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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


Why Israel Wants an Independent Kurdistan

By Yossi Alpher

Kurds have taken advantage of the implosion of Iraq to push forward with their dream for an independent state. Why is Israel so quick to jump on the bandwagon?Read More


What Did You Expect?

By Jay Michaelson

Palestinians are so angry, no one should be surprised at the kidnap-murders of three teenagers, Jay Michaelson writes. Or the Jewish revenge killing that followed.Read More


Benjamin Netanyahu's Favorite Poet — and Ours

By Steven J. Zipperstein

Benjamin Netanyahu often quotes the words of Bialik, Israel’s national poet, during times of crisis. But Steven J. Zipperstein thinks the premier is cherry-picking the poet’s work.Read More


Supreme Court Rulings Show What We Care About

By J.J. Goldberg

Among the joys of June, along with fine weather and happy children, is the opportunity to watch the Supreme Court close out its docket. J.J. Goldberg explains what the rulings really mean.Read More


What Are You First, Jew or Journalist?

By Jane Eisner

The Israeli government’s Jewish Media Summit brought journalists from all over the world. But one question didn’t get much play: Are you a Jew or a journalist first?Read More


A Kidnapping That Made Israel Into One Family

By Elana Sztokman

The death of the kidnapped boys has released a sigh of collective grief in Israel, writes Elana Sztokman. It’s a joint response to a tragedy that transformed the country into one family.Read More


The Murkiness of the Hobby Lobby Ruling

By Michael A. Helfand

With all the uproar around the Hobby Lobby decision, it would be easy to miss how limited the decision actually is, writes Michael A. Helfand.Read More


A Threat to Jews in Hobby Lobby Decision

By Jay Michaelson

The Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case pitted a Talmudic Antonin Scalia against the prophetess, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. But the prophetess lost.Read More


The Freedom To Hear Offensive Speech

By Mark G. Yudof

University of California’s former president has spent years arguing that offensive speech should not be censored — but also that protest against it should be vigorous. Why isn’t anyone listening?Read More





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