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Poking a gaping hole in the Palestinian narrative

May 19, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

Fifty-one years ago this week, the youthful Jewish state proposed a peace plan that could have altered the course of Middle East history and settled the Arab-Israeli conflict once and for all, had it not been soundly ignored by the Arab states and the Palestinians.

And while it might seem pointless to look that far back, it is precisely now, when Israel is coming under increasing international pressure and criticism, that we need to remind the world – and ourselves – about the real underlying cause of the dispute with our neighbors.

It was May 17, 1965, when Levi Eshkol, Israel's third prime minister, ascended the podium in the Knesset to lay out a remarkably detailed plan for regional harmony.

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More than just a blue-and-white 4th of July

May 10, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

As in years past, Israelis are celebrating the 68th anniversary of our national rebirth with all the pomp and ceremony they can muster.

Colorful fireworks will illuminate the night sky, festive concerts and performances will grace various locales throughout the country and inordinate quantities of beef, chicken and other carnivore treats will be consumed and at least partly digested in a multitude of barbecues across this great land.

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Remembering Croatia's 'Auschwitz of the Balkans'

May 5, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

Today is Yom HaShoah, Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day, when we collectively recall the atrocities and barbarism that were perpetrated against the Jewish people in the heart of Europe barely seven decades ago.

But just how much do we really remember? Sure, most of us are aware of camps such as Sobibor, Dachau, Treblinka and Bergen-Belsen, where the Germans and their collaborators methodically murdered millions of innocents.

And we have all heard the names of monsters such as Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Adolph Eichmann and Hermann Goring, fiendish men who committed the gravest genocide in all of human history.

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Biden's belligerent bluster

April 21, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

Over much of the past decade, US Vice President Joe Biden has made a name for himself as one of the most gaffe-prone American politicians in recent memory.

His habitual howlers and frequent missteps, such as when he called on a wheelchair-bound Missouri state senator to stand up at a rally, insisted that "jobs" was a three-letter word and couldn't recall his running-mate Barack Obama's last name, have become the stuff of political legend.

Indeed, everyone from Time magazine to the UK's Daily Telegraph have compiled competing lists of Biden's biggest blunders, and there are undoubtedly many late-night television comedy hosts who thank the good Lord for providing them with such a consistent source of material.

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Bring home the Subbotnik Jews of Ukraine and Russia

January 27, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

Last week, amid subfreezing temperatures in a Ukrainian city founded by Cossacks, I saw living proof that the Jewish spark can truly burn brightly even under the most unlikely circumstances.

Indeed, while the snow in Krivoi Rog may be kneedeep, blocking roads and turning thoroughfares into slippery escapades, that doesn't seem to deter the small local community of Subbotnik Jews from faithfully trudging to their modest synagogue, where they continue to turn their hearts and their hopes toward Zion.

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