The Token Jews Providing Fig-Leaves for Anti-Semitism

Last week, a self-described rabbi heckled President Biden during a public speech, demanding that he “call for a ceasefire” in the Gaza War (earning herself an interview on National Public Radio). Similar stunts have been organized by the anti-Israel groups like Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and the Jewish anti-Zionist IfNotNow (INN). Seth Mandel comments on the usefulness of such groups to politicians eager to work for the elimination of the Jewish state:

When Representative Pramila Jayapal was on the fence about cosponsoring an anti-Israel ceasefire resolution, INN called her staff with news that dozens of young Jewish activists were on their way to her office and would stage a protest if she didn’t sign on. Soon after, Jayapal agreed to cosponsor it.

This anti-Zionist lovefest has been a long time coming. “There are really amazing organizations of young people, groups like IfNotNow, that they are young Jews organizing for justice because they realize that all of our fates and our destinies are intertwined and that there cannot be justice in Israel without justice for Palestinians too,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gushed in 2019. Jamaal Bowman and Rashia Tlaib run to JVP and INN any time they need the protection of token Jews.

Nearly all American Jews disagree with JVP and INN’s anti-Zionism. But Ocasio-Cortez & Co. aren’t looking for consensus Jewish opinion, they’re looking for Jewish flak jackets.

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More about: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Anti-Semitism, Congress, Jewish Voice for Peace, U.S. Politics

Iran’s Calculations and America’s Mistake

There is little doubt that if Hizballah had participated more intensively in Saturday’s attack, Israeli air defenses would have been pushed past their limits, and far more damage would have been done. Daniel Byman and Kenneth Pollack, trying to look at things from Tehran’s perspective, see this as an important sign of caution—but caution that shouldn’t be exaggerated:

Iran is well aware of the extent and capability of Israel’s air defenses. The scale of the strike was almost certainly designed to enable at least some of the attacking munitions to penetrate those defenses and cause some degree of damage. Their inability to do so was doubtless a disappointment to Tehran, but the Iranians can probably still console themselves that the attack was frightening for the Israeli people and alarming to their government. Iran probably hopes that it was unpleasant enough to give Israeli leaders pause the next time they consider an operation like the embassy strike.

Hizballah is Iran’s ace in the hole. With more than 150,000 rockets and missiles, the Lebanese militant group could overwhelm Israeli air defenses. . . . All of this reinforces the strategic assessment that Iran is not looking to escalate with Israel and is, in fact, working very hard to avoid escalation. . . . Still, Iran has crossed a Rubicon, although it may not recognize it. Iran had never struck Israel directly from its own territory before Saturday.

Byman and Pollack see here an important lesson for America:

What Saturday’s fireworks hopefully also illustrated is the danger of U.S. disengagement from the Middle East. . . . The latest round of violence shows why it is important for the United States to take the lead on pushing back on Iran and its proxies and bolstering U.S. allies.

Read more at Foreign Policy

More about: Iran, Israeli Security, U.S. Foreign policy