Opinion

Welcome to Israel?

Those words (minus the question mark) were once music to the ears of millions of travelers as their plane touched down in Lod Airport (remember that?), subsequently renamed Ben Gurion…

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The Making of the ICC Monster

Benjamin Ferencz just turned 101 years old. The last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor was born in Transylvania’s Carpathian Mountains in 1920. Ferencz emigrated to America with his family as a baby…

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Conversion Travesty

If Israel’s Supreme Court, G-d forbid, called the shots for the Jewish people, Judaism would cease to exist within 200 to 300 years. That’s because even though it pays lip…

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The Other Vaccine

Hashem spoke to mankind once. One might think He would give an inspirational talk. Maybe a complex shiur. He was speaking to the Dor Deah. The greatest. Imagine if a…

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Fully Free, Full of Fear

Perhaps it’s not surprising that, here in Toronto, we are lumbering along under prolonged lockdowns that have basically dogged us since last March in some form or another. It’s been…

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The Worst Government Ever

Once the corona crisis is behind us, Israel is going to need to set up a national commission of inquiry, similar to the ones it established after the Yom Kippur…

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The Banality of Evil Imagery

Two weeks ago, countries around the world observed International Holocaust Remembrance Day. But while a specific day of commemoration was set aside, the Holocaust seems to be remembered on many…

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I’m Sorry, Sheldon

Sheldon Adelson was always a bit of a dubious figure in my eyes, an elderly casino magnate from Las Vegas who was trying to influence Netanyahu. Two weeks ago, articles…

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Tell-the-Truth Diplomacy

The expression “out with the old, in with the new” sums up the way most transitions work in Washington. There is excitement about a fresh start and an (egotistical) belief…

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Bias, Bias Everywhere

The story is told that during the passionate debate about prohibition, a prominent congressman was asked his stance on the burning issue of the day. “Some of my friends are…

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Secular Coercion

Israel’s Supreme Court has done it again. In its ruling last week allowing chametz into hospitals on Pesach, it has shown that its connection to Judaism is, at best, tenuous.…

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The Aftermath

It was over in a day. Angst and frustration spilled into the streets of Washington last week and descended into chaos. The assault on the Capitol, with the ensuing bloodshed,…

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Analysis: Picking Up the Pieces

As the reverberations of the attack on Capitol Hill last Wednesday continue to rattle the country, the ensuing debate of what, why, and how this happened is, as expected, proceeding…

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The Era of Wasted Opportunity

With the Trump administration in its final days, there is a sense in Israel of both gratitude and wasted opportunity. The gratitude goes to Donald Trump, who provided unprecedented diplomatic…

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Must-Reading

It’s only natural that an incoming administration is going to want to reverse some of the key policies of its predecessor. In the case of Iran, President-elect Joe Biden has…

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Terrorism, Cause and Effect

It isn’t always easy to draw a line between cause and effect, especially when it comes to terrorism. How do you explain why anyone would wake up one morning and…

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One Political Enemy Too Many

One of the secrets to Binyamin Netanyahu’s political longevity has been his ability to identify talent and nip it in the bud before it becomes a threat to him. When…

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Virtual Eating

During the pandemic, the country has been occupied, and rightly so, with the special risks and needs of certain groups, such as medical workers, the elderly, the unemployed and minorities,…

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Netanyahu, Gantz: Do the Honorable Thing

If Binyamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, respectively Israel’s Prime Minister and alternate Prime Minister, had the country’s best interests in mind they would call a press conference and announce new…

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