If anyone still has doubts about the Palestinian Authority's determination to erase all traces of Israel's ancient Jewish heritage, an important new report should lay to rest any such uncertainties.
The 65-page document, entitled "National Heritage Survey" and published by the Shilo Forum and the Shomrim al HaNetzach ("Preserving the Eternal") organization, examined a selection of 365 of the most important national and cultural Jewish archaeological and historical sites in Judea and Samaria.
The findings are nothing less than shocking and infuriating and require immediate attention from Israel's government.
With the fall of Kabul into the hands of the Taliban just shy of the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the world's attention has once again turned to Afghanistan.
Tucked away in south-central Asia, with unsavory neighbors such as Iran to the west and Pakistan to the east, the landlocked country, which once served as a base of operations for al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, is as beguiling as it is complex.
And yet amid its turbulent past, in which it has served as a flashpoint for the British Empire, the Soviet Union and now the United States, Afghanistan has long been home to one of the more intriguing unsolved mysteries of Jewish history: the fate of some of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.
Amid the coronavirus resurgence and mounting tensions with Hamas in Gaza, an important and highly resonant issue has been largely overlooked of late: the future of Jerusalem as Israel's undivided capital.
Demonstrating remarkable diplomatic naivete, the Biden administration has been pushing both publicly and privately to open a US consulate in Jerusalem aimed at serving the Palestinians.
Such a move, if allowed to take place, would not only be a slap in the face to Israel, but it would serve to encourage greater extremism by stoking misguided Palestinian hopes of obtaining a foothold in the city.
Over the past few weeks, Israel's new government has put forward a series of proposals that would further encroach on the delicate balance between personal liberty and public overreach.
Embracing ideas that would signal unprecedented intervention in our daily lives, various bureaucrats and decision-makers do not appear terribly troubled by the prospect of chipping away at some of our most basic freedoms.
This trend is something that should worry us all because while it may start with what appears to be well-intentioned tinkering, it inevitably devolves into much more pervasive intrusions.
Two decades ago this week on the Hebrew calendar, a typical Thursday in downtown Jerusalem was instantly transformed into a horrifying day of carnage when a Palestinian suicide bomber entered a crowded Sbarro pizza restaurant intent on committing mass murder.
It was on the 20th of Av, or August 9, 2001, that Izz al-Din Shuheil al-Masri, a 22-year-old Palestinian from a well-to-do family, detonated an estimated five to 10 kilograms of explosives hidden inside a guitar, killing 15 people and injuring 130 others. Two of the dead, 15-year-old Malki Roth and Shoshana Greenbaum, who was pregnant at the time, were US citizens.