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  • Jewish Army Captain Heads Back to Iraq

    U.S. Army Capt. Johnie Bath says the Shema every morning when he wakes up and every night before he goes to sleep. He also recites the prayer whenever he gets into what he calls “a hairy situation.” Those situations come up frequently these days: He is stationed in Iraq as part of a transition team… More ▸

  • With M-16s on Their Shoulders, Soldiers Mark Chanukah in Iraq

    In some ways, this year’s Chanukah in Baghdad seemed just like Chanukah any other year. Everyone gathered around the menorah outside. I spoke about the meaning of the holiday for us, in Baghdad today. A few people laughed as I pointed out some of the parallels between the Maccabees of old fighting for their just… More ▸

  • Conservative Rabbis Fail to Reach Consensus on Iraq War Resolution

    Conservative rabbis gathered here for their annual convention failed to agree on a resolution that described the U.S. military effort in Iraq as a failure and called for a “timely draw down” of U.S. troops. Instead, the executive committee of the movement’s Rabbinical Assembly moved to take the talk online. “We really are a house… More ▸

  • Unafraid to Tackle Other Issues, Jewish Groups Avoid Iraq War

    Abortion? Check. Condoms? Got ‘em. Taxes? We’re there. War? Don’t mention it. The organizational Jewish community, out front on most front-line political issues, has maintained a careful distance from the Iraq war since its inception. The main reason is a wish to avoid displeasing the Bush administration, which has offered unprecedented support for Israel and… More ▸

  • Many Guests at Aipac Event, but One is Most Unwanted — Iraq

    AIPAC’s annual policy conference is truly a come-one, come-all event, with a “roll call” at the gala dinner announcing the hundreds of VIPs in attendance. But this year, one uninvited guest kept turning up the Iraq war. No matter how hard the American Israel Public Affairs Committee tried to keep the 6,000 activists at its… More ▸

  • 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 ▸