Editorial

Bibi’s Speech: Risks And Opportunities

05/17/2011
Editorial

With Israel confronting growing international isolation and a reckless Palestinian campaign to end-run direct negotiations at the United Nations in September, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces difficult challenges during his U.S. visit this week.

In particular, the prime minister’s speech to a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday is both an opportunity and a risk.

Welcome To The CUNY Bin

05/10/2011
Editorial

On the surface, the incident that grew into a major story — first reported on our website, by the way — pitting Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner (“Angels In America”) vs. the trustees of the City University of New York (CUNY) who first denied and later granted him an honorary doctorate was about freedom of speech.

According to that version, Kushner is a great talent, his views on Israel may be offensive to many supporters of the Jewish state but he is being honored for his body of artistic work, not his politics. End of story.

Hillary’s Missing Picture: We Didn’t Do it

05/10/2011
Editorial

Here’s a news flash: The Jewish Week does not edit out images of women in its print edition or on its website. Not even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Future Rabbis, Conflicted About Israel

05/04/2011
Editorial

The fact that a number of American rabbinical students from the liberal denominations come back from their year of study in Israel feeling conflicted about the Jewish state is worrisome, but not surprising. (See story, Page 1.)

There are no statistics available on how many students feel this way or their level of discontent, but anecdotal evidence suggests that many are feeling some degree of alienation, consistent with widespread polls and reports about their peers throughout the American Jewish community.

After Bin Laden

05/04/2011
Editorial

The death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of courageous U.S. commandos (just after the 66th anniversary of the death of Hitler) won’t end a terrorist threat that has grown much more diffuse since 9/11. Still, we join with those who are grateful that justice was done and an important symbolic blow was struck against those who promote and conduct terror attacks — whether they be with suicide bomb belts or hijacked jetliners flown into skyscrapers.

Yom HaShoah: The Bones Come To Life

04/27/2011
Editorial

We are in the season of the Jewish calendar when celebration and mourning are upon us in rapid and sometimes confusing succession, from the joy of Passover freedom to the darkness of Holocaust commemoration, followed a week later by Israel’s Yom HaZikaron (memorializing its fallen soldiers) and the following day, Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, marked with fireworks and parades in the Jewish state.

Tough Choices On Syria

04/27/2011
Editorial

Israel is understandably ambivalent about the tsunami of change washing across the Middle East. Old adversaries suddenly look like forces for stability; anti-authoritarian change, long advocated by Israeli leaders as a precondition for real peace, is turning out to be scary.

That dynamic is particular evident in the case of Bashar Assad, the Syrian dictator who is busy gunning down his own citizens as they demand a semblance of freedom.

The UN Statehood Dead End

04/21/2011
Editorial

You don’t have to work for a Middle East think tank or have a doctorate in international relations to understand that a Palestinian state created through unilateral action can never be anything resembling a real state — even if it is endorsed by the United Nations.

The Arab Spring’s First 100 Days

04/21/2011
Editorial

This week marks the first 100 days of what has come to be known as the Arab Uprising or Arab Spring, which began in Tunisia and soon spread to Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Libya and beyond. It is too soon to tell what the region will look like even a year from now, but it is clear that it will never be quite the same, and some benchmarks are emerging.

The UN Statehood Dead End

04/18/2011

You don’t have to work for a Middle East think tank or have a doctorate in international relations to understand that a Palestinian state created through unilateral action can never be anything resembling a real state — even if it is endorsed by the United Nations.

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