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Yosef Y. Jacobson

Israel’s Greatest Mistake, Repeated Six Times, Will It Act Differently This Time?
November 18, 2012 4:53 am9 comments

Israel is, thank G-d, a strong country, with an exceptional military that combines courage,...

Dovid Efune

Ed Koch on Chuck Hagel Nomination: Obama’s Reneging on His Conveyed Support for Israel Has Come Earlier Than I Thought
January 7, 2013 4:34 pm128 comments

In an interview with The Algemeiner, former Mayor of New York, Ed Koch, a lifelong Democrat...

Shmuley Boteach

Rwanda Demands a Muscular Morality
April 14, 2014 4:31 am0 comments

Kigale, Rwanda – Last week saw the twentieth anniversary of the start of the Rwandan...

Ed Koch

It is Time to Close the Gun Show Loophole
January 15, 2013 1:22 am0 comments

The National Rifle Association which announced it had enrolled 100,000 new members in one...

Simon Jacobson

Responding to Sandy Hook: Is Our World Safe for Children?
December 23, 2012 2:07 pm1 comment

So much grief has been poured out in the last week over the six and seven year olds who were...

John Bolton

Opinion: Lessons Learned From Obama’s Middle East ‘Peace Process’
April 17, 2014 11:18 am1 comment

Barack Obama has announced a “pause” for a “reality check” in his Israeli-Palestinian...

Elie Wiesel

Exclusive by Elie Wiesel: The Tragedy in Toulouse
March 21, 2012 4:53 pm28 comments

Will the hatred of the Jews ever finally vanish? Will Jewish children always be in danger? This...

Shlomo Shamir

Countries Intimidated Into Supporting Palestinian UN Bid
September 14, 2011 8:03 am5 comments

Diplomats in the UN said their support for the Palestinianstatehood bid stems from fear of...

Anne Bayefsky

Anti-Semitism to Blame for Double Standard on Israel
November 1, 2013 10:16 am1 comment

This week Israel caved in to European and American pressure to further subject itself to egregious...

Clemens Heni

Did Quentin Tarantino Promote Antisemitic Ideology?
January 24, 2013 1:48 am9 comments

Antisemitism is a very flexible ideology. We know of Islamist antisemitism, the Iranian threat,...

Dore Gold

Can Israel and Saudi Arabia Finally Unite?
December 24, 2013 1:18 am1 comment

In the aftermath of the Geneva agreement over Iran’s nuclear program, a large number...

Nazee Moinian

With a Sense of Resolve
February 7, 2011 2:13 pm3 comments

It is hard not to see the parallels between Egypt and Iran and draw the conclusion that history...

Isi Leibler

The Disastrous Results of ‘Peace Negotiations’
April 2, 2014 6:43 pm1 comment

As anticipated, the Obama administration’s efforts to impose a peace settlement have proved...

Winston Pickett

The High Holidays Are a Time to Unplug
September 1, 2013 9:08 am2 comments

Many years ago, while living in New York, I studied with a young, dynamic rabbi who had recently...

Steve Rothman

Foreign Aid Cuts Jeopardize U.S. National Security
February 18, 2011 9:32 am2 comments

America’s national deficit will burden future generations and hurt the long term well-being...

Melvin Konner

Israel, The Long View
November 21, 2011 7:12 pm0 comments

I’m sitting on the porch of the home of my friends the Selas, in Binyamina, south of Haifa,...

Don Seeman

There are no more “Risks for Peace” and we all had better get used to it
May 3, 2011 9:53 am4 comments

It is time for everyone to grow up and recognize that the favorite slogan of would-be peacemakers...

Steven Emerson

Palestinian Authority Glorifies Another Arch-Terrorist
April 17, 2014 11:23 am1 comment

The Palestinian Authority (PA) continues to incite hatred by glorifying terrorists as national...

Daniel Pipes

‘Anti-Semite Max Blumenthal Incites Murder of Three in Kansas’
April 17, 2014 10:48 am1 comment

Max Blumenthal, like others on the far-Left, jumped on the July 2011 Norwegian massacre of...

