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

ARTICLES BY: Yoram Ettinger

August 3, 2022 10:44 am

The State Department Elite Don’t Understand the Middle East

According to the late professor John Kenneth Galbraith, "the notion of conventional wisdom … is commonly understood as knowledge that is accepted within a certain...

July 27, 2022 10:47 am

Israel: From Strategic Liability to Strategic Asset

"Israel did not grow strong because it had an American alliance. It acquired an American alliance because it had grown strong.” -- Walter Russell Mead In...

June 3, 2022 9:38 am

A Shavuot Guide for the Perplexed

Ahead of this year's celebration of Shavuot, here are some facts about the holiday: 1. The significance of Shavuot Shavuot is one of the three Jewish liberty-oriented...

April 15, 2022 9:25 am

A Passover Guide for the Perplexed

Here are some helpful things to know ahead of Passover 2022: 1. Some 3,600 years ago, the Passover Exodus catapulted the Jewish people from the lowest...

March 16, 2022 11:00 am

A Purim Guide for the Perplexed, 2022

Here are some facts about Purim, as we celebrate the holiday this year: 1. Purim is a Jewish national liberation holiday -- just like Passover and...

March 9, 2022 12:00 pm

Russia’s Invasion Is a Wake-Up Call for Israel and the West

Irrespective of the final outcome of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it should serve as a wake-up call for Israeli and Western policymakers and molders...

October 11, 2021 11:36 am

Don’t Believe the Rhetoric on Terrorism and Radical Islam

The extension of US gestures and concessions to Islamic terrorists, and the waiving of a US military option while negotiating with Iran's regime of terror,...

September 20, 2021 12:15 pm

A Sukkot Guide for the Perplexed

Here are some facts you may not know about the upcoming holiday of Sukkot. 1. The holiday is named for the first stop during the 40-year-Exodus...

September 13, 2021 11:48 am

A Yom Kippur Guide for the Perplexed

Here are some facts about the upcoming holiday of Yom Kippur: 1. Yom Kippur is considered to be a Super Sabbath (Shabbat Shabbaton in Hebrew) --...

September 2, 2021 12:19 pm

A Rosh Hashanah Guide for the Perplexed

The evening of September 6, 2021, will launch another Jewish New Year. Here are some facts about the holiday that are worth remembering: 1. Annual reminder....

April 6, 2021 11:24 am

Jordan’s Volatility Could Shake Up the Middle East

Jordan's current domestic upheaval involves some prominent officials and members of the royal family who were arrested and charged with an attempted regime change. A regime...

March 25, 2021 12:03 pm

Passover and the US-Israel Bond

Here's a quick Passover recap: According to Heinrich Heine, the 19th century German poet, “Since the Exodus, freedom has always spoken with a Hebrew accent.” Professor Yehudah...

February 24, 2021 12:57 pm

A Purim Guide for the Perplexed

Here are some interesting facts about Purim: 1. Purim’s historical background: The 586 BCE destruction of the first Jewish Temple and the expulsion of Jews from...

February 3, 2021 8:02 am

Will Biden’s National Security Team Repeat Past State Department Mistakes?

President Biden's foreign policy and national security team reflects a resurgence of the State Department's worldview. An examination of this worldview and its track record...


Ashkenaz Festival Celebrating Jewish Culture Returns In-Person to Canada

The 13th Ashkenaz Festival, one of North America's largest celebrations of Jewish music,...


Total of 17 Dead in Two Attacks on Ukrainian City of Kharkiv: Official

A total of 17 people were killed and 42 were injured in two separate Russian attacks on the major northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, the regional governor said on Thursday. Three...


Mossad Appoints First-Ever Woman as Director of Intelligence Authority - For the first time in history, women are occupying some of the most senior roles in Israel’s Mossad, the intelligence agency announced on Thursday. “A,” who has served in...

Middle East

UAE-Israel Trade Reaches $1.4 Billion This Year So Far, Surpassing All of 2...

Bilateral trade between Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached $1.407 billion in the first seven months of 2022, surpassing...

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