Why remain Jewish in the highly assimilated America of 2017? Because, according to AIPAC, Israel needs you, and by safeguarding it, you can be a hero.
In the Trump anti-Semitism wars, both the right and left err in a different way. They employ guilt by association.
When Netanyahu speaks, Democrats hear Donald Trump. When Democrats read about Israel not allowing critics into the country, they’ll think of Trump’s travel ban. When Netanyahu claims his wall stopped “illegal immigration,” they’ll think of Trump’s proposed wall along the border with Mexico.
My plan was to teach my children to love Israel and introduce them to the harsh truths as they got older. But a new law passed by the Knesset may upend it all.
We do not live in an age of moral compromise. We live in an age of moral extremism. Trump is making the Republican Party more nationalistic. Democrats are responding by becoming more universalistic. Trump’s Republican Party is becoming a more naked expression of white, Christian self-interest. Democrats are responding by embracing the interests of people of color more emphatically.
For almost two decades, American presidents have supported a Palestinian state alongside Israel. Last week, Donald Trump questioned that commitment, thus potentially changing the course of Middle Eastern and Jewish history.
Both Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump promised to tear up the Iran nuclear deal. Peter Beinart explains why, when the two leaders meet today, that option won’t even be on the table.
It’s one thing for Orthodox Jews to vote Republican. It’s another to vote for a candidate who has urged that the United States ban Muslim immigration.
Jared Kushner’s moral failure should chill every Modern Orthodox educator, rabbi and parent in America, writes Peter Beinart.
If Palestinians begin another intifada, they will not be the only ones to share responsibility for violence against Israel. The American and Israeli leader are guilty, too.