September 5, 2015 |
It's too bad the clear, cogent argument Sen. Bob Casey made for his decision to support the Iran nuclear accord couldn't be aired prominently to counter deceptive television commercials opposing the deal. One ad sponsored by the International Fellowship of Christian and Jews depicts presumably American children playing in their backyard just before an Iranian bomb strikes. As Casey (D., Pa.) acknowledged in an 8,000-word memo accompanying his announcement of support for the deal Tuesday, it is a risk to trust Iran to abide by the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
September 4, 2015 |
SECRETARY OF STATE John Kerry looked and sounded like a salesman pitching the deal of the century yesterday morning during a speech supporting President Obama's Iran nuclear deal at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center. Though the deal became veto-proof earlier in the morning when Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski became the 34th senator to announce her support, Kerry nevertheless used the hard sell, warning that Iran would ramp up its efforts to develop nuclear weapons without the deal and would be indefinitely stopped from doing so with its approval.
August 14, 2015 |
COACHING GAMES, practice, recruiting, scouting, fundraising for the university - a college basketball coach's life is a full one. Yet Villanova's Jay Wright - along with his family, and Sixers coach Brett Brown - recently found time to make a difference in Israel. According to a story from the Catholic News Service, Brown and Wright - along with Wright's wife, Patty, and two of their children, Taylor, 22, and Reilly, 17 - participated in a series of basketball clinics under the auspices of PeacePlayers International, an organization that uses basketball to promote understanding.
July 21, 2015 |
TEL AVIV - When Ira Somers descended from the El Al plane with his wife and five kids and more than 200 other new immigrants Tuesday at nearby Ben Gurion International Airport, he turned a ram's horn skyward and let out a loud, sustained blast more commonly associated with Judaism's High Holidays. "I was hoping that my shofar-blowing would be the wake-up call for everyone listening" to an American Jewish organization's simulcast of the arrival - "that they would hear it and be inspired to come home," said Somers, 44, who, like his wife, Lauren, became religious as an adult.
June 15, 2015 |
The small plane banked steeply to give us a better view of the remains of a circular hilltop city rising from the wide plain barely a mile below. "Megiddo," the pilot said, pointing. "This is the Valley of Armageddon. " Israel lies at the meeting point of three continents, but it is also a temporal nexus of past and present, where the ages of settlement can be seen and even touched in the layers of its ancient towns. As a teacher of history, I came to Israel seeking its past but found the current events taking place amid its archaeological sites competed for my interest, and in a few places like Megiddo, steeped in Biblical portent, it was the future that cast the longest shadow.
May 30, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Gov. Christie attacked President Obama over nuclear negotiations with Iran and what he cast as a weakened relationship with Israel in a speech Thursday before a crowd that included prominent Jewish guests and donors. The Republican governor, who is considering a 2016 presidential bid, described a world worsened by a "lack of American leadership," where "evil is not being met by strength. " He tried to present himself as a capable alternative, saying that while some people have criticized him as too blunt, "maybe it's time we lose some of that filter as well.
May 22, 2015
ISSUE | PAPAL MOVES Amorphous vs. immovable forces I find it disturbing that the Vatican has recognized Palestine ("Vatican recognizes 'state of Palestine,' " May 14). It should be clear to anyone familiar with history that there is no such state as Palestine. To fulfill the requisites of statehood, there must be established borders and institutions. As long as the world continues to bestow statehood on a people who refuse to negotiate with Israel in good faith, there will be no peace.
May 7, 2015 |
Lauryn drops Israeli show Lauryn Hill has canceled her Tel Aviv concert, scheduled for Thursday, but the outspoken artist has no intention of boycotting Israel, as some have claimed. Hill says she scrubbed the show because she was unable to set up a corresponding concert in Palestinian territory. "My intention was to perform in both Tel Aviv and Ramallah," Hill says on Facebook. Hill says it's important to her to play for both communities because she wants to "be a presence supporting justice and peace.
April 20, 2015 |
Hello there Elad, deputy consul general of Israel to the mid-Atlantic region and a resident of Philadelphia's Fairmount neighborhood since August 2005, vacationed in his homeland last June - a visit that coincided with Tel Aviv's Pride Week. Festivities were just beginning when he met Oren, then a Microsoft senior account executive for government and health care in Israel. "It was love at first site," Oren said. "The moment I laid eyes on him, I told my best friend, 'You know, I just met my husband.' " It would take Elad a little longer to let himself fall that hard - but not much longer.
April 1, 2015
ISSUE | SCHOOL FUNDING Too quick with plea As a suburban, moderate Republican legislator, I was appalled that the Philadelphia schools' chief financial officer did not even try to balance the School District budget before declaring what the schools need from the legislature and governor ("District banking on extra funds," March 27). Philadelphia's children should get a good education, but Gov. Wolf wants me to tax seniors to provide more money for education - the bulk of which is designated for Philadelphia schools.