Slick Trick

Slick Trick

The recent red herring that the FBI and American media lobbed at Israel and the American Jewish community is exceptionally hard to handle because it's been coated with crude oil. So let's not waste our time trying to pick it up. We may, however, want to consider kicking the stinking item back where it came from - as this fish story was simmering long before the FBI or CBS hooked it, and its origin, 8/31/2004, 11:06 PM
 Vessel or Vassal?

Vessel or Vassal?

America pays a price for having to <I>shlep</I> Israel along as her side-kick, but it's all worth it, because when it's tee-off time on the "Gulf course", guess who gets to be the ball?, 8/24/2004, 10:52 PM
 The AM-PAKT Affair - Part II

The AM-PAKT Affair - Part II

Senator Bob Graham, chairman of the US Senate select committee on intelligence, must have also misunderstood the ISI chief's intentions on that fateful morning because after the attack occurred, he told reporters that Mahmud Ahmed, director general of Pakistan's intelligence service, was "very empathetic, sympathetic to the people of the United States.", 8/16/2004, 7:42 PM
 The AM-PAKT Affair - Part I

The AM-PAKT Affair - Part I

The following article is comprised of a variety of both reputable and, admittedly, more debatable sources. Yet, it brings up issues that should be of great concern to all of us. It also transcends partisan political lines and truly bridges the gap between Democrats and Republicans, Israeli leftists and rightists, and all thinking individuals - whether liberal, conservative or undecided. It doesn't, 8/15/2004, 7:05 PM
 John, George or Judah?

John, George or Judah?

Americans should be concerned with which presidential candidate is best for America and American interests, whereas Israelis should concern themselves with which Israeli leader is best for the Jewish State. But there appears to be a real dilemma for some Israelis holding dual citizenship, and for those American Jews who pledge allegiance to the stars and stripes, but who have hearts that beat with, 8/1/2004, 5:38 PM
 Courting Injustice

Courting Injustice

Israel chose not to defend her position at the Hague. I suppose it would have been an exercise in futility - kind of like banging one's head against a concrete barrier. It seems the world will always hold the Jewish nation up to different standards and look at it in a different light., 7/14/2004, 9:41 PM
 No to Civil War Among Jews

No to Civil War Among Jews

Hold your fire. Things need not spiral out of control. There is broad consensus that Oslo and everything it wrought was a disaster. There is a broad consensus also that the Jewish people do not want to entertain thoughts of, conceive, or engage in a civil war., 7/11/2004, 6:32 PM
 The Dirty Difference Between Us

The Dirty Difference Between Us

Well, Dov, Jeffrey and Richard, now it's my turn... , 7/4/2004, 7:12 PM
 The Lustick Files: A Guide to Intellectual Fools

The Lustick Files: A Guide to Intellectual Fools

He is no nutty professor, nor an absentminded one - Dr. Strangelove is more like it. Professor of Political Science Ian Lustick is a US intelligence strategist and Director of the University of Pennsylvania's Solomon Asch Center. And he possesses that rare kind of genius that could get us all killed., 6/23/2004, 10:09 PM
 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The good news is that the spirit of Israel is alive and well and the people are strong and healthy. So, I believe we are in for a great change. I said great change, not another shift. The political ping-ponging between the Right and Left of this country has gone beyond overtime and somebody needs to call the game, and turn the table over., 6/13/2004, 7:16 PM
 Lens, Lies and Videotapes

Lens, Lies and Videotapes

Gosh Mr. Mayors, this all sounds mighty serious, but somehow the numbers and accusations just don't figure. Let's start with the people: hundreds of thousands perished in Hiroshima and millions were systematically exterminated in the Holocaust. Sixty years ago, educational, religious and cultural institutions, centers of science and industry, transportation and infrastructure, as well as entire ci, 6/6/2004, 7:38 PM
 Wig Fallout

Wig Fallout

Very few major news services bothered to investigate the facts, but they did revel around the bonfires of burning wigs in Brooklyn. Now, I don't want or expect your average indolent reporter to delve into the complex workings of Jewish religious observance or Hindu ritual sacrifices, but if this story had to be touched, there were some intriguing angles of investigation, and the facts were easily , 5/27/2004, 8:34 PM
 Mere Flesh and Bones?

