Instead of merely repeating the mistakes of its predecessors, the Trump administration should instead try a paradigm shift that will predicate peace on a simple concept: the Palestinians have to admit they’ve lost their war on Zionism, writes JNS.org Opinion Editor Jonathan S. Tobin.
A newly released report by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs exposes the terror ties of Students for Justice in Palestine, an international campus organization that has posed an increasing challenge for Jewish and pro-Israel college students in recent years. “We wanted to unmask this group…They are not a grassroots pro-Palestinian group, but a group dedicated to the destruction of the Jewish nation-state. It’s about time they are held accountable for their own behavior,” Dan Diker, the author of the report, told JNS.org.
Robert Mugabe, the ailing 93-year-old dictator of Zimbabwe, finds himself under house arrest in the same country where he proclaimed himself a “Hitler.” He might get to live out his remaining months in out-of-sight luxury, rather than where he belongs—in a prison cell. When we are reduced to looking at dictators through the lens of historical analysis, rather than placing them on trial in the halls of justice, we are compelled to consider the role of our own governments and societies in perpetuating their rule, writes JNS.org columnist Ben Cohen.
A former Israeli general and an ex-State Department official presented sharply differing views on the obstacles to Middle East peace during a Zionist event in Washington, D.C. Speaking at the American Zionist Movement’s national conference Nov. 15, Brig. Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser described Palestinian rejection of Israel as the main impediment, while former U.S. Mideast policy adviser Aaron David Miller said both Israel and the Palestinians are to blame.
What can unite Jerusalem, which is often the site of high-profile religious and political conflicts? Food might be a good start. Israel’s “culinary DNA” is a mix of contrasting voices and forces that create a balanced, multicultural food scene, said Michael Weiss, co-founder of Bitemojo, a provider of smartphone-guided food tours that offered a journey dubbed “Between East and West” during the Nov. 14-18 Open Restaurants culinary festival in Jerusalem.
Nine members of Congress have introduced a bill to prevent U.S. aid to Israel from being used to arrest Palestinian terrorists who are under the age of 18. The bill characterizes young terrorists merely as “Palestinian children” and contends that their arrest by the Israeli army constitutes “abuse.” It’s worth recalling a few examples of the behavior of these “children” in recent years, writes JNS.org columnist Stephen M. Flatow.
Representatives from 12 NATO countries recently visited Israel to take part in a first-of-its-kind conference on the challenges of urban warfare. The need to engage enemies embedded in urban combat zones, megacities and other populated regions is a challenge that is set to become increasingly prevalent for security forces around the world. Israel has amassed significant experience in this area, experts say. “From Operation Defensive Shield in 2002, the IDF’s operations have been focused in built-up village and city areas,” said Dr. Eitan Shamir, former head of the National Security Doctrine Department in Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry.
As an April 2018 election approaches in Israel’s southern neighbor of Egypt, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi this month said he will not seek an unconstitutional third term. But El-Sisi neglected to mention his potential second term. El-Sisi has represented a warmer partner for Israel than his Islamist predecessor, Mohammed Morsi. Yet the Israelis and Egyptians, despite upholding an official peace treaty since 1979, still maintain what Israel’s former Ambassador to Egypt Zvi Mazel describes as a “cold peace.”
Recent events in the Middle East—including the sudden resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri—show that one cannot play checkers or chess in that region. The game is three-dimensional chess, where the loss of a pawn on one board affects the positioning of the knights, queens and kings on two other boards, writes columnist Sarah N. Stern.
In recent months, we have been brought together through external trauma, whether it be natural or man-made disasters. Yet healing must be about more than unity. To survive and thrive daily, victims and volunteers alike—and those who fall into neither category—need to experience life’s simple, yet profound gifts. There is nothing in our lives that better allows us to experience these gifts than Shabbat, writes Rabbi Dr. Warren Goldstein, the chief rabbi of South Africa.
Deutsche Bank last week ranked the Israeli shekel as the world’s second-strongest currency, bolstering the broader outlook on the Jewish state’s economy. During the past year, the shekel has appreciated 6.1 percent against the currencies of Israel’s main trading partners, including the U.S. dollar, British pound, euro and yen. “The strength of the shekel reflects the strength of Israel’s current economic position,” said Leo Leiderman, a professor of economics at Tel Aviv University and the chief economic adviser for Bank Hapoalim, Israel’s largest bank.
The Trump administration is reportedly crafting a Mideast peace plan, and friends of Israel have good reason for concern. Israel will be forced to go way beyond what the Oslo Accords obligate the Jewish state to do. The U.S. should focus on getting the Palestinian Authority to honor the agreements it has already signed, writes JNS.org columnist Stephen M. Flatow.
Are threats from Muslims less problematic than the same actions from white supremacists? To some in the Jewish community: yes, apparently. Instead, American Jewry must become aware of the gamut of Jew-hatred that exists and be prepared to fight it regardless of the source, write the leaders of the Zionist Organization of America’s Greater Philadelphia chapter.
Speaking exclusively with JNS.org, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Sunday night confirmed a report that a team from the Trump administration is drafting an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. “We’re working very hard on it,” Friedman said of the Mideast peace proposal, in an interview at the Zionist Organization of America’s annual awards dinner. The ambassador also said that U.S. support for Israel is “becoming too tilted to one party.”
Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, came under sharp criticism after it was revealed that he once blamed “the influx of foreign Jews” for causing unrest in the Middle East and said an American president should “take on the Jewish lobby” in the U.S.