The Legacy of the Munich Massacre and Israel’s Response

Sept. 15 2020

On September 5, 1972, during the Munich Olympics, a Palestinian group connected to Yasir Arafat’s PLO took hostage eleven members of the Israeli team—murdering two of them immediately and the rest during a botched West German rescue operation. In response, then-Prime Minister Golda Meir gave the Mossad the go-ahead to hunt down and eliminate the terrorists responsible for the attack, in what would become one of the agency’s most storied operations. The PLO subsequently ceased engaging in terrorism in Europe. Speaking first with Golda Meir’s foremost biographer Francine Klagsbrun and then with the Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman, David Makovsky delves into the massacre’s significance, and that of the Jewish state’s response. (Audio 34 minutes.)

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More about: Golda Meir, Israeli history, Mossad, Munich Olympics, Palestinian terror, PLO

Despite Reasons for Worry, Jews Shouldn’t Lose Faith in the American Promise

Sept. 24 2021

From synagogue shootings, to attacks on Jews on the streets, to the gathering strength and viciousness of anti-Zionism, especially in the corridors of political power, American Jewry has ample reason for concern about its safety and wellbeing. But, surveying both the present situation and the deep roots of what has made America a welcoming home to Jews with “no analogue in the 2,000 years after the destruction of the Temple,” Josef Joffe argues that the U.S. remains exceptional. The bad news, however, is still bad:

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More about: American exceptionalism, American Jewry, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism, Chuck Schumer