Editorial

Can Only A Beheading Evoke Horror Today?

11/18/2014
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Amidst the shock and repulsion over the attack on a Jerusalem synagogue this week, and the murder of at least four men at morning prayer by two young Arabs, is the sad realization that the tragedy does not resonate fully outside of Israel and the Jewish world.

The Memory Of November

11/12/2014
Editorial

For all the horrors of the Shoah, with its hundreds of tragic anniversaries and yahrtzeits, no single date in the Holocaust has seared itself into the Jewish consciousness more than the night of Nov. 9, 1938. The hundreds of synagogue fires, broken glass, murders, concentration camp imprisonments and suicides of Kristallnacht — spilling into the hours past midnight, the clock seeming to strike 13 — made it clear that the five previous years of Nazi persecutions were somehow morphing into something even worse, if impossible to foresee.

The Wrong U.S. Signal To Iran

11/12/2014
Editorial

President Obama’s letter and personal appeal to Ayatollah Ali Khameni, Iran’ supreme leader, was a tactical mistake. In pushing for a resolution of the negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program and suggesting a chance for the U.S. and Iran to cooperate in countering ISIS (the Islamic State), the president showed his desperation to achieve an agreement, weakening his position as the Nov. 24 deadline approaches.

A Rabbi’s Low Blow

11/05/2014
Editorial

The leader of Teaneck's biggest Orthodox synagogue compares The Jewish Week to Nazi newspaper Der Sturmer.

The Jewish Week has long encouraged respectful debate and discussion in its pages on religious, political and social issues. And we look to our rabbis to serve as role models in expressing views that educate rather than marginalize.

Red Or Blue For Israel

11/05/2014
Editorial

As voters went to the polls for midterm elections on Tuesday, supporters of Israel already were speculating on if, and how, the results would impact the U.S.-Israel relationship. Conventional wisdom has it that a Republican Congress would be more supportive of the policies of the Netanyahu government in Israel, which is in an openly rocky relationship with the Obama White House. Democrats point out that the level of military and strategic cooperation between Washington and Jerusalem has never been higher than today, despite the dysfunctional status of the two top leaders.

Bibi Takes On The World

10/29/2014
Editorial

Jeffrey Goldberg, correspondent at The Atlantic, cites this editorial in his own warning to the Israeli leader. 

The diplomatic rift between Washington and Jerusalem reached a new low this week. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon’s snub by senior members of the Obama administration was made public here, a week after his U.S. visit, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans to build more than 1,000 new units in Jerusalem neighborhoods beyond the Green Line, fully aware of the negative response it would receive in America and in the international community.

Now You See It …

10/22/2014
Editorial

There have been a number of front-page photos in the daily papers lately of U.S. bombing ISIS positions in Syria from the air. But have you read any articles about the inevitable collateral damage, the impact on civilians resulting from the attacks? Have you seen any statistics on casualties among the population caught in the crossfire?

On Iran, ‘No Deal’ On Nukes Looking Better

10/22/2014
Editorial

One month away from the Nov. 24 deadline on the talks between the U.S. (and its allies) and Tehran over Iran’s nuclear program, the two sides appear to be far apart and an agreement unlikely. That would be good news, given that the alternative — a deal that has Iran reduce its operational centrifuges but keeps it on the threshold of producing a nuclear bomb — is far worse.

Blaming Israel Isn’t The Answer

10/15/2014
Editorial

Frustration over the lack of progress in resolving the Palestinian issue is on display in a variety of forms, most of them deeply troubling for Israel, which is being blamed for the impasse.

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