Kenneth S. Abramowitz

15 Reasons Why Iran is an Existential Threat to Western Civilization
October 25, 2013 5:17 pm4 comments

1. Iran is the number 1 terror organization in the world today, far more dangerous than Al...

Eli Hertz

How Israel’s Enemies Misrepresent the Geneva Convention
February 8, 2013 10:06 am4 comments

Background The language of Article 49 of the Geneva Convention was crafted in the wake...

Raymond Ibrahim

Islamic Jihad and the Doctrine of Abrogation
April 9, 2014 7:12 am0 comments

While other scriptures contain contradictions, the Koran is the only holy book whose commentators...

Jacob Septimus

Oy-Bama – Where’s the Love?
July 1, 2011 12:17 pm5 comments

Upon returning from this year’s AIPAC convention Rabbi David Wolpe ascended the pulpit at...

Alon Ben-Meir

Abbas is the Victim of Netanyahu and an Ideological Divide
April 4, 2014 12:01 am2 comments

The common characteristics and stark differences between Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu...

Brett Joshpe

Despite Israel’s Win the ICC Remains a Dangerous Institution
April 5, 2012 1:45 pm0 comments

Israel, like the U.S., is not a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) for good...

David Patterson

How Anti-Semitism Prevents Peace
August 30, 2011 2:10 am1 comment

Despite the obsessive preoccupation with Israeli building activities in the West Bank and...

Howard Grief

Article 80 and the UN Recognition of a “Palestinian State”
September 22, 2011 10:58 am11 comments

In the entire debate now taking place on whether the United Nations Security Council or General...

Alan Dershowitz

Ten Reasons Why the BDS Movement is Immoral and Hinders Peace
February 12, 2014 12:55 pm7 comments

As a strong supporter of the two state solution and a critic of Israel’s settlement policies,...

Morton A. Klein

Abbas’ Fatah Praises Hamas’ Call For Israel’s Demise
December 11, 2012 4:17 pm3 comments

Much of the world appears to believe that Israeli/Palestinian peace is there for the making....

Oleksandr Feldman

First They Came for Mila Kunis
February 6, 2013 1:48 am12 comments

One of the most recognizable figures of Ukrainian Jewish descent, the beautiful and talented...

Simon Deng

The Victims of UN hatred of Israel
November 9, 2011 1:48 pm3 comments

Adapted from an address to the  Durban Conference in NY. I want to thank the organizers...

Danny Danon

Remembering Shamir: The Integrity of “No”
July 3, 2012 1:10 pm2 comments

The people of Israel lost a true leader with the passing of Yitzhak Shamir. Before assuming...

Abraham Foxman

‘Aftermath:’ A Riveting Portrayal of Polish Anti-Semitism
January 17, 2014 1:26 am22 comments

After Germany itself, no country has been more scrutinized for its behavior during the Holocaust...

Malcolm Thomson

Humor Me – Michelle Obama and the Chief of Staff
January 11, 2012 2:06 pm2 comments

In the intense discussion at Saturday night’s dinner the Obama case was cause celebre....

Robert S. Wistrich

Threatening Shadows Over Egypt
January 11, 2012 12:04 pm1 comment

The Muslim Brotherhood did not initiate the current upheavals in the Middle East, but the...

Tamar Sternthal

How the New York Times Demonizes the Israeli People
April 1, 2014 11:25 am25 comments

If “demonize” means “to try to make someone or a group of people seem as...

Irwin Cotler

Sochi Olympics: Remembering Sergei Magnitsky
February 7, 2014 11:41 am1 comment

On the eve of the Sochi Olympics, over 200 writers from around the world – including Margaret...

Danny Ben-Moshe

Europe’s Future, 70 Years After Wannsee Confererence
January 20, 2012 1:00 pm0 comments

On January 20, 1942, the Nazi leadership gathered in a villa on the outskirts of Berlin and...

Dexter Van Zile

Why Have American Taxpayers Supported Hamas Trainers?
April 11, 2014 4:04 pm20 comments

Should American taxpayers be funding an organization that has provided activist training to...

