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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

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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

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April 4, 2014

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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Jewish World Review Jan. 12, 2009 / 16 Teves 5769

Obama should be grateful for Bush's gift

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | European foreign ministers were startled Jan. 6 when Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak told them Hamas must not be permitted to win the conflict in Gaza. That's not what they expected to hear from an Arab leader.

Israel's invasion of Gaza has prompted denunciations from the usual suspects. But as fictional detective Sherlock Holmes noted in solving the mystery of the disappearance of the race horse Silver Blaze, what's most interesting are the dogs that aren't barking.

Moonbats in Europe and America are agitated, but protests against Israel in Sunni Muslim countries have been muted. In the West Bank, there's barely been a peep of protest.

This is because Sunni Muslim leaders view the terror group Hamas as a proxy for Iran. And though Sunni Muslim rulers don't like Jews any more today than they did before, they don't fear Israel. But they do fear Shia Iran.

It isn't only the Sunnis who have reacted cautiously. Iran's chief proxy is the terror group Hezbollah, the de facto government in southern Lebanon. When Israeli forces entered Gaza, many expected Hezbollah to fire rockets into northern Israel to open a second front. But all Hezbollah has offered its beleaguered ally so far is lip service.

Five rockets were fired from Lebanon into Israel early Thursday, slightly injuring two people in a retirement home in Nahariya. But this appeared to be an effort by Palestinians to trigger an Israeli attack on Hezbollah. A Hezbollah spokesman denied any knowledge of the attack, noted the rockets used (Katyushas) were an obsolescent type no longer used by Hezbollah, and said that if Hezbollah were going to attack Israel, it would fire off dozens of rockets, not just five.

It isn't only Iranian proxies who are showing reticence. Some 70,000 Iranians purportedly have volunteered to become suicide bombers against Israel. But Iran's supreme ruler, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has forbidden them to leave the country. The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps said the appropriate response to the Israeli attack is a "mental jihad." Mohammad Ali Jafari didn't explain what a "mental jihad" is, but it's unlikely to be as dangerous to Israelis as suicide bombers or Hezbollah rockets.

Left wingers in Europe and America have criticized Barack Obama for not speaking out against Israeli "aggression." The president-elect has explained his reticence by pointing out the United States has only one president at a time. This may be a convenient dodge, but it's also the truth. And perhaps Mr. Obama realizes Israel, Egypt and the Bush administration are about to do him an enormous favor.

I expect the fighting in Gaza to end soon, perhaps even between the time this column is written and it is published. Egypt's intelligence minister has offered Hamas a proposal for a cease fire which would be a barely disguised surrender, but Hamas may have no choice but to accept it if Hezbollah doesn't widen the war, because the Bush administration is blocking a UN proposal for a ceasefire more favorable to the terror group.

A cease fire will prevent Israel from destroying Hamas root and branch, but that was never a realistic goal. What has driven the de facto alliance between Israel and Egypt, and makes a satisfactory outcome possible is Fatah, the older, secular Palestinian party from which Hamas seized power in Gaza in 2007.

Hamas was able to seize power because Palestinians were fed up with Fatah's corruption and incompetence. Hamas, they reasoned, couldn't be worse. But worse Hamas has proven to be, and the pendulum of public opinion has swung away from them. Much of Israel's military success has been due to intelligence provided by Palestinians.

Israel cannot destroy Hamas. But Israel may already have weakened Hamas sufficiently for Fatah to reassert control of Gaza, or for neither faction to be strong enough to take complete charge.

And President Bush could give his successor no greater gift than to convert the contest in the Middle East from one between Muslims and Jews to one between Palestinian factions.

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