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Open Letter to my teenager visiting Poland

This article was originaly published in The Jerusalem Post.

Dear Yoni,

You know I feel ambivalent about your trip to Poland with your class tomorrow.  It’s not about safety – Poland is friendly toward Israel.  Israeli gallows humor from this past war has someone asking a mother if her soldier son is ok.  Knowing he’s on the IDF’s Polish Journey she replies: “My son’s safe; he’s at Auschwitz.”

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We won’t give up on Nirim: A Bleeding Paradise

This article was originaly published in The Jerusalem Post.

On Tuesday morning, my cousin Adele Raemer who lives on Kibbutz Nirim along the Gaza Border, heard the all-too-familiar “Tzeva Adom,” red alert, with the usual explosions  following ten seconds later. This time, the booms were louder, more violent, as shrapnel from a Hamas mortar pelted her bedroom. The razor-sharp metal pieces, propelled rapidly, pockmarked her walls, generating clouds of dust.  Her water heater was hit – and the kibbutz’s electricity soon went out from other rockets in that barrage of seven or eight mortars.  Still reeling from weeks of warfare and the death days earlier of a four-year-old child from neighboring Nahal-Oz, she was understandably devastated. Unfortunately, her day got worse.

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Israel’s Patriotic Left Reflects Anti-Totalitarian Liberalism

This article was originaly published in Huffington Post.

Contrary to laments from the Far Left, Israel’s patriotic Left is behaving nobly and shrewdly, proving that liberal Zionism is alive and well. Hamas’s evil has united Israelis in their justified war of self-defense – even crime rates plummeted.  Israeli democrats, left to right, are teaching the world how to fight totalitarian Islamists.

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CNN feeds America’s mass Borderline Personality Disorder

This article was originaly published in Uncategorized.

Last week, while visiting friends who had CNN on in the background, I half-watched for about two hours. CNN’s reporting was obsessive, speculative, hysterical, sensational, and sadly lacking in context. The news show offered an endless loop, reporting the same story over and over again. We saw the same few images, the same phrases, the same news-crumbs recycled every few minutes again and again.  Viewers landed mid-story, at its most inflammatory juncture, without understanding the context. At one point, introducing a new image, the anchor admitted she had no idea what she was reporting, saying, “Whether or not that is Michael Brown we just don’t know.”

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Idealism + Self-Interest = US Support for Israel

This article was originaly published in Huffington Post.

Stephen Walt’s screed claiming ”AIPAC is the Only Explanation for America’s Morally Bankrupt Israel Policy,” is one-sided, simplistic and extremist. In fact, Americans’ ability to tell right from wrong and democrat from dictator best explains America’s pro-Israel policy, which advances America’s interests while expressing liberal values. Americans are not dupes. No lobby is so powerful it could conjure up such grassroots enthusiasm nationwide, nor does AIPAC need to — most Americans realize that the Israel-US democratic alliance benefits both nations.

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Quebec nationalists should support Israel, not Hamas

This article was originaly published in The Montreal Gazette.

How can Quebec nationalists support Hamas, rather than Israel, in this current conflict?

Zionism, meaning Jewish nationalism, demonstrates how liberal nationalism can strengthen a people and preserve their heritage. By contrast, Hamas’s piranha nationalism prefers targeting Israel to building a Palestinian state. Hamas’s nihilistic charter — and its violent, fascistic, sexist, homophobic, anti-democratic regime in Gaza — represents nationalism at its worst.

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Don’t worry Israel: America’s with you

This article was originaly published in The Jerusalem Post.

The media’s pornographic, context-free reporting of the Gaza casualty count, John Kerry’s Hamas-friendly cease-fire plan, Barack Obama’s weary impotence, and various American Jewish mea culpas, have stirred Israeli worries about losing American support. But don’t worry Israel:  Americans (along with Canadians) remain our best friends.

Actually, George Orwell Would Support Israel

This article was originaly published in Uncategorized.

In these pages, Daniel May’s “What Would George Orwell Say About the Gaza War?” used totalitarianism’s great enemy to criticize democratic Israel’s justified struggle against totalitarian Hamas. May’s argument, misreading Israel’s self-defense justification, and echoing Hamas’s propaganda points, peppered with clever quotations from George Orwell, was itself Orwellian.

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Confessions of an ‘Uncritical’ Israel ‘Booster’

This article was originaly published in Huffington Post.

Joseph Palermo’s recent posting on the Gaza conflict called me “an uncritical booster of Israel.” The redundancy is stylistically awkward – whoever heard of a critical booster? Palermo’s rhetorical overkill is an obvious attempt to impeach my integrity and all other Israel supporters by association. Ultimately, the caricature says more about him and his rambling attack on Israel, than about me.

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