For proof that Israel is more than willing to deal in good faith with the Palestinians, just look at the political freedoms Israeli Arabs enjoy.
Recent public opinion polls and President Obama’s serial stumbling the last few weeks are making Republicans increasingly hopeful and Democrats increasingly apprehensive that the November midterm elections will leave the GOP in control of both houses of Congress.
Israel has been riveted in recent days by the abduction of three Jewish religious students who were hitchhiking in the West Bank region of Gush Etzion
The sense of horror over the discovery of the bodies of three dead Israeli teenagers — Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach — is matched only in the dread and disgust one feels over calls for Israel to show “restraint.”
Sometimes a speech is just a speech. And sometimes it furnishes a window on a politician’s temperament and provides clarifying insight into how he understands political opponents, his office, and fellow citizens.
“I was held for seven years as a political prisoner,” explained the soft-spoken 20-something woman from Burma (also known as Myanmar). “I want to understand freedom in America,” she continued with hopeful eyes and a determined voice, “so I can help people in my country.”
“Always assume that there is one silent student in your class who is by far superior to you in head and in heart.” This is the counsel Leo Strauss, among the most consequential teachers and scholars of political philosophy in the 20th century, offered an advanced graduate student who had asked for a general rule about teaching.
If an undergraduate were accused of committing murder, no one in charge of a U.S. college or university would think of convening a committee of students, professors, and administrators to gather and analyze evidence, prosecute, adjudicate, and mete out punishment.
Speeches -- even or especially when they are intended to obscure the truth -- reveal something of the convictions of the speech giver and clarify his opinions about the character of his audience.
Under ordinary circumstances, the facts alleged by Abrar Faiaz in the legal complaint he filed last spring in U.S. District Court in New York against Colgate University would strain credulity.
In 2008, while campaigning for president in Powder Springs, Ga., then-Senator Barack Obama asserted, “We should have every child speaking more than one language.”
During his meteoric rise to the White House, President Obama was touted as a pragmatist -- one who overcomes ideology, transcends partisanship, and focuses on the practical and doable. The stunning repudiation of the president’s leadership on Nov. 4 exhibits the poverty of his brand of pragmatism.
It is a commonplace belief that contemporary life's dizzying pace of change and its rapid multiplication of choices have fragmented American culture. The conflict between religion and secularism is only the most longstanding and obvious division.
TEL AVIV -- Last summer Hamas launched against Israel another round of warfare. The Jewish state responded with Operation Protective Edge. In the wake of that 50-day military conflict, international actors are launching against Israel another round of “lawfare.”
The Obama administration's embarrassment over the exercise of U.S. power encourages the hesitant, half-hearted use of it, thereby threatening American security and global political freedom.
TEL AVIV -- The controversy that flared up in November over the introduction in the Knesset of a proposal to enshrine in Basic Law -- enactments possessing constitutional status -- the proposition that Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people has swiftly come and gone.