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A Left-Wing Argument for Supporting Israel's War

By Gadi Taub

Hamas threatens not only Israel’s citizens, but also the prospect of a two-state solution. Gadi Taub explains why this war seems so necessary to many Israelis on the left.Read More


Israel's Moral Dilemma in Waging Gaza War

By Amitai Etzioni

Israel faces a seemingly impossible task in Gaza: fighting militants willing to fight amid a civilian population. Amitai Etzioni explores the moral and tactical challenges.Read More


ISIS Aimed at Ideals When They Destroyed Jonah's Tomb

By Leonard Fein

ISIS, the militant Muslim group now overrunning Iraq, recently destroyed the tomb of Jonah, the biblical prophet. Leonard Fein finds this a strikingly sad — and profoundly symbolic.Read More


Israel Professor Gets in Big Trouble for Showing Concern for Gaza War Victims

By Steven J. Zipperstein

Israeli professor Hanoch Sheinman thought it was basic human decency to express concern for all the victims of the Gaza war. But his email sparked a shocking backlash.Read More


Benjamin Netanyahu Confronts Minefields After Gaza War

By J.J. Goldberg

Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to spin the Gaza war as a success. J.J. Goldberg writes he’ll be lucky to make that story stick — and may soon find himself in danger of losing his job.Read More


Did Right-Wing French Jews Provoke Anti-Semitic Violence?

By Robert Zaretsky

The Jewish Defense League portrays itself as being on the front lines of defending French Jews. But Robert Zaretsky asks if the right-wing group may have provoked some anti-Semitic incidents .Read More


A Punk Rocker, Tisha B'Av and Our Love of History

By Avi Shafran

A punk rock musician taught Avi Shafran an unexpected lesson about Tisha B’Av. The rocker was bemused to hear that Jews still mourn the destruction of the temples.Read More


The Turkey Conundrum

By Ofra Bengio

The Gaza war has pushed Turkey’s relations with Israel to a new low — and led to major problems for Turkish Jews. But Ofra Bengio says things could improve faster than anyone thinks.Read More


Where Is Our Compassion?

By Dov Waxman

Israelis have a reason to become hardened to the suffering of Palestinians, writes Dov Waxman. But what about American Jews — where is our compassion?Read More


How Israel Refuses To Learn Lessons From Ground Invasions Past

By J.J. Goldberg

By invading Gaza, Israel has repeated the mistake it made in Lebanon and Gaza before. J.J. Goldberg writes it fails to see the consequences of a ground war —  and the trouble ending it.Read More


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