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Trump and Netanyahu Scramble the Board

by Allan C. Brownfeld AT HIS MEETING with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week, President Trump abandoned decades of bipartisan U.S. policy and declared that the U.S. would no longer insist on the creation of a Palestinian state as part of a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. In Trump’s words, either a […]

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What Secretary John Kerry Said

SAVING THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION I WANT TO SHARE candid thoughts about an issue that for decades has animated the foreign policy dialogue here and around the world -– the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Throughout his administration, President Obama has been deeply committed to Israel and its security, and that commitment has guided his pursuit of peace in […]

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October 13: Alan Slifka and the Abraham Fund

Alan B. Slifka, a philanthropist who co-founded (with Eugene Wiener) the Abraham Fund Initiatives in 1989, the first nonprofit organization outside Israel dedicated to furthering coexistence between Israeli Arabs and Jews, was born along with his twin sister in New York on this date in 1929. Slifka was a product of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School […]

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$38 Billion More for Israel

WHY THE PACKAGE IS HARMFUL TO BOTH COUNTRIES by Allan Brownfeld IN SEPTEMBER, the U.S. signed an unprecedented pact with Israel that will provide it with the largest amount of military aid ever awarded to any country — $3.8 billion annually for ten years, with promises of the latest in fighter jets, missile defense systems […]

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September 23: George Costanza

Actor Jason Alexander (Jay Scott Greenspan), best known for his role as the self-loathing and conniving George Costanza — who appeared in every episode but one of Seinfeld, 1990-1998 — was born in Newark on this date in 1959. Alexander reputedly beat out Danny DeVito, Steve Buscemi and Nathan Lane to play the Constanza character, […]

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August 17: The Israeli-Hungarian Anarchist

Toma Sik, a son of Hungarian Holocaust survivors who became a highly visible anarchist and conscientious objector to Israeli militarism — in a country in which conscientious objection is not recognized — was born in Budapest on this date in 1939. Sik was an active secular humanist, a defender of Bedouin rights, a proponent for […]

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August 2: Israel’s Old Man

Shimon Peres, who was the world’s oldest head of state when he retired as Israel’s president in 2014, was born in Poland on this date in 1923. Peres has served twice as country’s prime minister (and twice as interim prime minister), and was a member of a dozen Israeli cabinets. In 1994 he shared the […]

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Resilient Tel Aviv Looks for Answers

by Hillel Schenker WEDNESDAY NIGHT, on a bus on my way back from having a rocking good time at the Brian Wilson Beach Boys “Pet Sounds” Tour show at the Ra’anana Amphitheater, I heard the news about the horrible murder of four innocent Israelis at the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv by two Palestinian terrorists from […]

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O My America: Being an Agendanik

by Lawrence Bush I JUST SPENT the weekend in Ann Arbor, Michigan at a reunion of some ninety veterans of New Jewish Agenda (NJA), the national, chapter-based, multi-issue Jewish organization that was launched in 1980, lasted until 1992 — and transformed my life. I attended the inaugural NJA conference in Washington DC. I was 29, […]

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On Passover, Israel, and Demographic Threats

by Rabbi Brant Rosen Crossposted, by the author’s permission, with Truthout THE WEEK-LONG Jewish festival of Passover is coming to a close, but like many Jews around the world I’m still digesting the myriad questions, answers and discussions that ensued as we retold the biblical story of the Exodus at our seder. While it’s a story […]

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