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Will the UN's Srebrenica vote thrust the Balkans into war once again?

May 20, 2024  •  Jerusalem Post

With wars raging in the Middle East and Ukraine, it is not surprising that simmering tensions in the Balkans would largely go unnoticed. However, inattentiveness to a region that has in the past erupted into broad conflict carries its own peril, and this may soon be put to the test.

As of this writing, the UN General Assembly was set to vote this week on a draft resolution co-sponsored by the US, Germany, and others that would formally recognize the July 1995 massacre of more than 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina as an act of genocide. The proposed text also would designate July 11 as an annual International Day of Reflection and Remembrance in respect to the killings.

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Sorry, neo-Nazis: The antisemitic progressive Left is the real threat to US Jews

May 3, 2024  •  Jerusalem Post

In the past six months since the horrific events of Oct. 7, American Jewry has been forced to confront some harsh and painful truths.

After decades of unprecedented success and unparalleled influence, ranging from Hollywood on the West Coast to the halls of power on the Eastern seaboard, a certain overconfidence had settled in, with many Jews firmly convinced that America was immune to the vagaries of Diaspora Jewish history.

Sure, German Jews in the 20th century, Spanish Jews in the 15th century, and a host of others down through the ages had become comfortably and prominently ensconced in their respective societies, seemingly immune to ruin. Until they weren't.

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Betrayal: How US President Joe Biden is undermining Israel

April 12, 2024  •  Jerusalem Post

For someone who has declared himself to be a Zionist, US President Joe Biden sure has a funny way of showing it.

On April 4, in a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Biden reportedly harangued Israel, all but threatening to cut off military aid to the Jewish state unless it capitulated to his demands.

As Reuters succinctly noted, "US President Joe Biden effectively gave Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an ultimatum on Thursday: Protect Palestinian civilians and foreign aid workers in Gaza or Washington could rein in support for Israel in its war against Hamas militants."

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When Jews are antisemitic: Jonathan Glazer goes beyond self-hatred

March 25, 2024  •  Jerusalem Post

Nearly 130 years ago, at a clinic in Vienna, a young Jewish doctor named Sigmund Shlomo Freud fathered modern psychoanalysis, giving the world a new tool with which to heal some of its unseen wounds.

In the interim, Jews have been at the forefront of the psychological profession, with luminaries such as Alfred Adler, Viktor Frankl, Abraham Maslow, and numerous others contributing greatly to our understanding of what ails people's psyches.

And yet, despite all the advances in the field, and the intimate involvement of Jews in its development, there is one persistent ailment that has thus far escaped a cure – the age-old disorder of Jewish self-hatred.

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Palestine is dead: No one will ever be able to make a Palestinian state

February 23, 2024  •  Jerusalem Post

In recent weeks, various leaders of Western countries have publicly broached the idea of the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state, asserting that the time has come to give the Palestinians independence, even in the absence of a negotiating process.

UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron and more recently French President Emmanuel Macron have floated this suggestion, despite the ongoing war in Gaza.

But what these esteemed statesmen have apparently failed to grasp is that the very idea of a Palestinian state is no longer geographically viable, morally acceptable, or even politically tolerable to the overwhelming majority of Israelis.

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