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Yoram Ettinger is a former ambassador and head of "Second Thought: a U.S.-Israel initiative."

ARTICLES BY: Yoram Ettinger

November 16, 2016 7:22 am

Israel and the 10 Commandments of a Trump Presidency

The outcome of the November 8, 2016, US election was predicted by those who doubted the accuracy of the polling samples. In fact, it is...

October 16, 2016 6:35 am

A Sukkot Guide for the Perplexed, 2016

1. Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, commemorates the transition of the Jewish people from bondage in Egypt to sovereignty in the Land of Israel; from...

October 10, 2016 7:56 am

A Yom Kippur Guide for the Perplexed, 2016

1. Yom Kippur is a day of hope and optimism, in addition to a solemn day of soul-searching. The Day of Atonement provides a unique awareness...

July 31, 2016 10:35 pm

The Palestinians Are Trying to Manipulate Demographics — Here’s How

The July 11, 2016, Palestinian Authority report claiming that Jews are a minority west of the Jordan River is a classic case of "lies, damned...

June 15, 2016 6:34 am

On Paris Peace Talks, Israel Must Resist the Sirens’ Song

In 850 BC, the legendary Greek author Homer introduced the mythical king of Ithaca, Odysseus, as a role model of leadership. Sailing home from the battlefield,...

June 6, 2016 3:50 am

Who Were the 1948 Arab Refugees?

Contrary to conventional "wisdom,” most Arabs in British Mandate Palestine -- and most of the 320,000 1948 Arab refugees -- were migrant workers and descendants of the 1831-1947...

May 29, 2016 2:44 pm

The Truth About the Palestinians and 1948

The truth about the circumstances and numbers of the 1948 Arab refugees has been sacrificed on the altar of Arab-appeasement and Israel-bashing by the UN,...

May 9, 2016 7:21 am

Israel at 68: Are We Isolated?

Secretary of State John Kerry and other Western policy-makers -- joined by the “elite” Western media -- contend that 68 year-old Israel is increasingly isolated...

April 4, 2016 7:16 am

Islamist Terrorists Couldn’t Care Less About the Palestinian Cause

According to President Obama’s worldview, the Palestinian issue is a principal Muslim concern and a major source of Muslim frustration that has fueled regional violence and intensified Islamic terrorism. However,...

March 22, 2016 6:37 am

A Purim Guide for the Perplexed, 2016

Purim’s historical background: The 586 BCE destruction of the First Temple (on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount) by the Babylonian Emperor, Nebuchadnezzar, triggered a wave of Jewish emigration...

March 4, 2016 5:03 am

13 Facts About the Israeli-Arab Conflict

1. Erroneous assumptions produce erroneous policies, as has been the case with all US initiatives towards the Palestinian issue, which the US foreign policy establishment erroneously...

February 14, 2016 2:23 pm

How a Palestinian State Would Harm the US

President Obama and Secretary Kerry intend to advance recognition of an independent Palestinian state by January 20, 2017, the end of Obama’s second term, irrespective of...

February 7, 2016 7:58 am

French Appeasement Déjà Vu

The French intent to recognize Palestinian statehood in Judea and Samaria, if the Israel-Palestinian negotiations fail, reflects the French policy of appeasing Palestinian terrorism (since the...

December 6, 2015 5:36 am

Hanukkah Guide for the Perplexed, 2015

1. Hanukkah’s historical context, according to the Books of the Maccabees, The Scroll of Antiochus and The War of the Jews by Joseph Ben Mattityahu (Josephus Plavius) is as...


Chabad Emissaries Coming to Small Jewish Community of South Dakota -- A state boasting just 400 Jews is about to receive its first full-time...

Israeli Pre-Military Academy ‘Breaks You and Builds You Anew’ - “Put your hands behind your back and get on your knees,” 19-year-old Noam Ohayon told me. I complied. “Now fall forward...

After Massive Diaspora Response, Israel’s Raging Fires Come Under Control - Improving weather conditions, a massive influx of support from the international community...


Nazi Salute, ‘Heil Hitler’ Directed at Northwestern U Lecturer ...

A lecturer at Northwestern University was given the Nazi salute last month by a passerby, the student newspaper The Daily Northwestern...


Israeli Education Minister Says Outpost Bill Paves Way for West Bank Annexa... - Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the Jewish Home party, hailed the preliminary passage of a controversial bill to...

Middle East

As Tehran Issues Daily Threats to US Over Sanctions Extension, Iranian Comm...

Alongside daily threats from the Iranian regime to “retaliate” if US President Barack Obama signs a ten-year extension of the Iran...