Plea bargains should not be for prime ministers

It’s the sort of story that makes you wonder about who is doing the leaking and why. Read more

Politics and combating antisemitism don’t mix

At a time when antisemitism is on the rise around the globe, the office of the U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy for Combating and Monitoring Antisemitism ought to be filled. Read more

Harry Potter and the search for fake antisemitism

Jon Stewart tells us he was just kidding. The former star of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” who now has a popular podcast, is involved in entertainment projects as well as supporting various philanthropic causes. Read more

Archbishop Tutu and the disturbing power of intersectionality

December 28, 2021 by  

Desmond Tutu will primarily be remembered by posterity for his role as a leader in the struggle against South African apartheid. Read more

The non-Orthodox get another lesson in Israeli electoral maths

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid may have put together a coalition without any ultra-Orthodox religious parties earlier this year, but they still fear the power of the haredim and their allies. Read more

Why the double standard on West Bank violence?

To the casual observer of news from the Middle East, it would appear that the biggest story coming out of Israel lately is what some outlets are describing as a surge in settler violence against Palestinians. Read more

Iran: A test of Biden’s strategic vision and character

For Biden administration officials, their inability to achieve their top foreign-policy priority is both frustrating and puzzling. Read more

Biden gives a clinic on how not to negotiate with Iran

It’s hard not to sympathize a bit with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his coalition partner Foreign Minister Yair Lapid. Read more

Hypocritical Israeli coalition politics get ugly

For some observers of the Israeli political scene, there’s only one thing that matters. Read more

The point of a case that helped start a war is to ensure unending conflict

On the 104th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, four Palestinian families, acting under pressure from both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, reminded us why the conflict between Jews and Arabs has never been resolved in all these years. Read more

Is this the beginning of a new Cold War between Biden and Israel?

October 30, 2021 by  

As far as Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid are concerned, this week has brought a perfect storm of circumstances that threaten to complicate their hopes for a better relationship with the United States. Read more

The ‘human rights’ scam at the heart of the NGO controversy

To listen to the U.S. State Department and many in the international human-rights community, Israel has done it again. Read more

Biden Palestinian consulate move will be Bennett’s toughest test

Over the course of its first nine months in office, the Biden administration has had a lot of trouble getting out of its own way on just about every conceivable issue, be it domestic or foreign. Yet one of the few areas in which President Joe Biden hasn’t so far either screwed things up and/or appreciably worsened the situation is the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Read more

Israel can’t ignore China’s threat to the free world

Any time Israel has reason to doubt the reliability of America’s friendship, some in the Jewish state start thinking about the need to re-evaluate its attitude towards the world. Read more

BDS proves once again that it’s all about the antisemitism

Irish novelist Sally Rooney thinks that she’s an advocate for human rights, and that prejudice and hate have nothing to do with her work or her various political stands. Read more

Is it ever OK to praise the ‘truth’ of an antisemitic blood libel?

Does it matter if politicians let lies told by people they meet publicly go unanswered? That’s the question that many in the Jewish community are asking this week in the wake of an incident this week involving Vice President Kamala Harris. Read more

A cautionary tale about Arab-Israeli normalization

October 1, 2021 by  

Those picking up The Wall Street Journal on Sept. 24 got some good news about the cause of peace in the Middle East. Read more

The triumph and tragedy of Jewish self-liberation

September 26, 2021 by  

When the leading scholar of Jewish literature of our time chooses to write a memoir of her career, it is hardly a surprise that its pages are filled with the names of the great writers she has encountered and studied. Ruth Wisse is currently a senior fellow at the Tikvah Fund, but prior to that, she helped found the Department of Jewish Studies at McGill University in Montreal and then became Professor of Yiddish and Comparative Literature at Harvard University. Read more

The real lesson of 9/11 isn’t a story about Islamophobia

September 12, 2021 by  

One of the strangest aspects of post-9/11 America has been the compulsion of so many to change the narrative about the attacks that took place 20 years ago. Read more

In addressing antisemitism, honesty matters

A couple of years ago after giving a speech, I was confronted with what struck me as a bizarre query during the question-and-answer period. Read more

Why the Crown Heights pogrom still matters

Three decades have passed since the Crown Heights pogrom, and any assessment of the memory of that tragic event must start with an acknowledgment that New York City is a very different place than it was in August 1991. Read more

Has Biden anything to offer Bennett but more trouble?

In theory, the planned meeting this week between Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and President Joe Biden ought to be exactly what both men need. Read more

Two cranky old Jews symbolize everything that’s wrong with our political culture

August 22, 2021 by  

Apparently, two elderly, wealthy Jewish men aren’t speaking to each other anymore. Who cares? In theory, no one ought to. But when the pair in question are television comedy star Larry David and former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, and a chance meeting between them results in a public scene involving screaming occurs in a popular spot on Martha’s Vineyard, it’s exactly the sort of thing that does get treated as a very big deal indeed. Read more

Can the West be honest about the Islamist threat?

It was only two months ago that the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, boasted on Twitter about flying a gay pride flag to signal its support for “supporting civil rights of minorities including LGBT persons,” and added the hashtags #Pride 2021 and #PrideMonth. Read more

The bombing of Sbarro’s and why Oslo failed

August 11, 2021 by  

Next month, Americans will mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

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No easy fix for Israel’s gold-medal civil marriage dilemma

It was an epic Olympic Games for Israel. Read more

Will Lapid’s charm offensive work better than Netanyahu’s realpolitik?

Like all new governments determined to show that it is an improvement over its predecessor, the unlikely coalition cobbled together by Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid—though formally led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett—is determined to show that it will succeed where former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed. Read more

Ben & Jerry’s distasteful BDS problem

To those who followed the saga of Ben & Jerry’s social-media silence, the outcome was never going to be sweet. Read more

Why is support for ‘freedom of worship for Jews’ on the Temple Mount so controversial?

Maybe it was just the product of the ongoing civil war between the different political parties on the Israeli right. Or maybe it was just time that an Israeli prime minister said something that, in a saner world, wouldn’t be considered controversial. Read more

A year with too much to mourn

It may have been discouraging, but the dismal turnout for a national rally in the U.S. that was supposed to bring Jews together against antisemitism was also an appropriate reminder of the greatest challenge facing them. Read more

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