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Middle East

Trump’s Comments Feed Into An Antisemitic Myth

Donald Trump is doing it again, conflating American Jews with Israelis and blurring the line between his duties as president and the needs of his reelection campaign. In a phone call with Jewish communal leaders on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, he voiced praise for Jews in the United States. “We really appreciate you,” he […]

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Middle East

A Sea Change In The Middle East

The White House ceremony on September 15 at which Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates formalized their normalization agreements could well herald the dawn of a new era in the Middle East, as President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both declared in separate speeches. Counting its 1979 and 1994 treaties with Egypt […]

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Commentary

Trump Imperils Bipartisan Support For Israel

The Republican president of the United States, Donald Trump, is playing a very selfish, self-serving and ultimately dangerous game. He is imperilling the bipartisan nature of U.S. support for Israel for personal political gain and creating an environment in which antisemitism could flourish. In the past few days, Trump has crossed all red lines by […]

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Trump’s Incendiary Rhetoric

Lamentably, Donald Trump has done it again. In a series of provocative and wholly inappropriate tweets unworthy of the office he holds, the president of the United States verbally lashed out at four of his most ardent Democratic critics in the House of Representatives — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida […]

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Film

American Chaos: Why Trump Won

Nearly two years after his widely unexpected victory in the U.S. presidential election, one may be forgiven for wondering how Republican Donald Trump managed to defeat his much better qualified Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. Clinton, after all, had excellent credentials. She had been the American secretary of state for four years. And she had learned […]

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Film

Fahrenheit 11/9

Long before he was elected president of the United States, Donald Trump said he hoped that Michael Moore, the iconoclastic documentarian, would never make a movie about him. Famous last words. Presumably, Trump understood that Moore would not exactly treat him with kid gloves. He was absolutely right. In his latest documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9, which […]

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Trump’s Unpresidential Comments

Donald Trump rarely fails to disappoint critics who consider him temperamentally inappropriate and patently unpresidential. Revealing his true colors yet again last week, the U.S. president embarrassed himself and the American people by issuing vulgar remarks that speak to his unsuitability as the occupant of the highest office in the land. In a discussion at the White […]

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Donald Trump The Disrupter

Several days before the bombastic and unpredictable Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States, soundly defeating the overly confident front-runner Hillary Clinton, I had a sinking feeling he would beat the odds and prevail. Trump, a real estate mogul and a former reality TV show host, is manifestly one of the […]

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Jewish Affairs

Donald Trump Needs To Clear The Air

Donald Trump’s suitability as a candidate for the highest office in the land has been called into question yet again. Trump, whose bluster and demagoguery have manifested themselves time and time again during this divisive U.S. presidential campaign, posted an inflammatory image on Twitter recently that brings to mind classical antisemitic tropes about Jews. In […]

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Jewish Affairs

Donald Trump: A Magnet For Disaffected Americans

Donald Trump’s hostile takeover of the Republican Party constitutes one of the most astonishing and seismic events in modern American history. Trump, a property billionaire and reality TV celebrity, was regarded as the one of the least likely candidates to secure his party’s nomination when he entered the race as an underdog last June. Pundits […]