Haley’s Comet Flies over AIPAC

The days of Israel bashing are over,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said to cheering thousands at the AIPAC Policy Conference last week. And amid the smiling faces of those celebrating her words, there were many who exhaled in relief. There clearly is a new sheriff guarding U.S. and Israel interests at… Read More

The Bomb Threatener

We were as surprised as anyone else by the arrest of a suspect in the bomb threats against JCCs and other Jewish institutions in the United States and abroad, even as we counseled three weeks ago that “at least until we get a better idea of who did what, and why, we need to be… Read More

Wake Up and Say ‘Yes’

Could it really be that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just rejected a proposal for further settlement construction that he was promoting less than a year ago? That seems the case if information from the Israeli media last week is correct. According to reports, Jason Greenblatt, President Trump’s adviser on international relations, asked Israel to… Read More

Kippah Misuse and Kippah Abuse

The kippah, the head covering also known as a yarmulke, has become shorthand for Jewish. See a man with a skullcap and, unless he’s the pope, you’ll probably assume that he’s a Jew — and you’d probably be right. That shorthand has been used in two very different ways lately. Both have shown a disregard… Read More

America the Loser with ‘America First’

In selling the new administration’s astonishingly thin budget proposal last week, Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney said that it “represents a president who is beholden to nobody but the voters.” “He is following through on his promises,” Mulvaney went on. “We did not consult with special interests on how to write this… Read More

Serious about Acts against Jewish Institutions

It is a rare day when the entire U.S. Senate speaks with one voice. That day was March 6, when a sixth wave of bomb threats were phoned in and emailed to Jewish institutions across the country. In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and FBI director… Read More

Is Israel Shutting the Door on Skeptics?

We support efforts to combat the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement that seeks to undermine Israel’s legitimacy. But the anti-BDS bill that Israel’s Knesset adopted on March 6 will neither halt nor diminish BDS activities, and will not make Israel more secure. All it will really accomplish is to make Israel a less welcoming… Read More

Do As We Say, Not As We Did

Last week, at its annual conference, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs did something commendable in our highly charged political environment. The group, whose member agencies advocate primarily from the left of the political center, welcomed and listened politely to a presentation from a pair of more conservative pundits: Noah Silverman, congressional affairs director for… Read More

Not the Suspect We Expected

For all we know, the person who committed the lion’s share of the bomb threats against Jewish institutions really is a right-wing anti-Semitic nut, with David Duke on his speed dial. But that isn’t the description of Juan Thompson, who was arrested by the FBI on March 3 on suspicion of phoning in eight bomb… Read More

Sour on Sarsour

What’s Linda Sarsour’s angle? The American activist, who was a surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders during his presidential campaign and an organizer of the Women’s March that brought half a million people to Washington in January to protest Donald Trump, last week helped start a crowdfunding campaign to repair more than 100 gravestones that vandals… Read More