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

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

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