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Dr. Michael Widlanski is the author of Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat published by Threshold/Simon and Schuster. He has worked for The New York Times, The Cox Newspapers and The Jerusalem Post, and was strategic advisor for Israel's Ministry of Public Security. He taught politics and communication at Hebrew University for two decades.

ARTICLES BY: Michael Widlanski

May 17, 2017 1:55 pm

From Truman to Trump — America and Israel, Then and Now

A popular president known as a great sophisticated thinker, speaker and reformer is suddenly replaced -- almost out of nowhere -- by a crude upstart. The...

February 28, 2017 7:50 am

The Israeli Media Is Out to Get Trump

If you asked most Israelis, they'd say they never really liked or trusted Barack Obama. But if you asked most Israelis today, they'd say they...

February 16, 2017 7:56 am

Trump and Truman: Straight-Talking Presidents

The American press has been shocked by the foul-mouthed antics of a president attacking journalists who insulted his daughter. Typical Trump, right? No, typical Truman -- Harry S. Truman. President...

November 1, 2016 6:50 am

In This Cartoon Election, the Republican Dumbo Is Preferable to the Democrats’ Smooth-Talking Donkey

America must choose between two political parties that are really cartoons. The Democrats are the party of the smartass -- the smooth-talking donkey in "Shrek" -- while Republicans are...

September 16, 2016 1:53 am

Hillary Clinton Is the ‘Deplorable’ One

Hillary Clinton has a deep-seated belief that those who support Donald Trump are evil racists. We know this because she says it repeatedly -- in scripted and...

June 17, 2016 3:39 am


Those who deny that Islamist terror is a grave danger often hold progressive views. Leaders like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Francois Hollande, Ban-Ki-Moon, Noam Chomsky and...

March 1, 2016 6:15 am

What Hillary Clinton Can Learn From Israeli Democracy

If the United States were as great a democracy as Israel, then Hillary Clinton would be living in jail -- just like Israel’s ex-prime minister, Ehud...

January 21, 2016 7:41 am

Barack Obama and the Denial of Islamic Terrorism

If Barack Obama is right, there is no Islamic terror wave today, just a few “incidents.” Likewise, progressive politicians in Germany, Britain, Sweden and other parts...

December 7, 2015 7:28 am

Visiting Hungary and ‘The Grand Hotel Budapest’

My family and I were recently looking for someplace to visit. When Hungary’s leader said he would not discriminate against Israel or its products, we...

August 24, 2015 7:32 pm

The Communist Fingerprints on Iran’s Bomb

A month from today or a year from today, an Iranian scientist or general might defect to the West - and present hard proof that...

April 23, 2015 11:27 am

How Western Corruption Helps Fuel Radical Islam

What do the big money and cushy lifestyles of Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as Mideast leaders like Shimon Peres, Hosni Mubarak, Ehud Barak,...

April 6, 2015 9:00 pm

Thank Goodness That Barack Obama and Iran Have Learned So Much From the Jews

The US-Iran nuclear pact, certifying that Iran's nuclear program is strictly kosher, is like the way Jews remove bread, beer, and booze from their homes...

November 27, 2014 4:01 pm

Talking ‘Turkey’ to President Obama

In Israel it's Thanksgiving - the American holiday I really miss, the day that sums up what is beautiful in the American spirit -faith over...

November 21, 2014 3:22 pm

The Truth About ‘Intifadas’

Many journalists covering the Mideast are like an old Russian joke during the time of dictator Josef Stalin. One Russian asks his neighbor:  "What's happening?" Russian response:...


Activist Showcases 70 Israeli Destinations in Project for Israel’s Independence Day

A Florida-based pro-Israel activist has launched a project showcasing 70 locations...

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’...


Taylor Force Act Hits Snag in Senate, as Pro-Israel Groups Urge Passage - Amid never-ending speculation over the release of President Donald Trump’s anticipated Israeli-Palestinian...

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...


After Anti-Israel Referendums, University Leaders Defend Academic Freedom, ...

The leaders of universities where anti-Israel referendums were considered this month recently spoke out in defense of academic freedom and...


Tech Billionaire Elon Musk Salutes Israel as ‘Technological Power,...

Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk believes that Israel is a "technological power" with a bright future, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

Middle East

Palestinian Cold War Heats Up as Reconciliation Efforts Fail - The Palestinian Authority wasted little time in blaming Hamas for a roadside bomb that went off last week in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. It was far too close for comfort...