Archive for December, 2015


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2015: The Year America Said Kaddish for the Peace Process

December 29, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Two and a half years ago, when Secretary of State John Kerry launched his bid to midwife a Palestinian state, he warned that, “If we do not succeed now, we may not get another chance.” Subsequent events have proven him right. The era of the American-led peace process, which began… Read the Rest »

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Trump Builds Fantasy Wall on Faulty Israeli Foundations

December 23, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Republican primary voters hate illegal immigration and love Israel. So Donald Trump has combined these two passions into one. “If you think walls don’t work,” he says again and again on the campaign trail, “all you have to do is ask Israel.”

The Atlantic »

Why Jeb Bush’s Attacks on Donald Trump Miss Their Mark

December 23, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The strange, sad tale of Donald Trump and Jeb Bush continues. After first trying to ignore the billionaire bigot, and then getting humiliated by him, Jeb is now making his willingness to stand up to Trump the centerpiece of his campaign. He’s just released an ad entitled “The Only One,”… Read the Rest »

The Atlantic »

Why America is Moving Left

December 22, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Over roughly the past 18 months, the following events have transfixed the nation. In July 2014, Eric Garner, an African American man reportedly selling loose cigarettes illegally, was choked to death by a New York City policeman. That August, a white police officer, Darren Wilson, shot and killed an African… Read the Rest »

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Why Trump and Cruz Are Closer to Israeli Hawks Than Marco Rubio

December 16, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On foreign policy, the leading Republican presidential contenders fall into basically two camps: hawkish optimists and hawkish pessimists. The hawkish optimists are Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush. They’re willing to spend money, sell arms and even send troops in an attempt to transform America’s enemies into pro-Western democracies. The hawkish… Read the Rest »

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United With My Critics by Our Common Dread for the Future of Israel

December 9, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Every time I go to Israel I experience the same sensation: wonder. Although I’ve been going since I was a child, there comes a moment on every trip when I ask myself: Did I just board a plane in New York and disembark in a Jewish state? For hundreds of… Read the Rest »

The Atlantic »

It’s Not Just Trump

December 9, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Many prominent conservatives have, to their credit, responded to Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the United States with horror. “It is un-Republican. It is unconstitutional. And it is un-American,” declared the head of the New Hampshire Republican Party. The head of the South Carolina GOP said it… Read the Rest »

The Atlantic »

How Obama Thinks About Terrorism

December 7, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

At the core of Barack Obama’s terrorism speech on Sunday night lay a contradiction. He gave the address to convince an increasingly fearful nation that he takes the terrorist threat seriously. But he doesn’t, at least not in the way his political opponents do.

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How American Jews Can Protect American Muslims

December 2, 2015 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On November 27, the Islamic Center of Lexington, Kentucky received an email vowing that “I’m going to kill everyone… there you Muslim f***s.” On November 24, when congregants at the Islamic Center of South Plains in Lubbock, Texas arrived for morning prayers, they found the mosque’s glass door smashed. On… Read the Rest »