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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  • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
  • "My bat mitzvah party took place in our living room. There were only a few Jewish kids there, and only one from my Sunday school class. She sat in the corner, wearing the right clothes, asking her mom when they could go." The latest in our Promised Lands series — what state should we visit next?
  • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
  • Should couples sign a pre-pregnancy contract, outlining how caring for the infant will be equally divided between the two parties involved? Just think of it as a ketubah for expectant parents:
  • Many #Israelis can't make it to bomb shelters in time. One of them is Amos Oz.
  • According to Israeli professor Mordechai Kedar, “the only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped."
  • Why does ultra-Orthodox group Agudath Israel of America receive its largest donation from the majority owners of Walmart? Find out here: http://jd.fo/q4XfI
  • Woody Allen on the situation in #Gaza: It's “a terrible, tragic thing. Innocent lives are lost left and right, and it’s a horrible situation that eventually has to right itself.”
  • "Mark your calendars: It was on Sunday, July 20, that the momentum turned against Israel." J.J. Goldberg's latest analysis on Israel's ground operation in Gaza:
  • What do you think?
  • "To everyone who is reading this article and saying, “Yes, but… Hamas,” I would ask you to just stop with the “buts.” Take a single moment and allow yourself to feel this tremendous loss. Lay down your arms and grieve for the children of Gaza."
  • Professor Dan Markel, 41 years old, was found shot and killed in his Tallahassee home on Friday. Jay Michaelson can't explain the death, just grieve for it.
  • Employees complained that the food they received to end the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan was not enough (no non-kosher food is allowed in the plant). The next day, they were dismissed.
  • Why are peace activists getting beat up in Tel Aviv? http://jd.fo/s4YsG
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