Mere Flesh and Bones?

I cried a good part of last week, I hope my tears made a dent in the national quota required of us. , 5/19/2004, 9:52 PM
 My Husband the Sage

My Husband the Sage

We don't discuss politics and we hardly ever talk about the current security situation. Heck, the guy doesn't even read my articles. He says that they're too deep and heavy for him., 5/13/2004, 10:41 PM
 Refocus and Remember

Refocus and Remember

When women, children and the defenseless members of a society are ambushed and murdered in cold blood, what's a nation to do?, 5/6/2004, 1:17 AM
 Sense, Sensibilities and Nonsense

Sense, Sensibilities and Nonsense

None of Ariel Sharon's bloated, scheming and meaningless doomsday scenarios touches us like the thought of uprooting even one Jewish community in the Land of Israel. Nothing repels our senses more than the sickening grin that would cross Yasser Arafat's face if this were to come to pass, G-d forbid., 4/29/2004, 11:31 PM
 Integrity Out of the Closet

Integrity Out of the Closet

Benny Begin, the man too honest to be a politician, has stepped into the fray. There are few people in this nation who doubt Begin's sincerity, intelligence, or the pure Zionist heart beating inside of him., 4/21/2004, 6:51 PM
 Generally Speaking

Generally Speaking

As a general rule, generals make lousy prime ministers. Why the general public in Israel refuses to accept this axiom is worth exploring. We do adore our men in uniform, but once they remove that army-issued footwear and enter public office, the whiff of clay feet permeates the Knesset floor., 4/9/2004, 2:25 AM
 Babes in Jihadland

Babes in Jihadland

"We have seen the enemy... and he's in the fourth grade." , 3/25/2004, 9:10 PM
 Responses to Terror

Responses to Terror

At 6:30 this morning, I saw the news reports coming off of the Internet about the demise of Ahmed Yassin and company, and I cried for joy. My husband, who had returned from early <I>minyan</I> with one of my sons, burst in the door and asked if it was true. In a highly uncommon response, he pulled a bottle of vodka down from the shelf and made a <I>L'chaim</I>. On the last day of Adar, our joy was, 3/22/2004, 10:11 PM
 One Tough Chicken

One Tough Chicken

Yep, the big hillbilly from Brooklyn and a few bewigged women watched from the relative safety of their homes as this fairly mild-mannered immigrant from the Midwest cursed and drop-kicked ?the blankety, blank, blank chicken from Hell.? I rescued my daughter and even managed to retrieve the Osem biscuit. When it comes to my children, no chicken is too great for me., 3/5/2004, 1:48 PM
 The Price of Arrogance

The Price of Arrogance

The earthquake in Israel is manifest on more than one plane. The tremors that occur when the brazen <i>sabra</i> rubs shoulders with the groveling Jew in exile reverberate around the world. In a sickening exhibition of elite Israeli intellectual bravado, it appears that the Landaus and Levys of <i>Haaretz</i> try their best to "one-up" and allure their illustrious counterparts in the Diaspora. Ian, 2/23/2004, 9:15 PM
 AP-PA-lled

AP-PA-lled

When it comes to Middle East reporting, more often than not, it appears that AP (the Associated Press) is nothing more than a mirror image of the PA (Palestinian Authority). This is reflected in both the writings and photographs being disseminated by the "reputable" news service. , 2/18/2004, 6:42 PM
 The Week That Was

The Week That Was

I admit that it's a real trip to write for the highbrow crowd, and certain subject matter does deserve to be presented with a bit of finesse. But then there are times that a more simplistic, brief and down-home approach is called for. Last week was one of those times. So let's try applying some simple common sense to the week that was..., 2/8/2004, 10:36 PM
 Dungeons, Dragons and Medieval Curses

