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Memoirs Of An Israeli Ambassador

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Memoirs Of An Israeli Ambassador

Zalman Shoval was Israel’s two-time ambassador to the United States during the presidencies of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Shoval, posted to Washington from 1990 to 1993 and again from 1998 to 2000, served four Israeli prime ministers. His term of office coincided with Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, the outbreak of the first Gulf […]

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Harvey Weinstein: A Serial Sexual Predator

Filed in Commentary by on February 25, 2020 0 Comments
Harvey Weinstein: A Serial Sexual Predator

Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney who pressed charges of sexual misconduct against the movie producer Harvey Weinstein, got it exactly right when he described him as “a vicious serial sexual predator who used his power to threaten, rape, assault, trick, humiliate and silence his victims.” Vance was equally correct when he said […]

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Germany’s Neo-Nazi Terrorist Problem

Filed in Commentary by on February 24, 2020 0 Comments
Germany’s Neo-Nazi Terrorist Problem

Neo- Nazism terrorism in Germany, the breeding ground of Adolf Hitler’s genocidal fascist movement, has evolved into a gravely serious problem in the past few years, but at least the German political class has forthrightly acknowledged this clear and present danger and is actively trying to combat it. Just hours after Tobias Rathjen’s targeted killing […]

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Key Provision In U.S. Peace Plan Disavowed

Filed in Middle East by on February 22, 2020 0 Comments
Key Provision In U.S. Peace Plan Disavowed

President Donald Trump’s Arab-Israeli peace plan, released at the White House on January 28, aroused indignation in Palestinian and Arab circles. Among the ideas that provoked a storm of criticism was one that advocated land swaps between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority in populated and unpopulated areas of Israel and the West Bank. Under […]

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Benny Gantz’s Blunder

Filed in Middle East by on February 21, 2020 0 Comments
Benny Gantz’s Blunder

With Israel’s March 2 general election just more than one week away, Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz appears to have painted himself into a corner. It could cost him dearly. Gantz, whose centrist party won more Knesset seats than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud Party in the last two inconclusive elections in […]

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Memory Is Our Homeland

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Memory Is Our Homeland

Upwards of one million Polish citizens were deported to Siberia by the Soviet Union following its invasion of eastern Poland more than 80 years ago. But in an astonishing twist of fate, some 20,0000 of these refugees left Siberia shortly afterward and migrated to six African countries, bringing a chunk of Poland in their baggage. […]

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A Long Overdue Apology From Holland

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on February 19, 2020 0 Comments
A Long Overdue Apology From Holland

At long last Holland has apologized for its abject failure to protect Jewish citizens during the German occupation. At a Holocaust commemoration event in Amsterdam recently, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte issued a formal apology, belatedly acknowledging that Holland had failed to provide either “justice” or “security” for the Jewish community during that terrible period. […]

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Israel And Hamas Locked In A Deadly Embrace

Filed in Middle East by on February 17, 2020 0 Comments
Israel And Hamas Locked In A Deadly Embrace

It was another case of deja vu all over again. Just hours after Egypt and the United Nations hammered out the latest ceasefire between Israel and Hamas on February 13, a new round of violence erupted. Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets into southern Israel and the Israeli Air Force struck back, leaving […]

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Standing Up, Falling Down

Filed in Film by on February 15, 2020 0 Comments
Standing Up, Falling Down

Matt Ratner’s comedy, Standing Up, Falling Down, often plays out like a doom-laden drama. Wisecracks abound because the central character is a young Jewish standup comedian trying to break into the limelight. Since he’s having trouble carving out a viable career in a crowded and competitive field, levity inevitably gives way to darker moments. The […]

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A Fair Peace Plan

Filed in Middle East by on February 14, 2020 0 Comments
A Fair Peace Plan

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met Ehud Olmert, the former Israeli prime minister, in New York City a few days ago, and predictably enough, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vociferously condemned their meeting as “shameful” and “disgraceful.” For Netanyahu, Olmert and Abbas were convenient targets. Twelve years ago, they came tantalizingly close to reaching a peace […]

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