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After his historic 12 years as Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu’s legacy begins with two words: It’s complicated. But whatever your view of the man and his remarkable service, everyone must agree that he leaves office having made an indelible mark on Israel — its culture, its plac…

It is disturbing that today’s public disagreement has moved from engagement, debate and reasoned argument, to more confrontational, accusatory and finger pointing expressions of anger, driven by moral certainty. Gone are the days when differing opinions were presented in a collegial manner, …

A little more than a year ago, just before COVID-19 overtook our lives, we were lamenting the troubling rise of antisemitism in the United States. We were nervous. We were concerned. We were slowly being shaken from our “it can’t happen here” attitudes, as we experienced the tension and read…

President Joe Biden was right. Israel has an absolute right to defend itself. And the fact that Israel was largely protected by the Iron Dome from more than 4,000 rockets Hamas sent its way in the latest round of fighting, while Gaza is largely unprotected from Israel’s air response, doesn’t…

Everyone knows that in order to keep peace in polite company, religion and politics should be avoided. But the two are intertwined in the Pew Research Center’s new report, “Jewish Americans in 2020.” One finding even suggests that, among Jews, politics is becoming the new religion, as a majo…

Israel’s Operation Guardian of the Walls is the kind of military operation with which we are very familiar. The country is under an attack from Gaza, with violence orchestrated by Hamas, a genocidal terror organization. Thousands of rockets have been fired indiscriminately across more than h…

There is widespread concern about the crippling financial challenge to some 43 million Americans of their federal student loans. Proposals to deal with the challenge run the gamut from outright forgiveness of all federal loans (proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), which would cost an est…

There are many problems with Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) contention that “In certain areas” of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, Israel’s “deprivations” against the Palestinians “are so severe that they amount to the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution.”

During the past year, home has been a safe haven for most people. It was the comfortable refuge from the deadly pandemic, which predominantly spread when people interacted outside their protective bubbles. For others, however, particularly those who are victims of domestic abuse, home was ak…

President Joe Biden marked his 100th day in office last week with a nationally televised address to a joint session of Congress. He spoke well. He was presidential — even though the words were carefully scripted and read from a teleprompter — because the warmth and sincerity of the delivery …

In today’s combative political climate, amid mounting concerns of partisan posturing, there are few things on which most Democrats and Republicans agree. But a recent letter signed by a super majority of the members of the U.S. House of Representatives suggests that support for continued fun…

We face a mass shooting epidemic. And the cure is evasive.

We were surprised to hear Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warn Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines and Major League Baseball — and other parts of corporate America — to stay out of politics. The CEOs of Coke and Delta, two of the largest employers in Georgia, spoke out against the state…

We were under the impression that President Joe Biden was going to elevate the welcoming image of the Statue of Liberty. After four years of the previous administration’s Muslim bans, derogatory comments about certain lesser developed countries, disturbing reports and images of children sepa…

Six months ago, it would have been difficult to imagine that a United States senator serving in just his second term, from a state with fewer than 2 million residents, would emerge as the second most powerful politician in the United States. Yet today we find that virtually all legislative a…

The Biden administration’s decision to resume financial assistance to the Palestinians is a sound humanitarian move. It is important for America to reaffirm its commitment to helping those in need, and much of the Palestinian population clearly qualifies. What’s more, American aid has been u…

It has been 73 years since the state of Israel made its historic declaration of independence to establish a homeland for the Jewish people. As we look forward to another Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) celebration, which begins the evening of April 14, we can’t help but marvel at th…

President Joe Biden’s transformational infrastructure proposal brings to mind the Talmudic idiom, “If you grab for too much, you’ll get nothing.” The $2 trillion American Jobs Plan is a compilation of almost every good idea to improve some aspect of American life. That’s why it’s so attracti…

In the last year, Asian Americans have suffered at least 3,795 hate incidents. The upsurge in this disturbing trend seems to stem from some level of “blame” associated with the coronavirus outbreak in China, and the taunting finger-pointing and name-calling that was shared widely as the drea…

One week after Israel’s fourth national election in two years, the country remains in political gridlock. As in previous rounds, in addition to the traditional political, religious and national allegiance issues that divide them, Israelis are profoundly divided over whether Prime Minister

Amid the hoopla surrounding the Abraham Accords, the fireworks accompanying the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem, the frustrating stalemate with the Palestinians and the darkening shadow of Iran, have we forgotten about Jordan? The small but strategic kingdom on Israel’s long eastern flank d…

The problem is severe. In the four months from October 2020 through February of this year, 29,792 unaccompanied minors have crossed the southern U.S. border — 9,457 of them in the last month. Roughly 10% of the minors are below the age of 12.

It was on March 15, 1896, on a cold day in New York City, that 63 Jewish veterans of the Civil War gathered to address the then-popular canard that Jews were not patriotic enough to serve their country. These proud veterans and other Jews who had served honorably in the war were living proof…

The underlying intent of the For the People Act, also known as H.R. 1, which was introduced by Maryland Democratic Congressman John Sarbanes, is unquestionably good. Broadly speaking, the bill proposes to expand voting rights, change campaign finance laws to reduce the influence of big money…

No one favors genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity or wanton aggression. Despite that near universal revulsion, few want the International Criminal Court to investigate citizens of their country for these unspeakable acts. That’s why the United States and Israel are among the states…

Last week, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that non-Orthodox conversions must be recognized for purposes of citizenship under Israel’s Law of Return. The decision was a welcome step toward making the Jewish state a land of religious freedom for Jews.

