Can Trump survive Abbas?

There was something of a motivational speaker about President Donald Trump as he welcomed Mahmoud Abbas, the geronto-crat at the helm of the Palestinian Authority for the last 12 years, to the White House May 3. At their joint appearance, Trump was confident and beaming. Abbas, in turn, came across as eager and respectful. As… Read More

Europe seeking to take home the Startup Nation

Israel’s economic strength, along with the buzz of Israel’s startup nation reputation and high-tech scene, has not eluded one of Israel’s closest neighbors — Europe. Through technological cooperation, innovation ties and solidifying the Israeli presence, European locations seek to benefit from and interact with all that Israeli industry has to offer. For example, the Enterprise… Read More

Abbas’ photo op

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ recent reception at the White House provided the optics for a new Middle East peace push, even though it does not appear to have generated any actual momentum. But the high profile reception did give legitimacy to the Palestinian leader, notwithstanding the fact that he is despised at home, is still… Read More

The toxic brew of politics and religion

Here’s a thought experiment: Imagine your rabbi dedicating his Yom Kippur sermon to why he will be voting for Candidate X come Election Day and why you should as well. Now suppose the rabbi made that endorsement because your congregation’s biggest donor asked that he do so in exchange for an unprecedented gift to the… Read More

Letters May 11, 2017

Look at Netanyahu’s decision in a different way The recent Washington Jewish Week editorial (“Netanyahu’s German problem, May 4) concludes that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “snub” of the German Foreign Minister Gabriel’s intent to meet with Breaking the Silence (BTS) sends “a message of intolerance and hostility to diverse opinions — an approach that… Read More

Magen Davids in Latvia

How would you feel if you stopped at an end-of-year fair to buy some handmade souvenirs and saw a decorated Xmas-tree surrounded by children with decorated Stars of David in their hands? Most likely, a feeling of disgust would prick your heart, while your brain came up with some justification: Chanukah and the New Year… Read More

Why Radiohead’s Israel show matters

It may be the 20th anniversary of Radiohead’s seminal album “OK Computer,” but for some Jewish fans of the band, like me, all is not OK. You might even say I’m feeling “Let Down.” Here’s why: In February, the British band announced that it was playing Tel Aviv in July as part of their world… Read More

Don’t cheat this time, Marwan Barghouti

According to the latest pictures I’ve seen of Marwan Barghouti, he can use a little dieting. He’s grown a bit heavier, with his sedentary lifestyle of late. Not like the early 2000s, when he was active and busy planning the murders of hundreds of Jews. Of course cheating on his diet — a hunger strike… Read More

Netanyahu’s German problem

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the foreign minister of Germany, one of Israel’s oldest and strongest allies, a choice: Either meet with me or with Israeli human rights groups, but you can’t meet with both. While it is hard to believe that Netanyahu would snub Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, that is exactly… Read More