Dungeons, Dragons and Medieval Curses

<b>Q</b>: What two utterances will compel a secular left-wing Israeli to get in touch with his or her "spiritual" side?, 1/26/2004, 6:00 PM
 Seeing Red

Seeing Red

Pride. Yes, that?s the word I?ve been searching for. It has been a while since any diplomatic move on the part of Israel has done me proud. What Zvi Maz?el, Israel?s ambassador to Sweden, did last Friday is a testimony to the tenacity of the Jewish spirit., 1/19/2004, 6:45 PM
 Demographic Deception

Demographic Deception

Did the Almighty call for a census? If not, then it would be wise for us not-too-wise Israelis to stop obsessing over the regional population figures. The computation of our numbers and their comparison to the enemy?s is an unnecessary exercise in anxiety and cowardice., 1/15/2004, 7:21 PM
 You Want Clarifications?

You Want Clarifications?

I understand that our plan is rather provincial and hardly the stuff that the press can sink their teeth into. But hey, there are other regions of upheaval in the Middle East, as well as in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. I?m sure you you can find a pack of murderers who are in need of attention and create some havoc - you?re good at that., 1/5/2004, 5:58 PM
 The Infinite Scream

The Infinite Scream

When the long-awaited redemption or, G-d forbid, much-dreaded further destruction arrives, will we be aware of the awesome moment before us, or will we be too engrossed in ourselves and our activities? Will be able to hear over the incessant din of MTV and CNN? The normal sound of the shofar can be heard quite clearly in the quiet of the synagogue - when everybody waits in anticipation - but will , 12/31/2003, 12:43 AM
 Blind, Deaf and Dumb

Blind, Deaf and Dumb

There is a selection process taking place, there always has been. G-d presents us with a choice that is often obscured, but this time it is ever so clear. ?I have placed life and death... before you. Choose life so that you and your descendants will survive.?, 12/17/2003, 4:58 PM
 The Protocols of the Elders of the Alps

The Protocols of the Elders of the Alps

From the land that gave us everything from Billy Beer and Krispy Kreme to Virtual Reality, has come forth that notorious peanut farmer turned president, turned peacemaker, turned false prophet, turned against us to spew-out venom at Israel from the heights of Geneva., 12/8/2003, 7:05 PM
 The Ashkenazi/Sephardi Jihad Connection

The Ashkenazi/Sephardi Jihad Connection

I really wasn?t going to touch this issue. After all, I?m Ashkenazi and a woman, at that. Usually, I would disregard such ranting from the illustrious rabbi. But, while ignorance does indeed offer one a temporary sort of bliss, in the long run, wearing blinders can get both people and nations into a lot of hot water. , 12/4/2003, 5:26 PM
 Lines of Deception

Lines of Deception

The awarding, by the British Political Cartoon Society, of the cartoon of the year award to Dave Brown signals the crossing of yet another forbidden parameter in this fast-deteriorating, mixed-up world of ours. The cartoon depicts a naked Prime Minister Ariel Sharon eating the head of a Palestinian baby against the backdrop of a burning city. The caption reads, "What's wrong? Have you never seen a, 12/1/2003, 5:09 PM
 The Terrorible Truth

The Terrorible Truth

<b>ter-ror</b> (<i>n</I>) 4: violence (as bomb throwing) committed by groups in order to intimidate a population or government into granting their demands [insurrection and revolutionary]., 11/18/2003, 9:24 PM
 Truth or Consequences

Truth or Consequences

My heart started racing even before my first sip of caffeine. A list, provided by the Associated Press, refers to 16 attacks in 13 countries from as far back as 1998 - and Israel isn?t mentioned. , 11/12/2003, 5:06 PM
Pharaoh?s Back, Where is Moses?

Pharaoh?s Back, Where is Moses?

