January 19, 2012 |
The Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank closely aligned with the White House, is embroiled in a dispute with several Jewish organizations over charges that some center staffers have publicly used language that could be construed as anti-Israel or even anti-Semitic. The controversy could add to divisions over Middle East policy among groups that are key political allies of President Obama, potentially complicating the president's reelection outreach to some Jewish voters, just...
November 21, 2012 |
As missiles and rockets exploded in Israel and Gaza , television news was dominated by the tragic violence, and we were warned that the battle between Israel and the Palestinians might spread because we are in a new and much more dangerous Middle East. Islamists are in power, democracies will listen to their people. In fact, as the relatively quick cease-fire between the parties shows, there is a very low likelihood of a broader regional conflict. It's true that we're in a new Middle East, but it's one in which Israel...
June 28, 2012
The June 27 letter "Israel as mentor on foreign policy" praised Israel's "dignified" response to Egypt's election of an Islamist leader. Oh? May I ask what other option Israel has? Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, did not express admiration for democratic votes when the Palestinians elected a Hamas leader to protect them from further oppression by Israel. How easy it was for Israel to pick on the Palestinians. Not so without longtime president Hosni Mubarak in Egypt.
November 26, 2012
In his Nov. 23 op-ed column, " Why was there war in Gaza ," Charles Krauthammer wondered "why, given that there is no occupation of Gaza anymore," would there be any reason for war there. Would that he were correct that there is no longer any occupation of Gaza. Unfortunately, Israel occupies Gaza now as surely as when it had its settlements there. Gaza has been turned into an open-air prison, with all its borders — land, sea and air — controlled by Israel. If, for example, Egypt had the power to contain Israel in a similar...
May 22, 2012
In his May 17 Fine Print column, " Is the U.S. going too far to help Israel? ," Walter Pincus asked: "Should the United States put solving Israel's budget problems ahead of its own?" First, as Mr. Pincus probably knows, serious fiscal responsibility means dealing with burgeoning entitlement costs, far more than showy penny-pinching on the comparatively smaller rest of the budget. Second, U.S. contributions toward Israel's Iron Dome rocket defense program enable Israel to avoid preemptive assaults on Iran and its clients.
October 4, 2011
Regarding Lisa Miller's Oct. 1 On Faith column, "In a season of introspection, coming to terms with Israel" : There is a silent majority of American Jews who are not represented by this "Israel-centered" enterprise. They are critical of efforts to tell them that Israel is their "homeland" and that the highest expression of their faith is to make "aliyah," to emigrate to that state. Judaism is a religion of universal values, not a nationality, and...