The idea of negating the Diaspora was initiated before the creation of the State of Israel when anything was possible, and every Zionist idea was being considered.
Jews would forever have been victims, left to the violent and antisemitic whims of their gentile and Arab neighbors.
When media reports measure the effects of a terrorist attack by the number of people killed and wounded, they are giving a superficial report of the true effect of a terrorist attack.
Zionism was a revolutionary nationalist movement unparalleled in its time.
Answering the question, “what is a Jew?” would seem to be straightforward. A Jew is an adherent of Judaism. While that seems like an easy answer, it’s completely incorrect.
The flag is widely accepted among all streams of Jews, although it isn’t without controversy.
Seventy-years later Zionism has become a continuously evolving movement. It has shifted from defense to offense. Zionism no longer worries about survival and focuses more on development.
There are many Zionist progressives. Indicting all progressives as anti-Zionist is not only unhelpful, it’s dishonest.
Ari’s greatest asset was his conviction in his beliefs. Unlike so many who are convinced of the righteousness of their convictions, Ari was not arrogant.
A legitimate argument can be made that Israel should be a state solely for the Jewish people.
Judaism isn’t a religion like other religions the world has become familiar with over the past two thousand years. Judaism isn’t just about G-d, beliefs, and action, it is about peoplehood.
When the criticism contains discrimination, it loses its legitimacy and becomes classic antisemitism. If the criticism of Israeli policy is honest, there is nothing wrong with it.
Writing ‘I'm an atheist’ to answer a rabbi's question is equivalent to a student telling their vegan teacher they love steak. It's not just a call for attention, it's a call to arms.
Early political Zionists weren't starting a new movement in the late 1800s. Herzl, Nordau, Jabotinsky, Weizmann, and Ben Gurion strove to fulfill 2,000 years of unfulfilled Jewish dreams.
The Jewish people were a nation long before they were considered a religion.
The factor that determines whether criticism is antisemitic is if it includes discrimination or hate.
Through tens of thousands of terror attacks and two intifadas, Israel continued to develop, build, and grow. It almost seems that opposition to Israel’s development furthers Israel’s growth.
I had to decide whether to support the construction of a fence which may provide greater security, but which evokes the very ghetto walls that Zionism aspired to topple.
When healthy debate turns into hateful division, society begins to fall apart and violent scenes, like the one at the Ezrat Yisrael section of the Western Wall, begin to occur.
When the ‘children’ (Ben & Jerry’s) took immature positions, the ‘adults’ (Unilever) stepped in and corrected the mistake.
Why would I need to justify where I live or the policies of my government? I’ve never seen a similar talk given by people who live in other countries unless they were an official spokesperson of their government.
Israel doesn’t only aim to include and help Israeli Arab citizens but has helped Palestinian Arabs more than all other Arab countries combined.
If a person maintains Palestinians have a right to the land of Israel, Begin’s answer won’t come close to explaining how early Zionists were justified in their attacks against the British and the Arabs.
The most sacred place for the Jewish people isn’t Jerusalem or the Western Wall, it’s the Temple Mount.
AIPAC’s new strategy is a seismic change for an organization that has followed the same playbook for more than fifty years.
A government that is diverse, but whose diversity prevents improvement, is a poor government and has lost its mandate to govern.
One of the most influential parts of a student’s time in Israel is their time outside the classroom with Israeli families.
It is heartbreaking that a Jewish woman, smart enough to gain admission and rise to a leadership position at Harvard wouldn’t recognize that BDS will never lead to Palestinian advancement or peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Our ancestor would be perplexed by a third commonwealth of the Jewish people in control of Jerusalem but who refuse, on their own accord, to rebuild the Temple.
After each attack the Palestinian street has come out to celebrate, handing out candies, marching in angry parades, and firing off fireworks.