Alan Elsner

The Hagel Nomination and Monty Python
January 16, 2013 12:57 am0 comments

The furor that has surrounded the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be President Obama’s...

Yedidya Atlas

Nothing New Under the Sun: ‘Slaves of the Revolution’ Revisited
November 18, 2013 3:58 pm0 comments

The other day, my wife finally got me to go through some old cartons in our storage room that...

Per Anders Rudling

The Waffen-SS as Freedom Fighters
January 31, 2012 12:58 pm4 comments

Despised and ostracized, the Swedish community of Waffen-SS volunteers long gathered in secrecy...

Rami Shapiro

What Are You Teaching Your Children?
January 31, 2012 2:08 pm2 comments

There are two ways to raise your children: you either shut them down or you open them up....

Walid Phares

U.S. Policy and Avoiding Catastrophes in the Middle East
March 9, 2014 9:30 am2 comments

This month, my book The Lost Spring: U.S. Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid...

Seth J. Frantzman / JointMedia News Service

Egypt’s ‘Economic Woes’ Distract From Religious Extremist Reality
February 6, 2012 1:49 pm2 comments

As the one-year anniversary of Egypt’s Tahrir Square uprising came and went, many commentators...

David Meyers

Iran’s Double Talk on Iraq is Disgraceful
January 7, 2014 12:26 am1 comment

Iran has reportedly offered to help the Iraqi government fight “al Qaeda terrorists”...

Heather Robinson

Goodbye for the Present
February 5, 2013 1:23 am1 comment

My mother is fond of saying that with one body, you can’t be everywhere. And although in...

Joel Mowbray

The Friends of Bill Pascrell
June 3, 2012 11:04 am1 comment

Because of redistricting, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D, NJ) is running for re-election this coming...

Denis MacShane

Latvia Still Honors the Biggest Jew-Killing Machine in World History
March 18, 2012 11:01 am11 comments

On March 16 2012, a 47-year-old British woman, Monica Lowenberg, placed a wreath at the foot...

Devorah Halberstam

Remembering Ari Halberstam, 18 Years Later
March 18, 2012 11:28 am14 comments

March 6 is a day that etched indelibly into my heart and soul. In 1994, my son Ari was shot...

Jerold Auerbach

The Politics of Demography
March 20, 2014 7:18 am6 comments

It is endlessly – and mindlessly – reiterated that demographic disaster looms...

Alan Mendoza

Norman Finkelstein: The BBC Legitimizes a Crank
May 13, 2012 7:27 pm5 comments

The BBC has a strange set of editorial guidelines. According to a leaked memo sent to BBC...

Marek Halter

Exclusive by Marek Halter: The Jews, Israel and the New French President
May 25, 2012 3:18 am2 comments

The day following the French presidential election, I received a phone call: “This is the...

Arthur Lenk

Israel and Protecting Refugees
July 1, 2012 12:01 am2 comments

Israel, like many other developed countries has a migrant problem. As in most European countries,...

Eric Ehrmann

Cuba’s China Card and Pan-Islamism in Latin America
July 13, 2012 12:34 pm1 comment

A real sweet deal last week featuring interest-free loans between China and Cuba is redoubling...

Mordechai Tokarsky

The Hidden 36 – Zev Wolfson’s Powerful Lessons in Jewish Leadership
August 16, 2012 11:19 pm0 comments

Do you believe in the Kabalistic Jewish tradition of the 36 hidden Tzadikim -  saintly...

Yoram Ettinger

The Moses Legacy
April 18, 2014 3:20 pm5 comments

3,400 years ago, the Moses legacy was shaped during the first clash of civilizations (Passover)...

David Mermelstein

Jewish Organizations, Others Must Stop Interfering With Holocaust Survivors’ Rights
July 8, 2012 9:34 am0 comments

The JTA recently published an op-ed by Menachem Rosensaft which gratuitously offers an “alternative”...

