Just like some ultra-right wing Orthodox settlers in Israel can impede progress there, so hateful clerics can shape the culture of Arab communities in Europe. The problem is not lack of jobs or social mobility. It is the hijacking of a religion, and we cannot stop it unless we name it.
I strongly agree with both the prime minister of Israel and the president of the United States that Iran can never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon. That is why I feel particularly anguished that the ill-advised invitation from House Speaker Boehner has managed to threaten, in my view, both the security of Israel and the historic bipartisan support in the Congress.
Although I never voted for him while living in Israel, I, along with a majority of voting Israelis, have always counted on Netanyahu to do what it takes to protect the security of Israeli citizens and by extension all Jews.
The killing of a security guard at a synagogue in Copenhagen over two weeks ago has renewed Netanyahu's call for mass immigration of European Jews to Israel. Although he has made such impetuous appeals before, he now makes a new brazen claim that as Prime Minister of Israel, he represents and can speak on behalf of world Jewry.
On Monday evening, February 23, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin paid a condolence visit to the parents of Adele Biton, 4, the toddler who was critically injured by a Palestinian rock attack on her family's car two years ago, and passed away last week from respiratory complications from a lung infection.
While few American Jewish leaders will speak openly on the subject, many thoughtful Jews are worried that Prime Minister Netanyahu's planned speech in the House of Representatives on March 3rd will actually harm Israel's security interests rather than help them.
Jewish Democrats need to suck it up and support Netanyahu's speech no matter how uncomfortable it makes them. Yes, this is the first time in a long time when Jews have had to choose between being a Jew or Democrat first. This isn't the big deal that some are making it
If we want our children to make the distinction between right and wrong, if we want them to understand and protect themselves from fundamentalist ideology, we need to condemn elected officials who play with fire.
The danger for a Prime Minister whose entire strategy seems to be unraveling into a whirlwind of small, sordid accusations and large, public miscalculations (Congress, anybody?) is that his own people may get the message he has no interest in speaking with them.
Completing the Palestinian quest for international justice and legitimacy means convincing the world of their historical narrative. But playing the exclusive role of victim still does not absolve Palestinians from their own responsibilities.
The dominoes are falling one by one. The student governments of major and highly prestigious universities, comprised of giant Jewish student populations, are voting to divest from major companies doing business with Israel.
A concern for justice and humanity that focuses selectively on victims and perpetrators is deeply flawed. It is time for Israel demonizers to recognize their double standard and move beyond it.
Give us a majority, and we'll show you what the GOP can do. That was the basic sales premise of the midterm elections. Controlling both chambers of Congress, Republicans would show Americans that their party is a governing party.
Will social work solve the problem of "violent extremism?" Well, it has the virtue of not having been tried. But that's probably because it's largely beside the point.
By sticking with the speech as planned, Netanyahu is going to put Congress in the position of having to choose between President Obama and the international community's efforts to reach a deal and the Israeli prime minister's determination to sabotage it. If they choose Netanyahu's course, the likelihood of an Iranian nuclear weapon and war will greatly increase.
Although not many experts, politicians and scholars held the belief that the Islamic revolution, its political system and the cleric rule would last long, the new system of governance which created upheaval in the socio-political system of Iran has survived for 36 years.