Saturday, November 28, 2020


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A Few Rays of Hope on a Long and Winding Road

Despite all the national infighting, the better angels of our nature, wings clipped as of late, must be called upon to guide us once again.

Pandemic Times Episode 103: An Intellectual Giant Dies, a New Leader Rises

New David Suissa Podcast Every Tuesday and Friday. Political Editor Shmuel Rosner on the death of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and the rise of President-elect...

A Messy Transition Lies Ahead

The vote-counting is over. But the legal fights, the political maneuvering and the veiled (and not so veiled threats) have barely begun. The good news is that we pretty much know where we’re going to end up on January 20. But the path to getting there could be difficult and painful.

Pandemic Times Episode 102: Political Expert Dan Schnur on our Uncertain Elections

 New David Suissa Podcast Every Tuesday and Friday. What do the results mean and what can we expect going forward? Dan Schnur weighs in. How do...

Some Political Science Wisdom For What Comes Next

None of us knows for sure yet what our federal government will look like come January, but here’s to hoping that whatever it looks like, we remember that there are forces out there that are bigger than politics, and that we are able to transcend the politics that we have.

Pandemic Times Episode 101: What Should We Watch for on Election Day?

New David Suissa Podcast Every Tuesday and Friday. Reflections on the most divisive election in recent history. How do we manage our lives during the coronavirus...

This Election is America’s Greatest Test

Despite all the national infighting, the better angels of our nature, wings clipped as of late, must be called upon to guide us once again.

As We Approach the Big Day, Can America Step Back from the Brink?

Large majorities of the American people believe that Election Day could result in violence. More alarmingly, roughly 40 percent of both self-identified Democrats and Republicans believe that violence could be justified if their preferred candidate is defeated.

Pandemic Times Episode 100: Who’s Better for Israel, Trump or Biden?

New David Suissa Podcast Every Tuesday and Friday. A conversation with political editor Shmuel Rosner on the upcoming U.S election, a new survey on anti-Semitism...

A Glimpse Into a Second Trump Term

While we have a demonstrative four year record on Israel, the Palestinians, and the wider Middle East that will not shift course, there are a few elements of a second Trump term that will be different than the first, with the groundwork now beginning to be laid.

Chuck Freilich: The future of the US Israel connection

Shmuel Rosner and Chuck Freilich discuss what moves the future president should make regarding America's relationship with Israel and more... Professor Chuck Freilich, a former...

One Debate Line that Biden Would Like to Have Back

In politics, you don’t win a debate by actually winning a debate. Rather, you win a debate by producing a moment, some type of face-to-face encounter or memorable declaration that will be repeated in news coverage and in digital media.

Republicans Already Gearing Up for 2024

For those of you who are more than ready for the 2020 presidential election to be over, I’m afraid I have some unpleasant news. It seems the 2024 campaign is now underway.

What’s Behind The Biden Door?

2020 may be the first election in American history when a majority of voters will cast their ballots against a sitting president rather than for his challenger.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Says He is Being Treated for Cancer

Former British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks announced he has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment.

Israel’s Eleventh Hour Mad Dash

Netanyahu, Gantz, and many others in the Israeli government have enjoyed the benefits of an American president and his advisers who have given them carte blanche in the West Bank. If you want one of the best signals that they believe this unprecedented period is about to end, watch the supermarket sweep currently unfolding.

How the Deadly Charlottesville Rally, the Reported Gov. Whitmer Kidnapping Plot and More Underscore the Continued Threat of Far-Right Extremists

Hours before the Jewish Museum of Milwaukee hosted a virtual panel on Oct. 8 on the upcoming landmark federal Sines v. Kessler case against...

What is the Endgame of Trump and COVID-19?

Is Donald Trump contagious? Is he immune? Is he in danger? Are we? So many questions. So few answers. And so little time left before an Election Day that may or may not conclude this extraordinary and unprecedented presidential campaign.

Trump to Iran: Don’t ‘F— Around’ With U.S.

President Donald Trump has issued his latest threat to Iran. During an October 9 interview with The Rush Limbaugh show, Trump said, “Iran knows that and they’ve been put on notice: If you f--- around with us, if you do something bad to us, we are going to do things to you that have never been done before.”

The Use and Misuse of Leverage

The Trump administration has done itself no favors in creating an environment in which no incentives exist for either side to heed American desires or interests, and has essentially erased any leverage it may have had through its own actions.

Pray For a Presidential Recovery — And Revelation

As we pray for the president’s recovery, we can only hope that he realizes that following public health advisories protects ourselves and others from the ravages of this illness.

‘What Does This Grim Picture Remind You of?’ Trump Asks About NYC’s Crackdown on Jewish Gatherings

He shared a tweet calling New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio “an anti-Semite thug."

Stephen Miller, Top Trump Aide, Tests Positive for Coronavirus

He is the latest of around 20 people close to Trump, including Trump himself, who has since last week tested positive for the virus.

The Debate That Wasn’t

The rapid descent of civility in politics has accelerated to its lowest levels. Never before have we encountered such a spectacle in political life.

Trump, COVID-19 and the Limits of Hate

Trump’s illness is a huge test. So forgive me for being so blunt: If you hate Trump so much that you rejoiced at the news of his illness, you failed the test.

Trump Says He Tested Positive for COVID-19; Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Traveled with him this Week, but Test Negative

Trump’s announcement — coming just weeks ahead of the presidential election — came hours after news broke that Trump advisor Hope Hicks had tested positive.

‘I’m Not Going to Get Stuck’: Ahead of the Election, Growing Numbers of US Jews Consider Leaving

An immigration lawyer in Toronto said that she has seen a spike inquiries from American Jews about moving to Canada.

What the Presidential Debate Really Meant — Not Much

The first presidential debate was the loudest and most raucous “absolutely nothing” in American political history.

Are the Proud Boys Anti-Semitic? Your Primer on the Far-Right Group Trump Told to ‘Stand Back and Stand By’

The Proud Boys, is a far-right, “western chauvinist” fraternal organization that supports Trump and has engaged in street violence.

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Past Tensions Between Biden, Erdoğan Cast Shadow Over Ankara-Washington Relations

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is bracing for a stormy four years.

Haley Calls On Trump Admin to Release Report on Number of Palestinian Refugees

Nikki Haley called on the administration to declassify a report detailing the current number of Palestinian refugees who are receiving aid from the UNRWA.

Professor On Leave After Tweeting ‘COVID-19 Is Another Jewish Revolution’

A professor at a university in Michigan has been placed on administrative leave after the student newspaper unearthed a series of his anti-Semitic tweets.

Court Ruling Means Young Jerusalem Arabs Face Easier Route to Israeli Citizenship

A previously unpublished regulatory clause, outlining relaxed requirements for young adult legal permanent residents applying to become Israeli citizens, has become public by order of the Jerusalem District Court.

Jerusalem College of Technology’s Nursing School Renamed

The Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) announced on November 24 that it is renaming the nationally renowned nursing school to the Selma Jelinek School...