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

ARTICLES BY: Yoram Ettinger

September 25, 2019 5:36 am

A Rosh Hashanah Guide for the Perplexed

Here are some facts about Rosh Hashanah: 1. The conventional meaning of the two Hebrew words Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is the beginning (Rosh...

September 22, 2019 4:19 am

What a Successful US-Israel Defense Pact Would Look Like

A constructive US-Israel defense pact should be based on shared values and shared strategic interests, expanding the two-way-street, win-win US-Israel strategic cooperation. An effective US-Israel defense...

September 8, 2019 6:04 am

Clarifying the Palestine Saga

The Palestinian leadership is rehashing the notion that Palestine has been Arab/Muslim from time immemorial. But is such a claim consistent with historic documentation? According to...

August 2, 2019 1:36 pm

The Saudi-Palestinian Labyrinth

The shift in the Saudi attitude towards Israel has been reflected by a reduction of foreign aid to the Palestinians, partially due to the rift...

July 11, 2019 4:51 am

The Trump Effect

The initial two and a half years of President Donald Trump’s national security policy have departed sharply from those of President Barack Obama, his predecessor...

June 27, 2019 5:39 am

The Unique US Mindset on Israel

The US mindset on Israel -- unlike the US attitude towards other countries -- is a bottom-up phenomenon: a derivative of the US public worldview,...

June 23, 2019 5:15 am

Israel Has Extended America’s Strategic Reach in the Middle East - In 2019, the inherently unpredictable and violent Middle East has driven pro-US Arab regimes -- all of which face lethal domestic and external threats...

June 7, 2019 11:08 am

A Shavuot Guide for the Perplexed

Here are some observations on Shavuot and the roots of the special US attitude toward Israel: The holiday of Shavuot (Pentecost) -- which commemorates the receipt...

April 17, 2019 2:06 pm

Passover’s History in America: A Guide for the Perplexed

1. The early Pilgrims and Founding Fathers of the US were inspired by Passover's message of optimism while facing severe challenges and threats. Moses and...

January 20, 2019 6:47 am

A Tu BiShvat Guide for the Perplexed, 2019

1. The Jewish Arbor Day, Tu Bishvat (ט"ו בשבט) highlights human gratitude for the creation of fruit-bearing trees. Jewish tradition stipulates a one-sentence blessing before...

January 17, 2019 7:06 am

Comparing Obama in 2009 with Pompeo in 2019

The January 10, 2019 Cairo speech by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo -- which was cleared by the White House -- was a course-setting presentation...

December 10, 2018 8:17 am

The Oman-Israel-Palestinian Connection

Oman’s unique geo-strategic location has led to China’s recent $10 billion dollar investment in an industrial park at Oman’s southern port of Duqm. Moreover, the...

November 29, 2018 11:37 am

Hanukkah’s Legacy in America

The legacy of Hanukkah has played a major role in shaping the American ethos and state of mind, from the early Pilgrims through the Founding...

November 14, 2018 10:36 am

How Will the 2018 Elections Impact US National Security Policy?

While national security and foreign policy did not play a role in the November 2018 Congressional elections, the outcome of that election will impact President...


Severe Storm Flattens Sukkahs From New Jersey to Boston

A fierce wind and rainstorm wreaked havoc on sukkahs from New Jersey to Boston, leaving a path of destruction that...

Saluting One of the Last Living Heroes of Israel’s Fight for Independence - When Harold “Smoky” Simon grins at you, it’s hard to remember...

Sukkot: A Jewish Thanksgiving - Sukkot is akin to a Jewish Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving in America, no matter their religion or background, families...


‘The Canary in the Coalmine of Global Hatred’: UN Special Rappo...

The UN’s Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief presented his findings on the rise of antisemitism to the...


Israel’s Upstream Wins Funding to Expand in Automotive Cybersecurity

Israel's Upstream Security has secured $30 million in funding from a wide range of global automakers and venture capital firms as it looks to tap into the increasingly competitive market...

Middle East

Pentagon Chief Visits Saudi Arabia as Tensions Simmer With Iran

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday, with tensions simmering between the United States and Iran, and Russia seeking to increase its regional influence. Esper is likely...

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