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  • Opinion: Israel as a Jewish State

    In 1896 Theodor Herzl published Der Judenstaat, his national plan for the Jewish people. The pamphlet has often been mistranslated as The Jewish State. The word “Juden” was used by those who hated and persecuted Jews. Herzl’s point in calling the pamphlet The Jews’ State was to hurl back the epithet by asserting that those… More ▸

  • Op-Ed: Time for Israel Advocacy 2.0

    Adversaries of Israel have gone 2.0 in their battle to delegitimize the Jewish state, so the Jewish community must garner communal resources to train and unleash the next generation of storytellers, bloggers and social media gurus to tell Israel’s full story in compelling ways. More ▸

  • Mahmoud’s rantings

    If you thought what Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had to say about Zionists at the U.N. General Assembly was bad, you should hear what the Iranian president told Iranians: The Zionists are crooks. A small handful of Zionists, with a very intricate organization, have taken over the power centers of the world. According to our estimates, the… More ▸

  • An Israeli’s superiority complex

    When American-born Israeli journalist Judy Siegel-Itzkovich returns to the U.S. for the first time in 26 years, she finds much to disparage – from the materialism to the assimilation to the supposed hypocrisy of American Zionism. She notes that the American Jewish population is shrinking, while Israel’s is growing; she writes of her former neighborhood… More ▸

  • Take me to N.Y.

    As if there’s not enough evidence of Israeli disenchantment with their own country, the Israeli Interior Ministry’s spokeswoman greets you with the following song lyrics while you wait for her to pick up: “Take me to NY; I’d like to see L.A.” Irony, anyone? More ▸

  • Rescued by an Israeli soldier

    Glynis Ann Ritchie has a touching essay in The New York Times’ style section about how she, a starry-eyed American Jewish girl, fell for a hunky Israeli soldier on a Birthright Israel trip. Though the Israeli turns out to be part of the parade of callous men that Ritchie says “opened up my chest, scooped… More ▸

  • Sharansky’s identity problem

    Former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, who now chairs the Shalem Center‘s Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies (yes, that Adelson), says all of Israel’s current problems can be traced to one core problem: the decline of Israel’s Zionist identity. It is to blame for changes made in the 1990s to Israel’s code of military conduct, which… More ▸