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The Elections that Decided the Future of the Conflict

Israeli voters won’t determine whether peace is possible. That happened when Abbas succeeded Arafat and subsequently refused to hold another vote.

Critics Deny Jerusalem’s Past and its Future

A plan for cable cars to take worshippers to the Old City is debatable, but calling it a nefarious Israeli plan to ‘Judaize’ the capital reveals the motivations of some critics.

What ‘Our Boys’ DOESN’T Want us to Know

The problem with the HBO series about the summer of 2014 is not its subject matter, but its agenda of moral equivalence about a conflict whose story demands context.

Tisha B’Av has a Message for a Divided, Troubled America

The curse of senseless hatred afflicts our society. But are we too entrenched in our partisan silos to listen to each other?

The ONLY Answer to Hatred of Jews is Jewish Pride

The threat of anti-Semitic violence is real. But American Jews are not in the kind of danger that should force them to hide their identities or stay away from synagogues.

What will History Say About Netanyahu?

The prime minister’s legacy isn’t so much his record tenure as his deft stewardship of Israel’s path to its place as a regional power, along with his staunch refusal to endanger his country.

Omar’s Boycott Resolution Tests a Party’s Moral Compass

If Democrats want the high ground against Trump, they must condemn radical supporters of the anti-Semitic BDS movement, as opposed to defending them.

How Anti-Zionists Legitimize Anti-Semitism

The fight against anti-Semitism on college campuses must start by properly labeling Israel’s foes as purveyors of hate speech.

The Difference Between Intermarriage and the Holocaust

Assimilation is a daunting challenge for American Jews, but it doesn’t help when an Israeli rabbi/politician inappropriately compares the intermarried to the Six Million.

Do you Distrust Christian Friends?

Call it Evangelicalphobia Left-wing Jews continue to complain about CUFI, but at a time of rising anti-Semitism, these friends deserve thanks—not contempt rooted in prejudice.

Partisanship Wrecked a Consensus on Stopping Iran

Is it too late to resurrect it? The Europeans and Democrats want to return to the 2015 nuclear deal. But the real danger would be if Iran were let off the hook, not the threat of war.

More than Just a Parade for Israel

New York City’s “Celebrate Israel” is an apolitical gesture of love for the Jewish state. Yet some leading left-wing Jewish groups now refuse to participate.

Palestinians Need to Rethink the ‘Nakba,’ not Refight it .

Rashida Tlaib’s Holocaust comments after decades of a failed peace process demonstrate that Palestinians must understand the role their choices played in the tragedy

How NOT to Remember the Holocaust

Spare us the false analogies and crocodile tears shed for the Six Million by those who support anti-Semitism and the war on the Jewish state.

Jewish Critics of Israel Have a Problem with Israelis, Not Netanyahu

The willingness of major groups and denominations to try to undermine the choice of Israel’s voters calls into question their belief in and respect for democracy.

What would Menachem Begin Think about Israel’s Elections?

It’s nice that this hero’s greatness is finally being recognized by all segments of Israeli society, but the notion that he has somehow become an avatar of today’s left-wingers is bunk.

What WON’T Change if Gantz Replaces Netanyahu

The Ilhan Omar debacle in the House illustrates that the next Israeli government will be just as dependent on AIPAC and the Republicans as the current one.

Banning Parties in Israel and Democracy’s True Test

An effort to keep Otzma from running for the Knesset, as was the case with Kahane’s Kach Party in the past, raises questions about who has the right to seek office.

The Netanyahu Indictments: Unfair and Inevitable

The charges against the prime minister set an unfortunate precedent in more ways than one. Here are four takeaways from the charges against him.
Israel's president Shimon Peres with a friend.

Who/What Killed Labor Zionism?

To understand contemporary Israel, the Diaspora must ponder how the Palestinians reduced the once dominant party of government to a position of irrelevance.
IFCJ founder Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

What Yechiel Eckstein Understood that Most Jews Don’t

The founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews understood the importance of making alliances with people American liberals despised.
Immigrants Arriving at Ellis Island.

Assimilation and the American Jewish Immigrant Experience

Tom Brokaw was pilloried for urging immigrants to do a better job of assimilating. But he was right, and the success of the Jewish community is proof of it.

Culture-war Abortion Battle SHOULD Transcend Politics

The willingness to justify abortion up until birth is taking us into a moral vacuum created more by politics than any legitimate concern for the rights of women. It’s one thing to say women must have a right to choose. But to assert that women or doctors should have a right to terminate the life of a 40-week-old fetus or a viable infant or even to contemplate the death of an unwanted child born alive despite an attempted abortion is to lead us down the path to a moral abyss.

Hebron: City with No solution

Hebron proves that if there is to be peace between Israel and the Palestinians, foreign observers aren’t the solution

FINALLY! Israel’s Enemies: ‘Rocks Kill’

Rock-throwing has always been depicted as a harmless act of symbolism used by the powerless, but after an alleged settler attack, it’s time to agree that it’s an act of terror.

Why Intersectional Ideology Undermines the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The attempt to tie the civil-rights movement to the war on the Jewish state is based on lies.
Israel Inspired: What's Driving Trump's Peace Plan in the Middle East?

Trump’s Peace Plan Irrelevant

Israel’s economic integration into the region is proceeding nicely without a resolution to an unsolvable conflict with the Palestinians.

BDS Bill Debate is About anti-Semitism, NOT Speech

Rashida Tlaib’s dual-loyalty smear demonstrates why American Jews, who are the real target of the BDS movement, need to speak up.

The ‘Pittsburgh Platform’ and the Push for a New Jewish Schism

“New York Times” editor seeks not merely to distort the debate about anti-Semitism, but to resurrect a failed attempt to abandon Jewish peoplehood.

Agenda for 2019: Defend Jewish Interests, not Partisanship

After a year of division, it’s time for Jews on both sides of the blue-red divide to be willing to take on their allies.

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