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Obama’s ongoing shameful behavior against Israel13 Jul 2014 We are now reconciled to the fact that in any conflict -- even when we are exercising our right of self-defense -- we will either be condemned or, at best, accused of acting disproportionately. However,...
There is no moral equivalence but Netanyahu must act now09 Jul 2014 The words of last week’s Torah portion resonate loudly, as we read of the non-Jewish prophet Balaam’s description of “the people that dwells alone and is not counted among the...
The Klinghoffer Opera and the American Jewish Establishment01 Jul 2014 The debate over the New York Metropolitan Opera’s performance of “The Death of Klinghoffer” raises serious questions about the functioning of American Jewish leadership. Over...
As Europe slides into a Dark Age, Jews must review their future25 Jun 2014 Recent developments signal that the prospect of Europe sliding into a new Dark Age is now a horrifying reality. It is as though all the elements negating the open society have been...
Our Islamic Fundamentalist Adversaries are Inhuman Barbarians19 Jun 2014 Fears for the well-being of the abducted teenagers dominate our minds and prayers and we share the pain of their parents and families. And the nation as a whole is displaying the...
Further Ugly Vibes from the Obama Administration10 Jun 2014 The gloves are off. The White House has now unequivocally designated Israel as the scapegoat and is meting out punishment for the disastrous outcome of the peace negotiations it initiated....
The Visit of the Pontiff and President Peres’s Last Hurrah at the Vatican03 Jun 2014 Whilst distressed by some aspects of Pope Francis’s recent visit to the region, I strongly disagree with those who accuse him of abandoning Israel. He certainly provided the Palestinians...
Yom Yerushalayim28 May 2014In the spirit of Yom Yerushalayim, I would like to share with you a remarkable sermon which I have just come across which was delivered by my father in law, Rabbi Israel Porush z”l,*...
Beware of those Promoting Fake Interfaith Relations13 May 2014 In the midst of the political currents confronting Israel, it is bizarre to hear an “Orthodox” rabbi blessing the head of the Palestinian Authority for his dubious statement regarding...
Have They no Shame?11 May 2014 In terms of shameless personal corruption on a broad party political level, I doubt that anything can match the extraordinary efforts by MKs from the majority of political parties,...
The Fake “Martyrdom” of J Street08 May 2014 Despite widespread predictions to the contrary, J Street failed dismally to gain admission into the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations (Presidents Conference). It...
Proposed PA – Hamas Union Based on Common Objectives28 Apr 2014 The timing of the PA intention to merge with Hamas may have caught many by surprise. But it was evident that Israel would not reach understandings with a Palestinian Authority headed...
Incentives for Murdering Jews23 Apr 2014 It is a damning reflection on the civilized world that one rarely hears a word of condemnation of the criminal Palestinian society in which the murder of Jews is not only considered...
Jewish Leaders Down Under not intimidated15 Apr 2014 Former Australian Labor Party Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, this week released a 500 page book titled “Diary of a Foreign Minister” depicting his activities in office from March...
Blaming Israel for the Collapse of the Peace Negotiations06 Apr 2014 All signs indicate that the moribund peace process has now formally collapsed. Few Israelis will be surprised. The Obama administration was repeatedly cautioned that pressurizing...
The Disastrous Outcome of the “Peace Negotiations”01 Apr 2014 As anticipated, the Obama administration’s efforts to impose a peace settlement have proved to be a disastrous failure. It is immaterial whether the negotiations formally break...
The Radicalization of the Haredi World26 Mar 2014 The polarization within the Jewish religious arena is sharply reflected both by the dramatic weakening of modern Orthodox streams and in the growing radicalization of the haredi world...
Putin, Ukraine and the Jews17 Mar 2014 The international crisis created by Putin’s military incursion into Crimea has also served to highlight again Russia’s relationship to the Jews. The Russian President has included...
Bashing Israel and Journalistic Integrity11 Mar 2014The two articles linked below were recently published in the Australian, the only national daily newspaper, and are of primary interest to Australians. However, I believe they warrant...
Obama and Netanyahu Rift is Unbridgeable10 Mar 2014 In an unprecedented breach of diplomatic etiquette, President Obama once again sandbagged Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. In a carefully orchestrated interview with Jeff Goldberg,...
The Insanity of Providing Platforms for our Enemies04 Mar 2014 Anti-Zionist charades from the far-left-wing American Jewish community are now a daily occurrence. We witness the manipulations of the reprehensible BDS movement, J Street’s efforts...
Ari Shavit: Confusing Self-Criticism with Self-Debasement26 Feb 2014 I have just finished reading Ari Shavit’s tour de force “My Promised Land”. It left me deeply disappointed and angry. Shavit is one of Israel’s most talented and erudite...
Prime Minister: Don’t Take Diaspora Jews for Granted17 Feb 2014 Under the leadership of the indefatigable Malcolm Hoenlein, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, a unique umbrella organization, is gathering in Jerusalem...
With Jewish friends like these...10 Feb 2014 In this era of post modernism and abandonment of traditional moral values, our capacity to inflict harm on ourselves seems to be at an all-time high. Whether in the entertainment...
Friends of Israel Must Speak Up Now05 Feb 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry no longer pretends to be even-handed in overseeing the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. His most recent move was to indirectly threaten...
Pollard, American Jewish Leaders and Anti-Semitism29 Jan 2014 American Jews are experiencing a nightmare. They are finally accepting the reality that the draconian treatment of Jonathan Pollard emanates from anti-Semitic strains in the US Intelligence...
The “Price Tag” Crimes Must be Dealt With Now22 Jan 2014 As an Israeli citizen, I am profoundly ashamed of the “price tag” crimes committed by Jewish hooligans and bigots primarily against Arabs over the green line. I am also shocked...
Foreign Minister Lieberman cannot act as a Maverick16 Jan 2014 When our Foreign Minister announces major new policy initiatives without the approval of his government, he is truly advancing us towards a banana republic. Negotiations preceding...
An Open Letter to Secretary of State John Kerry08 Jan 2014 Dear Mr. Secretary, Over the next week or so, you will be unveiling a US proposal for a “framework agreement” between Israel and the Palestinian Authority as a prelude to a final...
Bayit Yehudi Cannot Remain Silent Over Rabbi Druckman02 Jan 2014 Rabbi Chaim Druckman, one of the most prominent Rabbis within the national religious movement, has responded to Rabbi Mordechai Elon’s conviction on charges of sexually assaulting...
Haaretz Debases Warsaw Ghetto Uprising26 Dec 2013 I rubbed my eyes in disbelief this week when I read an article prominently featured on Haaretz website entitled “The Warsaw Ghetto Myth”. The story asserts that the Warsaw Ghetto...
Crucial that Netanyahu Creates Coherent Settlement Policy22 Dec 2013 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu enjoys enormous public support. Most Israelis, including many of those who generally oppose his policies, supported his single-handed global campaign...
Obama’s Munich Reverberates but Israel is no Czechoslovakia11 Dec 2013 Now that we have absorbed the shock of Obama’s capitulation to the Iranians, it is time to face hard realities and plan for the future. It is sobering to realize that despite the...
New Religious Leadership Needed28 Nov 2013 There was hardly a murmur when former Chief Rabbi Metzger was arrested for the second time and placed under house arrest on suspicion of money laundering, bribery and obstruction...
Chaotic Government Undermines Our Global Standing21 Nov 2013 The return of Avigdor Lieberman to head the Foreign Ministry will undoubtedly exacerbate the disastrous absence of cabinet responsibility and failure of the government to speak with...
No Illusions Concerning the Obama Administration10 Nov 2013 Israel is heading for what could be its most severe confrontation with the United States, despite reassuring words from the Obama administration to the contrary. President Obama’s...
An End to Jewish Life in the Diaspora?04 Nov 2013 The recent Pew Research Center survey of American Jews has ignited discussions extending from gloomy predictions of the inevitable demise of Diaspora Jewry by assimilation to optimism...
Turkey’s Erdogan - an Autocratic Islamist Bigot28 Oct 2013 After over 50 years of Israeli-Turkish intelligence co-operation and sharing, the Turkish disclosure to Iran of the identities of Mossad operatives – apparently subsequently executed,...
No End to Claims Conference Distortions and Shamelessness22 Oct 2013 Less than six months after the Board of Directors of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) brushed off allegations of managerial negligence...
Electing the Mayor of Jerusalem14 Oct 2013 Jerusalem is one of the most colorful and contentious cities in the world. It is the spiritual heart of the Jewish people. It is a city of never-ending conflict: during its 5,000-year...
J Street Not a “Pro-Israel” Organization08 Oct 2013 At its fifth annual national conference last week, J Street advanced its objective of gaining recognition as a mainstream Jewish organization with the inclusion of a wide range of...
Netanyahu – “If Needed Israel Will Stand Alone”04 Oct 2013 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu did us proud when he addressed the United Nations General Assembly this week.  True to form he again employed his extraordinary communication skills...
President Obama and Israel: Looming Confrontations29 Sep 2013 One might have hoped that Obama’s calamitous mishandling of recent Middle East crises, climaxing with his disastrous response to the Syrian use of chemical weapons, would have taught...
Anti-Semitism in Belgium Reaches New Heights24 Sep 2013 I have devoted numerous columns of late to the tsunami of anti-Semitism sweeping throughout Western Europe, noting that aside from the frenziedly anti-Semitic Islamic extremists,...
Putin’s Russia Now a Force in the Middle East17 Sep 2013 President Obama’s abysmal failure to provide leadership during the Syrian crisis represents a turning point in the Middle East and has paved the way for President Putin’s Russia...
America’s Isolationism and its Implications for Israel11 Sep 2013 There is currently a remote possibility that the Russian strategy will succeed in averting US military action by persuading Assad to hand over his chemical weapons of mass destruction...
A Friendlier Australian Government08 Sep 2013 Australia’s election results are good news for the Israel-Australia relationship. Labor party incumbent Kevin Rudd, who held office for less than three months following a coup against...
Responding to the Syrian Nightmare29 Aug 2013 There are no simple solutions to the horrors unfolding in Syria. Had the West responded sooner, there might have been a remote chance for moderates within the rebel camp to form a...
The Implications of Obama’s Failure in Egypt29 Aug 2013 To date, US President Barack Obama’s efforts to appease or engage Islamists have either failed or backfired. US influence in the Mideast is at an all-time low and Islamic fundamentalism...
Obama Appeasement Will Result in Disaster19 Aug 2013 Reviewing Israel’s political situation after two weeks abroad is a disconcerting exercise. As anticipated, the Arab Spring has devolved into a bloody nightmare that has engulfed...
Distinguishing between critics and adversaries04 Aug 2013 We are a passionate people and, when engaged in political disputations, frequently cross the boundary of civil discourse. I could personally testify to this were I to air some of...
Indyk: a Disastrous Choice for Mediator26 Jul 2013 The US State Department has floated a trial balloon to test the idea of former US Ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk, serving as mediator in the forthcoming peace negotiations between...
Europe Hypocritically Lashes Out Against Israel21 Jul 2013 The European Union has disposed of any pretense of even-handedness with Israel, and has effectively repudiated the concept of disputed territories, which will be one of the principal...
Claims Conference: Has it No Shame?17 Jul 2013 For more than a decade, there have been passionate pleas for the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, the organization responsible since its inception for the distribution...
En Route to Becoming a Banana Republic11 Jul 2013 In recent months, there has been mounting indiscriminate criticism of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s policies by government officials. Although such behavior has been a feature of Israeli...
Will the Claims Conference Board Act Before it is Too Late?02 Jul 2013 July 9th Update Interview with Walter Bingham on Israel National News (click here) on the Claims Conference. In addition, see today's report from the Jerusalem Post (click here)...
Teheran and Islamic Fundamentalism: Facing Realities24 Jun 2013 The enthusiastic media response to the election of the “moderate” and “reformist” Hassan Rouhani is reminiscent of the unrealistic drivel which greeted the “Arab Spring”....
Chief Rabbinate Electoral Machinations17 Jun 2013 The sleazy political machinations surrounding the impending elections for the Chief Rabbinate are shameful. There is today a unique opportunity for ending the excessive influence...
Implications for Israel in the US Global Retreat12 Jun 2013 The appointment of Samantha Power as America’s UN ambassador combined with recent US foreign policy statements, reinforce concerns that the US administration is accelerating its...
Religious Tolerance and Mutual Respect rather than Polarization06 Jun 2013 The pivotal breakthrough which now seems likely to oblige Haredim to share the burden in terms of conscription and gainful employment, heralds a belated and dramatic review of the...
Claims Conference gets deeper in the Mire02 Jun 2013 Julius Berman has circulated members of his Board with an 11 page diatribe (click here to read letter) in response to the recent flood of criticisms relating to the flawed management,...
Peres, Abbas, and Kerry: Fantasies and Realities31 May 2013 Earlier in the week, I participated in “Breaking the Impasse”, an event held in Jordan under the auspices of the World Economic Forum. It was attended by some 300 Israeli and...
A Global Tsunami of Anti-Semitism28 May 2013 Participants at the fourth conference of the Global Forum for Combating anti-Semitism, held under the auspices of the Foreign Ministry this week in Jerusalem, will be provided with...
Claims Conference Leaders must Resign Now!22 May 2013 Over the past few days, there have been additional mind-boggling exposures of further scandals, lack of transparency, cover-ups and ethical failures at the highest possible levels...
Exposed: Devastating New Claims Conference Scandal18 May 2013 Last month I devoted a column to the ongoing disgrace of the Claims Conference and the failure by the management to take appropriate action to provide financial assistance to ailing...
Déjà Vu: “Peace in Our Time”14 May 2013 “Peace in Our Time” was proclaimed by Neville Chamberlain in 1938 in defense of his disastrous Munich Agreement with Hitler. History testifies that his policy of appeasement and...
Bayit Yehudi: Choosing Religious Moderation or Extremism06 May 2013 Naftali Bennett represents one of the most successful of the new generation of Israeli politicians to have emerged from the recent Knesset elections. The charismatic 41 year old...
Survivors Languish as Claims Conference issues Unresolved01 May 2013 Every day we hear additional heartbreaking stories depicting the appalling suffering of destitute elderly Holocaust survivors denied elementary needs such as food, medicine and other...
American Jewish Leaders: Stop the Rot Now23 Apr 2013 Visiting New York this week, I sought to assess the broader implications of the recent “International Peace Award” bestowed on former president Jimmy Carter by Yeshiva University’s...
Independence Day and the Zionist Vision15 Apr 2013 As we launch into our 65th Independence Day celebrations it is timely to review and rationally assess the extent to which our Zionist objectives have been achieved. When the Jewish...
Sanctimonious Jewish Bleeding Hearts08 Apr 2013 I was somewhat taken aback by a letter released in the wake of President Obama’s visit to Israel, signed by 100 American Jews including a number of rabbis, communal leaders and...
