The Ultra-Orthodox “Vacation Draft” Plan

Everybody knows that the rapidly growing and politically muscular Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Israel can no longer altogether avoid military and/or national service. But haredi leaders will not relinquish their rigid communal structure of full-time and lifetime-long Torah study. And nobody can draft haredi Israeli Jews against their will – no matter what the Supreme Court rules or the Knesset legislates. So here is my national service plan for haredi men during “bein hazmanim,” their long semester breaks.

Targeting the “Head of the Octopus”

The tectonic threat of Iran to Mideast and global stability must be countered head-on.

The Big Chill–Again

Israel must resist America’s fantasy framework for a swift, dangerously indecisive, end to the Gaza war.

The Myth of Escalating Settler Violence

An ugly, fringe phenomenon being falsely puffed up to "balance" the crimes of Hamas.

Rosh Hashanah 5784: Prophesies and Prayers

Take this Rosh Hashanah political-security quiz and prognosticate on the future for the Jewish new year. (My predictions are recorded at the bottom of the article.)

Weapons, Weapons Everywhere – Why?

Oslo is the root cause of today’s terrible epidemic of terrorist and crime shootings.

Give Saudi Peace a Chance

Chances for a deal are high, the risks manageable, and the value overwhelming. The doubters and naysayers, as well as those who actively are trying to sabotage such an agreement, are wrong.

The ‘Refusal-to-Serve’ Festival

Lost in the anti-Netanyahu netherworld are manifold affirmations of commitment to IDF service despite the judicial reform juggernaut.

Tribute to Rabbi Sholom Gold of Jerusalem: The Most Passionate of Zionists

Rabbi Gold, who passed away this week at 88, was known for feisty and infectious Zionist passion and for biting witticism. He understood God’s love for all Jews in absolute terms (which he sought to emulate absolutely), and he understood God’s grant of the Land of Israel to the Jewish People in absolute terms, in a totality wrapped with kedusha, holiness. These are not gifts that one can simply fritter away.

Iran’s War on Israel

The only real power standing in the way of Palestinian terrorism and Iranian hegemonism is Israel.

No Moral Equivalence

There is no moral equivalence whatsoever between Palestinian terrorists and Israeli troops. Falsely balanced diplomatic formulations like those that “call upon all sides to end the cycle of violence” must be rejected. This is prattle that covers for Palestinian extremism and rejectionism, and retards the cause of peace.

Beware: Another US Sellout to Tehran?

Alas, coming soon: More American goodies for Iran in exchange for more pious and empty Iranian pledges.

Honoring Henry Kissinger at 100

Dr. Kissinger is most consequential figure in US foreign policy of the past century. His record regarding Jews and Israel remains controversial, but I think that on balance Kissinger deserves respect.

Seeking Jerusalem

We are obligated to be doresh Yerushalayim, to spiritually refine ourselves and draw closer to He who truly owns Jerusalem; to long for God’s revealed presence, seeking to encounter Him with the tools at our disposal. Already today, the Divine Presence peeps at us through the cracks of the Temple Mount retaining walls, there to be seen and experienced, if we only seek it.

Celebrating Cynthia Ozick at 95

The illustrious Jewish-American novelist is a penetrating and courageous critic of contemporary society and its attitudes to Jews and Israel.

Can Israel be Unified?

Israel’s future depends more on repairing a modicum of national unity and even global Jewish accord than it does on countering Iran

Israel at 75: The Sun is Shining

On the 75th Yom Haatzmaut, focus on the brilliance bursting forth from the nation of Israel in realms galore.

Reawakening to the Iranian Threat

A comprehensive picture of Iranian belligerence and its tectonic threat to Mideast and global stability.

Biden Spares Iran and Scolds Israel

The US president is neighing about Israeli democracy and stiffing Netanyahu to counter Israel’s insistence on acting against Iran.

Zionist Strategy for Israel

I do not believe that the Saudi-Iran agreement closes the door on Saudi-Israeli entente, nor on a renewed pro-Western regional alliance involving Israel and the Saudis

Cool it!

Beware the doomsday discourse about irreparable depredations in Israel’s democratic moorings. The poison it pumps into Israel’s soul and standing is far worse than its proximate cause.

Just who is Pogroming Whom?

Compared to the ongoing Palestinian terrorist mega-pogrom against Israeli Jews, the Huwara rampage must rank as one the weakest pogroms in the ugly history of pogroms. So where is the anguish over Israeli Jews continuously murdered by Palestinian terrorists?

Israel’s Best Response to Palestinian Terror: More Settlements

Fight fire with fire. The terrorists want to chase Israel off this land; in response, Israel should lay stakes on more land each time they fire a shot.

Where is King Abdullah’s Moderation on the Temple Mount?

One would think that Jordan’s “special role” means it has a responsibility to maintain the site as a place of prayer, brotherhood and tolerance.

Israel’s Supreme Court Needs Democratic Checks on its Power

Restoring the pre-Aharon Barak juridical culture of restraint is a necessary process.

Who Actually Violated Temple Mount Status Quo?


The Nasty Sport of Second-Guessing Israel

In Washington and other capitals, an ungenerous spirit has set in.

Ascending the Temple Mount for the First Time

My first “aliyah” this week to “Har HaBayit” was scary, emotional, fascinating, and infuriating. And necessary.

Dicey Diplomacy with Israel’s Gulf Allies

I told interlocutors in the Arabian Gulf last weekend that Israel firmly will assert its sovereignty and governance in the face of Israeli Arab and Palestinian lawlessness. That is what most Israelis expect of their new government! At the same time, I assured Israel’s Emirati and Bahraini allies that Israel will do so without racist incitement and delegitimizing rhetoric, and without crude demonstrations of its power, but rather with finely calibrated tools and from an approach of maximum willingness to dialogue. (I hope that I am right….)


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