A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:
"As Israel intensified its aerial assaults on Tuesday against symbols of Hamas rule in Gaza and other targets, new efforts were underway to forge a cease-fire, though they were mired in confusion and mixed signals after 22 days of fighting," reported The New York Times on Wednesday. Israel's tactics came into question this week when at least 15 Palestinians were killed inside of a UN school in Gaza's biggest refugee camp, reported Reuters. "Hamas is vile. I would happily see it destroyed. But Hamas is also the product of a situation that Israel has reinforced rather than sought to resolve," wrote Roger Cohen in The New York Times.
Those who are hoping that John Kerry can broker a deal may have to reassess, said David Ignatius in The Washington Post: "Kerry’s mistake isn’t any bias against Israel but rather a bias in favor of an executable, short-term deal."
Anti-semtiism in focus
Newsweek's cover story this week investigates the rise of anti-semitism in Europe. This is part of a growing problem, said the BBC's Gavin Hewitt. "A colleague of mine said recently that in 25 years he could not recall the Middle East so riven by violenceIt is unleashing hatreds and presents Europe with a challenge: preserving freedoms to condemn, to denounce, to oppose - but not to indulge racism and the language of hate," he wrote. We need to fix the conversation, said Daniel Hannan at The Telegraph. "In the puerile formula that seems to dictate our definitions, Left-wing means compassionate and Right-wing means nasty so, since anti-Semitism is nasty, it must be of the Right. Such reasoning is not confined to self-righteous seventeen-year-olds; it has, bizarrely, taken over a large chunk of our public discourse."