Obama’s Visit to Israel: A Turning Point?24 Mar 2013 Both American and Israeli leaders must have heaved sighs of relief as Air Force One departed from Ben-Gurion Airport with President Obama’s visit culminating on a high note for...
The Obama Visit and American Jewry20 Mar 2013 Israelis will enthusiastically welcome President Obama in the course of his first visit to the Jewish state since being elected president. But they will also be apprehensively following...
Mulling over our new Government14 Mar 2013 Bravo! After six tortuous weeks of horse trading, spins and hypocrisy, Israel has its 33rd government. Most of us, not already having written off our politicians, were thoroughly...
Israel Bashing in the Israeli Movie World07 Mar 2013 It is a depressing reflection of our times, when many of us heaved a sigh of relief when neither of the two Israeli documentary Oscar nominations received awards. In the current...
Germans Lurching towards Anti-Semitism28 Feb 2013 In the aftermath of the Holocaust, successive German governments have meticulously upheld their obligations to the Jewish people. Study of the Holocaust is a mandatory component of...
Israeli Politics: On the Edge of the Precipice27 Feb 2013 There is madness in the air. Israel faces extraordinary challenges whilst virtually all our leaders uninhibitedly continue their intrigues and machinations in pursuit of power. They...
Netanyahu’s Political Cynicism will backfire22 Feb 2013 Without doubt, many Israelis share my disgust as they observe the deceitful and cynical machinations of those we elected to represent us in the Knesset. Understandably, Prime Minister...
Reviewing the Case of Prisoner X17 Feb 2013 As former head of the Australian Jewish community and now resident in Israel, I was bombarded over the past week with endless calls from the Israeli and global media soliciting comment...
Argentina’s Pact with the Devil12 Feb 2013 Argentina’s President Cristina Kirchner has jettisoned whatever was left of her country’s moral standing by consummating a devil’s pact with Iran, whose leaders were responsible...
End the Shenanigans and form a Government10 Feb 2013 The excessively slow pace of Israel’s electoral and political systems impose dysfunction at a time when a strong, strategically-directed government is desperately needed. This...
United Nations: Convergence of Hypocrisy, Deceit, and Evil03 Feb 2013 Israel was the first country to boycott the annual human rights review presented at the bogus United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Despite being tacitly rebuked by the US,...
Say no to Hagel31 Jan 2013Now that leading Jewish Democrats have endorsed the Hagel nomination for defense secretary, his confirmation is likely to be approved, despite the fact that a liberal newspaper such...
Anglo-Jewish Leaders partner anti-Israeli Charity29 Jan 2013 I rubbed my eyes as I observed yet another botched initiative by the well-intentioned leadership of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. Its plenum, by a vote of almost to 2:1,...
Daunting Challenges facing Netanyahu24 Jan 2013 The unexpected election results have created daunting challenges for Prime Minister Netanyahu. Many Israelis dislike Netanyahu. He has personality deficiencies and, like every Israeli...
Liberal Jewish Israel Bashers: Ignorant or Malicious?17 Jan 2013 I must confess to a rising sense of frustration and rage when observing the increasing number of ill-informed and fallacious critiques of Israel by liberal Diaspora Jews. This is...
Hagel Nomination Conveys Chilling Message10 Jan 2013In light of the opposition generated when former Senator Chuck Hagel’s candidacy for Defense Secretary was initially mooted, most analysts predicted - mistakenly - that President...
Bayit Yehudi: Don’t Blow this Opportunity07 Jan 2013 Over twenty years ago, I published a booklet titled “Religious Extremism: A Threat to the Future of the Jewish People” which was translated into many languages and widely distributed....
Habait Hayehudi – Religious Zionism at the Crossroads30 Dec 2012 As a lifelong religious Zionist, I was saddened observing the ongoing collapse of the movement which had made a unique and valuable contribution to the welfare of the nation, upholding...
Hagel – a Litmus Test of Obama’s Attitude to Israel23 Dec 2012 The possible nomination of former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense will represent a litmus test as to whether President Obama is poised to resume his anti-Israeli...
The Election Season: An Unedifying Spectacle20 Dec 2012 Most of us would be relieved if the election season could be considerably shortened. The worst aspects of our dysfunctional politics have been highlighted in this campaign, commencing...
Ignorance, Hypocrisy and Double Standards10 Dec 2012 I was more saddened than angered when I learned that the North American Board of Trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism condemned Israel’s plans for construction in Jerusalem...
Australia tilts against Israel06 Dec 2012 In the diplomatic debacle at the United Nations General Assembly pertaining to the vote of recognition to the Palestinian Authority, two countries considered solid supporters of Israel,...
The Gaza Outcome: Victory, Stalemate or Defeat?26 Nov 2012 Castigating the government for the ceasefire agreement and implying that Operation Pillar of Defense was a failure is misguided and merely provides credibility to the distorted Hamas...
Only disproportionate deterrence will offset Hamas Terror19 Nov 2012 The Jewish state was created to overcome powerlessness and provide a haven for Jews - not to have them cringing in shelters. There had previously been considerable criticism of the...
European Jews: Time to Wake up Now15 Nov 2012 The time has come for European Jews to pull their heads out of the sand, face reality and ask themselves honestly whether there can be any meaningful prospects for their children...
Post-Election Musings in the wake of Obama’s Victory08 Nov 2012 Being in the US this week during the elections has truly been a remarkable experience and roller coaster. The outcome is that, for better or for worse, the American people have determined...
An Election of Great Importance for Israel31 Oct 2012 Next week’s U.S. presidential election will have major implications for the entire Western world but in particular for Israel. It is also noteworthy that Israel and the Jews have...
Netanyahu-Lieberman Unity Ticket - A Massive Gamble29 Oct 2012 There may have been covert negotiations between Netanyahu and Lieberman for a long time. But as far as the Likud and Israel Beiteinu leadership and members were concerned – not...
Turkey – Another Emerging Islamist Autocracy25 Oct 2012 Bernard Lewis, one of the world’s greatest experts on the Islamic world, told me a few years ago that the emerging younger Iranian generation and the alienated middle class would...
The Hypocritical Protestant Churches16 Oct 2012 The recent initiative by a group of Protestant Christian leaders calling on Congress to reevaluate military aid to Israel is a nauseating example of applying double standards against...
On Israeli Racism and Democracy10 Oct 2012 Nothing makes us cringe more than screaming headlines reporting racist outbursts or hate crimes in our own country, There were a number of such cases over the past year and earlier...
Netanyahu Speaks for the vast majority of Israelis04 Oct 2012 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s skilled oratory last week at the UN (click here to watch the speech), climaxed his highly successful global campaign to convince the Western...
On the Boil: Obama, the Democrats and the Jews27 Sep 2012 The disproportionately high profile of American Jews in the Presidential election contest and the efforts invested by both candidates portraying themselves as supportive of the Jewish...
Muslim Carnage: Appeasement and the Lessons of History19 Sep 2012 There is an iron law in history. Appeasing xenophobic movements or totalitarian regimes invariably lead to disaster, encouraging escalating demands to levels which either culminate...
Rosh Hashanah – A Time to Rejoice13 Sep 2012 Isi & Naomi Leibler wish you and your families a Shana Tova – a year of good health, happiness and serenity. May our prayers be answered and may our leaders be endowed with...
The Futility of Relying on the International Community02 Sep 2012 Over 120 countries – equating to two thirds of total United Nations membership – convened in Teheran to partake in the 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) hosted by...
The Jewish Struggle for Universal Human Rights30 Aug 2012 One of the conundrums associated with the enduring nature of global anti-Semitism which has soared exponentially in recent years, is why, having made such disproportionate contributions...
Irresponsible Israeli Politicians and Media on Rampage23 Aug 2012 In recent weeks, the ugly side of Israeli public life has been on display with irresponsible politicians supported by the sensationalist media, engaging in cheap demagoguery in relation...
Billionaires and the Looming Jewish Leadership Crisis16 Aug 2012 The diaspora is undergoing a Jewish leadership crisis. In the United States where the vast majority of Jews outside Israel reside, the key professionals dominating the leadership...
Wistrich on "The Left, the Jews and Israel"09 Aug 2012 Robert Wistrich, Hebrew University professor of European and Jewish History and director of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of anti-Semitism has just published...
Australia: A Long-Standing Friend of Israel02 Aug 2012 The Australian Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, who will be visiting Israel this week, has a longstanding warm relationship with the Jewish community. Carr boasts a distinguished political...
No Illusions about Egypt26 Jul 2012 The government of Israel is making all the right noises and appropriate statements expressing hope that the new government of Egypt will maintain the cold peace. But we should be...
Response to the continuing saga afflicting Anglo Jewry24 Jul 2012For those of you interested in following the issues raised in my recent column concerning the British UJIA, below is my response to two letters from Joe Millis (attached below), the...
Haredi Draft Bill: An Historic Missed Opportunity20 Jul 2012 The breakdown between Likud and Kadima over the Haredi draft represented the loss of an historic opportunity for Israel to unite the nation and rescue a significant ever-growing sector...
New Scandal impacts on Anglo-Jewry19 Jul 2012 Mick Davis, head of the United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA), UK Jewry’s principal Jewish and Israel fund raising umbrella organization, has appointed an extremist critic of Israel...
Olmert: Count Your Blessings and Retire Graciously16 Jul 2012 Following the verdict of the Jerusalem District Court, I was very relieved that Ehud Olmert will not be behind bars, unless the “Holyland” trial determines otherwise. It would...
Netanyahu and the Haredim10 Jul 2012 Prime Minister Netanyahu’s impulsive dissolution of the Plesner Committee dealing with the haredi draft was a blunder from he and the Likud faction are now trying to extricate themselves....
The Putin Visit in Retrospect05 Jul 2012 The recent visit to Israel by Russian President Putin represents yet another example of the extraordinary and unpredictable events continuously impacting on Israel and the Jewish...
Moshe Ya’alon - Strategic Thinker and Leader28 Jun 2012 A recent interview by journalist Ari Shavit with former IDF Chief of Staff, now Vice Premier, Moshe Ya’alon, provides a fascinating insight into the thinking of one of Israel's...
Peres Conference Provides Platform for Farrakhan Fan24 Jun 2012Towards the close of the fourth President’s Conference, Russell Simmons (pictured right) the African American hip hop mogul, the co-sponsor of Rabbi Marc Schneier’s (pictured left) “Foundation...
Promote Aliya Now20 Jun 2012 The Jewish Agency and World Zionist Organization are holding their meetings in Jerusalem during this week. Alas, the issue of aliya, which warrants priority on their agenda, beyond...
Concerning "Self-hating Jews"13 Jun 2012 In a column appearing in The Independent, the fiercely anti-Israeli UK daily, Avram Burg,  former Speaker of the Knesset, Chairman of the Jewish Agency and scion of one of Israel's...
Religion and State at the Crossroads07 Jun 2012 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his new coalition partner, Shaul Mofaz, have pledged to introduce legislative reforms which will ensure that all Israeli citizens - including...
Labor in Opposition: An Historic Opportunity30 May 2012 Labor Party leader Shelly Yachimovitch initially expressed bitterness and regret when the unity government was proclaimed. But she is sufficiently sophisticated and intelligent to...
Zionists do not boycott Israelis25 May 2012Despite being a weekly columnist, I feel compelled to respond to the Jerusalem Post editorial titled "Zionist Unity" (22/5/12). The editorial makes the outrageous claim that left-wing...
The Nakba Hoax in Retrospect24 May 2012 No revisionist or post Zionist spin can possibly deny that the War of Independence was an attempt by a coalition of Arab states to annihilate us. But as Goebbels used to say “Repeat...
Breakfast with Peter Beinart16 May 2012 During a recent visit to New York, I had an extended breakfast meeting with controversial author Peter Beinart who in recent months receives enormous media exposure as the most prominent...
Unity Government - Opportunities and Dangers08 May 2012 The dramatic coup by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Opposition Leader Shaul Mofaz to form a national unity government and set aside elections until November 2013 has dazzled...
Ehud Olmert and Intelligence Heads in Destructive Rampages08 May 2012 We have recently been subjected to a variety of prominent Israelis publicly besmirching their country in order to promote their personal agendas or compensate for their frustrations....
Most Israelis and Jews are under no illusions03 May 2012 If one reviews the events of the past year and monitors opinion polls, it becomes abundantly clear that despite the mantras chanted by the far left insisting that most Israelis and...
Personal Musings on Aliya on Independence Day25 Apr 2012 In Israel, the past few weeks epitomize the contrasting emotions of sadness and exhilaration which embody the life of the Jewish people. We experience profoundly mixed sentiments...
Intellectuals and the Left20 Apr 2012 The most talented Israeli intellectuals and writers frequently display gross political naiveté. Amos Oz is an Israeli icon, recognized throughout the world as the doyen of the Israel...
The Relevance of Pesach in our Times09 Apr 2012 Despite alienation from religious extremism and the extortionist tactics of the one dimensional haredi political parties, there has been a remarkable revival in the observance of...
Elan Steinberg: A great loss to the Jewish World08 Apr 2012Elan Steinberg, the former World Jewish Congress executive vice president, died last Friday in New York at 59. Steinberg was one of the greatest political strategists of the post-war...
Claims Conference Self-Aggrandizement05 Apr 2012 The management of the Conference on Material Claims against Germany (Claims Conference) is ecstatic after having successfully forced two Israeli journalists to publicly apologize...
AIPAC at the Pinnacle of Success28 Mar 2012 The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a uniquely American organization supported by the majority of American Jews, is the most important global Jewish association...
Israeli Arabs – Rights, Obligations and Loyalties21 Mar 2012 An incident during the recent retirement ceremony for Israel's Chief Justice, Dorit Beinisch, highlighted the complexities Israeli Arabs face in relation to their identity. Justice...
Olmert Honors J Street – a Disgrace19 Mar 2012 I must confess I rubbed my eyes in disbelief when I read that former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had accepted an invitation to be the keynote speaker at the J Street Conference Gala...
Putting Hamas on notice13 Mar 2012 Last Friday, the IDF struck out against the Iranian controlled Popular Resistance Committees which our intelligence discovered were orchestrating another attack on the Egyptian border....
Can Obama be trusted?12 Mar 2012 Few would envy Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu‘s role during the forthcoming months. Whatever spin is applied, the Obama Administration is refusing to draw red lines in relation...
Anglo Jewish Leaders and “trembling Israelites”08 Mar 2012 The simmering tensions associated with the “restrained” Anglo Jewish leadership approach to Israel advocacy, exploded at the last plenum meeting of the Board of Deputies of British...
A wake-up call for the Prime Minister's Office01 Mar 2012 Thankfully, the unsavory allegations of harassment against the former Director General of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) are behind us. But the fallout from further impending...
Beinart’s False Image of Zionism and American Jewry21 Feb 2012 In June 2011, Peter Beinart a former editor of the staunchly pro-Israel New Republic, published a controversial essay in the left wing New York Review of Books, headlined "The failure...
