The perils of COVID incumbency create a summer of woe

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

Jews aren’t indigenous to Israel? According to whom?

There are a lot of things wrong with woke culture. While the impulse to demonstrate solidarity with the oppressed and opposition to bad things like racism is, in principle, praiseworthy, the virtue signalling is insufferable. Read more

Understanding the collapse of liberal Zionism

There’s a reason why most Israelis find it difficult to listen patiently to lectures from liberal American Jews. Read more

Why should we give a pass to those who tweet anti-Semitism?

Ours is a time when anti-Semitism is surging, and the popularity of intersectional politics has given new credibility to radical groups that are keen to link the war on Israel to the culture wars being waged in the United States. Read more

Will Israel’s West Bank move torpedo normalization with the Arab world?

Finally, someone has come up with a coherent argument against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plans to extend Israeli law to West Bank settlements. Read more

Outrage over the murder of George Floyd doesn’t justify intersectional myths

The outrageous murder in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, by local police is a crime that cannot be tolerated or excused. Read more

Who checks Twitter’s Trump fact-checkers?

Many cheered this week when they saw that Twitter had added a warning label to two of President Donald Trump’s tweets. Read more

The Abbas comedy and the ongoing Palestinian tragedy

If you think you’ve seen this movie before, you’re right. Read more

The unlearned ‘nakba’ lesson about compromise

Palestinian Arabs continue to learn the wrong history lesson. Read more

Should an Islamist on Facebook’s new oversight board scare users?

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg thinks he’s found a way to avoid further skewering at the hands of those looking for a whipping boy for the failings of the Internet. Read more

Does media bias against Israel still matter?

For many years, supporters of Israel have feared the impact of media bias. Read more

The leftist thought police are wrong: Taylor Swift isn’t an anti-Semite

In today’s woke and hyperpartisan world, nobody escapes the watchful eye of the thought police. Not even a pop superstar like Taylor Swift. Read more

What would the world be like with no State of Israel?

What scholars like to call counterfactual history is science fiction for those who prefer to ponder the implications of things turning out differently in the past rather than speculating on the future. Read more

Is it wrong to let Israel make decisions for itself?

In principle, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s answer to a question about Israel’s new coalition government seems unexceptionable. Read more

A pandemic anti-Semitism ceasefire? Not a chance

Two weeks ago, something highly unusual happened. The United Nations praised Israel. Read more

The balance between personal liberty and the obligation to save lives

What do Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo have in common these days? Read more

This is not a Passover for despair

For most of us, this is the saddest Passover we can recall. Read more

Israel’s democracy was never in danger

Israel’s yearlong coalition standoff appears to have finally ended, and not a day too soon. Read more

An unexpected crisis debunks the Trump-Netanyahu analogy

Leaders of democracies serve a multitude of purposes. Most people say they crave moral leadership. But what most voters really want is someone who will stand up for their views and their values, and to implement policies they support. And if they have to choose between morals and partisanship, they invariably choose the latter, whether on the left or the right. Read more

Pandemic panic a breeding ground for the virus of Jew-hatred

Burned into the historical memory of the Jewish people is what happened in the period when the bubonic plague swept through Europe from 1347 to 1351. Read more

A fine line between sensible caution and outright hysteria

It’s time to take the threat from the coronavirus seriously. Read more

Why Israel’s electoral stalemate isn’t a disaster

Think Israelis are excited by the prospect of going to the polls for the third time in a year to elect a new Knesset? Think again. Read more

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

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