What will history say about Netanyahu?

The numbers are staggering, no matter how you count them. Whether you say 13 years and 128 days or just call it 4,876 days, on Saturday, July 20, Benjamin Netanyahu became Israel’s long-serving prime minister. Read more

Ehud Barak’s cautionary tale about wealthy connections

Ehud Barak’s legacy just got a lot more complicated. The former prime minister is attempting political combat at the age of 77, in which he hopes to unseat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the next Knesset elections in September. But his already shaky hopes of making a comeback after sitting out the last several years of political combat on the sidelines have been further diminished by reports of his connections to American financier/convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Read more

The difference between intermarriage and the Holocaust

Jews around the world have a new reason to be outraged about Israel’s government. Read more

What the Trump peace plan cannot accomplish

When the Trump administration released the economic portion of its Middle East peace plan last week, the avalanche of criticism was immediate and harsh. Read more

China or the United States? Israel needs to pick one

Contrary to the myths cherished by some American Jews and many non-Jewish sympathizers, Israel is not the 51st state. Read more

True Progressives are Zionists

The irony is so great that it’s almost too obvious. The very week that a milestone was achieved in the state of Israel when a gay man became a cabinet minister, a leading gay organization in the United States banned Jewish symbols from its annual pride march so as to signal their hatred for Israel. Read more

Will a secular surge spark a revolution in Israeli politics?

In an interview with The New York Times published this week, new Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh warned Israel that it might experience “a very hot summer.” Read more

Middle East peace can’t be bought. But can Trump change the conversation?

If the Trump administration’s forlorn hope for restarting Middle East peace negotiations wasn’t already facing long odds, this week’s political shenanigans in Israel further complicated matters. Read more

The problem in Germany is about more than a ‘kippah’

Who could really be surprised by the story that grabbed the attention of the Jewish world this past weekend? Read more

Palestinians need to rethink the ‘nakba,’ not refight it

The debates about Holocaust references made by US politician Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) are starting to die down. Read more

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is about this one day

Much of the discussion about Israel and the Palestinians revolves around one question: Why does the conflict continue? Read more

Will the Holocaust on Instagram teach remembrance?

To say that the impact of social media on society and popular culture has not been entirely beneficial is the understatement of the 21st century. Read more

What if there’s no way to stop another synagogue shooting?

Who caused a madman to enter a synagogue in Poway, Calif., and begin shooting? And what can we do to stop another such extremist from committing the next atrocity? Read more

The right still rules in Israel. Will it continue?

Is Benjamin Netanyahu’s dominance of Israeli politics the product of a consensus he helped build, or is he merely a convenient beneficiary of forces that were beyond his control? Read more

What’s not at stake in Israel’s election: democracy

When Israelis vote today a lot will be riding on the outcome. Read more

What would Menachem Begin think about Israel’s elections?

Respect is always slow in coming for national leaders who are labelled as conservatives. Read more

The City of David and the problem with dividing Jerusalem

Those who continue to deny the historical facts about Jewish Jerusalem got more bad news this week. Archeologists working at the City of David site in Jerusalem revealed some of their latest finds, among them was a bulla or small seal that can be dated to the sixth century B.C.E. and before the Babylonian destruction of the First Temple. Read more

The French pilot who stayed with his Jewish passengers at Entebbe

We live in a time when it seems as if the guard rails that briefly deterred the spread of anti-Semitism have collapsed. Read more

What’s the matter with Israel’s Supreme Court?

Israel’s highest court just did Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a big favour. Read more

Intolerance at Jerusalem’s holy places

March 14, 2019 by  

How much violence should be tolerated at holy sites? If your answer is selective rather than a total condemnation, then we have a problem. And, unfortunately, that happens to be the case with some people concerning recent events in Jerusalem. Read more

‘Bibi or Tibi’ debate is about Zionism, not racism

March 12, 2019 by  

He’s done it again. After being called out for allegedly employing racist incitement against Israeli Arabs during election campaigns, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being attacked again for saying things that hurt the feelings of Israel’s non-Jewish citizens and offend the sensibilities of some Jews. Read more

What won’t change if Gantz replaces Netanyahu

For years, we’ve been told that support for Israel is being undermined by two factors. Read more

Getting to the truth about the Vatican and the Holocaust

Historians have long sought access to the Vatican’s private World War II-era archives. Read more

The Netanyahu indictments: unfair and inevitable

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s foes are cheering. Read more

Banning parties in Israel and the true test of democracy

If the parties of the left had their way prior to last week, it would have spared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a lot of the trouble he got into over the deal to merge two right-wing parties. Read more

Is Western Europe no longer safe for Jews?

The good news is that on Tuesday, huge crowds of French citizens attended rallies against anti-Semitism throughout France that were supported by all of the country’s major political parties. And French President Emmanuel Macron denounced the desecration of a Jewish cemetery, the latest example of a shocking growth in acts of anti-Semitism. Read more

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

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