Ice Cream and Conversion14 Feb 2012 When the Israeli Chief Rabbinate decreed that Haagen-Dazs ice cream is no longer kosher because it is not based on Chalav d’Yisrael - milk extracted under authorized Jewish supervision...
The Erosion of Israeli Leadership08 Feb 2012It is somewhat depressing to observe the stark contrasts between the caliber and extraordinary dedication of Israel's founding fathers and our more recent leaders. This would perhaps...
Documenting Palestinian Criminality01 Feb 2012 We are told, day after day, that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is a genuine moderate committed to achieving a peace settlement with Israel. In addition to the international...
When Ronald Lauder calls on Mahmoud Abbas23 Jan 2012 During a recent visit to London, World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald Lauder accompanied by the President of his Latin American region, Jack Terpins, called on Palestinian...
Groveling to the Muslim Brotherhood 19 Jan 2012 It is profoundly disconcerting to read media reports of the unseemly competition between the US and Western governments to curry favor with the Muslim Brotherhood in the wake of its...
Who’s threatening democracy?10 Jan 2012 The collapse of the Palestinian initiative to achieve unilateral independence and the widespread consensus within Israel concerning the principal threats confronting us, have deeply...
Change the System but cease Haredi bashing05 Jan 2012 Last month at the outset of the upheaval over enforced haredi gender separation, I wrote a column titled "Confront Unbridled Religious Zealotry Now". Regrettably, the fundamental...
Losing the War of Ideas due to Incompetence29 Dec 2011 In the war of ideas, we operate under huge handicaps. Our adversaries attract sympathy as underdogs, yet carry enormous economic and political clout and effectively control international...
Confront Unbridled Religious Zealotry Now22 Dec 2011 Once again I feel impelled to express anger, frustration and pain concerning the primitive behavior displayed by our religious zealots and their frenetic efforts to reject modernism....
The New York Times hates Israel16 Dec 2011The brouhaha over the recent New York Times column by Tom Friedman highlights the newspaper’s increasing hostility against Israel. Today, it would not be an exaggeration to state...
Kudos to ADL’s Foxman for speaking up09 Dec 2011For some months I have been highly critical of the failure of the American Jewish establishment leadership to speak out against repeated hostile policies and statements emanating from...
Interview with Shalom TV in New York08 Dec 2011 I attach, for those interested, the link to an interview with Mark Golub of Shalom TV which was conducted during my recent trip to New York and which is being televised this...
Islamic ascendancy intensifies US appeasement06 Dec 2011 It is ironic that whereas President Obama portrays himself as a friend of Israel whilst soliciting funds from Jewish donors, two senior members of his team were providing chilling...
New Israel Fund sparks furor Down Under02 Dec 2011 In June 2010, amidst considerable controversy, an Australian branch of the New Israel Fund (NIF) was launched by its president, former MK Naomi Chazan, who a few months earlier had...
The resurgence of the Zionist Organization of America30 Nov 2011 I recently had the fascinating experience of attending the 114th national anniversary dinner of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) in New York. Close to 800 participants (including...
The assault on Jewish Jerusalem24 Nov 2011 The ongoing pressures exerted against construction in Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem like Gilo reflect intensified global efforts to redivide the city. Like many aspects of the...
Netanyahu – the pros and cons17 Nov 2011 Two months ago at the UN General Assembly, we proudly observed as our Prime Minister employed his golden tongue to promote the case for Israel. It was reminiscent of his previous...
Searching for one Palestinian Moderate10 Nov 2011 The Bible tells us that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah despite Abraham’s intercession, after he was unable to identify even ten righteous people in these cities. Alas, I believe...
Stop distorting Rabin’s legacy08 Nov 2011 As the nation commemorates the 16th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, I can vividly recollect - as though it was yesterday- the shock and anguish that...
American Jewish leaders at a crossroads03 Nov 2011 On the surface, it would seem that two of American Jewry's most highly regarded Jewish leaders, both deeply committed and devoted to Israel, have lost - at least temporarily - their...
Gaza missiles: Testing our resolve31 Oct 2011 Our tepid response to the latest stream of missiles launched against us from Gaza is chillingly reminiscent of our failure to adequately respond to this threat since the advent of...
On distinguishing between good and evil27 Oct 2011 Good deeds and the spurning of evil preoccupied us throughout the Days of Awe and the festival period, climaxing with the redemption of Gilad Schalit. We live in times when concepts...
Gilad Shalit-The Sweet and the Bitter16 Oct 2011 The liberation of Gilad Shalit on the eve of Sukkot, after five cruel years of incarceration was the outcome of a major conflict between the heart and the mind in which turbulent...
A Post-Zionist World Zionist Organization11 Oct 2011 A widely distributed Jewish Telegraphic Association (JTA) news report recently published in the Jerusalem Post, reinforces the view that the World Zionist Organization (WZO) has now...
Israel loses an old friend in Fraser 04 Oct 2011 Malcolm Fraser was Prime Minister of Australia between 1975 – 1982, coinciding with the period when I was President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, the umbrella organization...
Obama administration maintains pressure03 Oct 2011 We must not underestimate the serious implications of the US administration’s fierce condemnation of a routine municipal approval for construction of 1100 homes in the Jerusalem...
Rosh Hashana expectations28 Sep 2011 Rosh Hashana is the season of Tshuva – of soul searching and reviewing events of the past year in order to improve our conduct and raise our moral standards for the coming one....
Abe Foxman responds to Isi Leibler26 Sep 2011No such games  Sir, – Speaking on behalf of the Anti-Defamation League, I can unequivocally say that Isi Leibler is totally mistaken when he suggests that American Jewish organizations...
A Crucial Week at the UN25 Sep 2011 This has been an amazing turnabout. A few sentences in Barack Obama's speech at the UN represented the most articulate and explicit summary of the case for Israel ever uttered by...
Shana Tova greetings from Isi & Naomi Leibler25 Sep 2011Isi & Naomi Leibler wish you and your families a Shana Tova  – a year of good health, happiness and serenity.   May our prayers be answered and may our leaders be endowed...
The silence of American Jewish leaders22 Sep 2011 Traditionally, Diaspora Jewish leaders speak up on behalf of Israel, frequently even taking the lead on issues in which geopolitical considerations made it problematic for the Jewish...
Jews defect from Obama in droves20 Sep 2011 We must not underestimate the serious implications of the US administration’s fierce condemnation of a routine municipal approval for construction of 1100 homes in the Jerusalem...
The two faces of the New Israel Fund15 Sep 2011 It is a somber reflection on the naivety of well-intended Jewish philanthropists that they continue donating vast amounts of money to Israel’s largest NGO, the New Israel Fund (NIF)....
No tolerance for hooligans13 Sep 2011 The demolition of three homes at the Migron Heights outpost by the army was conducted in an unprofessional, brutal and primitive manner. Three families were awoken after midnight...
The depraved United Nations07 Sep 2011 On September 20, the vast majority of the 192 member countries of the United Nations will probably "recognize" a Palestinian state. The "recognition" will not be accompanied with...
Explaining doublespeak to our friends01 Sep 2011 These are difficult times, as we simultaneously confront threats from our neighbors and intensified pressure from every direction. The situation is aggravated by the upheavals in...
Justifying murder – an abomination29 Aug 2011 Even before the Middle Ages, we encountered marginal Jews who turned against their own people. Among apostates to Christianity, there were those who wrote inflammatory libels against...
Tough decisions on terror22 Aug 2011 The latest terrorist attack in southern Israel was no random outburst. The Hamas leadership is unquestionably responsible, and at least authorized the attack. It was a highly sophisticated,...
Social protest – reality and delusion18 Aug 2011We should be celebrating the apparent success of a protest movement initiated by Israelis outraged by an increasingly hedonistic society that displays scant concern or compassion for...
J Street’s soft sell for the uninformed11 Aug 2011Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder and president of J Street, has written a highly misleading book titled "A New Voice for Israel" portraying himself as a passionate supporter of Israel and a...
Tzipi Livni should resign now10 Aug 2011 Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni's unprecedented outburst against Prime Minister Netanyahu to an American audience, in my opinion, warrants Kadima calling for her immediate resignation...
Claims Conference: A Failure of Leadership 04 Aug 2011 The board of directors of the Conference on Material Claims against Germany (Claims Conference) should hang their heads in shame. Rather than respond to the growing calls for an independent...
Israelis performing Wagner in Germany – a national disgrace28 Jul 2011The Israel Chamber Orchestra on Tuesday performed Wagner's opera Siegfried Idyll at the Bayreuth Opera Festival. It was the first time an Israeli orchestra had played Wagner in Germany. The...
Obama and the Jewish vote25 Jul 2011 The recent Dick Morris opinion poll demonstrates that traditional long-standing Jewish support for the Democratic Party has eroded dramatically. It was an extraordinary demonstration...
Rupert Murdoch – a genuine friend of Israel21 Jul 2011Rupert Murdoch, the man who single-handedly created the most powerful media conglomerate in the world, is currently experiencing a nightmare. Not only is his empire under siege but...
Confronting BDS from home20 Jul 2011I am somewhat unhappy with the anti-boycott law - and not because the hysterical far Left screams that it undermines Israeli democracy. I am concerned that if it is not adequately comprehended,...
The never-ending claims scandal10 Jul 2011 This week the Conference on Material Claims against Germany (Claims Conference) is convening its annual board meeting in New York. The agenda has already been circulated. Yet most...
Obama intensifies pressure on PM07 Jul 2011The enthusiastic response from Congress and the American people vindicated Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's dignified refusal to kowtow to President Obama's unexpected attempt to...
Religious extremism and the Jewish state30 Jun 2011 The demonstration that erupted in Jerusalem over the "arrest" of Rabbi Dov Lior, a right-wing religious nationalist leader has the potential of developing into another major crisis....
The collapse of Zionist leadership23 Jun 2011The Jewish Agency and World Zionist Organization will be meeting in Jerusalem next week. Of late, the media have been conveying the message that many Diaspora Jews, especially youngsters,...
David Cameron and Anglo-Jewish leaders18 Jun 2011 Anglo-Jewish leadership is again under the spotlight following its response towards recent behavior by UK Prime Minister David Cameron. Today every Jewish community engaged in dealing...
The erosion of European Jewry08 Jun 2011 Even if the flag of Islam ultimately flies over Europe and most Jews assimilate or emigrate, a Jewish presence comprising principally of enclaves of ultra-Orthodox Jews is likely...
After the Obama- Netanyahu falling out02 Jun 2011 As the dust settles in the wake of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's dramatic altercation with President Barack Obama, one is now able to evaluate the repercussions. Obama's ambush...
Mr. Prime Minister, you make us proud26 May 2011 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has responded in a masterful manner to Obama's unanticipated Middle East policy statement - presented without prior consultation on the eve of the...
Be firm in Washington19 May 2011 The threats arising from the chilling empowerment of radical Islamic movements in the wake of the "Arab Spring" and the reunification of the openly genocidal Hamas with Fatah shatter...
Political correctness and the Kushner brouhaha12 May 2011 Should loathsome or controversial public attitudes be taken into account when determining whether to honor a person for artistic, musical or literary contributions? This has now become...
Independence Day thanksgiving09 May 2011 As we celebrate the 63rd anniversary of the miraculous rebirth of Jewish nationhood, we should take pride in the extraordinary accomplishments achieved over such a short time. Israel...
The president’s catastrophic Mideast policy28 Apr 2011 At every conceivable level, the Obama administration's Middle East policies are spiraling into a disastrous free-fall. Even Obama's friend, PA president Mahmoud Abbas, has explicitly...
An absolutely must read interview23 Apr 2011As a rule I restrict my website to my own columns and blogs and refrain from circulating other material. However, I am making an exception and incorporating an extraordinarily important...
An open letter to President Obama13 Apr 2011 Dear Mr. President, During your recent meeting with American Jewish communal leaders, you reassured them of "America's unshakable support for Israel's security, opposition to any...
Arab Spring – an illusion07 Apr 2011 We are currently witnessing contradictory and confused responses by the Obama administration to the upheavals sweeping the Arab world. They highlight the failure of previous US governments...
The Goldstone Mea Culpa 04 Apr 2011 One would surely have expected that when Richard Goldstone felt impelled to belatedly retract his previous appalling defamation of Israel, he might have selected a more appropriate...
Perfidious Albion and Israel31 Mar 2011British Jews who primarily interact with fellow Jews in their daily lives, and thus remain largely insulated from direct anti-Semitic confrontations, frequently underrate the impact...
Get tough with Hamas now24 Mar 2011These are indeed difficult times requiring painful decisions over issues such as how to placate the Obama administration in order to forestall a breakdown in US-Israel relations and...
Don’t Transform J Street into Martyrs20 Mar 2011Despite masquerading as a "pro-Israel" organization, J Street has now effectively been exposed as an organization whose principal raison d'etre is to mobilize public opinion to encourage...
A Jewish-Muslim alliance?17 Mar 2011The proposed public hearings by House Homeland Security Committee chairman Peter King on the extent of radicalization in the American Muslim community and that community's response...
Further developments regarding Mick Davis head of the UK UJIA and the so called ‘Jewish Leadership Council’15 Mar 2011Guest post by Jonathan Hoffman A petition calling for Mick Davis' resignation as UJIA Chair - originated by me - has been signed by nearly 100 people. The background is here: http://www.thejc.com/blogpost/58-lambast-davis-letter-jc http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/41424/mick-davis-full-comments Earlier...
The Defamation of Amidror14 Mar 2011The outrageous remarks contained in an open letter from a group of far-left artists, authors and politicians preceding and following the appointment of Major General Yaakov Amidror...
Obama and Jewish leadership10 Mar 2011 The "closed" meeting between President Barack Obama and 50 representatives of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations last week was hailed by the chairman...
An open letter to Geert Wilders06 Mar 2011Dear Mr. Wilders, Having over the years written a number of columns in the Jerusalem Post broadly supporting you, a number of readers have pleaded with me to communicate with you regarding...
The incredible Rabbi Shlomo Riskin03 Mar 2011 My first encounter with Rabbi Shlomo Riskin took place many years ago, on his first visit to Australia. He had a dramatic impact on the entire Jewish community, and since then I have...
J Street Exposes Itself25 Feb 2011The scandals and controversies racking J Street over the past year are reflected in the notable absence this year of any high-profile Democratic Congressman at their annual conference,...
Avoiding euphoria over Obama22 Feb 2011A strange euphoria seems to have blinded some Israelis and American Jews concerning the context of President Barack Obama's veto of a UN resolution. In the past, blatantly one-sided...
Objectionable behavior, questionable leadership17 Feb 2011The Jewish Chronicle of London this week highlighted what it alleged was Tzipi Livni's endorsement of controversial remarks made last November by Mick Davis, chairman of Anglo Jewry's...
