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Time to unmask the pro-Hamas thugs

The revival of anti-masking laws is necessary to curb the post-Oct. 7 surge in antisemitism. But will Democratic-controlled legislatures pass them? Will they muster the will not to tolerate pro-Hamas thuggery? Op-ed.

Time to unmask the pro-Hamas thugs

Why Israel can say ‘no’ to American diktats

There’s no alternative to the alliance with the United States. But support from ordinary Americans and the GOP means Israel doesn’t have to sacrifice its security to please Biden. Opinion.

Why Israel can say ‘no’ to American diktats

Biden’s double game on Hamas should fool no one

A presidential speech condemned past and present antisemitism. However, it contradicted policies aimed at letting the terrorists win and appeasing pro-Hamas voters.

Biden’s double game on Hamas should fool no one

Biden shouldn’t get away with granting a victory to Hamas

U.S. threats have given genocidal terrorists a respite as the media continues to demonize Israel and enable antisemitism. It’s now apparent that the United States—Israel’s main ally, and principal source of the arms and ammunition —does not want Hamas to be defeated. But the war isn’t over yet. Opinion.

Biden shouldn’t get away with granting a victory to Hamas

Israel’s isolation is caused by antisemitism, not bad policies

The answer to the Jewish state’s diplomatic dilemma is victory. Heeding the world’s demands to stop the war and let Hamas win will only make it worse. Opinion.

Israel’s isolation is caused by antisemitism, not bad policies

In memoriam:

A politician who was also a role model

Joe Lieberman was almost U.S. vice president. But his real distinction was as a politician who stuck to his principles and showed how to be a faithful Jew in the public square.

A politician who was also a role model

Biden's moral failure

Biden’s State of the Union address and his subsequent pronouncements have harsh words for Israel, not Hamas, and not a word on surging antisemitism in the US. No real friend of Israel speaks this way. Opinion.

Biden's moral failure

Why the left must lie about Hamas and rape

Journalists and social media deny the atrocities of Oct. 7 because of the false narrative about Israel being a “settler-colonial” state. No person with a shred of decency could support Hamas or oppose Israel’s efforts to eradicate it after reading about Hamas crimes. Opinion.

Why the left must lie about Hamas and rape

Intersectional myths ended the black-Jewish alliance

Black pastors are pressuring President Joe Biden to save Hamas because they identify with “oppressed” Palestinian Arabs who launched a genocidal war, not a drive for civil rights. Don't they know that? That is a morally bankrupt position. Op-ed.

Intersectional myths ended the black-Jewish alliance

Fight for MLK Jr.’s ideas and defeat DEI

The tragedy of the holiday is that it, like the civil-rights leader’s legacy, has been hijacked by woke ideologues who threaten American liberty and spread antisemitism. Op-ed.

Fight for MLK Jr.’s ideas and defeat DEI

Israel’s skeptics just don’t want it to win

Those who say it’s impossible to eliminate Hamas overestimate the terrorists and fail to understand the existential nature of this war.Op-ed

Israel’s skeptics just don’t want it to win

The problem is bigger than three college presidents

The woke ideologies that govern academia enable antisemitism that the heads of Harvard, Penn and MIT refuse to say breaks rules.Op-ed.

The problem is bigger than three college presidents

Hamas atrocities explode the two-state myth

The US may finally be prepared to let Israel defeat the Islamist terror group. But we will not allow a Palestinian state after that. Op-ed.

Hamas atrocities explode the two-state myth

The dark side of Israel’s ‘democracy’ debate is out in the open

The disruption of a public Orthodox prayer service in Tel Aviv on Yom Kippur cannot be excused. Op-ed.

The dark side of Israel’s ‘democracy’ debate is  out in the open

Is it racist to prioritize freedom from terror?

The U.S. State Department condemned recent comments by Itamar Ben-Gvir. But that is not the real problem. Op-ed.

Is it racist to prioritize freedom from terror?

A monolithic media, essential to the left, imperils democracy

As in the US, Israel’s mainstream media favor the left, so they’re trying to crush pro-Netnayahu Channel 14. Op-ed.

A monolithic media, essential to the left, imperils democracy

US Jewry’s dangerous intervention in an Israeli culture war

U.S. organizations opposition to judicial reform isn’t defending democracy, but showing contempt for Israel's Jewish majority. Op-ed.

US Jewry’s dangerous intervention in an Israeli culture war

Who are the real modern-day Zealots?

The battle over Israeli judicial reform can’t be settled by faux piety about unity. Politicized Tisha B’Av sermons won’t save Israel. Op-ed.

Who are the real modern-day Zealots?

Herzog’s duty is to stand with Israel’s elected government

If on his Washington visit, Herzog publicly distances himself from Netanyahu, it will be a bebetrayal of his office. Op-ed.

