Bibi

'Dear' Barack, It Wasn't Random

02/12/2015
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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Dear Mr. President:

Over the past two weeks, to the consternation of a good many of my colleagues and friends, I have strongly defended both the integrity of your office and the legitimacy of your dismay with Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu by publicly, and unequivocally, calling upon him to cancel his forthcoming address to a joint session of our Congress. For a wide variety of reasons, chief among them the insertion of Israel as a wedge issue in American politics and the public contempt being shown for you and the material support that you have shown Israel throughout your presidency, I believed the Prime Minister to be making a serious mistake.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

On CNN, Shmuley Boteach Hurts Israel By Turning It Into A Partisan Issue

02/03/2015
Special To The Jewish Week
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What is it about the controversy surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming address to Congress that has us defying the norms of the 24-hour media cycle and still talking about it two weeks later?

'Dear' Bibi, Don't Do It

Your acceptance of the House Speaker's invitation to speak before Congress as unconscionably arrogant.

01/30/2015
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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Dear Mr. Prime Minister:

The news of your impending visit to deliver an address to a joint session of our Congress, at the invitation of Speaker of the House John Boehner, has generated a major controversy here in America, both within and outside of the Jewish community. I know that it is a subject of much discussion in Israel as well. My reason for writing is simple. I am, with the greatest of respect for your office and your responsibilities, asking you to reconsider your visit, and not deliver the address.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Abbas, Bibi Call Each Other’s Bluff

01/07/2015
Editorial

With a new and serious diplomatic showdown between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in progress — PA President Abbas seeking to charge Israeli leaders with military crimes through the International Criminal Court (ICC) and Israel freezing $147 million in monthly tax revenue payments to the PA — one wonders who’s calling whose bluff and where it will all lead.

Pro-Israel Jews Must Support Kerry

03/28/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

The fulfillment of the Zionist dream of a Jewish homeland and democratic state may rest on the actions taken by the American pro-Israel community over the coming weeks.

Asher Mayerson

‘There Was No Diplomatic Façade’

Israeli analysts weigh in on Bibi’s UN speech as he breaks up the rapprochement party.

10/02/2013
Israel Correspondent
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Tel Aviv — The political cartoon in the daily Haaretz newspaper depicts the United Nations Headquarters like a boisterous nightclub, where Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is getting down with Barack Obama.

Bibi’s Coalition Grows

Haredi draft issue figures prominently in new agenda.

02/21/2013
Staff Writer

More parties are expected to join the third government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in coming days after former opposition leader Tzipi Livni on Tuesday became his first coalition partner.

Tzipi Livni at the swearing-in ceremony of the 19th Knesset in February. Getty Images

Memo To The Next Knesset: Get To Know American Jewry

Israeli media coverage of American Jewish life is mostly confined to the ebb and flow of the Israel lobby in Washington.

01/22/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

American Jews didn’t vote in this week’s Israeli elections, but many decisions made by the newly elected 19th Knesset will directly affect the Jewish community here.

Soldiers pass by campaign posters of Labor party leader Sheli Ehimovitch ahead of Israel's Jan. 22 elections. Getty Images

More Queasy Over Bibi `As Time Goes By’

“Well,” I imagine Bibi Netanyahu telling his worried supporters this week, “we’ll always have Palau.”

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