American Jews Line Up Against the Trump Ban

by Ron Skolnik WITH NOT MUCH to smile about since Inauguration Day, it has been heartening to see the nearly undivided reaction of the American Jewish community to Donald Trump’s January 27 Executive Order (EO) on immigration and refugee admission – widely considered to constitute a Muslim ban. With one or two glaring exceptions — […]

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Stat$: Hillary and Bernie on Israel

Comparing Their AIPAC Remarks by Allan Lichtenstein WITH THE DEMOCRATIC presidential candidate still not established, I thought it could be revealing to compare the speech Hillary gave at the recent AIPAC conference with the one Bernie Sanders said he would have given. What follows is commentary referencing verbatim text that pairs Hillary’s and Bernie’s remarks […]

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What Bernie Would Have Said at AIPAC

The following is a speech that Bernie Sanders says he would have given at AIPAC had he not been scheduled to speak, instead, at a school in Utah — where he delivered it. Thanks to The Shalom Center for posting it widely. I WAS INVITED along with other presidential candidates to be at the AIPAC […]

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AIPAC: Harmful to Israel, Harmful to the U.S.

by Allan C. Brownfeld THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE of the American Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has attracted almost 20,000 people to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the nation’s capital. Every presidential candidate — except Bernie Sanders — is appearing as speaker, along with Vice President Joe Biden. As a result of AIPAC’s influence (it […]

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O My America: Schumer’s Soul

by Lawrence Bush MY WIFE was on the phone with Senator Chuck Schumer’s office on Friday when I came in through the door. She was urging the Senator to support the agreement with Iran, so I got on the phone to add my two cents — backed by my editorship of a Jewish magazine with […]

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The View from J Street: For Bibi, the Time for Talk Is Past

by Alan Elsner Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the AIPAC Policy Conference was another rhetorical tour-de-force by this most silvered-tongued of Israeli leaders. There were applause lines for almost everyone. Once again, Netanyahu promised to defend Israel against an Iranian nuclear threat and to be beholden to no other nation in his zeal to […]

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The View from J Street: A Challenge to AIPAC

by Alan Elsner Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace initiative is at a critical moment. Within the next five or six weeks, the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority will be asked to accept a U.S.-drafted framework setting out in considerable details the principles on which a final peace treaty will be negotiated. The […]

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O My America: Here’s What You Do

By Lawrence Bush Here’s what you do: You don’t bomb Syria. You place its chemical weapons under international control and destroy them. You give Putin a Nobel Peace Prize. You open dialogue with the new leadership in Iran about mutual respect and their nuclear program. (You might begin by flashing a peace sign and offering […]

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How to Advocate for Israel to Progressives

by Alan Elsner Pro-Israel advocates are coming to realize that we have a growing problem in reaching out to progressives and liberals in the United States. Polling data has for some time revealed a growing gap between the support for Israel among Republicans and among Democrats. Although overall support for Israel among Americans remains high, […]

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O My America: Sheldon Adelson’s Scary Accomplishments

by Lawrence Bush If Newt Gingrich becomes the Republican nominee for President, his victory will be paid for, in no small part, by Sheldon Adelson’s gambling profits. Adelson, the billionaire owner of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation (which owns the Venetian and the Pallazzo hotel-casinos), is one of the ten wealthiest people in America. He […]

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