Quick Takes: On Jerusalem, Trump Plays to His Base . . .

WHILE THREATENING PEACE AND UNDERMINING ZIONISM by Ralph Seliger   THE PRESIDENT’S DECISION to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is a typical Trump move, pleasing his strongest supporters while doing nothing concretely positive. He’s winning kudos from Evangelical Christians and hard-right Zionists, including, most importantly, Sheldon Adelson, who backed his presidential campaign to the tune […]

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January 6: Suicide Bombings in Tel Aviv

Two simultaneous suicide bombings killed twenty-three people and wounded more than a hundred near a bus station in an immigrant neighborhood of Tel Aviv on this date in 2003. Both the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack, then denied the claim. The suicide terrorists were determined to be two […]

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October 6: Sadat’s Assassination

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated on this date in 1981, the eighth anniversary of the 1973 war that was known in Israel as the Yom Kippur War. His assassins were members of Islamic Jihad, and their motivation was Sadat’s signing of a peace agreement with Israel in 1978, for which both he and Israeli […]

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Philosophical Posturing on Israel and Palestine

by Ralph Seliger From the Autumn, 2013 issue of Jewish Currents Discussed in this essay: The One-State Condition: Occupation and Democracy in Israel/Palestine by Ariella Azoulay & Adi Ophir, Stanford University Press, 2013, 328 pages. IT’S EASY TO DESPAIR OF A SOLUTION TO THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT. Any sensitive observer is properly outraged by human rights […]

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