Posts filed under Opinion

Islam’s Jewish dilemma revisited

In “Anti-Judaism: The Western Tradition,” scholar David Nirenberg argues that on the one hand, Islam regards Jews as “enemies” of Muhammad’s prophecy, but on the other, Islam realizes only too well that without the existence of Jews and their practices, there would have been no subsequent prophetic tradition and faith to follow. JNS columnist Ben Cohen revisits Islam’s “Jewish dilemma” following the recent delivery of anti-Semitic sermons of varying ferocity at three different mosques in the U.S.

Posted on January 19, 2018 and filed under Opinion, U.S..

Don’t blame Trump for Abbas rejecting peace

Some in the so-called peace camp prefer to blame Palestinian misbehavior on President Donald Trump rather than own up to the truth about Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. That disconnect between hope and reality has set up a vicious cycle in which negotiations are always undone by the reality of Palestinian politics, writes JNS Editor in Chief Jonathan S. Tobin.

Posted on January 19, 2018 and filed under Israel, Opinion, U.S..

Education Department nominee Ken Marcus: a case study of the new anti-Semitism

Ken Marcus, who has been nominated to serve as assistant secretary of education for civil rights within the Department of Education, has been the victim of an ugly smear campaign. In the eyes of his opponents, Marcus’s “crime” is recognizing that along with other minority groups, Jewish students in America need protection, writes columnist Sarah N. Stern.

Posted on January 16, 2018 and filed under Opinion, U.S..

Mahmoud Abbas has a problem with women

In his bizarre two-hour rant before the Palestinian Central Council on Jan. 14, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas declared that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley “wears high heels not for elegance but to use to hit anyone who attacks Israel.” JNS columnist Stephen M. Flatow asks: Why is it that every time a female U.S. government official says something that the PA doesn’t like, PA leaders respond by making a disparaging remark related to the fact that she is a woman?

Posted on January 16, 2018 and filed under Israel, Opinion.

Banning BDS groups from entering Israel is necessary and just

Israel’s decision to ban 20 of the worst organizations leading the BDS movement is necessary for the country’s security, and is sensible and just. BDS is a political and economic warfare movement, often combined with violence and intimidation, that is aimed at eradicating the Jewish state. No sovereign nation should permit the entry of those dedicated to its destruction. Israel, like every nation, has a duty to protect itself, write Morton A. Klein and Liz Berney of the Zionist Organization of America.

Posted on January 15, 2018 and filed under Israel, Opinion.

Terrorism and rejectionism: twin threats to peace and security

The recent moves at the U.N. by the PA and the PLO mark the latest use of rejectionism as a tool in the Palestinian arsenal of diplomatic warfare against Israel—and now the U.S. While terrorism is rightly condemned and fought around the world, Palestinian rejectionism, though equally damaging, is not. Those who want peace, stability and security for all people must fight rejectionism as they do terrorism, writes attorney Richard D. Heideman.

Posted on January 14, 2018 and filed under Opinion, Israel, U.S., World.

Iran has a foreign policy doctrine

In a bid to show the world what responsible, considered citizens they are, Iran’s leaders recently hosted their annual, gloriously named “Tehran Security Conference.” A paper delivered to the conference outlined the “State-Resistance Doctrine”—the principles that guide Iran in dealing with the outside world. Through its own words, the Iranian regime gives the lie to Western claims of “moderation.” The doctrine might also turn out to be the source of the Islamic Republic’s coming collapse, writes JNS columnist Ben Cohen.

Posted on January 12, 2018 and filed under Opinion, World.

A law that allows hatemongers to pose as martyrs

Far from hurting the BDS movement, Israel’s new “blacklist” of boycott leaders banned from entering the country allows these enemies of the Jewish state to play martyrs and garner undeserved sympathy. Contrary to the fears of Israeli lawmakers, the real threat posed by BDS is to Jews in the Diaspora, not those in Israel, writes JNS Editor in Chief Jonathan S. Tobin.

Posted on January 11, 2018 and filed under Israel, Opinion.

Panicky critics of Israel push fake ‘one state’ threat

You know that critics of Israel are getting panicky when they start trotting out the old “one state” bogeyman. “As a 2-State Solution Loses Steam, a 1-State Plan Gains Traction,” a New York Times headline announced on Jan. 5, above an article so palpably absurd that it can only reflect the mad panic among advocates of Palestinian statehood as they see their dream fading away. And the fact that The Times chose to make it page one news says a lot about the fearful mindset among the left-wing news media, Israel-bashing pundits and Jewish peace camp types, writes JNS columnist Stephen M. Flatow.

Posted on January 8, 2018 and filed under Opinion, Israel, U.S..

Why Trump’s Palestinian aid cut threat makes sense

You don’t have to be supporter of President Donald Trump to understand that he is right to demand that if the Palestinians want U.S. money they must, at the very least, come back to the negotiating table and cease funding and fomenting terror. It isn’t so much a case of “America First” to demand that recipients of U.S. largesse cooperate with U.S. policy, as it is one of common sense, writes JNS Editor in Chief Jonathan S. Tobin.

Posted on January 4, 2018 and filed under Israel, Opinion, U.S..

Win or lose, Iranians want regime change

For the first time in nearly a decade, one dares to believe that the Islamist clerics who have ruled Iran since 1979 will not be in power by the time the 40th anniversary of their revolution rolls around in 2019. The nationwide protests are a direct challenge to the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic, as evidenced in the slogans chanted by the demonstrators. The handful of world governments who regard the demise of Iran’s regime as a desirable end need to stay the course, however long it may take, writes JNS columnist Ben Cohen.

Posted on January 3, 2018 and filed under Opinion.

The New York Times ignores Israel’s protection of LGBT rights

A Dec. 30 feature in The New York Times identifies Lebanon as perhaps the “one exception” in a region hostile to its LGBT citizens. The article completely ignores Israel, the only Mideast country where gay rights are legally protected. When it comes to The Times’s Israel coverage, readers should expect neither facts nor understanding, writes Tamar Sternthal, director of the CAMERA media watchdog's Israel office.

Posted on January 3, 2018 and filed under Israel, Opinion, U.S..

No more Nedas: Will Iran’s regime again unleash immense brutality against protesters?

During Iran’s anti-regime protests in 2009, video footage of a beautiful young woman, Neda Agha-Soltan, who had been fatally shot by the Basij pro-government paramilitary group while demonstrating, quickly spread throughout the internet and grabbed international attention. Amid the current demonstrations against the Iranian regime, we hope that there will be no more Nedas, writes columnist Sarah N. Stern.

Posted on January 2, 2018 and filed under Opinion.

Saying ‘thank you’ to our Christian friends

President Donald Trump’s recent announcement on Jerusalem did not happen in a vacuum or come out of nowhere. It did not happen solely because of Jewish influence, either. It happened because millions of good Christians in America urged the president to do so, writes Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.

Posted on December 31, 2017 and filed under Israel, Opinion, U.S., Christian.

A special benediction for President Trump

It would be most fitting for synagogues throughout the world to offer a benediction for President Donald Trump—an expression of appreciation to a world leader who acknowledged that Jerusalem is the eternal city of the Jews, one toward which they face in prayer and one to which they pray to return. But in the Reform synagogues of America, that is not going to happen, writes columnist Abraham H. Miller.

Posted on December 31, 2017 and filed under Opinion, U.S..