Friday May 31, 2013
Anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe.
A recent Tel Aviv University report found that the number of anti-Semitic incidents in Europe increased by 30 percent between 2011 and 2012.
A separate analysis of anti-Semitic incidents in France noted a jump of 58 percent in that same period, and that half of all racist acts in that country are committed against Jews, though Jews constitute just one percent of the population. Most striking...
Saturday Apr 06, 2013
For many nations, a 65th birthday may not generate much excitement. But if the country happens to be Israel, which celebrates its birthday this year on April 15-16, it’s another story.
Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only UN member state whose right to exist is regularly challenged, whose elimination from the world map is the aim of at least one other UN member state (Iran), and whose population centers are deemed...
Sunday Mar 17, 2013
To know why the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has proved so intractable, it’s worth reading the two op-eds published by The New York Times on March 13th, in advance of President Barack Obama’s much-anticipated visit to the region.
The first, placed at the top of the page, was by Rashid Khalidi, a Columbia University professor. The second, below it, was by Ari Shavit, an Israeli journalist.
After looking at both of them, I was...
Sunday Mar 03, 2013
Argentina has just approved a memorandum of understanding with Iran to jointly investigate the 1994 terrorist bombing of the AMIA, or Jewish federation, building in Buenos Aires. The blast killed 85 people and wounded 300.
There’s only one problem with the agreement. The current Iranian regime, plus its proxy, Hezbollah, was responsible for the attack. That’s not speculation, but the conclusion, reached years ago, by the...
Wednesday Dec 26, 2012
Europeans often express frustration that they are not more involved in seeking to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Given the geographical proximity and financial support for Palestinian development, Europeans wonder why their political role is so circumscribed.
The answer, I believe, lies in a widespread Israeli belief that Europe too often gives short shrift to Jerusalem's concerns.
Take, for example, the UN...