Douglas Altabef

The morning after.

Our PM has not only helped restore Jews to geopolitical history, he has placed Israel not just in the corridors of power, but increasingly, at the table of power. For those whose middle-of-the-night dreams include the vanquishing of the Royal Family – the turning away of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu …

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The great ‘non-visit’ .

Comparing the damage from what did and didn’t happen. The recent controversial non-visit by US Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib provided many people with a platform to discuss the implications of what happened.  But what if these two would-be visitors had come?  Would we be as insightful on that …

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A Zionist’s perspective on “The Three Weeks”

To believe that marking the days is no longer necessary because we are back in our land bespeaks a profound lack of historical awareness and ignorance of both the big picture, and ironically, the very context of today’s events. ~~~~~~~~~~~ The Jewish People has just entered our “season of sorrow:” …

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Is it really the end of democracy in Israel?

One of the recurrent drumbeats heard from certain quarters in Israel is that we are teetering on the brink of losing our democratic bearings. There are those who hear it in distant thunder claps, while others think it has already happened. To them, we are already in the morass of …

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A chance encounter with an extraordinary man.

It was supposed to be just a quiet getaway. For our anniversary, my wife and I decided to spend Shabbat at the Ein Gedi guesthouse, a place we have visited many times before.  Waiting for Kabbalat Shabbat services to begin, I struck up a conversation with a retired French industrialist …

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Western aversion to Israel is really self-hatred.

In the US today, “white people” are being shamed into feeling that somehow they, and all their forebears, are directly responsible for the persecution of whoever makes it onto the accepted list of the “oppressed.” Israel does not relate to that. The recent Conservatism Conference in Jerusalem, sponsored by the …

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Academic Freedom for Me but not for Thee.

If professors in their classrooms were spewing a doctrine of white supremacy, black inferiority, or inherent Arab villainy, how do you think this would be received?  Would they be ignored because, after all, there is, thankfully, academic freedom in the West? Or would there be an outcry against their points …

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Stripping the veil away.

fighting antisemitism

This was an unmistakable sign. One will miss it or ignore it at his peril. The despicable cartoon just published by The New York Times in its International Edition stands as one of those existential gut checks, those moments where the veil of complexity is stripped away and we are …

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