Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

03/27/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

It was an atypical grouping.

In January 2008, Israel's then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President, Shimon Peres joined with automotive CEO Carlos Ghosn, and Israeli entrepreneur Shai Agassi in Jerusalem. The summit had a simple, yet staggering, purpose: to announce that Israel intended to get off oil.

03/27/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

By disparaging the US government's support of demands that Poland compensate Jews for property stolen from them during the Holocaust, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski exacerbated the firestorm created by his government's peremptory decision to walk away from long-promised restitution legislation for spurious economic reasons.

03/23/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Opinion

Every year since 1917 the month of March has been dedicated to women around the world.

March 8 is International Women’s Day, and since 1946 the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) – the principal global policy-making body that promotes gender equality – convenes during the month to evaluate progress, identify challenges, and formulate concrete policies to further the global advancement of women.

03/23/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I hear my son's reedy voice on the telephone in the middle of the afternoon.

"Are you sick, in trouble at school," I ask.

"No," he says. "There was a pigua [terrorist attack] here, near Binyanei Hauma [Jerusalem's International Convention Center]. I wanted to tell you that I'm OK."

03/22/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

In the wake of the gruesome and indefensible murder of five Jews in Itamar, the banner of Jewish victimhood has been raised once again. It has long been axiomatic in the Middle East that “to the victim belongs the spoils,” and in the past, such horrible attacks have given Israel’s defenders an opening, however brief, to appeal to the world’s conscience. But lately it’s been harder for Israel to do that, in part because (thankfully) the rate of terrorism has plummeted.

03/22/2011 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of essays on Zionist thinkers and doers, in Israel and outside, who are pioneering new understandings of what Jewish nationalism can mean in the 21st century.

How fitting that Ruth Gavison, a legal expert in the areas of human and civil rights and constitutional law, was awarded the Israel Prize this week, cited for grappling “exhaustively and courageously with forming Israel’s identity as a Jewish and democratic state.”