Jewish Journal

Douglas Bloomfield

  • One father loves Israel, the other hates it. Guess which one is Arab?

    January 5, 2016 | 5:14 pm

    I was struck by the contrasting reactions of the fathers of two accused terrorists, both Israelis. One son shot up a Tel Aviv pub, murdering two and wounding seven, while the other firebombed a house killing an infant boy and his parents and severely injuring his 4-year-old...

  • Ted Cruz, as in lose

    September 24, 2013 | 9:56 am

    What's playing out in Washington this week is a classic example of that old political shibboleth, "that may be what I said but that's not what I meant." Republicans are piously assuring us they have no desire to shut down the government only to go marching off toward the cliff. ...

  • Who really creates jobs?

    August 14, 2013 | 11:15 am

    There he goes again. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor recently told Fox News host Chris Wallace that “the government doesn’t create jobs, the private sector does.” That’s a favorite mantra of Republicans. It may make a good sound bite, but there’s not a bit of truth in it.


  • Now is the time for Obama to visit Israel

    November 13, 2012 | 10:55 am

    President Obama leaves Saturday for a three-day trip to Burma, Thailand and Cambodia.  On the way home he should stop in another Asian country, Israel.  It's a trip he should have made early in his first term and is long overdue.

    The timing is good.  He just won a decisive...

  • The top foreign policy questions for Obama and Romney

    October 15, 2012 | 12:07 pm

    I concede that Mitt Romney and Barack Obama love Israel, are committed to its security and survival and they don’t want Iran to get nuclear weapons.

    We’ve heard them say that over and over again, ad nauseam. Literally. Ad nauseam. This pandering is becoming nauseating.

    I want...

  • Tea Party: Will 2013 be payback time?

    August 29, 2012 | 5:20 pm

    Chances for the partisan gridlock in Washington to get even worse next year increased last week with the victory in Texas of the Tea Party-backed candidate for the Republican Senate nomination.

    Ted Cruz, heavily favored in November to win the seat being vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey...

  • How Ryan will motivate Jewish voters

    August 13, 2012 | 1:49 pm

    Mitt Romney’s choice of Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate on the Republican ticket will help win Jewish votes.  For the Democrats.

    Ryan may help Romney shore up support among Tea Partiers and evangelicals who don’t really trust his claims of conversion to their cause, but it is...

  • What is Assad trying to tell us?

    June 11, 2012 | 12:56 pm

    Don’t ignore the Iranian nuclear program, but bear in mind it is still in the development stage and probably years away from producing weapons that can be delivered on missiles, and start worrying more about the largest WMD stockpile in the Arab world and the thousands of ballistic...

  • Opinion: Our man in Havana

    April 24, 2012 | 3:08 pm

    I just returned from a week in Cuba on a people-to-people exchange tour to meet with members of Jewish communities in several cities and to learn about the country.

    It has intrigued me that this weak and crumbling country has the mighty United States so terrified that we would...

  • Can't buy me love

    March 15, 2012 | 10:39 am

    It feels like spring, but there’s little love in the air for Mitt Romney.  The GOP frontrunner expected to have his party’s nomination sewn up by now so he could focus on sending Barack Obama back to Chicago.  But too many Republicans just can’t find it in their hearts to embrace the...

  • Opinion: Will Beit Shemesh lead to erosion on Capitol Hill?

    January 3, 2012 | 11:55 am

    A compelling threat to the survival of a democratic Jewish state does not come from the Arabs or the Iranians but from within. Its repercussions threaten to reach far beyond the gender segregated sidewalks and buses of some Israeli cities to the heart of the Diaspora.

  • Opinion: That was the year that was

    December 26, 2011 | 3:14 pm

    It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times around the world.

    Dickens’ famous line aptly describes a wide swath of the Arab world in 2011.  It was a good year for the Arab Street as popular uprisings, fueled by the social media, swept across the Middle East toppling...

  • Opinion: Unintended consequences... or not

    November 29, 2011 | 11:04 am

    In his zeal to punish Mahmoud Abbas for assorted affronts real and imagined, Benjamin Netanyahu may be Hamas’ most important benefactor.