Lieberman: 'We are not a Banana Republic'16 Feb 2011Enough is enough! We are not a banana republic. Our Foreign Minister is undermining the credibility of this government and by continuously behaving like a bull in a china shop, transforming...
Egypt, democracy, fundamentalism10 Feb 2011 Those of us fortunate to be living in democratic countries loathe dictatorships and autocracies, and harbor little sympathy for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, even though compared...
Where are the voices of moderate Islam?03 Feb 2011 When declaring war against radical Islam in response to the 9/11 bombings, president George W. Bush made the statement that "Islam is a religion of peace." His laudable intention...
Al-Jazeera 'disclosures'28 Jan 2011 If ever there was a need to provide irrefutable evidence of the extent to which all parties involved in the Arab Israeli conflict are living in Alice in Wonderland, this was demonstrated...
On Israeli Racism and Bigotry27 Jan 2011 As Jews, we were brought up to reject all forms of hatred and religious prejudice, and this was reinforced by the Holocaust. Revulsion of racial prejudice and the oppression of minorities...
We deserve a better government20 Jan 2011 Those who think the demise of Labor and the affiliation of Ehud Barak's rump faction to the government is a coup for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu are mistaken. This latest realignment...
Yes to prosecuting subversion, no to McCarthyism13 Jan 2011 Even though empathizing with the anger and frustration of many in the face of the blatantly anti-Israeli activities of certain Israeli NGOs operating under the guise of human rights...
Israel, a corrupt society?06 Jan 2011 Corruption and sex scandals are not a new phenomenon for this region. The Bible records a colorful variety of examples, including the episode of King David, who sent a soldier to...
Unite on defensible borders30 Dec 2010Over the past two years, there have been repeated pleas for our politicians to recognize the gravity of the global and domestic challenges facing us, suspend conventional party politics,...
Lieberman and chaotic government27 Dec 2010Avigdor Lieberman is anything but a fool, and to his credit has on many occasions displayed a knack of striking a popular chord with hawkish Israelis. His aggressive manner and inclination...
Yehuda Avner’s best-seller24 Dec 2010The Prime Ministers, Yehuda Avner's riveting chronicle of the country's diplomacy through the eyes of an aide and adviser to successive leaders, has now become an international bestseller. Based...
Open Letter to Claims Conference Board Members23 Dec 2010List of Board Members I would hope by now that you have all received a copy of the damning report on the Claims Conference by Jeffrey Gruder, QC, which was commissioned by the British...
I stand by my criticisms19 Dec 2010In these pages last week, Jonathan Freedland accused me of indulging in a "viciously personal" attack on, and misrepresenting the views of, Mick Davis. Let me begin with a clarification....
Kissinger, court Jews and Anti-Semites17 Dec 2010Few would be shocked with details of further anti-Semitic outbursts by former president Richard Nixon revealed in the latest transcripts of tapes released from the Nixon library. He...
Rabbis: Raise your voices against extremism16 Dec 2010In 1991, I published a booklet titled "Jewish Religious Extremism - A Threat to the Future of the Jewish People." It was translated into Hebrew, Russian, French and Spanish and widely...
The ongoing denial of reality09 Dec 2010Were we living in a sane world, the events of the past few weeks, culminating with WikiLeaks, should have confirmed the veracity of our approach to the peace process. But, alas, much...
Accountability for Claims Conference02 Dec 2010 in Prague on November 17, the Claims Conference held its first executive meeting since the revelation of the $42.5 million theft from funds granted by the German government to Holocaust...
The de-Zionization of Anglo Jewry25 Nov 2010 Mick Davis, the South African-born chief executive of the powerful mining group Xstrata, is chairman of Anglo Jewry's United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA) - the principal fund-raising...
Isi Leibler on the Claims Conference on Shalom TV19 Nov 2010Those of you following the Claims Conference imbroglio may be interested in viewing the attached TV segment currently being televised in North America. It presents a discussion concerning...
Harper and Obama on Israel18 Nov 2010 Having recently visited the US and Canada, I was left with a feeling of profound disquiet concerning the starkly contrasting attitudes toward Israel displayed by the leaders of these...
Claims Conference fraud: Apologize!11 Nov 2010 This week, the full extent of the fraud and theft of funds specifically earmarked by the German Government for Holocaust survivors was disclosed by the United States Attorney for...
Israel after the congressional elections11 Nov 2010 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will face pressure to renew the settlement freeze when he meets Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after addressing...
At the Expense of the Survivors08 Nov 2010This weekend, Israel Hayom, the Hebrew daily with the largest circulation in the country, published an extensive analysis by me about the Claims Conference. An English version of the...
A triumph of light over darkness02 Nov 2010 Today, the Knesset will host a ceremony honoring former Soviet refuseniks and activists from around the world. The campaign on behalf of Soviet Jewry was the most glorious achievement...
Yes! Dissolve the Chief Rabbinate28 Oct 2010 Ten years ago, it would have been inconceivable to visualize myself endorsing moves by the Knesset to dissolve the Chief Rabbinate. In the early years of the state, the Chief Rabbinate...
Reneging on the Oslo Accords26 Oct 2010The Palestinian Authority renowned for its bizarre proclamations has now threatened that it would unilaterally abrogate the Oslo Accords if the peace talks break down. For ten months,...
Barack Obama’s plummeting support and US Jews21 Oct 2010 For months, even years, the media have been feeding us gloomy reports about how American Jews are becoming disenchanted with Israel, alleging that indifference and even hostility...
The controversy over Wagner15 Oct 2010A debate over whether it is appropriate for an Israeli orchestra to play the music of the notorious anti-Semite Richard Wagner has again been resurrected. The Jewish boycott of Wagner's...
Our irresponsible politicians14 Oct 2010 No sane person would envy Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu his job. He not only faces enormous hostility from the global community, but is embroiled in an impossible domestic impasse....
The Wilders Trial and freedom of speech11 Oct 2010The bizarre trial of Dutch political leader Geert Wilders, for having allegedly insulted Islam and incited hatred against Muslims, may have major long term repercussions on Europe. Voted...
A trust betrayed07 Oct 2010 Some readers will say "Surely not again. He is obsessed with this issue." Indeed, I am deeply pained and angered that for all these years we have remained shamefully silent while...
J-Street unmasked01 Oct 2010 Two years ago, when I first condemned J Street's anti-Israeli agenda, I tagged George Soros, the billionaire Hungarian born currency speculator, as one of its major sponsors. Yet...
Islamophobia and the Jews28 Sep 2010 It is surely high time for Diaspora leaders to stop living in denial and get their act together. Instead of competing with each other in oozing political correctness, they should...
Liberals, Palestinians and the sanctity of life26 Sep 2010 Traditionally, abolition of the death penalty was always a primary objective of liberal establishments throughout the world. But clearly, there are notable exceptions. For example,...
Jews in the lucky country21 Sep 2010 I returned with my wife Naomi on the eve of Rosh Hashana from a brief visit to Australia, frequently referred to as Down Under, being the most geographically distant destination from...
Peace theater of the absurd16 Sep 2010 Gemar Chatima Tova and wishing you well over the Yom Kippur Fast It is once more déjà vu. Magnificent speeches bubbling with visions of reconciliation and goodwill between Israelis...
The Ongoing Claims Conference Controversy13 Sep 2010 In recent weeks Claims Conference president Julius Berman and treasurer Roman Kent published a spate of articles in various Jewish media defending their position and bitterly attacking...
Rosh Hashanah Greetings06 Sep 2010Dear Friends, Naomi and I have just returned from a brief visit to Australia where, amongst other engagements, we were privileged to meet again with one of Israel's greatest friends,...
Clean Up The Claims Conference25 Aug 2010The disclosure by The Jewish Week of the $7 million fraud at the Claims Conference has revived former concerns and exposed new problems relating to the management of this important...
More on the Claims Conference23 Aug 2010Isi Leibler Interviewed on Israel National News radio with Walter Bingham In the wake of my recent columns concerning the Claims Conference I received a number of heartbreaking letters...
Anti-Semitism soars in Holland19 Aug 2010 Like many Jews, as a youngster I associated Holland with windmills and tulips and a heroic people which bravely defended Jews during the Nazi occupation. Alas, I subsequently learned...
Bungle at Israeli London Embassy18 Aug 2010Over the years I have encountered many cases of incompetence and blunders on the part of those responsible for promoting the case for Israel on a global level, but nothing quite as...
Claims Conference: Isi Leibler Interviewed on Israel National News radio with Walter Bingham15 Aug 2010Click below to listen to the interview Powered by Podbean.com...
Restraint or deterrence12 Aug 2010 A recent editorial in Haaretz reprimanded the IDF for cutting down a tree inside Israeli territory near the Lebanese border on the absurd grounds that the authorities should have...
Claims Conference: Cry Gevalt now!05 Aug 2010 It reflects adversely on the Claims Conference when its chairman, Julius Berman, stoops to personal abuse in response to the troubling concerns I raised concerning the organization's...
Jews and the mosque at Ground Zero03 Aug 2010 Throughout his long career as head of the Anti Defamation League (ADL), Abe Foxman has earned a reputation for promoting liberal causes and speaking out against all forms of prejudice...
Conversion: The Deafening Silence of Religious Zionists29 Jul 2010 On issues relating to Jewish identity in Israel, Diaspora Jews are not only entitled but are obliged to be party to discussions. However, the current upheaval over the proposed Rotem...
J Street disingenuous25 Jul 2010 As I wrote in my July 19 column ("J Street's new outrageous initiative"), J Street has enraged many American Jews by calling on its members to lobby the US Treasury to question the...
The arrogance of Claims Conference leaders22 Jul 2010 At the annual meeting of the Claims Conference in New York last week, there was discussion of my recent column concerning the fraudulent misappropriation of more than $7 million of...
J Street’s outrageous new initiative19 Jul 2010 The time has arrived for liberal American Jews who support Israel to ask themselves whether there should be some limitations or red lines for organizations seeking to be part of what...
Change in Obama's Israel policy?15 Jul 2010 Last week's meeting with US President Barack Obama was, on the surface, a dream outcome for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, especially in view of the harsh political environment...
Scandal at the Claims Conference13 Jul 2010 On Tuesday, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) will be holding its annual meeting in New York. Proceedings will be overshadowed by the recent...
Stalinism at Ben-Gurion University10 Jul 2010 Just a few weeks ago, Professor Neve Gordon, head of Ben-Gurion University's department of politics and government, was again challenged for continuously engaging in initiatives calling...
Israel, Diaspora Jews not equal partners08 Jul 2010 We have grown accustomed to the ravings of the Jew haters of Zion - the loony left who identify with Hamas and Hizbullah rather than their own people, the post-Zionists who seek to...
The forthcoming Netanyahu - Obama meeting04 Jul 2010Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will be in an unenviable position when he meets US President Barack Obama on Tuesday. He will need to walk a diplomatic tightrope of balancing conflicting...
Haredi reform now01 Jul 2010 Despite being a frequent critic of intrusive and contentious High Court judgments, I commend the recent ruling that the government terminate discriminatory funding to the only sector...
Australia's new PM - a proven friend of Israel27 Jun 2010The ousting of Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd by his deputy Julia Gillard was a dramatic event. A year ago Rudd was still highly popular but his abrupt policy reversal on global...
Netanyahu: Place not your trust in princes24 Jun 2010 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is likely to receive a red carpet reception from President Barack Obama at the White House combined with a reaffirmation about the "unshakeable US-Israel...
Why some Israeli liberals lose perspective17 Jun 2010 It is surely ironic that simultaneously with the emergence of a broad consensus endorsing a centrist position and the marginalization of extremist left- and right-wing factions, a...
Isi on Shalom TV15 Jun 2010I have just received a recording of this TV interview that took place about six weeks ago and is now being reviewed. I have been asked to distribute it but appreciate that due to its...
The perfidious UN09 Jun 2010 The Gaza flotilla imbroglio has provided the UN with the pretext for a new wave of anti-Israeli incitement. The Security Council instantly summoned an emergency meeting, which merely...
Time to get our act together01 Jun 2010 As the details emerge, there is little doubt that our efforts to prevent the flotilla seeking to break the embargo on Gaza have become an immense public relations disaster. Israel...
Our Soldiers Speak01 Jun 2010This is a reposting of an email sent out by the organization 'Our Soldiers Speak,' whose mission is to "bring the IDF's proud truth from the front line of Israel's battlefields to...
Bogus 'pro peace' organizations undermine Israel28 May 2010 Of late, the western media has provided inordinate prominence to Jewish fringe organizations like J Street and its European clone, JCall, which define themselves as "liberal" and...
The Guardian and anti-Israel lies27 May 2010The most recent defamation of Israel in the Guardian newspaper was a front page exposé alleging that Israel had offered to provide nuclear weaponry to the South African apartheid regime. I...
More on TAU and radical university professors25 May 2010 As I previously wrote, Marc Tannenbaum recently resigned as a member of the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University.He did so after Professor Klafter, President of TAU denied him...
The US-Israel crisis is far from over20 May 2010 We are currently being subjected to a chorus of proclamations by government spokesmen, American Jewish leaders and Obama administration representatives reassuring us that Israeli-US...
Degenerate Israeli Academics on the Rampage18 May 2010 In the politically correct world of infantile leftism, words like sedition and disloyalty have effectively been erased from the political lexicon. Indeed, those daring to employ such...
Rejoice on Jerusalem Day12 May 2010 Jerusalem, referred to over 600 times in the Bible, has represented the cornerstone of our Jewish identity for more than three millennia since it became the capital of King David's...
From pro-Israel to anti-Israel apologist29 Apr 2010 Former US ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk has emerged as one of the leading Jewish apologists for President Barack Obama in his confrontation with the Israeli government. With...
Exposing hypocrisy, cant, falsehood22 Apr 2010 Award-winning columnist Melanie Phillips, recipient of the Orwell prize for journalism in 1996 and author of acclaimed Londonistan, has written an explosive new book systematically...
Down from the fence14 Apr 2010 World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder should be applauded for calling on the Obama administration to end the antagonism and one-sided pressure it has been applying against...
Prime Minister Netanyahu: Talk to us06 Apr 2010 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's reluctance to speak to the nation is encouraging the Obama administration to intensify pressure on Israel. He is creating uncertainty both in Israel...
Confronting Obama’s Messiah complex31 Mar 2010 In the midst of celebrating Pesach we watch the storm clouds gathering against Israel. On this festival when we commemorate the liberation of the Jewish people from bondage we must...
Netanyahu must get his act together22 Mar 2010 Dismiss the chorus of hard-liners urging us to tell the Americans to butt out of our affairs. Every prime minister was aware of the critical importance of retaining the support of...
Obama has crossed the line16 Mar 2010 The bureaucratic fashla [blunder] of our dysfunctional government to forestall the announcement of a new housing project in Jerusalem during the visit of US Vice President Joe Biden...
French Jews sous pression11 Mar 2010 Over the past decade the status of the 500,000-600,000 French Jews, who constitute the third largest Diaspora community, has continued to deteriorate. This can be attributed to a...
