Ground Kuwait Airways For Israel Bias: City Councilmembers

Pols appealing to Port Authority, U.S. Transportation Department after airline refuses to sell tickets to Israelis.

11/05/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Calling Kuwait Airways’ refusal to sell tickets to Israeli citizens “intolerable” and “blatant discrimination,” 10 members of the New York City Council are asking the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to either enforce anti-discrimination laws or stop the airline from operating at Kennedy Airport.

Kuwait Airways Airbus A300. Wikimedia Commons

Dennis Ross Urges U.S. To Get Real On Mideast Life

The Arab states are more concerned about U.S. support for their own governments than Washington’s relationship with Jerusalem.

11/03/2015 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

"Insanity," it is said, “is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Speaking Truth To Power Takes Guts

Benjamin Netanyahu returns to Washington on November 9 for the first time since his acrimonious campaign to defeat President Obama's signal foreign policy achievement, the Iran nuclear agreement. Unlike March, this time he has an invitation to the Oval Office.

Both men will be trying to bury the proverbial hatchet, at least publicly, but it will be mostly for show given the anger, frustration and distrust between them.

Excessive Force Charge Comes Roaring Back

Jewish, Christian leaders here push back against UN secretary-general as focus in Israel turns to approach to ‘lone-wolf’ attacks.

10/26/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

As Israel tries to combat what some are calling the “stabbing intifada,” the debate over whether it is using excessive force to quell the attacks has re-emerged.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon criticized Israel for “excessive force.” Getty Images

A Measure Of Solidarity, A Measure Of Caution

Tours to Israel proceeding amid violence, but itineraries changing.

10/13/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Amid increasing Palestinian attacks against Israeli Jews, organizers of group tours to Israel report no cancellations even as one tour operator has added extra security and changed the itinerary just to be on the safe side.

The Western Wall in Jerusalem, a destination for many tour groups in Israel. CC image courtesy of David King on Flickr

Bluffing For Peace

There's an old adage about politicians who like to talk the talk but are afraid to walk the walk.  Nowhere is that clearer than in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict where leaders on both sides have missed repeated opportunities, frequently deliberately, to make peace.  All too often each man would rather demagogue the issue and claim the purity of his own intentions while blaming the other for all that has gone wrong.

There's more than enough blame to go around and barely enough good will to cover the head of a pin.

Has The Third Intifada Begun?

10/07/2015 - 20:00

The combination of recent clashes initiated by Palestinians over access to the Temple Mount and the frightening number of seemingly unrelated attacks on Jewish civilians, several of them fatal, have Israelis worried that they could be in for another lengthy and violent siege. Two Jewish men were stabbed to death walking through the Old City in Jerusalem late Saturday night on one of the most patrolled streets in the country. The 19-year-old killer had posted a Facebook message that said, “the third intifada has begun.”

Supporting Israel With Their Feet

10/06/2015 - 20:00

Just as the Jews of Israel and Jewish visitors from abroad observe an ancient tradition during Sukkot, the world’s Christians have their own, more modern, Sukkot tradition — marching through the streets of Jerusalem en masse to show their support for the Jewish state.

Getty Images

Can Bibi Repair Rift With Obama?

I've been unable to find another instance when an American political party allied itself so closely with a friendly foreign government for the purpose of defeating the policy of an American administration.

There has been no more outspoken foe of the Iran nuclear deal backed by the Obama administration than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, nor has there ever been a leader of an American ally who has plunged so deeply and so blatantly into domestic partisan American politics.

Tourism Notes, From North To South

08/31/2015 - 20:00
Travel Writer

It may be one of the world’s oldest civilizations, but there’s always something new in Israel.

The Negev is an up-and-coming region for Israel travel. Israel Ministry of Tourism
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