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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 1, 2005 / 20 Adar I, 5765

Put the celebrations on hold

By Jonathan Tobin


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The war against Israel isn't over



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Last week's vote by Israel's Cabinet to proceed with the withdrawal from Gaza and four settlements in the West Bank solidified a trend that seemed to confirm our greatest hopes. Combined with the decision by Palestinian terror groups to observe a cease-fire, progress toward peace in the Middle East seemed suddenly real.


But in the Middle East, such hopes die quickly. Friday's terrorist attack in Tel Aviv that took the lives of four Israelis, put the idea of a lasting cease-fire in perspective.


Up until that moment, despite all of the very serious reasons to doubt the ultimate intentions of the Palestinians and their president, Mahmoud Abbas, the four-year-old war of attrition against Israel appeared to have ended. And, as Israeli Prime Minister Sharon stated, in such a context, dialogue was once again possible, and hope for a peace settlement was no longer merely a pipe dream.


There will be those who will say the Tel Aviv attack means nothing. That so long as Abbas keeps saying he is a peace partner, Israel and its friends abroad must trust him and keep supporting the process. In particular, the Bush administration which is heavily invested in Abbas may feel it has no choice but to take this position.


But if we merely sympathize with Abbas and concede that he can't take on Islamic Jihad and Hamas despite the very considerable military forces at his disposal, then nothing will have changed from the regime of Yasser Arafat.


Yet even if were to accept the dubious thesis that Abbas can be trusted to stop terrorism, before we start celebrating, supporters of Israel must not forget: The war against Israel's existence still isn't over.


Acting with the full support of the Bush administration, Sharon has made it clear that if the Palestinians keep the peace, the return to the pre-intifada status quo, with the Palestinian Authority in control of their own cities, will be possible. From there, even if the cease-fire held, you might think it is a short, hop, skip and a jump to Gaza withdrawal and negotiations on a final-status treaty. But such negotiations would involve issues on which there is little indication that either side will give in.


They include the future of Jerusalem that Sharon has promised he will not divide in order to hand over part of Israel's capital to the Palestinians. While cynics believe that, having given in on Gaza, Sharon will cave in on Jerusalem, as well as on the future of Israel's major settlement blocks on the West Bank (which President Bush indicated last year that Israel ought to be allowed to keep in any peace agreement), that appears unlikely. Indeed, Sharon has made it clear that he conceded on Gaza so as to strengthen Israel's hold on Jerusalem, not to weaken it.


Sharon has long since conceded Palestinian statehood as inevitable. He is right to do so. But he, with the support of the overwhelming majority of Israelis and Americans, is willing to do so only in exchange for peace and secure borders for Israel.


There are other factors that should impel supporters of Israel not to let their guard down. That's because the international campaign of delegitimization of Israel and Zionism hasn't ceased.


The agenda of Israel's critics in the United Nations, the European Union, and the rest of the Arab and Muslim world remains unchanged, despite the shifts in policy that Sharon and Abbas have made. And even if the Palestinian terror groups observe the cease-fire, the killers of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah almost certainly will not.


Nor will Sharon's concessions convince those Americans who would wage economic warfare on Israel via economic divestment plans to halt their incitement. In fact, just this past week, the World Council of Churches, a Geneva-based group of 347 Protestant and Orthodox denominations, recommended to members that they give "serious consideration" to divesting from companies that aid Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories. The Presbyterian Church USA made a similar decision last summer.


That these churches should be attacking Israel precisely at a time when progress towards peace is being made shows just how deep the hatred for the Jewish state runs. What this means for Americans is that far from being a signal to lessen our pro-Israel advocacy, recent events ought to be an incentive to work harder and speak up even more strongly.


One key point of contention, among many sticking points that may ultimately derail the peace train, remains Israel's security fence. Along with ratifying compensation for the settlers who will be evicted from their homes, the Cabinet also voted this week to complete the barrier. The fence is crucial to the debate in the coming months — not merely because its existence will continue to be a pretext for a continued barrage of unfair abuse of Israel and its government, but because its success was key to the Palestinians decision to admit defeat and stop their terror offensive. But that means nothing to Israel's opponents, who will use the fence to hammer the Jewish state as an "oppressor." That's not a minor point, because accepting Israel's existence is meaningless if it is not accompanied by a similar acquiescence to its right of self-defense, something no other nation is denied.


As we learned to our sorrow after the euphoria of the 1993 Oslo accords — and after the Palestinians decision to reject peace and launch a war in the fall of 2000 — just because Israel is in the right doesn't mean it won't be unfairly pilloried. Indeed, the more Israel gives, the more it seems to embolden those who hate Jews and their right to self-determination in their own land.


The death of Yasser Arafat — coupled with Israel's military victory over terrorism, and Sharon and Abbas' moves toward peace — were truly milestones. But the latest attack combined with all the reasons why negotations may still fail should show us that this is no time to relax. Advocacy for Israel must continue without abatement.

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