Friday, August 23, 2019

Op-Eds

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

Whatever Happened to the ADL?

The attack on Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court is the latest instance of how Jonathan Greenblatt has turned the venerable anti-Semitism watchdog into a partisan outfit.

When Jonathan

Right and Wrong, Children and Immigration

Emotional responses to separating parents and children at the border provide a textbook case of how partisans distort issues while evading moral responsibility.

As a general rule, injecting emotion into

A ‘Messi’ Situation

On Tuesday, the lead headlines coming out of Israel and the Middle East, like a red card, announced the Argentinian decision to cancel its scheduled “friendly” soccer match against the Israel national team in Jerusalem.

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