Archive by Author: TTN

Trump’s Plan vs. Geneva Initiative

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On Feb. 11, Yossi Beilin spoke at New York University’s Taub Center for Israel Studies where he has an appointment for this semester.  A member of both the Rabin and Barak governments, he was a leading actor in the Oslo Peace Process and later headed the Meretz party.  He relates a compelling story of how […]

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Trump-Kushner ‘Peace Plan’

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At first glance, it seems to meet some Palestinian demands for a state, including land swaps in compensation for Israel annexing settlements, but one should not be fooled.  Israel wouldn’t only annex the so-called settlement blocs contiguous to the 1949-’67 armistice lines, but also dispersed non-contiguous settlements, and the Jordan Valley to boot.  The territories […]

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Let’s Call It ‘Jew-Hatred’

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On Dec. 25 (three days prior to the Monsey stabbing attack), a TTN colleague, historian Shulamit Magnus, blogged in The Times of Israel under the title “A plea against ‘anti-Semitism‘.”   This is about the nomenclature, arguing that the term itself is problematic*: “The pseudo-scientific term, coined by a German racist, obscures the rising tide of […]

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Nuanced Views on Current Wave of Antisemitism

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A number of African Americans have attacked Jews, and some observers on the left can only see white supremacy.  For example, Alex Myers twists himself into knots to assert that “White Supremacy Is the Root of  Violence Against Jews“; while clearly true in Pittsburgh and in other instances, it’s hard to see this in the […]

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Is Netanyahu, Stalwart of Int’l Right, Toast?

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With a virtual tie between Likud and Blue-White, an interesting question is whether Netanyahu must go.  Given his olympic abilities as a survivor, one hesitates to completely rule him out, but it seems unlikely that he can still emerge as prime minister.  Among other open questions: Would he remain Likud leader without being prime minister?  And […]

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Boycott If You Wish, But Don’t Force Others

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In addition to “Don’t Be ‘Useful Idiots’ for BDS” by Michael Walzer, this post is a further followup to “Summer of Defeats for Academic BDS.”  It is by Steven B. Smith, the Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science at Yale University.  Both Professors Walzer and Smith spoke against a proposal considered and defeated by the Foundations of Political Theory […]

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Top Israeli Security Vets Support 2 States

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The following letter, dated August 27, 2019, was co-signed by 25 retired Israel Defense Forces commanders and former government security heads (listed under text). It is addressed to four members of the US House of Representatives: Bradley S. Schneider, Lee Zeldin, Jerrold Nadler and Ann Wagner:  We wish to express our appreciation for the passage […]

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