Hillel Halkin

Upsetting the Status Quo? Women of the Wall have been active for 25 years. But 2013 is the year their struggle took the world stage.

Are Women of the Wall Pathbreakers — or Provocateurs?

For 25 years, Women of the Wall have met for prayer services at the Kotel at the beginning of each Jewish month. In 2013, their struggle took the global stage, for better or worse.

Dual Loyalty: Imaginary scenario: Israel and the United States are at war. Who should American Jews support?

Why American Jews Shouldn't Be Afraid To Put Israel First

Who should an American Jew support in a hypothetical rift between Israel and the United States? Hillel Halkin thinks the answer shouldn’t be so complicated.

Syria U-Turn Sends Troubling Message of American Weakness

The deal to strip Syria of its chemical weapons could benefit Israel. But it sends a disturbing message of American weakness in the face of global threats, Hillel Halkin writes.

Chaos: More than 1,000 members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood have been killed in street violence over the past weeks.

As Egypt Falls Apart, Israel Whispers: 'We Told You So'

With Egypt in a deep state of unrest and the world shocked at the bloodshed, Israel security experts are shaking their heads and whispering to themselves: ‘We told you so.’

Mission Improbable: Is John Kerry driving into a dead end?

John Kerry Is Wasting His Time — and Ours

With John Kerry proclaiming a fresh start to the Mideast peace process, Hillel Halkin explains why the two-state solution is dead — and offers his own alternative.

Women's Prayer Protests at Western Wall Are Just Childish Provocation

The Women of the Wall are childish provocateurs. Their protests stem from the narcissism of thinking that one’s rights matter more than anyone else’s, Hillel Halkin writes.

What's a Pro-Boycott Cartoon of Stephen Hawking Doing in a Jewish Paper?

Would the Forward publish a cartoon in support of scientist Stephen Hawking’s decision to join the academic boycott of Israel? It did — and it should be ashamed of itself.

View From Above: An Israeli soldier stands atop a tank during drills in the occupied Golan Heights.

Israel Was Right Not To Return Golan Heights to Syria

Yitzhak Rabin was poised to return the Golan Heights to Syria as part of a peace deal. Hillel Halkin writes that the current civil war proves why that would have been a catastrophic decision.

At Sea: The Mavi Marmara incident had become a bone of contention between Israel and Turkey after nine Turkish citizens were killed in an Israeli raid.

No Need To Say We're Sorry

Hillel Halkin thinks Israel’s recent apology to Turkey over the Mavi Marmara incident was a mistake. He believes an apology is owed to those soldiers who boarded the flotilla and to the Israeli people.

Israel's Left Is Missing Boat on Anti-Haredi Coalition Alliance

An Israeli coalition including right winger Naftali Bennett would tackle the Haredi draft exemption but put peace on the back burner. Hillel Halkin explains why the left should embrace it.