The Ancient Jewish Connection to Jerusalem, and How the U.S. Came to Recognize It

Israel is unique among countries of the world in that most states do not acknowledge Jerusalem as its capital city, even though its government has been located there since its founding. In 2017, the U.S., complying with a 1995 act of Congress, broke with the international consensus. Drawing on both ancient history and recent developments, Farley Weiss and Leonard Grunstein discuss their recent book about that decision in conversation with Jonathan Tobin. (Video, 64 minutes.)

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Spain’s Anti-Israel Agenda

What interest does Madrid have in the creation of a Palestinian state? Elliott Abrams raised this question a few days ago, when discussing ongoing Spanish efforts to block the transfer of arms to Israel. He points to multiple opinion surveys suggesting that Spain is among Europe’s most anti-Semitic countries:

The point of including that information here is to explain the obvious: Spain’s anti-Israel extremism is not based in fancy international political analyses, but instead reflects both the extreme views of hard-left parties in the governing coalition and a very traditional Spanish anti-Semitism. Spain’s government lacks the moral standing to lecture the state of Israel on how to defend itself against terrorist murderers. Its effort to deprive Israel of the means of defense is deeply immoral. Every effort should be made to prevent these views from further infecting the politics and foreign policy of the European Union and its member states.

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Europe and Israel, Palestinian statehood, Spain