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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

Israeli airstrikes may show weakness in Syrian defense

By Brian Bennett


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What the raid will likely accomplish


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W ASHINGTON— (MCT) Recent Israeli strikes inside Syria may have exposed weaknesses in the regime's air defenses and could embolden the U.S. and its allies to take more steps to aid rebels fighting the regime there, lawmakers said Sunday.

"The Russian-supplied air defense systems are not as good as said," Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., said on NBC's "Meet the Press." Leahy, who heads the appropriations subcommittee on foreign operations, said the Israeli defense forces were using U.S.-made F-16 Fighting Falcon jets to launch the missiles against Syrian targets.

"Keep in mind the Israelis are using weapons supplied by us," Leahy said. "They have enormous prowess with those weapons."

Government-controlled media in Syria reported that Israel launched a strike near Damascus early Sunday, apparently marking the third such attack this year.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said on "Fox News Sunday" that the Israeli airstrikes should "put more pressure" on the White House to aid forces fighting the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. McCain said the U.S. should not send in troops but called for "game-changing action" by the U.S. rather than incremental steps.

McCain's advice: "No American boots on the ground, establish a safe zone and protect it, and supply weapons to the right people in Syria who are fighting for obviously the things we believe in."

U.S. officials said Israeli war planes last week targeted shipments of antiaircraft missiles in Syria that Israel believed were being sent to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest wouldn't comment on the reported Israeli strikes in Syria.

Earnest said President Barack Obama believes Israel is justifiably concerned about the threat posed by Hezbollah obtaining advanced weapons systems, including missiles. The U.S. "is in very close contact" with the Israeli government on a range of issues, Earnest added.

A spokesman for the Israeli embassy in Washington would not comment on the strike. Israel's policy in Syria is to take actions that prevent the transfer of chemical weapons or other game-changing weaponry to Hezbollah.


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The White House is considering whether to arm Syrian rebels after intelligence reports indicated that the regime of Assad may have used nerve gas. In August, Obama said the use of chemical weapons by Syria would spur the administration to more forceful actions against the regime. More than 70,000 people, most of them civilians, have died in the 2-year-old conflict, according to the United Nations.

Forces supporting Assad reportedly shelled a town in western Syria on Thursday 2 and killed more than 100 men, women and children. The White House was "horrified" by reports of the massacre in the town of Bayda, Earnest said.

"Those responsible for serious violations of international humanitarian law and serious violations and abuses of human-rights law must be held accountable," said Earnest on Sunday. "As Bashar al Assad continues to cling to power, we will not lose sight of the men, women and children who are being killed by his regime," he said. Earnest reiterated the president's position that Assad must leave power.


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