Douglas Altabef

Op Ed – When elites betray us.

Israelis Yair Golan and Oded Goldreich represent object lessons in moral failure. One of the great maladies afflicting Western democracies today is the decoupling of national elites from their own people. This was the background story to Brexit in the United Kingdom and also to the rise of Donald Trump …

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We must reclaim our Zionist resolve in 2022.

In the secular world, New Year’s Day bears striking similarities to Rosh Hashanah in that both are times of new resolutions, of a determination to make beneficial changes in our lives. In that spirit, let me offer a much-needed resolution for us as a society: we need to rediscover, reconnect, …

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Israel’s leaders need to listen to the music of the latest US election results

Israel’s new something-for-everyone coalition government prides itself on its emphasis on restoring bilateral political support for Israel in the United States. Of course, this is a not-so-subtle slap at former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom they perceive to have unduly favored the Republicans—meaning former U.S. President Donald Trump—thereby “endangering” longstanding …

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American Jews are signalling their own dire straits

American Jews are decoupling, not only from their brethren and the idea of a coherent Jewish people, but also from reality itself Anyone looking for conclusive evidence that the American Jewish community is in a dangerous tailspin might just have found his smoking gun. A recently released survey by the …

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Evyatar, the window into the new government.

Given that the government is trying to show unity, why is the Evyatar outpost being tackled so soon, if at all? The new government is trying to show its unity, not courting controversy, though there will inevitably be controversies thrust upon it. Given this orientation, it seems strange that Evyatar, …

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One law for all constituents.

Israeli Arab willingness to riot was not due to desperation, but brazenness, a brazenness born out of coddling and accommodation.Op-ed. A friend who runs a very impactful Zionist NGO made an astute comment the other day: do you know when the seed of the Lod riots was planted, he asked? …

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A Number is Worth 1000 Words.

Much has been made of the tectonic shift driving apart the Jews of Israel and America. If one were looking to encapsulate that mindset split in one salient fact, it might be this: Recent polls show that 63% of Israelis favor Donald Trump over Joe Biden, while 70% of American …

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Yes, there was a Nakba, but it was not about Arabs.

May 15 is the day the Arabs mourn the ‘catastrophe’ of Israel’s establishment, but the real Nakba was that of the Jews of Arab lands. My organization, Im Tirtzu, has become famous (some would say infamous) for our calling out the lies, misrepresentations and deliberate distortions attached to marking “Nakba …

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