I was not sure what to do or how to feel. The eleventh of Cheshvan had arrived and it was the matriarch Rachel?s <i>yahrzeit</i>, the anniversary of the Rabin assassination, and my husband?s birthday., 11/10/2003, 5:22 PM
 Truth Found Guilty

Truth Found Guilty

Somewhere between the Chelm and Sodom of Israel?s airwaves, there existed a little island of sanity and truth. It wasn?t always easy to find. You had to bypass a lot of Arabic, rap, trance, heavy breathing, incessant chatter, screaming, leftist propaganda and hair-removal commercials before your radio dial would settle onto Arutz-7 and you could breath a sigh of relief., 10/27/2003, 4:53 PM
 A Peace of Swiss Cheese

A Peace of Swiss Cheese

I knew it. I just knew it. You probably thought that Burg and Beilin accepted defeat and were drowning their sorrows on the Oxford speaking circuit. You should have known by now that ?old Leftists never die, nor do they fade away.?, 10/20/2003, 6:05 PM
 The Dark at the End of the Tunnel

The Dark at the End of the Tunnel

Perhaps there was a small clause in the 1978 Egyptian-Israeli Camp David Peace Accords that permits Egypt to slowly bleed us via the border at Rafah. Maybe Israel prefers to play down the Egyptian origins for fear of further endangering the life of Israeli citizen Azzam Azzam, who continues to languish in an Egyptian prison (never mind the lives of every man, woman and child in Israel). I don?t kn, 10/15/2003, 10:54 AM
 Where Are the Men?

Where Are the Men?

Israeli pilots, move over! Even though I have vertigo and doubt if I could fit my rather wide girth into a cockpit, I?m ready to fly. How many ?g?s can this mother take? Well, I figure that the blood pressure changes and decrease in the flow of oxygen to my brain that I undergo every time I have to absorb the news of yet another terrorist atrocity is the equivalent to the rapid nose dive of any mo, 10/1/2003, 11:22 PM
 We Are Here!

We Are Here!

I?ve begun to peruse my bookshelves in search of inspiring works that are sure to keep me going. I?ve chosen the teachings of scholarly giants, like Rabbis Hersh, Soloveitchik, Dessler , Kook and Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss., 9/25/2003, 7:32 PM
 My Tribute to Shimon Peres

My Tribute to Shimon Peres

I finally found common ground with Shimon Peres. My youngest son and Mr. Peres are celebrating their birthdays on the same day., 9/21/2003, 8:02 PM
 Dark Headlines

Dark Headlines

Forgive me, America. As much as I don?t like to hear about 50 million people being plunged into darkness, I was grateful for one thing... , 8/17/2003, 4:34 PM
 A Return to Clarity

A Return to Clarity

For the time it takes to purchase a package of Bamba snack food, the guy on the other side of the counter will tell it to him straight. He?ll tell him that America was blind-sided on 9/11 and lost 3,000 American citizens. He?ll say, ?You guys have every right to kick ass.? What he means is, any regime that supports that kind of terror is fair game. And, you didn?t have to spend months groveling, s, 8/5/2003, 10:31 PM
 The Thinking Process

The Thinking Process

What is America up to during these lazy, carefree days of summer? Do you think the powers-that-be are taking some time-off from the rigors of the ?peace process? and immersing themselves in a thinking process? Are they perhaps reviewing past foreign policy mistakes or miscalculations? Or maybe they feel a need to reassess who their true friends are in the Middle East? Do you think that maybe the W, 7/18/2003, 12:44 AM
Baseball, Apple Pie and <i>Hudna</i>

Baseball, Apple Pie and <i>Hudna</i>

What I?ve just gotta know is, in the mad rush for peace, did anybody bother to read the thing? Well, I did. I perused the approximately three hundred and fifty words, and not one of them is positive or even alludes to peace or hope. , 7/3/2003, 10:52 PM
 The Pollard Syndrome

The Pollard Syndrome

A man named Jonathan Pollard rots away in prison because he betrayed the country of his citizenship. A nation that gave him a comfortable life, employment, security and a good dose of religious and personal freedom. All they asked in return was for his absolute allegiance. Jonathan did what he did because he couldn?t betray his own people and his essence. He betrayed because he couldn?t betray. , 6/24/2003, 8:47 PM
 The Making of a Golem