Israel has vaccinated a higher percentage of its citizens against the coronavirus than any other country. More than half of the adult population has received the two inoculations. Still, about 40% of Israelis have not participated. Some worry about potential side effects; others don’t believ…

November’s election brought the government under the full control of the Democrats, but not by much. Because of the 50-50 split, any Senate Democrat can join with Republicans to defeat a Democratic agenda item or to vote down a priority of President Joe Biden.

Texas has long prided itself on its individualism, its independence and its deep natural and human resources. That approach has often enabled the Lone Star State to “go it alone” without much-demonized federal oversight or intervention. Last week, the state’s single-mindedness and Mother Nat…

We are troubled by a recent poll that found three in 10 Republicans believe the QAnon conspiracy theory. At a time when the party is struggling to find its balance, it can ill afford to tolerate a growing fringe that is increasingly anti-Semitic, racist, Islamophobic and militaristic. 

We have commented before on Poland’s effort to reframe Holocaust history, and to whitewash the involvement of Polish citizens in Nazi atrocities during the Holocaust. The effort attracted attention a couple of years ago, with the passage of Poland’s “anti-defamation law,” which made it unlaw…

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell joined 42 other Republican senators in voting to acquit former president Donald Trump on the charge of incitement of insurrection. The 57-43 vote in the Senate failed to meet the two-thirds majority required, and Trump was acquitted in his second impeac…

Last week, we were critical of NBC News’ mean-spirited suggestion that Anne Neuberger, President Joe Biden’s pick for deputy national security adviser on the National Security Council, would not be able to judge Israel in a professionally objective manner simply because her family foundation…

After right-wing extremists attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, and Twitter banned then-President Donald Trump from further postings on its platform, some wondered why the social network waited so long to impose the ban. Others asked why Twitter silenced Trump and not other provocateurs, and rai…

It is for good reason that Iran is a global, hot-button issue. Lives literally depend on how world powers deal with Iran’s nuclear ambitions, its support of global terrorism, its regional designs and its pledge to annihilate Western adversaries, including the United States and the State of Israel.

Last week, NBC News published an online story by correspondent Ken Dilanian about Anne Neuberger, President Biden’s new deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging technology on the National Security Council. It was not well-received by Jewish groups, to say the least.

Not every U.S. president has been “the best friend that Israel has ever had in the White House.” But there is no U.S. president who has come into office with a longer history with or a better understanding of the Jewish state than President Joe Biden. And he has always been viewed as a good …

From Dr. Anthony Fauci’s gleeful press briefing to the proliferation of memes of a bundled Bernie Sanders and his knitted mittens, the inauguration of President Joe Biden last week has ignited a sense of relief and hope across the country. While the inauguration lacked the traditional grande…

An apocryphal story has George Washington explaining to Thomas Jefferson that a bicameral Congress is the superior model because the Senate will be the “saucer” where the “hot tea” from the more politically tempestuous House of Representatives can “cool.” Although saucers have largely gone t…

In the worlds of philanthropic and political giving, Sheldon Adelson was a generational figure. He was a man of extraordinary wealth who invested heavily in causes in which he believed, and he never faltered under the scrutiny or criticism of some of his choices. Quite simply, the man descri…

Israel is a small country, often described as “the size of New Jersey.” With a population of about 9 million, it also has about as many people as the Garden State. Currently, Israel’s population is heavily concentrated in the metropolitan areas in the center and north of the county, with vas…

It was just one week ago. The news that Jon Ossoff, a proud Jew, and Raphael Warnock, a respected Black minister, won election as Georgia’s new Democratic senators was a big deal. Democrats rejoiced.  Republicans sulked. Pundits had a field day. And the House was poised to certify President-…

Last month, with the first rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, we saw the beginning of the end of the pandemic. We were happy to see front-line health care workers and the elderly get the vaccine, and are encouraged by public efforts to encourage all segments of the population to get vaccinated. V…

At first glance, the headlines were heartening: “In first, Israel recognizes three civil marriages performed online” and “Couples marry online … beat lack of civil marriages in Israel.”

We are under siege. The U.S. will end 2020 with 330,000 people dead from COVID-19 — a virus none of us had even heard of when the year began. Some 18.7 million Americans have been infected by the virus, entering them into a lottery whose results are anywhere between no symptoms and death. Mo…

Unless there is some tectonic shift in Israel’s body politic over the next dozen weeks, the country will hold national elections on March 23, 2021. This will be Israel’s fourth national election in two years.  And it will likely result in a stalemate — necessitating a fifth round.

Last week, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the EU’s highest court, dealt a serious blow to ritual Jewish and Muslim methods of animal slaughter. The court upheld a Belgian law that requires that animals must be stunned before they are killed. Neither Jewish nor Muslim law …

Competence, experience and precedent-setting diversity appear to be the hallmarks of the most recent round of men and women President-elect Joe Biden has nominated to fill his Cabinet. Each has a connection to the overall area of nominated responsibility — or has helpful parallel experience …

Why is it that 75 years after the end of World War II there is still Jewish-owned art looted by the Nazis that has not been returned to its owners’ heirs? One answer is that it was a racist regime bent on genocide that coerced Jews to part with their property, while restitution efforts proce…

The historic Abraham Accords have been a singular foreign policy success of the outgoing Trump administration. Last week, a fourth Arab country — the Kingdom of Morocco — joined the list of Arab states willing to normalize relations with the State of Israel. While Morocco may not be the shin…

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