Congregants across the U.S. should wake up and understand what is at stake when groups that spew hatred against Israel, and rationalize terror rather than confronting it, are given a misguided seal of approval from Jewish communities, write columnists Charles Jacobs and Ilya Feoktistov.
Well, it is that time of year again. No, not Hanukkah or Christmas, but the Jerusalem Embassy Act waiver deadline. It comes around every six months and was a rather quiet affair—until the presidency of Donald Trump. Christian Zionist leader Susan M. Michael urges Trump not to sign another waiver and to fully implement a U.S. law that has been in place for more than 20 years.
Decades after a massive diplomatic campaign by former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir to build relations with sub-Saharan Africa, current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has embarked on his own efforts to unite Israel with one of the world’s fastest-growing regions. Netanyahu’s one-day trip to Kenya on Nov. 28, though shorter than his historic four-state East Africa tour in July 2016 as well as his West Africa trip in June 2017, proved to be arguably just as productive, as the Israeli leader announced the opening of a new embassy in Rwanda and met with leaders from nearly a dozen African nations.
Like bad poker players, history’s crooks and liars have an obvious tell. Whether it’s a communist leader in the Kremlin or a cult leader in his compound, the tell is always the same. Today, the desperate effort to suppress objective inquiry is most prevalent on college campuses. The new anti-intellectuals typically target conservative and religious ideas. And as is so often the case with such extremists, many of them are obsessed with Jews, writes David Brog, executive director of the Maccabee Task Force.
The Iranian-backed terror group Hezbollah, which makes up part of Lebanon’s government and has a strong military force that threatens neighboring Israel, is seemingly unaffected by the status of embattled Prime Minister Saad Hariri. “The Hariri episode changes absolutely nothing in terms of the balance of power and Hezbollah’s absolute dominance of the Lebanese state,” Tony Badran, a Lebanon expert and research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank, told JNS.org.
Congress will soon re-authorize Title VI of the Higher Educational Opportunities Act. The original legislative intent was to cultivate a consortium of university graduates who were best equipped to deal with the Soviet threat during the Cold War. But through the years, the intent has been turned on its head. Today, the U.S. pours $65 million annually into various regional studies centers run by staffers who overwhelmingly possess strong anti-American, anti-Western and anti-Israeli biases, writes columnist Sarah N. Stern.
Controversial remarks made last week by Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely—that American Jewry is out of touch with the daily realities of life in Israel—have exacerbated a growing rift between U.S. Jews and Israel on key social, religious and political issues, as well as on continued philanthropy to the Jewish state.
Within two years, a deep underground wall, equipped with advanced sensors, will cut through Hamas’s ability to tunnel into Israel. That will lead southern Israelis to breathe a collective sigh of relief. But Gaza’s terrorist factions are likely already thinking about new attack techniques. “A competition [between Israel and Palestinian terrorists] is always happening, on learning how to utilize technological developments, and formulating new strategies and doctrines for action,” said Boaz Ganor, director of Israel’s International Institute for Counter-Terrorism.
By determining that the PLO can keep its office in Washington so long as the activities conducted there are “related to achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between the Israelis and Palestinians,” the Trump administration is ignoring U.S. law and making a very Obama-like move toward Israel, writes JNS.org columnist Stephen M. Flatow.
After terrorists killed more than 300 people at a mosque in the Sinai Peninsula last Friday, experts say that weaknesses in Egypt’s counter-terrorism operations will likely lead to increased Israeli-Egyptian security cooperation. “Their mutual commitment to stand against terrorism, secure their common border and buttress the  peace treaty are well-known and often declared, and severe common threats are a stimulant to stronger common responses,” said Assaf Orion, former head of the Strategic Division in the IDF General Staff’s Planning Directorate.
With 4,700 emissaries in 100 countries—most recently setting up shop in Uganda—the Chabad-Lubavitch movement has grown exponentially thanks to the dissemination of its late leader’s teachings, the emissaries’ dedication, and the transference of the passion to spread Jewish life to the next generation. At the same time, the movement’s ascent “defies logic,” says Brandeis University’s Prof. Mark Rosen, who recently completed a study of Chabad’s campus programs.
When the online retail giant Amazon recently entered Israel’s high-tech ecosystem, it was far from business as usual in the “start-up nation.”As the conglomerate began attracting top Israeli programmers with aggressive hiring tactics and unusually high salary offerings, industry experts initiated calls for the Jewish state to expand its pool of highly skilled technology talent—which is becoming an increasingly scarce resource despite the country’s well-known penchant for innovation.
Bal Harbour, Fla., is best known as a popular destination for snowbirds. With a population ranging from 2,500-8,000, depending on the time of the year, it’s hard to believe that this small oceanside village, 30 minutes north of Miami, is now a national leader in combating anti-Semitism. On Nov. 21, Bal Harbour’s Village Council passed a measure that adopted the State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism.
United by a common need to analyze huge quantities of streaming data, the Israeli Air Force (IAF), Google, Facebook and other high-tech firms came together in Herzliya last week to share lessons and insights. “We are in a new world,” Col. Shai, head of the IAF’s Information and Communications Technology Department, told JNS.org. “The Israel Defense Forces and IAF have a big technological gap to fill when it comes to catching up with the civilian world, and bringing this technology to the military world.”
Americans have good reason to be skeptical of Saudi Arabia. But the Saudis are right to alert President Donald Trump to the need to get over his foolish notions about Russia and recommit to holding the line against Iran. If Trump fails to listen to them, the price paid by the U.S. and its allies could be higher than he thinks, writes JNS.org Opinion Editor Jonathan S. Tobin.