Monthly Archives : January 2020

Trump’s invitation has changed the stakes of the election


Leaks about the details of President Donald Trump’s peace plan are contradictory. Until the President releases his plan officially, we won’t know for certain what it involves. But from what we have experienced so far with the Trump administration generally and President Trump in particular, it is clear that Trump does not accept the premise that formed the foundation of…

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A great – but fragile – triumph of Zionism


What the foreign leaders who came to Jerusalem this week to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz will take home from their visits is unknowable. But we do know what they brought with them. Whether they intended to or not, the leaders who came this week to Israel’s capital to bow…

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Sovereign of beggar, it’s Israel’s choice to make


“Our international position has never, ever, in the history of the state since 1948 until today, ever been so terrible.” So declared MK Yair Lapid in February 2016. Today Lapid is the leading contender to serve as foreign minister in a future Blue and White government. At the time, there were indications that Lapid merely exaggerating rather than flat out…

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Poland and Israel’s loss of diplomatic wisdom


  Next Thursday is supposed to mark another diplomatic triumph for Israeli diplomacy. On January 23, the Fifth World Holocaust Forum will convene at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz death camp. According to Yad Vashem and the World Holocaust Forum, 45 heads of state will travel…

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Donald Trump and the mythmakers


For the past 40-odd years, two narratives have guided American Middle East policy. Both were invented by the Carter administration. One relates to Iran. One relates to Israel. Both narratives reject reality as the basis for foreign policy decision-making in favor of delusion. Over the past two months, President Donald Trump has rejected and disavowed them both. His opponents are…

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When will American Jewry wake up?


Was the machete attack at Rabbi Chaim Rottenburg’s home in Monsey, NY last Saturday night wake-up call enough? Are liberal American Jews ready to accept the truth about anti-Semitism in America? Following the December 10 massacre at the kosher supermarket in Jersey City, Chris Gadsen, a local high school principal shared an op-ed calling for dialogue between the city’s Jewish…

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