On Wednesday the US media interrupted its saturation coverage of the presidential primaries to report on President Barack Obamas visit to a mosque in Maryland. The visit was Obamas first public one to a mosque in the US since entering the White House seven years ago.
Im proud of him. Thats what the father of Dafna Meirs murderer said when the Palestinian media asked him what he thinks of his cold-blooded son Murad Adais.
It is a testament to the precarious state of the world today that in a week that saw North Korea carry out a possible test of a hydrogen bomb, the most frightening statement uttered did not come from Pyongyang. It came from Pakistan.
Authorities immediately alleged that the assailants were members of a Jewish terrorist organization. The accusations were widely disregarded by members of the national religious camp, and by the Right, more generally. But following news that Jewish suspects were arrested for the crime earlier this month, those early allegations ring truer than before.
On Saturday, US Secretary of State John Kerry gave a speech before the Brookings Institutes Saban Forum. Kerry focused on the Palestinian conflict with Israel and sought to draw a distinction between the two-state policy model, which he supports, and the one-state policy model, which he rejects.
The foundations of American Jewish life are under assault today in ways that were unimaginable a generation ago. Academia is ground zero of the onslaught.
Whatever he says before the cameras next week when he meets with Netanyahu, Obama has no intention of letting bygones be bygones.
It is notable that the same week that Israel marked the twentieth anniversary of the assassination of prime minister and defense minister Yitzhak Rabin, Palestinian Authority President and PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas went before the UN Human Rights Commission and asked the UN to establish a special regime of international protection for the Palestinians against Israel.
Democratic Senator Chris Coons from Delaware betrayed his backers and his voters when at the end of the summer, as the Senate returned from recess, he announced that he was supporting President Barack Obamas nuclear deal with Iran.
US Senator Ted Cruz, the conservative Republican firebrand from Texas, is running for president. Up until a few weeks ago, his candidacy was met with indifference as the media and political operatives all dismissed its viability. But that is beginning to change.
Kerry's claim this week that Unless we get going, a two-state solution could conceivably be stolen from everybody, is more an assault on reality generally than on Israel in particular.
"The man who propagates this murderous lie and orchestrates the death and mayhem that is its bloody harvest is none other than the Wests favorite Palestinian moderate."
On Wednesday the Obama administration was caught off guard by Russias rapid rise in Syria. As the Russians began bombing a US-supported militia along the Damascus-Homs highway, Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, at the UN.
As we approach Rosh Hashana, the people of Israel need to recognize how lucky we are.
While New York Senator Chuck Schumer came under withering, anti-Semitic attack as soon as he informed President Barack Obama that he would vote to reject the presidents nuclear deal with Iran, his New York colleague, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, has been largely immune from criticism of any kind.
If the communal leadership and its members fail to fight, American Jews will find themselves communally disenfranchised.
In President Barack Obamas defense of his nuclear deal with Iran Wednesday, he said there are only two types of people who will oppose his deal Republican partisans and Israel- firsters that is, traitors.
While Israel and much of official Washington remain focused on the deal President Barack Obama just cut with the ayatollahs that gives them $150 billion and a guaranteed nuclear arsenal within a decade, Obama has already moved on to Syria.
If Iran remains a threat, the deal bars the US from taking any steps to counter it aside from all-out war.
On Tuesday, we moved into a new nuclear age.