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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 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.
December 19, 2018
US Jews ignore the real sources of European anti-Semitism
Since most American Jews lean left, it’s understandable that they would rather focus on right-wing anti-Semitism, which comes from the enemy’s camp, than left-wing and Muslim anti-Semitism, which come from their political allies.
December 5, 2018
After 25 years, Israel’s government (partially) regains a basic right
Newly appointed justices are starting to rebel against the status quo; the winner is Israeli democracy.
November 21, 2018
The one option Israel doesn’t have in Gaza
There isn’t enough public support for an operation that could end Hamas terror completely. Thus the choice is between two short-term fixes, both of them bad.
November 7, 2018
Another predictive failure leaves Mideast ‘experts’ unchastened
Despite Arab gestures toward Israel that were previously considered inconceivable, the experts still insist that further progress requires Israeli concessions to the Palestinians. What makes them so sure?
“We need to talk ... ”
October 24, 2018
‘We need to talk’ about the role of non-Orthodox movements
Because Israelis don’t need the non-Orthodox movements to maintain a Jewish identity, they often fail to understand why these movements are genuinely important for American Jews. And because American Jews do need those movements, they often fail to understand why many Israelis dismiss them as unimportant.
October 10, 2018
The International Criminal Court’s fundamental flaw
A few unelected individuals have been given the power—or even worse, in the case of countries that didn’t join the court, have seized it—to criminalize decisions made by democratically elected national governments.
September 26, 2018
ICC’s anti-Israel bias shows America is right to shun it
A court that’s biased against one country can’t be trusted to eschew bias against others.
September 12, 2018
Why equality doesn’t belong in the nation-state law
The message of adding “equality” to the law would be that Israel’s Jewish and democratic identities aren’t equal; rather, its democratic identity has primacy over its Jewish one. That’s the very situation the nation-state law was meant to correct.
August 29, 2018
Sacrificing Israel’s long-term interests for short-term gains
Military men are good at solving militarily problems, but they’re no better than anyone else, and often worse, at understanding political problems. Yet their facade of expertise often cows politicians into deferring to them.
August 15, 2018
The message of the missing Israeli flags
Arabs didn’t come to the protest in Tel Aviv as proud Israelis who felt that Israel was betraying its best values; they came because they oppose the very existence of a Jewish state, up to and including its most innocuous symbol.
August 1, 2018
Critics of nation-state law misunderstand Israel’s constitutional system
The new law isn’t meant to be read in isolation, but in concert with other Basic Laws enshrining Israel’s democratic system and fundamental human rights.
July 18, 2018
Not everyone fleeing danger is a refugee
If everyone is considered a refugee, then in the end, nobody will be. If they’re an infinite class of people, then ultimately, the world will shut its gates to them all. Some countries are already doing just that.