Israel/Mideast

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

As Israel and the U.S. drift apart

Our Separate Ways: The struggle for the Future of the U.S.-Israeli Alliance, by Dana Allin and Steven Simon, PublicAffairs, 284 pages, $26.99. Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER Demographic and political changes are pushing Israel and the United States apart, say Dana Allin and Steven Simon, and they suggest dramatic, perhaps impossible action to try to reverse […]

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Elie becomes a fighter

An elite military unit reminds its soldiers of the mission: ‘Tomorrow War’ By TEDDY WEINBERGER At the conclusion of a soldier’s training, the IDF conducts an “end of course” (sof maslul) ceremony. My son Elie, who is in an elite, secret commando unit, recently completed a relatively lengthy 16-months of training. (I was rebuked by […]

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Soros group is latest hack victim

Emails of the Open Society Foundations state objective of ‘challenging Israel’s racist and anti-democratic policies’ By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — Hacked emails show that the Open Society Foundations led by Jewish billionaire George Soros have as an objective “challenging Israel’s racist and anti-democratic policies” in international forums, in part by questioning Israel’s reputation as […]

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

A third Jewish Temple?

Temple Institute uses new tools of internet to bring ancient message to the masses By ANDREW TOBIN JERUSALEM (JTA) — “It’s time to build,” reads the tagline of the Temple Institute’s latest YouTube video. The phrase encapsulates the group’s controversial mission to rally Jews to reconstruct the Temple that was the heart of their religion […]

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Historian’s rejection of Zionism sparks debate

Acclaimed American Jewish historian says her views reflect a widespread trend By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — Hasia Diner is one of the most acclaimed American Jewish historians in the country. A product of the Habonim Dror Zionist youth movement, she is a former Fulbright Professor at the University of Haifa in Israel. Now, […]

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Israel’s largest-ever delegation is ready for Rio

Contingent of 47 athletes will vie for medals in 17 sports By MARCUS MORAES RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — When the 2016 Olympic Games open here on Friday evening, Israel will proudly show off its largest delegation ever, with 47 athletes competing in 17 sports. Among them are golfer Laetitia Beck, the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor; Lonah Chemtai, a Kenyan-born marathoner, […]

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Jeremy visits Iran

A visitor from Minneapolis finds the Iranians — including members of a remnant Jewish community — to be friendly and hospitable By MORDECAI SPECKTOR For many, or most, Jews, arriving in an airliner at Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport would be something akin to a waking nightmare. Not so for Jeremy Iggers, an accomplished journalist […]

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

How does Israel stay a ‘well-regulated militia?’

Just four percent of guns in Israel are not military issue By RON KAMPEAS (JTA) — Dirty, hot and exhausted Israeli soldiers waiting for their bus home from the army base tend, understandably, to be in a hurry to get on board. But when I was living in Israel during the first intifada, or Palestinian uprising, […]

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

An LGBTQ tour of Israel

Josh Mann visits the AJW and talks about the recent Federation-sponsored LGBTQ Mission to Israel By MORDECAI SPECKTOR Tel Aviv’s annual Gay Pride Parade, on June 3, attracted some 200,000 people. Although Amir Ohana, an openly gay Knesset member from the Likud Party, received extra police protection because of threats against him, according to a […]

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Cuomo’s anti-BDS order seen as game changer

New York governor’s measure has been praised and reviled By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order opposing BDS shouldn’t have made a splash — but it did. A handful of states had already passed similar measures opposing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. So had the […]