Latest Article from Michael Freund
In the past five months, despite two cabinet decisions approving their aliya, not a single one of the 9,000 remaining Falash Mura, who are descendants of forcibly converted Ethiopian Jews, has been allowed to move to the Jewish state.
Although more than 80% of them have first-degree relatives in Israel, and many have been waiting 10 or even 15 years to immigrate, the beleaguered community continues to suffer in silence while awaiting redemption.
This state of affairs is absolutely intolerable and it is time for world Jewry to raise its collective voice and press Jerusalem for an immediate solution.
Latest Article from Jonathan Schanzer
Busting terrorist charities here in the United States was a low priority for the last eight years under Barack Obama. It's time for the Trump administration to instruct the bureaucracy to get back into this important fight.
Latest Article from Clifford May
America can do anything but America can't do everything, at least not within a four-year time frame. That suggests that the American president — any American president — needs to prioritize.
In 2011, President Obama decided that the Muslim world should no longer be a top American priority. Against the advice of key members of his national security team, he decided to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq and do nothing about the growing turmoil in Syria. He expressed confidence that coalition forces would soon "begin to draw down" in Afghanistan. As for al Qaeda, it was "on the path to defeat."
"So make no mistake," he announced, "the tide of war is receding." With those words, he began what was called his "pivot to Asia."
Latest Article from Soeren Kern
The presidential election in France officially got underway on March 18, when the Constitutional Council announced that a total of eleven candidates will be facing off for the country's top political job.
The election is being closely followed in France and elsewhere as an indicator of popular discontent with traditional parties and the European Union, as well as with multiculturalism and continued mass migration from the Muslim world.
The first round of voting will be held on April 23. If no single candidate wins an absolute majority, the top two winners in the first round will compete in a run-off on May 7.
Latest Article from Tevi Troy
As Jews celebrate Purim this Saturday night, a surprising figure could be making an appearance in some synagogues: Steve Bannon. What might the controversial presidential adviser have to do with the Jewish holiday?
Purim celebrates the deliverance of the Jews of ancient Persia from death at the hands of an evil government official named Haman. The story, told in the Book of Esther, shows how the beautiful Esther, with her cousin Mordechai's guidance, became queen and helped turn the tables on Haman. Esther opened King Ahasuerus' eyes to Haman's designs and thus saved the Jews. Purim is a classic Jewish holiday. As the old joke goes, "They tried to kill us. We won. Let's eat."
Latest Article from Matthew RJ Brodsky
As the Trump administration considers American military involvement in Syria, there are those who argue that Assad should remain in power as a check against the forces of Islamic radicals. Aside from the fact such a policy would ignore the horrific war crimes and atrocities committed by the regime, the fact is Assad doesn't have the military capability to hold Syria together. What's left of his army is an empty shell, precariously held together by Russia, Iran and Hezbollah. Moreover, such a move ignores reality in Syria. The very fabric that held society together is irreparably torn. Having turned on the majority Sunni population of his country, Assad stands today as a great magnet to which jihadists of all stripes are attracted. The question is, who can better defend them — groups such as ISIS and al Qaeda's affiliate, Tahrir al-Sham, or the Free Syrian Army and U.S.-backed rebels? There are no pillars left upon which Assad's legitimacy can rest; Bashar Assad can't "Make Syria Great Again."
Latest Article from Judith Miller
In December 2016, ten years after Saddam Hussein was hanged, John Nixon published an account of his work as the first CIA officer to interrogate the deposed Iraqi leader after his capture near his hometown of Tikrit. The Bush administration needed to be sure that the dirty, disheveled, bearded man U.S. soldiers had dragged out of a spider hole on a farm was, in fact, the fugitive who for nine months had eluded one of the most intensive manhunts in military history. Having spent three years as a "leadership analyst" at the CIA studying Saddam and having been stationed in Baghdad since October 2003, Nixon was asked to verify that American forces had finally found their man.
Latest Article from Ilan Berman