Defending Israel

August 12, 2021

U.S., Israeli militaries tighten air defense cooperation

Representatives from the Israeli and U.S. Air Forces during a meeting in July 2021. Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. by Yaakov Lappin (JNS) — Representatives from the U.S. and Israeli Air Forces met last month to discuss a remarkable development: what […]
June 15, 2021

Time to change the focus of Israel advocacy and go on offense

Hamas militant holds up child during military parade, 2017, image via IDF online by Larry D. Weiss (BESA) — In recent years, Israel has fared poorly in the court of public opinion. Palestinian advocates have engaged in a well-organized offensive […]
June 10, 2021

Deputy consul general discusses frustration of fighting war on two fronts

Deputy Consul General Alex Gandler by Richard Friedman Israel and Jews everywhere who feel an attachment to the Jewish state are fighting a two-front war. Each battle is perplexing and dangerous in its own way. The first is the asymmetrical […]
April 18, 2021

On Israel Memorial Day, Birmingham couple reflects on family loss

From Israeli Foreign Ministry‘s website by Richard Friedman As Jews, we are taught all Jews are responsible for one another. Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, provides a sacred framework for all Jews remembering one another. This powerful truth was brought […]
March 22, 2021

Place a Flower for Hadar on the Seder Table

Hadar Cohen will never marry, have children or comfort her parents in their old ages. She was a heroic, 19-year-old Border Policewoman stationed at the Damascus Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem when she was murdered by terrorists, February […]
March 4, 2021

International Criminal Court’s Israel probe “hypocritical” and antisemitic

Chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda, December 2019. Credit: Mike Chappazo/Shutterstock. by Sean Savage (JNS) — The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague announced on March 3 her intention to open an investigation […]
October 2, 2020

Claims of Israeli ethnic cleansing have no place in a student paper, or anywhere

by Jennifer Roskies (JCPA) — “A Jewish Argument for Divestment,” the opinion piece in the Columbia Daily Spectator on Sept. 23, is distressing on two counts. First, that it was penned by two Jewish Columbia University students, who take pride […]
September 10, 2020

Israeli, U.S. defense companies take cooperation to new level in Iron Dome production — coming to Ala., Ark.?

A view of the Iron Dome air-defense system. Credit: Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. by Yaakov Lappin (JNS) — The United States’ Raytheon Missiles and Defense company, and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems made an unusual announcement in August, stating that […]
August 26, 2020

The Dean Of America’s Intellectual Pro-Israel Defenders Has Died

by Moshe Phillips  Edward Alexander, the Jewish scholar and author who passed away last week at age 84, was called “Seattle’s Jeremiah” by his hometown newspaper. An Israeli publication once hailed him as “Jewry’s premier polemicist.” For more than half […]