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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

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

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 7, 2008 / 2 Iyar 5768

Latest Olmert scandal could derail efforts to force Israel's compromises

By Dion Nissenbaum


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Controversy casting shadow over Jewish State's 60th anniversary celebrations


JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT)

W ERUSALEM — Israeli jets flying in acrobatic formation soared over Jerusalem's ancient city walls yesterday as the nation geared up to celebrate its 60th anniversary tonight.


But the country's attention has been diverted unexpectedly by an unfolding political scandal that threatens to bring down Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and undermine his fragile peace talks with the Palestinians.


Israeli prosecutors are aggressively pursuing new allegations involving an American businessman's financial ties to Olmert while he was the mayor of Jerusalem in the late 1990s and the early part of this decade, according to Israeli government officials.


The details remain unclear because Israel's courts have imposed a gag order on the case.


That hasn't prevented some facts from seeping out.


Last Wednesday, a judge allowed journalists in Israel to report that the courts have been asked to approve a special, urgent deposition of a "foreign national."


The New York Post reported that the man at the center of the case is Moshe "Morris" Talansky, a 75-year-old New York investor who was dubbed "The Laundry Man" in financial logs kept by one of Olmert's most loyal aides.


Talansky, The Post reported, is suspected of passing cash to Olmert in the late 1990s.


The prime minister's office said Friday that police investigators had questioned Olmert for an hour about his ties to an American citizen who offered financial support while Olmert was running for mayor of Jerusalem and in Likud Party primaries in 1999 and 2001.


Talansky couldn't be reached for comment via phone or e-mail. His daughter-in-law and one of his grandsons declined Monday to comment on the case to McClatchy Newspapers.


On the eve of Israel's Memorial Day, which precedes the independence celebration by a day, Israeli prosecutors asked the judge on Tuesday to keep details secret.


"Nobody wants to hear such things on a national day of mourning," Iris Barak, an Israeli police spokeswoman, told a reporter for Israel's Haaretz newspaper.


The gag order is expected to remain in place as Israel celebrates 60 years of independence on Thursday.


Even without the details, the case is casting a pall over the extended festivities, which will include a visit next week from President Bush.


"We would have wanted Israel's 60th anniversary celebrations to be held in a different, more exciting atmosphere, without `severe evidence' against the prime minister, without a mounting Iranian existential threat, without that gloomy feeling - which is vague but nonetheless part of the consensus - that something isn't quite right," wrote Israel Hayom reporter Hemi Shalev.


Olmert has tried to ignore the investigation and focus on his job.


On Sunday, he dismissed much of the speculation about the case as "wicked and malicious" rumors that wouldn't distract him from his work.


In a speech Tuesday to Keren Hayesod, Israel's main international fundraising group, Olmert focused on his nation's triumphs.


"The people of Israel are strong," Olmert said. "The state of Israel is strong. There is no enemy that can destroy us."


But Olmert's political adversaries are intent on using the latest investigation to bring down the prime minister's shaky coalition government.


"I think this is the beginning of the end for Mr. Olmert," said Shmuel Sandler, a senior research associate at Bar-Ilan University's Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.


While four older investigations of Olmert have failed to lead to any charges against Olmert, Sandler said this one may prove fatal.


"It is like heart attacks," he said. "A person can survive the first, second, third. But, ultimately, there are too many."


Last fall, Israeli police urged prosecutors to end one of the investigations into Olmert's role as finance minister in the sale of the state-owned Bank Leumi. But three other investigations, including one looking into allegations that Olmert got a sweetheart deal in the sale of a Jerusalem home, continue.


Should Olmert be forced from office, it would inevitably undermine Israel's peace talks with the Palestinians and make it ever more difficult for the two sides to work out any kind of deal before Bush leaves office in about eight months. Olmert's likely successor, Labor Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, has been closely involved in the peace process. But as prime minister, she would have to govern with a razor-thin majority in the Knesset, limiting her ability to reach a deal.


But there's no certainty about Olmert's future. Since taking office two years ago, Olmert has survived repeated attempts to bring down his coalition government.


"It appears to be more serious," said Yossi Alpher, a veteran analyst and co-founder of the bitterlemons.org political Web site. "But Olmert's a tough guy and a very tough political maneuver. I think it's too early to tell."

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