An Explosion of Jew-Hatred – or a Coup?

With the 2016 presidential campaign, it seems as though there has been an explosion of Jew-hatred. Is this true? Who is responsible?

The Shape of Things to Come

Israel is doing better than ever but the relative stability of the post-WWII period – or even of the longer Western ascendance over the Ottoman empire – may be coming to an end

Will Israel Keep the Draft?

Many observers have said that Israel would be better off with a fully volunteer, professional army. Paradoxically, some of the best things in Israeli life come from the years of compulsory servitude dictated by universal conscription

Israeli Politics Just Got More Complicated

Personally I like the idea of a party that is firmly right-wing on security matters and which can walk the sometimes fine line between respect for Jewish tradition and religious coercion.

What is it about Us?

explain it to me. Explain how Israel is so villainous that the good that Israelis do can be dismissed. Explain why it is so important that its conflict overshadows all the other disputes in our contentious world. Explain why they support “solutions” that imply the replacement of Israel by a Palestinian Arab state.

Notes on our Next War

Everyone thinks war is unavoidable, and most people understand, at least on an intellectual level, that this war is going to be one of the toughest in Israel’s history.

Why they Hate the Nation-State Law

he law is intended to set a bottom line, to build a fence around the fundamental Zionist principles of the state and keep them from eroding. It also makes an explicit statement about what kind of state we are and aspire to be.

Israel LOVES its Army

One might wonder if there is any other country in the world that relates to its soldiers like Israel does. I certainly don’t know of any. Our enemies see it as a weakness to be exploited, and do so whenever they can. But it is also a strength, a motivation the leads Israeli young people to volunteer to take risks, knowing that they are not alone. The nation stands behind them.

The Truth is a Minority Opinion

A great, quick overview of the Jewish legal claim to Israel.

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

The Perverse and Vicious Weaponization of the Palestinian “Refugee”

Why have the Arab nations have allowed the issue of Palestinian refugees to continue? One simple reason which I call the First Principle of Arab Leadership: it is always more important to hurt Jews than to help Arabs.

Ronald Lauder’s Left Turn

Lauder and the liberal Jewish establishment in the US, along with their associates in the Israeli Left, in essence want us to give up our Zionist principles so that we will better fit their universalist worldview

Be Harrison Ford, not Woody Allen

Recently Israel allowed herself to be humiliated by Hamas, which burned thousands of acres of her fields and forests, and then launched the most intense rocket bombardment in Israel’s history. Our response, bombing unoccupied military targets, was tactically significant but psychologically impotent. The Jew-haters were gratified, because the Jews lived up to the stereotype: powerful and controlling, and yet at the same time weaklings who are afraid to fight.

The Poisonously Ambiguous Concept of “Two States”

The problem is that the concept of “two states” is poisonously ambiguous. Everyone can understand it to mean something different, up to embracing diametrically opposite ideas.

How Trump Looks from Here

How does Pres. Trump look from an Israeli point of view? What effects have his policies had on Israel? The answer, to the chagrin of many of my American friends, is this: no recent US president has done as much for the Jewish state as Trump.

Kotel Conflict

Even the most secular Israelis don’t agree that American Reform Jews should decide what Israel does in the holy places that were regained with the blood of its soldiers. They may passionately hate the Rabbinate, but it is OUR Rabbinate that they hate.

Did Putin Pull Pittsburgh Trigger?

There is a serious effort being made by Russian actors to influence the social and political atmosphere in the US. The objective is to destabilize the country by encouraging extremism of both the Right and the Left, to exacerbate racial, religious, and class conflict, to stoke anger, increase polarization, encourage violence, and ultimately bring about the virtual or actual secession of segments of the population from the USA.

Our Strategic Balagan

Balagan: chaos, total disorder, huge mess. Borrowed from Russian.

The Nation-State Law rises again

Israel is presently weathering an intensely hostile political climate in a world where ethnic nationalism is considered evil. Rather than hide who we are, we should broadcast it. It might not make the world like us any more, but at least they will better understand what we are fighting for.

Absurdity of Land Swaps

The idea of swaps ought to be unacceptable to Israel, because it presupposes Arab ownership of all of Judea and Samaria. Why should Israel be required to compensate the Palestinians for taking its own land?

Resolution 2334 and the Women of the Wall

Many Women of the Wall members applauded the passage of UNSC resolution 2334 demanding Israel return to pre-67 borders. WoW has no problem with the Kotel in Arab hands, just no separate prayers!

When Will the Snake Finally Lose its Head?

I suppose that “opposition” means opposition to everything Trump does and says, regardless of its merit. And it fits with the anti-Israel wind blowing from the left in America, where the Iranian threat is seen as an Israeli problem, not an American one.

No, it isn’t Kent State on the Mediterranean*

Hamas benefits greatly from civilian casualties, which support its narrative of victimization and provide its supporters with fodder for “lawfare” against the IDF and diplomatic sanctions against Israel.

Are Jew-haters Possessed?

Jew-hatred is often compared to a virus because of the way it spreads and mutates, but I prefer the analogy of diabolical possession because of the way it twists its victims and causes them to commit acts of unspeakable evil.

Jewish Peoplehood in Israel and America

Many American Jews, especially younger ones, are not able to withstand the assault on their sense of peoplehood. It’s not surprising, because this identification has been suppressed by the American educational system and media from their earliest years.

Unlearning the Lessons of the Diaspora

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

Our Iranian War

Iran would like to see the next war fought on Israel’s territory. It would like to see the casualties on its side being Lebanese, Palestinian, and Iraqi, not Iranian. It would like to see Israel wounded, but itself come out unscathed. It is up to Israel to ensure that this doesn’t happen.

The Moral Bankruptcy of Reform’s Religious Action Center

Sharpton, styles himself a version of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but he does not deserve to have his name mentioned in the same sentence as the nonviolent civil rights leader.

Foreign Leaders Eulogize Peres – for the Wrong Reason

The funeral should have been held on the day Peres died, as is customary in Judaism. Then it would have been impossible for most of these political celebrities to be here.

The First Actual Palestinian-American in Congress (and He Was Jewish)

Did you know that there was a Palestinian-American in the House long before anyone else, who was in fact the only one who was actually a citizen of “Palestine,” and who had a Palestinian passport? And that he was Jewish?

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