Congress Takes the Lead on Foreign Policy

With the Trump administration awash in suspicion over its relations with Russia, the House and the Senate voted overwhelmingly last week in favor of additional sanctions on Moscow and requiring the president to obtain congressional approval before easing them. The same bill ramps up sanctions on Iran for its missile testing, human rights abuses and… Read More

A Solution in Search of a Problem

President Trump, as our nation’s “disrupter in chief,” has a particular genius for discovering problems where none exist. Case in point was his surprise triplet of tweets on July 26 announcing that he is banning transgender Americans from the military. Where did that come from, and why? It does not appear that the ban was… Read More

ACLU Needs to Read Before It Gripes

Any threat to free speech needs to be taken seriously. And when the ACLU raises the free speech flag, people generally pay attention. But despite what you may have heard, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act now being considered on Capitol Hill poses no such threat to free speech. The bill, which was introduced in the Senate… Read More

The Water Agreement

Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority took a step toward improving the lives of their people by reaching an agreement last week to increase the supply of fresh water in the region. U.S. Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt announced the agreement on July 13 during a visit to the area, and then said that he… Read More

New Hope for Israel’s Labor Party

In France, Emmanuel Macron ran from the center, eviscerated the traditional conservative and Socialist parties and outflanked the frightening far-right National Front to become president. His newly minted political party then won a majority in the National Assembly. Will Avi Gabbay do the same in Israel? To be sure, there are differences in France’s and… Read More

Netanyahu’s Indian Bromance

It wasn’t exactly “From Here to Eternity,” but the image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, up to their shins in the Mediterranean surf and discussing desalination, says a lot about the budding romance between the two Asian democracies. Modi, in Israel last week, was received by Israelis with… Read More

The Dangers of North Korea

North Korea is getting closer to being able to attack the United States. According to officials, the “medium range” intercontinental ballistic missile that North Korea launched on July 4 had a range of at least 5,000 miles, enough to reach Alaska. But it will apparently take several more years for the Pyongyang government to be… Read More

Israel’s Un-Welcome Mat

This week, 10,000 athletes from 80 countries converged on Israel for the 20th Maccabiah Games, “the Jewish Olympics.” Those are impressive numbers compared to the 800 athletes from 19 countries who participated in Israel’s first Maccabiah Games in 1950. It makes sense for the Jewish Olympics to take place in Israel, which Jews around the… Read More

Fill the Anti-Semitism Envoy Position

If we were living in a vacuum, the Jewish community wouldn’t be “entitled” to a State Department office with an envoy assigned to monitor and combat anti- Semitism. But there are at least three reasons why the office — which the Trump administration has left unstaffed since July 1 — should be filled. First, the… Read More