Gary Rosenblatt |
Editor and Publisher
Jerusalem — The symbolic significance of Israeli President Shimon Peres receiving a Lifetime Achievement award this past week from Bar-Ilan University was not lost on the hundreds of attendees at the elegant ceremony.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert bowed to party pressure Wednesday and said he would allow his Kadima Party to select a new party leader. But it was not immediately clear that he would step aside and allow the winner to assume the premiership.
by Stewart Ain And Joshua Mitnick |
A defiant Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert plans to fly to Washington next week for the annual AIPAC convention, brushing aside demands from within his coalition that he step down after a Long Island rabbi testified in court that he gave Olmert at least $150,000 in cash over 13 years.
“He’s planning to be there and to speak,” said Mark Regev, Olmert’s spokesman.
The very mention of his name is incendiary.
At a meeting of the Jewish War Veterans Post 609 in Middlesex County, N.J., last Sunday morning, George Applebaum spoke of the post’s former commander, Ben-Ami Kadish.
“Traitor,” someone yelled.
“Dirty traitor,” shouted another.
“You have no right to say that because you have no knowledge of the case,” Applebaum shot back, prompting two members to storm out.
In England, a prominent politician with a reputation as an anti-Semite is defeated in a re-election bid.
In France, three policemen shout anti-Semitic slogans and make the Nazi salute in a bar.
In the United States, a leading spokesman for European Jewry brings a cautionary message about the “current state of anti-Semitism” on the European continent.
As he visits Israel this week for the second time in four months, President George W. Bush has scaled down his expectations for an Israeli-Palestinian agreement.
Instead of the optimism he displayed late last year when he spoke of the creation of a Palestinian state before he left office, Bush told Israeli journalists Monday that he was hoping the two sides could “get a state defined by the end of my presidency.”