Those bleeding-heart journalists03 Mar 2010 In recent weeks, our media has indulged its penchant for masochism, depicting every incident in the most self-deprecating manner. This is exemplified in a column by Bradley Burston...
Geert Wilders and European democracy18 Feb 2010 The outcome of the current trial of Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders on charges of "incitement to hatred" will represent a watershed in Europe's response to the challenge of Islamic...
Inappropriate behavior by former Foreign Ministry Director General at UN sponsored anti-Israel conference15 Feb 2010In response to my last column titled Confronting Jews who defame Jews, one of my readers sent me official United Nations summaries of a conference held this month in Malta "in support...
Confronting Jews who defame Jews10 Feb 2010 The time has come to draw red lines between legitimate criticism and initiatives seeking to demonize Israel. Richard Goldstone's infamous role as the token head of the UNHRC report...
The impending Haredi implosion04 Feb 2010 Ongoing external threats have diverted us from confronting the burgeoning Haredi crisis which is rapidly developing into a national disaster. Haredim are an important component of...
Ending the illusion of peace in our time28 Jan 2010 It is high time that we ceased indulging in theatrics and spoke the truth. We all desperately yearn for peace, and the vast majority of us do not wish to rule over Arabs. If we could...
Today's great defamation of the Jewish people21 Jan 2010 Until recently, Holocaust memorials were almost exclusively sponsored by Jews mourning murdered kinsmen. Today, many democratic governments have transformed Holocaust commemoration...
Growing Norwegian hostility17 Jan 2010 Norwegian Foreign Minister Johan Gahr Støre, who is visiting Israel today, represents a government that all too often seizes the opportunity to besmirch the Jewish state and is renowned...
Obama and Israel: difficult days ahead07 Jan 2010 Don't be fooled by the soothing words recently expressed by our ambassador to the United States, or by the appearance of tranquility that seemingly prevails with respect to US-Israel...
Stalinism at the Foreign Ministry? 31 Dec 2009Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has a penchant for rubbing against the grain of Israelis with some of his more abrasive statements. Today's Jerusalem Post contains an item in which...
Favoring a national unity government31 Dec 2009 Just under a year ago after the elections and again last month, I called for a government of national unity. I was apprehensive that our situation was becoming ominously reminiscent...
Religious Zionists must disown the zealots26 Dec 2009 Religious Zionists are confronted by an unenviable challenge which could permanently undermine their status in Israel. From being regarded by the mainstream as the voice of religious...
Competitors try to close down new Israeli Daily23 Dec 2009Until recently, the Israeli Hebrew media was dominated by three daily newspapers. The most sophisticated daily, Haaretz, known for its far left post-Zionist agenda has a small circulation...
Far more negative, far more dangerous16 Dec 2009 The Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism has assembled in Jerusalem this week for its annual conference. The gathering of such a distinguished group of Jewish and non-Jewish legislators...
Postscript 2 to “Perfidious Albion and Jewish Leaders”15 Dec 2009Yesterday evening I was briefly interviewed by the same BBC program in which the Board of Deputies treasurer Laurence Brass made his outrageous remarks expressing regret that President...
Europe has forsaken Israel10 Dec 2009 It was ironic but no surprise to learn that immediately after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's settlement freeze, the response of the Swedish head of the European Union was to...
Was Netanyahu's settlement freeze a betrayal?03 Dec 2009 Many of us were deeply disappointed when our prime minister approved a broader settlement freeze than initially envisaged. It is surely bizarre to impose such harsh restrictions for...
Postscript to Perfidious Albion and Jewish Leaders03 Dec 2009POSTSCRIPT to Perfidious Albion and Jewish Leaders. Readers will recall my condemnation of the behavior of Anglo Jewish leaders in a recent article. My concerns about the caliber...
Why does so much of the world hate us?26 Nov 2009 I recently met with a group of high-level Australian journalists, including editors of some of the leading dailies. They impressed me as a fair and open-minded group. In the course...
Israel is Europe's blind spot25 Nov 2009I am pleased to say that a revised version of this article has been published today by The Guardian newspaper. The talkbacks, even if disturbing to read, are important to see as they...
Vigilance wanted, apply within19 Nov 2009 Neither right- nor left-wing organizations can guarantee total immunity against infiltration by fanatics and extremists. Their real test of moral integrity can be determined by the...
Kadima must form a unity government, now11 Nov 2009 Ill winds are blowing. Tensions with the Obama administration are escalating. The odious Goldstone Report has provided a massive boost to the global campaign to delegitimize and brand...
Response / On 'exorcising' Israel bashers from the Jewish mainstream10 Nov 2009Despite initially refusing to provide me with a right of reply to the Haaretz articles by Bradley Burston and Carlo Strenger misrepresenting me, following a further exchange of correspondence...
The incredible gall of Haaretz04 Nov 2009The gall of Haaretz is incredible. I previously reported on the refusal of Haaretz to provide me with a right of reply to an article criticizing me by Bradley Burston which was published...
'Perfidious Albion' and Jewish leaders02 Nov 2009 The British and French foreign ministers, both of whom have Jewish ancestors, are now among the most vociferous European critics of Israel. This was reaffirmed by their odious "absence"...
Haaretz & Right of Reply27 Oct 2009Last week Tony Lerman, the controversial former head of the London based Institute for Jewish Affairs, wrote an article in the Guardian totally distorting an article I had written in...
Why make a fuss about J Street?22 Oct 2009 This week J Street are launching their first major convention at which they claim 160 members of Congress and a number of former Israeli left-wing politicians will participate. Only...
President Obama: Do not forsake Israel20 Oct 2009 The disgusting behavior by the vast majority of members of the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) in relation to the Goldstone Report was no surprise. An international...
Zionism at the crossroads13 Oct 2009 After 2000 years of dispersion, persecution and powerlessness and in the wake of the greatest disaster ever to have encompassed the Jewish people, Zionism rose like a phoenix from...
Marginalize the renegades06 Oct 2009 The exploitation of Judge Goldstone's Jewish background by our enemies intensifies our obligation to confront the enemy within - renegade Jews - including Israelis who stand at...
Israel has to stop apologizing and take the offensive27 Sep 2009 The non-Jewish seer Balaam is quoted in the Torah describing Jews as the "the people that dwells apart and is not reckoned amongst the nations." Recent events, climaxing with the...
Netanyahu's address at the UN General Assembly25 Sep 2009If you have not heard Prime Minister Netanyahu's address to the United Nations General Assembly I would urge you if possible to set aside 30 minutes before Yom Kippur and listen to...
More about our Evangelical Friends22 Sep 2009Last month I wrote a column for the Jerusalem Post expressing appreciation to Christian evangelicals for the support they were providing to Israel and the Jewish people. I noted...
Towards a year of renewal and hope17 Sep 2009Naomi & I wish you and all your loved ones Shana Tova - a year of good health, happiness and tranquility. May our prayers be answered and may our leaders be endowed with wisdom...
There may be worse to come25 Aug 2009 President Obama's naive efforts to appease the Arabs by bullying and distancing the United States from Israel has backfired. However despite increasing unease extending to some...
Evangelicals: An appreciation17 Aug 2009 A prominent American Jewish leader recently told me that the passionate standing ovation he received after addressing 4,000 participants at John Hagee's Christians United for Israel...
Sack Consul General Nadav Tamir11 Aug 2009 Boston Consul General Nadav Tamir may be the most talented diplomat in the foreign ministry. He should nevertheless be dismissed forthwith, or at the very least carpeted and downgraded. Even...
End the blood libels against Israel & the IDF04 Aug 2009 The current global campaign accusing the IDF of "crimes against humanity" and "genocide" exceeds all the obscene libels that have ever been launched against the Jewish state. One...
American Jews: Stand up and be counted28 Jul 2009 This column is a sequel to The case against Obama Ignore the soothing denials; the reality is that the crucial Israeli-US relationship is at stake. Over the years, American Jews...
The case against Obama16 Jul 2009 See follow up column American Jews: Stand up and be counted Prior to the election, many traditional Jewish supporters of the Democratic Party were apprehensive of Barack Obama's...
The religious kulturkampf06 Jul 2009 The intense political and economic challenges confronting us divert attention from a festering kulturkampf within the religious arena the outcome of which will impact heavily on the...
Obama and Israel24 Jun 2009 Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was in an unenviable position when he delivered his first major foreign policy address. He was facing tough demands from a highly popular new American...
Bogus 'Zionist' Israel-bashers10 Jun 2009   It is ironic that many of the disconcerting themes relating to Israel in US President Barack Obama's Cairo speech replicated those widely promoted for months by a noisy...
US-Israel relations: A looming crisis?04 Jun 2009 The vibes from Washington, reconfirmed by President Obama's speech in Cairo, suggest that the United States may be heading toward a major confrontation with Israel. The policy...
Ugly vibes from Europe02 Jun 2009 Paradoxically, despite the alarming ongoing surge of Islamic religious and political extremism in Europe, the European Union and individual European countries seem poised...
Getting it wrong with the Pope18 May 2009 Any discussion amongst Jews relating to the Catholic Church invariably triggers off emotional responses. But even taking this into account, the rage displayed by some Israelis against...
Obama, Netanyahu and American Jews12 May 2009 It was with mixed feelings that I returned from New York after extensive discussions with a wide range of American Jewish leaders. The outcome of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's...
Netanyahu & the two-state solution13 Apr 2009 When our government enters into formal discussions with Washington, it will be obliged to make decisions that may set the tone for its long-term relationship with the new administration....
Blood Libels Manufactured in Israel01 Apr 2009Last week the Jerusalem Post and the New York Jewish Week published articles in which I accused Haaretz of promoting blood libels by providing credence to unsubstantiated gossip alleging...
The Challenges facing Religious Zionism01 Apr 2009Lecture to Rabbinical Council of America Jerusalem, 24/3/09 My objective in this outline is to review the changes that have impacted on religious Zionism over the past 40 years...
Jewish blood libels26 Mar 2009 Defaming an individual is a criminal offense. To defame a nation by falsely presenting its soldiers as wanton murderers would be considered treasonable in most countries. For...
The Obama administration, Durban and America's Jews24 Mar 2009 A feeling of disquiet and angst prevails among American Jews. Many share a gnawing concern that ambiguous signals from the Obama administration herald an erosion of the US-Israeli...
The debate over 'Durban II' and the AJC17 Mar 2009 David Harris is an exemplary Jewish professional who is largely responsible for the American Jewish Committee becoming a major creative force throughout the global Jewish arena. I...
Can Bibi do it?11 Mar 2009 Tzipi Livni is betraying her primary electoral pledge to promote the national interest above any personal or political ambitions. Worse, she is basing her strategy on the premise...
Isi responds in the New York Times 11 Mar 2009Roger Cohen wrote an op-ed in the New York Times in support of "dialogue" with Hezbollah and Hamas and further stated that he was 'deeply shamed' by Israel's actions in Gaza. Below...
Ill winds from Washington02 Mar 2009 There are ominous vibes emanating from Washington signaling impending confrontations between the Obama administration and the incoming Netanyahu government. Over recent weeks the...
Livni should set aside her ego for the national interest23 Feb 2009 Our politicians are once again outrageously defying the will of the people. The electorate decisively rejected the former government's policies of extending unilateral concessions...
Zionism and the global anti-Semitic frenzy16 Feb 2009 The Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism is meeting today in London in the wake of the Gaza campaign, which ignited an exponential eruption of global anti-Semitic...
Why I support Likud03 Feb 2009 We stand at a crossroad. The government we are about to elect will be confronted with awesome military, political, economic and social challenges and will assume responsibility for...
Leibler speaks at opening of exhibit on Holocaust survivors finding refuge in Australia02 Feb 2009 By Greer Fay Cashman 'JERUSALEM POST' columnist Isi Leibler, before making aliya, was president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, the highest position in Australia's...
Diaspora Jews and the war26 Jan 2009 The virulent global response to our struggle to defend our citizens against a cruel and evil foe confirms that Balaam's biblical depiction of Jews as "the people that dwells alone"...
Don't Transform the IDF Victory into a Defeat13 Jan 2009 The Gaza war is far from over and we still face great danger in the days and weeks ahead. But we can be grateful that in this war, the IDF with new leaders at its helm demonstrated...
End the cant and hypocrisy06 Jan 2009 Anyone seeking a case study of the forces of good facing evil incarnate would not find a better template than our current confrontation with Hamas. And yet, having for years...
Avraham Burg: The ultimate post-Zionist28 Dec 2008 Avraham Burg's book Hitler's Victory, published last year in Hebrew, has now been released in English with a more neutral title - The Holocaust Is Over: We Must Rise from the...
Jewish Doves urge Obama to pressure Israel 25 Dec 2008 "Dovish" American Jewish groups are frenziedly urging the incoming Obama Administration to prioritize pressuring Israel to make further unilateral concessions. Although it is...
Madoff Earthquake23 Dec 2008[caption id="attachment_1085" align="alignnone" width="199" caption="Bernard Madoff"][/caption] In the wake of the devastating financial tsunami which had already inflicted enormous...
Exorcise the rot from our midst08 Dec 2008 This article is also available in Hebrew Observing the ugly saga of mob rule unfold in Hebron, I experienced disgust, shame and rage. Let me say at the outset that it was wrong...
Islamophobia27 Nov 2008 The interfaith conference of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia which took place under the auspices of the United Nations received wide acclamation. President Shimon Peres went to the...
Museum of Tolerance Controversy23 Nov 2008 Senior Haaretz.com editor Bradley Burston wrote in his blog 'A Special Place in Hell' against the proposed site of the Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem being built by the Simon...
The tragedy of Gilad Schalit20 Nov 2008 Observing the response of our dysfunctional leaders since Gilad Schalit was kidnapped in June of 2006, we become increasingly frustrated and infuriated. We cringe as we recollect...
The demise of the Religious Zionist party (Mafdal)19 Nov 2008 The Religious Zionist Party (otherwise known as the National Religious Party - NRP), one of Israel's oldest political parties, formally dissolved itself yesterday. The Jerusalem...
Nordic Exposure11 Nov 2008 Behind the Humanitarian Mask: The Nordic Countries, Israel and the Jews. Edited by Manfred Gerstenfeld Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs/Simon Wiesenthal Center 256 pages;...
Why I endorse Nir Barkat for Mayor of Jerusalem06 Nov 2008 The Jerusalem elections will have profound long term repercussions on the future of the capital of Israel. As a religious Zionist I find it surrealistic that Meir Porush, a Haredi...
Holocaust denier David Irving comments on my latest column06 Nov 2008 Irving's insane remarks about the wealth of my brother and I are as bizarre as the suggestion that we bankrolled Australia's Prime ministers. However we do take pride in confirming...
Rethinking prosecution of Holocaust denial04 Nov 2008 It may now be timely to rethink the merits of criminalizing Holocaust denial. The issue recently made headlines when German-born Australian Frederic Toben was arrested in transit...
