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Israel's new gov't needs to embrace the Osirak spirit against Gaza

June 17, 2021  •  Jerusalem Post

It was 40 years ago this month that Israel launched a daring raid to take out the Osirak nuclear reactor that Saddam Hussein was building outside of Baghdad.

The attack shocked the world and underlined the Jewish state's willingness to employ audacious measures to preserve its interests, even at the expense of international opprobrium.

And nowadays?

Our present leadership has been terrified by the prospect of a group of young Jews waving Israeli flags while walking in the heart of Jerusalem lest it cause affront to a gang of terrorists in Gaza.

The contrast in resolve is so stark and worrisome that it raises a disconcerting question.

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Behind the bewildering struggle of suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease

May 21, 2021  •  Jerusalem Post

The pain in her voice was immediately evident, as though the emotional and psychological scars were still raw despite the passage of time.

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Latest round of Israel-Hamas violence is Groundhog Day in Gaza

May 20, 2021  •  Jerusalem Post

The latest round of Hamas rocket fire has served as a painful reminder for many Israelis that as much as they might wish to leave Gaza behind, Gaza does not want to leave us.

Once again, Israeli civilians have found themselves running to bomb shelters in the middle of the night, calming young children terrorized by sirens, with their sleep disturbed and their psyches traumatized by the piercing sounds of explosions.

This is no longer happening "only in Sderot," as if that were somehow acceptable or tolerable, but has come to envelop the entire country, suddenly presenting the Jewish state with a choice that is as stark as it is unpleasant.

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Mount Meron tragedy shows need for bolstering religious Jewish unity

May 6, 2021  •  Jerusalem Post

For a few fleeting days this past week, some much-needed Jewish unity was in the air. As Israel reeled from the Meron disaster on Lag Ba'omer that claimed 45 precious souls, the highly rare yet immensely valuable commodity of Jewish communal solidarity was readily on display.

Over and over again, the same refrains were uttered: "We must unite," "We all share the same fate" and "We must learn to live together with one another despite our differences."

As refreshing as it is to hear such sentiments, we all need to ask ourselves a blunt yet pressing question: Why does it take a catastrophe, war or a pandemic to bring us together?

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Why it's time to face the grim facts on rising antisemitism in the US

April 22, 2021  •  Jerusalem Post

If you look ever so carefully, after taking a step or two back to gain some distance and perspective, you will see it. It might appear blurry at first, somewhat amorphous and not readily identifiable, like a dot on a screen that hardly seems to warrant much attention.But instead of going away, it grows ever larger and more threatening, as more blips join the fray, suddenly transforming that tiny speck into a mass that cannot be ignored and must surely be reckoned with.

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