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  • How liberal critics failed Israel

    By David Suissa

    August 14, 2014 | 4:21 pm

    If you listen to some prominent liberal critics of Israel, you might think that liberalism in Israel is in a deep coma. For many years now, these critics have been single-mindedly obsessed with one liberal cause: Israel’s failure to make peace with the Palestinians.

    It’s a great...

  • Why Jews unite more than Christians

    By David Suissa

    August 11, 2014 | 9:37 am

    Imagine that you are a Jew, and that you are president of the United States. Your security adviser has just whispered in your ear that 200 Jewish girls in Africa have been kidnapped and are being threatened with rape.

    Or imagine that you are the most prominent rabbi in the world...

  • Safest place for Arabs is Israel

    By David Suissa

    August 10, 2014 | 10:04 am

    In a Twitter world of one-second images and three-second sound bites, it’s not surprising that Israel would be seen by most of the world as an enemy of Arabs.

    Especially since the start of the Gaza war, the images against Israel have been lethal. Never mind Hamas’s “dead baby...

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  • On Gaza border, a mother hangs on

    By David Suissa

    August 7, 2014 | 12:34 pm

    Hila Fenlon, a 36-year-old farmer and mother of two, lives in Netiv Hasara, a small Israeli village of 400 residents that caresses the Gaza border. Hila is not religious, but she loves to use the word “miracle.”

    She used the word several times when I met her in her village last...

  • Why Israel is so united

    By David Suissa

    August 4, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    You would think that the global outcry against Israel in the wake of the human devastation of Gaza would have had an effect on Israeli self-esteem. After all, Israelis love to be loved, especially in the cosmopolitan capitals of Europe.

    And yet after four days of hanging out in...

  • Blaming Israel won’t bring peace

    By David Suissa

    July 30, 2014 | 11:20 am

    How much blame does Israel deserve for the tragic situation it finds itself in? If you listen to thinkers like celebrated author and peace activist David Grossman, quite a bit. 

    “Why, for these past few years,” Grossman asks in the New York Times, “has Israel avoided judicious...

  • Why I side with Israel

    By David Suissa

    July 22, 2014 | 11:30 am

    Is it OK to take sides in a war? Is it OK to side with a country you love, a country whose values you believe in, a country that celebrates life but is being attacked by enemies who glorify death?

    And how do you champion your side while still showing sensitivity for the pain of...

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