Leon Wieseltier is one of the leading public intellectuals in America. Author of the acclaimed “Kaddish,” he was literary editor of The New Republic for more than three decades and currently is Isaiah Berlin Senior Fellow in Culture and Policy at Brookings Institution and contributing editor and critic at The Atlantic. He is also co-chair of the Global Forum of the National Library in Jerusalem.
White House-Jerusalem rift playing out among U.S. Jews as pressure builds on Israel defenders.
07/21/2015 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher
Sen. Chuck Schumer, a major supporter of both President Obama and the State of Israel, has become the focus of intense attention among critics of the Iran nuclear deal. With opponents having launched a major and risky campaign this week to convince 13 Democratic senators to buck the White House and kill the agreement in Congress, Schumer, a Democratic leader in the Senate and self-proclaimed protector of Israel, is seen as the swing vote.
Gary Rosenblatt’s assertion that the key issues in Michael Oren’s new book to be debated are the Iran deal and the West Bank is a nice attempt to rephrase the debate to focus on crucial topics. (“Michael Oren And The Debate That Won’t Die,” July 10).
The disconnect underlying Gary Rosenblatt’s column (“‘I Love Israel, But Does Israel Love Me?’” May 29) is not the discord reported between the views of some liberal American-Jewish leaders and the positions of Israelis representing a right-wing government just elected. It’s the likely misperception of those U.S. Jews attending this JPPI (Jewish Policy Planning Institute), believing they represent mainstream Jewish thinking here, who were frustrated that their J Street-type criticisms [of Israel] were not taken more seriously.
Forty-eight years ago, on the 28th day of Iyar (May 17 this year), Jerusalem was united under Jewish sovereignty for the first time in many centuries. But the national holiday in Israel to mark the historic event – Yom Yerushalayim, or Jerusalem Day – has lost appeal both here and in Israel, outside of the religious Zionist community.
Netanyahu, Herzog need each other, but expect a bumpy ride.
03/16/2015 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher
The turnout in Israel at the ballot box was high on Tuesday, but now it all comes down to the real election, consisting of one man’s vote. That would be President Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin, who decides whether to offer the chance to put together a governing coalition to Likud’s Bibi Netanyahu or Zionist Union’s Isaac Herzog.