A Shining Exemplar

Editorial Director

There’s no question that Israel faces an uphill battle getting steeper with time in the court of public opinion. Whether from the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, entrenched institutional and societal anti-Semitism in Europe or an American predisposition to back the perceived underdog in any conflict, the Jewish state largely faces a deck stacked… Read More

No Room for False Information

In the words of beloved President Ronald Reagan, “There he goes again”  (Marc Caroff’s Aug. 7 Your Say letter). Unable to Refute Stephen Arkan’s Unimpeachable Facts (Your  Say, July 17), the ZOA’s Caroff instead resorts to a Fox-TV-style engorged jihad of intimidation in an effort to silence opposing voices. Because for bullies, questions that are… Read More

Jewish Hysteria Unfounded on Iran

The hysteria among many in the Jewish community, both locally and nationally, in opposition to the Iran deal (“A Time to Act,” July 31) is unfounded and dangerous.  Let’s look at this rationally and dispassionately.  Without this agreement, Iran will have an atomic bomb in less than a year, according to the U.S.’s best intelligence…. Read More

Forget Robert E. Lee; Name the Park Socrates

There seems to be some contentions regarding renaming Robert E. Lee Park (“Robert E. Lee Park to Receive New Name,” July 31). I suggest that the new name should be Socrates Park. Socrates has been respected and admired for thousands of years. He is politically neutral and not controversial since very few people (including me)… Read More

Adding Insult to Injury

President Barack Obama has considerable chutzpah when he tells the supporters of a very bad Iranian deal to get active, ignoring millions of dollars already pouring into that campaign (“Presidential Call,”  Aug. 7).  To add insult to injury, he has attacked his opponents by calling them ridiculous and even worse, as the full dimensions of… Read More

Right to Fly Flag Is the American Way

I am Carl Berenholtz’s brother-in-law (“Confederate Battle Flag Comes under Fire,” July 3), and over the past half-century I have disagreed with him as much as agreed with him. I read Jodie Zisow’s July 24 letter to the JT (“Mr. Berenholtz: Take Down That Flag”), and I feel compelled to speak up. The Civil War… Read More

Iran Deal: The Risks of Rejection

Within hours of the announcement of a deal with Iran, pro-Israel organizations led by AIPAC condemned the agreement and called upon Congress to reject the deal.  Over the ensuing weeks, significant and valid objections have been raised. For example, many of the constraints on Iran begin to lift after only 10 years, when the reduced… Read More

The Importance of Deeper Connections

Michael J. Elman, M.D.

Jewish tradition centers on the family. We celebrate our most deeply rooted observances, such as Shabbat and the Passover seder, in our homes, where we  transmit our eternal heritage and rich traditions from one generation to the next. No matter the size, Judaism begins and ends with our family. Indeed, the great contemporary Jewish sage,… Read More

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