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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

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

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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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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

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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 March. 30, 2005 / 19 Adar II 5765

Fate of Greater Israel signed and sealed

By Joel Greenberg


JewishWorldReview.com |

JERUSALEM — The Israeli parliament approved the 2005 state budget on Tuesday, removing the last legislative obstacle to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip this summer.



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The 58-36 vote dashed hopes of Jewish settlers in the Gaza Strip and their supporters of bringing down Sharon's government before the planned withdrawal and preventing the pullout by political means.


Failure to pass the budget by Thursday would have forced new elections within three months, delaying or even shelving the plan to evacuate all 21 Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip and four in the West Bank.


On Monday, parliament overwhelmingly rejected a national referendum on the pullout, a move advocated by the settlers that could have put the plan on hold.


Acknowledging political defeat, settler leaders said they would take their struggle to the streets and to the Gaza settlements, warning that they would bring out 100,000 protesters to block the withdrawal, known as the disengagement plan.


Passage of the budget, capping a year of intense political maneuvering, was a resounding victory for Sharon, who faced a mutiny from lawmakers in his Likud party and resistance from former rightist allies who tried to scuttle the pullout.


But Sharon struck deals on the budget with the opposition Shinui party, which has 15 seats in the 120-member legislature, and with small fervently-Orthodox and Israeli Arab factions, promising funds for their constituencies in exchange for support.


"In parliamentary terms it is signed and sealed; the disengagement is on its way," said Ehud Yatom, a Likud lawmaker opposed to the withdrawal.


Sharon plans to evacuate about 8,500 settlers in the Gaza Strip and 500 in the West Bank over several weeks, starting the last week in July. Settlers have been given until July 20 to leave or face eviction.


Leaders of the settlers have vowed to send tens of thousands of protesters to the streets and to reinforce the settlements in order to prevent Israeli police officers and soldiers from evacuating them.


Groups of protesters have blocked traffic on major highways a few times in recent weeks by sitting on the roads and burning tires.


To prevent people from reaching the settlements, the Israeli army plans to declare them closed military zones at least 45 days before the planned evacuation. While the settler leadership has called for non-violent protest, Israeli security officials have warned that Jewish extremists and hard-core opponents of the withdrawal among the settlers could violently resist the evacuation, possibly with guns.


Public Security Minister Gideon Ezra said Tuesday that he was advised by someone close to the settler leadership to collect the settlers' weapons before the withdrawal.


The minister did not name the person who suggested disarming the settlers, but Israel Radio identified him as Effi Eitam, a rightist lawmaker who resigned from Sharon's government in protest over the withdrawal plan. Eitam recently announced that he would move to the Gaza Strip in a show of support for the settlers.


Despite large demonstrations by the settlers and their supporters in recent months, opinion polls have consistently shown that two-thirds of Israelis support the withdrawal from Gaza, an impoverished coastal strip where the settlers live in tightly guarded enclaves among 1.3 million Palestinians.


Sharon has argued that the Gaza settlements would not be retained in any future agreement with the Palestinians and, therefore, are not worth the military and economic cost of maintaining them.

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