Thursday Aug 22, 2013
To His Excellency Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
I must confess my surprise at your recent statement that, "No, I don't think there is discrimination against Israel at the UN.”
Respectfully, Mr. Secretary-General, there is discrimination against Israel at the UN, and it is not new, either.
• Israel is the only UN member state that has been targeted for annihilation by another UN member...
Wednesday Aug 14, 2013
After recently publishing “Give the Peace Process a Chance” in the Huffington Post and Jerusalem Post, quite a few comments came my way – some highly critical
They were from the left and right, once again giving me the joy of being the target of both political poles.
The criticism from the left boils down to three main points.
First, “Israel is not interested in peace.”
To which I say,...
Sunday Aug 11, 2013
There’s no shortage of cynicism and skepticism about the restarted, U.S.-facilitated Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
The questions come fast and furious:
Why, of all times, now, when the Middle East is in upheaval and its future course is anyone’s guess?
What’s the American obsession with this issue, when Iran, Russia, Syria, Egypt, North Korea, and China all cry out for greater U.S....
Wednesday Jul 24, 2013
The European Union has now designated the “military wing” of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. The decision came on July 22nd, when the EU’s 28 foreign ministers gathered in Brussels and voted unanimously, as required, to do so.
For many, including AJC, which has been active on the European scene for decades, this was a welcome step. But others in the Jewish world considered it too little, too late.
Monday Jun 24, 2013
We live in such a sharply polarized world that, regrettably, centrism, independence, and, yes, nuance are alien to many.
Instead, too often, it’s a bifurcated liberal-conservative, hawk-dove, with-us or against-us environment.
But AJC has been fighting mightily against such binary thinking for a long time – and well before Bill Clinton’s “triangulation” or Tony Blair’s “third...