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08 Nov Posted by | 1 comment

Regional Relations Matter

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Almost immediately following the release of Gilad Shalit rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza resumed. Over the last couple of weeks, it has begun to feel like a major scuffle between Israel, Hamas, and the Islamic Jihad is on the horizon. Sunday night at the Jewish General Assembly in Denver, Colorado, I had the opportunity to briefly discuss with Haaretz editor-in-chief, Aluf Benn, his thoughts on a possible Israeli invasion of Gaza. Like all Israeli reporters, he feels that anything can happen at anytime. I also asked him to what extent regional influences currently play a part in Israel’s decision-making process in engaging Hamas and its break-off cronies in a full on conflict. To my surprise, he said that it did not. To paraphrase, he stated that Israel does what it wants, and its behavior and relationship with Hamas is...

08 Nov Posted by | 1 comment

Zionism at the GA

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The General Assembly of Jewish Federations of North America is one of the largest annual gatherings of Jews in the Diaspora. It brings together Jews from all points on the spectrums of political affiliation, religious observance, and opinions on Israel. There are many issues that are emphasized at the GA, with specialty tracks focusing on Jewish leadership, the Middle East and Israel, community building, and new and innovative tactics, among others. The diversity of the GA participants marks the tones of the various sessions, with conversations taking place on all of the issues facing the Jewish community, ranging from intermarriage to engaging the younger generation. With so many issues on the table for the North American Jewish community to deal with and discuss, it is interesting to note the prevalence of Israel in the conference. Israel is an issue that...