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The Jewish Story Is Under Assault

Yossi Klein Halevi, Los Angeles Times

How the IDF Created a Media Frenzy

Mazal Mualem, Al-Monitor

Joe Biden Versus the Israeli People

Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

Who are the Jews? A religion? A people? The question has taken on a special urgency in our time. At the heart of the anti-Zionist assault is the notion that the Jews aren't a peopl...(full article)

The IDF's rush to condemn the soldier who shot a Palestinian assailant on the ground before his indictment only contributed to the public dispute in the Israeli media over the issu...(full article)

As Biden ought to know, there were majorities in the Knesset for concessions to the Palestinians in the past. Indeed, the Israeli people supported the Oslo Accords and would probab...(full article)

More than merely inflating the number of those killed by a factor of seven, Sanders essentially accused Israel of mass murder....(full article)

The recent move — the transfer of the two islands to Saudi Arabia — reveals part of the dialogue that has been developing between Israel and its Sunni neighbors. A high...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

The Cold Israeli-Arab Alliance Against Iran - Michael Totten, WA Journal

Israel and the Sunni Arab states inched closer together diplomatically and geopolitically last week when Egypt transferred control of Tiran and Sanafir islands to Saudi Arabia....

Will Israel Reach Age 100? - Aaron David Miller, RealClearWorld

Is Israel doomed? Will bad demography, bad neighbors, and bad Israeli behavior turn the once hopeful and idealistic notion of a thriving Jewish democratic state into a veritable Mi...

Will Israel's Defense Minister Split from Likud? - Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

With the Likud veering toward the radical right, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon might be tempted to leave in favor of a moderate-right party....

What Ever Happened to That Iranian Bomb? - Raviv Drucker, Haaretz

Our doomsayers, it turns out, will never change their tune. There’s always some “long term” in which their prophecy will come true....

Bernie Sanders and the Future of U.S.-Israel Ties - Seth Frantzman, J-Post

Listening to the way some Israeli politicians talk about Sanders one gets the sense they have an outsized view of Israel's importance in the US political landscape. That view is fe...

Israel's Unsung Protector: Barack Obama - Lara Friedman, NY Times

WASHINGTON — With the Obama administration in its final year, several officials have said that the president has grown so frustrated with trying to revive Middle East peace t...

Bernie Sanders' Refreshing Candor on Israel - Asher Schechter, Haaretz

Gaffes aside, Sanders’ embarrassing New York Daily News interview actually illuminates one of the underrated strengths of his campaign....

Sanders Smears Israel - Matthew Continetti, National Review

We’ve tried calling for settlement freezes, for direct negotiations, for proportionality, and for evenhandedness while ignoring Palestinian incitement, Palestinian terror, Pa...

Why Israel Badly Needs a Two-State Solution - Uri Savir, Al-Monitor

There are 8 million Israelis in a region of almost 300 million Arabs and mostly Islamic countries with more than a billion Muslim citizens. Israel has a supreme interest in creatin...

Why Israel Should Worry About Brexit - J. Lafitte & D. MacShane, Haaretz

At its most simple level, Israel would lose an important ally within the EU against the many opponents the country faces. All recent British prime ministers have been both philo-Se...

I Stand With Israel - Yonina Pritzker, Jerusalem Post

I stand with Israel because the Land of Israel is the Jewish national homeland; the history, faith, religion, culture and identity of the Jewish people have been, are and forevermo...

There Is no Such Thing as a Moral Military - Eitan Haber, Ynet News

Despite striving for such a lofty goal, due to the inherent nature of war it is truly impossible for a moral army to exist....

Sanders More Misinformed Than Hamas - David Horovitz, Times of Israel

Bernie Sanders exacerbated his shockingly under-informed address on Israel from late last month with an interview to the New York Daily News this week in which he casually traduced...

The Inhumanity of Human Rights Organizations - Evelyn Gordon, Comm.

Refugees in Turkey don’t have it easy, but they’re surviving. Thus, relocating them to Europe isn’t necessary to fulfill the refugee convention’s goals; it&...

Israel's Very Own Ferguson Debate - Max Fisher, Vox

In Hebron, and elsewhere, some young Palestinian men have indulged their anger in recent months by stabbing Israelis more or less at random, wounding or killing a number of innocen...

Benjamin Netanyahu's Staying Power - Aaron David Miller, Wall St Journal

Should he survive until 2018, Benjamin Netanyahu will be the longest-governing prime minister in Israel’s history, surpassing David Ben-Gurion. Critics of Mr. Netanyahu say ...

Ted Cruz's Foreign Policy Would Be a Disaster - Andrew Bacevich, Nation

Rather than Reaganesque, Cruz’s prescription for dealing with Islamist radicalism represents a throwback to bomb-them-back-to-the-Stone-Age precepts pioneered by Gen. Curtis ...

Why Israel Is Warming to World's Biggest Muslim Country - Moore, NW

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for the establishment of official diplomatic relations with Indonesia on Monday, as the world’s largest Muslim country contin...

Breaking Dissent in Israel - David Shulman, New York Review of Books

In Israeli parlance, Breaking the Silence is one of a group of so-called “leftist NGOs” (amutot hasmol) that are the object of a new bill now making its way through the...

