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 By Ben Cardin    Opinions    May 18, 2018 

I voted against the Iran nuclear deal, withdrawing from it is a mistake

WASHINGTON (JTA)—President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the Iran nuclear deal, is bad policy and calls into question America’s international credibility. Mr. Trump has now...

 
 By Harold Rhode    Opinions    May 18, 2018 

Iranian reaction when confronted with force

(JNS)—While we cannot know the future, past history gives a good indication of how Iranians react when confronted with force. Iranians fear confrontation. They most often get others to do their dirty work so that others would be forced to take the...

 

Iran's options now that the US is out of the nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (JTA)—An inflection point in American policy towards Iran came this afternoon, when President Trump announced he will re-impose nuclear sanctions on Iran and effectively withdraw the U.S. from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action...

 
 By David Gemunder    Opinions    May 18, 2018 

In teaching bias, Starbucks winds up displaying it

(JNS)—A fundamental red line was crossed. For the first time in our collective memory, radical activists successfully used anti-Semitism to convince one of America’s largest companies to turn its back on an established and respected civil-rights...

 

JK Rowling and standing up to anti-Semitism

J.K. Rowling, French celebrities and German officials are making it clear they stand with the embattled Jewish minorities within their midst. In the past few days, the author J.K. Rowling—along with dozens of other people in Britain, France and...

 
 By Naftali Bennett    Opinions    May 18, 2018 

Why Israel is investing in Diaspora Jewish education

JERUSALEM (JTA)—For decades, world Jewry helped Israel. Organizations gathered and sent funds to the feeble, small state; our Air Force and Navy were formed and trained by Jewish volunteers from around the globe. As we celebrate our 70th...

 

AJC calls on international community to unite behind US

Dear Editor: The American Jewish Congress applauds President Trump’s announcement that the US will abandon the undesirable Iran nuclear deal. The status quo has clearly and demonstrably failed and Iran has so far refused to commit to renegotiating...

 

The ADL's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

(JTA)—Last week, Shabbat couldn’t come soon enough for the Anti-Defamation League. On Wednesday, Starbucks announced that the Jewish group’s CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, seemed to have been demoted from top adviser to a supporting role in the cof...

 

'No,' Mr. Schindler, there is no 'occupation'

(JNS)—A Pennsylvania high school teacher, who says he was deprived as a teenager, is now taking it out on his students—by lying to them about Israel. Sam Schindler, co-founder and history teacher at the Stone Independent School, a private school...

 
 By Mel Pearlman    Opinions    May 11, 2018

U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem

This coming week the United States of America will officially move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The selected date, May 14, 2018, comes exactly 70 years after the declaration of the establishment of the modern state of Israel with its...

 

Iran's lies matter

(JNS)—To Obama administration alumni and other detractors of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, there was nothing all that new or noteworthy in his presentation of a treasure trove of Iranian nuclear intelligence obtained by the Mossad. Whi...

 

Concerning Iran: America needs to 'do the right thing'

Dear Editor: The American Jewish Congress is very concerned by the emerging allegations that Iran historically continued to expand its nuclear weapons program and may continue to do so, despite its claims otherwise. We remain concerned that the...

 

One more word about Henri Landwirth

Dear Editor: Thank you for including a quote from me about Henri (“Henri Landwirth dies at age 91,” April 27, 2018 issue). I had the honor of knowing and working with him for the years we spent in Orlando, and for some time afterwards. He WAS a...

 

Don't believe what you read coming out of Gaza

Dear Editor: Have you ever noticed that it appears all of the reporting about the goings on in Gaza all come from the Gaza Strip? Also, all of the reporters seem to have Arabic names. Are you aware that there is no freedom of the press in Gaza?...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    Opinions    May 4, 2018

Does Natalie Portman's snub of Netanyahu make her the face of liberal Zionism?

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Natalie Portman’s statement explaining why she declined to attend an award ceremony in Israel in her honor was a pointed rebuke, and of a particular individual. “I did not want to appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu,” she...

 
 By Lyn Julius    Opinions    May 4, 2018

Well-meaning American Jews helping import anti-Semitism

(Sephardi Perspective via JNS)—German Chancellor Angela Merkel has finally woken up and smelled the coffee. Speaking after a 19-year-old Syrian refugee lunged with a belt at an Israeli wearing a kipah, Merkel denounced a “different type of...

 

Blacklist of BDS supporters hurting efforts to defend Israel

(JTA)—We are Jewish and pro-Israel students who are active within our Jewish communities on college campuses across North America. Many of us have helped organize against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions-affiliated movements throughout our tim...

 
 By David Gerstman    Opinions    May 4, 2018

The duplicitous diplomat: Seven deceptions Iranian FM Zarif told 'Face the Nation'

There’s a famous quote attributed to Henry Wotton that “An ambassador is an honest gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.” If one takes this aphorism to heart, it is not limited to ambassadors, but to anyone in a nation’s...

 
 By Ron Prosor    Opinions    May 4, 2018

Mission not accomplished

(Israel Hayom)—The five days it took the U.S. administration to respond to a chemical attack in Syria were vital in order to on one hand consolidate a diplomatic coalition with two other U.N. Security Council member states and on the other hand def...

 

Banning the kippah

The Anne House employee isn’t the only person told not to wear his kippah at work. When Barry Vingerling, a 25-year-old Dutch Jew, started working at the Anne Frank House in 2017, he might have assumed his new employers would be sensitive to his...

 

Trump may have diplomatically boxed himself in

The Trump administration may be patting itself on the back by playing tough guy with tariffs in its effort to convince the Chinese government to return to the negotiating table for the purpose of revising reciprocal trade arrangements. President Xi,...

 
 By Jim Shipley    Opinions    April 27, 2018

Fading memories

Truthfully? I don’t remember when I first heard the word “Holocaust.” In the 1940s I went to Bala Cynwyd Junior High and then Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, where out of 1500 students, less than 20 were Jews. In my senior...

 

The universalist impulse and Anne Frank

(JNS)—In what must be considered a public-relations coup of epic proportions, the New Israel Fund announced this week that it would be benefiting from the sales of copies of Anne Frank’s diary. The diary is among the most beloved books of the...

 

A raw deal: U.S. weapons for terror sponsors?

(JNS)—There was a time when a proposed U.S. sale of sophisticated rocket systems to an Arab regime that finances terrorism against Israel would arouse fierce opposition from American Jewish leaders. So why are Jewish leaders silent in the face of t...

 

Washington PLO envoy says J Street members are 'Palestinian allies'

(JNS)—The head of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Washington office received a thunderous welcome on Monday afternoon from self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” activists at the 10th anniversary J Street conference. Despite a speech...

 

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