Fourteen favorite books of 2020

Fourteen favorite books of 2020

January 22, 2021

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My third annual list of best books on Israeli and Jewish matters, ranging from diplomacy and history to Torah commentary.

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A tribute to Trump’s winning Mideast policies

A tribute to Trump’s winning Mideast policies

January 15, 2021

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US President-elect Joe Biden ought not jettison the outgoing administration’s Mideast achievements – successful policies that made the US and Israel safer and stronger! – because of Trump’s turpitude.

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A Crystal Ball on 2021

Jan 8, 2021

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A Crystal Ball on 2021

A political-diplomatic forecast for the year ahead: Fourth and fifth Israeli elections, a rotten new/old nuclear deal with Iran, more trouble from Trump.

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Six Perspectives on Peace between Israel and the Gulf States

Jan 6, 2021

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Six Perspectives on Peace between Israel and the Gulf States

A collection of six optimistic op-ed columns I have published since the “Abraham Accords” were signed, including three articles based on extensive conversations with Emirati intellectuals and community leaders during a week-long visit to Dubai.

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Can the “Abrahamic narrative” grow beyond the Gulf states?

Jan 4, 2021

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Can the “Abrahamic narrative” grow beyond the Gulf states?

There are several ways in which the Emiratis and Bahrainis (and perhaps soon the Saudis) can bring about a slow but sea change in Palestinian, Lebanese and Syrian (and Egyptian and Jordanian) attitudes towards Israel.

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Is peace with the Gulf states real? Yes, it is.

Jan 1, 2021

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Is peace with the Gulf states real? Yes, it is.

Emirati pursuit of peace with Israel is backed by a genuine discourse of religious moderation and broad-mindedness.

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‘Tis the season to nail Israel

Dec 25, 2020

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‘Tis the season to nail Israel

This should be the season for a global defense campaign for beleaguered Christians in the Middle East. Instead, the Western media purveys the false impression that Christians are under assault by Israelis….and intersectionalists have risen to smash Israel for Christmas.

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What Dubai taught me about Israel

Dec 22, 2020

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What Dubai taught me about Israel

A Chanukah-week trip to Dubai taught me that Israel and Jews are admired when they are strong and believing. Believe it or not, the Emiratis seem to understand – perhaps better than we do ourselves, sometimes – that loyalty to ancient heritage and national identity are a source of strength and authenticity.

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Illogical Iran policy

Dec 11, 2020

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Illogical Iran policy

Israel’s position never has been that a deal with Iran is impossible or undesirable. But abandoning America’s leverage over Iran and bringing the unctuous Europeans back into Iran policy-making – if that is what Biden does – will lead nowhere good.

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Defend the Temple Mount for Jews and Moslems alike

Dec 4, 2020

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Defend the Temple Mount for Jews and Moslems alike

The Emiratis and Bahrainis are paying the price for Israeli government malfeasance in handling Har HaBayit, the Temple Mount. The Wakf has been allowed to run wild, turning the holy site a base of hostile operations against Israelis, and now also against anybody who makes peace with Israel.

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Honoring Kurt Rothschild at 100

Nov 27, 2020

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Honoring Kurt Rothschild at 100

The president of the World Mizrachi movement, Kurt Rothschild, is one of the most indefatigable and loyal soldiers the Jewish People has been blessed with over the past century. How many philanthropists are there in the Jewish world whose worldview and involvements are so broad, and who are still active at age 100?

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The ‘Sand Curtain’ has fallen

Nov 20, 2020

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The ‘Sand Curtain’ has fallen

The Sand Curtain between Israel and the Arab world has fallen, but some of the world has difficulty rejoicing in the breakthrough. The Left assiduously is poking holes in the Abraham Accords and making sourpuss faces whenever the Roadrunner-fast advances in Gulf-Israel ties are mentioned.

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The theology of Rabbi Sacks

Nov 13, 2020

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The theology of Rabbi Sacks

Rather than elaborate on the incredible achievements and wide influence of the late, great, erudite and eloquent Rabbi Sacks, I offer a primer on his theology: His key concerns, beliefs, and recipes for a better future.

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Grab the transition opportunity

Nov 6, 2020

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Grab the transition opportunity

Policy initiatives for Netanyahu over the coming three-month transition period, together with Trump: Squeeze Iran harder, expel the UN from Jerusalem, curb Turkey’s destabilizing ambitions, expand the “Abraham Accords” circle of peace, and more.

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Trump’s Mideast innovations should stick

Oct 30, 2020

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Trump’s Mideast innovations should stick

Whether Trump is reelected or replaced by Biden, many of the Trump administration’s novel Mideast policies should be adopted by the next administration, even if Democrats shrink from crediting Trump for any breakthroughs. The principles are in America’s best interests as well as Israel’s.

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No honor in saving Saeb Erekat

Oct 23, 2020

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No honor in saving Saeb Erekat

Even if healed by Israeli doctors, the smarmy Palestinian propagandist will continue to slander Israel until his very last breath.

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The distrust doom loop

Oct 16, 2020

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The distrust doom loop

We must not let coronavirus tear Israeli society apart. We do not want to fall into America’s distrust doom loop.

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David M. Weinberg is a think tank director, columnist and lobbyist who is a sharp critic of Israel’s detractors and of post-Zionist trends in Israel. Read more »


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