Forget Syria in Fight Against Islamic Foe

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The United States is considering authorizing airstrikes in Syria in an effort to combat the growing strength of the Islamic State. Those potential strikes raise the question whether that effort will lead to some degree of cooperation between the U.S. and the brutal regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. We hope not. Even with the… Read More

Weapons of War

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The citizens of Ferguson, Mo., in suburban St. Louis, are not Taliban fighters or al-Qaeda hijackers. Nor are they narco-criminals. But you wouldn’t know that by looking at photos of the police force that faced them after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, on Aug. 9. In those… Read More

Another Witch Hunt?

The choice of Canadian law professor William Schabas, 63, as chairman of a U.N. human rights panel to investigate violations in the Gaza war does not inspire confidence that the group’s processes or findings will be fair. Quite simply, Schabas’ anti-Israel politics and his intemperate remarks about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — which asserted that… Read More

A Call for Help

Friends and supporters of Alan Gross have long gotten used to bad news coming from his cell in a Cuban military hospital, where he is serving a 15-year sentence. Jailed since 2009 and sentenced for crimes against the Cuban state, the Potomac resident and U.S. Agency for International Development worker has been in poor health… Read More

Spawn of Hate

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Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan was once a promising Middle Eastern leader. He had good relations with the West and a constructive, strategic relationship with Israel. And then it all fell apart. In the span of a few short years, Erdogan morphed into a despot who promoted a nationalist opposition to the West and a visceral… Read More

Closed on Yom Kippur

Should the United Nations have the day off for Yom Kippur? An Israeli initiative to have the holiest day of the Jewish year recognized as an official holiday at the world body picked up steam last week, when 32 countries wrote in support of the proposal to a U.N. General Assembly committee. The group —… Read More

Double Standard on Gaza

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Death in wartime is a given, and this includes civilian deaths. The death toll in Gaza has been high because Hamas has put its nihilistic “resistance” against Israel before the protection of the lives of its own civilians. And most of the civilized world seems to understand that point. What strikes us as hypocritical, however,… Read More

We, As IDF Widows, Orphans, Ask for Your Help

We are living through a difficult time: a time filled with worry and anxiety, a time of war. For the past decade we have lived from one military operation in Gaza to the next, from battle to battle, and there is still no end in sight. We have lost more than 23,000 soldiers in Israel’s… Read More

Saperstein for Religious Freedom

On Monday, the State Department issued its annual religious freedom report. The results were sobering: “In 2013, the world witnessed the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory,” the report said. “In almost every corner of the globe, millions of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and others representing a range of faiths were forced from their… Read More

We’ve Seen This Before

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The scourge of anti-Semitism is rearing its ugly head in Europe. And a troubling number of people aren’t even pretending anymore. Gone are the days of the false explanation that “I’m not anti-Semitic, I’m just anti-Zionist.” Instead, the haters are clear: They hate Jews. Case in point: The sign in a Brussels café is written… Read More