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Aug 29, 2022, 11:18 PM
Nachman Shai is Mistaken about the Israel-Diaspora Relationship
In his address at the gala event Sunday night marking the 125th anniversary of the First Zionist Congress, Minister of Diaspora Affairs Nachman Shai spoke about the Israel-Diaspora relationship. Shai stressed two points, both of which are recurring themes...
Apr 1, 2021, 1:52 PM
Are We Awarding the Israel Prize to a BDS Supporter?
The Israel Prize is experiencing quite the drama this year. First there was Haaretz's bombshell report on Yehuda Meshi Zahav, who was awarded the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement for his work in ZAKA. Haaretz alleged that Meshi Zahav...
Jun 17, 2020, 6:38 PM
Annexation is Good for Middle East Peace
In a characteristically passionate and eloquent post, Yossi Halevi pleads with the leaders of Blue and White, Gabi Ashkenazi and Benny Gantz, to block the planned annexation. Halevi appeals to Israel's moral character: Israel has always been able to...
Feb 2, 2020, 5:17 PM
American Jewish Demographics and Birthright: A Response to Leonard Saxe
Leonard Saxe, Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, recently published an article at the Times of Israel. He makes a number of claims arguing for the great benefit of Birthright, amid painting a rosy future for American...
Sep 20, 2019, 3:06 AM
How to Explain Liberman’s Rise? Rosner’s Take
So Bibi demonized Arab Israelis, Blue and White demonized Haredim, and Liberman has demonized both. The big winner? Liberman. This is just part of Shmuel Rosner’s astute analysis in his recent op-ed in the New York Times. But this is Rosner’s...
May 22, 2019, 11:40 AM
A sex offender is lighting the Lag Ba-Omer bonfire. Again.
Rabbi Eliezer Berland was convicted of heinous acts. Where is the outcry from MKs, the Religious Affairs Ministry or the Chief Rabbi?
May 21, 2019, 1:24 PM
Annexation a Betrayal of the Zionist Dream? Really?
In an English language print newspaper, Chuck Freilich writes that the only existential threat currently facing Israel comes from Israel’s ultra-right (read: Bayit Yehudi) and Bibi Netanyahu. Not Hamas in the south, not Hezbollah in north, but from one...
May 19, 2019, 9:31 AM
NIF is Wrong for Opposing the Flag March through the Muslim Quarter
The New Israel Fund (NIF) is funding organizations which seek to prevent the annual Jerusalem Day flag march from going through the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. Why? You may ask. What could be wrong with Israeli youth celebrating...
Feb 21, 2019, 10:27 PM
Yossi Klein Halevi loves Poland, but does Poland love him?
The statistics don't lie: Polish anti-Semitism is widespread and enduring
Jun 5, 2018, 10:29 AM
Forget Michael Chabon. What of Rabbi Ellenson?
Dear Rabbi Ellenson, I read your op-ed in response to Michael Chabon's commencement address and was left mystified. In your article you defend your choice of Chabon as graduation speaker. You recognize that he articulated a strong position on the Israeli settlements, but...
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