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Why is France again labeling Jews?

December 1, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

Last week, as Palestinian and Arab terrorists were busy setting fires all across Israel, France decided to join the fray by committing an act of diplomatic arson against the Jewish state.

In a move as hateful as it is hypocritical, French President Francois Hollande's government chose to become the first European Union state to begin to enforce guidelines which single out Jewish-owned businesses in the Golan, Judea and Samaria by requiring that their products bear special labels of origin.

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What American Jewry can learn from Emperor Franz Joseph

November 24, 2016

This week marks the centennial of the passing of a towering figure, a man still hailed as one of the great emancipators in modern European Jewish history: Emperor Franz Joseph of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. And while his policies were characterized by remarkable benevolence toward the Jews, the Habsburg sovereign's reign and its aftermath also serve as a cautionary tale for Diaspora Jewry, especially our brethren in America.

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The Left and Israel's 'Deplorables'

November 16, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

This past Monday, Isaac Herzog crossed a dangerous moral red line.

Speaking on Army Radio, the chairman of Israel's parliamentary opposition referred to Jews living in Judea and Samaria as a "virus," in effect stripping hundreds of thousands of loyal citizens of their dignity and humanity.

"See what this virus has done to the State of Israel," he thundered. "Look how dangerous it is to our democracy and how we have to sacrifice lives for this nonsense," Herzog said.

It was a revealing moment, one of those occasions when a person slips, makes an unguarded comment and provides a glimpse into what lies in the inner recesses of his soul.

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Reflections of a 'Baal Teshuva'

November 10, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

As the train slowly made its way northbound, leaving behind the commotion of Manhattan's Grand Central Station and heading toward the serenity of the suburbs, my gaze out the window at the lush, autumnal scenery suddenly and sharply turned inwards.

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Jordan's chilly peace with Israel

October 27, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

Yesterday marked the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Israel-Jordan peace treaty, an event heralded at the time as a historic breakthrough, one that would bring about a warm and lasting reconciliation between the two countries for generations to come.

So much for the desert-driven delusions of the past.

For while the accord has certainly resulted in mutually beneficial arrangements, such as the 15-year gas deal signed by Jerusalem and Amman last month, the sad fact is that although Jordan may be Israel's neighbor, it isn't really much of a friend.

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