Why is the West funding Abbas' hate TV?28 Oct 2008 For too long the West has turned a blind eye towards incitement against Israel featured on the Palestinian Authority's TV station. Itamar Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch,...
Jerusalem municipal elections28 Oct 2008 Jerusalem Municipal elections are scheduled for November 11th, 2008. Many in the city are viewing this election as pivital for the city's future. JTA reports on the issues concerning...
Liberal Israeli academics defend the Jewish State28 Oct 2008In a welcome change from the tendency of some on Israel's liberal left to identify with or support those challenging Israel's very existence as a Jewish state, two Israeli Academics,...
A courageous rabbi talks to the Catholic synod15 Oct 2008Haifa Chief Rabbi She'ar Yashuv Cohen recently became the first Jew to address a synod of bishops at the Vatican. He did so with dignity and diplomacy, and unlike many Jews engaged...
A vehicle promoting evil07 Oct 2008[caption id="attachment_139" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Iranian President Ahmadinejad addresses the UN General Assembly"][/caption] Five years ago, I wrote that the civilized...
New Leaders and Rosh Hashanah Reflections02 Oct 2008 After struggling through yet another annus horribilis, we enter the New Year (5769) facing dark clouds and girding ourselves for all sorts of eventualities, including a possible...
Canadian Israel advocacy in turmoil21 Sep 2008Canadian Jews can take pride in the remarkable infrastructure of educational, religious and cultural institutions they have created. The fact that assimilation and intermarriage in...
Georgia is not our war10 Sep 2008 There are important lessons to be learned from the tragic Georgian imbroglio. The first should already have been engraved in our minds from our self-inflicted blunders during...
Debate policies, not personalities31 Aug 2008[caption id="attachment_116" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="The Knesset"][/caption] מאמר בעברית Much of the nihilism surrounding our government these past years...
Exchange with Yehuda Bauer29 Aug 2008[caption id="attachment_109" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Isi Replies"][/caption] Editor's note: On July 8th Isi wrote in the Jerusalem Post in support of a petition that...
WJC embraces an anti-Semite19 Aug 2008[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="342" caption="Chavez and Antisemitism"][/caption] World Jewish Congress officials allowed themselves to get carried away when they hailed...
Tovia Singer Interviews Isi Leibler31 Jul 2008Listen to the Interview ...
Don't confuse interfaith dialogue with groveling30 Jul 2008מאמר בעברית A global conference promoting interfaith dialogue sponsored by the current Saudi regime sounds somewhat like South African proponents of apartheid holding a global...
Post-Olmert: A new era or more of the same?24 Jul 2008 מאמר בעברית That Ehud Olmert may remain at the helm for a few additional months, making life and death decisions at such a crucial time in our history, is utterly...
Yad Vashem and Hillel Kook08 Jul 2008מאמר בעברית I was privileged to sign a petition to Yad Vashem with over a 100 leading Israeli intellectuals and public figures encompassing the entire political spectrum,...
Enough of political perfidy01 Jul 2008מאמר בעברית It was only when recently addressing a Jewish gathering abroad that the extent of the shame of the immoral and indecent behavior of our elected leaders fully...
The Barack Obama Enigma and the Jews18 Jun 2008[caption id="attachment_119" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Obama speaking at AIPAC"][/caption] מאמר בעברית Sen. Barack Obama is possibly the most charismatic...
The haredi offensive against religious Zionism12 Jun 2008 בעברית Religious Zionism is under siege today. If it fails to confront and overcome its adversaries, it will become marginalized from Israeli society and Jewish life. To...
End of the Olmert regime03 Jun 2008מאמר בעברית It could be weeks, or even months. But Ehud Olmert's political fate is sealed. Even if the nauseating revelations in Morris Talansky's testimony fail to result...
Enough of the empty threats. Act now against Hamas in Gaza22 May 2008 Alas. Our fears have been realized. A missile landed in a crowded shopping mall in Ashkelon, a city with 120,000 inhabitants. Although fatalities were miraculously averted, there...
Democracy demands transparency12 May 2008מאמר בעברית Two months ago I predicted that in order to delay as long as possible the drastic military action which will eventually have to be undertaken in Gaza, Prime Minister...
With friends like these29 Apr 2008 It's disconcerting and sad to see American Jewish "progressives" frenziedly lobbying the American administration to pressure Israel for further unilateral concessions to the Palestinians. To...
How Israel got Trashed23 Apr 2008How was it possible? Only 30 years ago, we were still being hailed as the greatest success story of the 20th century. We were regarded as the people who rose from the ashes of the Holocaust...
Bravo to Michael Melchior15 Apr 2008I am hardly a fan of Rabbi Michael Melchior's politics. But I must commend the Labor-Meimad MK who, as chairman of the Knesset Education Committee, is taking a major step toward breaking...
The rabble that is the Israeli cabinet08 Apr 2008 It is not merely that our prime minister is a failed leader, repeating the same flawed policies which led to our recent self-inflicted disasters. His dysfunctional ministers, content...
Hillel goes post-modern01 Apr 2008 Post-modernist thinking has made massive inroads at all levels, not excluding the Jewish political world, where references to right and wrong or good and evil have become rare, replaced...
The truth about the Bibi 'scandal'25 Mar 2008 The Israeli media have reported ad nauseam Binyamin Netanyahu's so-called binge in London during the Second Lebanon War. But what has not been considered is the media's despicably...
Hudna? A prescription for disaster12 Mar 2008Today we are threatened with two extremely dangerous situations that must be dealt with speedily and resolutely. The first, already far too advanced, is that the government seems to...
Bravo, President Sarkozy06 Mar 2008It is early days but initial signals from the Elysee Palace suggest that President Nicolas Sarkozy is genuinely committed to opening a new chapter in Franco-Jewish relations. Since...
The state of Jew-hatred24 Feb 2008 Almost 300 parliamentarians, academicians, human rights activists and Jewish leaders from all corners of the globe are participating in the Global Forum against Anti Semitism, held...
Israel needs a national unity government19 Feb 2008 In many respects we are rapidly moving toward a situation which has ominous parallels to the weeks preceding the Six Day War. As then, the enemy is gathering on our borders while...
Stop promoting Israel-bashers08 Feb 2008The growing trend to provide respectability to Jewish defamers of Israel by inviting them to participate at leading community cultural events suggests that the distorted "politically...
Let's correct the leadership deficit06 Feb 2008 There is an old Yiddish saying that a fish stinks from the head. This certainly applies to our nation, whose leaders are unfit to lead. It is somewhat bizarre to hear our prime minister...
Don't give a platform to Israel-bashing29 Jan 2008 During a recent visit to London, I was depressed to observe that the utterly distorted PC-thinking about Israel prevailing in Britain has now begun to influence Anglo-Jewish leaders....
Israelis aren't 'racist' - they're worried25 Jan 2008When Defense Minister Amir Peretz designated MK Ghaleb Majadle for a ministerial post, in order to garner Arab support for his position in Labor, Israel Beiteinu faction chairwoman...
The first thing leaders need to do22 Jan 2008 The preliminary Winograd Report failed to review the increasing reluctance of IDF commanders and political leaders to embark on military initiatives out of fear of incurring casualties....
A nation that is in search of leadership15 Jan 2008 With the impending release of the Winograd Report, most Israelis will be mulling over the future of their current leadership. Those old enough will recollect with nostalgia the extraordinary...
Tell President Bush the Truth10 Jan 2008 Prime Minister Olmert has announced that in the course of his meetings with President George W. Bush, besides discussing Iran, he intends to reassure the president that Israel will...
On dialogue between Jews and Muslims01 Jan 2008 Dialogue with Muslims has become the flavor of the month, and many Jewish organizations now compete with one another to create Muslim-Jewish talk-fests. Whereas such initiatives are...
"I implore you" Israel wants "to be raped"27 Dec 2007 In the course of a visit to Israel by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, approximately 20 heads of the most senior Israeli think tanks and media leaders were invited by the American...
Outright defeatism23 Dec 2007 Without exception, appeasement, self-deprecation and preemptive concessions to terrorists have inevitably served to embolden them. Israel's experience has demonstrated that our enemies...
The Jews of struggle12 Dec 2007 Attending the opening of the Soviet Jewry Exhibition ("Jews of Struggle") currently on display at Bet Hatefutsoth brought back vivid memories about the campaign which dominated my...
Olmert, don't renege on the Jewish state05 Dec 2007 In the week preceding Annapolis, PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, dropped a bombshell proclaiming that "one of the more pressing problems is the Zionist regime's insistence on being...
One of our best friends defeated29 Nov 2007 Australian Labor party leader, Kevin Rudd, the scholarly former diplomat to Beijing who speaks fluent Mandarin, won a landslide victory in Sunday's Australian elections, abruptly...
Stop abusing the memory of Yitzhak Rabin21 Nov 2007 Hitherto, I was loath to publicly express my feelings on the sensitive subject of the Rabin "heritage." I do so now because I am enraged at the cynical, even obscene manner, in which...
Sending our youth the wrong signals13 Nov 2007 Alarm bells should be ringing in response to the findings of the recent survey of American Jewish attitudes toward Israel compiled by Professors Stephen M. Cohen and Ari Kelman on...
Shame on 'Haaretz'07 Nov 2007 We frequently boast that notwithstanding its limitations, the Israeli media is unfettered by government intervention and could serve as a role model for a free press in any democracy. As...
Leibler applauds security funding17 Oct 2007by Peter Kohn October 18, 2007 VISITING communal titan Isi Leibler has praised what he sees as a growing consensus between the Federal Government and Opposition on funding school...
A banana republic in the making11 Oct 2007 Never have Israelis been as frustrated with their leaders as today. Yet the old guard not only retains the reins of power, but with unabashed hutzpa launches new policies that the...
Retreat from reason25 Sep 2007 High birthrates have substantially increased the number of observant Jews. Yeshivot are blooming and there is a widespread increase in ritual observance. A sense of triumphalism prevails...
Toward a year of renewal11 Sep 2007 There is no denying that 5767 was another awful year. But as we usher in the new year on Wednesday evening, let us restrain our masochistic inclinations and - without detracting from...
Measures against Kassam rocket attacks06 Sep 2007Question #39 As Kassam rockets continue to pound Sderot, Minister Haim Ramon has suggested responding to the salvos by cutting off vital infrastructure such as water, electricity...
The problem with post-Zionism28 Aug 2007 Post-Zionism can be crudely defined as a post-modernist rejection of Jewish nationalism that delegitimizes Zionism and denies the Jewish right to statehood. The buzz phrases employed...
The unholy trinity and Oslo redux14 Aug 2007 Only a few weeks ago our erratic prime minister was still assuring the nation that for the time being no further unilateral withdrawals were under consideration. Yet a recent report...
Hebron Refusal09 Aug 2007Burning Issues #38: How can the IDF improve its standing among Right wing youth who have become increasingly less motivated to join the army, and at the same time harshly deal with...
A think-tank, first and foremost07 Aug 2007Over 100 prominent Diaspora Jews and Israelis including scholars, organizational leaders, philanthropists, opinion-makers and Israeli politicians recently gathered in Jerusalem under...
The looming haredi disaster01 Aug 2007 There is now a long-overdue recognition: the erosion of Jewish identity in the curriculum of the dominant secular school system is having disastrous repercussions. In their frenetic...
Avrum Burg's Act of Infamy10 Jul 2007 In virtually every era of Jewish history, renegade Jews have emerged as effective disseminators of hatred against their kinsmen. During the Middle Ages, a number of Jewish converts...
Stop appeasing Abu Mazen04 Jul 2007 As events unfold in the wake of the Hamas Gaza takeover, there is a sense of deja vu. Despite the bloody consequences of our largely self-inflicted policies, we seem not to have learned...
British Jewry in crisis26 Jun 2007 The call for a boycott against Israeli academicians by the British University and College Union (UCU) reflects the depths to which vicious hostility against Israel has become ingrained...
WJC - closure and hope17 Jun 2007The World Jewish Congress imbroglio is hopefully now at an end. After three harrowing years of ongoing scandal as layer after layer of corruption was exposed, there is hope that we...
The chief rabbinate is wrong about Evangelicals12 Jun 2007I was astonished to learn that by a majority vote, the Chief Rabbinate recently promulgated a ban against Jews participating in a Christian women's conference "to promote the status...
World Jewish Congress: closure and hope for the future11 Jun 2007The World Jewish Congress imbroglio is hopefully now at an end. After three harrowing years of ongoing scandal as layer after layer of corruption was exposed, there is hope that we...
John Howard: Champion for Israel07 Jun 2007Australian Prime Minister John Howard recently received a standing ovation at a Jewish community event, reflecting the admiration felt throughout the Jewish world for his courageous...
Why I support Ron Lauder for WJC president31 May 2007The abrupt resignation of WJC President Edgar Bronfman in the wake of successive scandals now leaves the former illustrious global body of the Jewish people on the brink of a total...
No solutions to Qassams?30 May 2007Only tough military action can bring Palestinians to realization their lives will improve only if they rid themselves of leaders who believe terror will destroy us One of the principal...
YNET & Jewish Week coverage of WJC10 May 2007An Israel YNET interview on recent WJC developments follows. I am also attaching the link to an overview of the WJC published today in The Jewish Week by Gary Rosenblatt, editor and...
Now, the 'March of the Living' Scandal09 May 2007 I recently joined the increasing calls for the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany (Claims Conference) to reform its outdated structure and implement greater transparency...
Yet another scandal06 May 2007Here in Israel, every time we felt that we had reached rock bottom in terms of corruption, we were confronted with yet more layers of sleaze and scandal. But ultimately exposing this...
Jerusalem Report Interview on WJC Imbroglio 16 Apr 2007Satisfaction in clearing my name is balanced by deep sadness' The Back Page by Netty C. Gross April 16, 2007 In the end, like Cardinals Richelieu and Wolsey and other famously denounced...
It's time to reform the Claims Conference11 Apr 2007 Over the past year, escalating complaints and demands for greater transparency have been directed against the management of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany...
Save the World Jewish Congress29 Mar 2007 Almost three years have passed since I became aware of serious financial irregularities within the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and called for an independent audit. My proposal was...
More WJC21 Mar 2007Comment is superfluous. But I feel impelled to make one observation. The remarks of Claims Conference Chairman Julius Berman contained in this JTA article not only raises questions...
Jews Against Zion21 Mar 2007 Throughout the Diaspora there are alienated Jews on the fringe whose primary involvement in Jewish life is centered on undermining the Jewish state. Now they are seeking to establish...
Interfaith dialogue: Have we gone mad?12 Mar 2007 Last year I wrote an article warning that whereas we all support interfaith dialogue and creating alliances with other groups, we must never lose sight of the objective and recognize...
