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When the going gets tough… the tough get going. When this country is under attack, Israel’s friends need to be more determined than ever to defend it.
My Buby (grandmother) taught me that Jews should never be a “shmatte,” a dishrag; never allow others to treat Jews like dirt. That truism certainly applies to the modern, sovereign state of the Jews, the State of Israel. Other countries can legitimately disagree with policies promulgated in Jerusalem, but the leaders of this country must never allow others to treat Israel as dross....
The world knows only how to criticize and demonize Israel. What a shame. But at least Jews should know and appreciate Israel’s humanity. On Yom Haatzmaut, we can all add this to our calculations of kevod shamayim and kiddush Hashem (the glorification of G-d’s name in the world) that has been wrought by the State of Israel.
Islamic violence has become the Temple Mount status quo. This is the “status quo” that Western leaders wish to preserve?! ... Israel must parry Palestinian violence and Islamic incitement in Jerusalem by laying out a new diplomatic initiative to solidify Israel’s rights on Har HaBayit.
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Pray that the dangerous deterioration of American resolve, prestige and power under US presidents Obama, Trump, and Biden comes to a halt. Pray that there be great affection and peace among all people of Israel; and much more.
It is tempting to view the Gilboa jailbreak as a tale from Chelm. But the negligence that allowed six top murderers to escape exposes abysmal political-conceptual dysfunction: The desperate desire to “avoid escalation” and not wanting “to heat things up.”
God help us if the very wealthy, organizationally well-positioned, and pop-culture famous are considered the “most influential Jews” of our times. Here is my corrective to such feeble celebrity catalogues: A list of profound and substantive Jews (mainly educators, writers, and rabbis) who are making real contributions to the long-term future of Israel and the Jewish People.
Which of the following political, security, and domestic events can be expected this coming year? Take this quiz and calculate what Israeli and Jewish future you need to be prepared for.
From the Chief Rabbinate to Hamas, and from the Negev to the Temple Mount, it is time to break the syndicates that undermine Israeli sovereignty and governance.
Partisanship, “progressive” politics, legal pretexts, anti-Israel sentiment, and community divisions hamper the effort to combat surging Jew hatred. Worst of all, the surging Jew-hatred seems to have sapped the confidence of American Jews, which is, perhaps, the greatest threat of all.
Time and time again Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef erupts with loutish tirades, attacking Israel, secular Israelis, and Russian immigrant would-be-converts. The system and criteria for choosing Israel’s next chief rabbis must be changed. In 2023, Israel can elect cosmopolitan and reasonable chief rabbis.
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 »
A passionate speaker, David M. Weinberg lectures widely in Israel, the U.S. and Canada to Jewish and non-Jewish audiences. He speaks on international politics and Middle East strategic affairs, Israeli diplomacy and defense strategy, intelligence matters and more. Click here to book David Weinberg as a speaker