What would a Clinton presidency mean to the Mideast?

Hard Choices, the title of a recently released foreign policy memoir by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, comes across as surprisingly ironic. While dedicating a chapter of her 656-page autobiography to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and attendant peace negotiations, Clinton, even in her own words, appears to be a passenger in peace efforts,… Read More

Fathers, sons and other characters

It is July 1939, Hitler will launch World War II in a little over a month, and in New York, Eddie Rubin is 17 years old. On this particular Friday morning, Eddie and his father have been invited by his father’s big-shot boss, Mr. Stone, to accompany him on boat ride up the Hudson to… Read More

‘The Good Spy’ who opened channel to PLO

On April 18, 1983, a truck full of explosives crashed into the U.S. Embassy in Beirut and detonated, killing 63 people. Among them was 49-year-old American spy and father of six, Robert Ames. “Ames was sort of an unlikely spy,” Kai Bird, author of the new biography The Good Spy: The Life and Death of… Read More

A love of Israel, inside and out

Readers of the Washington Jewish Week may know Aaron Leibel as the newspaper’s copy editor and former arts editor. Copyediting is a job that requires him to confine himself to the minutiae of writing — syntax, spelling and the errant double space. But two years ago, Leibel decided to open himself up and let his… Read More

Uncomfortable truths

The Lie: A Novel. By Hesh Kestin. New York. Scribner, 2014. 240 pp. Every review of Kestin’s latest novel, The Lie, should deservedly include one or more of those coveted literary “praise-phrases” reserved for the best of the top-notch suspense thrillers: knuckle-gnawing, heart-stopping, sleep-suspending and the like. And if one were to assess The Lie… Read More

A love that follows infatuation

Review of: Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation, by Yossi Klein Halevi I was a very young child when I fell in love with Israel. At the end of a very hard work day, my father, a Holocaust survivor and new to America, would sit at… Read More

‘Dreamers’ and ‘FDR’ among Jewish book winners

American-born Israeli writer Yossi Klein Halevi’s Like Dreamers has been named 2013 Jewish Book of the Year by the Jewish Book Council. Subtitled “The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation,” the book is about the fracturing of a band of brothers. It follows the lives of seven men who… Read More