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Iran activism and the ‘average’ American Jew

Friday, September 25th, 2009 Yesterday Jewish Week editor and publisher Gary Rosenblatt published a blog item asking an important question: why, at this week’s rally on Iran at the United Nations, was the Jewish community so thinly represented?

Israel, the Palestinians and ‘final status’ silliness

Thursday, September 24th, 2009 Let me see if I’ve got this right. The Obama administration wants to move  Israeli-Palestinian talks directly into “final status” issues, which in case you missed the memo are issues so difficult to resolve that they were reserved for the last stage of negotiations.

Good reading on today’s Obama-Netanyahu-Abbas meeting

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 There’s been a lot of hype written about the Obama administration’s Middle East plans – everything from the claim the president is planning to impose a full-blown plan on the reluctant Israelis and Palestinians to the idea he’s been totally outfoxed by an Israeli Prime Minister much too sly for him.

Quick Jewish Reaction to Goldstone Report, but Silence from the Left

Thursday, September 17th, 2009 Some Jewish groups were quick to get out their press releases blasting the “Goldstone Report,” the result of a United Nations investigation into last winter’s Gaza war  -  so quick it seems unlikely many actually read the 575- page report.

Why are Jews still liberal? Is there an echo in here?

  Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 I’ve mostly tuned out all the deep analysis over Norman Podhoretz’s new book asking “Why Are Jews Liberals,” mostly because  the whole discussion seems to me be about finding fancy ways to say the obvious. Talk about deju vu; this argument has been going on for decades, and we’re mostly still hearing the same blather.  

The Richest Jews in Congress (yawn)

 Monday, September 14th, 2009 Roll Call, one of two Capitol Hill newspapers, came out with its list of the 50 richest members of Congress today, and once again Jewish lawmakers are well represented – but far from dominant.

Do Jewish leaders hope Israel will attack Iran’s nuke program?

Friday, September 11th, 2009 I had a number of calls and emails about my story about Thursday’s Iran advocacy day, and several readers asked the same question: do I believe Jewish leaders are hoping Israel will take military action to forestall the Iranian nuclear threat?

Few Jewish responses to Obama health care speech

Thursday, September 10th, 2009 A handful of Jewish groups responded positively to last night’s presidential address on health care reform, and many White House observers said it was an oratorical triumph.  
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