Opinions

OP-ED: How the U.S. benefits from alliance with Israel

By DAVID POLLOCK and MICHAEL EISENSTADT

WASHINGTON (JTA) — When two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April, doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital found themselves well prepared for the aftermath.

Two years earlier, Israeli medical experts had helped update the hospital’s disaster response plan to...
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OP-ED: Stop pretending to care about Iranians’ rights

By SHAI FRANKLIN

NEW YORK (JTA) — The recent Op-Ed  championing human rights in Iran was very compelling but for two facts: It was co-authored by two of Israel’s greatest advocates, and they published it in JTA, a Jewish media outlet to which the CCJN subscribes.

As a community, we...
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OP-ED: Stand with the dissidents of Iran

By MARK KIRK and IRWIN COTLER

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Last Friday’s Iranian presidential election was fraught with fraud and fear — candidates vetted for their loyalty to the Supreme Leader and the Revolutionary Guards, the press muzzled by the imprisonment of independent journalists, and the leaders of Iranian civil society...
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Coming out, a young gay man finds self-acceptance

By ISAAC LOBEL

NEW YORK (JTA) — For my Bar Mitzvah, my parents got me a laptop. For what I searched for on it, they got me a shrink. CyberSitter informed my computer-savvy parents that their son was searching gay porn.

On the ride to my first therapy session, I...
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OP-ED: What if the Nazis had tweeted?

By GIDEON BEHAR

JERUSALEM (JTA) — What could Goebbels have done with 140 characters? The question, disturbing as it might sound, can no longer be approached only as theoretical.

As the arch-propagandist of Nazism, Joseph Goebbels spread the demonic messages of his Fuehrer via the written word, mass demonstrations, radio...
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The absence of derech eretz

By SHERWIN POMERANTZ

On Friday of last week Gideon Levy, a columnist and member of the editorial board of the generally left-leaning Ha’aretz newspaper here in Israel was verbally and physically attacked while walking in the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv with Catrin, his companion.

According to the piece (he...
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NJDC wrong for criticizing Sen. Grassley’s tweet

By MARK LANGFAN

The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) in a press release attacked U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) because Grassley tweeted:

“US has no foreign policy. We sh[ou]ld remember what happened th[e] last time we had no foreign policy. It was Sept 1939 Hitler started WWII Poland” – ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley)...
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OP-ED: Why does the world need Israel?

By ARKADY MAMAYSKY

In a March 9, 2013 Jerusalem Post op-ed title Narrowing the Gap between American and Israeli Jews, I presented some thoughts about how to forge closer bonds between Jews in Israel and the Diaspora to ensure that we remain a single people, rather than just coreligionists. The...
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OP-ED: Netanyahu must take a page from Sadat

By RABBI MARC SCHNEIER

NEW YORK (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is correct to describe a new proposal by the Arab League to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks as “a very big step forward.” Yet there will be no serious movement toward peace until Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...
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OP-ED: Mahmous Abbas can’t meet Israel’s basic requirement for peace

By MOSHE ARENS

At an Independence Day reception for foreign diplomats, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke of Israel’s desire for peace with the Palestinians. “Peace will be based on the principle of two states for two peoples,” he said. “This we recognized 65 years ago when under Ben-Gurion’s leadership the...
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