The UN's Reliable Hatred of Israel - Elliott Abrams, National Review

U.N. Watch’s director correctly said last week that “the U.N.’s selection of a manifestly partisan candidate — someone who three days after 9/11 blamed the ...

Israel's 'Sorrow of the Left' - Peter Berkowitz, RealClearPolitics

TEL AVIV, Israel — Those on the left of Israeli politics increasingly express fears that the liberal and democratic country that their spiritual forebears built is slipping f...

Is a Big Realignment Imminent in Israeli Politics? - S. Hattis Rolef, J-Post

Last Thursday, Haaretz published its most recent opinion poll, in which it checked what the election results would be if held today, should Moshe Kahlon, Gideon Sa'ar and former ch...

Donald Trump's Mideast Myopia - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

Donald Trump, in truth, is a candidate with really very little to say about the Muslim world -- and especially about the Middle East. And although his more controversial comments t...

Jerusalem, Jews, and the Presidential Candidates - Frank Newport, Gallup

Any contemplated move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is part of a complex process. The Jerusalem Embassy Act, a bill mandating moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, was signed in...

Europe Must Unify Its Intelligence Networks - Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

Israeli security experts claim that the high number of intelligence agencies and lack of cooperation in Europe hinders an efficient response to the battle against the Islamic State...

Israel and the Kurds: Love by Proxy - Ofra Bengio, The American Interest

Over the past few years, Israeli politicians—from Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to President Shimon Peres to Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman—have been publicly ad...

Why Is Israel Treating Syria's Wounded? - Dov Lieber, Times of Israel

Israel continues to profess its neutrality in the Syrian civil war, and security officials credibly claim that there can be no particularly good outcome as far as Israel is concern...

Netanyahu's Toxic Embrace of Israel - Nicola Abe, Der Spiegel

Netanyahu is shaping present-day Israel to a greater degree than anyone else. The country has distanced itself from its Western partners and has shifted far to the right. Netanyahu...

Can Israel Influence the 'Day After' in Syria? - Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

For quite a while, discussions have been taking place in Israel regarding the “day after” an arrangement is agreed to on Syria. Israel’s decision-makers have take...

Netanyahu's Missed Opportunities - New York Times

The dispute over a White House meeting is the latest evidence of the fraught relationship between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. It prompted finge...

Can Israel Handle a President Trump? - Shmuel Rosner, New York Times

The rocky relations of the Obama era have damaged the American-Israeli alliance and eroded Israel’s standing in Washington and around the world. Four — or eight —...

Will Congress Pick Qatar over Israel? - Julian Pecquet, Al-Monitor

In play are 72 F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft whose sale has been held up for the past two years, in part due to objections from Israel that the sale could erode its so-called Qualita...

Hamas Rides World's Goodwill to the Bank - A. Issacharoff, Times of Israel

Terror group uses tax money, donations from well-meaning countries eager to ease hardship for Gazans, to fund its military build-up....

Israeli Arabs Caught in New Cycle of Distrust - D. Gordis, Bloomberg View

Israelis, unsurprisingly, are largely united on the need for their country to be a distinctly Jewish state, a report released this week by Pew Research Center found. They disagree ...

The U.S. and Israel Drift Apart - George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

It is possible that the two leaders dislike each other. The leak may have been a deliberate insult by Netanyahu or just a typical leak, which is as common in Israel as it is in the...

Israel's Abused Leaders - Shmuley Boteach, Jerusalem Post

The abuse Israel's leaders suffered at the hands of the Obama administration is becoming more and more evident. There have been dozens of emails revealed from Hillary Clinton's pri...

Understanding U.S.-Israel Relations - Ethan Bronner, Bloomberg View

A continent-sized superpower with hundreds of millions of citizens steeped in Christian tradition. A speck on a map half a world away with 8 million people, mostly Jews. They make ...

Obama, Out of Time, Hopes to Pave the Way to Peace - Mark Landler, NYT

WASHINGTON — President Obama, resigned to his failure to broker a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, is looking past his time in office and weighing a plan that ...

Israel Needs Putin More Than It Needs Erdogan - Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

Reconciliation with Turkey is stalled, possibly due to Israeli-Russian security interests regarding Syria, Lebanon and Hezbollah, as well as Russian hostility to Israeli-Turkish ra...

The Israeli-Egyptian Love Affair - Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

Ever since the signing of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt almost 37 years ago, Israel and Egypt have been fostering security ties, but it is the Sisi regime that brings t...

Right From Wrong: Rubio, Trump, and Israel - R. Blum, Jerusalem Post

"A deal is a deal," Trump replied. "A deal is not a deal when you're dealing with terrorists," Rubio said....

Revive the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process - Ross & Makovsky, Wash Post

Recognizing that not all settlements are equal could be key to reviving the peace process....

Israel's Strategic Vulnerability - George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

The strength of Israel's position in the Middle East has been the subject of a recent spate of articles. That strength is clear, for the moment. The question, however, is how durab...

Russia Could Be Just the Partner Israel Needs - Josh Cohen, Reuters

Russia wants in on Israel’s gas windfall. Russia relies on Gazprom both to fund its budget and provide Moscow geopolitical leverage, and the Russians would surely prefer that...

Israel Is Eating Its Own - Amos Harel, Foreign Policy

After nearly five months of continuous violence, Israel finally seems to have lost its nerve....

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