Former envoy Dan Shapiro right at home in Israel

RA’ANANA, Israel — Dan Shapiro can’t seem to leave Israel. Before stepping down as the U.S. ambassador to the country in January, he said he would stay long enough for his daughters to finish the school year. On Sunday, he announced he would be sticking around even longer to join the Institute for National Security… Read More

Left-wing groups ramp up protests of Trump’s Israel policies

Left-wing Jewish groups have launched a string of protests in response to confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel and Trump’s meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On Thursday, three protestors from IfNotNow were arrested after disrupting the Senate confirmation hearing of David Friedman, the Trump organization’s bankruptcy lawyer who… Read More

Is Israel tent big enough for critics and cheerleaders?

NEW YORK — Oppose the settlements? You’re one of us. Believe Israel should control the West Bank indefinitely? Come right in. Criticize Israel’s Chief Rabbinate? Welcome home. Think Israel should privilege Orthodox Judaism? Sure, why not? That’s the approach advocated in a new strategic plan, released last week, to combat Israel’s delegitimization: Get more people… Read More

Lawyers learn the ethics of combating terrorism

BALTIMORE — Warfare has changed dramatically in recent decades. On the Israeli front lines, terrorism and guerilla warfare persist, forcing Israel Defense Forces soldiers to make life-or-death decisions in the field. IDF Reserve Brig. Gen. Bentzi Gruber spoke to the Jewish National Fund’s Lawyers for Israel Society in Baltimore on Jan. 24, where he talked… Read More

IAC ‘Center’ for Israelis opens in Rockville JCC

As many as 10,000 Israeli-Americans live in the Washington area, according to Ronit Gudes Totah, regional director for the Israeli-American Council, which tries to build a collective American identity among those whose ancestry is Israeli. The group has an office, but no space to hold programs geared toward Jewish education and leadership development. “The community… Read More