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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

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Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

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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

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Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

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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

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Jewish World Review Jan. 24, 2007 / 5 Shevat 5767

From bad to worse

By Mort Zuckerman

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Is your journey really necessary? That was the slogan on the old World War II poster intended to encourage Americans to save energy. With her recently completed journey to the Middle East, Condoleezza Rice wasted both time and energy — and badly dented America's diplomatic credibility.

The secretary of state's intention was to revive the "road map" plan to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is a worthy but misconceived idea. The conflict that must be settled once and for all — before anyone attempts anything like the plan envisioned in the road map — is the conflict among the Palestinians, which is now verging on outright civil war.

In Gaza, Hamas and Fatah gunmen have been killing and kidnapping each other with increased ferocity since unknown gunmen killed three young sons of a Fatah security official. In reprisal attacks, the prime minister, Hamas's Ismail Haniyeh, and the foreign minister were attacked. Hamas operatives also murdered an imam who had the temerity to condemn the movement. In the past year, the number of Palestinians murdered has increased 50 percent.

Behind all the carnage is a call for early elections by the president, Fatah's Mahmoud Abbas, who wants to replace the ineffective Hamas government. Polls show more than half the Palestinian population is fed up with Hamas; 86 percent of those in Gaza say their lives have worsened since Hamas took over. Why? Because Hamas refuses to recognize Israel and renounce terrorism, international sanctions have intensified unemployment and poverty among Palestinians.

Hamas sees the call for elections as an absolute casus belli against Fatah, so both seek outside help as they rearm. Hamas has received a reported $250 million from Iran, which wants to see Hamas as militarily strong as its puppet Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.

Shooting galleries. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, meanwhile, has conceded a lot to Abbas. Palestinians, he says, could eventually have an independent state in the West Bank and Gaza if they turn away from violence, recognize Israel's right to live in peace, and give up their demands for refugees from the 1948 Mideast War to return. Olmert's substantive offerings to date include the release of $100 million of Palestinian tax revenues so Abbas can pay salaries, the removal of security roadblocks, permission for troops loyal to Abbas to enter the Palestinian territories from Jordan, and for Fatah to receive weapons through Egypt. If all that weren't enough, Olmert is also putting a hold on military action in northern Gaza in return for the deployment of Palestinian Authority security forces to prevent rocket attacks against Israeli towns — a critical requirement as the lethal Kassams become increasingly accurate. No country can allow its cities to become shooting galleries where merely crossing the street and going to the grocery are the daily equivalent of russian roulette. The weapons, instead, just keep on coming: Egypt has utterly failed to prevent arms and explosives for Hamas from crossing its border to Gaza.

The roadblock to peace is Hamas. Prime Minister Haniyeh is just back from Tehran, where he declared time and again that his organization will never recognize Israel, will not honor any of the existing agreements between Israel and the Palestinians, and will continue its jihad until Jerusalem is liberated and "the face of the Zionist state would disappear," according to the Economist. Hamas seeks constant combat against Israelis in the hope of wearing them down morally, physically, and psychologically.

The elections Fatah is now calling for offer at least one cause for hope: They could tell us whether most Palestinians want pragmatic moves toward peace or ideological moves toward war. The crux, as it has been all along, is Hamas's refusal to accept Israel's right to exist, which stems from a visceral hatred of Israel, the blood lust of popular resistance, the destructive influence of radical Islam, the interference of Iran, and the belief in so many Arab hearts that sooner or later Israel will disappear from the map because it has no right to exist.

The U.S. role in this nightmare scenario ought to be clear, though it is anything but. Washington is banking on the hope that Palestinians will remove Hamas from power and strengthen President Abbas and Fatah. That, this hopelessly wishful thinking goes, would prepare the grounds for negotiations, which would then be confirmed by a referendum, after which a Palestinian state with temporary borders would be established.

The presumption here is that Hamas will be contained and the security threat it represents eliminated — not a chance! We were foolish in believing that Hamas couldn't win an election, and we were dead wrong to overrule Israel's desire to retain control of the Gaza-Egyptian border, the source of so much of today's chaos.

The American proposal for this spiraling crisis is worse than premature. It will damage our credibility and our influence. The last thing America needs in this increasingly dangerous part of the world is yet another demonstration of its naivete.

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