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An Agenda for Supporters of a Two-State Solution

Alan Elsner | Posted 10.09.2014 | World
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 09.03.2014 | World
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 | Politics
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 | Politics
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 | World
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 | Religion
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 | Religion
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 | Religion
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 | Religion
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 | Politics
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 | World
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 | Religion
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.