What We Can Learn from Irving Kristol’s Political Theology Today

Oct. 23 2019

At the start of a 1983 collection of his essays, Irving Kristol—the so-called “godfather of neoconservatism”—cited an epigraph by the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard: “Everything that passes for politics today will be unmasked as religion tomorrow.” Matthew Continetti argues that Kristol’s belief in the theological roots of politics, a belief summed up by this quotation, animated much of his thinking. To Kristol, whose essays on Jews and Judaism are among the less well-known of his many writings, the “rabbinic” impulse, with its emphasis on law and tradition, was politically superior to the utopianism of what he termed “gnosticism.” In this light, Continetti goes on to discuss the relevance of Kristol’s political theology to today’s political debates. (Interview by Devorah Goldman and Daniel Wiser, Jr. Audio, 46 minutes.)

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Should Israel Worry about the Sale of Advanced Aircraft to the UAE?

Sept. 24 2020

On Tuesday, the Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz came to Washington and met with his American counterpart Mark Esper to discuss the possibility that the U.S. will sell its top-of-the-line F-35 jets to the United Arab Emirates. Despite the breakthrough in relations between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi, many Israelis fear that selling the aircraft to the UAE would erode the Jewish state’s qualitive military edge over its neighbors—which the U.S. is required to by an act of Congress to uphold. Shimon Arad explains these concerns:

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More about: Benny Gantz, Israeli Security, United Arab Emirates, US-Israel relations