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The Country Is Moving Left

Dave Johnson | Posted 12.23.2016 | Politics
Dave Johnson

It might not seem so in the middle of a day's news cycle, especially with that news always being about Donald Trump, but 2015 marked a year of change ...

Need More Evidence That Bush Was the Worst President?

M.W. Jacobs | Posted 11.03.2016 | Politics
M.W. Jacobs

Some degree of blame for the 9/11 attacks must be added to that list of catastrophic blunders known as the George W. Bush administration. That list already includes some degree of blame for the culminating disaster of his presidency, the 2008 global financial collapse.

Where Does Bernie Sanders Stand on Israeli Settlements in the West Bank?

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.09.2016 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Given that major media coverage of this issue has been virtually non-existent, it seems unlikely that major media will successfully press Hillary to clarify her position on Israeli settlements in the West Bank unless the issue is raised by another candidate.

Bernie Sanders' Run Can Help the Less War Movement

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The thing that we need most in the United States is not more people for whom less war is their top issue; the thing that we need most is to reduce the general phobia among liberals and progressives so that making advocacy for less war becomes a standard feature of the liberal-progressive package presented to the public.

Boehner Makes Republicans 'Tools and Dupes' of Netanyahu's Election Campaign

David Miles | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
David Miles

Netanyahu's speech may be evidence of hubris run amok on his part, but it is also a vivid illustration of the pervasive and destructive rise of partisanship in American politics over the last few decades.

American Exceptionalism and Reality

Michael Drew | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Michael Drew

Do you think we're exceptional, we Americans? You may have heard talk over the years about American exceptionalism, which is a way of considering Ame...

Could We Make Opposition to Iran War Obligatory for Blue State Democrats?

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

What if we could make examples of some blue state Democrats who are vulnerable to pressure from the pro-war forces - not punishment examples, but deterrence examples?

Peter Beinart and the Open Zion Venture

Talal Alyan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Talal Alyan

Now, Open Zion, the "New Conversation about Israel, Palestine, and the Jewish Future", has abruptly been concluded while still in utero without much of a conclusion.

On Listening to Both Israelis and Palestinians: Reflections on Peter Beinart's 'The American Jewish Cocoon'

Carlo Strenger | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion
Carlo Strenger

Beinart may actually represent the silent majority of Jews in the U.S., who are mostly liberal leaning politically and reform or secular in their religious views.

Stop the Haters: Shmuley Boteach and Cory Booker Bring Hope to American Politics

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

A spate of recent articles has wondered whether Cory Booker is "too Jewish" and too conservative in his views on the U.S.-Israel relationship. They analyze and speculate on his friendships with two Orthodox rabbis. In doing so, they reflect all that is wrong with American politics and Jewish life.

Did I Make Cory Booker 'Too Jewish'?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Yesterday, Jeffrey Goldberg, a journalist I know and respect, repeated Peter Beinart's attack against me from a few weeks ago, that in bringing Mayor Cory Booker to the Jewish community I made him too pro-Israel.

Peter Beinart's Bias Against Me, Cory Booker, and Israel

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Peter Beinart and I know each other from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes scholar and I was Rabbi to the students, founder of the Oxford L'Chaim Society, and personal emissary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Crisis! Pro-Obama Jews Must Demand Diplomacy Advocate Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Since many of our Christian brothers and sisters are offline for the Christmas holiday, I thought this would be a good time for the pro-Obama Jews to ...

Love Thy Enemy

David Miles | Posted 06.04.2012 | World
David Miles

While Jo has forgiven Patrick Magee, she readily conceded that forgiveness is not a prerequisite for empathy. What is more important, she says, is being interested in listening to the other perspective and trying to understand it, even if you are not willing to agree with it.

Peter Beinart Is Wrong About American Jews

Aitan Goelman | Posted 07.18.2012 | World
Aitan Goelman

Contrary to Peter Beinart's thesis in The Crisis of Zionism, American Jews need not -- and most have not -- checked their liberalism at the door in order to maintain unwavering support for the Jewish State.

Is Peter Beinart The 'Wicked Son'?

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 06.11.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

Last week, the Jewish community was publicly challenged to consider what views have a role to play in the discussion around our table and what views are beyond the pale.

Settlement Boycott Will Not Save Two State Solution

Carlo Strenger | Posted 06.09.2012 | Religion
Carlo Strenger

I have argued against the one state solution time and again; both in the version of the greater Land of Israel propagated by Israel's right, and in the version advocated by many Palestinian intellectuals and activists and some Jewish intellectuals on the far left.

Zionist BDS -- Kosher for Passover

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.05.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

We need a broad, open debate in the American Jewish community on Zionist BDS, because that's a key step to getting the progressive edge of American Jewish opinion to start adopting it.

Freedom of Speech Except When It Comes to Israel

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 06.03.2012 | Media
MJ Rosenberg

Beinart is not arguing that the Palestinians are always right. Instead, he proves that Israel isn't either -- and that almost all the information put out by the lobby and the Israeli government is propaganda.

Will Peter Beinart Debate Me On Israel And School Choice?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 06.03.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

I have two rules about people's positive actions. The first is that they are always more important than their intentions, whatever they may be. The second is the rule articulated by Maimonides nearly 800 years ago: embrace truth regardless of its source.

False Advertising: The Daily Beast and 'Open Zion'

Dovid Efune | Posted 06.02.2012 | World
Dovid Efune

It is no small travesty that the Daily Beast has done a remarkably shoddy job at delivering an even remotely accurate or fair representation of Zionist or Jewish discourse in this country and certainly in Israel.

A Dangerous Proposal

Einat Wilf | Posted 06.02.2012 | World
Einat Wilf

To be a member of the Israeli left who believes that all Jews should have a voice in shaping Israel's future is to repeatedly witness good intentions ...

Peter Beinart's Offense Against Liberalism

Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch | Posted 05.30.2012 | World
Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch

The call to boycott Israel -- even the lame effort to distinguish between boycotting Israel within the Green Line and boycotting Israel beyond the Green Line -- is troubling, in and of itself.

Why Peter Beinart's Book Is Driving the "Pro-Israel" Establishment Crazy

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.29.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

The difference between Netanyahu and most Israelis, I believe, is that for them the situation today is nothing like the situation in the 1940s. Israel is not the Warsaw Ghetto, a comparison that insults both the memory of the Holocaust and Israel itself.

Settlement Boycott Call Likely To Fall Flat

Posted 03.22.2012 | Religion

By Nathan Guttman The Forward Trouble With Beinart's Plan: There's Not Much to Boycott WASHINGTON — By most standards, SodaStream is a great ...