• 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 ▸

  • From the Archive: When Ukrainians accidentally shot down a plane from Israel

    Investigators are still searching through the rubble from the Malaysian Airlines plane that was shot down in Ukraine last week, leaving 298 people dead. A similar tragedy, albeit one with less than one-third the death toll, unfolded in October 2001, when the Ukrainian military mistakenly shot down a Russian airliner, killing all 78 people aboard. Initially… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Hamas’ Arab enemy, psychoanalyzing Shmuley Boteach, Jews kissing Arabs

    The enemy of my enemy: Still reeling from the Muslim Brotherhood’s brief rule, Egypt has no love for Hamas, and Egyptians’ media commentary on the Gaza war is strikingly similar to Israel’s. (Associated Press) Psychoanalyzing Shmuley Boteach: Whether acting as a reality-show therapist, a congressional candidate, Oxford impresario or rabbi to the stars, the “Kosher Sex” rabbi can’t… More ▸

  • When William Rapfogel wanted to expose scandals

    Earlier this week, William Rapfogel was sentenced to prison for stealing millions of dollars from the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, the group he headed for more than two decades. The sentencing — between 3 1/3 and 10 years — marked the final chapter in a scandal that first became public last August when Rapfogel,… More ▸