Sunday, April 20, 2014 Nisan 20, 5774

By:
Faye Bittker
Beersheva, Israel — War in Israel just happens. You go to bed one night worried about the Bernard Madoff scandal and wake up the next day in a different reality. It is a reality where you find friends crying in their offices because sons/husbands/daughters -- does it really matter which? -- just received an emergency call-up notice to the army;...
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What Would She Consider 'Reasonable Response'? In a recent article, "Demonstration Takes Place Against Israel," in the Jan. 1 issue, you reported: "What Israel is doing now, in Gaza, is unjust," said Rabbi Linda Holtzman, religious leader of Congregation Mishkan Shalom, who spoke from the podium. She did make a point that she was not representing the synagogue: "I believe...
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Disproportionate. The word began being trotted out again throughout the local, national and world media once Israel began its assault this past weekend against the terrorist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip. World leaders have joined the hue and cry, criticizing the Israeli military for killing more than 300 people, most of them militants (along with an unfortunate number of...
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Weekly newspapers are an odd lot. Stories are not printed 365 days a year, but in increments of 52 weeks. So, when the publishing date falls on something whimsical (say, Feb. 14) or historic (July 4, Sept. 11, Dec. 7), writers and editors can really sink their teeth into something. The date of this paper is Jan. 1. By the...
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The Argument's Clearly Well-Meaning, but Flawed Judea Pearl's belief that apologies by Israelis and Palestinians to each other will create peace is well-meaning, but faulty (Opinion: "Proper Words Must Be Found to Reignite Peace Process," Dec. 4). The root cause of the Arab war on Israel is an Arab-Muslim determination to destroy the Jewish state. Palestinian refugees and loss of...
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