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Isi Leibler is a veteran international Jewish leader with a distinguished record of contributions to the Jewish world and the cause of human rights.

ARTICLES BY: Isi Leibler

March 15, 2018 11:57 am

Unfair to Call Putin an Antisemite

A very significant portion of my life has been devoted to personally combating Russian antisemitism. I experienced firsthand the extent of hatred against Jews which...

March 13, 2018 9:52 am

AIPAC’s Downward Spiral

The American Jewish leadership’s downward spiral has accelerated. This can be traced back to its cowardly silence when then-President Barack Obama began treating Israel as...

February 20, 2018 4:34 pm

Dysfunctional Politics and Disgraceful Behavior

The criminal charges recommended by the Israel Police against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the politicians’ and media’s reactions amount to perhaps the most scandalous...

February 8, 2018 9:52 am

2018: The Year to Make Aliyah?

The founders of modern Israel came from contrasting ideological movements. Since their dispersion into exile, Jews who for centuries endured Christian and Muslim persecution, maintained spiritual (and...

February 2, 2018 9:38 am

Mike Pence Is a Friend of Israel

Listening to US Vice President Mike Pence’s address to the Knesset was a euphoric experience. Pence is a devout evangelical Christian who regards America’s religious...

January 24, 2018 11:16 am

‘Perfect’ Leaders in the United States and Israel

We expect national leaders to behave in an exemplary manner and act as role models to be emulated. What most of us seek is a “perfect”...

December 27, 2017 12:32 pm

Don’t Spurn Europe’s Populist Parties

Populist and nationalist parties are emerging as powerful political forces. They are likely to profoundly influence domestic and foreign policies in virtually every European country. There...

December 6, 2017 2:35 pm

American Jews: Look in the Mirror

There are some unpleasant facts and bitter truths about a large component of Diaspora Jews that are being swept under the carpet. The reality is that...

November 30, 2017 11:21 am

Storm Clouds Gathering in the Middle East for Israel

The volatility of political activity in the Middle East is dizzying. The Syrian civil war is almost at an end. President Bashar al-Assad remains in power,...

November 14, 2017 3:36 pm

Recovering From Our Rampant Sex Scandals

While sexual attitudes are inclined to change from generation to generation, controversies relating to sexual behavior are ageless -- and even occupy a prominent role...

October 30, 2017 2:22 pm

Commemorating the ANZAC Liberation of Beersheba

Today, Australia is one of Israel’s best friends in the world -- in every respect. The origins of this relationship date back 100 years, with the spectacular victory of...

October 26, 2017 10:50 am

Should We Work With Dictators and Antisemites?

The dramatic swing to the right in the recent Austrian elections is likely to have widespread repercussions throughout Europe. It will also oblige Israel to...

October 18, 2017 11:01 am

Palestinian Unity Will Not Lead to Peace

World leaders -- including some of our American friends -- are apparently still unwilling to face reality. They continue to delude themselves that Mahmoud Abbas and the...

October 1, 2017 9:56 pm

Breaking the Ultra-Orthodox Control Over Israel

The Israeli Chief Rabbinate, backed by its ultra-Orthodox political factions, is negatively affecting the entire state of Israel. In previous generations, we were blessed with chief rabbis...


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...


Republican Senator Expects Trump to Pull Out of Iran deal: CBS

Republican US Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he expects President Donald Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May. "The Iran deal...


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...