Iraq

  • On Iraq War, Grass Roots Pushing Reform Movement to Take a Stand

    A grass-roots campaign to push the leadership of the Reform movement to take a stand on the Iraq war is gathering steam, and is expected to come to a vote next month at the Union for Reform Judaism’s General Assembly in Houston. Spearheaded by Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill, N.J., the initiative is supported… More ▸

  • For Chaplain Who Served in Iraq, Different Calculus of Peace and War

    Military men typically take the measure of a battle in stark tallies of dead and injured men, miles between enemy positions, numbers of insurgent hold-outs and the like. But Cmdr. Irving Elson — a Conservative rabbi who for the first eight months of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and again for the High Holidays this fall, was… More ▸

  • Will Some Jews’ Backing for War in Iraq Have Repercussions for All?

    With each new report of troubles in Iraq, some Jews are getting nervous. Even though many Jews opposed the U.S. war in Iraq — and the organized Jewish community did not vocalize the strong support some had anticipated in the lead-up to the war — a few leading voices in Washington have portrayed the Jewish… More ▸

  • To Friendly AIPAC Audience, Bush Makes Case for His Policy in Iraq

    President Bush knew what he was doing when he took his case for staying the course in Iraq to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. No audience appreciates the president more for sticking to his guns in the Middle East than the pro-Israel lobby in Washington. Bush received 23 standing ovations Tuesday in his speech… More ▸

  • Videotaped Execution of U.S. Jew May Not Shake Commitment in Iraq

    The videotaped execution of an American Jewish civilian contractor in Iraq shook members of the Jewish community, but not their commitment to the war on terrorism. A video that surfaced on the Internet on Tuesday showed the decapitation by masked Iraqis of Nicholas Berg, 26, of West Chester, Pa. The grisly scene echoed the 2002… More ▸

  • Iraq Unrest May Boost Sharon Visit, but in Long Run It Bodes Ill for Israel

    The conflagration in Iraq is likely to draw Israel and the United States closer for now, but a long-term war could riddle the alliance with political land mines. The uncertainty flourishing in Iraq is reinforcing American reliance on its closest regional ally, but a failure in Iraq could lead to a range of dire outcomes… More ▸

  • Looking at Growing Chaos in Iraq, Israeli Experts Ponder the Lessons

    As Shi’ite and Sunni resistance to the American presence in Iraq intensifies, Israel’s defense establishment is worried that a U.S. withdrawal under fire could have devastating consequences for the battles against weapons of mass destruction and global terrorism. And Israel could be one of the big losers: Israeli officials believe a loss of American deterrence… More ▸

  • One Year After War in Iraq, Results Are Mixed — and Terrorism Continues

    When the United States launched its war on Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq, Israeli planners were hoping for major strategic changes that would promote regional stability. A year later, the results are mixed. There have been some major strategic gains: potential nuclear threats from Iran and Libya have been reduced, the threat of Iraq and… More ▸

  • Coolness to Assad Overture Shows How Region Has Changed After Iraq

    Once upon a time, a Syrian president calling for peace talks would have been met by Israeli leaders rolling out the red carpet. But Bashar Assad’s recent overtures toward Israel, first made in an interview with the New York Times, have failed to excite Israeli decision-makers. The chief of Israel’s military intelligence branch, Maj. Gen…. More ▸

  • Jewish Soldiers in Iraq Celebrate Holidays in Saddam’s Former Palace

    When Rabbi Mitchell Ackerson blew the shofar this past Rosh Hashanah, it reverberated throughout one of Saddam Hussein’s former palaces. More than 100 Jewish members of the U.S. forces stationed in Iraq attended the High Holiday services at the former Iraqi dictator’s Baghdad compound. They seemed shocked and awed, not least by the echo. “It… More ▸