    The Islamic terror organization has many friends– Iran, Syria, Hizbullah – but none is doing as much to expand its power and popularity from...

  • Opinion: Will Israel attack Iran?

    November 8, 2011 | 1:52 pm

    When it comes to attacking enemy nuclear installations, Israel has an excellent record for springing surprises and getting the job done. Just ask the Iraqis and Syrians.  So why is everyone from the prime minister on down talking so much these days about paying a visit to Iran?

  • Opinion: A time for national dialogue

    October 17, 2011 | 12:50 pm

    Even before the prisoner swap agreement was wrapped up, Hamas began boasting of its victory and vowing to kidnap more Israeli soldiers.  The Gilad Shalit abduction is proving a profitable enterprise for the Islamic terror group that controls Gaza.

    Israel could not find a way over...

  • Opinion: Blowing in the wind

    October 4, 2011 | 12:46 pm

    Israel gave a conditional “Yes” to the Mideast Quartet’s latest proposal to resume negotiations but the Palestinians are sticking to their demands for a settlement freeze and more before Mahmoud Abbas will sit down with Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Meanwhile, the Netanyahu government...

  • Opinion: Is Obama Israel's enemy or defender?

    September 13, 2011 | 12:51 pm

    Two interesting emails arrived about the same time on Sunday morning.  One was the text of a speech to the nation by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying Israel owes President Obama “a special measure of gratitude” for his help in rescuing Israelis trapped in their Cairo Embassy...

  • Who wants to be President?

    June 13, 2011 | 4:32 pm

    Newt Gingrich last week became the first candidate ever fired by his staff, as one wag noted, and if that proves a lethal blow to a doomed presidential campaign no one will be more disappointed than his old friend and collaborator Benjamin Netanyahu.  The two worked closely in the...

  • Was Mubarak a Zionist?

    May 10, 2011 | 9:59 am

    Was Hosni Mubarak a Zionist, as his critics within Egypt and across the Arab world suggest? 

    That sounds absurd but it’s an accusation that has riled a lot of folks in Israel and Egypt.

    Of course, being called a Zionist is about as nasty a charge as there is in many parts of the...

  • Will Rep. Cantor hurt Israel?

    October 26, 2010 | 10:29 am

    Aid to Israel has long been the locomotive that pulls foreign aid through the Congress, and for just as long as some lawmakers have been saying they’d vote for aid to Israel only if it were separated from the rest of the world.

    The latest to embrace that idea is Rep. Eric Cantor of...

  • Netanyahu, Obama and the Truth

    July 6, 2010 | 7:34 pm

    I’ve been getting a lot of e-mail, and you probably have been, too, hysterically accusing the Obama administration of deliberately and dangerously undermining Israel’s security. It comes from friends, family and people I barely know, and from around the globe. The original source...

  • Charlie Wilson’s other war

    February 16, 2010 | 10:08 am

    Charlie Wilson loved Israel almost as much as he loved the U.S. Marines.

    It was early February 1982, and I was the legislative director of AIPAC when Charley called me about a headline-making incident at the Beirut airport that upset him.

    A contingent of Marines had been sent there...

  • Hitler’s Pope Was No Saint

    January 20, 2010 | 3:43 am

    Pope Benedict XVI’s appearance at Rome’s Great Synagogue on Sunday did nothing to quell the controversy over plans to confer sainthood on Pius XII, the wartime pontiff who has been called Hitler’s Pope. In fact, he may have made matters worse when just two days earlier he took...

  • Top Ten Signs we’re making progress towards peace

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met on Monday for the first time since Feb. 19 at the urging of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who dropped by briefly a week earlier to declare the peace process was "moving in the right direction."
  • Bush flirts with peace talks but won’t commit to Palestinians

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The rug that Syrian President Bashar pulled out from under his widely reported but vaguely defined peace offensive last week was a Persian weave.

    He had been talking for months about unconditionally resuming negotiations with Israel over the Golan Heights, and it seemed like...