As Christians and Jews gather during their respective Easter and Passover holidays this weekend, we recall all that American Jews and liberal Protestants have accomplished together. But pride in the past should not blind us to the danger that this relationship could be derailed by pernicious responses to the Arab-Israeli conflict within certain churches.
In 2010, Mohamed Morsi, then a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and not yet Egypt’s president, told a TV interviewer that Israelis were “bloodsuckers” and “the descendants of apes and pigs.” Caught on video at a rally the same year, Morsiexhorted Egyptians to “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred” for Jews and Zionists…. Read More
With the announcement of his gun-control agenda last week, President Barack Obama offered the country a reasonable, measured approach to tackling America’s gun problem. The president’s emphasis on universal background checks and a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines is a good place to start. The National Rifle Association’s uncompromising response to the… Read More
Once counted among Central European countries making a steady transition from communism to liberal democracy, Hungary is increasingly a cause for concern. Much of that concern focuses on the anti-Semitism and racism of politicians belonging to the country’s far-right Jobbik party, the third largest in Parliament, and the government’s weak or non-existent response to mounting… Read More
What’s notable about Jack Lew as President Barack Obama’s choice for treasury secretary is not that he is an Orthodox Jew who will somehow be a novelty in government. Lew is a 30-year Washington veteran, with impressive experience in government. Among other things, he is a former budget director for Presidents Obama and Clinton and… Read More
When it became known that former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) was President Barack Obama’s likely choice as the next secretary of defense, a skirmish broke out between supporters and detractors that was reminiscent of the recent, vitriolic presidential campaign. Now that the president has formally nominated Mr. Hagel, it is time to ignore the slogans… Read More
The U.S. government’s emphatic and uncompromising position on the secrecy of information relating to the case of Jonathan Pollard, and the alleged underlying reasons to justify the severity of his sentence, have been largely acceptable to those who view Pollard as a traitor. And that is the justification for the government’s insistence that information relating… Read More
Hawaii has just sent a Jew to the U.S. Senate. Brian Schatz has been appointed to complete the term of the late, much beloved and respected Daniel Inouye. Most major Jewish media outlets are reporting with pride Schatz’s Jewish bloodline and trying to figure out his place in the Senate’s minyan. We have just one… Read More