On PJ Lifestyle/PJ Media I'll be counting down, from 10 to 1, the worst antisemites (individuals and groups) worldwide (a subsequent series will do the same for U.S. antisemitism). First installment: David Irving.
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's "charm offensive" is a carefully calibrated fraud meant to render the West even more disarmed and helpless before Iranian nuclearization and aggression than it already is. I discuss today on Frontpage.
They come into them, or wake up in them, terrified of the monstrous Jews they've heard about all their lives. Then they're terrified that someone in Syria will "find out" they were in an Israeli hospital. I tell this sad (not entirely), highly indicative story here on PJ Lifestyle.
I see I haven't got around to logging them here--in this month of major Jewish holidays, I've been devoting a piece to each one on PJ Media. Brief explanations of what they're about, some thoughts about Israel's current mood, situation, and challenges in their context. This one on Rosh Hashanah, the New Year; this one on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which was yesterday. Sukkot in a few days, Simchat Torah later this month. Then there will be a break till December.
As I discuss today on Frontpage. Speeches this week by Israel's prime minister and defense minister, emphasizing Israeli self-reliance, have been taken as implicit criticisms of Obama's dithering incompetence and the West's general flaccidity and irresolve. Looking back at the morning of Yom Kippur forty years ago, Israel sees a moment when heeding U.S. admonitions, playing along with its game, proved near-catastrophic for Israel. What this all means regarding Iran's nuke program is that Israel may well have to go it alone in solving that problem.
In my new piece on PJ Lifestyle I'm again focusing on Europe's chronic and unrelenting anti-Semitism, with a reported 40-50 percent of Europe's Jews now considering emigration. Zionism was right about the Diaspora, but not right in positing that the creation of a Jewish state would solve anti-Semitism by "normalizing" the Jews. European Jews who make aliyah, come to Israel to live, are making a profound and uplifting affirmation.