Opinions

OP-ED: Trump’s executive order on anti-Semitism is not perfect, but it’s still good for the Jews

By RABBI ANDREW BAKER

WASHINGTON (JTA) — It is unfortunate that proposed legislation that enjoyed broad, bipartisan support fell victim to the hyperpartisan climate of Washington. Now enacted by a presidential executive order, and signed at a White House Chanukah party in the presence of mostly Republican friends and supporters,...
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OP-ED: We need to thank the unsung heroes keeping American synagogues safe

By JASON D. GREENBLATT

WASHINGTON (JTA) — When I was about 19 years old, I took my first trip to Europe. I marveled at its beauty, its culture, its history and its architecture.

On this trip and many others that followed, I shed many tears as I visited the numerous...
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OP-ED: Social protectionism and anti-Semitism

By ALAN SMASON

There is never a more obvious time for Jewish Americans to be cognizant they are different from the majority of other U.S. citizens than holiday time. Green and red ribbons and brightly festooned trees dotted with dazzling lights remind busy shoppers of the season and serve as...
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OP-ED: When a milestone is ignored

By ALAN SMASON

For more than two decades, I have worn a hat that few journalists have been willing to don. Those who know of my admittedly zealous attachment to Scouting understand that I have promoted the Scouting program at a time when its principles and ideals were being attacked...
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OP-ED: Would England have indicted Churchill during the Blitz?

By MARK LANGFAN

Imagine for a moment that during the height of the Blitz on England (later-1940 until mid-1941), with Hitler’s bombs raining down on civilians and killing almost 40,000 of them, that Winston Churchill had secretly said to a Times of London editor: “Give me somewhat better press, and I’ll help you with...
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OP-ED: Bloomberg or Bernie: Which Jewish candidate do American Jews want?

By AMI EDEN

NEW YORK (JTA) — First Bernie Sanders. Now Michael Bloomberg. This cycle’s Democratic primary is shaping up to be the all-time greatest troll of white nationalist Twitter — a battle royale featuring both a Jewish socialist from Brooklyn and a Jewish billionaire who made his fortune catering...
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OP-ED: Netanyahu’s indictment is painful to watch. But Americans shouldn’t lose hope in Israeli democracy.

By SCOTT LASENSKY

COLLEGE PARK, MD. (JTA) — The indictment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is an understandably confusing and emotional moment for American Jews. 

Thursday was a “difficult and sad day” for Israelis, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit said when announcing the indictment. Netanyahu is the first sitting prime minister...
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OP-ED: Trump’s new designation and Palestinian inertia

By ALAN SMASON

While I have always stopped short of using the Israeli designation of Judea and Samaria to refer to the West Bank, this week’s decision by the Trump administration to no longer consider settlements as illegal might present a cogent argument to consider a change in attitude.

The...
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OP-ED: The ‘deep state’ fought Israel and lost

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN

– Americans and viewers around the world have been transfixed this week by the first public hearing by the U.S. House of Representatives on the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

At the center of the proceedings was the testimony of two veteran officials:...
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OP-ED: Over 150 reasons to say no to a Palestinian state

By MOSHE PHILLIPS

Over 150 rockets were fired at Israeli civilian targets by the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists from Gaza within hours after the November 12 targeted air strike assassination of Baha Abu al-Ata, a top commander of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine (PIJ).

Coming just over two...
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