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With al-Zawahiri’s assassination it's Groundhog Day for America (again)

The US has returned to where it all started: the axis between the Taliban and Al-Qaeda that led to 9/11 and troops in Afghanistan. Op-ed.

Al-Zawahiri’s assassination is Groundhog Day for America (again)

Israeli TV’s shallow, irresponsible stunt

Gil Tamary made clear he knew exactly what he was doing by referring to the site as “a place forbidden to non-Muslims.” Op-ed.

Israeli TV’s shallow, irresponsible stunt

The urgent need for proper Jewish leadership

Core Jewish principles involve putting others’ interests before yours, respecting every human being, moral codes on right and wrong. Op-ed.

The urgent need for proper Jewish leadership

POTUS: warm words and empty gestures

Despite the president’s genuine affection for Israel, his itinerary sent out baleful signals.

POTUS: warm words and empty gestures

The fall of Boris Johnson

The question for voters in the UK, US and Israel is whether a leader’s gifts are more important than character flaws, or vice versa.

The fall of Boris Johnson

Licking Ben & Jerry’s

It shows what can be achieved when there’s a backlash against anti-Israel bigotry. Op-ed.

Licking Ben & Jerry’s

The moral clarity of Nikki Haley

With Republicans lacking a vision for America to counter the disastrous Biden administration, her recent speech was rain in a desert.Op-ed.

The moral clarity of Nikki Haley

The EU’s Jerusalem charm offensive

Despite all the warm words in Jerusalem, there’s no sign that the longtime hostility towards Israel is about to ease.Op-ed.

The EU’s Jerusalem charm offensive

The anti-Israel travesty of Pillay’s kangaroo court

The UN singles out Israel for condemnation as a human-rights abuser when it is in fact a democracy deeply commited to human rights.Op-ed.

The anti-Israel travesty of Pillay’s kangaroo court

Biden administration won’t stop appeasing the Palestinian Arabs

A lethal refusal to face reality in the Middle East plagues American administrations, as well as Britain and Europe, for many decades.Op-ed

Biden administration won’t stop appeasing the Palestinian Arabs

No rainbow’s end for the Jews of Oz

New Australian PM Anthony Albanese has called Israel an “oppressor” and accused it of collective punishment against Palestinian Arabs.Op-ed.

No rainbow’s end for the Jews of Oz

The ‘broken windows’ strategy for combating Israel demonization

A culture self-destructs if its people choose not to defend it. Bad people get away with bad stuff when everyone looks the other way.Op-ed

The ‘broken windows’ strategy for combating Israel demonization

How Western dupes help propagate murderous Palestinian lies

The media generally choose to believe the Palestinians, even though they routinely lie about Israel. Op-ed.

How Western dupes help propagate murderous Palestinian lies

Why Russia has once again turned on the Jews

This reversal of truth and lies, victim and aggressor, right and wrong is the hallmark of Soviet propaganda.Opinion.

Why Russia has once again turned on the Jews

The real reason for Blinken’s alarming warning about Iran

Perhaps the US secretary of state intended to frighten people so much that opposition to American concessions to Iran melted away. Op-ed.

The real reason for Blinken’s alarming warning about Iran

The key lesson from Ukraine for international order

Israel understands that the UN is a broken institution that helps sow terror and injustice - and it’s so often on the receiving end. Op-ed.

The key lesson from Ukraine for international order

Blinken’s obscene Western ‘progressive’ agenda

Blinken showed what a Western progressive is: supporting murderers of Israelis and empowering others who want to wipe out Israel.Op-ed.

Blinken’s obscene Western ‘progressive’ agenda

Why liberals fail to equate Israel and Ukraine

The reaction to aggression against each country plays very differently in the anti-Semitic West. Opinion.

Why liberals fail to equate Israel and Ukraine

Biden’s unconscionable empowerment of both Russia and Iran

Biden is now accepting Putin—the man he calls a “war criminal” and who has threatened nuclear war - as Iran’s nuclear-weapons program. Op-ed

Biden’s unconscionable empowerment of both Russia and Iran

America hasn’t learned the grim truth of asymmetric warfare

The West’s nuclear knife is sheathed, but Putin is brandishing his Like Iran and the PA, disdain for human life lets fanatics succeed.Op-ed

America hasn’t learned the grim truth of asymmetric warfare

For the Jews, history repeats itself in Ukraine

It’s true that many Ukrainian nationalists welcomed the Germans as liberators during WWII, then suffered more than Russia from Nazism.Op-ed

For the Jews, history repeats itself in Ukraine

How Biden has empowered evil in both Russia and Iran

Behind the administration’s policy is the belief system fundamental to the West’s governing and intellectual classes. Op-ed.

