It’s Time to Restore the Gaza Security Perimeter

Aug. 31 2021

Yesterday, Bar-El Hadaria Shmueli—a sniper with the Israeli border police—died from a gunshot wound he received nine days earlier, when a Palestinian shot a pistol through a hole in the Gaza border fence. The attack was part of a series of violent disturbances that have taken place along the border—reminiscent of the 2018 “March of Return”—during which rioters hurled stones and explosives, and attempted to climb the fence. Alan Baker comments:

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More about: Gaza Strip, Hamas, Israeli Security, Oslo Accords

Is American Jewish Liberalism Dying?

June 30 2022

In the 1930s, a Republic Jewish judge, observing his coreligionists’ commitment to the Democratic party, quipped, in Yiddish, that Jews have three velt (worlds): di velt (this world), yene velt (the next world), and Roosevelt. Since then, Jewish devotion has attenuated somewhat, although Jews still overwhelmingly lean Democratic. Most American Jews, however, are unfamiliar with the terms “this world” or “the next world” in any language. Carefully examining a wealth of statistical data, Samuel J. Abrams and Jack Wertheimer argue that the sort of robust Jewish liberalism that characterized U.S. Jewry a few decades ago is in steep decline. Jews, they explain, are undergoing their own version of what political scientists call the “great sort,” whereby politics, religion, and place of residence increasingly align:

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More about: American Jewish History, American Jewry, Liberalism, U.S. Politics