Michael Lumish

Jews and our “Special” Obligation.

A recent opinion piece for the Washington Post by Rabbi Jill Jacobs, author of Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community, and Daniel Sokatch of the allegedly pro-Israel New Israel Fund, is entitled, “Why Jews have a special obligation to resist Trump.” Jacobs and Sokatch claim that: …

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Democrats Rediscover Antisemitism.

The poster on the left represents a bit of anti-Zionist propaganda that has been around for decades and is among the negative images of Jewish self-determination that today’s college kids grew up with.   Although the western progressive-left generally supports anti-Zionism, American Jews still cling to the Democratic Party despite …

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Conquest of the Deplorable Cheese Doodle.

As I write these lines, anti-Trumpers are protesting and, in some cases, rioting, throughout America’s largest cities. In Chicago two young black men beat the holy hell out of a 50-year old white guy because he allegedly voted for Trump. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party is in big trouble and many …

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Pity the anti-Zionist Snowflake.

One of the most pathetic and hypocritical aspects of contemporary western campus politics is the Crybully / Snowflake phenomenon. University administrations throughout the West have brought back en loco parentis in a manner that would have absolutely disgusted – in its treacly infantilization of young adults in “safe spaces” – college …

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On Myopia and Dismissiveness.

MYOPIA. Some time ago one of our participants at Israel Thrives suggested that my focus on Israel, and the rise of Political Islam, is myopic in terms of the forthcoming US presidential election. I take such criticisms seriously and even though I might not respond immediately – or at all …

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The Wall of Indifference.

Those of us who care about Israel, and who are concerned about the rise of Political Islam face a brick wall. Those of us who prefer western forms of jurisprudence to the Sharia courts popping up all over Europe face it, as well. Those of us who care about the …

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The Dhimmi That Got Away.

Israel is The Dhimmi That Got Away.  The fundamental basis of the never-ending Arab-Muslim aggression against the Jews of the Middle East is the Muslim religion as outlined in the Qur’an and the Hadiths. Period. Full stop. It is not an aggression based upon notions of social justice, as the …

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“Palestinian” Cartoons

We have to somehow make it clear that the malice within the Arab-Israel conflict is not equivalent on both sides. That is, there is no morally equivalent “cycle of violence” between Arabs and Jews. The far larger Arab nation, which gobbled up the entire Middle East shortly after the death …

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Abbas Slaps Putin and Obama.

“Palestinian officials rejected a recent US proposal for a trilateral peace summit with Israel, a Palestinian official said on Sunday, amid reports that efforts for possible talks hosted by Moscow were pushing forward. Senior PLO official Wasel Abu Yousef told the Jordanian daily al-Ghad that the US had been informed …

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Palestinian Nationalism.

Almost everyone recognizes the “Palestinians” as a nation, but the main question is whether or not they will ever create a state? The general idea among most westerners is that peace can only be achieved via the two-state solution (TSS). There are prominent voices that disagree, such as Caroline Glick and Martin Sherman, …

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Mortem – Death.

I was going to name this piece “The Death of American Politics” but American politics has been dying since it was born. That is, American politics has been so partisan and so toxic for so long that it has become virtually impossible to separate fair assessments of truth from media-driven propagandistic …

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ISIS as a Strategic Tool?

Professor Efraim Inbar of Bar-Ilan University, in Israel, and the Director of its Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies has a piece for Israel National News entitled, “The destruction of ISIS is a strategic mistake.” When I first glanced at that headline I thought, “Good lord, man, you must be joking.” ISIS is …

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Rethinking the Conflict

One of the fundamental things that we are trying to do at Israel Thrives is simply rethink the conflict.  Two things, to my mind, could absolutely not be more clear.  The first is that the vast Arab majority in the Middle East, including those in Gaza, Judaea, and Samaria, have no intention …

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