The New York Observer has just hired a new photo editor. She’s a talented photographer in her own right, with a great eye and an extensive network of photographers who shoot in all styles. These are all important traits. But the skill that makes a really great photo editor is the ability to select a photo that both illustrates the accompanying story and elevates it.
There’s a rumble in Brooklyn. Max Blumenthal’s book Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel snagged the equivalent of a lefty book award when a Wall Street Journal editor announced he was tossing it in the trash can. Then big-brand liberal Eric Alterman, who should be Max’s fellow traveler, called Mr. Blumenthal naïve and juvenile and nominated his book to the “Hamas Book of the Month Club.”
For the past two months, I have intermittently been barred from Facebook.
The first time it happened was in June, when I tried to post my Israel Hayom column. Suddenly, a window popped up, telling me that inappropriate material had been found on, and removed from, my page. I was warned that if Read More
On Sunday evening, a sea of men wearing black hats and cloaks flooded Foley Square in Lower Manhattan. They bore signs with Hebrew and English lettering, and conversed almost exclusively in Yiddish. Women, what few were in attendance, were given a wide berth. Three hundred rabbis and elders gathered onstage and led the crowd in Read More
Israeli journalists at the widely-respected Haaretz newspaper are on strike to protest probable layoffs and budget cuts, the Haaretz website announced. Up to 100 employees are expected to be laid off.
The strike, which began at 4 p.m. Israeli time, will last until midnight. At midnight, employees will vote on whether to continue to the strike or go back to work.
It’s a thought that ought to disturb the sleep of every decent person: The bloodthirsty haters in Iran armed with nuclear weapons and, let’s be clear about this, ready to use those weapons at any moment, against any number of its many enemies.
The prospect is real, and is simply intolerable. Or so you’d think. But some commentators are going wobbly, as Margaret Thatcher might say. Bill Keller of The New York Times spoke not just for himself but for other accommodationists the other day when he wrote a long piece that concluded, in essence, that Tehran is going to get nuclear weapons no matter what we do. So we need to figure out how to live with his unavoidable reality.
It’s hard to know where to start, except to say that no Israeli should expect to live very long if Iran gets nuclear weapons, since it is the express desire of Iran’s leaders to wipe the Jewish state and its inhabitants off the map.
For the politically minded, there is no shortage of righteous causes to adopt. Women throughout the world—especially in certain regions—are oppressed by societies governed by medieval practices and beliefs. Brutal dictators throughout the globe think nothing of killing and torturing anybody thought to harbor an independent thought. Here in the United States, some state and local governments have enacted or are considering horrifying laws targeting immigrants, pregnant women and gay people.
For some radical-chic types in Park Slope, however, the above practices and causes apparently are too pedestrian for their outrage. Instead, they have decided to channel their energy against Israel.
Not for the first time, Barack Obama said all the right things at the AIPAC dinner over the weekend. All of the expected words and sentiments were out in force—tributes to the enduring friendship between the two nations, reassurances of shared goals and acknowledgments of common strategic interests.
In an effort to compete with more “boutique” burger joints sprouting up in the Middle East, McDonald’s has unveiled a “Big America” series of hamburger to replace their current Israeli best-seller, the McFalafel.
The Republican Party’s presidential candidates may not agree on everything, but they seem unanimous about one thing: if they were prime minister of Israel, they would not have swapped more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for the return of Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who had been held captive by Hamas for five years before his return last week.
That’s curious, to say the least.