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The peculiar Jewish problem

Loathing for Israel is complicated. How do so many Jews come to hate Israel with all their might and ire?  Opinion.

The peculiar Jewish problem

How to deny the Holocaust without denying it

Berating Jews with their own history, disinheriting them of pity is the latest form of Holocaust denial.Op-ed.

How to deny the Holocaust without denying it

A Progressive Passover

At Passover time, agitators for a State of Palestine feel compelled to act Moses, paraleling the Exodus with the Two State Delusion. .Op-ed.

A Progressive Passover

America’s 2020 masquerade election led to Ukraine’s horror and the world’s turmoil

In a conflict of might against right, you don’t want a leader deficient in both and also deficient in the moral right to take a stand.Op-ed.

America’s 2020 masquerade election led to the world’s turmoil

President Biden is more than a blunderer-his stalled Nuclear Pact is evil

Biden egregiously outsourced America’s security to its arch enemy and Iran’s firm ally, Vladimir Putin. And sent Malley to Vienna. Op-ed.

Biden is more than a blunderer-his Nuclear Pact is evil

What do you call Putin collaborators? Climate Activists

The politics of renewable energy have been the joker in Putin’s hand. Green politics filled his coffers and enabled the war on Ukraine.Op-ed

What do you call Putin collaborators?  Climate Activists

What makes Putin pounce

Putin is preictable and is doing exactly what he said he would.He craves respect and if he doesn't get it, fear will do just as well. Op-ed.

What makes Putin pounce

Self-loathing only aggravates antisemitism

Liberal excoriation of fellow Jews is appropriated by antisemites for moral justification. Op-ed.

Self-loathing only aggravates antisemitism

South Africa may have the most antisemitic government in the free world

Mandela was sympathetic to Zionism as a movement for freedom and self-determination. Today SA befriends N. Korea, not Israel.Op-ed.

SA may be the most antisemitic government in the free world

South Africa’s do or die remedy

A merit-free economy and a doomed society are wedded. Discard merit and you invite collapse. Witness South Africa. Op-ed.

South Africa’s do or die remedy

Was Job provoked to make him sin?

The God of mercy let Job be tested. The prosecuting team reckon he can be brought to the point of no return of cursing God Almighty.

Was Job provoked to make him sin?

The Case against 'Occupied Palestinian Territory'

The Case against 'Occupied Palestinian Territory'

Torah gives Balaam a bad press – undeservedly, he thinks

The Israelites are basically off stage. They are bystanders while he, Balaam, does things to them and for them.

Torah gives Balaam a bad press –   undeservedly, he thinks

The lie that eternally bugs Israel

On July 17, 1968, the newborn 'Palestinian people' sprang from the PLO Charter claiming the 'West Bank' and Gaza as their birthright. Op-ed.

The lie that eternally bugs Israel

The anti-Zionist decree

The anti-Zionist decree is embraces more than Hitler’s: Your country has no right to exist and as a people you have no right to live. Op-ed.

The anti-Zionist decree

Earth Day – the crisis is for real?

We are led to see climate as an existential threat to life. Hysteria creates fear and fear makes people believe what they’re told. Op-ed.

Earth Day – the crisis is for real?

BDS – all from the Bible

The cursers avoid the ‘Jew’ word; it would be self-destructive. Curse the Zionists all you like but don’t call them Jews. Op-ed.

BDS has roots in the Bible

The nuclear genie – nourished by Obama, bottled by Trump, let out by Biden. What gives?

Dr Faustus gambled his own soul, but Biden, bartering with Iran behind closed doors, gambles with the lives of hundreds of millions. Op-ed.

The nuclear genie fed by Obama, bottled by Trump -freed by Biden

To commemorate Jewish martyrs you don’t even have to like Jews

Anti-Semites combine hatred for the living Jew with reverence for the dead – unless they were killed by Palestinian Arabs. Op-ed.

To commemorate Jewish martyrs you don’t even have to like Jews

Finale: No Balaam no bondage no Pesach

How the Midrash explains the bondage of the Israelites to Pharaoh as an idea spawned by Balaam, with Jethro against and Job silent.

