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Netanyahu’s gathering storm

It is certainly the mark of a strong democracy that a branch of government can investigate and recommend serious charges against a country’s prime minister. On that score, Israel appears to be doing well.
Wednesday 02/21/2018
When will America wake up?
Posted: February 21, 2018

When will America wake up?

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Wednesday 02/14/2018
Think again before deporting Africans
Posted: February 14, 2018

Friends of Israel — and Israelis themselves — like to boast that despite the tough neighborhood the country is in, walking the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv is safer than the streets of New York, Chicago or Washington. While that may or may not be true, it is clear that Israel is safer than Rwanda and Uganda. So the talk of sending some 20,000 of the 38,000 African migrants now living in Israel to these countries raises some concerns.

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Wednesday 02/07/2018
Poland’s revisionist history
Posted: February 07, 2018

Last week the Polish parliament passed a bill that criminalizes claims of Poland’s culpability during the Holocaust. It proposes prison time for parties that use phrases like “Polish death camps” and prohibits placing blame on Poland for crimes committed by Nazi Germany.

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Wednesday 01/31/2018
The new Pew study
Posted: January 31, 2018

Last week, Pew Research Center released a new study that reveals growing political division on the subject of the Middle East. Titled “Republicans and Democrats grow even further apart in views of Israel, Palestinians,” the study finds the partisan divide is now wider than at any point since 1978.

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Wednesday 01/24/2018
You call that a peace plan?
Posted: January 24, 2018

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has never fully accepted the reality of a Jewish state. So his harangue last week at the Palestinian Central Council was not a big surprise. But the vitriolic character of his statements was striking. Now we may know why. According to reports, Abbas was reacting to details of the not-yet released U.S. peace plan, which unceremoniously cements the status quo. Abbas called it “the slap in the face of the century,” but you don’t have to be a rabid Palestinian supporter to react with alarm at what seems to be under consideration.

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Wednesday 01/17/2018
Shutting the door on BDS
Posted: January 17, 2018

We don’t imagine that pictures of Rebecca Vilkomerson are hanging in post offices across Israel. But the organization she heads, Jewish Voice for Peace, was recently banned there, so she and other group leaders are barred from entering the country.

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Wednesday 01/10/2018
Trump’s tweets
Posted: January 10, 2018

President Trump launched a barrage of tweets on Jan. 2 dealing with Pakistan, Iran, North Korea, the new tax law and a few other subjects — one of them addressing the Palestinians and Israel. In doing so he contradicted his previous positions and threatened to further destabilize a region for which he has long promised to deliver the “ultimate deal.”

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Wednesday 01/03/2018
Iran’s Jews need our help
Posted: January 03, 2018

In our discussions about Iran, whether regarding its nuclear program, its quest for regional hegemony or its funding of anti-Israeli terrorism, we don’t focus that much on the fact that the Islamic republic continues to be home to a small Jewish community. Prior to the 1979 revolution, the country had upwards of 100,000 Jews, but today just 8,500 remain, primarily in the capital of Tehran, but also in the southern cities of Isfahan and Shiraz.

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