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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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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April 2, 2014

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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 July 3, 2003 / 3 Tamuz, 5763

Useful idiots in the Middle East

By Cal Thomas

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The Bush administration now proposes to pay "protection money" to the Palestinian Authority in amounts that would make even the Mafia blush with embarrassment | Communism had its "useful idiots." These were people who believed whatever Communists said and were helpful in advancing their cause.

In the Middle East, the enemies of Israel, the United States and all things Jewish, Christian and Western have far more useful idiots than Communists ever counted on. These are the people who refuse to believe what they are repeatedly told and see in bloody streets, in mosques, in political literature and in schools where children are taught to hate and to be "martyrs" before they are potty-trained.

In the matter of the "road map" to "peace" between Israel and her mortal enemies, we are seeing the usual razzle-dazzle. Elected Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon stands by appointed Palestinian "Prime Minister" Mahmoud Abbas, who mimics Sharon in his Western-style suit. Both men make pronouncements required of them by their American puppeteer. The useful idiots think Abbas and his band of bloody brothers will play the lion lying down with the Israeli lamb.

In the midst of all of the photo-ops and feel-good diplomacy comes a sober and welcome word from someone the useful idiots no doubt will regard as a skunk at their party. Israel's former Minister of Internal Security Uzi Landau told Israeli Radio that Israel should set a timetable with dates for clearly defined and measurable Palestinian actions regarding security. These would include, he said, collecting weapons, outlawing terror organizations, unifying Palestinian Authority security groups in one group and ending incitement against Israel, which requires, among other things, the removal of regional maps that do not show Israel on them and elimination of anti-Israel textbooks from Palestinian schools.

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These seem like reasonable requests if the Palestinian side is sincere about ending decades of war. More than words and signed documents ought to be required. Israel is being pressured to give up more land. When it has done so before, the gestures have not brought Israel closer to peace but allowed for more war to be made from the relinquished territory in order that more territory might be gained on the road to Israel's obliteration. Such remains the stated goal oozing from every Palestinian pore.

The German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel said, "What experience and history teach is this -- that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it." Useful idiots continue to accept new promises built on a foundation of previously broken promises.

This is what makes them useful.

It is also what makes them idiots.

Israel has waited in vain for Palestinian deeds to live up to their words, agreements, covenants, promises and pledges. At what point should it be concluded that the Palestinian leadership and so many of their people have a definition of peace that begins and ends with the annihilation and elimination of Israel?

Let your voice be heard! To express your concerns about the administration's plan for the Holy Land, you may contact

President George W. Bush by fax: (202) 456-2461, (Andrew Card, Chief of Staff) or by e-mail.

Dr. Condoleeza Rice, National Security Advisor, FAX (202) 456-2883, PHONE (202) 456-9491

Mr. Elliot Abrams, the Director for Near East and North African Affairs, at FAX (202) 456-9120, and by phone through his secretary Joanna, (202) 456-9121

Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, 1000 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1000 or by e-mail form:

Paul Wolfowitz, Deputy Secretary of Defense, 1010 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-1010 or by e-mail form

We hear about "enemies of peace" who would destroy the "peace process." Peace, like happiness, is not an objective to be pursued. Peace and happiness are byproducts of nations deciding they will study war no more and lay down their arms and hostile intentions.

The Bush administration now proposes to pay "protection money" to the Palestinian Authority in amounts that would make even the Mafia blush with embarrassment. Until now, the United States has provided aid only to social service projects that don't support the Palestinian Authority (PA) in areas controlled by the PA. That unaudited aid totaled $100 million annually until it was increased this year to $200 million. It was restricted to social services because of the PA's record of misappropriating the funds and sponsoring terrorism. According to The New York Times (July 1), the administration now plans to provide hundreds of millions of dollars directly to the PA.

Morton Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America, said, "It is appalling that a president who has vowed to put an end to terrorist regimes around the world now plans to give U.S. taxpayers' dollars directly to a corrupt terrorist regime."

Why should the enemies of Israel (and America) disarm when they can get the United States to subsidize their murderous ways? This makes the United States the biggest and most useful idiot in history, which in its secular mindset does not understand the depth of the Palestinians' "religious mandate" or their commitment to fulfilling a prophecy of their own making.

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