Why Israel became a pariah

Making David Into Goliath: How the World Turned Against Israel by Joshua Muravchik. New York: Encounter Books, 2014. 233 pp. $25.99. Fuming about biased media coverage of Israel? Well, this book may not make you feel any better, but if you get your hands on Making David Into Goliath: How the World Turned Against Israel… Read More

What would a Clinton presidency mean to the Mideast?

Hard Choices, the title of a recently released foreign policy memoir by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, comes across as surprisingly ironic. While dedicating a chapter of her 656-page autobiography to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and attendant peace negotiations, Clinton, even in her own words, appears to be a passenger in peace efforts,… Read More

Fathers, sons and other characters

It is July 1939, Hitler will launch World War II in a little over a month, and in New York, Eddie Rubin is 17 years old. On this particular Friday morning, Eddie and his father have been invited by his father’s big-shot boss, Mr. Stone, to accompany him on boat ride up the Hudson to… Read More

‘The Good Spy’ who opened channel to PLO

On April 18, 1983, a truck full of explosives crashed into the U.S. Embassy in Beirut and detonated, killing 63 people. Among them was 49-year-old American spy and father of six, Robert Ames. “Ames was sort of an unlikely spy,” Kai Bird, author of the new biography The Good Spy: The Life and Death of… Read More

A love of Israel, inside and out

Readers of the Washington Jewish Week may know Aaron Leibel as the newspaper’s copy editor and former arts editor. Copyediting is a job that requires him to confine himself to the minutiae of writing — syntax, spelling and the errant double space. But two years ago, Leibel decided to open himself up and let his… Read More

Uncomfortable truths

The Lie: A Novel. By Hesh Kestin. New York. Scribner, 2014. 240 pp. Every review of Kestin’s latest novel, The Lie, should deservedly include one or more of those coveted literary “praise-phrases” reserved for the best of the top-notch suspense thrillers: knuckle-gnawing, heart-stopping, sleep-suspending and the like. And if one were to assess The Lie… Read More

A love that follows infatuation

Review of: Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation, by Yossi Klein Halevi I was a very young child when I fell in love with Israel. At the end of a very hard work day, my father, a Holocaust survivor and new to America, would sit at… Read More