Why do anti-Semites hate Jews? Don’t overthink it

October 13, 2019 by  

The most frustrating aspect of the Yom Kippur assault on a synagogue in Halle, Germany, by a neo-Nazi thug is that we’ve seen all this before. Read more

Whatever happened to the Palestinian ‘diplomatic tsunami’?

It was only eight years ago that supporters of Israel were trembling at the possibility that support for the Jewish state would soon be washed away by a “diplomatic tsunami” that would be unleashed by the Palestinians at the United Nations. Read more

Netanyahu’s fate and the future of Israeli democracy

This week a legal proceeding is taking place that may have as much if not more to do with the future of Israel’s government as the stalemated negotiations to form a new governing coalition. Read more

It’s time to put an end to labeling Trump an anti-Semite

This July, Aaron Boone, the manager of Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees, created an Internet meme when he launched into an epic and profane rant in taking issue with a call that went against his team. Read more

Get out your crystal ball! Take the 5780 Jewish pundit quiz

September 24, 2019 by  

The year 5779 brought tragedy and great sorrow to the Jewish community as the Pittsburgh and Poway synagogue shootings by white supremacists represented the worst instances of violent anti-Semitism in American history. Read more

The elections that decided the future of the conflict

September 17, 2019 by  

On the eve of the second Israeli election of 2019, there is no shortage of apocalyptic rhetoric about the potential consequences of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election. Read more

Critics deny Jerusalem’s past and its future

September 15, 2019 by  

Its critics have accused Israel of a lot of terrible things over the course of its 71 years of existence, but The New York Times has now added one more to the list that will particularly resonate with intellectuals. Read more

The ‘first Jewish’ president’s anti-Semitic surrogate

September 11, 2019 by  

Will Bernie Sanders be America’s first Jewish president? That’s up to Democratic primary voters and then the rest of the electorate should he receive his party’s nomination. Read more

Israel should have ignored Trump’s pressure on Omar and Tlaib

August 16, 2019 by  

Unlike his predecessor, Barack Obama, President Donald Trump doesn’t think more “daylight” between the United States and Israel is needed, and he has had Israel’s back on all the major issues regarding the peace process and threats like Iran. Read more

What real incitement to murder looks like

In the wake of the latest mass shootings to afflict America, some Jewish organizations and their leaders joined in the effort to place at least some of the blame for these atrocities on President Donald Trump. Read more

The only answer to hatred of Jews is Jewish pride

This week on Twitter, a Jewish writer in Los Angeles decided to dispense some advice to her followers. Read more

What are Jews to do about Trump?

Most American Jews didn’t need the latest controversy involving President Donald Trump in order to be convinced to resist him. Read more

A blow to BDS in the House

For one day at least, the Democratic Party’s leadership made it clear that the adults are still in charge. Read more

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

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