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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 July 22, 2014 / 24 Tammuz, 5774

The Israelis are back, or: One round trip to Gaza, please

By Paul Greenberg




JewishWorldReview.com | Despite their reluctance, the Israelis are back in Gaza -- for the third time in a decade, and for who knows how many times to come. It's become almost a regularly scheduled round trip by now. Their reluctance is understandable; Gaza has been a trap since the old days. Specifically, the Old Testament days. ("The Philistines are upon thee, Samson!" --Judges 16:20.)

All of which may explain why the Israelis didn't invade this time until Hamas rejected their (and the Egyptians') repeated offers of a truce. Now they're back to block the tunnels Hamas was using, or rather planning to use, to burrow under Israeli lines and augment its indiscriminate rocket attacks all over Israel with new guerrilla raids. The ground war Israel had been trying to avoid was no longer avoidable.

Welcome to the real world. It's not exactly the neat picture all the critics love to draw. It gets murky after a while. For it tends to wind up covered with blood.

No longer eyeless in Gaza, the Israelis may finally have learned that they must not only strike back but keep striking back if they are ever to have any hope of peace and quiet at home.

The fabled two-state solution, largely an invention of the Israelis themselves, is continuing to prove, yes, a fable. And a fable it has always been. As is shown by the history of Gaza, and maybe of the whole Arab-Israeli conflict.

Lest we forget -- the way so many diplomats, mediators and kibitzers in general do -- the Israelis cleared out of Gaza lock, stock and not just barrel but to the last farm, hothouse, dining hall, synagogue and Jew back in 2005. The withdrawal was carried out over the settlers' vigorous protests, as if they could foresee the disaster their oh-so-enlightened government was inviting. They did foresee it; the world didn't.

The dream was indeed beautiful, if only you didn't have to wake from it. The theory behind it was lovely: If only Gaza could be turned over to the Palestinians and not a single Israeli allowed to remain there, it would prove a model of two states living side by side in peace and security. A mini-Canada and the United States. You could almost hear the harps playing in the background as the vision was unveiled. ("Peace in the Middle East" -- a DreamWorks Production.)



There'll always be a full house of gullibles for such productions in Israel and out, and a producer like John Kerry to turn out the latest sequel till he throws up his hands, gives up and leaves the whole folly to the next promoter.

Sometimes the promoters come back again and again. Not having learned his lesson at Camp David, where he staged his fiasco of a peace negotiation, Bill Clinton was back over the weekend second-guessing the Israelis' latest invasion of Gaza and promoting the same old Peace Process that has a way of becoming a war process. Some of us can understand. We've dreamed from time to time, too.

But then reality dawns, as reality will. And now once again Gaza has proven a model for a one-state, one-terror-base non-solution. Also a model of Israeli gullibility. Even today all those rockets out of Gaza are said to be protests against the Israeli "occupation" -- when not a single Israeli has occupied Gaza in years. How long are we supposed to fall for that line? But some always will.

The Israelis, who are supposed to be so quick on the uptake, have proven time and again to be slow learners. They've been willing to accept still another Arab state in the Mideast time and again -- how many would this new Palestine make, 22, 23? -- at least since the Peel Commission's report in 1937. And at regular intervals ever since: the partition of British Palestine in 1947, after the Six-Day War in 1967, even until now. And the Arab response hasn't changed essentially since the infamous Three No's of the Khartoum Conference after the Six-Day War: no peace, no recognition, no negotiations. And no real change.

The moral of this sad old story: It's never been the creation of another Arab state that has been the major sticking point between Israelis and Arabs but the destruction of the Jewish one. Just read over Hamas' charter, which still contains a demand that Israel be destroyed -- "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it...." That pretty much captures the malignant spirit of the whole 36-article declaration of endless war.

And yet the Israelis have been slow to adopt even the most obvious and necessary steps to keep the aggressors at bay:

They debated for years before building a wall -- excuse us, a "defensive barrier," to use the going euphemism -- to keep suicide bombers from attacking every bus route, café, supermarket and hotel they chose to at the time.

They were skeptical about erecting a sophisticated missile defense that would protect their towns and cities ("Iron Dome"), and which now has proven so effective that the Israelis have had the luxury of putting off this year's invasion of Gaza till Hamas left them no other choice. The Israelis arrived last Thursday, hoping to seal those tunnels into Israel and come back in short order.

But in this war as in all others, nothing is sure. And whatever the Arab-Israeli conflict is, one thing it isn't is short or sure. Intractable would be a better adjective for the nature of that struggle. Even if the Israelis are able to accomplish their currently limited mission in Gaza and return home in a few days or weeks, it won't be Goodbye but only See You Later.

Like many another nation, Israel is learning that freedom isn't free or security attainable without sacrifice. Not just eternal vigilance but a willingness to act is the price of liberty.

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Paul Greenberg is the Pulitzer prize-winning editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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