8:22 PM, May 26, 2015 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
A reader who wishes not to be named, as he toils behind enemy lines—at a university—emails with a good question. It's about this statement by President Obama in his speech at Adas Israel synagogue last Friday:
"And it is precisely because I care so deeply about the state of Israel -- it’s precisely because, yes, I have high expectations for Israel the same way I have high expectations for the United States of America -- that I feel a responsibility to speak out honestly about what I think will lead to long-term security and to the preservation of a true democracy in the Jewish homeland."
Our friend asks: "But if President Obama holds Jews in the Middle East to a particularly high standard, doesn't that perhaps imply that he holds Arabs to a lower standard? I'm no expert on the subject, but isn't that a form of Orientalism? Isn't Obama implicitly saying that one can't expect too much from non-Jews in the Middle East?"
Our friend adds a p.s.: "Reading Obama's words, for some reason I hear Groucho telling Margaret Dumont how much he cares for her."
10:41 AM, May 19, 2015 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
“Islamophobia,” which carries with it implications of viciousness, pain, and disease, is not considered a neutral term, either by Muslims who accuse others of it (including some moderate believers in Islam), or by those who supposedly spread it.
1:44 PM, May 17, 2015 • By TOM GROSS
If anyone needs further evidence of why the news agencies often can’t be trusted to report accurately on Israel and the Palestinians, and why major news outlets such as the New York Times and the BBC should stop repeating agency copy without verifying it, here is an important example from this weekend.
6:51 PM, May 3, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an interview with an Israeli media outlet, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accuses critics of the Iranian nuclear deal hysterical.
"There's a lot of hysteria about this deal. People really need to look at the facts, look at the science of what is behind those facts… We ask people to measure carefully what the agreement is, and wait until we have an agreement to make all these judgements," Kerry says in the interview.
How the next president can restore friendly relations. May 11, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 33 • By NOAH POLLAK
In the coming weeks, President Obama may announce his support for—or at least his non-objection to—a U.N. Security Council resolution defining the terms of a Palestinian state. This would represent an unprecedented break with Israel and mark the culmination of the Obama administration’s six years of confrontation with and animosity toward the Jewish state.
11:10 AM, Apr 30, 2015 • By NOAH POLLAK
Hillary Clinton is a ferocious critic of Israeli settlements. She took point on the Obama administration's demand for a settlement freeze. She regularly berated Prime Minister Netanyahu on the subject, including an infamous, expletive-laced 45-minute phone call in 2010. She calls settlements "illegitimate" and said, "their continued expansion is corrosive not only to peace efforts and the two-state solution, but to Israel's future itself."
'[T]he dream of every Irish-Catholic father is for his daughter to marry a Jewish surgeon.'7:17 AM, Apr 28, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
Although neither the White House nor the State Department released statements or posted greetings on the 67th Independence Day of the nation of Israel last Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden did attend the annual Israeli Independence Day Celebration at the Andrew W.
9:26 AM, Apr 16, 2015 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
This morning at 10:00 a.m., in Israel, all activity came to a halt as sirens sounded, and Israelis stood for two minutes with heads bowed in memory of the 6 million Jews, one third of the Jewish people, who perished in the Holocaust. Yesterday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at Yad Vashem in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Here are excerpts from his remarks:
His copy of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations must be missing a page.8:48 AM, Apr 14, 2015 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
Over the weekend, as he berated the Israeli government for its opposition to the proposed Iranian nuclear deal, President Obama attempted to strike a literary note. Condemning Jerusalem’s supposed flip-flopping on the merits of the deal, the president sarcastically said, “you know, consistency is the hobgoblin of narrow minds.”
Apr 20, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 30 • By LEE SMITH
Ever since it announced the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran last month, the Obama administration has flooded the news media with technical details elaborating the many virtues of the proposed framework agreement. Indeed, the White House sent its energy secretary, Ernest Moniz, a nuclear physicist, onto the Sunday shows to helpfully explain the knotty fine points that are likely to be lost on laymen—or anyone who doesn’t celebrate its signal accomplishment.
Apr 20, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 30 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
What is to be done about Obama’s Iran “deal”? We could, fatalistically, lament the collapse of American foreign policy. We could, indignantly, gnash our teeth in frustration at the current administration. We could, constructively, work to secure congressional review of the deal and urge presidential candidates to commit to altering or abrogating it.
Or we can stop it now.
6:06 PM, Apr 7, 2015 • By LEE SMITH
The Obama administration has been campaigning on behalf of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran since it was announced last week—even as the exact details of the proposed deal are still unclear.
10:17 AM, Apr 5, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Dianne Feinstein, a Democratic senator from California, warned Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to "contain" himself. She was reacting to his criticism of the deal the U.S. is working on with Iran.