Midstream

Magazine focusing on Jewish cultural, social, and political affairs.

Articles from Vol. 49, No. 2, February-March

Anatomy of an Illusion: The Israeli-Palestinian Two-State Solution
The "two-state solution" to the Arab-Israeli conflict--actually a three-state solvent in which an irredentist Palestine, unstable itself, would destabilize Jordan and Israel--was stillborn in the 1970s. Renewed advocacy of it late last year by "the...
Dissent in the North American Jewish Community
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following for articles were written and prepared for publication before three important events slated for the end of January 2003 were to take place--the Israeli elections, the UN weapons inspectors' report to the United Nations...
From Damascus to Jenin. (Essay)
Still fresh in every informed person's mind is how--upon the fall of Jenin to Israeli forces in April 2002--journalists of both the print and the electronic media were industriously buzzing about the massacre of "thousands" or only "hundreds" in the...
Genesis 9:12-17-"Look to the Rainbow" So Why Did the Sages Say "Don't Look?" (Midrash)
After the flood, God presents to the world, through Noah, the seven Noahide Laws, (1) and a Covenant of Peace, as Nachmanides describes it, not to destroy the world again, signified by the rainbow. (2) It is not clear whether the covenant is contingent...
Gracious Dialogue
The issues between Israel and the Arab world have been festering for close to a century. Building a wall or stationing American or UN troops in Israel will not address the issues that have inflamed the region for so many decades. Israel is at war with...
Jewish Performers and Composers. (Arts and Letters)
Is there a Jewish instrument? It would have to be the shofar, sounded during the month of Elul, during Rosh Hashanah services, and at the end of Yom Kippur. Is there a modern instrument that is a descendant of the shofar? The trumpet comes to mind,...
Only Resolve Is Respected
Behind the notion that America's intervention in Iraq will establish "the first Arab democracy" in the Middle East, as Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz puts it, lies a plan of great depth and moment. President Bush--heeding the philosophy originally...
On Shylock: A Reassessment of Shakespeare's Tragic Jew. (Arts and Letters)
The Merchant of Venice is not, and was not meant to be, a play about religious tolerance or religious liberty. It is a play that not only unequivocally upholds Christianity as the true religion but one that even suggests, and none too subtly, that...
Protecting B'Tselem's Righteousness. (Essay)
The B'Tselem organization has been challenged recently for a one-sided approach to human rights violations in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both Jessica Montell, the executive director of B'Tselem (The Jerusalem Post, September 9, 2002) and Lior...
The American-Israeli Relationship in the Lebanon and Gulf Wars. (Israeli)
Since the end of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Israel has been a participant in two more full-scale wars--the 1982 Lebanon War and the 1991 Gulf War. In the Lebanon War, it delivered a hard blow to its Arab enemies in a large-scale, pre-planned invasion....