiring candidates, will be looking for financial assistance as a way to launch and to build their campaigns and to garner political endorsements.