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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Abba Eban, “Voice of Israel”

Israel’s peerless diplomat, Abba Eban, the so-called “Voice of Israel,” died on this date in 2002. Born Aubrey Solomon in South Africa (1915) to Lithuanian Jewish immigrant parents, he served simultaneously as ambassador to both the United Nations and United States during Israel’s first decade of independence, and evoked great pride in Jews worldwide due to […]

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March 16: Jericho

Israel ceded administrative control of the city of Jericho to the Palestinian Authority on this date in 1994. The city had been occupied by Jordan from 1949 to 1967, then by Israel since the 1967 Six-Day War. Jericho is the city with the oldest known protective wall in the world and among the oldest stone […]

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The Complicated Alliance with Saudi Arabia

by Dusty Sklar AT THE END of World War II, Franklin Roosevelt forged an alliance with Saudi Arabia that guaranteed that the U.S. would help the Saudis feel more secure in a highly unstable part of the world. Saudi Arabia is a Sunni-dominated state, and its chief rival is Iran, a Shiite country. Through the […]

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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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France at “War,” Round Two

by Richard Greeman THE FEAR THAT IS GRIPPING France today stands in ghastly contrast with the positive national mood during the days immediately following the horrific Nov. 13 attacks in Paris. (Please see my earlier report here.) Three weeks ago, the French people gallantly defied fear by gathering out of doors to share grief, affirm […]

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It’s Time to Convene an International Conference about Refugees

by Myriam Miedzian IN 1938, PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT called for an international conference to deal with German and Austrian Jewish refugees trying to flee their homelands, where their lives were threatened. The ensuing conference in Evian, France, July 6-15, was a humanitarian failure. While the representatives of thirty-two countries deplored the persecution of the Jews, only one, […]

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March 9: Turkey and Israel

Turkey officially announced the establishment of full diplomatic relations with Israel on this date in 1950, after becoming the first majority-Muslim state to recognize Israel in March of the previous year. The two states promoted economic cooperation, with Turkey becoming a supplier for agricultural products and raw materials for young Israel, which was suffering under […]

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Netanyahu: Faulty Logic for a Dangerous Policy

by Marc Jampole BENJAMIN NETANYAHU’S REASONING makes as little sense as his overall strategy. Netanyahu is determined to scuttle the imminent deal between Iran and the P5+1 countries over Iran’s development of nuclear energy and nuclear weapons. (P5+1 refers to the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States, Russia, China, […]

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