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Mossad and Morality on Film Mossad and Morality on Film
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Most films conform to conventions that reflect the attitudes of their filmmakers, and films about the Mossad, or Israel Secret Intelligence Service, are no different.  Hollywood's latest is a well-acted exploration of Israeli intelligence failures, moral ambiguities, and, of course, Jewish guilt.
Peace Treaty Troubles Peace Treaty Troubles
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

With Turkish-Israel relations at a nadir, ties with Jordan practically on life support, the push for UN recognition of a Palestinian state, and the security threats stemming from Iran and its proxies, it's no wonder that Jerusalem has been considering taking exceptional steps to preserve its cold peace with Cairo.
Libya and the Jews Libya and the Jews
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

There are reasons for Jews to view the fall of Muammar Qaddafi with satisfaction: A bizarre and dangerous enemy of the West and Israel is on the verge of defeat, and the Libyan people may be on the threshold of freedom. But, as in Egypt, the second Arab Spring in Libya looks like a mixed blessing.
Jews against Zionism Jews against Zionism
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 by Lawrence Grossman | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

It will come as a surprise to many that the current adamant Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state was once American policy. An even greater surprise is that an American rabbi and the Jewish organization he headed played a major role in the government's articulation of that policy.
Demonizing Glenn Beck Demonizing Glenn Beck
Friday, August 26, 2011 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Few American public figures equal Glenn Beck in his ability to inspire loathing from his enemies and affection from his admirers.  Beck was in Israel this past week for a series of public events—in effect, revival meetings. He called the tour "Restoring Courage."
Who Speaks for Israeli Arabs? Who Speaks for Israeli Arabs?
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Historians writing about Israel's 1948 fight for independence generally place heavy responsibility for the Palestinian Arab refugee problem on the Arab leaders who urged their people to flee Palestine temporarily until the Zionists were driven into the sea.
Get Ready for Durban III Get Ready for Durban III
Monday, August 22, 2011 by | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

On September 22, one month from today, world bodies will gather at the UN General Assembly in New York on the 10th anniversary of the UN World Conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa.
Islamism and Western Art Islamism and Western Art
Friday, August 19, 2011 by Aryeh Tepper | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Osama bin Laden will forever be remembered spending his last days like a common shlub: sitting on the floor, wrapped in a blanket, remote control in hand, watching TV. Unlike most other shlubs, however, bin Laden just happened to be contemplating his own image on the boob tube.  
What’s Behind Israel’s Middle-Class Revolt? What’s Behind Israel’s Middle-Class Revolt?
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 by Ran Baratz | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Amid the flood of press comments about the "middle-class" protests that have been roiling the Israeli scene over the past weeks, a particularly cheerful note was struck by the American political philosopher Michael Walzer.
The Night of the Murdered Poets The Night of the Murdered Poets
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 by Nahma Sandrow | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

On August 12, 1952, thirteen major Soviet Jewish figures were executed for espionage, bourgeois nationalism, "lack of true Soviet spirit," and treason, including a plot to hand the Crimea over to American and Zionist imperialists.
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Editors' Picks
Wingate of Zion Max Boot, Weekly Standard. Israel remembers Orde Wingate for turning Jews in Mandate Palestine into a fighting force—as T. E. Lawrence had done for the Arabs.  But Wingate's legacy stretches further still.
Israel’s Electoral System: Accidental Wisdom Shany Mor, Fathom. Proportional representation is endlessly criticized.  But do we really want an Arab bloc united by Islamism?  An ultra-Orthodox list bound solely by draft avoidance and welfare?
Lost Tribe Finally Found Eetta Prince-Gibson, Tablet. After many years of opposition from the Israeli government, members of the Indian Bnei Menashe tribe have finally been given the green light to make aliyah.
Lieberman On Trial Dan Margalit, Israel Hayom. As the odds against Avigdor Lieberman’s being cleared of charges before Israel's elections increase, so do the odds of Likud-Beiteinu’s abandoning him.
A Stiff-Necked People Ehud Barak, Prospect. "Israelis are a stiff-necked people," admits Ehud Barak in a farewell to electoral politics.  But that is what it takes to survive in a tough neighborhood.
An Israeli Spring? Yair Rosenberg, Tablet. Will the next Knesset session provide the moment when religious Zionists wrest control of Israel's Chief Rabbinate from the ultra-Orthodox?
The Rocket Racket Continues Lee Smith, Weekly Standard. With Israel in control of maritime routes and the Assad regime in chaos, Hizballah's weapons stockpile has been systematically degraded.  But Hamas is having no such trouble.
Jerusalem Rebuilt Nadav Shragai, Israel Hayom. With the Hurva Synagogue in the Old City restored, Israel plans to rebuild the neighboring Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue, reclaiming another piece of Jerusalem’s Ottoman-Era glory.
No More Laboring Under Illusions Yossi Klein Halevi, Jerusalem Post. Labor politicians' focus on domestic issues in the run-up to the Israeli elections reflects their recognition that their foreign policy agenda—the peace process—is dead.
Home Truths David Horovitz, Times of Israel. Whereas Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu once hoped to win 50 seats together, now they are hemorrhaging support to Netanyahu’s one-time chief of staff, Naftali Bennett, and his party, Jewish Home.