Nathan Guttman


Ron Dermer Makes Effective Voice of Israel in Time of Crisis

By Nathan Guttman

Ron Dermer Makes Effective Voice of Israel in Time of Crisis
Ron Dermer is Israel’s man in Washington. The American-bred ambassador has so far succeeded in selling the Gaza operation — but how long can his PR magic last?Read More


Iran Nuclear Talks Deadline Looms With Little Angst About Extension

By Nathan Guttman

Iran Nuclear Talks Deadline Looms With Little Angst About Extension
As the deadline nears for a nuclear deal with Iran, all sides seem resigned to an extension. Even Israel is no longer beating war drums over the supposed existential threat posed by Tehran.Read More


Israeli and Palestinian Roommates Find Common Ground — Far From Home

By Nathan Guttman

Israeli and Palestinian Roommates Find Common Ground — Far From Home
The mounting crisis in Israel caught two young interns — an Israeli and a Palestinian — far from home. Guess what? They were able to see how the other side views the conflict.Read More


Survivors Bereft as Israel Abruptly Shuts Holocaust Property Restitution Plan

By Nathan Guttman

Survivors Bereft as Israel Abruptly Shuts Holocaust Property Restitution Plan
Project HEART, a Holocaust restitution program set up to help survivors regain Nazi-seized property, has been abruptly shut. Who will help them now?Read More


Presidents Conference Takes Tentative Steps to More Democratic Structure

By Nathan Guttman

Presidents Conference Takes Tentative Steps to More Democratic Structure
After a divisive refusal to admit the dovish J Street, the Presidents Conference is taking tentatives steps toward reform. Will it be enough to satisfy critics?Read More






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  • The rose petals have settled, and Andi has made her (Jewish?) choice. We look back on the #Bachelorette finale:
  • "Despite the great pain and sadness surrounding a captured soldier, this should not shape the face of this particular conflict – not in making concessions and not in negotiations, not in sobering assessments of this operation’s achievements or the need to either retreat or move forward." Do you agree?
  • Why genocide is always wrong, period. And the fact that some are talking about it shows just how much damage the war in Gaza has already done.
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  • "The painful irony in Israel’s current dilemma is that it has been here before." Read J.J. Goldberg's latest analysis of the conflict:
  • Law professor Dan Markel waited a shocking 19 minutes for an ambulance as he lay dying after being ambushed in his driveway. Read the stunning 911 transcript as neighbor pleaded for help.
  • Happy birthday to the Boy Who Lived! July 31 marks the day that Harry Potter — and his creator, J.K. Rowling — first entered the world. Harry is a loyal Gryffindorian, a matchless wizard, a native Parseltongue speaker, and…a Jew?
  • "Orwell would side with Israel for building a flourishing democracy, rather than Hamas, which imposed a floundering dictatorship. He would applaud the IDF, which warns civilians before bombing them in a justified war, not Hamas terrorists who cower behind their own civilians, target neighboring civilians, and planned to swarm civilian settlements on the Jewish New Year." Read Gil Troy's response to Daniel May's opinion piece:
  • "My dear Penelope, when you accuse Israel of committing 'genocide,' do you actually know what you are talking about?"
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  • Can animals suffer from PTSD?
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  • "I thought I was the only Jew on a Harley Davidson, but I was wrong." — Gil Paul, member of the Hillel's Angels. http://jd.fo/g4cjH
  • “This is a dangerous region, even for people who don’t live there and say, merely express the mildest of concern about the humanitarian tragedy of civilians who have nothing to do with the warring factions, only to catch a rash of *** (bleeped) from everyone who went to your bar mitzvah! Statute of limitations! Look, a $50 savings bond does not buy you a lifetime of criticism.”
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