view counter

Editorial & Opinion | Editorial

05/31/2016 - 18:53 | Editorial

All year round we follow the news from Israel – supporting, criticizing, worrying, discussing, debating and praying. On Sunday, though, we will be celebrating.

05/31/2016 - 18:52 | Editorial

You can’t really solve a problem until you define it.

In Bucharest this past week, 31 countries meeting under the auspices of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance became the first international body to officially adopt a Working Definition of Anti-Semitism. The representatives, mostly from Europe, stated that “Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews.

05/25/2016 - 08:18 | Editorial

Newspapers, if they’re doing their jobs correctly, are supposed to hold up a mirror to society and say: Here, have a look at us, warts and all. Perhaps we spend too much time on the warts part, reporting on all matter of scandal and trying to fulfill our duty as a government watchdog and a check on the powerful. And these days, with the impact of the Internet, perhaps we spend too much time on “click bait.”

05/25/2016 - 08:17 | Editorial

Symbols mean a great deal in politics.

Consider: It is unlikely that the expected appointment as Israeli defense minister of Avigdor Lieberman, a widely distrusted politician with no serious military experience, will result in radical changes in the IDF, a highly disciplined institution. But Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to offer him the second most important post in the government appears to be a blatantly political move, one that places the prime minister’s desire to solidify his power base over the strategic and diplomatic interests of the state.

05/18/2016 - 09:25 | Editorial

After a long period of stagnation on the peace front, there are signs of activity, with France preparing to convene Israeli-Palestinian talks this summer, hosting more than two dozen foreign ministers, and Egypt encouraging the move.

05/18/2016 - 09:24 | Editorial

While presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders continue their race to the Democratic convention, the former secretary of state remains the presumed candidate despite the Vermont senator’s string of primary victories. Another disconnect within the party — one with direct impact on the Jewish community — is that it is losing pro-Israel voters to the Republicans by a disturbingly wide margin.