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The Embassy WILL Move . . . and the World WON’T End

Instead of waiting, the U.S. embassy is moving to Jerusalem in May. This offers a crucial lesson about the Middle East that needs to be learned.

Did Trump Endanger Israel?

Withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal raised tensions, but it’s Iran that’s more isolated and weaker now, not Israel.
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.

Praising Netanyahu’s Caution

The prime minister’s refusal to seek a final reckoning with Hamas generated criticism. But his decision to avoid war was sound policy.

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.

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.

Wrong Man? Right Decision!

Pres. Donald Trump’s Iran-deal decision was a first, necessary step to reverse his predecessor’s dangerous appeasement policy that empowered a rogue nation.

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.

The Virus that Just won’t DIE: Ever Adapting anti-Semitism

Why are French “yellow vests” protestors attacking the Jews?

Security Cooperation or Justice?

What’s more important? Holding murderers accountable or preventing murder? An effort to weaken U.S. anti-terror legislation for the sake of funding the Palestinian Authority raises difficult questions about competing interests.

70 Years of Miracles

The focus on Israel’s problems often obscures the astonishing nature of a historic turnabout for the Jewish people.

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.

‘Outside-in’ is ‘Inside out’

The notion that Arab states can be relied upon to safeguard Israel’s security in a theoretical peace deal is a a pipe dream. Far from the Arabs protecting Israel, the reality is that Israel protects them.

Must Israel do America’s Dirty Work?

Netanyahu’s Munich speech in which he gives Iran a warning was denounced as a provocation. But the real alert is to a Trump administration still asleep at the wheel on Syria.

Swimming Against the Tide? The Battle for Camp Ramah

An anti-Zionist group’s effort to use Jewish camps to undermine support for Israel poses a difficult challenge for a key American Jewish institution.

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.

Has Trump Finally Figured it Out?

Choosing John Bolton as his national security advisor gives the president the foreign-policy team members he needs. But will he listen to them?

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.

Gravity in Action: When a Rock Falls in a Plaza . . .

The Kotel rock was a case of a stone meeting gravity. But it was also used as an excuse for Jewish score-settling while allowing the Palestinians to explain again why peace is not in sight.

Netanyahu’s Fate and the Future of Israeli Democracy

The flimsy corruption charges he’s facing are creating a precedent that is a greater threat to the rule of law and the future of Israel than anything he’s charged with doing.

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.

Religious Freedom for Me, but not for Thee

Opposition from Jewish groups to a Supreme Court decision defending the rights of a believer is a discouraging retreat from principle.

Israel’s Cognitive Dissonance About Death Penalty

Why a country that never enforces the death penalty is considering a law to make it easier to execute terrorists.

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

Let’s Talk Truthfully About the Issues behind Mass Shootings

When Lori Alhadeff screamed at a camera from CNN and demanded that President Trump, “Please do something, do something, action, we need it now,” Americans instinctively sympathized with the grieving parent.

Anti-Semites and their Jewish Apologists

Jewish foes of Israel want to redefine Jew-hatred in order to give anti-Zionists a pass. Decent people on the left and the right shouldn’t let them get away with it.

Who Speaks for Democrats on Israel?

Radical freshmen in the House will make noise while veterans preserve the alliance.

Futilely Searching for Meaning in anti-Semitic Crimes

Scholar Ruth Wisse wrote, that anti-Semitism is the most successful ideology of the 20th century—a virus that morphed from fascism to Nazism to communism and then Islamism. The continuation of this trend in the 21st century has nothing to do with Trump, and everything to do with the fact that Jews remain a convenient scapegoat for extremists of all political and religious stripes.

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.

Where Will America’s Rabbis Lead us this Year?

A trend towards High Holiday sermons about Trump or Netanyahu could set the tone for more political strife, even as a sense of Jewish peoplehood declines.

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