Finale: No Balaam no bondage no Pesach

No Balaam no bondage no Pesach

Between the lines of the Midrasjh saying that Jethro, Job and Balaam were called to Pharaoh to advise him on the growing Israelite problem.

No Balaam no bondage no Pesach

A Progressive's Passover

Every year, Moses impersonators crop up to grant the Palestinian Arabs automatic victim status, exempting them from adulthood. Op-ed.

A Progressive's Passover

Hired to bless a conference, he seized the moment to curse Israel

For a progressive "rabbi" to praise Israel is as difficult as it is for CNN to praise Trump, and this one was no different. Op-ed.

Hired to bless, he seized the moment to curse Israel

How jihadist does God want Israel to be?

Today's halo brigade is insatiable. It sets the bar for Israel-only Israel-too high to be cleared, the better to make Israel trip. Op-ed.

How jihadist does God want Israel to be?

Priestly priority: 1 Jew, 2 Muslim, 3 Christian

Can clerics square the circle of exerting themselves to attack Jews while having no time for Christendom exploding on their doorstep? Op-ed.

Priestly priority: 1 Jew, 2 Muslim, 3 Christian

Is lockdown a cure that kills the patient?

Lockdowns in the wrong hands threaten liberty unless meant to buy time until the population is vaccinated - what Israel is doing now. Op-ed

Is lockdown a cure that kills the patient?

Tyrannical governments use lockdowns to promote evil, not health

Israeli small business owners and unemployed get stipends to keep their heads above water. We should pity the rest of the world. Op-ed.

Tyrannical governments use lockdowns to promote evil, not health

Tribes apart: The elites and the rest of us

Marx is passe. Today labour is not against capital. Non-elites are in a struggle with elites, divided by elite contempt for liberty. Op-ed.

Tribes apart: The elites and the rest of us

That was some family Isaac married into

Isaac married into a poisonous branch of his father's family. No wonder Rebecca was happy to leave.

That was some family Isaac married into

For the Shabbat Project: Lot, ancestor of Moav

A study of a prosperoous and greedy society, of cruelty, perversion - and divine retribution, culled from Parshat Vayera and the Midrash.

For the Shabbat Project: Lot, ancestor of Moav

Woke Democrats are not so elite

Think about it, They support a crime family and run a protection racket  Op-ed.

Woke Democrats are not so elite

Woke Democrats have a fatal deficiency.: They can't think straight

It takes a political campaign to bring out how completely scatterbrained the Woke, Harvard alumni and all, can be. Opinion.

Woke Democrats have a fatal deficiency

Attacking a subversive Jew is not anti-Semitic

Pharaoh type antisemites rationalize their hatred but Amalek types simply hate Jews as do BLM, Antifa and some very monied Jews. Op-ed.

Attacking a subversive Jew is not anti-Semitic

The pandemic reveals what has become of humanity

It is not only about lockdowns and the severity of the covid pandemic, it is about our ability to cope compared to the past. Op-ed

The pandemic reveals what has become of humanity

To mix politics with religion may be wrong but justified

A look at America, Britain and South Africa

To mix politics with religion may be wrong but justified

Peace deals ignore the elephant in the room

Trump could do the impossible. But to do it he has to spot the lurking mammoth that knows why decades of peace proposals were archived.Op-ed

Peace deals ignore the elephant in the room

COVID-19 is one part public health, one part palaver

Is there nothing and nobody with a respect for science? Experts even? Op-ed.

COVID-19 is one part public health, one part palaver

The Book of Job: Why God wrecked a man seemingly blameless and God-fearing

What was Job's sin? One that we all must be aware of- one no one else can know of- but which is the utmost test of Free Will. Op-ed.

Job: Why God wrecked a man seemingly blameless and God-fearing

Turning synagogues into mausoleums makes no sense

Is the policy for shuls a good one? Is taking up a bazooka to kill a cockroach a good plan? In public health you must use common sense

Turning synagogues into mausoleums makes no sense

South Africa paid the price for defaming Israel

In the failed, corrupt state of SA claims beyond wild are levelled against the Jewish State. Challenge them and you are toast. Op-ed.

South Africa paid the price for defaming Israel