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Israel’s Cognitive Dissonance About Death Penalty

Why a country that never enforces the death penalty is considering a law to make it easier to execute terrorists.

Praising Netanyahu’s Caution

The prime minister’s refusal to seek a final reckoning with Hamas generated criticism. But his decision to avoid war was sound policy.

Who Speaks for Democrats on Israel?

Radical freshmen in the House will make noise while veterans preserve the alliance.

Ice Cream Causes Brain Freeze

Ben & Jerry’s decision to fund a group whose leaders endorse Louis Farrakhan throws zero tolerance for hate out the window.

Anti-Semites don’t Discriminate

How an out-of-context comment from Israel’s chief rabbi about a Pittsburgh synagogue doesn’t need to widen the Israel-Diaspora divide.

Futilely Searching for Meaning in anti-Semitic Crimes

Scholar Ruth Wisse wrote, that anti-Semitism is the most successful ideology of the 20th century—a virus that morphed from fascism to Nazism to communism and then Islamism. The continuation of this trend in the 21st century has nothing to do with Trump, and everything to do with the fact that Jews remain a convenient scapegoat for extremists of all political and religious stripes.

Looking for anti-Semitism in All the Wrong Places

Criticizing George Soros doesn’t necessarily make you a Jew-hater.

What a Political General Teaches us about the Israel-Diaspora Disconnect

American Jews don’t know much about Benny Gantz, but they should acknowledge the collapse of the Israeli left.

Nikki Haley: Proof that Americans can Succeed at the UN

The resignation of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley took the political world by surprise, but it’s likely that no one is more disappointed than supporters of Israel.

Where Will America’s Rabbis Lead us this Year?

A trend towards High Holiday sermons about Trump or Netanyahu could set the tone for more political strife, even as a sense of Jewish peoplehood declines.

Why we Still Need Heroes like John McCain

Even in this era of cynicism, honoring heroism and national service remains essential. Without it, the ideas that bolster America and Israel suffer.

A Belated Obituary for World’s Conscience

The late Kofi Annan was personally respected, but his failures as U.N. Secretary-General explain why the institution remains a sad farce.

Myths and Facts about an ‘illiberal’ Israel

If support for the Jewish state is declining, it may have more to do with American Jews than the Israelis they claim to deplore.

Gravity in Action: When a Rock Falls in a Plaza . . .

The Kotel rock was a case of a stone meeting gravity. But it was also used as an excuse for Jewish score-settling while allowing the Palestinians to explain again why peace is not in sight.

Gaza: A problem Without a Solution

If the Trump administration is waving the white flag on its hopes for a fix to Gaza and an Israel-Palestinian peace plan, it’s a sign of realism, not amateurism.

What Do We Expect from a Jewish State?

Anger about the new nation-state law is misplaced. Concern over the rabbinate flexing its muscles and contempt for the Diaspora is not.

Why we Needed Charles Krauthammer

The passing of an erudite commentator is particularly painful not just because of his brilliance, but because his rational approach to politics and thought has gone out of fashion.

Ending the UN’s Human-Rights Farce

Trump’s critics prefer to attack him, rather than acknowledge that he was right to withdraw from a Human Rights Council that engages in anti-Semitic bias against Israel.

Swimming Against the Tide? The Battle for Camp Ramah

An anti-Zionist group’s effort to use Jewish camps to undermine support for Israel poses a difficult challenge for a key American Jewish institution.

Bernie’s Smear Directs Democrats Further From Israel

Presidential contender’s videos boost Hamas terror organization and the Palestinian “right of return.”

Religious Freedom for Me, but not for Thee

Opposition from Jewish groups to a Supreme Court decision defending the rights of a believer is a discouraging retreat from principle.

One Jewish People; Two Dissonant Tribes

A new survey of Israeli Jews shows strong feelings of solidarity with the Diaspora, but little interest in listening to the views of American Jews. It should cause soul-searching in both communities.

The Dead-Baby Strategy

Exploiting the death of a Palestinian infant shows the depths to which anti-Israel propaganda has sunk and how effective such immoral arguments can be.in defending human rights.

Did Trump Endanger Israel?

Withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal raised tensions, but it’s Iran that’s more isolated and weaker now, not Israel.

Wrong Man? Right Decision!

Pres. Donald Trump’s Iran-deal decision was a first, necessary step to reverse his predecessor’s dangerous appeasement policy that empowered a rogue nation.

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