An election outcome reflecting the will of the people

September 10, 2019 by  

The decision to hold this election was disgraceful and should have been avoided. Indeed, one of the big questions that could be critical for the outcome are the voters who are fed up with our dysfunctional politics and will simply not bother casting their ballots. Read more

The implosion of American Jewry

August 22, 2019 by  

Over the past decade, the Jewish establishment leadership in America – with the exception of the Orthodox, the Zionist Organization of America, and other small groups – has failed to speak up in defence of Israel and imposed a curtain of silence. Read more

Is this Netanyahu’s last hurrah?

August 1, 2019 by  

Although Benjamin Netanyahu has now become Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, projections suggest that MK and former defence minister Avigdor Lieberman will achieve his objective and bring about Netanyahu’s political demise. Read more

Netanyahu’s brilliant victory and the challenges ahead

April 18, 2019 by  

Israeli voters have chosen Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in what was essentially a referendum over whether he should be re-elected to a fifth term of office. Read more

Considering the national interest in the forthcoming elections

March 27, 2019 by  

Despite the high-pitched abuse being exchanged between the principal contenders, Likud and Blue and White, paradoxically this election highlights the unity of the nation. Read more

Broadlessons to be learned from the Polish imbroglio

February 26, 2019 by  

Emotions and realpolitik do not mix. Read more

For whom should you vote?

February 13, 2019 by  

Most of Israel’s previous elections have presented voters with meaningful choices, many with long-term implications on the security of the nation…writes Is Leibler. Read more

American Jewish leaders: Where are you?

January 31, 2019 by  

Israel is once again facing major new international military and political challenges. Yet despite our dysfunctional political system and the chaos associated with the impending elections, we have never been as militarily secure as we are today. Read more

Political dysfunctionality and electoral chaos

January 10, 2019 by  

Setting aside the Gaza confrontations, 2018 was one of Israel’s best years since the establishment of the state…writes Isi Leibler. Read more

The Prime Minister is treating us as morons

November 29, 2018 by  

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu displayed his political savvy by avoiding an election as he outmanoeuvred Naftali Bennett and his Bayit Yehudi party, forcing them to blink after Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned. Read more

Trump, Nazis and American Jewry

November 18, 2018 by  

As the global anti-Semitic tsunami intensifies, most Diaspora Jews seem to have lost the plot. Read more

Restore deterrence in Gaza now

October 30, 2018 by  

All of us abhor military confrontation or war, which inevitably leads to casualties…writes Isi Leibler. Read more

A call to GA participants

October 23, 2018 by  

First, permit me to open this column by expressing my distress that for the first time, the Jewish Federations of North American are holding their General Assembly in Tel Aviv rather than Jerusalem…writes Isi Leibler. Read more

The Kavanaugh imbroglio…writes Isi Leibler

October 18, 2018 by  

Although I am not American, I must confess that I was glued to the screen watching the Kavanaugh hearings in the U.S. Senate. Read more

The devastating impact of American non-Jewish Jews

October 11, 2018 by  

There is no disputing that, except for the vast majority of Orthodox Jews, American Jews and their leaders have distanced themselves from their Jewish identity…writes Isi Leibler. Read more

5779: A new year of hope

September 5, 2018 by  

Those of us privileged to live in Israel should give thanks to the Almighty and appreciate the extraordinary achievements of the past year and pray that this momentum is maintained in the coming year…writes Isi Leibler. Read more

Lauder loses the plot…writes Isi Leibler

August 21, 2018 by  

Ronald Lauder is a billionaire and respected art collector who became passionately committed to Jewish life when, as U.S. ambassador to Austria, he witnessed virulent anti-Semitism. I have known him for over 20 years and was involved in no small measure in his election as president of the World Jewish Congress. Read more

Deterrence against Hamas is evaporating

August 13, 2018 by  

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will see his electoral support plummet unless he finds a better solution to the barrage of Hamas rockets and incendiary kites than bombing empty buildings…writes Isi Leibler. Read more

Hysteria over nation-state law

August 8, 2018 by  

It is inevitable – and laudable – that there are debates and differences over most new legislation. However, that does not justify the global hysteria generated over the recently passed nation-state law, which the clear majority of Israelis support…writes Isi Leibler. Read more

U.S. President Trump: A balance sheet

July 25, 2018 by  

U.S. President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin served to increase the paranoia about him to an all-time high…writes Isi Leibler. Read more

The Perils facing Anglo Jewry

July 16, 2018 by  

Over 10 years ago, I warned that the passivity of the Anglo-Jewish leadership would likely lead to disastrous political consequences and negatively impact the younger generation, which was being inadequately educated to face its challenges…writes Isi Leibler. Read more

Balancing dangers and opportunities…writes Isi Leibler

July 11, 2018 by  

The speed of change – both positive and negative – in this region over the past two months has been breathtaking. Read more

Reviewing a month of hypocrisy and moral decadence

May 29, 2018 by  

Never have we witnessed such morally decadent political behavior as what has transpired these past weeks…writes Isi Leibler. Read more

The disintegration of American Jewry

May 2, 2018 by  

American Jewry, apart from the Orthodox and a minority of committed non-Orthodox, is demographically imploding…writes Isi Leibler. Read more

Threatening regional storm clouds

April 25, 2018 by  

Notwithstanding the exuberance of Israelis at the jubilant 70th Independence Day celebrations, justified in light of Israel’s extraordinary achievements and progress on both the diplomatic and defence fronts, the Jewish state will be facing major challenges over the next few months…writes Isi Leibler. Read more

Accusing Putin of anti-Semitism

March 15, 2018 by  

A very significant portion of my life has been devoted to personally combating Russian anti-Semitism…writes Isi Leibler. Read more

AIPAC leadership losing the plot…writes Isi Leibler

March 12, 2018 by  

The American Jewish leadership’s downward spiral has accelerated. This can be traced back to its cowardly silence when then-President Barack Obama began treating Israel as a rogue state and applied moral equivalence to Israelis defending themselves and Palestinian terrorists. Read more

Dysfunctional politics and disgraceful behaviour

February 20, 2018 by  

The criminal charges recommended by the Israel Police against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the politicians’ and media’s reactions amount to perhaps the most scandalous political imbroglio in Israel’s history…writes Isi Leibler. Read more

The predictable liberal response to Pence

January 31, 2018 by  

Listening to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s address to the Knesset was a euphoric experience…writes Isi Leibler. Read more

Seeking the perfect national leader

January 23, 2018 by  

We expect national leaders to behave in an exemplary manner and act as role models to be emulated…writes Isi Leibler. Read more

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