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Arik Elman is an Israeli political and PR consultant and commentator. Having made Aliya from the Soviet Union twenty years ago, he served as spokesman for the Absorption Ministry and Natan Sharansky's Yisrael B'Aliya Party, and as Editor-in-Chief for the Israeli newscast of the RTVI global satellite television channel in Russian. He resides in Jerusalem with his wife and two sabra daughters.


January 2, 2017 1:27 pm

A New Approach to Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking

Some of my friends -- even intelligent friends -- say that, however unpleasant, a Borat-esque "running of the Jew" must now be enacted, because we need...

December 19, 2016 7:29 am

An Open Letter to Trump: Move the Embassy

Dear Mr. President-elect, First, thank you for your appointment of David Friedman as your ambassador to Israel. He is a fine, and strong, choice for the...

May 11, 2016 6:31 am

Captain America, the UN and the Temple Mount

The movie Captain America: Civil ͏War posits a difficult question: where should moral responsibility reside? Should it be in the hands of an individual (even those with...

July 16, 2015 11:20 am

Don’t Buy Obama’s False Argument About Reagan on Iran Nuclear Deal

In his "totally-not-antisemitic" play about the comeuppance of an evil Jew, Shakespeare told us that "the devil can cite Scripture for his purpose." Same goes...

March 29, 2015 3:41 pm

Liberal Jews Throw Israel Under the Bus for Obama

Of all the self-serving, sanctimonious, hypocritical reactions to Prime Minister Netanyahu's warning on Election Day about the rising Arab vote, one stands out and demands...

March 2, 2015 4:00 pm

Obama’s Moment of ‘Peace’ and Jewish Liberals

Out of the whole shrill chorus of American Jewish liberals who have offered an evil-spirited defense of "their President" against the ruthless foreign invader Benjamin...

December 2, 2014 8:19 am

Jon Stewart’s Betrayal of Israel

Jon "Stewart" Leibowitz (yes, the one from the fake news show) recently gave an interview to Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth. The reporter came to do a...

September 12, 2014 2:30 am

Mourning 9/11: The Loss of Innocence

The first time I came to New York was in April 1997, fresh from service in the IDF, just after the first wave of suicide...

September 4, 2014 7:43 am

A History Lesson for Barack Obama: What Really Happened in Estonia During World War II?

Dear Mr. President, Your Excellency Barack Obama: In your speech in Estonia on Wednesday, you said, and I quote: "After all, the only reason we're here today in...

August 1, 2014 9:26 am

With Kidnap of Israeli Soldier, John Kerry’s Ceasefire Has Made Matters Much, Much Worse

Let's just recap what happened with the abduction of an Israeli soldier this morning. The Israeli government believed the word of the Secretary of State of...

July 1, 2014 4:14 pm

Murder of Teens Betrays Permanent Future of Despair for Israel

Why is the reaction to the kidnapping and killing of three young men so overwhelming? After all, we've witnessed much worse Palestinian war crimes before....

November 10, 2013 11:40 am

John Kerry’s Special Brand of Public Diplomacy

Here's a new tactic to get your apprehensive and sometimes paranoid ally to support your outreach to his mortal enemy: bully him and his people...

March 5, 2013 9:31 pm

Israel’s Bus Service and Liberal Rage

Those of you who prefer to get your news about Israel from somewhat more reliable sources than "Haaretz" or the Lede blog of the New...

February 13, 2013 12:30 pm

The White House Will No Longer Attempt to Bypass or Ignore Netanyahu

There's one very simple, very clear conclusion to be drawn from the sudden decision of President Obama to visit Israel, without waiting for Shimon Peres'...


It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s ‘Superman’ … at the Kotel - American actor Dean Cain, known for his role as “Superman” in the hit 1990s’...


Jewish Groups Weigh-in on Pompeo for Secretary of State - Many major American Jewish organizations are pleased by the nomination of CIA director Mike Pompeo to succeed Rex Tillerson...

Training for War in Gaza as Hamas Lurks in Tunnels and Towers - Since Hamas came to power in the Gaza Strip more than a decade ago, it has built, trained and...

Israeli Attractions: Givat Sher, the Judean Lowhills - In the town of Modi’in, which is situated between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, lies Givat Sher (“The hill of...


European Powers Propose New Iran Sanctions to Meet Trump Ultimatum

Britain, France and Germany have proposed fresh EU sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles and its role in Syria's war, according to a confidential document, in a bid to persuade Washington...


Israel Ranks 11th in UN ‘World Happiness Report’ - Israel just missed out on a place in the top 10 happiest countries in the world, placing 11th in the latest world happiness index. “The World Happiness Report 2018,” compiled by the United Nations Sustainable...

Middle East

Abbas Meets With Released Prisoner Who Was Accomplice in Murder of Israeli - In the presidential office in Ramallah on March 14, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas met with Rajaei Haddad, a terrorist from eastern Jerusalem released from prison after serving a...