Arthur Schneier

A Message to Hungary: Resist the Dissemination of Hatred
November 5, 2013 5:08 pm2 comments

The below speech was delivered on behalf of Rabbi Arthur Schneier at the Conference on Jewish...

Aaron Klein

Exclusive Excerpt: Obama Views Arab Spring Through Lens of Climate Change (VIDEO)
August 7, 2012 2:27 pm5 comments

The following is an exclusive excerpt from “Fool Me Twice,” released today, the book...

Edward Alexander

Barack Obama and Biblical Sacrifice
March 10, 2014 2:18 pm1 comment

In synagogues all over the country, last Saturday’s opening portion of Leviticus (usually...

Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz

Approaching the High Holy Days as Jews…or as People
September 2, 2012 12:26 pm0 comments

The start of the Jewish New Year, the month of Tishrei, is filled with holy days, among them...

Tal Ofer

Preserving Kosher Slaughter and Judaism in Poland
July 16, 2013 2:07 pm1 comment

Three months ago, I was in Poland as part of a UK Jewish Delegation organised by the Polish...

Alan Steinberg

ALGEMEINER LIVE BLOG: Presidential Election Results 2012
November 6, 2012 7:46 pm2 comments

The Algemeiner is live blogging the 2012 presidential election results. Commentary is by...

Rachel Ehrenfeld

Erdogan’s Russia Problem (and Vice-Versa)
January 15, 2014 11:20 am5 comments

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s growing Islamist tendencies and his crackdown...

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner

If Abbas and Haniyeh Turn to The Hague, They Will be Met With Thousands of Countersuits
May 6, 2013 10:38 am2 comments

For months now, the Palestinian Authority has threatened to file for membership at the International...

Denis MacEoin

An Open Letter to the Staff of the Financial Times
April 8, 2014 2:56 pm10 comments

To the Staff of the Financial Times Dear Sir, Your correspondent David Gardner may live in...

John-Paul Pagano

Support for Israel and American Identity
May 30, 2013 12:22 pm10 comments

The news has no regard for ratings. No matter how grand, shocking or strange life may be,...

Alex Safian

Jodi Rudoren Won’t be ‘Schooled’
June 3, 2013 10:17 am9 comments

When billionaire businessman and philanthropist Sheldon Adelson was honored in Jerusalem recently,...

Raheel Raza

Combating Political Islam: Follow Israel’s Lead
June 5, 2013 1:28 pm15 comments

Political Islam is the major force shaping the Middle East region today, and a dangerous one...

Steve Israel

Why I Won’t be Watching ‘Princesses: Long Island’
June 20, 2013 6:39 am3 comments

I’m proud to represent an area of Long Island that has been the location for many famous...

Eric Rozenman

The JTA Gets it Wrong on Settlements
July 28, 2013 7:54 pm12 comments

A recent Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) news brief quoted Christine Quinn’s campaign as...

Lyn Julius

Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and the Right of Return
November 8, 2013 10:12 am1 comment

As the current negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians lurch forward, the burning...

David Nesenoff

Meeting Malki: Father of Terror Victim Speaks Out on Prisoner Release (INTERVIEW)
August 25, 2013 5:09 pm4 comments

You must meet Malki. She is a 15-year-old girl…still. She has been 15 for the last 12 years;...

Matthias Kuentzel

Startling Revelations From an Iranian Smuggling Case in Hamburg
September 17, 2013 11:02 am5 comments

I rarely attend trials, but this one is special. On July 24, 2013, the main hearing in the...

Oren Safdie

New Quebec Proposal to Restrict Religion is a Farce
September 18, 2013 9:35 am4 comments

The Premier of Quebec, Pauline Marois, recently put forward a charter of values plan that...

Ira Stoll

Kennedy Was a Friend to American and Soviet Jews
October 18, 2013 10:45 am1 comment

As the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination approaches, we Jews have our...

Shimon Samuels

An Open Letter to Angela Merkel: Kristallnacht is Still Relevant Today in Germany
November 6, 2013 10:31 am3 comments

Madam Federal Chancellor, We are about to mark the 75th anniversary of the KristallnachtReichspogrom...

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