This is not 'interfaith dialogue'11 Mar 2007 It's time to have another look at the purpose of interfaith dialogue. Last year, I wrote that whereas we all support interfaith dialogue, we shouldn't lose sight of its objective;...
Now make it a full-time job, with real resources07 Mar 2007Isaac Herzog may have been disappointed that Labor Party politics forced him out of his post as Minister of Tourism. World Jewry, on the other hand, have welcomed his appointment as...
Birthright Israel... on second thought28 Feb 2007 Over the past year Jewish philanthropist Sheldon Adelson, ranked by Forbes as the fifth richest person in the world, has provided a series of major donations for worthy causes in...
The blight of corrosive corruption14 Feb 2007Of late, many of us have been warning that corruption poses a greater threat to our future than our external adversaries and that, unless reversed, like a cancer it will ultimately...
Be strong and of good courage11 Feb 2007 This week over 100 Jewish leaders, academics and activists from Israel and the Diaspora will gather in Jerusalem to attend the Global Forum on Anti-Semitism convened by the Foreign...
The End of Corruption07 Feb 2007 Current cleansing of stables provides hope that genuine governance, financial transparency will dominate public and private sector Over the past year we truly began to feel as...
Israelis aren't 'racist' - they're worried25 Jan 2007 When Defense Minister Amir Peretz designated MK Ghaleb Majadle for a ministerial post, in order to garner Arab support for his position in Labor, Israel Beiteinu faction chairwoman...
Enough of weak leaders! Isi Leibler urges the UK Jewish establishment to abandon its policy of quiet diplomacy11 Jan 2007By and large, Anglo-Jewish leaders — with whom I have worked over many years — are dedicated, well-intentioned Jews, genuinely striving to serve their community. The problem is...
Enough of weak leaders!11 Jan 2007Isi Leibler urges the UK Jewish establishment to abandon its policy of quiet diplomacy By and large, Anglo-Jewish leaders — with whom I have worked over many years — are dedicated,...
Give us leadership03 Jan 2007 Conflicting government policies relating to the so-called truce with the Palestinians are truly mind-boggling. What has unfolded over the past few weeks signals that our leadership...
Symposium: Islam, British Society & The Terrorist Threat02 Jan 2007The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism The Hebrew University of Jerusalem I am attaching a transcript of my remarks at the Symposium "Islam, British...
Israel's Plummeting Image A Call To Action!19 Dec 2006Jimmy Carter's vile anti Israel tract aptly titled "Palestine: Peace and Apartheid" brings to mind the UN sponsored anti racist conference in South Africa which became the launching...
Winning the battle of ideas18 Dec 2006Jimmy Carter's vile anti-Israel book, Palestine: Peace and Apartheid is bad enough for being another in a seemingly endless flow of tracts demonizing the Jewish state. But the author...
The Gaza truce: another capitulation to terror04 Dec 2006 I hope I will not be accused of pandering to hysteria when I assert that this latest "cease-fire" with the Palestinians not only represents a capitulation to terror but has also greatly...
Jerusalem's Pride Divide24 Nov 2006The passionate controversy over the gay pride parade planned for Jerusalem earlier this month brought to a head the worst aspects of life in Israel. The storm can be viewed as a microcosm...
Jerusalem's Pride Divide24 Nov 2006The passionate controversy over the gay pride parade planned for Jerusalem earlier this month brought to a head the worst aspects of life in Israel. The storm can be viewed as a microcosm...
Surrealistic nightmare22 Nov 2006These are difficult times. In contrast to the quiet confidence that prevailed even during the height of the terror, nowadays whenever Jews or Israelis gather, the conversation gravitates...
Beware Jewish Billionaires Bearing Gifts01 Nov 2006 There are ill winds of change hovering on the horizon. Washington is signaling its intention to distance itself from Israel. Pressures are being imposed on Israel to make further...
Weakness fosters anti-Semitism31 Oct 2006 One would have hoped that by the 21st century it would be history, but anti-Semitism today has achieved what British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has described as "global tsunami" proportions....
A response to Al Jazeera26 Oct 2006 There is no disputing that at every level we are losing the global war of ideas. Despite clear evidence that fanatical Islamic fundamentalism threatens the basic fabric of Western...
Take on the billionaires23 Oct 2006We're now witnessing an intensifying campaign by unrepresentative left-wing American Jewish groups to pressure the Bush administration into softening its policy toward the Palestinian...
We need the guts to say no to Rice16 Oct 2006 Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his successor Ehud Olmert justified unilateral disengagement on the grounds that we were obliged to take initiatives to break the impasse in the absence...
'Bravo Papa!'10 Oct 2006In what will probably become one of his defining speeches on Christian-Muslim relations, Pope Benedict XVI ignited a hornets' nest by incorporating a quotation from a 14th-century Orthodox...
My Ten Commandments of political reform14 Sep 2006Irrespective of its composition, the top priority of our government must be to repair the House of Israel. In view of the soul searching taking place arising from the Lebanon war, this...
For a year of people power06 Sep 2006In an op-ed for Rosh Hashana published last year, I described the outgoing year as "annus horribilis" - an awful year. Alas, if anything, this past year was even worse! In retrospect,...
Elections now!06 Sep 2006 I write the following in pain. The anger at the failures displayed by our leadership when the nation was under fire continues escalating among Israelis of all political persuasions. The...
Interfaith dialogue out of control05 Sep 2006Interfaith is like motherhood and apple pie. Everyone supports it. But there is one proviso. Dialogue can only work when both parties are genuinely committed and we avoid making...
What to do about Tel Aviv28 Aug 2006 We are already immersed in painful evaluations to identify the cause of the breakdowns in our decision-making processes and in rectifying the weaknesses in the IDF as a consequence...
Time for Radical Change20 Aug 2006 Jihadists everywhere are celebrating, proclaiming Hitler's Iranian successor, Hassan Nasrallah, as the new Saladin. Nasrallah describes the war as the first step towards the dismemberment...
Defeating the barbarians at our gate25 Jul 2006This war could have been avoided had we not continued to bury our heads in the sand as we watched the Katyusha missile infrastructures being built by Hizbullah on our northern border. For...
The value of Holocaust memoirs11 Jul 2006I have just finished reading yet another diatribe by a post-Zionist Israeli academic promoting the theme that the Holocaust was exploited by Zionists to create a Jewish state at the...
A government's flawed morality04 Jul 2006 Israel's founding fathers took pride in proclaiming that the Jewish state would represent a safe haven and ensure that those who shed innocent Jewish blood would pay a bitter price....
Stop apologizing21 Jun 2006 What a tragic missed opportunity. Over the past month the global media focused on Ehud Olmert as he met heads of state in Washington, London, Paris, Cairo and Amman on his maiden...
Olmert caves in to Bush07 Jun 2006 Ehud Olmert did indeed receive a magnificent reception at the White House last month, and he must have been delighted when President George W. Bush signaled his intention to retain...
The threat from within24 May 2006 Londonistan By Melanie Phillips Encounter 200pp., $25.95 The nightmare has truly become a reality. A frightening new book simultaneously released in the United States and the...
Save religious Zionism11 May 2006 Wherever they resided, religious Zionists at all times identified themselves with the triumphs and tribulations of Israel. They were drawn toward Zion like a magnet and viewed the...
Big fish, not big headlines20 Apr 2006 In recent months I have written passionate op-ed columns predicting that unless we vigorously confront the mushrooming corruption in the public domain, like a cancer it will undermine...
Don't demonize good people31 Jan 2006It is a highly unedifying spectacle to witness Israelis demonizing Israelis. Unfortunately, in recent times this has extended beyond post-Zionists and other alienated Israelis to many...
Netanyahu's new Likud25 Jan 2006 Over the past year many Israelis justified Ariel Sharon's riding roughshod over democratic procedures on the grounds that only a strong leader could overcome the seemingly endless...
The validation of Jewish anti-Zionism11 Jan 2006 Otto Preminger's Exodus, a dramatized presentation of Israel's case, during its early years generated enormous global goodwill for the Jewish state. In contrast, if the critics are...
The routinization of terror21 Dec 2005 The recent suicide bombing at the Sharon Mall in Netanya claimed "only" five Jewish lives. Drive-by shootings have become almost routine. Potentially lethal Kassam rockets directed...
Banana republic05 Dec 2005 It would be a monumental understatement to describe our current political condition as chaotic. Over the past year even some of Ariel Sharon's supporters became distressed with his...
Stop attacking our friends29 Nov 2005 ADL Director Abraham Foxman's wide-ranging attack on evangelical Christians, whom he has accused of launching a campaign to "Christianize America," is still reverberating in the United...
When Seymour met Condi23 Nov 2005 Until recently, Diaspora leaders all agreed that on matters relating to security, Israel and the Diaspora are not equal partners. It is Israeli citizens who will face the consequences...
Don't Repeat the Same Mistakes21 Nov 2005 Despite the bitter loss of so many innocent lives in recent years, there is a feeling of deja vu as our leaders recycle the same blunders of the past. We always attain peaks of popularity...
Storm clouds ahead07 Nov 2005 On the surface, the relationship between the United States and Israel has never been better. The Bush Administration is today more understanding of Israel's position than any of...
Norman Finkelstein's world01 Nov 2005 Historically, self-hating Jews besmirching their kinsmen have ranged from apostates in the Middle Ages to communists in Stalinist Russia. Today their successors have assumed pivotal...
The first word: Stop whispering19 Oct 2005 Anglo-Jewry can take pride in its exemplary contribution to world Jewry and Zionism. From Moses Montefiore's interventions during the Damascus blood libel, to the Balfour Declaration,...
Religious Zionists in crisis11 Oct 2005Religious Zionists today face an existential crisis. Their role as a positive pivotal force in Israel is doomed unless they absorb the lessons from the setbacks and failures from the...
5765, the good and the bad28 Sep 2005 Even most supporters of disengagement would agree that, by any benchmark, this has been an annus horribilis, an awful year on the Israeli domestic scene. The prime minister bypassed...
Going beyond scapegoating14 Jul 2005Over the ages anti-Semites highlighted the alleged wrongdoings or antisocial behavior of individual Jews as a means to vilify and demonize the entire Jewish people. Who could have...
Sharon must face the people now28 Jun 2005 In light of recent events Prime Minister Sharon must heed the calls to hold national elections. Failure to do so makes a mockery of Israel's parliamentary system. In a humiliating...
Essay: For a real Knesset debate16 Jun 2005Have we lost our minds? How else can one explain the curtain of silence which greeted the devastating press interviews by outgoing chief of General Staff Moshe Ya'alon? Ya'alon predicted...
Corruption is a cancer17 May 2005The state comptroller's annual report again enumerated a litany of corruption based on protektzia and nepotism. Obviously frustrated, retiring comptroller Judge Eliezer Goldberg warned...
Professors of hate05 May 2005 The flow of new initiatives from academics throughout the world seeking to delegitimize Israel continues unabated. Now the emphasis is directed towards anti-Israeli boycotts as exemplified...
The dangerous silence of modern Orthodoxy20 Apr 2005It is generally conceded that as a group, religious Zionists today represent the most motivated, dedicated and patriotic segment of Israeli society. Why, then, do so many Israelis still...
Mr. Sharon goes to Crawford07 Apr 2005 When Prime Minister Ariel Sharon flies to President George W. Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch for a scheduled April 11 meeting, the premier will leave behind a tense, bitterly divided...
How not to repeat Oslo's mistake29 Mar 2005Assuming the painful unilateral disengagement proceeds as scheduled, it is vital that a strategy for the day after be precisely formulated now. Oslo was flawed because the day after...
The limits of ecumenical dialogue15 Mar 2005In these times we are surely obliged to forge new alliances. Our traditional friends of yesteryear – the liberals and the Left – now stand at the forefront of campaigns to demonize...
Divided, not defeated09 Feb 2005Are we witnessing the impending demise of religious Zionism? There is no denying that the disengagement process has had a particularly devastating impact on religious settlers and others...
Let's rethink how we fight Jew-hatred24 Oct 2004There will be little cause for celebration at the Global Forum Against Anti-Semitism which opens Tuesday evening in Jerusalem. Partly that's because in fighting Jew-hatred we have been...
Extremism is the greatest threat23 Aug 2004Many Israelis are losing the ability to indulge in civilized dialogue. Political discourse invariably degenerates into screaming matches, and Knesset debates stoop to personal abuse. While...
Don't take the Diaspora for granted17 Aug 2004 There are alarming indicators suggesting that the erosion of the Israel-Diaspora relationship is reaching an all-time low. The extent of this downturn is minimized by exaggerated...
Stop the Kassams14 Aug 2004It is disconcerting that Kassam rocket attacks on Sderot and the Negev are treated in the media as routine. On Wednesday a rocket landed near a kindergarten. Fortunately there were...
Israeli and Diaspora Jews are not equal partners22 Jul 2004 Despite soothing statements of support from Jewish leaders there are serious problems looming in the Israel-Diaspora relationship. Anti Semitism and demonization of Israel have encouraged...
Yasser Arafat's repeat performance07 Jul 2004After four years of bloodshed, some in the Israeli media have opened the debate as to the peace credentials of Yasser Arafat. What self-inflicted masochism is this? In every generation...
The UN - a home for the Jews?30 Jun 2004It has been somewhat bizarre to observe the recent stream of international and government-sponsored conferences dealing with anti-Semitism. Only six months ago most European governments...
Religious Zionism at the crossroads21 Jun 2004 Having been raised in a religious Zionist household, I find it painful to observe the ongoing self-destruction of a movement that has so much to offer Israeli society. Even today...
Democracy or banana republic?15 Jun 2004 Surrounded by neighbors committed to our destruction and standing in the front line of the global war against terror, Israelis can rightly take pride in being the only democratic...
No ersatz unity government01 Jun 2004Waxing eloquent over the need for Jewish unity is like supporting motherhood. Who can object to unity? A unity government would seem timely, given that most Israelis now share a...
Full circle in Berlin10 May 2004Two weeks ago in Berlin, where the Nazis launched the Final Solution, 600 delegates from 55 governments and NGOs met under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Cooperation...
...support it19 Apr 2004 Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's unilateral withdrawal plan may be ill-timed, defeatist, and perceived as a reward for terror. Until April 14, I fervently hoped it would be rejected...
Moscow revisited07 Apr 2004 While still a student, I was privileged to be recruited to the cause of Soviet Jewry by Shaul Avigur, the Israeli who laid the foundations for one of the most successful human rights...
Europe faces its present01 Mar 2004In 1970 an international conference on Soviet Jewry in Brussels became a turning point in the campaign to liberate Jews in the Soviet Union. Future historians may well conclude that...
Sharon should prove terror hasn't won17 Feb 2004 Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's decision to unilaterally withdraw from the Gaza Strip may represent a historical watershed. Despite the chaotic manner in which the initiative was launched...
The demonization of Israel and Anti-Semitism30 Jan 2004Paper presented to Global Conference on Anti-Semitism - Jerusalem, January 28, 2004. In a letter to an anti-Zionist, published in the Saturday Review, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate...
