Best books of 2019

Best books of 2019

January 24, 2020

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Seventeen recommended new books on Israeli and Jewish matters – on fighting antisemitism, Israel-Diaspora relations, defense policy, Jewish history, prayer, Talmud, Bible and more. Books by Annika Henroth-Rothstein, Asael Abelman, Bari Weiss, Daniel Gordis, Haim Sabato, Jack Wertheimer, Reuven Bulka, Ronen Bergman, Shalom Rosner, Shmuel Rosner, Simcha Rothman, Tevi Troy, Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Uri Brilliant, Yaakov Katz, Yeshayahu Hadari z”l and Yoni Grossman.

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Israel’s role in the struggle against anti-Semitism

Israel’s role in the struggle against anti-Semitism

January 19, 2020

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As raw anti-Semitism around the world has risen and morphed into virulent anti-Israel sentiment—making the two phenomena almost indistinguishable—the State of Israel has moved from indifference to active involvement in the struggle against such hate.

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What’s Yitzhak Yosef’s strategy?

What’s Yitzhak Yosef’s strategy?

January 17, 2020

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The Chief Rabbi’s vehement attack on Russian immigrants to Israel and his own conversion courts is short-sighted. How would he handle the aliyah and conversion dilemmas – just do nothing?

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Trump’s noble strike

Jan 10, 2020

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Trump’s noble strike

In eliminating Qassem Soleimani of Iran, Trump struck a blow for moral clarity. It should be considered not only a strategic move but an act of justice in foreign affairs.

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A Crystal Ball on 2020

Jan 3, 2020

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A Crystal Ball on 2020

A political-diplomatic forecast for the year ahead: A fourth election in Israel, Trump victorious, Jerusalem expands into E-1, and regrettably, more antisemitism.

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Sage warnings

Dec 26, 2019

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Sage warnings

My father, Prof. Henry Weinberg, warned decades ago of a snowballing assault on Israel as an “apartheid” and “illegal” state; and of enemy attempts to divide the Jewish People.

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Forecasting the Mideast in 2020

Dec 20, 2019

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Forecasting the Mideast in 2020

A new JISS report says that Israel must be ready to tackle Iran militarily on its own and fight a pre-emptive war with Hizballah.

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Distortions in the fight against antisemitism

Dec 13, 2019

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Distortions in the fight against antisemitism

Partisanship, “progressive” politics, legal pretexts, anti-Israel sentiment, and community divisions hamper the effort to combat surging Jew hatred. The “fight” is also a distraction from even more-urgent battles: keeping Jews Jewish and keeping Israel safe.

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‘Buycott’ for Shabbat

Dec 6, 2019

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‘Buycott’ for Shabbat

A consumer campaign is necessary to preserve Shabbat as an Israeli national cultural-religious asset.

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Transcendence in Hebron

Nov 29, 2019

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Transcendence in Hebron

From the leftist Israeli media you would never know that 50,000 Jews celebrated Zionism in Hebron last weekend.

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Truth-telling to advance peace

Nov 22, 2019

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Truth-telling to advance peace

By changing the discourse about settlements, the Trump administration is laying the groundwork for realistic negotiation. Even if you think that Israeli settlement should be rolled-back in the context of a sensible peace arrangement, applying the demonizing epithet “illegal” makes for a destructive narrative that distances, not advances, peace.

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While jihadists target Jerusalem, the European Union bashes Israel

Nov 15, 2019

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While jihadists target Jerusalem, the European Union bashes Israel

Old habits, it seems, die hard. European countries have a historic knack for judging Jews, depriving Jews of scholarships, restricting Jews to specific pales of settlement, and tagging, branding and labeling them.

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Pushing back against antisemitic and anti-Israel agitation

Nov 8, 2019

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Pushing back against antisemitic and anti-Israel agitation

For Jews everywhere, this has been a depressing year – with antisemitic and anti-Israel activity on the rise. Thankfully, Stephen Harper and others are there to defend Israel.

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J Street’s foul formula

Nov 1, 2019

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J Street’s foul formula

The organization’s new knavery: cutting US military aid to coerce Israel into withdrawals. J Street is now less protective of Israeli security than Obama was.

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Prepare for war, the right way

Oct 25, 2019

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Prepare for war, the right way

The IDF must return to the fundamentals: ground maneuver to achieve “hachra’a” – decisive outcomes.

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On military might and moral power

Oct 18, 2019

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On military might and moral power

An unconventional theological-strategic thought: When Israel is strong socially and spiritually it earns the respect of friends and successfully deters its foes (and draws the support of the Heavens). On the link between Israel’s national security and its national decency.

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Long holiday reads

Oct 11, 2019

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Long holiday reads

A roundup of deep-think articles on America’s long goodbye from global involvement, the coming Mideast wars, Israel and the liberal order, protecting and preserving Area C, why Arabs hate Palestinians, anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party, American Jews’ failure of imagination, and life choices.

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Political instability equals strategic danger

Oct 4, 2019

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Political instability equals strategic danger

Prolonged political uncertainty poses two different dangers: that Israel’s enemies will be tempted to take advantage of Israel’s infirmity, and that Israel will be unable to take advantage of emerging grand diplomatic opportunities.

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