Herzog’s duty is to stand with Israel’s elected government

Netanyahu’s still in charge. Can Biden say the same?

The president’s latest shot at the Israeli government as “extreme” is hypocritical and inaccurate. Op-ed.

Netanyahu’s still in charge. Can Biden say the same?

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America is still worth fighting for

The civilizational struggle in which the left has cast the US as an irredeemably racist nation holds important stakes for the Jews. Op-ed.

America is still worth fighting for

New book:

The story behind the battle to move the US embassy

Farley Weiss and Leonard Grunstein disscuss their new book: 'Because It’s Just Right'

The story behind the battle to move the US embassy

The answer to campus radicalism and antisemitism? Defunding

A CUNY Law School graduation speech drew attention to the Jew-hatred in academia on the public’s dime. There must be accountability.Op-ed.

The answer to campus radicalism and antisemitism? Defunding

Joe Biden’s empty words about antisemitism

Bden's tribute to Jewish heritage featured a pledge against hate undermined by DEI orders and refusal to mention the IHRA definition.Op-ed.

Joe Biden’s empty words about antisemitism

The New York Times’ unethical war on hassidic schools

The 18-part assault on yeshivas says more about the decline of journalistic ethics than it does about any alleged academic failings. Op-ed.

The New York Times’ unethical war on hassidic schools

Tucker Carlson’s fall isn’t so good for the Jews

He took many questionable stands. But those who rightly see woke DEI ideology as a threat to Jewish life aren’t cheering his ouster, Op-ed.

Tucker Carlson’s fall isn’t so good for the Jews

What type of representative does Israel need?

PM's consideration of unabashed advocates, one a JNS columnist, for a top job is recognition that tepid diplomacy won’t cut it anymore.Op-ed

What type of representative does Israel need?

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The perils of politicizing Jewish philanthropy

As the judicial reform issue heats up, the umbrella group of Jewish Federations is intervening in Israeli politics. That's a mistake.Op-ed/

The perils of politicizing Jewish philanthropy

Why boycotts of Israel are never kosher

A call to reconsider investing in Israel because of judicial reform, although not exactly BDS, validates anti-Zionist lies. Op-eds.

Why boycotts of Israel are never kosher

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A ‘resistance’ coup just defeated Israeli democracy

A false narrative may achieve its goal of toppling Netanyahu, the consequences for future governments and U.S.-Israel relations are ominous.

A ‘resistance’ coup just defeated Israeli democracy

Demonizing Kohelet won’t silence calls for judicial reform

A think tank is attacked by Netanyahu opponents who focus on political power but not the ideas that put reform on the national agenda.Op-ed.

Demonizing Kohelet won’t silence calls for judicial reform

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Judge the Jewish rioters, but don’t rationalize Arab murderers

Jews who rioted following terror murders were condemned. But why does the Biden administration still tolerate Palestinian terrorism? Op-ed.

Judge the Jewish rioters, but don’t rationalize Arab murderers

How worrying is the far-right’s ‘Day of Hate’ stunt?

An Internet announcement is troubling, but Jews cowering in response and the mainstreaming of antisemitism by media is the real problem.

How worrying is the far-right’s ‘Day of Hate’ stunt?

Anti-Bibi resistance wants Americans to thwart Israeli democracy

Some writers & publications aren’t just gaslighting the world about judicial reform. They’re also playing into hands of Israel’s foes.Op-ed.

Anti-Bibi resistance wants Americans to thwart Israeli democracy

The Ilhan Omar vote is a turning point for American Jews

Partisan split on booting Omar from committees illustrates the normalization of anti-Zionism.Op-ed.

The Ilhan Omar vote is a turning point for American Jews

Americans shouldn’t be swayed by the Israeli left’s freakout

The apocalyptic rhetoric about Netanyahu’s government and judicial-reform is about thwarting democracy, not protecting it. Op-ed.

Americans shouldn’t be swayed by the Israeli left’s freakout

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Is Israel really threatened by Ben-Gvir’s Temple Mount gambit?

Worries about results are real. But denying Hamas a veto over Jerusalem and asserting Jewish rights also brings benefits. Op-ed.

Is Israel really threatened by Ben-Gvir’s Temple Mount gambit?

Can US Jews love the real Israel - or only the fantasy version?

Most Americans don’t like the Jewish state’s new government. But it still deserves their support against those who work to destroy it.Op-ed.

Can US Jews love the real Israel - or only the fantasy version?

The anti-Bibi resistance is playing with fire

A false narrative about the new government’s extremism, spread by Lapid and left-wing rabbis, will aid the cause of anti-Zionists. Op-ed.

