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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 April 4, 2014 / 4 Nissan, 5774

When not to play the Pollard ace

By Wesley Pruden




JewishWorldReview.com | If John Kerry wants to live with his head in the clouds, he should stick to wind-surfing. He's making a further mess of everything in the Middle East. When President Obama, who lives in fantasies wrapped in pipe dreams himself, is fully awake, he should order the secretary of state to surf on home.

Nobody plays desperation politics like the secretary of state. He wants to keep the "peace process," so called, alive if never well, and like a desperate gambler, keeps making bad bets to cover his losses until there's no more room in the casino's safe for his growing stack of IOUs.

With the Palestinians up to their usual game, making further demands with each concession from Israel and the West, threatening to walk away from the oldest established permanent floating poker game on earth, Mr. Kerry apparently persuaded President Obama to let him throw in the ace. He's eager to keep the talks going when neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians think there's much point in processing more peace and cheese. He's even willing to set free an infamous prisoner serving a life sentence for betraying his country.

Jonathan Pollard is an American citizen who was a high-clearance analyst in U.S. Navy intelligence, who sold American security secrets to Israel which was believed to have been passed on to unfriendly hands. He sold them not for his convictions but for cash. He got $50,000 with promises for more, perhaps as much as $600,000 more. He has been in prison for 29 years and is eligible for parole next year. Nevertheless, he has become a hero to some Israelis, enough of them that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli politicians support the well-organized free-Pollard movement. There's no accounting for taste, of course. Some people lionize Jonathan Pollard as a national hero, just patriots in other places lionize Paul Revere and Patrick Henry.

But when news of Mr. Kerry's desperation tactic began to leak last week, Ha'aretz, the influential Jerusalem daily, put a warning headline over one columnist's skepticism: "Don't hug Pollard when he lands." Other Israeli voices urged politicians to stay away from the airport. They don't want the comparison to the airport celebrations in Libya when the British, in another instance of compassion gone amok, released the organizer of the terror that blasted Pan Am's Flight 103 from the sky over Lockerbie in 1988. That villain, thought to have been dying, went home to a hero's welcome and lived happily in Libya ever after.

Mr. Kerry's idea was that Israel could release a hundred or so terrorists from prison, the Americans would let Pollard go, and everybody would return to the bargaining table to forge Middle East peace for our time. A secretary of state with his feet firmly planted on the ground would have understood why this would never work. The Palestinians are not dumb, and they told Mr. Kerry that if the Israelis get a plum like Pollard they want at least a pomegranate, perhaps Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian terrorist serving life in an Israeli prison for five murders, including a suicide bomb targeting men, women and children in a fish market.

Such a swap is not popular among some of the wiser heads in Jerusalem. They understand why it would enrage many Americans, and the prospect of releasing a hundred terrorists in Israel is foolish. Many of the freed prisoners, for whom terrorism is a way of life, would soon be back in prison to pay for new crimes. If returning to Mr. Kerry's peace talks is a good idea for Israeli security, why wait for a sweetener from Washington?

There's considerable anger in Washington over the prospect of freeing Pollard, much of it from steadfast friends of Israel. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois says Pollard "should rot in jail." Sen. John McCain supports a humanitarian release of Pollard but thinks linking it to peace talks is "disgusting." Abraham Foxman, chairman of the U.S. Anti-Defamation League, says freedom for Pollard, which he supports, nevertheless "should not be intertwined with the Arab-Israeli conflict."

Allies spying on each other is neither surprising nor shocking. America, as we know, spies on everybody. When Queen Victoria once asked Lord Palmerston, her prime minister who were England's "permanent friends," he replied that "England has no permanent friends, only permanent interests." Thus has it been for all nations always.

What's more important than permanent friends is a competent and skillful president who knows what he's doing, who knows when and how to play an ace in that oldest established permanent floating poker game. Without that kind of smarts we're all at risk of waking up dead.

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