Meet the Palestinians

The events in Syria have captured the world’s attention but it would be regrettable if they overshadowed an important study released last week. The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society, published by the respected Pew Research Center, surveyed social, political, and religious attitudes across the Muslim world. It is an in-depth report worthy of muchContinue reading “Meet the Palestinians”

What’s the point of Israel?

Few countries have achieved what Israel has in its first 65 years. From a war-torn desert has sprung a land of prosperity and innovation; from the brutalities of successive colonial impositions a thriving polity, democratic and disputatious; and from a desperate immigrant refuge a proud Jewish homeland. Achievements, the gleaming medals of past endeavor andContinue reading “What’s the point of Israel?”

Margaret Thatcher, mensch

Margaret Thatcher is being remembered in the United Kingdom and around the world as the fearless conviction politician who rescued Britain from its decline into sclerotic socialism and helped Ronald Reagan bring an end to the Evil Empire and freedom to the enslaved peoples of Eastern Europe. But she should also be remembered as aContinue reading “Margaret Thatcher, mensch”

Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady’s life and legacy in Scotland

On an icy February morning in 1975, a modest, unremarkable woman stepped out of a car on Edinburgh’s Princes Street, hoping to walk the retail thoroughfare and shake a few hands for the waiting cameras. Instead, she was mobbed by a crowd of 3000 well-wishers, waving Union Flags and cheering “Maggie”. The throng surged forwardContinue reading “Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady’s life and legacy in Scotland”

My response to Richard Shulman

My review of Daniel Gordis’s The Promise of Israel, which was published in Commentary magazine in December, prompted some criticism, including correspondence from Mr. Richard H. Shulman. Click here to read Mr. Shulman’s letter to Commentary and see below for my rebuttal (which is also published here). If you want to know what all the fuss is about,Continue reading “My response to Richard Shulman”

A hechsher for a blood libel

They came with hatred in their hearts and knives in their hands. The Turkish flotilla that laid siege to Israel’s embargo on Gaza on 31 May 2010 did so with full knowledge that the Israeli and Egyptian blockade was in place to prevent the import by Hamas of weapons from Iran. The “humanitarian activists” on boardContinue reading “A hechsher for a blood libel”

Watchman on the Walls

From Ambivalence to Betrayal: The Left, the Jews, and Israel By Robert S. Wistrich University of Nebraska Press, 648 pages The volume, character, and tone of Judeophobia to be found in the public discourse around the world, whether in the form of classical Jew-hatred or the more respectable negation of the validity of the State ofContinue reading “Watchman on the Walls”

Gvirotai ve’rabotai… balagan

NB: This post was scribbled out by your humble writer at 3am on election night and relies on the early exit polls for seat numbers. I wanted to retain the raw reaction to unfolding events so the piece hasn’t been updated to reflect final seat tallies.  On election night 1977, as the votes poured inContinue reading “Gvirotai ve’rabotai… balagan”