Fatah-Hamas reconciliation: A fusion of evils…writes Isi Leibler

October 17, 2017 by  

World leaders – including some of our American friends – are apparently still unwilling to face reality and continue to delude themselves that Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority can be induced to making a peace settlement if Israel continues to appease them and excuse their crimes. Read more

My view…writes Ron Weiser

October 17, 2017 by  

President Trump continues to surprise his critics when it comes to the Middle East. He behaves in a more measured way, carrying out most of his administration’s activities behind the scenes and by maintaining different levels of pressure upon parties on all sides. Read more

Hamas’s reported agreement to cease terror against Israel seen as ‘highly unlikely’

October 16, 2017 by  

Under the new unity deal brokered last week between the Gaza-controlling Palestinian terror group Hamas and the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) ruling Fatah party, Hamas reportedly agreed to cease all terror attacks against Israelis…writes Adam Abrams/JNS.org. Read more

America and Israel quit UNESCO over “Palestine” fiasco

October 16, 2017 by  

UNESCO’s decision to admit “Palestine” as a member state in 2011 in apparent breach of UNESCO’s own Constitution has come back to bite UNESCO with a vengeance – as America and Israel now give formal notice of their intention to quit UNESCO on 31 December 2018…writes David Singer. Read more

Were Adam and Eve Jewish?…ask the rabbi

October 16, 2017 by  

Rabbi Raymond Apple has the answer, Read more


October 15, 2017 by  

Feintooner on the Hamas/Fatah conciliation. Read more

An indigenous New Zealander says “I am a Zionist”

October 15, 2017 by  

Part Maori, part Samoan and part Italian, this Kiwi explains why he is a Zionist…a video production. Read more

After Trump decertifies Iran deal, Congress must decide its future

October 15, 2017 by  

In fulfilling a key campaign pledge, President Donald Trump announced in a White House speech on Friday he decertified the Iranian nuclear deal as part of a new and tougher approach towards the Islamic Republic. The move brings a new level of challenges and uncertainty in handling one of the most complex international agreements in recent years…writes Sean Savage/JNS.org Read more

Harvey Weinstein’s disgrace produces another nasty caricature

October 14, 2017 by  

Walking through central London last week, and with a spare half hour on my hands, I decided to pay a quick visit to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Inside, I spent most of my time intently studying a painting that I could not recall having seen before: “The Philosopher,” a 1645 canvas by the Italian painter Salvator Rosa…writes Ben Cohen/JNS.org. Read more

As Sukkot marks time for gratitude, Israeli bistro builds better life for at-risk youths

Jews around the world view the Sukkot holiday as a time for gratitude and acknowledging life’s blessings. Yet for several at-risk Israeli teenagers, there hadn’t been much to be thankful for—until this year, when they’ll take their first steps toward a productive career, and a life off the streets and away from crime, by working at Liliyot…writes Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod/JNS.org. Read more

High time for Israel’s flagship medical cannabis conference to go global

October 11, 2017 by  

While international interest in Israel’s groundbreaking medical cannabis sector grows, a leading Israeli player in that space will take its flagship annual event overseas later this month…writes Adam Abrams/JNS.org Read more

PLO-Hamas referendum could boost Trump peace plans

October 10, 2017 by  

There is little hope that reconciliation talks between Hamas and Fatah will end a decade of bitter internecine feuding which has seen a parallel entrenchment of territorial divisions between them in Gaza and the West Bank…writes David Singer. Read more


October 10, 2017 by  

Feintooner – minyans and minions… Read more

Sh’mini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

October 9, 2017 by  

A guide from Rabbi Raymond Apple. Read more

Trump’s ‘calm before the storm’ is a message to North Korea and Iran

October 9, 2017 by  

Reporters continue scratching their heads about what President Trump meant when he spoke of the “calm before the storm” on Thursday as he was hosting a dinner for military commanders and their spouses. It seems clear to me that he was sending a powerful message to North Korea and Iran: change your behavior now, or prepare to face new but unspecified painful consequences…writes Alan Dershowitz. Read more

You’re offended? Oy vey!

October 8, 2017 by  

If your ancestors, dear reader, were Europeans of any sort, know that they threw us out of their countries, or stood aside while we were persecuted, evicted and murdered. So emulate us and get a life! As individuals we have not spent 3,500 years wallowing in self-pity. We get on with it and so should you…writes Peter Arnold. Read more

Sophie McNeill’s bias

October 4, 2017 by  

Once again ABC Jerusalem correspondent Sophie McNeill has proven to be inconsistent and ignorant in her reporting and handling of news coming out of Israel. Read more

Henry Greener learns about Tzohar…in the Sukkah

October 4, 2017 by  

Adam Segal, International Resource Development Manager for Tzohar, tells Henry it has succeeded in bringing Israelis closer to their Jewish Heritage, by bridging the gaps between religious and secular Jews in Israel. Read more

DIY – Do It Yourself…writes Michael Kuttner

October 4, 2017 by  

With the week long Festival of Sukkot upon us it is timely to acknowledge the DIY efforts which have coincided at this season. Read more

The Only Living Boy in New York – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

October 4, 2017 by  

Young man falls in love with older woman, something bound to end in tears especially as the beautiful woman is his father’s mistress.  Read more

Far-right AfD party’s rise highlights a ‘fine line’ for German Jews and Israel

October 4, 2017 by  

The rise of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in the country’s recent election has been described as a “political earthquake,” while Jewish leaders’ immediate reaction was to express concern about AfD’s views. But what are the broader implications of the party’s electoral showing for German Jews and for Israel?…writes Alina Dain Sharon/JNS.org. Read more

Matthew Guy’s impressions of Israel

Matthew Guy MP, Leader of the Victorian State Opposition tells the audience at Beth Weizmann Community Centre about his recent trip to Israel, as a guest of Zionism Victoria. Read more

Chabad’s hollow statements on child sexual abuse…writes Manny Waks

October 3, 2017 by  

The report of a new public statement by seven (seemingly random) Chabad rabbis calling for the immediate reporting to state authorities of reasonable suspicions of abuse is welcome news, especially their unequivocal announcement that prior rabbinic advice is unnecessary. Read more


October 3, 2017 by  

As the world turns…this week’s cartoon. Read more

The Case for Kurdish Independence

October 3, 2017 by  

Over 90% of Iraq’s Kurdish population have now voted for independence from Iraq. While the referendum is not binding, it reflects the will of a minority group that has a long history of persecution and statelessness…writes Alan M. Dershowitz. Read more

Trump won’t swallow Erekat’s PLO-Palestine poison pill

October 3, 2017 by  

Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Secretary-General Saeb Erekat has managed to grab international headlines to promote yet another PLO canard regarding the 100-years-old Jewish-Arab conflict…writes David Singer. Read more

Final Portrait – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

October 2, 2017 by  

When American writer and art-lover James Lord (Armie Hammer) is asked by his friend, the world-famous artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), to sit for a portrait, he accepts.

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The true joy of Sukkot…writes Rabbi Raymond Apple

October 2, 2017 by  

Sukkot is called in Hebrew “z’man simchatenu”, “Our Time of Joy”. Read more

Interpol and the Palestinians: Where’s a cop when you need one?

The good news is that it turns out Interpol isn’t the international police agency that movies and television shows have led us to believe. The bad news is that the international community just gave the Good Housekeeping seal of approval to those who traffic in terrorism…writes Jonathan S. Tobin. Read more

New wave of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity emerges on campuses across US

Jewish college students returning after their summer break are encountering a wave of swastika daubings and anti-Israel activity on campuses across the country—and there are signs the hostility may intensify in the weeks ahead. Read more

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