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O, Canada!

What are we doing in a trade war with Canada? Why have we inducted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau into some new axis of evil? And why is President Donald Trump picking on Trudeau and Canada? “If we don’t make a fair deal for the U.S. after decades of abuse, Canada will be out,” Trump tweeted on Sept. 1 after talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada faltered.
Wednesday 09/12/2018
Israeli military officer: I stand with the Druze
Posted: September 12, 2018

Israel’s new “nation-state” law, which is widely viewed here as clumsy, unnecessary and unwise, must be amended. That’s why I was proud to join tens of thousands of Israelis recently in a peaceful, unifying protest led by the Druze community.

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Israel doesn’t need Rodrigo Duterte
Posted: September 12, 2018

We learned a number of interesting facts last week during Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Israel. For example, we learned that in 1939, the Philippines authorized 10,000 visas to persecuted Jews and that 1,300 reached safety in the Pacific nation. And we learned that Duterte’s daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, has a Jewish grandfather. And finally, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reminded at the start of his meeting with Duterte, “The Philippines was the only Asian country that voted for the establishment of the State of Israel in the U.N. resolution in 1947.” (Israel and the Philippines didn’t establish diplomatic ties until 1957.)

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Exploiting children for propaganda: Beyond the Ahed Tamimi campaign
Posted: September 12, 2018

In the Middle East propaganda wars, 2018 is the “year of the child,” at least for the Palestinians.

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Wednesday 09/05/2018
The inconvenient truth about Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian terrorism
Posted: September 05, 2018

Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority, the entity that rules the West Bank, (otherwise known as Judea and Samaria) has been appointed to lead a terrorist organization. Although the press has frequently called Abbas, who also leads the Fatah movement and the Palestine Liberation Organization, a “moderate” and the P.A. a “peace partner,” not a single major U.S. news outlet has reported the P.A. chief’s new job.

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Welcoming 5779
Posted: September 05, 2018

As we prepare to welcome the Jewish New Year, beginning at sundown on Sunday, we can’t help but wonder what the coming year will bring. We have survived a year of instability and uncertainty both here and in Israel, and there are disquieting projections for the future. But there is hope.

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A Jabotinsky Zionist reply to Ronald Lauder
Posted: September 05, 2018

Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, following up his March 18 New York Times tirade against Israeli settlers and several other targets (“Israel’s Self-Inflicted Wounds”) doubled down with a second op-ed in the Times on Aug. 13 with an attack on Orthodox Jewish influence on Israeli politics (“Israel, This Is Not Who We Are”).

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Coping with COPIA’s strong-arm tactics
Posted: September 05, 2018

Questions of communal free speech are always tested on the periphery. Last week, such a test played out in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., where Hasia Diner, an authority on American Jewish history, was invited by the Foundation for Jewish Studies to give a lecture on Jewish immigration to America. The intended venue was the Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, in Rockville.

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Thursday 08/30/2018
The not-so-new Saudi Arabia
Posted: August 30, 2018

For all the hype about the “new Saudi Arabia” — women drivers, movies, clerics put in their place, cooperation with Israel — the oil kingdom is deeply conservative and brutally authoritarian. No one should confuse it with the land of the free.

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Why we still need heroes like John McCain
Posted: August 30, 2018

Anybody who pays attention to contemporary popular culture knows that stories about heroism are passé. But why then do we still long for them? One example comes from an incident that took place almost a century ago.

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Interest in Israel and Judaism is alive and well on campus
Posted: August 30, 2018

The online nonprofit site “The Conversation” ran an article by Northeastern University Professor Dov Waxman titled, “As Israel turns 70, many young American Jews turn away.” He argues that young Jews are less connected to Israel than ever before, and that they are no longer interested or comfortable with the idea of a Jewish state.

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Justice, honesty and the Episcopalian bishop
Posted: August 30, 2018

In Jewish tradition, justice and mercy share an uneasy balance. But strict justice, without more, produces evil in the world. Indeed, we are beginning to see a growing trend among critics of Israel’s relationship with the Palestinians who explain their hostility to the Jewish state as an outgrowth of their pursuit of justice for the weaker side in the long-running conflict. That inclination is understandable as a natural impulse to identify with the underdog. But that blind, reflexive reaction — couched in the “sacred pursuit of justice” mantra, especially when practiced by Israel’s critics — can make fools out of those who lack a degree of self-awareness and humility.

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