Tzipi Hotovely Shouldn’t Have to Apologize for Speaking about Differences between Israeli and American Jews

In the latest kerfuffle in Israel-Diaspora relations, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely—in an interview on an English-language Israeli news station—stated that teenagers in Israel overwhelmingly serve in the military, while American Jewish teenagers rarely do. For this comment, for which she has already apologized publicly, she was roundly criticized by some and enthusiastically defended by others. Rumors flew of her pending resignation. But Gil Troy, an American-born writer who has lived in Israel for many years, sees this as a tempest in a teapot:

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More about: Israel & Zionism, Israel and the Diaspora, Jews in the military

If the U.S. Doesn’t Stand Firm, It Will Face an Empowered Iran with Nuclear Weapons

In Vienna this week, negotiations continue between Washington and Tehran over how to reinstate the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which aimed to restrict the Islamic Republic’s ability to develop the technology necessary for producing atomic bombs. Jacob Nagel and Mark Dubowitz explain the risks of a bad deal:

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More about: Iran, Iran nuclear program, U.S. Foreign policy