Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774

Jonathan S. Tobin

Drawing the wrong conclusions about Iraq shouldn't lead us to worse mistakes on Iran
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The passage last week in the U.S. House of Representatives of a nonbinding resolution opposing a troop buildup in Iraq was pure symbolism. But in modern war, such symbolism is often as powerful as an exploding car bomb. Whatever its ultimate place in the account of the stunning decline in American public support for this war, it does serve as...
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Prominent 'progressive' Jewish critics of Israel stake a false claim of victimhood
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Sometimes, the most daring thing a scholar or an organization can do is to mention the obvious. That is a lesson that Indiana University's Professor Alvin H. Rosenfeld and the American Jewish Committee have recently learned to their sorrow. Rosenfeld is the author of a 30-page study titled 'Progressive' Jewish Thought and the New Anti-Semitism , which was published in...
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The downward spiral of American will affects resolve to deal with Iran
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According to the Associated Press, this past weekend "technicians assembled two small uranium enrichment units at Iran's underground Natanz complex." The article, which cited diplomats and officials linked to the International Atomic Agency as sources for the information, went on to say that "two cascades of 164 centrifuges connected in series had been set up in recent days" by the...
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Effort to ban Israel's internal critics pits free speech against crisis of delegitimization
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It was one of those American Jewish dust-ups that play out along predictable lines and concluded with a predictable outcome. The left outrages the right, and the right responds in knee-jerk fashion by calling for banning the left from something that most people had never heard of. In the end, the left emerges with their right to speak triumphantly undiminished...
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Earmark reform, energy, tax issues point out contradictions in groups' stands
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For most Jewish groups and their supporters, the results of last November's congressional elections was a dream come true. With the Democrats ending the Republicans' 12-year-reign on Capitol Hill, there was no question that most of mainstream liberal Jewish organizations were going to be lining up behind the new agenda. The "100 hours" plan put forward by new House Speaker...
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