Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Where Does Elizabeth Warren Stand On Israel?

02/20/2015
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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has become a rising star in the Democratic Party through her focus on economic and social issues like income inequality and taking on Wall Street banks, triggering a groundswell of progressive support and calls for her to run for president. But less is known about her views on foreign policy and, by extension, Israel.

'Dear' Barack, It Wasn't Random

02/12/2015
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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Dear Mr. President:

Over the past two weeks, to the consternation of a good many of my colleagues and friends, I have strongly defended both the integrity of your office and the legitimacy of your dismay with Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu by publicly, and unequivocally, calling upon him to cancel his forthcoming address to a joint session of our Congress. For a wide variety of reasons, chief among them the insertion of Israel as a wedge issue in American politics and the public contempt being shown for you and the material support that you have shown Israel throughout your presidency, I believed the Prime Minister to be making a serious mistake.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

On CNN, Shmuley Boteach Hurts Israel By Turning It Into A Partisan Issue

02/03/2015
Special To The Jewish Week
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What is it about the controversy surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming address to Congress that has us defying the norms of the 24-hour media cycle and still talking about it two weeks later?

Doing It The AIPAC Way

03/10/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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There is nothing quite like an AIPAC Policy Conference.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens, New York.

As Interim President Installed In Egypt, Israel Remains Quiet And Cautious

07/05/2013
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Egypt swore in an interim president as Israel kept a low profile following the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

Adli Mansour, chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, was sworn in Thursday as Egypt’s interim president less than a day after Morsi was deposed by the country’s military in a near-bloodless coup. Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected president, reportedly is being held by the military under house arrest. Mansour will serve in the position until new elections are held.

Deficit Tests Yair Lapid

New finance minister faces tough decisions in balancing Israel’s budget.

04/17/2013
Israel Correspondent

JERUSALEM – No one in Israel doubts that Yair Lapid, Israel’s new minister of finance, will have to make tough decisions in order to lower the country’s almost $11 billion budget deficit.

Yair Lapid

Sharansky Urges Equal Prayer At Wall

Historic plan seen as victory for pluralism; ‘one Western Wall for one Jewish people.’

04/10/2013
Editor And Publisher

Charged by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to come up with a Solomonic solution to the growing controversy over women’s prayer at Judaism’s holiest site, Natan Sharansky, the chair of the Jewish Agency for Israel, is prepared to recommend a bold plan to allow any and all Jews to pray at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.

Gary Rosenblatt

'We Share A Common Story'

03/20/2013
Staff Writer

There were hugs and smiles at Ben-Gurion Airport today as President Barack Obama arrived on a three-day visit to Israel to “reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our two nations.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu greets President Obama at Ben Gurion Airport.

On Building a Coalition in Israel: News Not Fit To Print?

03/15/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Since Israelis went to the polls to elect a new government in late January of this year, the front pages of their newspapers have been filled with all the intrigues and arm-twisting we have come to associate with coalition negotiations in Israel.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

The Diaspora's Frustration With Israel: A Good Thing

American Jews absolutely love to speak and behave as though what we think should have immediate practical and political bearing in Israel.

Women of the Wall, which agitates for prayer rights at the Kotel, has much American support. Photo courtesy Women of the Wall
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