Monday, December 17, 2018


US Tries to Head Off Israeli-Palestinian ‘Al-Aqsa War’

A source close to President Mahmoud Abbas told Al-Monitor that the Palestinian president was committed to preventing a third intifada. “It’s not in his interest,” the official said. “This crisis is not only about Israel, it is also about ruling in Palestine. Hamas intends to inflame an intifada using religious content: saving

So Right and Yet So Wrong: The Truth that Sheldon Adelson Told Us

The media has covered casino magnates Sheldon Adelson’s address to the Israel-American Council, a recently formed organization of Israelis who live in the United States, many of whom have truthfully become Israeli-Americans.

Addressing the current situation, what to do about the land and what to do

A Jewish Perspective on Obama, Lincoln, and Gettysburg

(Reprinted with permission; this first appeared in The Algeimeiner)

In light of President Obama’s recent drubbing in the midterm elections, the November 19th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address is a good time to see what Abraham Lincoln–who suffered his own (milder) setback in the 1862 mid-term

The UAE and Saudi War on the Muslim Brotherhood 80 Could Be Trouble for the US

The UAE Cabinet approved a list of 83 designated terrorist organizations recently, including al Qaeda and the Islamic State. Much more significant, though, was the inclusion of many Muslim organizations based in the West that are believed to be allied with the Muslim Brotherhood movement. Prominent among them are two American Muslim groups: the Council on American

Staying at Home on Election Day is Too Expensive

Now that we are past Election Day, I think the clearest message to come out of the elections is “just show up.”

For the past three years, the New Jersey team of OU Advocacy?the public policy arm of the Orthodox Union?has reached out to the New Jersey Jewish community to stress the importance of

Danny Ayalon: ‘Israel Security is Strong, and the US-Israel Alliance is Unbreakable’

On November 5 I hosted Ambassador Danny Ayalon, Former Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the United States, and the Rennert Visiting Professor of Foreign Policy Studies at Yeshiva University, on “JM in the AM.”

While I originally booked Ambassador Ayalon to hear his thoughts on

Why Israel Matters to Me, Even If I’m Not Jewish

I was thrilled as a young boy to watch the rebirth of Israel. I knew of the Holocaust; pictures of people suffering and dead in the camps sent shivers up my spine. I celebrated with Jewish friends in Philadelphia when Israeli independence was declared in 1948. But it wasn’t the same, really, because I’m not Jewish. For Jews, supporting

Israel’s War with the U.S.

Three wars made blips on Israel’s radar screen this week, and then disappeared. Israel has been conducting two out of the three wars against its will. One is the war against Iran’s nuclear plans, which played on the imaginations of many observers Oct. 6 when reports emerged about a tremendous and mysterious explosion at the secretive

The United States Congressional Elections: The Significance for Israel

INSS Insight No. 627, reprinted with permission

The sweeping Republican victory in the Congressional elections indicates virtually nothing about the 2016 presidential elections. On November 4, 2014, the US cast a vote of criticism and protest against an incumbent president, and not necessarily a vote in

Principle, Rigor, and Execution Matter in U.S. Foreign Policy

U.S. President Barack Obama has come under intense criticism for his foreign policy, along with many other things. This is not unprecedented. Former President George W. Bush was similarly attacked. Stratfor has always maintained that the behavior of nations has much to do with the impersonal forces driving it, and little to do with the

From the Distaff Side

We know a few things about the personalities of Avraham, Sara, Hagar and Yishamel, as well as Avraham’s relationship with Hashem long before the akeda story. We know Yitzhak was a late baby, to say the least; that there was rivalry between Sara and Hagar that didn’t end nicely because she was extremely protective of Yitzhak.

Talmud Scholar Tikochinsky at Rinat

On Sunday, Nov. 16, at 8:00 p.m., Rinat Yisrael presents Dr. Michal Tikochinsky, Director, Women’s Beit Midrash, Beit Morasha, Jerusalem, speaking about “Rabbinical Courts and Female Conversion Candidates.” The lecture will be in conversational Hebrew. Dr. Tikochinsky is one of the leading women Talmud scholars and educators in the