Tagged Arab-Israeli Peace Process

The Decline and Fall of American Foreign Policy

American foreign policy is–to put matters bluntly–in free-fall. The United States is significantly less able to influence events around the world, it is not trusted or respected by allies, and it has undermined its negotiating position with Iran in the nuclear talks by making it abundantly clear that it is desperate for a deal. If you care about the state of American foreign policy, you should be very scared right now. Let’s start with the recently concluded Israeli elections. Benjamin Netanyahu won, and that made the Obama administration mad. So the administration decided to work to delegitimize Netanyahu’s election by…

More on the Return of Anti-Semitism

Its return is quite noticeable in Britain: In Britain, prominent Jewish figures are expressing concern about the rising tide of anti-Semitism in that country. Most recently the director of the BBC Danny Cohen has stated that he has never felt so uncomfortable being Jewish in Britain. He even went so far as to cast doubt on the long-term future of Anglo-Jewry. Similarly, Labor Party leader Ed Miliband—also Jewish—has called for a “zero tolerance” approach to anti-Semitism. The great irony here, however, is that both men are Jews heading organizations which, through their portrayal and policy on Israel, are laying the…

Bruce Shipman Has Resigned

I know that I am late in reporting it, but here is the story; my original post on the matter can be found here, with a follow-up here. Amazingly enough, there are people who bemoan the fact that Shipman has been criticized for claiming that anti-Semitism is on the rise because of Israel’s actions in defending itself against Hamas’s aggression, and for stating that the only way for anti-Semitism to recede would be for Jewish people “Israel’s patrons” to pressure the Netanyahu government to act in a way that Bruce Shipman would find pleasing. Intellectually, I understand that there are any…

Quote of the Day

Father Bruce, could you get a message to the Queen for me? I know you can. For on Monday, The New York Times ran a letter to the editor by you, Father Bruce M. Shipman, Yale’s chaplain to Episcopal students, in response to an Aug. 21 op-ed about rising anti-Semitism. The op-ed, by Tablet contributor Deborah E. Lipstadt, focused on the troubling incidence of anti-Semitic attacks in Europe—to which you replied: The trend to which she alludes parallels the carnage in Gaza over the last five years, not to mention the perpetually stalled peace talks and the continuing occupation of the…

I Really Don’t Like Writing Blog Posts about Anti-Semitism . . .

But it is worth reminding people that contrary to the claims of the immoral and the benighted, anti-Semitism isn’t “scarce” in the West (alas). Jeffrey Goldberg: On the one hand, it is completely unsurprising that Europe has become a swamp of anti-Jewish hostility. It is, after all, Europe. Anti-Jewish hostility has been its metier for centuries. (Yes, the locus of much anti-Jewish activity today is within Europe’s large Muslim-immigrant population; but the young men who threaten their Jewish neighbors draw on the language and traditions of European anti-Semitism as much as they do on Muslim modes of anti-Semitic thought.) On the other…

“To See what’s In Front of One’s Nose . . .”

Sam Harris is an atheist Jew who believes that Judaism ought to disappear as a religion, and who also doesn’t qualify as your typical Zionist supporter of the state of Israel (to say the least). At the same time, Harris understands the difference between Israel and her enemies, and has a debate about the issue with Andrew Sullivan, who very plainly does not understand the difference between Israel and her enemies. The story of the debate is covered here. And of course, the following excerpt is incredibly revealing on so many levels: Sullivan: It’s ethnic cleansing. Harris: Fine. But I…

Still More Depressing Middle East Notes

1. Important points on Hamas’s resumption of the war against Israel: With no deal reached for a permanent truce between Israel and Hamas, the terrorist organization in Gaza wasted no time in renewing its attacks on Israel today. And it’s worth wondering if the atrocious media coverage of the war, which abided by Hamas’s threats and only showed what Hamas wanted the world to see, will be any different for this round of fighting. After all, as Israeli ground troops left Gaza and journalists went with them, reporters began to admit: we now know. We now know, that is, that Hamas was firing…

Still More Middle East Notes

1. I am sure that this is going to come as a stunner to some people, but the Israeli government is responsible to Israelis. It is not responsible to Jews in America or other parts of the world, however close the relationship may be or ought to be between Israel and Jews in America or other parts of the world. 2. I repeat what I have written before: If Israel could somehow have been connected to the plight of the Yazidis, we would have heard about the nightmare unfolding in Iraq long ago. 3. David Bernstein writes truth, leading one to wonder…

Yet Another Round of Middle East Notes

1. Israel has tried to extend the current truce. Hamas has apparently rejected Israel’s offer. I am sure that anti-Semites anti-Zionists will find a way to blame Hamas’s actions on Israel. 2. One of the reasons why Israel was motivated to take action against Hamas was because it blamed the organization for kidnapping and killing three Israeli teenagers in June. Israel’s detractors have claimed that Hamas had nothing to do with the operation. Israel’s detractors are wrong: Yesterday, Israeli security officials claimed the funding and instructions for the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers in June came from two top leaders of…