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The Donald and the Bibi

Alon Gratch, Ph.D. | Posted 10.28.2016 | Home
Alon Gratch, Ph.D.

Waging a relentless verbal war of warnings and threats against Iran since at least 2010, Bibi Netanyahu too has mobilized equal doses of bombast, self-importance and drama. Granted, as the leader of a nuclear Middle Easter power, the Bibi has far more impact than The Donald.

A Heart of Many Rooms: Can Jews Stay Together After the Iran Vote?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 09.23.2016 | Home
Rabbi Evan Moffic

This is not to say we should not have strong convictions. We are a people who argue. We are a people who disagree. But the challenge now is not to let these disagreements tear us apart. They have done too many times in history. Indeed, some of our worst wounds have been self-inflicted.

Unpacking Bibi's Iran Deal Strategy

Paul Scham | Posted 09.05.2016 | Home
Paul Scham

His behavior since July has provided strong evidence that he not only doesn't care about bipartisan support for Israel but, rather, is actively working to swing Jewish support to the Republicans while virtually writing off, even deliberately alienating, traditionally pro-Israel liberal Democrats.

Samantha Lachman

American Jewish Groups Largely Quiet On Netanyahu's Controversial Campaign Statements | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.19.2015 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Many influential American Jewish organizations have avoided condemning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent controversial ...

Oceans That Divide

Jay Ruderman | Posted 02.01.2015 | Home
Jay Ruderman

The degree to which American Jews advocate and openly support Israel has become more varied. There is an awakening now underway among Israeli leaders that the next generation of American Jewish support for Israel cannot be taken for granted.

An Agenda for Supporters of a Two-State Solution

Alan Elsner | Posted 12.09.2014 | Home
Alan Elsner

While peace talks are frozen, settlement expansion marches on, threatening Israel's security and international standing and the rights and aspirations of Palestinians, and giving new fuel to the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions Movement. Hence the importance of emphasizing this issue at this time.

What Being 'Pro-Israel' Should Mean

Abraham Gutman | Posted 11.03.2014 | Home
Abraham Gutman

This label insinuates that their primary concern is reaching the best outcome for the state of Israel. The irony is that sometimes the most so-called "Pro-Israel" people are those who are advocating for policies that hurt Israel.

U.S. and Israel: Angry Words

Rick Horowitz | Posted 10.09.2014 | Home
Rick Horowitz

Netanyahu to U.S.: Don't ever second-guess me on Hamas! Rick to Netanyahu: Don't hold your breath

Inequality for All?

Benjamin Barer | Posted 06.30.2014 | Home
Benjamin Barer

While all U.S. citizens retain the power to vote, elections are now won and lost based on the influence of individuals and special-interest groups with incredible financial power. Where does that leave our democracy?

Nelson Mandela and the Israel-Palestinian Conflict

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 02.06.2014 | Home
Robert K. Lifton

He spoke with warmth and sincerity and reached out for understanding and reconciliation. Yet, it was clear that when his core positions were in issue, he was steel encased in velvet.

Pew to the Rescue: Saving Jewish Demography

Diane Tobin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Diane Tobin

The American Jewish community is just starting to come around to the notion that the point of surveys is not to track decline, but to understand where we as a community are going and to help direct it.

Boycott, Divestment And Sanctions Put Allies At Odds

Jeremy Ben-Ami | Posted 09.01.2012 | Home
Jeremy Ben-Ami

I understand that frustration is rising over diplomatic stagnation, and I know that advocates for peace are attracted to tactics like BDS that create the impression of action. But, to date, pursuit of these tactics has promoted little more than debate and division.

Feelings And Facts: The Complicated American Jewish Voter

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 12.20.2011 | Home
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

It is critical to understand an essential underlying reason why voting is so very complex for most American Jews: Israel.

A More Serious Conversation About Israel

Brent E. Sasley | Posted 09.13.2011 | Home
Brent E. Sasley

The ease with which individuals and groups are distracted by non-critical issues, to the point that the focus becomes not the issue but the other individual or group, is highly problematic.

Are American Jews About to Follow the Canadian Pattern?

Brent E. Sasley | Posted 09.04.2011 | Home
Brent E. Sasley

Somewhat surprisingly, nobody seems to have pointed to the Canadian case as potentially being replicated here. After all, there are many similarities between the two Jewish communities, including shared community institutions.

Who Will Be Blamed for a U.S. Attack on Iran?

Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett

Netanyahu is pushing the United States to take eventual military action against Iran -- a confrontation that would have predictably disastrous consequences for U.S. interests and regional stability.

Does a Kosher Butcher's Fraud Mandate a Life Sentence?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The largest kosher meat plant in the country employing hundreds of illegal immigrants? These are serious charges that go against both terrestrial and celestial law.