A year and a half after Israel’s Gaza military operation — the focus of the United Nations’ damning Goldstone Report — a new investigation launched by the Human Rights Council and due in mid-September will finally examine what Hamas has done to account for its own role in the conflict.
Three years ago, Naftali Bennett was celebrating with Benjamin Netanyahu. Bennett had just managed Netanyahu’s successful campaign in the Likud primaries, in which the former prime minister won a decisive victory over far-right challenger Moshe Feiglin, cementing his control over the party and paving the way for his return to the premiership.
On Yoseph Robinson’s website, a Brooklyn street scene fades into an image of the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The man in the images leans idly against a Brooklyn lamp; at the Wall he prays, standing erect.7
In his 2006 reelection campaign, Virginia Senator George Allen’s Jewish roots were among the issues that brought him down. Not the fact that his mother was raised as a Jew, but rather his attempts to hide this fact from Virginia voters.
A week after Israel’s fatal raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, which left nine dead, Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.” It was not an easy assignment. Stephen Colbert plays a satirical version of a right-wing television host who regularly and mercilessly mocks his guests. In introducing Oren, he had already feigned sympathy for the raid by saying that it was tragic, but “you can’t make a challah without breaking a few eggs.”
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