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Monthly Archives: October 2010

The Seven Noahide Laws

Remind those who judge Israel that they are also being judged: In the Talmud “Sanhedrin” (98.b), Abaye asked Rabbah, “Why do you not want to see the Messiah’s arrival?” “Is it because you fear the travail...

Why terrorists from Yemen are trying to bomb synagogues in Chicago?

Friday afternoon, international authorities announced that they intercepted two explosive devices originating in Yemen and destined for two synagogues in Chicago. The discovery of the packages containing the bombs-the first one in England...

THE NETHERLANDS, THE MIDDLE EAST, AND THE 2010 PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS

The Netherlands is a fascinating test case of how Middle Eastern factors--immigration, foreign policy issues--affect European politics. These questions have become highly partisan ones, with the left side and right side of the spectrum...

How Has U.S. Policy Toward Hamas and the Gaza Strip Turned Around 360 Degrees?

A reader asks what I meant when I wrote: "Should I mention the total reversal of U.S. policy on Hamas from trying to undermine that radical Islamist group's rule in the Gaza Strip to believing...

News Analysis

First, a critique of an article -- "Are US Officials Understanding and Responding to the Middle Crisis? Ya Think?" -- by Barry Rubin, director of the Gloria Center. As to that "Ya think?" Rubin explains:...

Leaders of Judea and Samaria are warning of a “silent, de facto building freeze.”

Naftali Bennet, director-general of the Yesha Council, has reported that "The cities of Judea and Samaria are effectively frozen. The government has promised to stop the freeze, yet it is continuing it." There are 4,321...

Are Settlements Really the Major Obstacle to Peace?

For nearly two decades, the Palestinian Authority conducted peace talks with Israel while construction in the Jewish settlements was continuing. Every now and then the Palestinian leadership would complain about the construction, but it never made a...

ISRAEL FOREIGN MINISTER PREPARING HIMSELF FOR THE “DAY AFTER”

While efforts to renew the negotiations between Israel and Palestinians are still under way, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is already preparing himself for the day after the failure of those talks. Lieberman has instructed the...

WEALTH FOR THE NEXT GENERATIONS

In the 1970s, a huge quantity of oil was found in Norway. Norway was then an unsophisticated fishing country with a fairly modest economy. A number of courageous Norwegian MPs looked out for the general...

Flying Planes into Gaza?

Paul Larudee, senior activist of the pro-Hamas movements Free Palestine (FPM) Free Gaza (FGM) and International Solidarity (ISM), told the Iranian PressTV that plans were being made to send a plane to the Gaza...