In two weeks, the Jewish Leadership Conference will award its Herzl Prize to the neoconservative thinker, literary critic, and longtime editor of Commentary. Reflecting on Norman Podhoretz’s legacy, Rick Richman compares his trajectory with that of the Supreme Court justice and American Zionist leader Louis Brandeis, and also that of the Hollywood screenwriter Ben Hecht, who advocated relentlessly for European Jewry during World War II and for the Jews of a nascent Israel thereafter:
Norman Podhoretz and the American Jewish Cause
Hamas in Gaza Claims to Be Protecting Jerusalem by Firing Rockets at It, and Other Ironies of the Current War
To many left-leaning Western activists and journalists, writes Matti Friedman, Jews going to pray on the Temple Mount are in fact “storming” al-Aqsa mosque, a Hamas spokesman calling on his followers to decapitate Jews is “a call for social justice,” and “Hamas rockets are no longer being fired at Israeli civilians, [but] at ‘Israeli apartheid.’” And what of the reality behind these distortions?