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Jun 20, 2016, 9:58 PM
Strategic advocacy, millimeter by millimeter
What I learned from the debate about Orlando mass killing that matters to hasbarah: it's a game of moving the ball inches, not of touchdowns. To the extent that I could deal with anything but the horror of the mass...
Oct 16, 2015, 1:35 AM
Matthew Duss’s pathetic disclaimer and despicable apologetics
By happenstance, many years ago, I spoke with the celebrated and now late minister William Sloane Coffin, and he used the term "impure tragedy." It is not in common use, but my understanding at the time and since is...
Sep 22, 2015, 1:18 PM
Bloggers’ al chet
As we stand before the gates, watch the books close, and the seals prepare. Help us be both humble and responsible. Within the infinities of time and space and unknown dimensions, our contributions are fractions of fractions, forgotten the next day, utterly insignificant...
Jun 14, 2015, 10:47 AM
University of Oslo research explains why Palestinians remain refugees
An announcement of a dissertation defense at the University of Oslo promises novel conclusions about the reasons for the Palestinian refugee problem. These would be extraordinary claims; is there extraordinary evidence to back them up? For an indication of academic standards...
Mar 2, 2015, 12:44 PM
Is Netanyahu a principled hero or an opportunist politician? It depends on what you believe about Iran.
Before we get into the credibility of the various parties arguing about Iran's nuclear program, it is important to realize that nobody has complete knowledge of what is going on, and - except for a few people connected to the intelligence...
Nov 26, 2014, 9:20 AM
Reading the names in Oslo on November 26 each year
At 4 pm CET this afternoon a small group will convene near a pier in Oslo harbor to read out loud 768 names, along with the age at and the locations where they were abducted for deportation from Norway to...
Nov 20, 2014, 1:57 PM
Jewish culture in Norway? As long as it doesn’t mention Israel
When the tiny Jewish community in Trondheim, Norway, arranged a Jewish culture festival recently, they felt the need to emphasize that the festival had nothing to do with Israel. The festival turned out to be a success beyond all expectations, and...
Aug 13, 2014, 9:03 PM
Hopeful and resigned Zionists
Ruth Margalit and Emily Bazelon have exchanged (largely similar, commiserating) views on an op-ed in the New York Times by Shmuel Rosner, to which they both felt their faces "reddening." In a discussion with Bazelon, Rosner clarifies that he...
Aug 3, 2014, 9:52 AM
If not for Protective Edge
A fictitious scenario of a successful Hamas infiltration using the tunnels that are now being destroyed, but without the conclusion, which I want readers to ponder. In the early hours of Erev Rosh Hashanah, one day before Israeli intelligence expected it,...
Jul 7, 2014, 4:08 PM
Be that light
Although few facts are in and a trial is far off, the Abu Khdeir murder may turn out to be as momentous as the murder of Yitzhak Rabin. Let's be ambitious about our opportunity to change. Anyone who lives in the diaspora...
Leif Knutsen writes on Jewish and Israeli issues. He recently returned to Norway after 20 years in the New York area