The German Synagogue Shooter and the Irredeemable Anti-Semite

Following the recent anti-Semitic outbursts on the part of several American and British celebrities, there have been well meaning attempts to respond with outreach and education, hoping that athletes, musicians, and media personalities can be enlightened out of their prejudice. The success of these efforts remains in question. But, argues Ben Cohen, such an approach cannot work in every case. Take the example of Stephan Balliet who, on Yom Kippur of last year, , attempted to murder the worshippers in the synagogue in the German city of Halle; stopped by a reinforced door, he resorted to killing two passersby before the police arrived. Balliet’s trial, which began last week, reveals a disturbing truth about anti-Semitism:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Germany

How Israel Can Readjust Its Diplomacy for a Changing Europe

In recent years, Jerusalem has developed good relations with a group of Central European countries that have proved far more sympathetic than those of the West, and whose governments have sometimes stopped the European Union from issuing anti-Israel statements. But Europe, both East and West, is now in a state of political flux, and this approach may soon be obsolete. Emmanuel Navon proposes a new direction for Jewish state that capitalizes on its economic ties with Western Europe. Take, for instance, post-Angela Merkel Germany:

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More about: Emmanuel Macron, Europe and Israel, European Union, Germany, Israel diplomacy