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Douglas Altabef is an Executive Board Member of Im Tirtzu as well as a Director of the Israel Independence Fund. He and his family made aliyah from Westchester County, NY in 2009.

ARTICLES BY: Douglas Altabef‏

January 30, 2018 1:04 pm

Don’t Let the ‘What Ifs’ Scare Us

These are exciting times in Israel -- economically, militarily and diplomatically. Yet, no matter how successful we might be on a certain front, there will...

July 27, 2017 12:01 pm

How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Encountering Vile Antisemitism at NY’s Whitney Museum

It has become part of my family's post-aliyah ritual: the annual trip back to the Old Country, to visit the family and friends that we left behind. Landing...

January 18, 2017 6:39 am

Holy Secularism: A Visit to the Tavor Academy

One of the defining characteristics of life in Israel is the ongoing encounter and grappling with Judaism and Jewish identity. Largely unnoticed outside of the...

January 1, 2017 8:36 am

The Two-State Solution Blindspot

Barack Obama and John Kerry regard the two-state solution as nothing less than divinely ordained. The "Solution," as we will call it, is self-apparent: two...

June 19, 2016 4:45 am

‘Anyone but Bibi’ Is No Way to Run Our Country

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu is arguably a victim of his own success. Having served as PM for 10-plus years, he inevitably is being...

May 13, 2016 7:32 am

At 68, Israel Is Growing Comfortable in Its Own Skin

We are just completing the emotionally intensive and exhausting week that begins with Holocaust Remembrance Day, and ends with its equal and opposite emotional bookend,...

April 19, 2016 7:12 am

Two Cheers for Ted

Politics is called the art of the possible. You work with what you have. Sometimes, you have to make the best of what you are...

March 25, 2016 8:37 am

A Less Obvious Reason for Why Israelis Love Purim

While Israelis are excited to embrace the cornucopia of Jewish holidays, there is little doubt that Purim holds a special place in our collective and...

February 24, 2016 6:43 am

Why I, an American-Israeli, Support Marco Rubio for President

As an American immigrant to Israel, I have more than just a rooting interest in the future of the United States. Besides my abiding affection...

February 8, 2016 8:28 am

A Question for Jewish College Students in America Who Side With Israel’s Enemies

Here’s a question for those fearless Jewish college students, in groups like Jewish Voice for Peace, who have made common cause with Palestinian crusaders, given...

January 27, 2016 7:30 am

The New Israel Fund Disgraces Itself by Implicating Im Tirtzu in Rabin Assassination

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then the Israeli NGO Im Tirtzu should feel flattered by the recent attempt by the New Israel Fund...


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’...


Study: Latest Palestinian Textbooks Show Increased Indoctrination to Jihad and Martyrdom - In July 2017, the Palestinian Authority (PA) schoolbooks for the...

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...


Palestinian Authority President Abbas Calls US Ambassador to Israel Friedma...

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday criticized US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman for his support of Israeli...

Middle East

On Eve of Trump-Saudi Meeting, Riyadh Calls Iran Nuclear Deal Flawed

Saudi Arabia called the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers a "flawed agreement" on Monday, on the eve of a meeting between the Saudi crown prince and US President Donald Trump who...