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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


Is Israel Fighting a 'Just War' in Gaza — and What About Hamas?

By Jamie Levin

The concept of a ‘just war’ has been enshrined in Western thought since the days of St. Thomas Aquinas. Does Israel — or Hamas — have the right to claim the mantle of justice?Read More


8 Reasons Menachem Creditor Is Wrong To Be 'Done Apologizing' for Israel

By Jay Michaelson

Rabbi Menachem Creditor says he’s done apologizing for Israel. Jay Michaelson gives 8 reasons why it’s important to tell the truth about the Gaza war — even if it hurts.Read More


Solitude and Quiet Will Not Cure You

By Elissa Strauss

We are told to value idleness and isolation, even boredom, but Elissa Strauss wonders if this is really our problem as a society. Maybe we just need to learn how to engage with one another.Read More


Israel's Conflict Has a Past — and a Future

By Dahlia Scheindlin

Lost in all the discussions of the Gaza war is any sense of how we got here. Understanding this past, argues Dahlia Scheindlin, is critical to preventing a return to a tragic cycle.Read More


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