Thursday, 18 May 2017 | Israel calls it HaKotel HaMa’aravi, the most significant and holy site in all of Judaism, the focal point of the Jewish faith for nearly 2,000 years. The Palestinians hail it as their inherited own and vehemently deny the plethora of evidence testifying to Jewish ties. The United Nations Educational, ScientificContinue Reading »
Thursday, 18 May 2017 | The Ministry of Construction and Housing is working alongside the city of Jerusalem to consolidate a construction plan to build over 28,000 apartments in the capital over the next decade. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to present US President Donald Trump with the plan at the latter’s visit toContinue Reading »
A quiet chuckle and a smile from Donald Trump stood out during his first face-to-face press conference with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in February. Of course, laughter can be the joint expression of joy or a false effort to appear humored—and relationships between Israel and the United States have sometimes felt like just that dichotomyContinue Reading »
A New US Administration “As you know, I had an exceptionally warm meeting with President Trump last month. I want to thank the President for his strong support for Israel…The administration is showing its commitment to Israel by turning those words into policies. You see that reflected, you see that expressed in Ambassador Haley’s standingContinue Reading »
Friday, 12 May 2017 | Last week, Uri Biv, 31, a son of immigrants from Ethiopia and a member of the Nazareth Illit city council, left on a campaign to encourage immigration to Israel (and to Nazareth Illit in particular). Biv’s destination was Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Biv was born in Kfar Saba toContinue Reading »
Friday, 14 April 2017 | Commentators in the Arab world fail to find a logical explanation for the behavior of Syrian President Bashar Assad and his decision to use chemical weapons against rebels in the Idlib region. According to them, this was a mistaken, unnecessary decision: Bashar Assad’s forces in the region are not inContinue Reading »
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 | President Trump raised eyebrows when he mentioned the possibility of a one state solution. The context was ambiguous and no one can know for sure what message he was intending to convey. One possibility is that he was telling the Palestinian leadership that if they want a two state solution,Continue Reading »
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 | The Palestinian Authority [PA] decided on January 31, 2017, to extend the date of the municipal elections to mid-May 2017. This is yet another sign that the leadership in Ramallah is losing touch with reality, and the January 31 decision is another example of the Palestinian Authority crumbling. First, whyContinue Reading »
The massacre in Mosul and its surroundings is shocking. Everyone is killing and massacring everyone. Not just ISIS. The world is watching. The world knows. And the world is keeping quiet. It also happened in Aleppo in Syria. The big hospital was ruined. The world knows, watches and keeps silent. The world’s greatest power hasContinue Reading »
My friend, Henry, (not his real name) was in his early teens when the Nazis came to power in his native Germany. Although Jewish, he was extremely popular in his German school, elected president of his class, a football hero and a star pupil. One morning as the school day began, Henry’s teacher called himContinue Reading »
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