Amnon Rubinstein

He Willed It: Theodor Herzl gazes over a hotel balcony during the First Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland.

Thoroughly Modern Theodor

It is easy to mock Theodor Herzl and his vision of orchestras playing Viennese waltzes aboard ocean liners carrying Jewish immigrants to the Promised Land. After all, the father of modern Zionism failed to anticipate the rise of Arab nationalism, and the model Jewish state that he imagined in his utopian novel “Altneuland” (Old-New Land) hardly resembles today’s conflict-ridden Israel.

Europe’s Media Echo Chamber

An unexpected event has taken place in the European media: Jean Daniel, editor of Le Nouvel Observateur, the highly influential Paris weekly, rebuked his colleagues for the manner in which they cover suicide terrorism. “All of the media outlets in France, and there are many, condemn terror and extremist fundamentalism, but the same media

Something Afoot in the Arab Press

Media outlets in the Arab world are a unique phenomenon — hatred and defamation are a staple, the antisemitic propaganda recalls that of Goebbels, and what masquerades as fact is in fact a figment of psychopathic imagination.Take, for instance, an article published last week by the Egyptian opposition newspaper Al-Wafd, which