February 24, 2020

Israel

"Indeed, if one looks back over the past 70 years, it becomes readily apparent that some of our nation’s most stirring moments have been those that involved the rescue of Diaspora Jewish communities."

"‘I loved you as a son loves a father,’ says Netanyahu of his mentor, a founding member of Likud credited with shepherding advances in Israel’s military capabilities."

"While having little love lost for the government, activists in long-term programs are forging deeper, more complex bonds with the land even as they try to influence its people."

"The Trump administration has offered tantalizing clues about its forthcoming “Deal of the Century” for Mideast peace. It could be a bold new concept—replacing the failed “two-state solution” with a Jordan-Israel confederacy..."

"The time has come for Israel to take an honest look at reality and to rethink ways of finding creative solutions that can realistically resolve this historically painful issue."

"Fair-eyed as David, rebellious as Absalom, eloquent as Solomon, preaching peace like Jeremiah, and braving tragedy like Job, Amos Oz embodied a biblical tale."

"On the backdrop of security tensions on Israel's northern and southern fronts, all of the parties are looking for security-oriented stars..."

"What if this generation of young Jews never had the chance to put a note in the Western Wall … never climbed Masada to watch the sunrise … never got to celebrate Shabbat in the heart of Jerusalem?"

"After decades of discrimination and not fully integrating into society, many Israeli Ethiopians are returning to their roots, discarding their Hebraicized names and rediscovering their heritage."

"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the parties in his coalition decided Monday to disperse the Knesset this week and initiate an early general election in early April."

"Israeli and US Jews are growing apart in recent years in a way that could endanger bipartisan political support for military and diplomatic support and is even more problematic than past differences between the communities."

"Some hard-left activists are cutting away the limb upon which all pro-Israel Jewish community activity must be based – the love for, and identification with, Israel."

"It is a lack of debate about Israel — not just about the Netanyahu government’s policies but also about how we in America should react to them — that allows provisions such as the Israel Anti-Boycott Act to flourish."

""Thankfully, the Z3 Conference didn’t degenerate into the III, the Israel Indignation Industry, where liberals lament Israel’s sins, while conservatives bemoan the world’s hatred."

"Ultra-Orthodox Jews are smarter consumers, have interest-free loan funds, and are satisfied even if they are poor, the Haredi Institute for Public Affairs has found."

"The fence also has dramatically reduced the smuggling of contraband into Israel and there have been no security breaches from Sinai since then..."

"Sometimes anti-Zionists are — surprise! — homicidal anti-Semites, too. That’s a thought that can’t be far from the mind of anyone living in northern Israel..."

"Some Israeli researchers and politicians are critical of a decision by the Hebrew University to teach more classes in English, but administrators believe such a switch is necessary to maintain the institutions status."

"While applauding the social impetus, Israelis are divided in opinions on an American-based initiative and question its grammatical integrity."

"The link between Zionism, anti-Semitism didn’t begin with Netanyahu; it also grew out of Zionism’s old need to seek allies anywhere they could be found."

A new poll reveals that Israeli, Palestinian, and American politicians are far more hawkish than the people they represent.

"US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital exactly one year ago, breaking with decades of international consensus in the process. What was the historic move and what impact has it had?"

"Israel’s light is dimmed when veterans of its famed armed forces, whose mission is to defend the Jewish state’s freedom, misuse their expertise to aid oppression in other countries."

"In Israel we have a resource which different groups try to claim as their own – Shabbat. Shabbat is viewed in totally different terms by different groups in our society..."

"Efforts to derail Israeli training for U.S. law enforcement reveal the link between BDS and anti-Semitism by attempting to blame Jews for police shootings in America."

"The recently discovered mask already stands to elicit legal challenges should it eventually go on public display in Israel, which captured the West Bank in the 1967 war."

"Digital propaganda does not always rely on proactive means to manipulate social media platforms and capture the attention of online audiences."

"Airbnb serves 191 countries and regions and more than 81,000 cities, but announced on November 19 that it would no longer list around 200 Jewish rentals in the West Bank on its website."

"THE PARALLELS between what happened to Jews in Europe and what happened to Yazidis in Iraq do not have to be exaggerated to make the similarities seem to fit. There is a direct connection."

"Lovers and haters alike have to admit how difficult it would be to chronicle the annals of the Jewish state without devoting considerable space to “King Bibi,” as Time magazine crowned him in 2012."

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