Opinion

Does Hamas Manipulate Casualty Figures To Gain World Sympathy?

07/31/2014
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The latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas extends far beyond the urban warfare playing out in the cities and towns of the Gaza Strip; the Israeli cities targeted by waves of Palestinian rockets; and the seek-and-destroy mission of locating and eradicating the elaborate and intricate network of tunnels revealed to extend deep into Israeli territory and beneath southern Israeli communities.

Israel Diary: Comforting The Wounded, Worrying About Family

07/31/2014
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This is not the first time I’ve come to Israel during war, but this time is different. I’m here not only because I love Israel; I’m here as a father, a grandfather with two grandsons in the IDF – one on an air force base, doing important defense work, and one in Gaza, putting his life on the line with thousands of others in Operation Protective Edge. It is excruciating to witness the concern of my daughter, Elana, and son-in-law, Michael. Their minds and hearts are preoccupied every moment about the well being of their son in Gaza, as are parents and family members of thousands of Israeli soldiers.

Who’s Afraid Of Hamas?

07/30/2014
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My children spent the day recently on the Gaza border giving out popsicles to the soldiers going into battle. Of course, to cover all the religious bases, and because we are a Chabad family, they also put on tefillin with the soldiers.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Life Under Fire

07/29/2014
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Rehovot — As an American-born, 29-year-old journalist living in this central Israeli city, I’ve encountered the same existential dilemma each night for several weeks now: Is it safe to take a shower now?

Sharon Udasin

What I Learned From ‘Ace,’ A Philanthropic Giant

07/29/2014
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In the foreword to Alan “Ace” Greenberg’s book “Memos From The Chairman,” Warren Buffet wrote:  “Ace Greenberg does almost everything better than I do — bridge, magic tricks, dog training, arbitrage — all the important things in life.”  

Alan C. Greenberg, beloved Jewish philanthropist, dies at age 86. UJA-Federation

How J Street Shows Solidarity With Israel

07/28/2014
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The past two weeks have been agonizing, terrifying and humbling. As we have watched the violence in Israel and in Gaza escalate, it has been hard not to feel angry, sad and worst of all powerless.

A Round Of Golf In A Time Of War

A father, a son in the IDF and the 18 holes that weren’t.

07/23/2014
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It was supposed to have been a father-son getaway, a long-awaited retreat of five days of golf and bonding. While many would guess Myrtle Beach, in coastal South Carolina, or the more-exotic Scotland, our destination was actually Israel. As unusual as that may sound, it is because my son Max currently lives there and serves as a platoon sergeant in the IDF’s Golani Brigade.

Gaza And American Jews: ‘We Are One?’

07/23/2014
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‘We Are One!” 

That’s the oft-articulated mantra of American Jewish groups, expressing solidarity on core public-affairs matters, especially those threatening Israel’s security.

Jerome A. Chanes

Hold Iran To Account On AMIA Bombing

07/22/2014
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On July 18, 1994, a hellish scene unfolded in Buenos Aires as a car bomb set by Iranian agents destroyed the AMIA/DAIA Jewish center, killing 85 people and wounding hundreds.

Robert Singer

Media Analysis: Israel Optics Darken

07/21/2014
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For a while there, it looked as if much of the world had accepted, or was at least considering, Israel’s argument for attacking and then invading Gaza this time – the third in six years.

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