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Mar 27, 2019, 11:05 PM
Trump Rewards Bibi, at Israel’s Expense
The most vocal advocates of President Trump’s recognizing Israeli control of the Golan Heights insist it bolsters regional stability and Israel’s security. In the same breath, they dismiss concerns about the disruption to the status quo by saying it...
Dec 22, 2018, 12:50 AM
By Diminishing U.S. Brand, Trump Hurts Israel
Over the past couple of days, U.S. President Donald Trump's sudden announcement to withdraw U.S. personnel from Syria has generated debates as to which rival power received the biggest Christmas gift. While Russia, Iran and the Assad regime all...
May 9, 2018, 2:29 AM
Trump acts on embassy and Iran deal, but at what cost?
Congratulations! Trump has delivered on his two big promises, ditching the Iran deal and transferring the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Just one caveat: All sales are final. While the direct impact on Iran's nuclear ambitions remains unclear, President Donald Trump's...
Jan 4, 2018, 8:32 PM
Day schools: Don’t force scholarship families to raid their 529s
US tax reform allows scholarship families to raid college funds to cover Jewish education; it is no salvation
Dec 5, 2017, 11:02 AM
On ‘collusion’, Jewish groups need to say something – now
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has recently been pushing U.S. President Donald Trump to allow Jonathan Pollard to emigrate to Israel. Pollard was convicted 30 years ago of spying for Israel, having betrayed his loyalty oath to the United...
Sep 28, 2017, 1:03 AM
While Trump adds to Gulf crisis, Sisi brokers Palestinian unity
News reports indicate that U.S. President Donald Trump has urged his Afghan counterpart to pressure Qatar into closing the Taliban's Doha office. For all the claims Saudi Arabia and its allies have leveled against Qatar, hosting a Taliban presence -- which even...
Feb 6, 2017, 8:45 PM
Modern Orthodoxy’s failings transcend Jared Kushner
My friend Peter Beinart has eloquently opened an important conversation, using as his lens the Modern Orthodox upbringing of Jared Kushner, now a senior advisor to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump. The inherent and explicit failings of the Modern Orthodox establishment...
Jan 5, 2017, 3:46 PM
Nothing new from Obama, or from Netanyahu
U.S. President Barack Obama has been accused of waiting until after the 2016 election to show his true colors and act on his hatred for Israel. But the American abstention on United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2334, along...
Dec 18, 2016, 12:38 PM
Why I Attended the Jewish-Azerbaijan Event in Trump’s DC Hotel
He has his qualms about the president elect, but boycotting last week's party was the wrong strategic choice
Mar 22, 2016, 2:52 PM
First Netanyahu, now Trump
Is it ever possible for pro-Israel advocacy to be too successful? No, I'm not worried about a pogrom or expulsion of the Jews from America, and I'm not shirking my Jewish pride. When the Israel brand reaches such a...
Shai Franklin, a consultant with U.S. and overseas clients, has served as an executive with American and international Jewish organizations.