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Why American Jews are standing with Israel

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014 in Haaretz | 1 comment

Why American Jews are standing with Israel

American Jews stand with Israel. At times of war and crisis, that’s the way it has always been, and this time is no different. Despite gruesome pictures of civilian casualties in Gaza, media coverage that is frequently critical of the Jewish State, and shrill and accusatory statements about Israel from UN officials and foreign diplomats, American Jewish support has been unwavering. It is not only the Jews who support Israel, of course. According to the most recent CNN poll, a majority of Americans believe that Israel’s actions in Gaza are...

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Bizarre Criticism of Israel: “Disproportionate” Casualties

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Time | 0 comments

Bizarre Criticism of Israel: “Disproportionate” Casualties

On “NBC Nightly News” on July 12, David Gregory spoke of growing pressure from the United Nations for a ceasefire in Gaza. He noted that the United States and many other nations believed that Israel had a right to self-defense. Nonetheless, Gregory reported, these countries were likely to be sympathetic to calls for a ceasefire because of the “disproportionate” number of casualties between the two sides. Among the residents of Gaza, the death toll then exceeded 100, while Israel had suffered dozens of injuries but no casualties. Mr. Gregory...

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Stop the rockets, stop the settlements

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in Haaretz | 0 comments

Stop the rockets, stop the settlements

Progressive Jews in America need to be doing two things right now:  Supporting Israel’s campaign to stop the Hamas rockets, and calling on Israel to freeze settlement building. Jews who are dovish on Israel are confused.  They refuse to give up their hopes of peace and are encouraged by signs of moderation from PA President Mahmoud Abbas.  But they are distressed that the Kerry initiative has collapsed; appalled by the kidnapping and killing of the three Israeli teens; revolted by the torture and murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir; and dismayed by...

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Why I’m Thankful for America’s Immigrants and Religion

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Time | 0 comments

Why I’m Thankful for America’s Immigrants and Religion

The Fourth of July is nearly upon us. As always, we Americans will barbeque in our backyards, watch fireworks, and celebrate America. And there is much to celebrate. Americans are informal and down-to-earth. We introduce ourselves by our first names to practically everyone. We say “hi” on elevators to people that we have never laid eyes on. We don’t like folks who put on airs. We are unfailingly helpful and friendly. And if you think everyone is like that, spend a few weeks in Europe. We talk a lot about freedom in America, and we mostly mean...

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Getting Jabotinsky Right

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Jerusalem Post | 0 comments

Getting Jabotinsky Right

Jabotinsky was a true democrat. Those in the settler movement who profess to embrace his principles must embrace the democracy that he championed. And that means real democracy, and not the pseudo-democracy that lies at the heart of Dani Dayan’s recent political plan, published in the New York Times on June 9. The heart of the Dayan plan was that the separation barrier should be taken down and the material circumstances of West Bank Palestinians should be improved. However, their political status—no citizenship in Israel and no Palestinian...

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Yoffie on Rivlin: I hope his views have really changed

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Jerusalem Post | 0 comments

Yoffie on Rivlin: I hope his views have really changed

Yesterday, in my Haaretz article, I called on Israeli Presidential candidate Ruby Rivlin to answer the following question: If he is elected president of the State of Israel, will he address Reform rabbis by the title “rabbi”? How he — and other candidates — responded to this question is in today’s Jerusalem Post. Here is an excerpt from that article.  “Former Union for Reform Judaism president Rabbi Eric Yoffie attacked Rivlin in Haaretz Monday, complaining that when Rivlin ran for president seven years ago, he refused...

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