Kirk Douglas’s quintessential American Jewish life

Actor Kirk Douglas may have been the last surviving star from the golden age of Hollywood. Read more

Trump’s critics shouldn’t encourage Palestinians to make another mistake

As far as those Americans who despise President Donald Trump, as well as many of those Jews and Israelis who feel the same way about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the ceremony unveiling a new U.S. peace plan for the Middle East was a sham. Read more

Why the bombing Auschwitz argument still matters

January 22, 2020 by  

In his 1989 book From Beirut to Jerusalem, columnist Thomas Friedman of The New York Times, wrote, “Israel is becoming Yad Vashem with an Air Force.” Read more

Holocaust politics is bad for the Jews

January 20, 2020 by  

At a time of rising anti-Semitism around the globe and threats from terrorism and nuclear blackmail aimed at the State of Israel, there are more important things to worry about than the question of who gets to speak at the ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz at the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem. Read more

What’s the alternative to Trump on Iran?

After months of focusing on domestic policy and their animus for President Donald Trump, this week the Democratic Party presidential candidates turned their attention towards foreign policy. Read more

Why Trump’s Middle East peace plan isn’t irrelevant

Three years in the making and long after most of the world had given up on it being rolled out, President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan may soon see the light of day. Read more

Enough with the Trump and Netanyahu analogies

In the coming weeks, a U.S. Senate trial of President Donald Trump on impeachment charges is looming. Read more

Oppose Iran sanctions, but support BDS against Israel?

January 12, 2020 by  

The rising tide of Jew-hatred that is sweeping around the globe is no laughing matter. So the idea of having a vote to determine who is the “Antisemite of the Year” may strike some as more of a publicity stunt than a sober attempt to deal with the problem. Read more

It was time for an administration to break foreign-policy ‘rules’

January 6, 2020 by  

For 20 years, he had sowed terror and confusion throughout the Middle East with impunity. Read more

Will Bernie Sanders become the first U.S. Jewish president?

December 31, 2019 by  

We’re still more than a month away from the first actual votes being cast in the Democratic presidential race. Read more

Just another way for the Palestinians to avoid peace

December 26, 2019 by  

The announcement by Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, that she is prepared to begin an investigation into Israeli “war crimes” was a significant victory for those who have sought to use the court to help delegitimize the Jewish state. Read more

Time to shut down the Palestinian Chanukah and Christmas scams

December 25, 2019 by  

It used to be confined to an annual piece of theatre staged by the Palestinian Authority every Christmas. Read more

The real implications of impeachment for American Jews

December 22, 2019 by  

Whether you support or oppose the effort to impeach and remove President Donald Trump from office, there’s little doubt that this historic battle is now dominating the American political landscape in a way so as to sideline every other issue or to turn them into impeachment sidebars. Read more

Jews shouldn’t ignore the real lesson of Corbyn’s defeat

December 18, 2019 by  

British Jewry heaved a collective sigh of relief when Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives in last week’s parliamentary elections in the United Kingdom. Read more

After the Jersey City shooting, focus on Jewish fear, not politics

A quickly deleted tweet summed up everything that is wrong about the discussion of anti-Semitism in 2019 America. Read more

While Iran shoots protesters, Europe schemes to enrich the murderers

The news out of Iran should shock the conscience of the world. As The New York Times reported in a front-page article published on Monday, when Iranians tried to protest their government’s arbitrary decision to drastically raise gasoline prices, the regime responded with unprecedented force. Read more

Are Netanyahu’s indictments the same as the push to impeach Trump?

After years of rumours, leaks, a bitter politicized debate and endless delays, Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit finally announced that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to be indicted on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three separate cases. Read more

Don’t let a staggering Iran off the hook

The foreign-policy establishment was nearly unanimous last year when President Donald Trump decided to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Tehran. Read more

Kristallnacht remains relevant 81 years later

This week Germany marks the 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht, “The Night of Broken Glass.” Read more

Why the Democrats don’t have to go the way of Labour

The upcoming general election being held in Britain on Dec. 12 isn’t getting much coverage in the United States. Americans generally don’t pay much attention to foreign policy, and the principal issue this year in the United Kingdom—Brexit—is something few Americans really understand. Read more

The cost of censorship on Facebook

There’s little question that for most observers of the debate about the future of social media, Borat got the best of Zuckerberg. Read more

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

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