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Purim: Balancing Partying and Priorities

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The holiday of Purim celebrates one of the happiest times in Jewish History. With the destruction of the first Beit Hamikdash and all of its desolation, the salvation of the Jews during the times of King Achashveirosh was a holiday of renewal. The rescinding of the decrees of Haman set the stage for the completion of the...

For Israelis, Donald Trump Is U.S. History’s Most ‘Israeli’ Presidential Candidate

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This presidential election season is nothing if not fascinating, and the media coverage itself is driving considerable debate. What’s also interesting, but has so far gone unexplored, is how Israeli media are covering the American elections. Israeli election coverage offers insights into how the press in the U.S. and Israel stack up against each other in treating both this election cycle and politicians in general—and how Israelis themselves view the elections.

As someone who worked for many years as a media adviser for leading Israeli politicians, and who has run a PR agency in New York for the last six years, I’ve had the chance to explore up-close how American politics...

Fighting to Win: Revolutionizing Israel Advocacy

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The final year of the Obama presidency has not begun well for Israel. Arab assassins earn greater international sympathy than do their Jewish victims. Iran gleefully violates even the modest obligations that Secretary Kerry negotiated, and receives $100 billion or so to fund terrorism. The BDS movement scores labeling victories in the EU and the Obama Administration reinforces them. The UN Secretary General unleashes slanderous anti-Israel bile into a receptive global public.

Meanwhile, with America’s focus on the election, the country’s leading pro-Israel activists again boast of unshakeable bipartisan support in Congress. Never mind that a sizable majority of Israel’s Democratic...

Putting the ‘Artisan’ in Bi-Partisan

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This past summer, the pro-Israel community, to our dismay, was proven correct. For decades, we have repeated the mantra that if Israel becomes a partisan issue, we will surely lose. And this summer, when the debate over the Iran deal—an agreement with potentially existential consequences for Israel—became partisan in spite of our best efforts, we lost this fight. The deal went through, regardless of almost unanimous Republican opposition.

While it is truly tempting to respond with blame and anger, to embrace the wave of partisanship crippling our country, if we actually want to enact policies that will help Israel, we don’t have the luxury of swimming with the tide. It is our...

Madeleine Albright’s Other ‘Undiplomatic Moments’

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Former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright is backtracking, a little, on her remark last week that “there is a special place in hell” for women who failed to endorse Hillary Clinton. Writing on the op-ed page of the New York Times, Albright did not apologize or withdraw the comment, but she did concede that it was “undiplomatic” of her to say what she said.

Indeed, friends of Israel have had bitter experiences with Albright’s “undiplomatic moments.”

During the 2014 Gaza War, Albright told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that Israel’s anti-terrorism actions were “disproportionate” and that Israel has lost its “moral authority.”

This is the same Madeleine Albright...

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