Confront the evil27 Jan 2004How appallingly mistaken we were. While hypnotizing ourselves into accepting "the irreversible peace process" we also deluded ourselves into believing that anti-Semites had become an...
The Right should stick with Sharon29 Dec 2003Of late I have criticized Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for maintaining the status quo and only responding to events rather than developing initiatives in accordance with a strategic...
Blame the chaos on Sharon02 Dec 2003Have we really begun losing the plot? In the old days, when we witnessed apparent bungles we would convince ourselves that we were not privy to all the facts and time would show that...
New deal from New Delhi23 Nov 2003As a frequent visitor, I had become inured to India's hostile posture toward Israel. The country was a leader of the Cold War-era non-aligned movement, dependent on Arab oil and expatriate...
Post-Zionist rampage18 Nov 2003Israel has just cause to take pride in its democratic system. What other country at war with ruthless terrorists would take for granted the right of independent media to highlight interviews...
Crossing all red lines21 Oct 2003Yossi Beilin has again hoisted himself on his own petard. The recent negotiations with the Palestinians in Amman and the anticipated signing ceremony in Geneva demonstrate that he and...
War of ideas08 Oct 2003There is no question that we are utterly inept in presenting the case for Israel and faring disastrously in the war of ideas. Paradoxically, this is happening at a time when the rights...
Jewish leadership fails again20 Sep 2003We are currently commemorating the second yahrzeit of Hillel Kook, a remarkable person who carried out a one-man campaign to arouse the conscience of the world to the terrible plight...
Jews contra Israel08 Sep 2003In response to "The Price of Not Keeping the Peace" by Arthur Hertzberg, originally published by the New York Times on August 27, 2003. It is tragic that in the war of ideas some...
Misplaced aliya priorities19 Aug 2003Are we spending too much on free trips to Israel for teens, and not enough on actually promoting aliya among potential immigrants? Over the past six months immigration to Israel...
Evangelical Christians, our new allies15 Aug 2003Scarcely a day goes by without a fresh media story in appreciation of our new friends, the Evangelical Christians. Only a few years ago many of us would have been appalled at the prospect...
Response to David Kimche12 Aug 2003Written in response to "Apologize, or resign" by David Kimche, published by the Jerusalem Post on August 11, 2003. Dear David, I still have clear memories of many meetings in...
An open letter to Edgar Bronfman06 Aug 2003Mr. Edgar Bronfman, President World Jewish Congress 501 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10022 Dear Edgar I write to you as the Senior Vice President of the World Jewish Congress. Last...
Poraz beats the anti-religious drum31 Jul 2003Avraham Poraz, our secular "Zionist" minister of the interior, is a modern man untrammelled by bigotry and superstition. His revulsion to religious values is directed against his own...
Lose our children, lose our future13 Jul 2003Our failure to convey Israel's historical narrative and its political case to young Jews in the Diaspora is a looming disaster. Countless high school, college and university students...
Miguel Moratinos and the European malaise07 Jul 2003If you are in any doubt as to the bias and double standards Europeans apply against Israel, just read the farewell message of the outgoing European Union Representative towards the...
Place not your trust in princes27 May 2003President George W. Bush is a friend of Israel and has displayed understanding for our security concerns. Washington is the shield that protects Israel from total isolation in the international...
The road map and realism30 Apr 2003The road map will shortly be published, and there are no surprises. Implemented as it stands, it would be detrimental to Israel and amount to a recycling of the disastrous Oslo Accords. Despite...
Counting Israel's blessings15 Apr 2003The Haggada reading that "in every generation there are those who rise against us to destroy us" will undoubtedly sound a responsive chord amongst Israelis especially at those Seders...
Civilian casualties and ugly wars01 Apr 2003Saddam Hussein is an evil and reckless tyrant, but one should not underestimate his ability to identify and exploit the weaknesses of his enemies. As his last desperate hope to ward...
Time to dissolve the United Nations?25 Mar 2003The civilized world would be better off were the United Nations in its present form to disappear. Such views are being increasingly expressed by many people, including sober analysts...
Beware of a false dawn16 Mar 2003The impending war and its subsequent impact on the region makes it mandatory for leaders in the national camp to review their current policies and future strategies. Over the past...
Icons are also fallible07 Mar 2003What motivates a prize winning Israeli author to write an op-ed in the New York Times urging Americans to oppose military action against Saddam Hussein? Amos Oz is an Israeli icon...
When Effi met Tommy: The real test of the NRP-Shinui relationship05 Mar 2003The agreement between Shinui and NRP paving the way for the formation of the government took most political observers by surprise. Over the past decades the polarization of attitudes...
The Belgians as true Europeans20 Feb 2003A very personal j'accuse by a former Belgian Jew My grandparents and many members of my family in Belgium were deported and gassed in Auschwitz. As in most Nazi occupied countries...
New face to the Diaspora15 Feb 2003Supporters of Yisrael B'Aliya are undoubtedly bitterly disappointed at their unexpected poll debacle. But many more will applaud the appointment of Natan Sharansky as incoming minister...
A mandate and an opportunity05 Feb 2003Sharon must go beyond war and peace and set the domestic house in order Ariel Sharon's landslide victory is testimony to the common sense of the Israeli voter. The electorate - which...
The doublespeak of the Left29 Jan 2003If George Orwell were alive today, he would glory in the instance of the Leora Glatt-Berkowitz affair, as a classic example of "doublespeak." A breach of law, integrity and ethics is...
Of corruption and treason22 Jan 2003After 2,000 years of bitter exile and persecution, after the devastation of the Holocaust and now facing the threat of weapons of mass destruction, many of us still delude ourselves...
Avoiding a religious Kulturkampf09 Jan 2003How is it possible that a political party whose primary platform based on hatred of haredim is poised to become the third largest party in the Knesset? Why are religious Jews regarded...
The decline and fall of Labor Zionism06 Dec 2002The election of Amram Mitzna to the leadership of the Labor Party has effectively marginalized the party and virtually destroyed its chances of winning the forthcoming elections. Even...
A Partnership - Not A Feud - To Be Fueled22 Nov 2002We stand at a watershed. The impending election could be the most important since Israel's founding. The new leadership will be obliged to make critical decisions that could determine...
No More Sham Unity Governments13 Nov 2002To hold an election when a country is undergoing war and battling an economic crisis is far from ideal. Yet it can also be argued that the Knesset was no longer representative, a...
Yossi Sarid's Inciteful Remarks15 Oct 2002Although we argue and disagree passionately on many issues, whenever we were previously confronted by an external threat, with the exception of a few marginal elements, we always set...
Evil is Evil04 Oct 2002Although in all likelihood we will still undergo more bloodshed before we see the dawn, all indicators suggest that we are moving in the right direction. Those who insisted that...
An open letter to British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks12 Sep 2002Dear Chief Rabbi, We have known each other for a long time and as one who considers himself a personal friend and has always admired you as a profound religious thinker, I have thought...
We Must Stop Apologizing!30 Jul 2002We have every reason to be distressed, angry and disgusted. We are distressed at the accidental deaths of Palestinian civilians, children included, in a military operation against a...
Jobs For the Good Ol' Boys - and Girls25 Jul 2002Industry and Trade Minister Dalia Itzik is a highly talented woman. Despite many obstacles, she rose to political heights in her own right. However, to appoint her as Israel's ambassador...
Prime Minister Sharon Must Say 'Enough Is Enough'02 Jul 2002Woe to the people of Israel if their elected representatives are a true reflection of the electorate. The public has become so accustomed to the appalling behavior of its politicians...
No Palestinian State, For Now23 May 2002I dispute the conventional wisdom that the debate over Palestinian statehood at the Likud Central Committee should never have taken place. For the sake of Israel's national interests...
Desperately Seeking the Center09 May 2002Religious Zionism is a movement that has nurtured champion citizens. They are to be found at the forefront of all positive areas of Israeli life. They represent the most dedicated and...
And Now The Home Front02 Apr 2002The die has been cast. After the terrible carnage during Pessah, our national-unity government has finally resolved that Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat is an enemy rather...
Enough Talking24 Mar 2002Our situation today is worse than it was a month ago and this is largely a product of our own making. There was appalling fallout following the conflicting messages conveyed to the...
Wanted: The Firm Hand Of Leadership25 Feb 2002Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's "address to the nation" did little to lift the depressed mood of most Israelis. But short of a radical change of policy, such an outcome was predictable....
Is Nusseibeh a Con Man?24 Jan 2002It is far more preferable to listen to soothing presentations by Nusseibeh than to the more traditional rejectionist Palestinian statements calling for Israel's destruction. The writer...
Disloyalty and Patriotism30 Dec 2001Since the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, the words "treason" and "patriotism" have been expunged from the Israeli political lexicon. Yet now - with scarcely a day going by without...
Diaspora Is No Equal Partner10 Nov 2001Until recently, it was almost universally understood among Diaspora Jewish leaders that irrespective of their personal political views, public criticism of the democratically elected...
The Diaspora in Crisis30 Oct 2001The Plenary Assembly of the World Jewish Congress opens today in Jerusalem at a time of unprecedented turbulence and tension. The Diaspora is undergoing its greatest crisis since the...
History Repeats Itself07 Oct 2001We are told that history never really repeats itself, but have not recent events in America created a sense of deja vu? Like the Nazis, the Islamic fundamentalists unleashed their...
In Mosley's Footsteps12 Jun 2001The latest outrageous outburst by MK Azmi Bishara (Balad) in Damascus, in the presence of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the head of Hizbullah, endorsing a united front to destroy...
'Zionism and McCarthy,' Round 225 Mar 2001When David Newman implies on these pages that Limor Livnat is promoting McCarthyism ("Zionist McCarthyism," March 14), I am reminded that nearly two decades ago Jewish communists accused...
The Struggle for Israel's Soul11 Mar 2001Post-Zionism is usually promoted under the mantle of 'normalization' and mainly directed toward Israelis ignorant of or indifferent to their Jewish heritage. The writer is chairman...
Calling out to Diaspora Jewry18 Feb 2001The challenge in the Diaspora will be to reinvigorate the Zionist ideal in all its manifestations. The writer is chairman of the governing board of the World Jewish Congress. The...
The Unbridgeable Gap23 May 2000Although anticipated, it was a relief when the Israeli courts convicted the defendants on trial for negligence in the Maccabiah bridge disaster. The unequivocal verdict, and in particular...
A Small Sacrifice For a Great Cause10 Apr 2000The ongoing bridge-disaster saga between the Australian Jewish community and the Maccabi World Union seems to have reached an impasse. This is paradoxical because there is now every...
Nothing Learned From Maccabi Bridge Disaster08 Dec 1999Sir, - Maccabi World Union deputy chairman Oudi Recanati would have done better to remain silent because his outrageous remarks demonstrate that nothing has been learned from the disaster...
Nazi War Criminals In Australia24 Aug 1999Sir, - Recent revelations that the post-war Australian government, influenced by Cold War British and American intelligence agencies, recruited former Nazi war scientists has created...
Religious Zionism reaches the crossroads26 Jun 1998Not so long ago, religious Zionism was widely admired as a moderate movement which harmonized Torah, modernity, and love of the Jewish people. After the Six Day War, most religious...
Ugly Forces12 May 1998In the past two weeks, the already-disastrous relationship between Israel's religious and non-observant sectors has escalated to a new and alarming level. The haredi deputy mayor...
A Questionable Future09 Apr 1998The threats to reduce ties with Israel can only harm American Jews themselves We are living through an unprecedented era of Jewish history, discontinuous with all the recurring themes...
A Twofold Tragedy24 Sep 1997We are left with mistrust, suspicion, and widespread contempt on both sides of the religious-secular divide. The writer is the chairman of the governing board of the World Jewish Congress. The...
No Time to Lose22 Jan 1996THE Tenth Plenary Assembly of the World Jewish Congress opening in Jerusalem today and attended by leaders from over 70 Jewish communities will be a watershed meeting, a signpost pointing...
Seeds of Perversion04 Dec 1995There's a cancer in the religious Zionist camp which must be eradicated. The writer is co-chairman of the governing board of the World Jewish Congress and president of the Executive...
Moshe Sneh's Contribution08 Jun 1994Sir, - Sarah Honig (May 30) is only partially correct when she says that Ephraim Sneh's father, Moshe, the Israeli Communist Party leader, was not placed totally beyond the political...
Retreat Into Irrelevance10 Apr 1994The silent majority of traditional religious Zionists yearn for the revival of the NRP's middle way. The writer is co-chairman of the governing board of the World Jewish Congress and...
Action Aliya06 Jun 1993It's a matter of Jewish life and death. We can no longer afford to be relaxed about the Diaspora. The writer is co-chairman of the governing board of the World Jewish Congress and president...
Diaspora Death Threat11 Apr 1993A specter is haunting the leaders of American Jewry - and therefore haunts us all. It is a specter which has little to do with the Clinton administration's policies toward Israel, the...
Disturbing Cartoon09 Dec 1992Sir, - Oleg's cartoon of November 23 is the most disturbing caricature I have ever seen in the Post. It is reminiscent of the ugly antisemitic stereotypes we were accustomed to seeing...
Resurrect The Old NRP24 Aug 1992THE result of the recent elections has added a new urgency to a problem that has come to haunt many of us in the Diaspora concerned with the future of Israel: the specter of a potentially...
Australia's Record On War Criminals10 Jun 1992Sir, - Efraim Zuroff's gratuitous attacks on me and leaders of the Australian Jewish community over the winding down of Australia's Special Investigations Unit, twice in the past two...
Australia's Special Investigations Unit21 May 1992Sir, - While I share Efraim Zuroff's deep disappointment at the Australian government's decision to close down its Special Investigations Unit (SIU) hunting Nazi war criminals in this...
Chinese-Jewish Encounter23 Apr 1992TWENTY-four leading Chinese and Jewish scholars gathered in Beijing earlier this month to end 3,000 years of near-total cultural isolation. The first international colloquium on Chinese...
The End Of The 'One People' Myth?12 Mar 1991THE GULF WAR will in all probability lead to a major realignment of Israel-Diaspora relations. There can be no ignoring the disappointment and frustration most Israelis experienced...
Turning Point For Soviet Jewry12 Dec 1989THERE HAS recently been an atmosphere of panic verging on hysteria among wide sections of Soviet Jews, and this has snowballed over the past six weeks. While the majority of Soviet...
The Diaspora Raises Its Voice Insider Says Solidarity Conference Fills Leadership Vacuum11 Apr 1989THERE SEEMS to have been considerable confusion and contradiction in much of the press coverage of the Prime Minister's Conference on Jewish Solidarity with Israel in Jerusalem last...
The Jews of Silence Are Finding Their Voice04 Apr 1989THE WINDS of change sweeping through the Soviet Union are having a direct impact on Jews. This is no longer in question. Messianic times have not arrived, but events in recent weeks...