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Yoram Ettinger is a former ambassador and head of "Second Thought: a U.S.-Israel initiative."

ARTICLES BY: Yoram Ettinger


March 12, 2017 7:34 am
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Purim Guide for the Perplexed, 2017

Purim’s historical background 586 BCE: Babylonian Emperor Nebuchadnezzar's destruction of the First Temple on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, and his expulsion of Jews from Judea and Samaria, triggered a wave...

February 16, 2017 8:00 am
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A Palestinian State Is Not in America’s Interest

In 1948, the conventional "wisdom" at the US State Department was that the reestablishment of a Jewish state would damage US interests because the Jewish state would be aligned...

January 23, 2017 8:12 am
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President Trump vs. the State Department

In order to avoid the failed Middle East track record of all US presidents, since 1948, President Trump should refrain from -- rather than repeat -- the...

January 2, 2017 1:03 pm
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Secretary Kerry’s Suspension of Disbelief

The term “suspension of disbelief” refers to the intentional subordination of critical thinking, documented fact and common sense to one’s zeal and wishful-thinking; one sacrifices realism at the...

December 26, 2016 3:05 pm
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Obama’s Self-Defeating Settlements Policy

President Barack Obama’s collaboration with UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2334, which condemns Israel’s settlements policy, has defied history and reality, injuring the peace process...

December 23, 2016 7:23 am
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A Hanukkah Guide for the Perplexed, 2016

1. Hanukkah and Jewish immortality. In 1899, Mark Twain wrote: “Jews constitute but one percent of the human race…, [but] their contributions to literature, science, art, music,...

December 19, 2016 11:04 am
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Relocating the US Embassy to Jerusalem — A Litmus Test

President-elect Donald Trump's promises to terminate the US State Department policy referring to the whole of Jerusalem as an international (not Israeli) city, recognize unified Jerusalem as Israel’s capital...

November 16, 2016 7:22 am
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Israel and the 10 Commandments of a Trump Presidency

The outcome of the November 8, 2016, US election was predicted by those who doubted the accuracy of the polling samples. In fact, it is...

October 16, 2016 6:35 am
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A Sukkot Guide for the Perplexed, 2016

1. Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, commemorates the transition of the Jewish people from bondage in Egypt to sovereignty in the Land of Israel; from...

October 10, 2016 7:56 am
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A Yom Kippur Guide for the Perplexed, 2016

1. Yom Kippur is a day of hope and optimism, in addition to a solemn day of soul-searching. The Day of Atonement provides a unique awareness...

July 31, 2016 10:35 pm
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The Palestinians Are Trying to Manipulate Demographics — Here’s How

The July 11, 2016, Palestinian Authority report claiming that Jews are a minority west of the Jordan River is a classic case of "lies, damned...

June 15, 2016 6:34 am
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On Paris Peace Talks, Israel Must Resist the Sirens’ Song

In 850 BC, the legendary Greek author Homer introduced the mythical king of Ithaca, Odysseus, as a role model of leadership. Sailing home from the battlefield,...

June 6, 2016 3:50 am
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Who Were the 1948 Arab Refugees?

Contrary to conventional "wisdom,” most Arabs in British Mandate Palestine -- and most of the 320,000 1948 Arab refugees -- were migrant workers and descendants of the 1831-1947...

May 29, 2016 2:44 pm
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The Truth About the Palestinians and 1948

The truth about the circumstances and numbers of the 1948 Arab refugees has been sacrificed on the altar of Arab-appeasement and Israel-bashing by the UN,...

Culture

Israel’s Future Tallest Building Approved for Construction

JNS.org - Construction has been approved for an ambitious project to build Israel's new tallest skyscraper. The Israeli Finance Ministry’s district committee has signed off on...

Master of the Chefs: The Kosher World’s Unsung Hero

JNS.org - Do you recall what you were eating in kosher restaurants 10 years ago? Had you tried sous-vide dishes? Homemade...

Chutzpah and High Heels: A Sad, Funny, True Story

Chutzpah & High Heels, by Jessica Fishman. 317 pages. Yotzeret Publishing. $15.95. In her new book, Jessica Fishman gives us an...

Features

As Recreational Use Clears Hurdle, Medical Cannabis Rides High in Israel

JNS.org - Beyond the scent of cannabis drifting through the venue, there was an extra...

‘Jesus’s Tomb’ Shrine Unveiled After Painstaking Restoration Efforts in Jerusalem

JNS.org - After several months of meticulous restoration work, the shrine that...

Hezbollah Uses Terror Recruitment to Threaten Israel

JNS.org - When it comes to the threat posed by Hezbollah, Israelis often worry about rocket attacks or other conventional arms. But...

World

At AIPAC Conference, Alan Dershowitz Helps Unveil Israeli Water-Making Mach...

JNS.org - In a showcase of cutting-edge Israeli innovation at Sunday's session of the AIPAC Policy Conference, renowned lawyer Alan Dershowitz...

Israel

Israeli President Rivlin Rejects Former PM Olmert’s Pardon Request

JNS.org - A pardon request filed by incarcerated former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was rejected Monday by President Reuven Rivlin. In the rejection, Rivlin noted that the special circumstances of Olmert's conviction...

Middle East

Ahead of Washington Trip, Egyptian President El-Sisi Meets With US Jewish L...

JNS.org - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald Lauder Sunday to discuss US-Egypt relations,...

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