Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Op-Eds

What’s the Matter With Israel’s Supreme Court?

Israel’s highest court just did Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a big favor.

On Sunday, the Israeli Supreme Court handed down the final rulings on who could run in the country’s April 9 Knesset elections. The Central

Is There Any Defense for Ilhan Omar?

The Minnesota representative is living proof of the link between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. Attempts to deflect attention from her smears rob her apologists of credibility.

Ever since she burst onto the national political scene by winning election to the House of

Booker’s Bigotry

 

Last month, the Jewish Coalition for Religious Liberty penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times defending a judicial nominee from attacks rooted in anti-Christian bigotry. The piece warned that if such intolerance was not immediately denounced and repudiated, it would soon target Jews and

Liberal Zionists Must Take Up the Fight Against BDS

There was a time when Israel and the organized Jewish world didn’t hesitate about supporting left-wing Jewish student groups. Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, groups like the North American Jewish Students Network were often harshly critical of the government led by Israeli Prime Minister Golda

How Progressives Are Destroying the Jewish ‘Big Tent’

What the Jewish world needs most these days is inclusion. Yet the only sensible course of action open to Jewish community relations councils and other outreach groups is to set firm limits on who can or cannot enter the proverbial big Jewish tent.

Copying Gazan Model, Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani Launches War of Attrition Against Israel From Syria

The firing of an Iranian missile from Syrian territory on Jan. 20 over the Golan Heights towards Mount Hermon, which was crowded with tourists, was a particularly dangerous and serious event. According to senior IDF sources, the Iranians were preparing this response for quite a while.

‘New York Times’ Ends the Year With an Epic Israel Smear

A 4,700-word story with multiple images and online videos cannot even manage to report the nature of violence in which a Palestinian woman was entangled, nor of the murderous and implacable hatred of Israel fueling it.

A Distinct Lack of Jewish Outrage

American Jews have often been bashed for being too Israel-centric. But while there was a great deal to be said for arguments that the organized Jewish world needed to focus more on building up Jewish identity in America rather than live vicariously

2018 Successes in the Fight Against Anti-Semitism

In 2018, there were a variety of important actions against anti-Semitism. Summarizing the main ones at the end of the year provides some counterweight to the annual report of the worst anti-Semitic incidents—regularly increasing in pages—published now for a number of years by the Simon Wiesenthal

Responding to NY Times Criticism of the Kushners

While I usually try to stay above the fray of partisan criticism, I was personally dismayed and appalled at the New York Times piece (published November 17, titled «Are Jared and Ivanka Good for the Jews?») that used partisan Jews to criticize Ivanka and Jared Kushner as being bad for the Jewish community because of their

The Alcohol Keeps on Flowing

Baruch Hashem, I had the zechus of spending a wonderful Sukkot with my family in the most beautiful place in the world: Yerushalayim. While it was a truly remarkable and uplifting experience in so many ways, it was sadly tarnished by certain behaviors that I witnessed over Yom Tov.

As I walked with my

Some Thoughts on John McCain

My first experience with Senator John McCain was about 12 years ago when I was asked by Yeshiva University to request his attendance at its annual dinner as a keynote speaker. I had met him in the past at events promoting US-Israel relations, but I had few personal

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