Poland: Jews Aren’t Welcome

Nearly seven decades since the end of World War II, Poland is once again turning on its Jews. In a stunning move last week, the lower house of the Polish parliament rejected a bill that would have restored the legality of shechita, or kosher slaughter, by a vote of 222 to 178.

Open Microphones, Sealed Minds

For a brief moment last week, the world got to peek behind the diplomatic curtains and catch a glimpse of what the American and French presidents really think of Israel’s prime minister.

The Invention Of Palestine

For the first time in recent memory, a prominent American politician has had the courage to speak some unvarnished truths about the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Five Reasons Jews Shouldn’t Vote For Obama

In six weeks, Americans will be going to the polls in what could prove to be one of the most fateful elections in decades.

Israel’s Culture Wars

Anyone who thought Israel was immune to the kind of divisive "culture wars" that have beset America in recent years was in for a rude awakening this past week.

Stop Funding Tel Aviv University

One of Israel’s leading universities seems to have lost its way. In a move that is as incomprehensible as it is shameful, Tel Aviv University (TAU) agreed to allow a student group to hold a ceremony commemorating “Nakba Day,” when Palestinians bemoan the establishment of the state of Israel.

A Farewell to Peace

With the stroke of his pen, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas sealed the fate of the peace process, effectively declaring an end to any chance of reaching an agreement with the Jewish state.

A Cautionary Tale of European anti-Semitism

We have come to assume that, like the weather, all we can do in the face of European hatred of Jews is to shrug and move on with our lives.

Remembering Jewish Heroism on V-E Day

According to Yad Vashem, 1.5 million Jews fought on behalf of the Allied forces in World War II.

Three Questions For ‘Peace Process’ Supporters

Sometimes the truth can be found in the oddest of places, if one knows where to look. Even in poll results. A new study by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research bears this out. Released last week, it raises three difficult questions for all those who continue to believe that Israel must make concessions to win peace with the Palestinians.

The Success and Failure of Orthodox Judaism

More Torah is being studied on the continent than at any time since the discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus.

Yamit: The Original Sin Of Expulsion

It was thirty years ago, in April 1982, that uniformed soldiers pledged to defend Israel and its citizens were given the order to uproot and destroy the Jewish community of Yamit in northern Sinai. And while it may have brought us three decades of a cold peace with Egypt, conceding the Sinai will likely prove to have been a colossal mistake.

From Wannsee To Tehran

This week marks the seventieth anniversary of one of the most chilling events of the modern era.

Europe’s Hizbullah Hypocrisy

Only a unified and coherent E.U. stamp of disapproval can shut down Hizbullah's European lifeline.

When Israeli Journalists Cross The Line

Over the course of the past week, the Israeli media have been consumed by reports of an impending decision by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak to launch a military strike against Iranian nuclear installations.

Saying No To ‘Palestine’

As the Palestinians press forward in international forums with their plans for statehood, a growing chorus of countries has expressed support for the move.

Jerusalem: Build, Baby, Build!

Israel this week took an important step toward strengthening Jerusalem and preventing any chance of its future division. Despite increasingly strident objections from the U.S., Europe and the Palestinians, the Jewish state is moving forward with plans to expand the capital’s Jewish population.

Europe’s Holocaust Amnesia

Speaking in his native German, Schulz used the opportunity to blast Israel.

Time To Retake Joseph’s Tomb

It was supposed to be temporary. Nine years ago last month, then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak ordered the Israeli army to withdraw from Joseph's Tomb in Shechem (Nablus) in one of the most humiliating retreats in the nation's modern history.

Fundamentally Freund: Why Can’t Jews Pray Freely in the Jewish State?

It is bad enough that the police prohibit Jews from praying on the Temple Mount, but what gives them the authority to extend that dubious ban to include praying near it?

With the Stroke of a Pen

Earlier this month, a man in uniform you probably never heard of signed a military order which conferred formal recognition upon Rehalim as the 32nd Jewish community in Samaria.

Build an Aliyah Museum

These Aliyah stories and others like them, such as the Prisoners of Zion who stood up to the Soviet Union and demanded freedom, deserve more than just being commemorated in books, stamps or newspaper articles. A national museum of aliyah, rich in videos, personal stories and artifacts, could serve as an invaluable tool for strengthening the nation's commitment to encouraging and absorbing future immigrants.

Stop Calling it the ‘Old Testament’

Depicting the Hebrew Bible as "ferocious" or cruel is not only an act of iniquity toward the text itself, but a hurtful affront to those who cherish its teachings and seek to abide by its commands.

Recalling the Menace of May 1967

The Jewish state owes no one an apology for facing down its foes and taking the territory which those very same enemies used as a platform from which to seek our destruction.

Matzah as a Symbol of Jewish Heroism

Matzah is also a symbol of Jewish resistance and faith, one that was sanctified down through the generations by the sacrifices made by countless Jews to observe the precept even at times of national calamity.

A Tale Of Two Housing Tenders

For the second time in the past three months, Israel on Sunday declared its intention to build over 1,000 housing units in areas beyond the 1967 lines.

Take Back The Holy Sites

Displaying their customary respect for Jewish holy sites, Palestinian vandals struck again last month, desecrating an ancient synagogue in Naaran near Jericho. In addition to damaging priceless relics, the perpetrators spray-painted swastikas, Palestinian flags and political slogans, adding insult to injury in their hate-filled assault.

The Optical Illusion of Israel’s Political Center

In other words, the Center is a mishmash of ideas with a little bit of everything, which is intended to appeal to everyone while satisfying no one. It is a clutter of clichés and nothing more.

Does Hasbara Matter?

As the U.S. election season enters into high gear, an important Gallup poll released earlier this month offers Israel and its supporters much reason to cheer.

The Miracle Of Israel

The state of Israel this week turned 65, defying history and the odds to celebrate its continued existence in a very dangerous part of the world.

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