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December 2, 2014

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 21, 2012/ 29 Iyar, 5772

The lamb destined for slaughter turned the tables on the hyenas preparing to feast upon its flesh

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu has engineered a remarkable political success. It could mean war before the leaves turn color.

For Americans and for Sunni Arab Muslims, Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons is a very dangerous, very urgent problem.

For Israelis, it means the gas chambers are warmed up and the Gestapo is pounding on the door. The mullahs have made it clear what they intend to do with nukes once they get them.

President Barack Obama's inaction indicates he won't do anything meaningful to keep the Iranians from getting the bomb. So Israel must.

Iran is the existential threat, but not the only one. Israel could face war on 9 fronts, said David Meir-Levy. Islamists plan to repudiate the peace treaty with Israel when they take power in Egypt in a few months. Syrian dictator Bashir Assad needs to divert attention from his brutal repression of dissidents. Hamas and the PLO need to take the minds of Palestinians off their failure to improve living standards.

But the lamb destined for slaughter turned the tables on the hyenas preparing to feast upon its flesh. In June Israel launched a preemptive strike which destroyed the Egyptian air force. The rout of the Arab armies in the Six Day War is now the stuff of legend.

The dangers of waiting to be attacked were made clear in 1973. Israel would have lost the Yom Kippur War -- and its existence -- were it not for massive military aid from the United States, and the strategic depth acquired in 1967.

His political coup gives Bibi Netanyahu the flexibility to launch a preemptive strike of his own.

Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, aside from fledgling Iraq. But it is cursed by proportional representation on steroids. Only 2 percent of the vote is required to win a seat in the Israeli parliament. As a consequence, 13 parties have seats in the Knesset.

Every government is a coalition, with fringe parties often holding the balance of power. Though Mr. Netanyahu is the most popular politician in Israel, his Likud party has only 27 of the 120 seats in the Knesset. Before the big deal, his 6 party coalition had just 66 seats.

So Mr. Netanyahu's achievement May 7-8 in forging a "national unity" government with the leading opposition party is monumental. His grand coalition now includes 94 members of the Knesset.

Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz, a former chief of the general staff, shares the prime minister's view that if there is no other way to keep Iran from getting the bomb, there must be a military strike.

But what triggered Kadima's decision to join the government was Mr. Netanyahu's threat to call elections for September. Polls indicated Likud would gain seats at Kadima's expense.

It hasn't been lost on students of history that days before Israel launched its strike in 1967, Prime Minister Levi Eshkol invited right wing parties to join a national unity government.

Just because Mr. Netanyahu now has the domestic political flexibility to go to war doesn't mean he will. There were good domestic political reasons for forming the unity government.

The paramount consideration is when Iran will have a functioning nuclear weapon and the means to deliver it. Israel must strike before then. So when might that be?

By the end of this year, Israeli intelligence thinks, but other Western intelligence agencies don't think that can happen before the fall of 2013, the German magazine Der Spiegel reported in March. Evidence obtained by the International Atomic Energy Agency this month suggests the Israelis may be closer to the mark.

The optimal time for Mr. Netanyahu to strike would be between Labor Day and the U.S. elections in November, because President Obama will be too distracted then to interfere, said Israeli television commentator Amnon Abramovich May 3.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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