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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 May 10, 2004 / 19 Iyar, 5764

Sharon is down, but far from out

By Sidney Zion


http://www.jewishworldreview.com | If Yasser Arafat has nine lives, Ariel Sharon has nine deaths.


With the news that the Likud Party had rejected his Gaza pullout plan, Sharon's long-frustrated mourners got all revved up to sit shivah.


This time, he would not escape. This time, the hit had been delivered by his virtual sons and daughters. Not his old lefty enemies but the very settlers he settled in Gaza going back north of 30 years ago. Fratricide and patricide had done the deed, and not even the canny old warrior could beat that exacta.


Welcome to the 10th death.


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Sharon will neither quit nor be forced out of his premiership. Those who think otherwise call him a leader without a party and thus a terminal case.


The reality is that Likud without Sharon is a party without a leader. If it tries to push him out, it won't be a party at all - it will go the way of the Whigs.


The only man who might have been able to bury Sharon was Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu, the former prime minister. He praised Sharon on Gaza after President Bush backed the deal last month. But the lean and hungry Bibi, reading the polls and thinking that Sharon would be indicted on corruption charges stemming from some family hanky-panky, sat out the Gaza referendum, telling callers they should "vote their conscience."


Netanyahu had lost his credibility and his office because of opportunism — as soon as he won the premiership, he dumped Sharon and just about all the other Likud supporters who got him elected - but he had regained esteem by doing a terrific job as the finance minister.


Now, smelling a return to the top job, Bibi reverted to form, proving again that it's easier to cure AIDS than a character defect. What I'm hearing now from Israel is that he doesn't even have two lives.

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Take him out, and Likud has no alternative to Sharon.


Nor should we forget that the referendum vote against Sharon amounted to a small percentage of Likud and a minuscule portion of the great majority of Israelis who want out of Gaza.


None of this is to excuse Sharon for betting wrong on the Gaza referendum. He did it under pressure from his cabinet, and he thought he would win. After Bush supported him, he was sure of it, and the early polls told him he had it, 2 to 1.


He should have read Robert Dahl, the retired Yale political science professor, who wrote that in a democracy, an intense and dedicated minority will always overcome an apathetic majority. The Likudniks who stayed home on referendum day bore witness to that truth.


More serious for Israel are the attacks on Bush for supporting Sharon's Gaza plan, none more egregious than a Nicholas Kristof column in The New York Times. Kristof's answer to our troubles in Iraq was to demand that Bush "disentangle ourselves from Ariel Sharon, that bloodstained figure embraced by President Bush as 'a man of peace.'"


Echoing the worst anti-Israel voices in Europe and the Arab world, Kristof said that by assassinating Hamas leaders and threatening to do the same to Arafat, Sharon "undermines" our efforts in Iraq.


Sharon used to say he would prefer a hundred battles against Arabs to one fight against Jews.


I'm okay on that, but Sharon ought not ignore Nicholas Kristof and his ilk.

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