• Michelle Nunn’s leaked memo shows how Jews are courted

    Georgia’s U.S. Senate race has just experienced a shakeup with the leaking of an eight-month old draft strategy memo — first reported by National Review — written for the campaign of Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn. The memo provides an unvarnished look at how a modern Senate campaign is actually run, and among those interesting, unvarnished tidbits is… More ▸

  • 4 videos on the Gaza war that have pro-Israel viewers cheering

    Amid the fighting in Gaza and Israel, a few videos making the rounds are cheering the pro-Israel crowd: Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, takes CNN to task for failing to report that UNRWA schools are being used as rocket depots by Palestinian militias. Hillel Neuer, the executive director of the pro-Israel… More ▸

  • Showing some skin for the troops

    Some support Israel’s troops with prayer; others support them by raising money. But some are supporting the troops by showing a little skin. The Facebook page “Standing With IDF” was designed for women to show their support and boost soldiers’ morale with racy photos. The page features pictures of scantily clad women with messages of… More ▸

  • On the Israel-Palestinian front, a year of disappointment

    One year ago today, Secretary of State John Kerry stood behind a lectern, flanked by Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat. Smiling, Kerry announced the resumption of direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The goal was to reach a final-status peace treaty establishing a Palestinian state within nine months. Fifty-two weeks of… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Defending Israel, ignoring the tunnels, why Israel is losing

    Inside the Israeli-Palestinian bubble: Israelis may feel trapped in their conflict with the Palestinians, but they should not be apathetic about changing their reality, David Grossman writes. (N.Y. Times) Turning a blind eye to the tunnels: Why did Israel ignore Hamas’ tunnel threat for so long, despite being made aware of the threat by residents living in villages… More ▸

  • One group’s proposal for Mideast peace: Build the Third Temple

    As Egypt, Qatar, the U.S. and the U.N. write proposals for Israel-Hamas cease-fires, one organization based in Jerusalem’s Old City hopes to compose a peace plan of a different kind: a detailed architectural blueprint for the Third Jewish Temple on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. The Temple Institute, which has recreated 60 vessels to be used in… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Hijacking the black struggle, war on Israeli dissent, car crash crowing?

    War on Israeli dissent: Israeli critics of Operation Protective Edge — and even those who express sympathy with Palestinians — are being demonized, Etgar Keret writes. (New Yorker) Hijacking the black struggle: Chloe Valdary, an African-American pro-Israel activist, accuses supporters of the Palestinians of misappropriating the language of civil rights.” (Tablet) Jewish deli, Palestinian films: A Toronto Jewish… More ▸

  • Al Franken vs. BDS

    “SNL” funnyman-turned-U.S. senator Al Franken apparently doesn’t think that the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is a laughing matter. JTA’s Ron Kampeas spoke with several attendees at a meeting between Jewish leaders and Democratic senators, and was told that Franken offered to use his unique skill set to take on the BDS movement. Here’s the… More ▸