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How Not to Speak About Islam

October 2, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Earlier this month, a search committee proposed that Yeshiva University, the citadel of American Orthodox Judaism, choose as its next president Rabbi Ari Berman. I’ve met Berman only once. I debated him at his former synagogue, The Jewish Center in Manhattan, and although we profoundly disagreed, he couldn’t have been… Read the Rest »

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An Open Letter to the U.S. Jewish Leaders Who’ve Stayed Silent on Trump

September 21, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Dear Mr. Greenberg and Mr. Hoenlein, John F. Kennedy liked to quote Dante as saying that “the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.” Dante didn’t actually say that. And applying the maxim to a Jewish organization is theologically… Read the Rest »

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Trump Would Be Proud of Netanyahu’s anti-Palestinian Ethnic Cleansing Canard

September 14, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In recent weeks, Donald Trump has adopted an odd strategy. He’s begun accusing Hillary Clinton of possessing the very deficiencies that he displays himself. So Trump, who proposed banning Muslims from entering the United States, calls Clinton a “bigot.” Trump, who has repeatedly mused about using nuclear weapons, calls Clinton… Read the Rest »

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Why Doesn’t Obama Use Military Aid Package to Israel as Leverage?

September 8, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Country A believes that its ally, Country B, is pursuing policies that endanger both nations. Country A repeatedly asks Country B to change course. Country B refuses. Meanwhile, Country B asks Country A to send it a vast supply of weapons. Country A agrees. Then, after the agreement is signed,… Read the Rest »

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Tribalism Fuels Orthodox Jews’ Support for Trump

September 1, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week, the firm GBA Strategies polled Jews in Florida about the presidential race. In a two-way contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Jews favored Clinton by 41 points. That’s not surprising. Jews have voted Democratic in every presidential election for close to a century, usually by large margins.

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Why Jewish Conservatives Fear Donald Trump

August 19, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

George Will once wrote that Barry Goldwater actually won the 1964 presidential election. It just “took 16 years” — until the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980 — “to count the votes.” It’s time to update that line. Pat Buchanan actually won the Republican nomination in 1996. It just took… Read the Rest »

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Obama and Netanyahu Inspired the Black Lives Matter-BDS Alliance

August 10, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week, the Movement for Black Lives – a coalition of groups inspired by Black Lives Matter – released a 37,000-word platform. In its foreign policy section, the platform calls Israel an apartheid state, endorses the BDS and condemns the “genocide taking place against the Palestinian people.” The American Jewish… Read the Rest »

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How the American Jewish Establishment Silences U.S. Politicians About Settlements

August 3, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Want to know how the American Jewish establishment keeps American politicians from questioning Israeli policy in the West Bank? This is how.

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The Dishonest Democratic Platform on Israel

July 25, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Corrupt political behavior, George Orwell famously taught, usually begins with corrupt political language. With the Democrats holding their convention this week in Philadelphia, let’s take their platform on Israel as exhibit A.

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What I Saw Last Friday in Hebron

July 19, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Jawad Abu Aisha owns a cluttered yard in H2, the sector of Hebron that falls under direct Israeli control. He’d like to turn it into a cinema. Many local Palestinians — lacking recreational opportunities — would like to help him. But Abu Aisha says that Jewish settlers, and the Israeli… Read the Rest »