How Biden has empowered evil in both Russia and Iran

The lethal miscalculations over Vladimir Putin

Countries saying he is a menace and has to be stopped were until recently using the “mafia state” he created to enrich themselves. Op-eds.

The lethal miscalculations over Vladimir Putin

How America is helping Iran get a nuclear arsenal

With the U.S. State Department’s sanctions waiver, Iran will be confident that it can finish developing nuclear weapons with impunity.Op-ed/

How America is helping Iran get a nuclear arsenal

How the West’s appeasement mentality brings not peace, but war

The US gov't doesn't grasp the fact that tyrants and extremists regard compromise as proof of weakness and an incentive for aggression.Op-ed

How the West’s appeasement mentality brings not peace, but war

The unspoken truths behind the Texas synagogue attack

British intelligence has much to answer for. But there’s also the question of how Akram was allowed into America in the first place.Op-ed.

The unspoken truths behind the Texas synagogue attack

The emergence of Arab Zionism?

As Arabs increasingly turn towards Israel and survival, the West continues in the opposite direction. Op-ed.

The emergence of Arab Zionism?

The most important conversation the Jewish world needs to have

Shared peoplehood does not negate the particular compact of citizenship between Israel’s government and its citizens alone. Op-ed.

The most important conversation the Jewish world needs to have

New Year’s resolution? Abolish the UN Human Rights Council

The new UN commission of inquiry is poised to accuse Israel of purported crime of its very existence going back to its creation. Opinion.

New Year’s resolution? Abolish the UN Human Rights Council

A Christmas crusade: scapegoating the Jews

Church leaders blame Israel for driving Christians out of Israel, but the country’s Christian population actually increased last year.Op-ed.

A Christmas crusade: scapegoating the Jews

Trump and Netanyahu: Allies no longer?

Political leaders should be neither blindly supported nor opposed. But it’s their deeds that matter, not their words.

Trump and Netanyahu: Allies no longer?

Double standard of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia

Claims of moral equivalency are bogus. Bigotry is based on falsehoods, not fact.Opinion.

Double standard of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia

Imagine’ all those people …

Indifference or active opposition to border control, without which a nation ceases to exist, is an attitude of national self-hate. Op-ed.

Imagine’ all those people …

Why Israel needs a strategy to shape the narrative

America and the West ignore the reality about Iran or the Palestinians or the Muslim Brotherhood. Opinion.

Why Israel needs a strategy to shape the narrative

Keir Starmer’s Labour anti-Semitism problem

Like so many liberals, he selects aspects of issues that conform to his idealistic viewpoint, blanking out those that undermine it. Op-ed.

Keir Starmer’s Labour anti-Semitism problem

The most alarming threat of all to the Jewish people

Leaders fear that speaking the truth on Israel will cause them to lose access to the circles in which they think they are accepted. Op-ed.

The most alarming threat of all to the Jewish people

The inconvenient truths behind the hysteria over climate change

Green ideology represents humanity as the enemy of sustainable life. Such priority for the inanimate and animal world is pagan.Op-ed..

The inconvenient truths behind the hysteria over climate change

The crucial but underrated gift of being ‘a people apart’

Many liberal Jews don’t want to know about Jewish exceptionalism because it runs smack into the cardinal precepts of iberal dogma. Op-ed.

The crucial but underrated gift of being ‘a people apart’

The baleful consequences of failing to deal with Islamist extremism

The West is like the apocryphal frog being uncomprehendingly boiled in the pot. In Britain, France and America, the heat is rising. Op-ed.

The baleful consequences of not dealing with Islamist extremism

The real reason for Western support of the Palestinian Arabs

What actually binds these groups together is an ultimately incomprehensible animus against Judaism and the Jewish people.Op-ed

The real reason for Western support of the Palestinian Arabs