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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

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 March 23, 2010 / 8 Nissan 5770

At AIPAC Conference in D.C.: It's Looking Like Oslo All Over Again

By Heather Robinson

Despite criticizing Netanyahu administration in address, Hillary receives standing ovation

JewishWorldReview.com |

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton received a warm welcome and standing ovations yesterday from nearly 7500 AIPAC delegates — or citizen lobbyists — from across the U.S. as she delivered a highly anticipated speech that heavily addressed last week's diplomatic flap between the Obama and Netanyahu administrations.

Clinton did not back away from the Obama administration's criticism, last week, of the Israeli government and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for an Israeli municipal authority announcement that construction of 1600 housing units will move forward in East Jerusalem. She made no mention of the fact that the Obama administration had, in securing a 10 — month moratorium on construction in the settlements, previously accepted the possibility of construction in this area. Nor did her remarks include any discussion of Jerusalem as undivided capital of Israel.

Instead, she said that the U.S. has long had a policy that "does not support Israel's policy of continued settlement building" and said, "There is another path. A path that leads toward security and prosperity for all the people of the region. It will require all parties — including Israel — to make difficult but necessary choices."

She went on to say, "new construction in East Jerusalem endangers … talks on both sides." She also said, "We cannot ignore the long — term population trends that result from Israeli occupation." (Am I alone in finding this an odd statement? As if Israel's presence in the West Bank accounts for the Palestinian demographic explosion in population since 1948).

Last week's flap, she acknowledged, was not about "hurt pride" (looks like the administration realizes no one's buying the 'Joe Biden was so embarrassed' story after all) but about "getting to the table, creating and protecting an atmosphere" that is conducive to brokering peace. "We commend Prime Minister Netanyahu for embracing the two state solution … and expect Israel to take steps that will lead" towards peace. In the Obama Administration's view, those steps include "stop[ping] settlement activity" and "address[ing] the humanitarian crisis in Gaza." She also spoke of "encourag[ing] Palestinians to put an end to violence and ingrain[ing] a culture of tolerance."

(The last line sounds good. But she did not say zero incitement and violence on the part of Palestinian leadership, and acceptance of Israel's right to exist, were absolute prerequisites. Looks like only Israel is required to fulfill preconditions before negotiations begin).

Speaking of the rockets fired by Hamas from Gaza into Israel-one of which killed a foreign worker in Israel last week- Clinton said, "Behind these terrorist organizations and their rockets we see the destabilizing influence of Iran."

Then, in a paragraph remarkable for its thoroughly illogical juxtaposition, Clinton said, "Reaching a two — state solution will not end all these threats. You and I both know that. But failure to achieve a two state solution gives our extremist foes a pretext to spread violence, instability, and hatred."

Although I have not been able to find it in the official transcript (perhaps I am just exhausted, or perhaps she was departing here from her prepared remarks) Clinton also made reference to the passage of Sunday's historic health care legislation, saying something vis a vis the two — state solution that that if anyone doubts President Obama can achieve this vision during his presidency, "look at what he did yesterday."

Consider: Clinton is saying that President Obama will muscle a two — state "solution" into existence during his term. However, by her own admission, that two state solution will not preclude violence against the Jewish state (note, the sentence, " You and I both know that" also seems to have been a spontaneous insertion, as I can't find it in the AIPAC transcript of her speech online. But she said it).

So essentially she seems to be proposing another Oslo, only a more honest version in which it is acknowledged, from the get-go, that a complete end to violence against Israel is not expected, even as the U.S. puts the squeeze on Israel to make elaborate concessions.

That said, she devoted a good portion of her speech to discussing the threat of Iran. She emphasized the Administration is working with the United Nations on new Security Council sanctions, and their aim is sanctions "that will bite."

She then said, "It is taking time to produce these sanctions, and we believe that time is a worthwhile investment for winning the broadest possible support for our efforts. But we will not compromise our commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring these weapons."

Well, that part sounds good at least. It is difficult to know what to make of it all, however. On the one hand, Clinton is talking tough about Iran (of course, actions speak louder than words, and who knows what kind of time the world actually has before Iran crosses the threshold). On the other hand, she is clearly indicating that the "peace process" will move forward and, even to a pro — Israel audience, she emphasized the concessions that Israel-not Palestinian leadership-will have to make.

It will be interesting to see whether, when she addresses Palestinian and other Arab audiences, Clinton emphasizes, with any measure of the bluntness reserved thus far for Israel, the concessions they and their leaders must make in this process.

This entire speech was couched in a great deal of endearing and poetic rhetoric about the unshakable U.S./Israel bond and Israel's admirable strengths and story as a nation. But throughout, she emphasized that being Israel's friend and ally requires honesty, even if the truth hurts. Although I think the speech attempted a sleight of hand by couching a harsh prescription for Israel in a lot of flowery language, Hillary is coming out and saying that the Obama Administration plans to ram a Palestinian state through during the President's term.

Again, if this process is to differ from Oslo in that it will be more honest, it will be interesting to see whether, in speeches to the Arab world, Clinton emphasizes what the Palestinians must do-such as end violence and end incitement-in as blunt a manner as she emphasized what Israel will be expected, if not required, to give up.

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