The Portman Factor

The actress’s snub isn’t a victory for BDS or the Israeli prime minister’s political foes, but it does show how Netanyahu’s image problem has undermined one of his strengths.

The Dead-Baby Strategy

Exploiting the death of a Palestinian infant shows the depths to which anti-Israel propaganda has sunk and how effective such immoral arguments can be.in defending human rights.

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.

Anti-Semites don’t Discriminate

How an out-of-context comment from Israel’s chief rabbi about a Pittsburgh synagogue doesn’t need to widen the Israel-Diaspora divide.

70 Years of Miracles

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

What Do We Expect from a Jewish State?

Anger about the new nation-state law is misplaced. Concern over the rabbinate flexing its muscles and contempt for the Diaspora is not.

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.

‘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.

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.

Who Speaks for Democrats on Israel?

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

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.

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.

What Did you Hear when Mike Pence Spoke to the Knesset?

That vast numbers of Americans are inspired by the Bible to support Jewish rights in their ancient homeland isn’t so much a function of the left-right conflict as it is an integral part of America’s political culture

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

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

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.

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.

Is Ocasio-Cortez REALLY Jewish? Does it Matter?

The elected congresswoman’s Jewish possible ancestors shouldn’t be a problem for anyone. But the idea that her leftist stands are somehow authentically Jewish is troubling.

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.

What a Political General Teaches us about the Israel-Diaspora Disconnect

American Jews don’t know much about Benny Gantz, but they should acknowledge the collapse of the Israeli left.

Nikki Haley: Proof that Americans can Succeed at the UN

The resignation of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley took the political world by surprise, but it’s likely that no one is more disappointed than supporters of Israel.

Gaza and the Worthlessness of International Opinion

Even though the Palestinian “March of Return” was far from peaceful, Israel’s critics still absolve Hamas.
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.

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.

Why we Needed Charles Krauthammer

The passing of an erudite commentator is particularly painful not just because of his brilliance, but because his rational approach to politics and thought has gone out of fashion.

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?

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.

Why we Still Need Heroes like John McCain

Even in this era of cynicism, honoring heroism and national service remains essential. Without it, the ideas that bolster America and Israel suffer.

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.

Myths and Facts about an ‘illiberal’ Israel

If support for the Jewish state is declining, it may have more to do with American Jews than the Israelis they claim to deplore.

Looking for anti-Semitism in All the Wrong Places

Criticizing George Soros doesn’t necessarily make you a Jew-hater.

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