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News outlet urged to review Middle East names

By Steve Kramer ALFE MENASHE, Israel — Following is an open letter to David Horowitz, editor in chief of The Times of Israel, concerning political nomenclature. Dear David, I enjoy reading your online newspaper, The Times of Israel – I’m even one of the paper’s many bloggers. But there are a few editorial decisions about terminology […]

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Waiting for Washington to move its Israeli embassy

By Steve Kramer   ALFEI MENASHE, Israel — The Middle East would require a bold American leader to jumpstart peace negotiations in Jerusalem, if such a process is even possible. Since the mid-1970s, many presidents have tried but all have failed. The only way to ensure that the Palestinian Arab leadership gets serious about negotiations is […]

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Jerusalem Day Celebrates Israel’s Sovereignty

By Steve Kramer ALFEI MENASHE, Israel — June 5–10, 1967, (earlier this year according to the Hebrew calendar) is the most consequential period in the history of modern Israel except for May 14, 1948, when David Ben-Gurion declared Israel’s independence. In the midst of this six-day period, Jerusalem Day marks the 50th anniversary of the […]

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North to Metula

By Steve Kramer ALFEI MENASHE, Israel — Spring is the perfect time to travel to the north in Israel: the temperatures are generally ideal, the hillsides and fields are green after the winter rains, and the streams are flowing with a respectable amount of water. So, not long after Passover, Michal and I and some […]

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The importance of the Balfour Declaration

By Steve Kramer ALFEI MENASHE, Israel — One hundred years ago a bomb shell was dropped on the international community by the British government. It was the Balfour Declaration, a public “letter” which would have greatly cheered Theodor Herzl, the great proponent and leader of the Zionist movement, had he not succumbed to a heart […]

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Judea and Samaria: A promise fulfilled

By Steve Kramer ALFEI MENASHE, Israel — For thousands of years the Jewish people remembered Zion and God’s promise that that they would eventually return to their homeland there (Genesis 15:18). Whether one believes the Bible or not, it is an uncontested fact that Jews have prayed for the return to Jerusalem for millennia: By […]

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Israel has no credible peace partner

By Steve Kramer ALFEI MENASHE, Israel — I have heard the following platitude ad nauseam: “It is presumed that Israel will retain high Jewish population centers in the West Bank, known as the blocs, in any final status agreement for a two-state solution with the Palestinians.” Who says this? Nearly every Western diplomat, wire service, […]

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Israel test for American readers

By Steve Kramer ALFEI MENASHE, Israel — All the reports that I read about the dwindling support for Israel by liberal Jews, and other Westerners, stress one thing: ignorance on the part of those who have taken an adversarial stance towards Israel. Of course, readers of my articles are very well acquainted with the  facts […]

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Computers for Ethiopian Israeli students

By Steve Kramer ALFEI MENASHE, Israel — As we approach the Passover holiday, when helping others is customary, it’s instructive to see how a few volunteers are having a considerable impact on Netanya’s Ethiopian Israeli community… The Forgotten People Fund (FPF), a strictly volunteer organization in Netanya, Israel, was founded in 1998 by two couples, Anne […]

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‘The Lies They Tell’ excoriates U.S. society

 By Steve Kramer ALFE MENASHE, Israel — The Lies They Tell is the second Tuvia Tenenbom book that I’ve read, following the enlightening Catch the Jew!, which penetrates the bubble surrounding many Israelis and journalists. Tuvia (his irreverent style breeds a strange familiarity) is an expat Israeli who has lived in the United States, Germany […]

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Peace is the goal

By Steve Kramer ALFEI MENASHE, Israel — Israelis had been waiting with bated breath for Prime Minister Netanyahu’s initial meeting with President Donald Trump on February 15. All sorts of fantasies were dreamed up by “Land of Israel” (right wing) advocates, as if the new president were an ultra-Zionist. Left wing “peace” advocates, on the other […]

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Thoughts on ancient and modern Israeli conflicts

By Steve Kramer ALFEI MENASHE, Israel — With everyone in the US and Israel either apprehensive, worried, or elated with the change of American administrations, the world turns. This week I was irritated enough by an article in the Boston Globe (which I read courtesy of the watchdog (HonestReporting.com) to write a letter to the […]

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‘Palestine’ has a very short history

By Steve Kramer ALFE MENASHE, Israel — The “Palestinians” are an “invented people,” in the opinion of Newt Gingrich, former US Speaker of the House, presidential candidate, best selling author, and bona fide historian (Ph.D. in European history – Tulane University). It’s a fact: the Palestinian Arabs simply have no history as a distinct people […]

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Do Palestinian Arabs Deserve a State?

By Steve Kramer ALFE MENASHE, Israel — Of course Palestinian Arabs deserve a state. It’s obvious, isn’t it? No, it isn’t. There are many stateless groups that are far more deserving of statehood, having proven their provenance, responsibility, and mettle. Nevertheless, it’s taken for granted by many that there must be a Palestinian state, based on […]

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