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Trump Has Turned the Israel-Palestinian Peace Process Into a Real Estate Deal

Underneath all the rhetoric about ending conflict and bringing Palestinians a state is, at heart, a development project.

Atheistic Humanism vs. the “Message from Jerusalem”

American culture is now dominated by people convinced that biblical religion must be expunged from the public square in the name of freedom, authenticity, and the Self.

Trump’s War-Crimes Pardons Weaken Our Military’s Moral Fiber

An ethically upright military takes decades or even centuries to build. It can be undone much more quickly.

Netanyahu Shows Us Why Indicting a Leader Is Bad for Our Democracy

Any serious charge of criminal behavior by a political leader creates severe political problems for a country, as Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment shows. But what is problematic for Israel could pose an existential threat to our Constitution.

Trump Accelerates the Dangerous Politicization of Israel

The president’s talk of American Jews’ ‘loyalty’ and interference in two congressional Democrats’ trip to Israel hurt the interests of the Jewish state.

On the New “Nationalism”

Thanks to President Trump’s “America First” rhetoric and the rise of populist-nationalist parties in Europe, there’s a lot of debate about “nationalism” these days. On that subject, as on so many others, it’s worth listening to Pope St. John Paul II.

What Do Israeli and U.S. Politics Have in Common? National Identity Crises.

Old ideas of nationalism and traditional religion are not going away; any attempt to create a new Israel or United States needs to accommodate adherents of the old orthodoxies. Fail to heed these lessons, and a country descends into tribalism, recrimination and decline.

The Soul’s Need for Rootedness

Yoram Hazony’s The Virtue of Nationalism is a much-needed pushback against modern globalists and imperialists who would erase human distinctions and offers a much-needed impetus to rethink current political paradigms.

Ironic Consequences of Europe’s War Guilt

Seventy-three years after the fall of the Third Reich and 27 years after the implosion of the Soviet Union, the Western world is forgetting what can happen when the center does not hold. The Jews are now, as they have always been, a bellwether.

Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital Is Recognizing Reality

President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was a recognition of reality, even as his critics insist that we inhabit the world of make-believe.