The foreign-policy establishment strikes back

Their sigh of relief was heard around the globe. The foreign-policy establishment’s nightmare is finally over, and the keys to the American government are back in the usual hands. Read more

Conspiracy theories and political insanity

There was a time when conspiracy theories were confined to the fever swamps of American society. Read more

Can Democrats finally repudiate ‘The Squad’?

Not everybody in the Democratic Party is in love with “The Squad.” Read more

The personal diplomacy delusion

There are some ideas that are so seemingly logical and reflective of our best hopes about human nature that it doesn’t matter how often they are proved wrong. Read more

Should we care if Biden cools off relations with Saudis?

It’s the greatest of ironies. It wasn’t that long ago that Saudi Arabia was thought of as an implacable enemy of Israel and the Jewish people. Read more

A man who exemplified what it meant to be a Jewish leader

You didn’t have to agree with everything Rabbi Jonathan Sacks said or wrote to understand the value of what he was trying to teach. Read more

What a Biden presidency could mean for Israel

For some supporters of President Donald Trump in both Israel and the United States, the prospect of a President Joe Biden is a scenario they never wanted to contemplate. Read more

Is there a way back from a broken political culture?

Many Americans are anticipating a return to normalcy once the votes have been counted and the presidential election determined. Read more

A conformist media is no friend to freedom

He’s exactly the sort of person conservatives and some of Israel’s most ardent supporters despised. Yet today he’s being lionized by supporters of the most pro-Israel president in history and attacked by left-wingers who once idolized him. Read more

Will Trump’s pro-Israel moves stand the test of time?

For President Donald Trump’s Jewish supporters, these last moves are just the icing on the cake. Read more

When journalists become cheerleaders, it usually ends badly

According to The Times of Israel, I misrepresented Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s feelings about Israel. Read more

Trump’s inappropriate question still requires an answer

It was one of those moments that summed up so much of both the good and the bad of the Donald Trump presidency. Read more

Can one criticize George Soros without being an anti-Semite?

It happened again last weekend. Someone said the word “Soros” and triggered an avalanche of criticism from much of the Jewish world about encouraging anti-Semitism. But is it fair to claim that every such mention is proof of Jew-hatred? Read more

Why Israel chose to aid an ailing enemy

It’s the kind of story that drives a lot of friends of Israel nuts. One of its chief opponents, Palestinian Liberation Organization senior leader Saeb Erekat recently fell ill with COVID-19. Read more

Dumbing down the ‘Jewish Nobel Prize’

Did the Jewish people really need their own Nobel Prize? To the three wealthy Russian Jewish business “oligarchs” who endowed the Genesis Prize with $50 million in contributions, the answer was “yes.” Read more

Two different Jewish tribes choose different candidates

October 18, 2020 by  

Among the least surprising poll numbers to be published recently were the results of the Pew Research Center survey that reports a sizable 70% of American Jews say they are voting for former Vice President Joe Biden, while 27% are planning to cast their ballots to re-elect President Donald Trump. Read more

Ban Holocaust denial? Yes. Political censorship? No.

The applause was nearly universal. After a determined campaign on the part of the Anti-Defamation League and a broad coalition of Jewish groups and other organizations, Facebook has agreed to ban posts that contain Holocaust denial on its ubiquitous site. Read more

The woke world goes to war against ‘Wonder Woman’

October 13, 2020 by  

I’m not sure the world needed another movie about Cleopatra. And the career arc of Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who became an international superstar with her “Wonder Woman” films, isn’t something that matters all that much in the general scheme of things. Read more

It wouldn’t have happened without Trump

September 17, 2020 by  

The gala signing of the normalization agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain was a bitter pill for the diplomatic establishment to swallow. Read more

Get out your crystal ball!

A year ago, Jews looked back on 5779 and wondered, after the Pittsburgh and Poway synagogue shootings and a resurgence of anti-Semitism on the right as well as the left, how things in the United States could get any worse. Read more

Where do you draw the line with anti-Semites?

September 8, 2020 by  

What do you think would happen if President Donald Trump decided to meet with the family of a shooting victim, and it turned out his father was a neo-Nazi?

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Who should Jews fear most during an ‘uprising’?

It was a summer of discontent as the coronavirus pandemic raged on. The death of George Floyd, which set off a season of protests about police brutality and racial discrimination, further added to the nation’s woes as many of the demonstrations turned into riots along with acts of intimidation, violence and looting. Read more

Why they scrawl ‘Free Palestine’ on synagogues

It could have been a lot worse. With dozens of buildings in Kenosha, Wis., burned during the riots that followed the shooting of Jacob Blake, one of the town’s synagogues was tagged with graffiti. Read more

How to help a failed state?

Last week’s disaster in Beirut epitomizes everything that is wrong with Lebanon. But we didn’t have to wait for an investigation into the explosion at the Beirut port that left more than 150 people dead to know what is wrong with that country. Read more

How Iran illustrates the fallacy of social-media censorship

Israeli human-rights attorney and Zionist advocate Australian-Israeli Arsen Ostrovsky hit the nail on the head during a recent Knesset committee hearing about social media. Read more

The perils of COVID incumbency create a summer of woe

August 4, 2020 by  

Only a few months ago, the coronavirus pandemic seemed to illustrate the vast differences in management skills between President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Read more

Camp David 20 years later: Still holding onto the Oslo delusion

It’s one anniversary that no one is celebrating. Twenty years ago this month, President Bill Clinton welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to a peace summit at Camp David. Read more

Will the Democrats’ generational shift turn the tide against Israel?

For pro-Israel Democrats, the only thing that matters about 2020 is that former Vice President Joe Biden is at the top of the ticket. Read more

A Jewish opera legend’s family is divided by cancel culture

Few things are sadder than when a family is divided by politics. But when it happens because of outside pressure and false accusations that threaten to destroy the legacy of a beloved father, what happens is not just a personal tragedy but also a cautionary tale about the perils of cancel culture. Read more

Don’t accept the myth of ‘Jewish privilege’

For one day at least, Twitter became a forum for some honesty, as opposed to the usual orgy of nastiness and pointless memes. After seeing the hashtag #Jewishprivilege used to spread anti-Semitic smears, a Jewish activist responded—and the result was a tidal wave of tweets testifying to the fact that the phrase has generally meant that Jews have been singled out for persecution. Read more

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