Coronavirus double-speak

December 22, 2021 by  

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s announcement on Sunday evening of additional steps to confront the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus illustrates how easily government policies can be inherently contradictory. Read more

The bigger picture behind the narrow Gantz-NGO controversy

October 27, 2021 by  

When Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz announced on Friday that he is listing six Palestinian NGOs as terrorist groups, all hell broke loose on the left. The outcry, which emanated not only from Washington and Brussels but from the halls of the Knesset in Jerusalem and Muqata in Ramallah, could have been anticipated. Read more

Rabin, Peres, #MeToo and the battle among sacred cows

October 20, 2021 by  

Every year at this time, Israel stops to mourn and memorialize Yitzhak Rabin, the prime minister who was assassinated on Nov. 4, 1995 at a rally celebrating the signing of the Oslo Accords. Read more

Meretz’s pilgrimage to Ramallah

October 6, 2021 by  

If anything illustrates the farcical nature of the current makeup of the government in Jerusalem, it’s the parley in Ramallah on Sunday evening between Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and a delegation of Israel’s Meretz Party, headed by Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz. Read more

They’re terrorists, not ‘security prisoners’

September 15, 2021 by  

How do news outlets love to portray the recent “great escape” from Israel’s Gilboa Prison? Let us count the ways. Read more

A rift of Poland’s making

August 18, 2021 by  

The diplomatic crisis unfolding between Jerusalem and Warsaw is unfortunate. Eastern European countries have been staunch supporters of the United States and Israel in a way that their counterparts in the Western continent have long ceased to be. Read more

Iranian aggression and Israel’s fragile coalition

August 11, 2021 by  

At the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett addressed the country’s security situation. Read more

Biden’s reward to UNRWA for bad behaviour

July 21, 2021 by  

The United States transferred $135 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) on Saturday. Read more

Why the Shin Bet chief isn’t so hush-hush anymore

June 9, 2021 by  

Enemies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were relieved, if not thrilled, when Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman broke his organization’s customary silence to bemoan the behaviour of those virulently opposing the makeup of the coalition-in-formation. Read more

Heading to New York with trepidation and a Star of David

May 26, 2021 by  

I never thought I’d hear myself say this, but I’m actually nervous—as a Jew—about my upcoming trip from Tel Aviv to New York. Read more

The Palestinian leaders’ Al-Aqsa hoax strikes again  

May 12, 2021 by  

The anti-Israel response to the current Palestinian and eastern Jerusalem Arab violence was to be expected, particularly as it has been on a steady crescendo since the weeks leading up to and during Islam’s holy month of Ramadan. Read more

A tribute to the bereaved parents of unsung fallen Israelis

April 14, 2021 by  

As Israel entered the 24-hour period that marks Yom Hazikaron—Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism—the country turns its attention to individual stories of heroism and bereavement. Read more

Abbas’s snubs work like a charm on Biden

April 7, 2021 by  

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas may be facing serious challenges to his reign in Ramallah, but he’s having no trouble playing the powers-that-be in Washington. Read more

Meghan Markle, George Floyd, Muhammad and free speech

March 17, 2021 by  

The latest scandal surrounding the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is noteworthy. Read more

Pfizer and fake news

March 10, 2021 by  

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla was scheduled to arrive in Israel on Monday to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials. Read more

Soldiering on for the Jews and Israel

February 10, 2021 by  

Reading a biography about a friend is a mixed experience. On the one hand, the protagonist is familiar. On the other, he’s a complete stranger, whose story unfolds like that of a fictional character being introduced in a novel. Read more

Yehuda Meshi Zahav’s crucial COVID message to fellow haredim

January 27, 2021 by  

The triple tragedy that struck the family of one of Israel’s most righteous Jews in the course of a single month is garnering nationwide attention and sympathy. That COVID-19 caused the deaths of Yehuda Meshi Zahav’s brother, mother and father made the blow particularly relevant to the general public. Read more

Shame on Arnold Schwarzenegger

January 13, 2021 by  

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger received a lot of ill-deserved praise this week for his response to the Jan. 6 riots on Capitol Hill. Read more

Esther Horgen’s killer can count on Abbas

January 6, 2021 by  

To circumvent Israeli anti-terrorism legislation that went into effect on Dec. 31, the Palestinian Authority rushed to transfer a lump sum to its “prisoners’ fund.” Read more

Doctors against lockdowns

December 30, 2020 by  

Even after Israel entered its third nationwide lockdown on Sunday afternoon, members of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee were still duking out the details. Read more

The upside of defeat

December 23, 2020 by  

In an op-ed in the New York Post on Saturday, Kyle Smith—conservative critic-at-large for National Review—offered U.S. President Donald Trump “a nickel’s worth of free advice” on how to “destroy [his] enemies” after he leaves the White House. Read more

Israel’s president shouldn’t obfuscate the particularity of anti-Semitism

November 10, 2020 by  

To mark the 82nd anniversary of Kristallnacht, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin hosted a global memorial, live-streamed from his official residence in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Read more

Peter Beinart’s assault on the Abraham Accords

October 28, 2020 by  

Peter Beinart’s latest attack on the Jewish state that he opposes as vehemently as he professes to have its best interest at heart is a work of remarkable sophistry. Read more

Days of awe (and loopholes)

September 23, 2020 by  

Ahead of Israel’s nationwide lockdown that was to go into effect on Friday at 2 p.m.—a mere four hours before the beginning of Rosh Hashanah—many families who knew that the coronavirus regulations would prevent them from getting together for the holiday decided to celebrate a day early. Read more

Netanyahu’s bold move

August 19, 2020 by  

Anyone wondering what had become of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ostensible July 1 target date to begin the process of extending sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria received an answer last Thursday. Read more

Israel’s High Court hits a new low

August 12, 2020 by  

The ruling by Israel’s High Court of Justice against the home demolition of Palestinian terrorist Nizmi Abu Bakr is the latest example of judicial overreach based on political bias. Abu Bakr confessed to and was indicted on charges of murdering 21-year-old Israel Defence Forces’ Staff Sgt. Amit Ben-Yigal on May 12. Read more

The ‘right’ kind of gay pride

July 1, 2020 by  

Israeli Public Security Minister Amir Ohana—a proud member of the LGBTQ community and equally proud member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party—has said that “being attracted to men doesn’t mean you have to believe in creating a Palestinian state.” Read more

Israelis can’t mask a lack of anxiety

June 10, 2020 by  

The reopening of the Israeli economy after nearly two months of COVID-19 closures was bound to lead to laxity on the part of the public. And it did, in spite of endless Health Ministry warnings that a release from lockdown bondage would require extra vigilance where social-distancing, mask-wearing and hand-washing were concerned. Read more

‘Bloat’ is the least of the new Israeli government’s problems

May 20, 2020 by  

Public criticism of the new Israeli government has focused on how “bloated” it is. Read more

Let us remember what the survivors are unable to forget

April 22, 2020 by  

Holocaust survivors do not need annual ceremonies to remind them of the Nazi atrocities that they endured or of the family members that Adolf Hitler’s henchmen slaughtered during World War II. No, those memories are just as inked in their hearts and minds as the numbers tattooed on their forearms. Read more

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