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February 19, 2020
Turning human rights into a bad joke
The U.N. anti-Israel blacklist asserts that the most basic essentials—food, water, transportation, communication—raise “particular human rights concerns.” But if every human activity is a “human rights concern,” then nothing is.
February 5, 2020
Finally, a peace plan that takes Resolution 242 seriously
The Trump administration’s Mideast proposal is the first real attempt to give Israel what that resolution promised more than 50 years ago—borders that are not only recognized, but secure.
December 11, 2019
In Europe, Israel needs a bottom-up approach to diplomacy
Most people don’t care that much about Israeli-Palestinian issues, so small groups of committed activists can exert a disproportionate influence on policy.
November 27, 2019
Legalizing politics and politicizing the law
There’s a straight line connecting leftists’ rejection of the settlements’ legality with rightists’ rejection of the indictments against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
November 13, 2019
Why the status quo is the least bad option for Palestinians
An Israeli pullout would turn the West Bank into a second Gaza, leading to more Palestinian casualties and a lower quality of life.
October 30, 2019
Does Jewish morality require Israel to leave the West Bank?
Jewish tradition links the Jews’ continued presence in their land with their moral conduct. But nowhere does it require national suicide.
October 16, 2019
Trump’s Mideast moves show why Israeli deterrence is crucial
They may actually make war with Iran less likely because they send the vital message that if Tehran attacks Israel, Jerusalem will hit back—and hard.
October 10, 2019
Why the right lost Israel’s do-over election
The center-right’s support plunged between April and September partly because Benjamin Netanyahu, for the first time, adopted undemocratic tactics. Treating all Israeli Arabs as enemies also didn’t help.
September 11, 2019
Palestinians are tired of being the only refugees denied the right to resettlement
It’s time for the world to choose: Either admit that the Palestinians aren’t actually refugees or finally start treating them as real refugees by granting them the basic right of resettlement.
August 28, 2019
Israel can’t treat its own destruction as a legitimate aim
Letting U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar enter would have sent the opposite message—that their desire to erase Israel isn’t beyond the pale, but merely a legitimate political disagreement. That’s why Israel had to bar them.
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?