Liberal choice: honor Obama’s legacy or get tough with Iran?

Is there anything that would entice liberal Jews to stand with President Donald Trump or to join with him in trashing former President Barack Obama’s legacy?, writes's Opinion Editor Jonathan S. Tobin.

Posted on September 20, 2017 and filed under Opinion, News.

On becoming an American

This week, I became an American citizen. As I intently studied my naturalization certificate after the oath-taking ceremony, it struck me how fortunate I am to be accepted into this nation on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, of all occasions, writes Columnist Ben Cohen.

Posted on September 20, 2017 and filed under Opinion, World.

Will pro-BDS professors benefit from Tel Aviv University’s new ‘anti-BDS’ fund?

Tel Aviv University (TAU) is asking American Jews to contribute to a new fund to ensure that its faculty members “won’t be harmed by BDS.” But in an ironic twist, it appears that the handful of TAU professors who support BDS could benefit from the fund too, writes contributor Rafael Medoff.

Posted on September 19, 2017 and filed under Israel, News.

Netanyahu and El-Sisi meeting highlights warming Israel-Arab ties  

At a time of warming relations between Israel and Arab states, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held his first public meeting Monday with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, writes's Adam Abrams.

Posted on September 19, 2017 and filed under Israel, News.

Fake news, Palestinian style

A little-reported stabbing incident, coupled with a large dose of Palestinian Authority-generated fake news, have revealed pretty much everything you need to know about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, writes's Columnist Stephen M. Flatow.

Posted on September 19, 2017 and filed under Opinion, World.

Are some high school officials hiding anti-Israel material?

When researchers at the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) reported earlier this year that public school history textbooks and curricular materials were indoctrinating students against Israel, some high school officials were dismissive, writes CAMERA's Jonah Cohen.

Posted on September 19, 2017 and filed under Education, Opinion.

IDF: Israel prepared to ‘neutralize’ Hezbollah with ‘overwhelming’ force in next war

Despite the raging civil war to Israel’s north and east in Syria, the Jewish state’s northern border has remained precariously quiet over the last decade. No stranger to looming threats, Israeli officials are planning and ready for several worst-case scenarios in the north as Iran and its terror proxy Hezbollah continue to forge their stranglehold on the region, writes's Adam Abrams.

Posted on September 18, 2017 and filed under Conflict, Israel, News.

New biography of philanthropic giant lacks perspective on the Jewish future

Prof. Hasia Diner has a well-earned reputation as an insightful historian. But in her new book, “Julius Rosenwald: Repairing the World,” she seems to be so admiring of her subject that she can see no ambiguity in his achievements and no problem with his legacy. Rosenwald is a giant of American philanthropy. But to the great detriment of her book, Diner left out a supremely important dimension to his story—a dimension that relates to his people and their ultimate survival, writes book reviewer Rabbi Jack Riemer.

Posted on September 18, 2017 and filed under Book Review.

Where does Israel fit in a Jewish future without faith?

For Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s political opponents, his government’s woes aren’t just an opportunity to score political points at his expense. They also provide easy-to-understand explanations for the question that nags at the margins of every debate about American Jewish attitudes toward Israel. Every negative development or unpopular decision associated with the prime minister is used to rationalize and sometimes even justify the growing chasm between American Jews and Israelis, writes Opinion Editor Jonathan S. Tobin.

Posted on September 15, 2017 and filed under Opinion, World.

Nearing centennial, Balfour descendant shows pride in support for Jewish homeland

In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, British and Israeli senior officials convened in Jerusalem this week to discuss the past, present, and future of British-Israeli relations, writes contributor Eliana Rudee.

Posted on September 15, 2017 and filed under Israel, News.

Talking to Qatar should not mean blessing Qatar

Should American Jewish leaders speak to the rulers of a petrostate that finances Hamas terrorists to blow up their fellow Jews in Israel, asks columnist Ben Cohen.

Posted on September 15, 2017 and filed under Opinion, World.

Encouraging signs in Israel’s efforts to directly engage with Arab population

Galvanized by common threats by Iran and Islamic extremism, Israel and the its fellow Sunni Muslim Arab states have seen an unexpected warming in relations in recent years. However, despite public and closed-door cooperation, Israel still remains deeply unpopular among the so-called “Arab street," writes contributor Ariel Ben Solomon.

Posted on September 14, 2017 and filed under Israel, Analysis, News.

Leader in blockchain technology visits Israel, a key player in digital currency

In the latest development solidifying Israel as a key player in the emerging financial technology field, the founder of the Ethereum digital currency network, Vitalik Buterin, visited the Jewish state this week to meet with local digital currency and blockchain technology entrepreneurs, writes JNS's Adam Abrams.

Posted on September 13, 2017 and filed under Business, Israel.

Cheering for illegal settlers as long as they’re not Jews

The Jewish left, the United Nations, and the international news media have been telling us for years that illegal settlers in the “occupied territories” are the main obstacles to Middle East peace. So they all should have been rejoicing at this week’s news that a group of settlers were evicted from their home, writes JNS columnist Stephen M. Flatow.

Posted on September 12, 2017 and filed under Israel, Opinion.

Syrian airstrike shows Israel's resolve against Hezbollah

A recent purported Israeli airstrike against a Syrian chemical weapons facility has added another layer of complexity to an already combustible situation in Syria, as fear grows that Israel may be ready to act with greater impunity against Iranian, Syrian and Hezbollah targets, which could ignite a larger regional war in an already devastated country.

Posted on September 11, 2017 and filed under Israel, News.