The anti-Bibi resistance is playing with fire

The top 10 Jewish stories of 2022

Antisemitism, Bibi, Ben-Gvir, Zelenskyy and Trump, owned the headlines in a year of twists and some names that just don’t go away. Op-ed.

The top 10 Jewish stories of 2022

Can J Street still get away with pretending to be ‘pro-Israel’?

The left-wing lobby’s conference showed the group is irrelevant to Middle East realities and is also at war with Israel's interests.Op-ed.

Can J Street still get away with pretending to be ‘pro-Israel’?

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Don’t apologize for Ben-Gvir or anything else about Israel

Claiming Netanyahu’s government will make life hard for Diaspora Jews ignores what motivates Zionism’s foes and other anti-Semites. Op-ed.

Don’t apologize for Ben-Gvir or anything else about Israel

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The painful truth about media bias: Some journalists lie

The midterm election once again proved that many reporters suppress the truth to bolster their position in any dispute. Op-ed.

The painful truth about media bias: Some journalists lie

CNN’ gets it partially right about anti-Semitism

A documentary acknowledged hate on the left and the right, but failed to explain the role of critical race theory in mainstreaming it.Op-ed.

CNN’ gets it partially right about anti-Semitism

Jews don’t control America’s foreign policy

Belief in the myth of Jewish power haunts the U.S.-Israel relationship. Op-ed.

Jews don’t control America’s foreign policy

Biden will do everything he can to help Lapid

Despite outrage about interventions in its own elections,expect Washington to pull out the stops to try to sabotage Netanyahu.Op-ed

Biden will do everything he can to help Lapid

The "experts" are often wrong and sometimes corrupt

Exposing a corrupt foreign and defense establishment: A former US. general secretly worked for Qatar in connection with Benny Gantz. Op-ed.

The "experts" are often wrong and sometimes corrupt

DeSantis story: The politicization of Jewish institutions

NY’s Museum of Jewish Heritage has declared itself a partisan institution by banning Gov. DeSantis from speaking in its building.Op-ed.

DeSantis story: The politicization of Jewish institutions

The US ambassador to Israel calls pay-for-slay 'martyr payments'

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides sees his job not as promoting good relations but telling Israelis what they can and cannot do.Op-ed

The US ambassador to Israel calls pay-for-slay 'martyr payments'

Holocaust Remembrance Day rule: Everyone loves dead Jews

Lip service paid by the world to the memory of the Six Million is matched by the complacence about or support for today's Jew-hatred.Op-ed.

Holocaust Remembrance Day rule: Everyone loves dead Jews

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Who’s coarsening American public discourse now?

Is Biden’s angry and divisive rhetoric to blame for the latest round of abusive Nazi analogies? Opinion.

Who’s coarsening American public discourse now?

Plea bargains should not be for prime ministers

Netanyahu’s trial ending in a plea bargain is bad for Israeli democracy, even if it lets us move on from a long-running nightmare. Op-ed.

Plea bargains should not be for prime ministers

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Politics and combating anti-Semitism don’t mix

Historian Deborah Lipstadt’s nomination to be State Department envoy shouldn’t be held hostage to partisan anger. Opinion.

Politics and combating anti-Semitism don’t mix

Anti-Zionist Jews are in tune with the Palestinian Arabs

Some cling to the myth of a 2-state solution, but recent statements by Mahmoud Abbas are in line with those wanting Israel destroyed.Op-ed.

Anti-Zionist Jews are in tune with the Palestinian Arabs

What’s greatest threat? Iran or voter integrity laws?

Why are Jewish groups agreeing rather than pressuring it to stop Iran? Opinion.

What’s greatest threat? Iran or voter integrity laws?

Archbishop Tutu and the disturbing power of intersectionality

South Africa’s struggle was nothing like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but Tutu's bias showed how easily myths lead people astray. Op-ed.

Archbishop Tutu and the disturbing power of intersectionality

Why the double standard on 'West Bank' violence?

Claims of settler violence made headlines while “routine” murder by Palestinian Arabs against Jews is downplayed or justified.Opinion.

Why the double standard on 'West Bank' violence?

Skirting the line between a lukewarm friend and an enemy

NY's Rep. Bowman was praised for visitng Israel. But alliances with anti-Zionists and upsetting stands show a different story. Op-ed.

Skirting the line between a lukewarm friend and an enemy

Stop complaining about Christmas trees, enjoy your own holiday

Why American Jews need to stop trying to cleanse the public square of religious symbols. Opinion.

Stop complaining about Christmas trees, enjoy your own holiday

Biden gives a clinic on how not to negotiate with Iran

Washington has lost the game before it started, and Israel is clearly on its own. Opinion.

Biden gives a clinic on how not to negotiate with Iran