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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Op-eds

Putting the ‘Artisan’ in Bi-Partisan

This past summer, the pro-Israel community, to our dismay, was proven correct. For decades, we have repeated the mantra that if Israel becomes a partisan issue, we will surely lose. And this summer, when the debate over the Iran deal—an agreement with potentially existential consequences for Israel—became partisan in spite of our best

Helping Our Children Have the Best—and Safest—Summer Ever

Children greeted the official start of summer with open arms earlier this week, excited for the fun-filled season ahead. Some will learn how to swim for the first time while others will shoot their first layups; all are eagerly looking forward to the best summer ever.

As parents, though, summer comes

Madeleine Albright’s Other ‘Undiplomatic Moments’

Former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright is backtracking, a little, on her remark last week that “there is a special place in hell” for women who failed to endorse Hillary Clinton. Writing on the op-ed page of the New York Times, Albright did not apologize or withdraw the comment, but she did concede that it

International Peace Conference Would Endanger Israel

France’s announcement that it will try to convene an international conference to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been strongly criticized by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But before anyone concludes that only “right-wingers” oppose such a conference, it’s worth recalling that one of the most outspoken

Mr. Ban Ki-moon Is No Messenger

Dear Mr. Ban Ki-moon,

No one missed the double entendre of your recent New York Times article title, “Don’t Shoot the Messenger, Israel,” which had the chutzpah to both accuse Israel of a hot head and insinuate an itchy trigger finger. And yet amidst this thinly veiled smear, you went on to suggest

Daniella Moffson z”l: The Tragedy, the Aftermath and What Lies Beyond

I spent the entire night of Wednesday, January 13, stressing over finals and trying to figure out my second semester schedule. The looming exams and the confusion over mini courses/experiences/AP classes and how to fit them all in was overwhelming me. At some point I put my phone on airplane mode, in an attempt to focus. At 12:30 a.m. I

Extradition: The Palestinian Authority’s Dirty Little Secret

It’s that dirty little secret that nobody wants to talk about, because it makes everybody uncomfortable. It hovers in the background, it’s hidden in the closet, and it lingers in the recesses of our minds. But it’s there, written in black and white in the Oslo Accords, and it can’t be erased: the Palestinian Authority (PA)

Is the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Shifting From a Political to a Religious War?

Near-daily Palestinian attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers have been ongoing since October. This “new kind of terrorism,” as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described it, might mean more knives and less suicide bombings, but it is all part of the decades-old Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The Oppression of Parking Tickets

The Arab journalist whom the New York Times has hired to report on Israel has come up with the most “terrifying” example yet of Israeli oppression: the issuing of parking tickets to Palestinians.

The reporter, Diaa Hadid, who describes herself as “an Australian of Lebanese and Egyptian

Radical Ideology, Not ‘Economic Strain’ Is the Root Cause of Terrorism

In an interview on CBS-TV’s “This Morning” last week, President Obama outlined his theory of the causes of terrorism: climate change is straining natural resources around the world, and “when people are not able to make a living or take care of their families,” they become “desperate,” and “as human beings are placed under

A People That Dwells Alone

Last Saturday night, I attended the funeral of Ezra Schwartz at Ben Gurion Airport. Ezra was spending this year in a yeshiva with a particular focus on gemilut chasadim—charitable acts. Tragically, Ezra was murdered when he and his friends were traveling to do volunteer work at Oz veGa’on, a nature reserve established in memory

The Banality of Evil

Evil is as old as the world itself. The sixth chapter of Genesis tells the story of Noah, in which the evil, as embodied by an entire civilization, is condemned by God and then extirpated by a divinely inspired act of nature. The lesson of the Noah story is two-fold: humanity is capable of base evil; and the only way to cleanse that evil is