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Why Trump’s Jerusalem Gambit Will Only Hurt Israel

December 6, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On its face, Donald Trump’s speech on Wednesday announcing that America would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital seemed entirely reasonable. “Today,” he declared, “We finally acknowledge the obvious. That Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality.”

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Why Doesn’t The New York Times Mention Ben Shapiro’s Islamophobia?

November 30, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Now and then—when Donald Trump retweets a video entitled “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” by a British woman convicted of harassing a woman wearing a hijab, for instance—the media notices anti-Muslim bigotry. But often, it remains invisible. In recent years, this species of prejudice has become so pervasive, especially on the… Read the Rest »

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Actually, Steve Bannon Is Not An Anti-Semite. He’s Something Worse

November 22, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week in The New York Times, columnist Bret Stephens did something brave: He called the Zionist Organization of America’s decision to host Steve Bannon at its gala “a disgrace.” Stephens’s condemnation was brave because ZOA enjoys considerable support in the hawkish Zionist circles in which he travels. Its gala featured, in… Read the Rest »

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The Orthodox Should Know Better Than To Embrace Hatred Of Muslims

November 10, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

This fall, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) announced that Steve Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart and a former adviser to President Trump, would speak at its annual gala. Liberal Jews protested that Bannon has fanned the anti-Semitism of the “alt-right.” Conservatives replied by citing all the Jews Breitbart has… Read the Rest »

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John Kelly erased slavery — just like Trump ignores the Palestinians

October 31, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On Monday on Fox News, President Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, discussed the Civil War. He called Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee “an honorable man.” He blamed the conflict on “the lack of an ability to compromise.” And he never mentioned the word “slavery.”

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Why Are Mormons Obsessed With Jews?

October 23, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Earlier this month, Stephen Walt marked the tenth anniversary of his and John Mearsheimer’s book, The Israel Lobby, with a column in The Forward. In it, he restated his thesis that “unconditional U.S. support for Israel — the so-called ‘special relationship’ — is not explained by U.S. strategic interests or by shared… Read the Rest »

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On the Jewish Community’s Shameful Silence About Israel’s Arms to Myanmar

October 11, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Three weeks ago, an organization called J.A.C.O.B. — the Jewish Alliance of Concern over Burma — cosponsored a rally in front of the United Nations. The reason: the government of Myanmar (Burma’s current name) is slaughtering its Muslim minority, the Rohingya, on a vast scale. As many as 400,000 Rohingya… Read the Rest »

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Bernie Sanders Should Just Keep His Mouth Shut On The High Holidays

September 27, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week, Bernie Sanders gave a much-touted foreign policy speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, the same location where Winston Churchill delivered his famous “Iron Curtain” address in 1946. The contents of the speech were intriguing. So was its timing. Sanders delivered it on the first day of Rosh… Read the Rest »

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What Bibi Said At The UN Was True — And That’s Horrifying

September 20, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

It’s easy to throw darts at the speech Benjamin Netanyahu delivered on Tuesday at the United Nations. He bashed the Iranian nuclear deal while depicting himself as a champion of the Iranian people. “My Iranian friends,” he declared, “you will be free from the evil regime that terrorizes you.” But… Read the Rest »

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Jared Kushner, Israel And The Enduring Power Of ‘Whiteness’

September 13, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Ta-Nehisi Coates has published a new essay. It’s about Donald Trump and the enduring power of whiteness in American politics. It doesn’t mention Israel. But it explains a lot about the American Israel debate, and why it may change.