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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

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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 Dec. 22, 2003 / 27 Kislev, 5764

What Sharon knows about talking dogs

By Zev Chafets

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Those who were outraged by Ariel Sharon's recent remarks about the future of greater Israel weren't paying close enough attention | Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon gave a much anticipated speech last week about his plans for the future. Like all good Sharon clarifications, it confused everyone.

Sharon came out for negotiations based on the American road map (the European-UN version is a dead letter). "We wish to speedily advance implementation of the road map toward quiet and a genuine peace. We hope the Palestinian Authority will carry out its part," he said.

Then came the but. "If in a few months the Palestinians still continue to disregard their part in implementing the road map, then Israel will initiate the unilateral security step of disengagement from the Palestinians."

Israeli hard-liners were horrified because "disengagement" means dismantling some settlements. Palestinians were outraged by what they heard as an ultimatum. In Washington, some administration spokesmen applauded Sharon's fidelity to the two-state road map, while others made "do as we say, not as we do" noises against unilateral Israeli action.

Everyone, it seems, missed the key words in Sharon's speech: "in a few months."

This phrase invokes a Polish-Jewish folk tale that is at the very heart of Sharon's planning.

In the story, a great nobleman decides to expel the Jews living in his domain. The Jews send a delegation to reason with him, but to no avail. As they are leaving the palace, the rabbi points to the nobleman's hunting dog.

"A beautiful animal," says the rabbi. "Can he speak?"

"Of course not. Dogs can't speak."

"In one year, I can teach your dog to speak perfect Polish," says the rabbi.

"Done," says the nobleman. "If the dog talks in a year, you Jews can stay. Otherwise, you go."

On the way back home, one of the Jews asks the rabbi, "Do you really think you can teach the dog to talk?"

"Don't be silly."

"Then why did you say you could?"

"He gave me a year," says the rabbi. "That means we don't have to leave now. And who knows what can happen in a year. The dog could die. For that matter, the nobleman could die."

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With the fall of Saddam Hussein, the Middle East is in real motion for the first time since the 1967 Six-Day War. Nobody knows what will happen. Libya's Moammar Khadafy already appears to be switching to the American side. The Syrian Baathists, fearing a similar fate, may also want to cut a deal. The Iranians are scrambling. Saudi royals are terrified by their own terrorists. Meanwhile, the most pro-Israeli President in history is running for reelection.

Sharon knows he can't make the Palestinian dog talk "in a few months." Dogs don't learn new tricks. The Palestinians will continue to bark enthusiastically for Saddam and Osama Bin Laden and the jihad and the extermination of Israel. They will chase after buses and blow them up. And, as they did to Bill Clinton at Camp David, they will continue to bite the hand of any American President who tries to feed them a compromise.

While they do, Sharon won't have to move a single settlement. Or if he does, it will be for his own domestic political reasons; Israelis are sick of sending soldiers to protect outposts of fanatics living in trailers. He'll just fast-forward the security fence he is building in the West Bank.

This is the actual import of Sharon's deadline of "a few months." It is sufficient to complete the fence and, essentially, create a new border Israel can live with.

Sharon knows what the rabbi knew: A few months can turn into forever.

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