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Editorial & Opinion | Opinion

10/19/2016 - 12:54 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

There are at least six significant Israel-related anniversaries approaching in 2017: the first Zionist Congress (120th), the Balfour Declaration (100th), the UN General Assembly Partition Resolution (70th), the Six-Day War (50th), Anwar Sadat’s visit to Jerusalem (40th), and the first intifada (30th). Each one offers a valuable lesson relevant to us today.

10/19/2016 - 12:52 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

As President Obama’s second term draws to a close, there has been widespread speculation as to whether the United States will support a U.N. resolution on the Israel-Palestinian Authority impasse or make a “parameters” speech or statement laying out his vision of what a final status agreement would look like. In my judgment, the president should do neither. 

10/11/2016 - 11:55 | | Opinion

I was reminded the other day about my personal journey in Cairo and the relevance it carries to how Americans relate to one another (or not) in our current political climate. Indeed, my experience showed me a lot about learning to live with and understand people that you not only fundamentally disagree with on important issues, but who hold beliefs that are bigoted and even hate filled.

10/11/2016 - 10:35 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

I interviewed Shimon Peres a few years ago in connection with my new biography of Golda Meir (to be published next September). At his insistence I first read a eulogy he had delivered about Golda, filled with praise. I knew from my research that their relationship had not been all that smooth, and when I wondered out loud at our meeting whether there had been difficulties between them, the floodgates burst open.

10/06/2016 - 12:21 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

We are now into the fall election season with two unpopular presidential candidates widely perceived as seriously flawed. But dissatisfaction is not an excuse to stand on the sidelines. Choices must be made and there is no shortage of experts, commentators, and pundits vying to convince us that one candidate is far superior to the other. Among them are religious leaders of all faiths and denominations, including rabbis and other leaders of the Jewish community.

10/06/2016 - 12:17 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Opinion

The Movement for Black Lives platform calling Israel an apartheid state guilty of “genocide” sent shock waves through the Jewish community. It should not have come as a surprise.