My family and are taking a much needed vacation and will be cruising up Alaska’s Inside Passage until Aug. 24th. I’ve been advised to forget about the Middle East, American Jews, redefining Zionism, the plight of Israel’s Arabs, the pro-Israel lobby and my career…I may well ignore this advice from time to time and send a few missives. Regardless, look for commentary inspired by calving glaciers and brown bears upon my return.
The organized American Jewish communityÂ and Israel are like a tiredÂ old married couple that lives together on the basis of old habits, not new realities. TheyÂ need to make an effort to redefine their relationship so that both canÂ benefit. (Full disclosure: I stole that simileÂ from Jerry Goodman, former director of the National Committee for Labor Israel and […]
If we are to believe the rhetoric of some in the Israel-can-do-no-right crowd, the discrimination faced by Israeli Arabs proves that the majority-Jewish state is already comparable to South Africa under apartheid, and a 2-state solution will only make the situation permanent. In Israel and the territories, though, there are Jews and Arabs who can’t […]
The premise that there is no viable Palestinian partner is widely shared, conventional wisdom among the Israeli public and center-right pundits. At the same time, to the far-left and other bashers of all things Israeli (including some regular commentators on this humble blog) this premise is just an Israeli pretext for clinging to the status […]