George Steiner’s Vapid Excuse-Making for Anti-Semitism

Feb. 11 2020

The philosopher, cultural critic, and novelist George Steiner died on Monday at the age of ninety. A French-born Jew, Steiner wrote extensively about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism. Yet for all his proclamations about the moral gravity of the Shoah, his sophisticated explanations for anti-Semitism often became indistinguishable from justifications. It is perhaps not surprising then that he was also a pioneer of the vicious hatred of Israel that has become so fashionable in left-wing circles. In a 1972 review of Steiner’s collection of essays In Bluebeard’s Castle, Irving Howe was among the first to detect this moral perversity:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Holocaust, Holocaust fiction

Now Is the Time for the Gulf States to Make Peace with Israel

Aug. 11 2020

In the event that Joe Biden wins the upcoming presidential elections, there is a good chance that the U.S. will revert to the Obama-era policy of realignment with Iran, and to distancing itself from traditional Middle Eastern allies like Saudi Arabia. Richard Goldberg argues that Riyadh, along with the United Arab Emirates, can buy itself some security by establishing official relations with Jerusalem:

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More about: Iran, Israel diplomacy, Israel-Arab relations, Joseph Biden, Saudi Arabia, U.S. Foreign policy, United Arab Emirates