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  • Joe Klein: Why I write what I write about Jewish neocons

    Joe Klein talks with the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg about his running feud with the “Commentary crowd” over his assertions that Jewish neocons are pushing a pro-Israel agenda at the expense of U.S. interests (recap: Round I, Round II, Round III). His bottom line: Listen, people can vote whichever way they want, for whatever reason they… More ▸

  • The anti-Bush world view

    The New York Times has three opinions pieces today calling for a reversal in various elements of the Bush administration’s Middle East policy. 1) Barack Obama reaffirms his commitment to pulling out U.S troops from Iraq: The call by Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki for a timetable for the removal of American troops from Iraq… More ▸

  • Rabbi Serving in Iraq Keeps Chapter Open at Pa. Synagogue

    Plenty of rabbis lead their congregation’s book club, but Jon Cutler may be the only one who does so from a war zone. Cutler, the spiritual leader of Congregation Tiferes B’nai Israel in Warrington, Pa., for eight years, has been serving in Iraq since November as a U.S. Navy commander. The only Jewish Navy and… More ▸

  • Joe Klein plays the dual loyalty card

    Time magazine columnist Joe Klein has triggered a firestorm with a recent blog post asserting that the neocons and Joe Lieberman’s support for the Iraq war and tough action against Iran raises questions about dual loyalty: The fact that a great many Jewish neoconservatives – people like Joe Lieberman and the crowd over at Commentary… More ▸

  • Mccain Pitches ‘straight Talk’ and Iraq to Jewish Voters

    No confessional bloc rejects the Iraq war more than American Jews do. But in a bit of political jiu jitsu, John McCain is making the policy his own in his plea for Jewish votes. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee made headlines — and drew heavy fire from Democrats — for launching this year’s American Israel… More ▸

  • Sheldon Adelson: White knight or white elephant?

    Laura Rozen of Mother Jones reports that some conservative activists are disappointed with the organization launched by casino mogul Sheldon Adelson to generate support for President Bush’s Iraq policy: In Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, foreign-policy hawks thought they had found the conservative answer to liberal philanthropist George Soros: a deep-pocketed benefactor eager to… More ▸

  • 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 ▸