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The Tragic Tear In U.S.-Israel Relations

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Israelis must deny Netanyahu another term in office because should he win, his victory will demonstrate that they are following a blind shepherd who is systematically destroying Israel's vital relations with the U.S. at a time when Israel is in dire need of America's unmitigated backing.

Boteach's Choice

Jeremy Ben-Ami | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion
Jeremy Ben-Ami

The way that Mr. Boteach has jumped on my willingness to say "I'm sorry" is political gamesmanship at its finest - and I accept that from a partisan political hatchet-man. I find it far harder to accept such behavior from someone who self-identifies primarily as a spiritual leader of the Jewish community.

Israeli Police Say Settlers Attack U.S. Officials In West Bank

AP | PETER ENAV AND MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 01.02.2015 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Jewish settlers attacked American consular officials Friday during a visit the officials made to the West Bank as part of an invest...

Samantha Lachman

Controversial Israeli Bill Met With Weak Opposition From American Jewish Groups | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A contentious bill that would prioritize Israel’s identity as a Jewish state over its democratic character has been met with limited o...

More to the US-Israel Spat Than Meets the Eye

James Zogby | Posted 01.01.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

The "conventional wisdom", as projected by some former U.S. officials and pro-Israel groups, is that Israelis will only make peace when they are given everything they want and feel secure. In fact, the opposite is true. It is only external pressure -- especially from the U.S. -- that historically has forced Israelis to make the right choice.

U.S. Accuses Israel Of Launching 'Misinformation Campaign' Against John Kerry

AP | MATTHEW LEE and JULIE PACE | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest...

Washington Is Livid With the Palestinians

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Micah D. Halpern

Palestinian leadership is on the move. In politics, there is seldom simply one move. And unilateral moves always result in strong responses.

Why Israel Will Miss Ariel Sharon

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

Sharon moved from being a warrior to becoming a statesman. In both capacities, Sharon was thinking and acting on behalf of his beloved Israel. Sometimes this meant strength and toughness. Other times it meant creative non-military decision-making.

Israel-U.S. Relations Deteriorate Over Iran

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics

JERUSALEM -- JERUSALEM (AP) — A pair of testy public exchanges this week appear to have undone whatever good will was created between the Israeli an...

Jewish College Kid on Bus Shows Me My Thinking on Israel Is Ridiculous

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 11.19.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

We started to talk, and after I told him I had been in Manhattan for the Jewish holiday, he said that he had been there for the same reason.

'He Shall Dwell In Isolation': Jonathan Pollard, Espionage And The International Jewish Community

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 06.09.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

The Israeli government and the international Jewish community should not be spending its precious time, energy and resources rallying for Pollard's release. Let him serve his sentence and then rejoin the community.

The Resurgence of American Diplomacy in the Middle East

Brent E. Sasley | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Brent E. Sasley

This is the essence of persuasion. Obama's ability to project American hard power in the region might be fading, but that's not the case with American soft power.

An Honest Letter Could Help Free Israel's Spy in the US

Dan Raviv | Posted 05.24.2013 | World
Dan Raviv

Although there was no mention of Jonathan Pollard -- the American who spied for Israel and was sentenced to life in prison -- during President Obama's visit to Israel, Israeli leaders did call on Obama to release Pollard. And Obama refused.

Why Americans Love Israel

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

David Ben Gurion once said that in Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles. The founders of our country were realists who believed in the miraculous power of democracy. Israel struggles every day to carry on that dream.

The Naked King And The Speech

Uri Zaki | Posted 04.14.2013 | Religion
Uri Zaki

When he arrives in Israel next month, President Obama will have a new and promising partner for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: the Israeli people.

The Tea Party-Ization of the Israeli Right

Guy Ziv | Posted 03.31.2013 | World
Guy Ziv

The similarities between the leverage of the American tea party movement on the Republican party and the growing influence of the religious nationalist ideologues in Israel is striking.

Israel's Discontents

Mitchell Cohen | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Mitchell Cohen

Political change within Israel is the only thing that matters. Israel's real friends abroad need to help the Jewish state turn left again.

Are the U.S. and Israel Heading for a Showdown?

Ira Chernus | Posted 02.19.2013 | World
Ira Chernus

While the Obama administration has acceded to the imagery of knee-jerk support for whatever Israel does, no matter how outrageous, behind the scenes its policies are beginning to look far less predictable.

Obama: Time to Call in Bill Clinton and Jim Baker

Lara Friedman | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
Lara Friedman

On the historic day that was November 29th, 2012, the Obama Administration stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the Netanyahu government at the United Nati...

Netanyahu Faces Rocky Road After Obama Re-Election

Reuters | Posted 01.07.2013 | World

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces an even more awkward time with Washingt...

No, I love Israel More!

Michael Shammas | Posted 12.10.2012 | College
Michael Shammas

As in previous debates, the candidates will strive to surpass one another on two criteria. First, who can bash China the most? And, second, who loves Israel more? For many, whoever scores highest on these scales will be the "winner." What a tragedy.

Support for Jews, Israelites, All People, Translates Into Support for Obama

Ed Koch | Posted 10.07.2012 | New York
Ed Koch

I wrote an op-ed supporting the president's reelection, which appeared in one of Florida's most important newspapers, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. I thought that you would like to see it. What do you think of my comments?

Jewish Vote: Still Liberal After All These Years

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 09.12.2012 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

The big question about the Romney visit is whether he will attack the president while on foreign soil. Traditionally, American politicians avoid that, adhering to the customary view that "politics stop at the water's edge."

President Obama Is a Friend of Israel

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 07.29.2012 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

If past is prologue, Americans -- both Jews and non-Jews -- devoted to and concerned about Israel can vote to reelect President Obama in November with an absolutely clear conscience.

The Media's Double Standard for Israel

Jonathan_Miller | Posted 05.13.2012 | World

With its remarkably progressive polity, why do so many of Israel's loudest critics come from the American Left?