Finding Solvency in American Strategy

In the case of Sokolow v. PLO, a New York federal court jury recently issued an award of $665.5 million in favor of American victims of Palestinian terror and their families. The Palestinian Authority wants to appeal that judgment. In order to do so and avoid efforts to collect on the judgment while the appeal… Read More

The Day After the Iran Deal

President Barack Obama speaks about the Iran nuclear agreement at American University.

Last week, we noted President Barack Obama’s impassioned defense of the nuclear agreement with Iran during a speech at American University and its clear articulation of the president’s vision. That part of the speech was informative and helpful. But along with his arguments, the president repeated what is now the administration’s mantra that “the choice… Read More

Talking About Religion

Until Democrat Jimmy Carter ran for president in 1975, the issue of a presidential candidate’s religious faith wasn’t an open topic for discussion. That is clearly not the case today.  In last Thursday’s Republican debate, candidates were asked a silly and wholly inappropriate question: “[Have] any of them … received a word from God on… Read More

Three-Dimensional Chess

Sen. Charles Schumer

President Barack Obama presented a polished and impassioned defense last week of the international nuclear agreement with Iran that is being considered by Congress. For those who are trying to understand the agreement and what exactly separates its backers from its bashers, the speech offered a clear view of  the deal’s supporter-in-chief’s vision. Inside the… Read More

A Poll for Everyone

As in any political campaign, Jewish supporters and opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement are promoting the results of opinion polls to support their position. But how reliable are those polls? And why is it that polling results on the same issue are so dramatically different? One poll, conducted by the liberal group J Street,… Read More

What’s Next for Pollard?

Israelis call for the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard during President Barack Obama’s visit to Jerusalem in 2013.

Thirty years after he was arrested outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington, former Navy analyst Jonathan Pollard is expected to be paroled from a federal prison in North Carolina on Nov. 20. The day of his release may prove to be Pollard’s Rip Van Winkle moment. Although the convicted spy for Israel has not been… Read More

Standing Up for the Little Guy

Unlike most entertainers, even the political ones, activism was very much a part of Theodore Bikel’s everyday life. So was his Jewishness and his love of Israel. He was an activist with a commitment to social justice. Whether it was an insistence that benefit shows be a part of his performance contracts, publicly protesting Chicago… Read More

Signs of Frustration

An EU recommendation played havoc with  Israel’s stock market.

A European Union think tank last week recommended that the EU restrict its dealings with Israeli banks in order to differentiate Europe’s relations with Israel from that of the settlements. While the Israeli foreign ministry played down the recommendation and the EU quickly clarified that it had “no intention of imposing restrictions on Israeli banks… Read More

How Not to Save Greece

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

This is not the golden age of Greece. After winning a parliamentary election in January by vowing to fight the draconian austerity imposed on his country by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, followed by his successful efforts to defeat a national referendum that included dramatic fiscal compromise, austerity and economic discipline, Prime… Read More

End Run Around Congress

On July 13, the day before the nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers was reached, the Obama administration began circulating a resolution at the U.N. Security Council calling for the chamber’s approval of the deal. That vote took place Monday, with the council backing the agreement on the heels of the European Union… Read More