Deterred in Gaza, Hamas Tries New Avenues of Terror

This year the month of Ramadan, which concludes today, was marked by a great deal of violence in Israel—including the shooting of a security guard on Friday. Yet, notes Michael Koplow, the holy month passed far more peacefully than last year, when it saw the outbreak of a ten-day war between the IDF and Hamas, along with violent attacks on Jews in Israeli cities. Koplow argues that the more recent disturbances in fact reflect a deliberate change in strategy by the jihadist group ruling the Gaza Strip, which has learned a hard lesson from the last war:

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More about: Gaza Strip, Hamas, Israeli Security, Palestinian terror

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