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Editorial & Opinion | Gary Rosenblatt

10/13/2016 - 08:30 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

A high-ranking Israeli official, on a recent visit to New York, complained to me about what he sees as the growing gap between Israel and American Jewry. It’s a view I share, and it’s not new. But he spoke with deep frustration about being subjected to a barrage of grievances from American Jewish leaders unhappy with and worried about the actions of the Netanyahu government.

09/29/2016 - 14:07 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

When I emailed an Israeli journalist friend the other day, asking him to write a piece on what Shimon Peres meant to the Jewish state, he begged off, noting that he was still too angry over Peres’ role in the Oslo Accords.

09/28/2016 - 11:57 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

“Avi,” a Jewish college student and supporter of BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), the movement to delegitimize Israel, was defending his position in a tense discussion with a number of pro-Israel supporters at a conference last week.

09/21/2016 - 10:52 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Sixteen years ago, a few days before the verdict was announced in the British case in which Jewish studies professor Deborah Lipstadt stood accused of defaming Holocaust denier David Irving, she told me that though her life “had been disrupted…for several years, I feel I was blessed.

“I was given an opportunity to stand up for what I believe in, to marshal every force I have against evil,” she explained in her first post-trial interview.

And she prevailed.

09/13/2016 - 23:03 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

In the midst of a data-driven presentation on why Israel is losing the social media war, the head of a major Jewish organization, on hearing that the perception of Israel as a “start-up nation” has little traction with many Americans, questioned the findings being presented.

09/07/2016 - 08:55 | | Editor and Publisher | Gary Rosenblatt

Stung by the Black Lives Matter platform that condemns Israel in unfair and malevolent terms, calling it “genocidal” and an “apartheid state,” many in our community have noted with lingering pride that Jews were at the forefront of the civil rights movement, most notably during the 1960s. The most tangible example of that alliance may well be an iconic photograph of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a leading theologian and philosopher of his time, marching along with Rev. Martin Luther King in Selma, Ala., at a voting rights demonstration in 1965, symbolizing their close bond and the strong ties between Jews and blacks at the time.