The Making of a Golem

So, as those spirited hilltop youth (bless them) take on the Israeli army and police, the passive optimists continue to hang out and wait for <i>Moshiach</i> to put in an appearance, while the idle cynics are anticipating the demise of Zionism. Meanwhile, this artist is going to frantically work with an imaginary lump of clay and transform it into Israel?s first Golem., 6/15/2003, 5:22 PM
 The Jewish Mother?s Solution

The Jewish Mother?s Solution

Oy! You don?t like your occupation? This is music to a Jewish mother?s ears. I have a theory that you people are feeling oppressed, frustrated and depressed due to your occupation. I mean, let?s face it, anyone who spends his time obsessively occupied day in and day out with plotting new ways to maim, dismember and murder innocents had better switch occupations. Really, it could drive a person to , 5/29/2003, 8:12 PM
 Desperately Seeking a Solution

Desperately Seeking a Solution

Not paying attention to details and a reluctance on my part to ?get real? has, at times, turned my personal world upside down. On a far grander scale, the international attempts to impose sloppy solutions on Israel and the denial of basic truths has thrown the world into crisis. From my microcosmic world view, Arab terrorism has gone global in a big way because the world community and Israel endor, 5/28/2003, 7:14 PM
 Freedom, the Great Oppressor

Freedom, the Great Oppressor

G-d sure does work in strange ways - doesn?t He, President Bush? Wouldn?t it be the ultimate in cosmic irony if, under the guise of freedom, democracy and peace, the ?G-d fearing? American President tried enslaving the People of Israel with his ill-conceived road map?, 5/13/2003, 6:38 PM
 Watching a Son Rise

Watching a Son Rise

It?s 5am Israel time and I watch as my eldest son gulps down a quick breakfast. He?s been invited to ?try-out? for the paratroopers. Although he?s inherited his father?s scoliosis and my father?s color blindness, he?s insistent. A combination of his sense of duty, love for his nation and Israeli machismo will win out over his mother?s concerns., 5/4/2003, 8:50 AM
 Time to Consider Coming Home

Time to Consider Coming Home

There probably won?t be a lot of time to mull this over. In spite of the sufficient warning given to the Hebrews in Egypt and to the Jews in Spain and Germany to reflect and make their move, our people always seem to be caught a bit off guard. Today, once again, unfathomable world events are unfolding at a furious pace. There may not be that much time, as G-d may feel that we should have learned o, 4/8/2003, 8:54 PM
 Impossible Restraint

Impossible Restraint

?Remarkable restraint?. The administration of George Bush the First coined that phrase in reference to Israel?s submissive/cooperative stance during the Gulf War. Ariel Sharon?s spokesperson has used it on CNN with regards to our controlled response to terror. And George W. Bush requires it of us while he fiddles with the UN. , 3/14/2003, 11:21 AM
 Yes, There is Potential

Yes, There is Potential

The current Knesset members, in spite of all of their very human failings, have chosen to be active participants in the development of the Jewish Nation. Yes, I am also referring to the members of Shinui. Although I?m observant, I hold a special place in my heart for secular Zionism. , 3/7/2003, 2:02 PM
 Beyond the Political Curtain - Part II

Beyond the Political Curtain - Part II

We all know that ?what goes up, must come down?. But what?s already down doesn?t necessarily go up (take note, Saddam). This means that Western man has the ability to fall from the heights, contemplate his failures and rise again. The biggest problem is that nobody likes the fall and the climb back up is excruciating. Take the World Trade Center as an example. , 2/28/2003, 12:01 PM
 Beyond the Political Curtain - Part I

Beyond the Political Curtain - Part I

When I go cosmic, folks think that Ellen?s just trippin? again on the pure mineral water and fresh air of the Golan Heights. But Charles Krauthammer, Mr. Rational, gone cosmic? Well, this is a sure sign that ?the times, they are a-changin?.? , 2/28/2003, 12:00 PM