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

Gantz shows Netanyahu was right about ‘Bibi or Tibi’

March 11, 2020 by  

It appears that Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz has called his own bluff. Read more

Is Netanyahu’s significant victory sufficient?

March 4, 2020 by  

Keeping in mind that the results of Israel’s Knesset elections are not final, the tally indicates that the attempt to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed abysmally. Read more

Winds of Mideast change worth remembering at the ballot box

February 19, 2020 by  

The significance of two events that have been upstaged this week by the Hebrew media’s incessant coronavirus coverage cannot be overemphasized—particularly with the fast approach of the March 2 Knesset elections. Read more

Corona and the Chinese ambassador’s Holocaust chutzpah

February 5, 2020 by  

China’s acting ambassador to Israel came under well-deserved fire this week for invoking the Nazi genocide of the Jews to criticize Jerusalem’s preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus. Read more

Netanyahu pulls the rug out from under his rivals

January 29, 2020 by  

Justifiably emboldened by his warm reception at the White House—and by the imminent unveiling of U.S. President Donald Trump’s 80-page “deal of the century”—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threw a curveball at his rivals back home. Read more

‘Why do they hate us?’

December 5, 2019 by  

As part of an evening news segment on Dec. 2, Israel’s Channel 12 examined the panic among British Jews over the prospect that Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn could become the next prime minister of the United Kingdom. Read more

Schadenfreude and the UNRWA scandal

July 31, 2019 by  

Revelations of rampant wrongdoing in the corridors of the United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) couldn’t have shamed a more worthy organization. Read more

‘Lobstergate’ and non-kosher coercion

July 11, 2019 by  

In the midst of countrywide fury over two deadly serious issues—the killing of an Ethiopian Israeli teenager by a police officer in Haifa, and the horrifying abuse of toddlers at a private Rosh Ha’ayin day-care center—Israeli Twitter users turned their attention to a faux pas involving non-kosher food and Photoshop. Read more

Ehud Barak, Yair Golan and Israel’s ‘New Left’

July 3, 2019 by  

Maj. Gen. (ret) Yair Golan, former deputy chief of the General Staff of the Israel Defence Forces, is a gift to the left that keeps on giving. Read more

Erdoğan’s loss is Israel’s gain

June 26, 2019 by  

When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared, during the lead-up to the country’s March 31 municipal elections, that “whoever wins Istanbul, wins Turkey,” he couldn’t have imagined that the catchy campaign slogan was going to energize his rivals and bode ill for his own continued reign of terror. Read more

The Palestinians continue to prove the peace fantasists wrong

March 7, 2019 by  

The Palestinians have been busy for the past week demonstrating in word and deed that U.S. President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” will be dead on arrival. Read more

Crime and punishment, Israeli-style

February 13, 2019 by  

The debate over capital punishment for terrorists arose again in Israel after the body of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher was discovered in a forest on the outskirts of Jerusalem, and her killer, 29-year-old Arafat Irfaiya, confessed to sexually assaulting and stabbing her to death. Read more

Will restraint be Netanyahu’s downfall?

November 16, 2018 by  

Addressing his controversial decision to agree to a ceasefire with Hamas following more than 24 hours of incessant mortar, rocket and missile fire from Gaza into southern Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proffered his explanation. Read more