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Arguing with Mike – Is that all you got? ;-)

Continuing on with my back-and-forth with Mike Lumish of Israel Thrives/Times of Israel/Elder of Ziyon fame, in my last contribution I hedged a bit in my challenge to Mike’s critique of Left-wing anti-Zionism, given that his original critique was more implicit than direct.  But now that he has made that critique explicit in his most […]

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BDS Lessons Learned – Paradoxes

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Lessons Learned

The final major lesson I learned from this four-year research and writing exercise related to BDS is easily the most paradoxical one. It starts with an understanding of just how massively the deck has been stacked against the Jewish state in its struggle for survival. As Ruth Wisse has pointed out, the current war against […]

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Bigger Picture – Keeping Ruthlessness at Bay

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Big Picture (9 parts)

When Pandora’s box was opened, allowing to escape all the ills and evils of the world, the only thing that remained behind was hope. This is an important image since, while hope itself has very little power against forces of darkness (or, more specifically, the ruthlessness I’ve been talking about the last couple of weeks) […]

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Bigger Picture – What the Big Ugly Teaches Us

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Big Picture (9 parts)

Having identified “The Big Ugly,” as that phenomenon in which the ruthless are driven to organize their politics (and often their lives) around opposition to the Jews and their state, the next question is what to do with this understanding? After all, this Big Ugly is our real enemy (even if it appears to us […]

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Bigger Picture – The Big Ugly Defined

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Big Picture (9 parts)

In my last piece, I introduced some of Ruth Wisse’s ideas that explain why so many people avert their gaze from the true nature of the Middle East conflict (the very popularity of that generic, even-handed term, vs. Wisse’s more accurate “Arab War Against the Jews” demonstrating the phenomenon she talks about).  And in a […]

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Bigger Picture – Ruth Wisse and the War Against the Jews

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Big Picture (9 parts)

Unlike evil, ruthlessness is not some metaphysical abstraction we can ponder and dissect, but never fully understand. For ruthlessness is concrete and, in its own self-centered way, completely rational. After all, none of us would claim that we don’t want something from life (money, respect, love, authority), nor is it controversial to say that some […]

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Israel Left and Right

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Left vs. Right

There are a number of reasons why I tend to avoid trying to force-fit the whole Arab-Israeli conflict into a Left-Right continuum. First off, the terms “Left” and “Right” have become so all-encompassing, which (if you include all those who insist they represent each end of the political spectrum) means everyone from the Stalin and […]

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Not by Might

I was recently reminded about what an unfair fight we face when battling against BDS and the other manifestations of the propaganda attack on Israel when my temple held a service in celebration of Scouting (Boy and Girl) and alumni of Jewish summer camps. At a mock campfire after the service (complete with s’mores), a […]

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Tactics – Metaphors

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Tactics

For the first time, I’m stacked up with two promised essays. This one closes off the discussion of tactics from last week. And Sandy – I promise some thoughts before the holidays on your situation regarding what to do when you feel you must do something about problems in the Middle East. So wrapping up […]

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