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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

Israel irked by Snowden revelations of spying on its leaders

By Batsheva Sobelman

Hajo de Reijger, The Netherlands




What the Jewish State's pols want in return


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JERUSALEM — (MCT) Israel is the latest country to express displeasure with reports of U.S. and British spying on its leaders, although there was not a great deal of surprise over the revelations or suggestions that they would damage relations.


Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said Sunday that while Israel recognizes that it is a likely target of intelligence-gathering, foreign agencies monitoring the prime minister and minister of defense "is not acceptable to us" and "not legitimate."


Israel and the U.S. have an intelligence alliance and share the most sensitive material with each other, Steinitz added. He said the two countries must reach an agreement on "mutual prevention of espionage."


The reports of spying on Israel came as international media reported on new releases from the cache of documents taken by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Previous reports have described U.S. spying on the leaders of Germany, Brazil and Mexico, causing considerable consternation in those countries.



According to Germany's Der Spiegel, U.S. intelligence cooperated closely with British services in 2009 to intercept emails belonging to the offices of Israel's prime minister and minister of defense, then Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak, respectively.


In addition, Israeli media reported Sunday that Israel's defense establishment suspected the U.S. was using surveillance equipment to monitor Barak from an embassy apartment rented across from his shortly before his appointment in 2007.


Israel's current prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is said to conduct himself with extreme caution on the assumption that he is an espionage target. Israeli media say he has no computer in his office, avoids using email and cellphones and sometimes resorts to gestures in sensitive discussions.



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Yitzhak Ben-Yisrael, a retired general and Tel Aviv University national security expert, says the reports shouldn't come as a major surprise, as most countries go to tremendous efforts to obtain information, whether from hostile countries or friendly ones.


"The interest in information needed for decision-making is all the more important for the U.S., which, as a global power, has interests everywhere," Ben-Yisrael said.


Israel does not monitor President Obama, the White House or the U.S. secretary of defense, intelligence minister Steinitz stressed.


Ben-Yisrael said Israel would think twice about such spying because of the ramifications if it were caught.


"If Israel were caught doing something like this, it would end very badly for us," he said, adding that those entrusted with such decisions take into account not only the gains of eavesdropping but the price of almost inevitable exposure.


The case of Jonathan Pollard serves as a cautionary tale. After the Jewish American intelligence analyst was sentenced to life in jail for passing classified intelligence information to Israeli intelligence agencies, Israel pledged to refrain from espionage in U.S. territory.


In light of the new information, several politicians said Israel should use the opportunity to demand Pollard's release.


Netanyahu told his Cabinet that Israel needs no special occasion to work for the release of Pollard, which has been raised with all recent U.S. presidents, including Obama. "This is neither conditional on, or related to recent events," said Netanyahu, adding without much detail that Israel has "given its opinion" on the U.S. and British spying.

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