March 26, 2019

Israel

“There are far better reasons for strong bilateral ties than penance for the Holocaust.”

An artist in Israel rethinks traditional approaches to mapmaking.

“Canary Mission provides a huge public service, operating as an early-warning alarm system for the safety and well-being of American Jewry.”

“Since One of One was launched in 2013, some 2,500 Israelis have shared their experiences of rape, incest and sexual assault.”

“Aziz Abu Sarah launched an improbable campaign last month to become the capital’s first Palestinian mayor; now he’s not sure he can even go on living in the city.”

Israel has too many enemies on the outside to let internal issues drive Jews away from their heritage.

Not all English-speaking Jews who move to Israel do so for political or religious reasons.

“Maybe it is their pioneering spirit, or pride or a reluctance to complain or come off as self-pitying, but the Golan’s residents are growing older in a place where aging is not easy, even if they don’t all admit it.”

Right-wing speakers aren’t welcome at memorial events for Yitzhak Rabin. That’s a problem.

“The false accusation against Israel has awakened the ghosts of anti-Semitism that always existed in Russian society and which the ruling powers have made an effort to hide in recent decades.”

Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem earned him a reputation as a friend of Israel, but the real test of his friendship will be how he handles Israel’s crisis with Russia.

“A confederation of the West Bank and Jordan is once again under discussion. Is it such a bad idea?”

Twenty-five years after Oslo, Israeli-Palestinian peace remains elusive. A mix of Leftist idealism and PLO rejectionism are to blame for taking the "process" out of the Peace Process.

Israel has fought in a number of wars since the Yom Kippur war in 1973. But not a single one of them so deeply threatened the existence of the Jewish State, and the national trauma still remains.

The political party of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is emblematic of the hawkish Israeli right, but there are some holdouts in its inner ranks. Here’s a look at the last two liberals in the Likud Party.

“Given that the demonization of Israel is the key strategy in the war of extermination being waged against it, ‘getting Israel’s message across’ is the equivalent to using a leaky bucket to ward off a tsunami.”

Twenty-five years after the signing of the Oslo Accords, it's time to admit that the breakdown of the Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic process began with Israel's recognition of the PLO.

Israel is moving swiftly towards its next election, but for Prime Minister Netanyahu, the possibility of indictment still looms on the horizon. Is it possible that indictment won’t hurt his political chances?

When it comes to service in the IDF, where's the glass ceiling? Women can now command Israeli Air Force Squadrons – but this doesn’t mean the fight for full equality is over.

The U.S. playbook for Israel-Palestine can be traced back to former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. His even-handed approach has been employed since 1973, but Trump is putting an end to that.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas believes that Trump wants to create a Jordanian-Palestinian federation. He’s outraged about it, but it might be an idea worth considering.

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JJ Editor's Daily Picks

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"Trustful parents allow their children as much freedom as reasonably possible to make their own decisions. They trust their children’s instincts, judgments, and ability to learn from mistakes."

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"Ted Cruz replaces the Democrats’ muddled manifesto with a clear and unequivocal exploration of the hatred of Jews and its particular evils."