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August 14, 2019
As the PA and Jordan foment riots, Israeli Arab imams preach peace
Most Israeli Arabs shun violence. Indeed, just last month, defense officials reported that terrorist activity among Israeli Arabs—never high to begin with—has dropped sharply.
July 31, 2019
In today’s world, Orthodox and Conservative Jews should be natural allies
On the fundamental issue that has preserved the Jewish people for millennia—the binding nature of “halachah”—the Conservatives are formally on the Orthodox side of the divide. In a world where personal autonomy increasingly reigns supreme, that’s no small thing.
July 17, 2019
A case study in why Israel’s democracy is alive and well
The true measure of whether a democracy is functioning properly isn’t whether problems exist; they always will. Rather, it’s whether democracy’s self-correcting mechanisms are working effectively to mitigate those problems.
July 3, 2019
When human rights become acceptable collateral damage
Palestinians’ rights matter when targeted by Israel, but not when targeted by the Palestinian Authority. And Israeli rights never matter, except when violated by Israel.
June 19, 2019
Once again, the PA shows it doesn’t care about having a viable state
Even if Palestinian statehood isn’t imminent, economic development now would increase the feasibility of any future state. So why is the Palestinian Authority refusing to go to Bahrain to discuss such development?
June 5, 2019
Israel’s drive for legal reform won’t disappear when Netanyahu does
Too many legislators and voters have seen policies they cared about nixed merely because unelected justices or an unelected attorney general decided to substitute their own policy judgments for those of the elected government.
May 22, 2019
One year later, the US embassy move has produced lasting gains
Expecting other countries to go from having never even considered moving their embassies to actually doing so in just 12 months was fatuous. But they have gone from a situation in which recognizing Jerusalem was unthinkable to one in which it’s being actively debated.
April 10, 2019
How to destroy Jewish and democratic values in one easy step
By subverting the meaning of terms like “the rule of law” and tikkun olam, the left has brought these concepts into such disdain that repairing the world is booed, while pending indictments against a prime minister are dismissed as a ploy to subvert democracy.
March 27, 2019
By recognizing the Golan, Trump revives the idea that aggression shouldn’t be cost-free
International law used to distinguish between offensive and defensive wars. But modern interpretations have eliminated this distinction, and thereby ended up rewarding aggression.
March 13, 2019
The problem isn’t racism, it’s the electoral system
Many Israelis are willing to tolerate a racist party in the Knesset because they fear that the alternative is a government that will make life-threatening territorial concessions. And when voters think human life is at stake, telling them to “just say no” won’t work.
February 27, 2019
John Locke, the Bible and Western political tradition
Locke and other political theorists of his era understood something many people today have forgotten—that the Hebrew Bible offers a wealth of insights into politics.
February 13, 2019
Gaza’s self-inflicted health crisis shows why peace remains a fantasy
Not content with merely refusing to solve the crisis, Hamas is actively making it worse. A major factor in the crisis has been the overload of patients caused by Hamas’s insistence on holding violent mass protests near the Israeli border every week for almost a year now.
January 30, 2019
Backing the Saudis in Yemen is right, strategically and morally
Horrible as Riyadh’s behavior is, the Houthis are worse. Thus by ending support for the Saudi coalition, American would empower an even greater evil.
January 16, 2019
Everybody loses from the left’s false narrative about Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as two Israeli leftists recently admitted, is far more moderate than his hardline image. But by portraying him as an extremist, the left has tarnished Israel among both American Jews and the Democratic Party.
January 3, 2019
Syria is the wrong issue for a pro-Israel fight with Trump
Asking America to keep soldiers anywhere for Israel’s sake violates a sine qua non of both the Israeli ethos and the bilateral alliance—that Israel defends itself by itself.