Israel’s Landmark Conversion Ruling Won’t Do Much for Actual Converts

March 4 2021

Earlier this week, the Israeli Supreme Court issued a ruling that conversions performed by Conservative and Reform rabbis inside Israel are to be considered valid for naturalization purposes. (Previously, this was only true of non-Orthodox conversions performed in the Diaspora.) Bethany Mandel observes:

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How the U.S. Can Get Smart about Promoting Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East

Sept. 27 2021

Considering the current state of the region and the policy mistakes of the recent past, David Pollock and Robert Satloff outline a strategy that is “both virtuous and realistic” for defending human rights and encouraging democratization in a region plagued by autocracy, chaos, and brutality. They argue that “in the long run, more democratic, tolerant, and inclusive governments are likely to be better at defending themselves, and more reliable and effective security partners for the United States.”

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More about: Arab democracy, Human Rights, Middle East, U.S. Foreign policy