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How Jewish is the State of Israel?

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Israel’s Independence Day, the 5th of Iyar according to the Jewish calendar, falls on April 29th this year. This is always an occasion to reflect on Israel’s prospects, and, as always, there is good news and bad news.Earlier this week the head of the Palestinian Authority, Muhammed Abbas, . . . . Continue Reading »

Obama’s handshake with Chavez

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Hugo Chavez is a murderous kleptocrat who has bankrupted his country, condemned tens of millions to malnutrition despite the country’s (stolen) oil wealth, spied on the United States in cahoots with Fidel Castro and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, given a helping hand to terrorists—and unleashed the . . . . Continue Reading »

Impassioned Dialogue

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Forget the cookies and tea, the polite mutual admiration societies, the committee draftsmanship of pious theses that plague the academic industry known as Jewish-Christian dialogue. Here we pour high-proof schnaps, straight from the barrel. The Christian-Jewish engagement is nothing, if it is . . . . Continue Reading »

Tough Times for Beauty Pageant Winners

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Between the gay thought police and California and the Iranian mullahs, what’s a girl to do? Freelance journalist Roxana Saberi , Miss North Dakota for 1997, was convicted of espionage and sentenced to eight years in prison just before the public savaging of today’s Miss California, . . . . Continue Reading »

Benedict XVI and the State of Israel

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May 14 is Israel’s Independence Day (celebrated according to the Jewish rather than the Gregorian calendar), recalling the declaration of the State of Israel in 1948. For Palestinian Arabs the following day, May 15, is a day of mourning, “Disaster ( Naqba ) Day.” It has gone . . . . Continue Reading »