The Middle East may be a raging wildfire, but the eyes of the world are on the revival of the Israeli-Palestinian peace dance — that all-too-familiar game where the Jewish state makes concessions (such as releasing terrorists) for the privilege of talking to an enemy who demonizes Jews, glorifies terrorists and has already rejected three peace offers.
President Obama has said privately that "Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are,” columnist Jeffrey Goldberg wrote.
Equating Rabbi Brous with Rabbi Gordis is almost laughable - if it weren't so sad.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is canceling an ad campaign aimed at luring Israeli expatriates home that some American Jews have found offensive.
Ordinarily, I would not be so vociferous in the defense of J Street, but the hearing last week in the Knesset held to determine whether or not J Street is a pro-Israel organization (“No” was the answer from the revanchists who organized the inquiry) made me almost physically ill. I come out of Hashomer Hatzair, the socialist Zionist youth movement, which is significantly to the left of J Street, and though I don’t subscribe to Hashomer’s worldview anymore, I believe that that view is part of the pro-Israel consensus. What the Knesset members who organized this petty little hearing are trying to do is excommunicate from Zionism anyone who believes that it is not in the Jewish people’s best interest to rule, against their will, the Palestinians of the West Bank.
“It was Shabbat yesterday,” Jeffrey Goldberg said as explanation for why he had delayed an interview with a Jewish newspaper. But his next line pretty much foiled the excuse: “I had a lot of soccer games to go to.”