Who is responsible for the strange death of Labor Zionism?

Elections in Israel are less than two months away, and so far the campaign has been dominated by two main stories. Read more

Is Israel ready for a change at the top?

The wait is over for Israelis to finally hear from the man pundits think is most likely to succeed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Read more

Hebron: The city without a solution

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision not to extend the mandate of an international observer group in Hebron is likely to be denounced as yet another obstacle to peace, as well as being politically motivated. Read more

How not to remember the Holocaust

January 28, 2019 by  

While Israel and Jewish communities commemorate the Holocaust with a Yom Hashoah on the 27th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan (which this year falls on May 2), the rest of the world does so on Jan. 27, which marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945. Read more

Israel’s foes finally admit that rocks can kill

January 25, 2019 by  

As far as the mainstream media is usually concerned, when rocks are thrown in the Middle East, it’s nothing to get too worked up about. Read more

Why Trump’s peace plan doesn’t matter

January 18, 2019 by  

Earlier this week, Israeli television broadcast a report about the details of the Middle East peace plan that the Trump administration is planning to unveil at some point in the future…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS. Read more

Israel and the argument about Trump’s wall

January 13, 2019 by  

It may be that supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump and those who back the Israeli government led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are now so closely aligned that the latter have no qualms about the Jewish state being dragged into one of the most contentious American political debates in living memory…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS. Read more

Jews need to be more than victims

The hashtag #myfirstantisemiticexperience is helping to publicize the everyday reality of Jew-hatred…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS. Read more

Five questions about Israel’s political musical chairs

The old expression is that for every two Jews, there are three political opinions…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS. Read more

Amos Oz and the centrality of Hebrew in Jewish life

For those who only know Israel as a field of political combat, Amos Oz was just a writer with a point of view about his country’s basic political and security dilemmas…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS. Read more

Trump imitating Obama in Syria won’t work

December 23, 2018 by  

Sometimes, wisdom means understanding that not all promises ought to be kept. The problem is that when you make multiple promises, you’re going to find that some of them are mutually exclusive…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS. Read more

Stinting on compassion for Jewish victims of terror

In a moment that had to tug at the heartstrings of their listeners, a young Israeli couple whose baby was killed as the result of a terrorist attack sought to find consolation amid their sorrow…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS. Read more

Despite UN vote, Palestinian terror is still a losing strategy

The U.N. General Assembly narrowly defeated a resolution last Thursday that would have condemned Hamas for its terror campaign against Israel…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS. Read more

Hezbollah’s war on Israel takes precedence over the war on Bibi

Maybe you thought that the discovery of tunnels built by Hezbollah under the border between Lebanon and Israel would generate a full-scale debate about the deadly nature of the threat from the terror group and its Iranian masters…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS. Read more

What have we learned one month after the Pittsburgh heartbreak?

When an armed man entered the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighbourhood during Shabbat-morning services on Oct. 27, the carnage that followed sent shock waves through the Jewish world. Read more

What made Netanyahu Israel’s indispensable man?

He did it again. Despite being placed in an impossible position by the resignation of Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman over accepting another ceasefire with Hamas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu managed to keep his coalition government alive. Read more

Casting out the Kushners?

November 21, 2018 by  

According to The New York Times, Ivanka and Jared Kushner aren’t going to have an easy time of it when and if they return to New York City after working in the administration of her father. Read more

In praise of Netanyahu’s caution

November 15, 2018 by  

People demonstrated in the streets of Sderot on Tuesday, and who could blame them? They had spent days running back and forth to bomb shelters and safe rooms, enduring the tension and dangers of being subjected to hundreds of rockets fired at their town, as well as the rest of southern Israel, by Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists from Gaza. Read more

Hamas rockets and the idea of two states

Does it really matter what started the shooting at the border between Israel and Hamas-run Gaza? Read more

Which type of hate should we fear most?

November 7, 2018 by  

Jews are divided on many issues. But there is probably no more foolish or self-defeating argument roiling contemporary Jewish life than the question of which types of anti-Semites are most to be feared. Read more

Jewish labels are meaningless to anti-Semites

Israel’s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau didn’t intend to say anything that would wound American Jews in the wake of the mass slaughter at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue…Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS. Read more

The futile search for meaning in anti-Semitic crimes

October 30, 2018 by  

When something terrible happens, we demand explanations…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS. Read more

The problem with B’Tselem

October 19, 2018 by  

The U.N. Security Council heard testimony on Thursday about Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians from B’Tselem…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS. Read more

The Christian Arab dilemma

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the Christian Media Summit in Jerusalem on Sunday and uttered something that was incontrovertibly true: “Israel is the only country that protects the human rights of all.” Read more

The price of Saudi friendship

October 14, 2018 by  

In one sense, the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Kashoggi after he entered Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, last week is pretty much business as usual for the Riyadh regime…writes Jonathan S. Tobin. Read more

The woman who showed how 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. Haley wasn’t just a smart and assertive voice for America at the world body. Read more

Another reason why Trump was right about the Iran deal

October 5, 2018 by  

Though his fans thrill to his speeches, there’s little doubt that when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the U.N. General Assembly, few there listen…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS. Read more

Trump puts the ball back in the Palestinians’ court

September 28, 2018 by  

Is the two-state solution back in play? That’s the upshot of the latest comment from U.S. President Donald Trump…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS. Read more

The world laughed at Trump, but Iran and its enablers should not

September 27, 2018 by  

The international community made no secret of its contempt for U.S. President Donald Trump when he spoke to the U.N. General Assembly this week…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS. Read more

When experts ignore the truth about the Palestinians

September 23, 2018 by  

When New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman offers up a Middle East peace plan, the world stops and listens…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS. Read more

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