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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

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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

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

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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

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

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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?

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

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

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Jewish World Review May 24, 2006 / 26 Iyar, 5766

Bush tentatively backs plan for Israel surrendering West Bank areas

By Mark Silva


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Between private meetings with Olmert, Prez praised prime minister's plans as "bold ideas"


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WASHINGTON — President Bush offered guarded support Tuesday for the Israeli prime minister's plan to concentrate settlers in more heavily populated areas of the West Bank, enabling Israel to proceed with its own plans if the Palestinians are unwilling to negotiate with Israel.


At the same time, both Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expressed a desire to achieve their goal of a peaceful coexistence for Israelis and Palestinians through negotiations.


But Olmert made it clear that he will proceed with his own plans for charting Israel's borders in the next "two to three years" if the Hamas-led Palestinian government refuses to acknowledge Israel's right to exist. And Bush's support should strengthen Olmert's hand.


For Israel, analysts say, the first meeting of Bush and the new prime minister offered a go-ahead for Olmert's proposal to withdraw 70,000 Israelis from less populated areas of the West Bank and concentrate them in more heavily populated areas, part of his "convergence plan."


Between private meetings with Olmert, Bush praised the prime minister's plans as "bold ideas."


"The prime minister's ideas could be an important step toward the peace we both support," the president said in a public appearance in the East Room of the White House, with Bush insisting that he has not abandoned a "road map" for peace that he has supported for four years. "Our preferred option . . . is for there to be a negotiated settlement."


Olmert pledged to pursue negotiations with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, but suggested at the same time that Abbas' options are limited by a Palestinian parliament now controlled by Hamas, an organization labeled as terrorist by the United States that has an avowed goal of destroying Israel.


"I intend to exhaust every possibility," Olmert said. "However, we will not enter into any kind of partnership with a party which refuses to recognize our right to live in peace and security. . . . If we come to the conclusion that no progress is possible, we will be compelled to try a different route."


This was the first meeting of Bush and Olmert since the Israeli leader was sworn in May 4, following a stroke that disabled the former Israeli leader, Ariel Sharon, who remains incapacitated.


Bush and Sharon had forged a strong relationship, despite sharp differences over the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The White House had billed this meeting with Olmert as a "getting-to-know-you session," downplaying any prospects for advancement of the peace process.

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But this proved to be far more than a social meeting for two leaders who already had met in 1998, when Olmert was mayor of Jerusalem and Bush was governor of Texas.


"I think they both know what they wanted," Seymour Reich, president of the Israel Policy Forum, said after the meeting. "Bush got an indication from Olmert that he would meet with Abbas and attempt negotiations. And Olmert got a conditional approval on his convergence plan subject to his inability to negotiate successfully with Abbas."


Olmert was instrumental in carrying out an initiative led by Sharon that Bush heartily supported, the forced removal of thousands of Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip last year. But since then, the emergence of a Palestinian government controlled by Hamas has hampered the peace process, with new infighting plaguing Gaza.


"We will make an effort," said Olmert, promising to meet with Abbas in the near future. "We accept the sincerity of Mahmoud Abbas. He is genuine. . . . We hope that he will have the power to meet the requirement of negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians."


An issue of equally pressing concern has emerged as a critical part of any U.S.-Israel talks — Iran's determination to develop its own nuclear capabilities over the objections of the U.S. and European nations. Iran says it is enriching uranium only to produce nuclear energy, but the West believes that Iran wants to build nuclear weapons.


"This is a moment of truth," Olmert said. "It is still not too late to prevent it from happening. ... There is a major threat posed by the Iranians. This is something that needs to be stopped."


Bush reiterated a pledge: "In the event of any attack on Israel, the U.S. would come to Israel's aid." He also reiterated: "Our primary objective is to solve this problem diplomatically."


If Iran's nuclear position poses a standoff with the West, Olmert's proposal for redistributing the Israeli population of the West Bank could offer a breakthrough.


Olmert is advancing his "convergence plan," which calls for a withdrawal of 70,000 settlers from sparsely populated areas of the West Bank while Israel maintains control over several settlements housing about 200,000 Jews in Palestinian areas. Olmert and his new Kadima party won election in March with a platform of taking unilateral action to secure Israel's borders if the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority refuses to recognize Israel and forgo terrorism.


With a visit to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, including a speech to a joint session of Congress, the Israeli prime minister will conclude a three-day tour that included a meeting with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

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