Trump Whacks a Terrorist, Shocks the World

{Originally posted to the Abu Yehuda website}The targeted killing of Iranian war leader Qassem Soleimani, in response to attacks on Americans in Iraq and...

Why They Attack Jews in New York

I have been searching for a coherent statement by an assailant. Most of them don’t get past “f- you, Jews.” But it seems to me that they blame Jews for something, and feel justified in hurting them. The consequences of doing it are not great, so why not?

Our Coming Election: The End for a Tragic Hero

he fact that Netanyahu managed to accomplish anything at all in his last three years as PM – and actually he accomplished quite a lot – despite the harassment tells much about his competence. But this is no way to run a country.

Thoughts on the Jersey City Shooting

Israelis were shocked by Jersey City. Not so much by the attack, but by the response of the local community, captured in a video which appears to show local residents blaming the Jews themselves for the attack, and expressing vicious hatred of them.

Getting Respect

Everything we do in Israel either adds to the sum total of respect we get or subtracts from it. .. So it is very important for us to not only win wars, kill terrorists, and in general crush our enemies as viciously as possible, but our messaging must project strength, competence, and even aggressiveness. We must avoid the image of victimhood
Rejuvenation: The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Partition

The Partition Resolution: A Paper Triumph

So if the partition resolution does not constitute a justification in international law for the establishment of a Jewish state in the territory of the former British Mandate, what does?

Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria: Questions AND Answers

It’s been suggested that Trumps' pro-Israel acts are all cheap, merely “symbolic,” and have little effect on the ground. But if this is so, then why didn’t previous presidents act?

Palestinism and the Hurt/Help Principle

What is Palestinism? It is the belief that the Palestinian Arabs were unfairly victimized, dispossessed, colonized, raped, punished, expelled, murdered, degraded, castrated, etc. by the Zionist Jews who created the State of Israel, which continues to do all these things to them.

“Strangers,” in Israel and America

Maybe the best approach is for Americans to work on fixing things there, while allowing Israelis to concentrate on solving their unique problems here.

Keeping Our Honor in the Middle East

While Israel has great military power at hand, it keeps squandering its honor.
On their separate ways? Avigdor Lieberman (R) and Benjamin Netanyahu.

Hey America: Israel is Losing It Too!

Like a broken record that plays the same phrase over and over and over: Bibi, Gantz, Lieberman, Lapid: get your acts together. It is a matter of life and death

Kahane was Both Right and Wrong

Kahane’s conclusion was that Jewish survival demanded the emigration of most of the Arabs from the area between the Jordan and the Mediterranean. And I believe that he was right about this. That doesn’t mean that they should be expelled violently

Kahane Was Right

Kahane was absolutely right about one thing, and it is a big thing: Jews and Arabs cannot coexist as equals in Eretz Yisrael (by which I mean the land between the river and the sea). The Land of Israel must be the exclusive property of the Jewish people.

Young Woman is the Latest Jewish Hostage

The national feeling about Na’ama is a complicated story, involving the commandment to redeem captives (pidyon shvuim) and the echoes of history, including the Holocaust. It’s often said that our soldiers are “everybody’s children” and she falls into that category.

A Welcoming Host for the Virus of Antisemitism

The “reimagining” of Judaism in terms of leftism is an act of enormous arrogance.

An Open Letter to Netanyahu and Gantz: Do your Jobs

Regarding a third election, know that if – God forbid – it should happen, the results will be even worse for both of you. Many Israelis won’t vote in protest, some will vote for smaller parties, and the Arabs, who have gotten a taste of the power that it can give them, will vote for Arab parties in even greater numbers.

We Need a Government and We Need it Now

I conclude that when the smoke clears, we will have a unity government including at least Likud and Blue and White, and possibly a few others

Antisemitism: Far Worse than You Thought

Weiss wants to fight antisemitism by being honest, liberal, proud, and enlightened. All those qualities are useless against enemies that are precisely the opposite in all respects, and that is the case with antisemites. There is only one way to deter your enemies, and that is to be more powerful than them – and to demonstrate this whenever the occasion arises.

Drama (not so much) and Democracy

The more Netanyahu associates himself with Trump, the more Trump’s enemies become our enemies. And when they ultimately gain power, they will attempt to reverse Trump’s policies, including – especially – his pro-Israel ones.

Ten Minutes of anti-Israel Propaganda

The flight of several hundred thousand Arabs in 1948 was primarily a consequence of decisions made by Palestinian leaders and elites, as well as the leaders of the Arab states. We don’t have anything to do tshuva for.

The Real “Real Reason the Left Hates Israel”

And, thanks to postmodernism, facts don’t matter.

No, it wasn’t Antisemitic

Trump is comfortable with nationalism, which American liberals have long since rejected, and it makes sense to him that members of a people would naturally want to stick up for their ancestral homeland, even while preferring to live somewhere else.

“You DON’T Have a Right to Exist. May We Come in?”

Despite what the critics say, Netanyahu’s decision doesn’t seem to have been ideological – although I think it should have been – but rather a simple balancing of the likely consequences of the options available.

The Arrogance and Ignorance of Tikkunist Jews

Tikkunism is a radical departure from traditional Judaism. Reform Judaism deemphasized the “ritual” commandments like observance of kashrut and Shabbat, while emphasizing the “social” commandments like concern for strangers, widows, and orphans, and the political vision of the Prophets. Tikkunism goes even farther and redefines the social commandments and in terms of progressive politics.

Are there “Arab Jews?”

The idea that Mizrahim are “Arab Jews” is wrong. It is also insulting, suggesting that they lost sight of their ancient heritage during their time in exile, and assimilated to the surrounding culture. And it is pernicious

How and Why we are Losing the Cognitive War

The best way to picture our position in the cognitive struggle is that of a nation besieged. Our objective is to relieve the pressure so that we can continue with our normal lives. We are not interested in conquering and holding “enemy territory,” but we do want to destroy our enemies’ stock of cognitive weapons and crush their will to fight.

Ending the Humiliation

The Arabs and Europeans are not forcing us to clean streets on our knees like the Nazis, but by ignoring our sovereignty over the land, especially in our capital, they are reaffirming their belief – both the Muslim and Christian versions – that Jews do not have the same rights as others.

An Ally, Not a Satellite

With all due appreciation for my former country, which I still love and care about, increasing Israel’s dependence on the US is not in Israel’s interest.

Unlearning the Lessons of the Diaspora

If you won’t eliminate the Diaspora – the Diaspora will eliminate you. – Ze’ev Jabotinsky, 1936

This isn’t Ferguson

We do need to take the complaints of the Ethiopian-Israeli community seriously. At the same time, they should stop calling what happened last week “murder.” They need to understand that the police have a job to do, an essential job to maintain a secure society. The anger on both sides needs to be replaced by rational problem-solving.

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