Forward Forum


Hamas Has Nothing To Lose — and Why That's So Dangerous for Israel

By Yossi Melman

Israel says its objectives in Gaza are limited, but that doesn’t mean it won’t turn into a quagmire, writes analysis Yossi Melman. Hamas will do everything it can to extend the agony.Read More


Why Israel Is Right To Launch Gaza Ground War To Root Out Terror

By Yossi Alpher

Is Israel justified in launching a ground war in Gaza? Yossi Alpher says yes because the IDF is acting to curb rocket fire —  and Hamas can end the war anytime it wants.Read More


Black Hats and Wigs Do Not an Orthodox Jew Make

By Avi Shafran

Why do some Orthodox Jews do things that seem so un-Jewish? Avi Shafran has an answer — they go through the motions of ritual without embodying true belief.Read More


France Must Reckon With Its Anti-Semitism Problem

By Robert Zaretsky

There’s palpaple hatred for Jews in the streets of France. Robert Zaretsky thinks it’s way past time for the nation to come to terms with this frightening problem.Read More


Why Bibi Doesn’t Want To Invade Gaza

By J.J. Goldberg

As Benjamin Netanyahu weighs a ground attack on Gaza, he has to consider Israel’s strategic interests. J.J. Goldberg explains why his internal battle with the right wing may be even more crucial.Read More


5 Ways To Turn Down the Social Media Flame

By Jay Michaelson

Our Facebook and Twitter feeds are burning up with inflaming comments about Israel and Palestine. Jay Michaelson has some tips for getting everyone to calm down a little.Read More


The Intifada Will Be Live Streamed — Is That Bad?

By Noam Neusner

If the third intifada erupts, the role of social media will be unprecedented. Noam Neusner explains who the winners will be if this uprising is waged on YouTube and Facebook.Read More


How Female Circumcision Is Different From a Brit Milah

By Elissa Strauss

Opponents of circumcision for boys often compare it to female genital mutilation. Elissa Strauss asserts that we can practice the former while abhorring the latter.Read More


Gaza War 'Unintended'? Nope, Hamas Is Sworn to Destroy Israel

By Gil Lainer

J.J. Goldberg calls Israel’s operation in Gaza an ‘unintended war (that) nobody wanted.’ Israeli diplomat Gil Lainer calls that a dangerously naive view of Hamas.Read More


How Politics and Lies Triggered an Unintended War in Gaza

By J.J. Goldberg

Israel and Hamas stumbled into this bloody confrontation due to a series of mutual missteps. It started with a triple murder and a clever fib, J.J. Goldberg writes.Read More





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