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  • News Analysis Iraq War: Good or Bad for Israel?

    The execution of Saddam Hussein has renewed the debate in Israel over the effect of the American invasion of Iraq on Israel’s regional position. Seemingly, the defeat of Iraq and the toppling of Saddam’s regime should have served Israel’s deepest strategic interests. Saddam was one of Israel’s most dangerous foes. Had he succeeded in developing… More ▸

  • Mccain: Withdrawing U.S. Troops from Iraq Could ‘risk Catastrophe’

    Steering clear of the Iraq Study Group’s controversial recommendation to engage the Arab-Israeli issue to win support for U.S. efforts in Iraq, John McCain made an emphatic case for American steadfastness in Iraq during an address to a Jewish group. Speaking Sunday in New York to a group of Yeshiva University supporters, Sen. McCain (R-Ariz.)… More ▸

  • For Pro-israel Crowd, Iraq Report Has Some Unwelcome Proposals

    The Iraq Study Group’s near-term recommendations for resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict — international conferences, dealings with Syria and Iran — already are raising hackles in some pro-Israel quarters. Long-term expectations could be even more problematic. The report from the blue-ribbon panel, headed by former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker and former U.S. Rep. Lee… More ▸

  • Ahead of Iraq Report, Views Mixed on Wisdom of Engaging with Syria

    Virtually everyone in Washington agrees that Syria is a weak state. But differences arise over whether its peace feelers to Israel and the West are a genuine white flag or just a feint to entrap its stronger enemies. A seminar Monday at the government-funded U.S. Institute of Peace outlined those differences in the wake of… More ▸

  • Israel Backers Say No Need to Worry As Iraq Study Group Prepares Report

    Headed by a man who once cursed out the Jews and beset by leaks suggesting accommodation of Israel’s worst enemies, the study group on how to get U.S. troops out of Iraq has raised fears of new pressures on Israel. Jewish and Israeli officials who have consulted with members of the Iraq Study Group say… More ▸

  • Seeking Iraq Exit Strategy, U.S. Pushes Israel Toward Peace Talks

    Ahead of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s upcoming visit to Washington, Israel and the United States are discussing ways to strengthen Palestinian moderates and jump-start a new peace process. In a bid to bolster Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ more moderate Fatah party, the Americans would like to see Israel release the popular jailed Fatah leader,… More ▸

  • Suddenly, Washington Sees That Iraq, Lebanon Issues Are Linked

    A funny thing is happening on Israel’s way into Lebanon: Its war with Hezbollah is converging politically with the civil war now convulsing Iraq. In Baghdad, tens of thousands of Shi’ite marchers swore allegiance last week to their Hezbollah co-religionists; some even pledged their lives. “Mahdi Army and Hezbollah are one, let them confront us… More ▸

  • Lieberman’s Support for Iraq War Creates Dilemma for Jewish Backers

    Six years after Joe Lieberman presented Jewish Democrats with an unprecedented triumph, he may pose an intractable dilemma. If the U.S. senator from Connecticut loses an Aug. 8 primary to a come-from-nowhere challenger, Jewish Democrats may have to choose between loyalty to the party and the man who made history in 2000 as the first… More ▸

  • Iraq War Names Intoned During Jewish College’s Vigil

    At a memorial ceremony held Monday at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion that marked the third anniversary of the beginning of the war, the names of 5,708 Iraqis and coalition troops who have perished were read out. Among the roughly two dozen participants was Sharon Kunitz, a second-year cantorial student whose 20-year-old son,… More ▸

  • Policy Group Seeks Consensus on Katrina, Steers Clear of Iraq

    A defining moment at this week’s gathering of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, an organization that seeks consensus on Jewish policy, came during a fierce debate on the Iraq war. It was defining because the organizers had already decided they would not formally debate Jewish policy on the war. The decision to debate the… More ▸