An Israeli Chief Rabbi’s Incendiary Comments Are Bad for Israel, and Worse for Its Relationship with the Diaspora

Jan. 10 2020

Following a verbal attack on ultra-Orthodox Jews by a Soviet-born politician, Israel’s Sephardi chief rabbi, Yitzḥak Yosef, described immigrants from the former Soviet Union as “religion-hating Gentiles.” A recording of this and similar impolitic remarks was then circulated in the press, sparking controversy. Such comments don’t become a public figure, and have a corrosive effect on public discourse in the Jewish state, argues Jonathan Tobin, but they have an even worse effect overseas:

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More about: Israeli Chief Rabbinate, Israeli politics, Soviet Jewry, Ultra-Orthodox

Hamas and Fatah Make Peace, Shattering the Fantasy of Mahmoud Abbas’s Moderation

On Thursday, Jibral Rajoub—a senior figure in the Fatah faction that has controlled the Palestinian Authority (PA) since its inception—and Saleh al-Arouri, the head of the Hamas military, gave an unprecedent joint press conference. The two pledged unity in countering the Trump administration’s peace proposal and Israeli plans for extending its sovereignty into areas of the West Bank. David Horovitz comments:

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More about: Fatah, Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority, Peace Process, Trump Peace Plan