It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that Israel is located smack dab in the middle of one of the world's biggest political hotspots. But it does take a few to keep this tiny country along the eastern Mediterranean safe and secure, and that seems to be why Israel is bouncing back big time in 2015.
The U.S. must no longer give Israel a blank check, hoping that it will use it wisely. Israel has failed that test and the U.S. is becoming as a result complicit in Israel's self-destructive policy.
On March 24, I had the distinct privilege of speaking alongside Stav Shaffir, the youngest-ever female member of the Knesset (Israel's parliament).
Former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren is getting some attention for his claim in a memoir to be published next week that President Obama "abandoned Israel." The book is sure to be a hot debating point this summer in the American Jewish community and possibly beyond.
Despite the number of political obituaries that have been prematurely written about President Erdogan as a result of the shellacking his AKP took, foreign policy remains the one area over which he can continue to exert leadership.
While reports maintain that Hezbollah is currently winning the decisive battle in Qalamoun, on the Lebanese eastern border, analysts believe they are showing signs of being stretched thin. Against this backdrop, there are several indications that Israel may take the opportunity to conduct a preemptive surprise attack.
For those that need a primer, the BDS movement is well-funded by forces that cannot be identified. Yet, we all know which countries are probably funding this unrest. One needn't be a rocket scientist to start to trace the money.
In the days before streaming gave you access to lost and found cinematic treasures, the Jerusalem Cinematheque brought all the classics, art-house films and even the quality Hollywood gems to the public.
Legends of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba live on, as do tales of the hoopoe bird.
The first time someone wondered if I was Norwegian, it was actually on a beach in Israel. A new Dutch friend I'd made at a conference came over to me and pointed back to this guy further up the beach and said, "Bjorn wants to know where you're from in Norway."
As rebel forces advance towards the mountainous Druze stronghold in Idlib province, Israel has to decide whether it should intervene in the Syrian civil war by arming the Druze while Saudi Arabia is faced with the choice between realpolitik and its religious doctrine which views the Druze as heretics.
In an unprecedented move, Iranian leaders have welcomed American oil companies to enter Iran, upon the condition that sanctions are lifted. This move suggests that the Islamic Republic is putting its economic interests ahead of its revolutionary ideological interests.
In the Tel Aviv suburb of Zahala, about 150 students study at the ONN School for Special Education. The school is special in that most of the children who attend, have cerebral palsy and other degenerative diseases. The diverse student population includes Muslim, Christian, and Jewish children.
The old advertisement proclaimed that you don't have to be Jewish to love Levy's Jewish rye bread. Well, surely, you don't have to be a pro-Israel activist to be troubled by the grotesquely unjust treatment of Israel. All it takes is a capacity for moral outrage that things like this are happening today.
It was one year ago; I was driving my white semi-truck on the highway between Ramallah and Nablus, near the Ofra army camp. The atmosphere was wonderful and I was listening to Om Kalthom. After a few hours I heard that something was wrong with my truck.
Washington's determination to defend much of the globe has made the U.S. an international sucker, especially vulnerable to manipulation by supposed friends.