Monthly Archives: August 2021

Just Another Terrorist

I remember well the day in early June of 1968 when Robert F. Kennedy was murdered. I was a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, teaching several courses while supposedly working on a dissertation that I never wrote. I … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, American society | 2 Comments

Bennett Should Have Stayed Home

Israel’s PM, Naftali Bennett, is already in the US and will be meeting with US President Biden on Thursday. There are some who think that Bennett should have stayed home. While it is unlikely that the administration can be convinced … Continue reading

Posted in 'Peace' Process, American politics, Iran, Israeli Politics, US-Israel Relations | 5 Comments

A Very Slender Reed

“The President – whoever he is – has to decide. He can’t pass the buck to anybody. No one else can do the deciding for him. That’s his job.” – Harry S. Truman The sound that you hear is the … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, American society, War | 7 Comments


I am sitting shiva for my daughter Aviva, who has died of Covid. She had a very difficult and unhappy life despite being brilliant and talented; indeed, to a great extent because of that. I will return to writing next … Continue reading

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Antisemitism and the Jewish State

Jews have always been in the minority in their temporary diasporic homes, and so they have usually been at the mercy of antisemites. If at a given time and place they are not actively persecuted, the possibility of persecution always … Continue reading

Posted in Jew Hatred, The Diaspora, Zionism | 4 Comments

What “Everyone Knows”

Why do supposedly “pro-Israel” voices so often add a disclaimer to their remarks, as if they are embarrassed to say anything wholeheartedly good about us? In an article that is devastating to Ben and Jerry’s and other boycotters, Alan Dershowitz … Continue reading

Posted in Media, War | 1 Comment

How the West was Lost

Today the world we live in is dominated by a Western alliance that includes the US and much of Europe, along with some smaller players. This alliance is threatened by two major forces: radical Islam, whose most dangerous expression is … Continue reading

Posted in China, Iran, War | 2 Comments

How to Respond to Iranian Piracy?

On Friday, two Iranian suicide drones crashed into an empty oil tanker off the coast of Oman, killing the captain of the ship, a Romanian citizen, and a British crew member. The ship was Japanese-owned and Liberian-flagged, but it was … Continue reading

Posted in Information war, Iran | 7 Comments