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The Huffington Post
Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 4:56pm

Of all the criticism Donald Trump has taken in recent weeks for making provocative statements, the most interesting was uttered by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia. Following Trump’s call for banning Muslims from entering the United States, the Prince, a member of the Saudi royal family, said of the Republican presidential candidate, “You are a disgrace not only to the GOP but to all America.”

Hearing that message from Prince Alwaleed is like the pot calling the kettle black. If intolerance to other religions is the criteria for a disgraceful policy, he ought to direct equal attention to his own government’s long-standing positions. Is it necessary for the “custodian of Islam” — by virtue of Saudi Arabia being the location of the Haj — to prohibit the practice of all other religions? Is it right that barriers to citizenship and even entry into the Kingdom can be enforced on the basis of religion?

The Hill
Friday, December 18, 2015 - 11:13am

The election of Mauricio Macri as Argentina’s new president is a promising development, not just for his long-suffering nation, but for the prospects that Latin America can move successfully into a post-Chavez period of reintegration with the West. As Argentina works to reinvigorate its economy, abandon a provocative and failed foreign policy and assure citizens that rule of law and an independent judiciary will be respected, the U.S. has a rare opportunity to make a real difference by supporting the fresh wind blowing through the Western Hemisphere.

Having personally gotten to know Macri over the past few years, I believe he has the leadership qualities to fulfill his vision of leading Argentina into a new era of economic prosperity. Renewing strong economic relations with the United States and other western nations will be part of Macri’s effort to repair the damage of Buenos Aires’ default on its debt and exit from the dollar in 2002 amid the Argentine Great Depression. Reversing his predecessor’s isolationist trade policies will be applauded in Washington and most other western capitals, and contribute to jump starting Argentina’s stalled economy.

The Jewish Chronicle
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 3:00pm

Argentina’s new government was set this week to quash a pact with Iran under which the countries had agreed to jointly investigate the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires. Upending what had been a pillar of the country’s foreign policy, Germán Garavano, Argentina’s justice minister, said in an interview that the ministry would nullify an appeal, lodged by the administration of former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, against a court’s decision declaring the pact unconstitutional.

 

...“We applaud the Argentinian government’s new direction on this important matter,” said Jack Rosen, president of the American Jewish Congress, in a statement.

Fairport-East Rochester Post
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 4:30pm

Last month, I had the opportunity to travel to Israel to attend the 30th International Conference of Mayors, organized by the Jewish American Congress, the Council on World Jewry, and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I was one of just four mayors from the United States invited to join about 25 other municipal leaders from around the world to discuss urban innovation.

During my visit, I was impressed how Israeli cities place a strong emphasis on future generations in their decision-making process, and I intend to do the same in Rochester.

i24 News
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 5:30pm

As the results of Argentina’s pivotal presidential elections started pouring in, a sigh of relief echoed in Israeli diplomatic circles. Ending the era of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, defined by tensions and animosity between Jerusalem and Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri’s election as president was widely hailed in Jerusalem as a double victory, good tidings for both Israel and Argentina's 180,000-strong Jewish community.

Nevada Appeal
Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 5:00pm
As was recently reported by the Nevada Appeal, by invitation from the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles, I, along with Supervisor Bonkowski and City Manager Marano, attended the 30th Annual International Mayors Conference in Israel (on our dime, of course). The topic of this year’s conference was Smart Cities. It was a fascinating conference on many levels, but one of the takeaways I came back with was the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship in the development of the country of Israel. It’s a way of life in Israel, promoted not only by its educational system but its government organizations and many private international companies as well.
Times of Israel
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 3:32pm

To hear scholars and historians tell it, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu completely turned history on its head when he said that Haj Amin el Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, convinced Adolf Hitler to implement the Holocaust.

Netanyahu, who has walked back his assertions, was inaccurate in saying that Hitler needed anyone’s help to decide to annihilate Jews. He regrettably managed to make himself the center of attention while obscuring an important point about an issue that should stand on its own.

No historical invention is necessary to remind the world that Palestinian hostility to Jews is not a new phenomenon. For nearly 100 years, Palestinian riots focused not on colonial occupation by Ottomans or the British, but on violent attacks against Jews. Many recall the organized violence in 1929 and the even larger revolt of 1936, but only because the scale of the murders and destruction of Jewish homes and synagogues was so great that it captured outside attention.

Times of Israel
Monday, November 2, 2015 - 4:26pm

The construct set forth in Steven Levitsky and Glen Weyl’s recent op-ed is highly troubling.

Mr. Levitsky and Mr. Weyl argue that the only way that Israel can secure international respect is to remove their presence from Palestinian territory. They do not, however, recognize wrongdoing by Palestinians or mention the historical context of the situation. They do not mention multiple instances in which Palestinian leaders refused to sign peace agreements with Israel, nor do they mention the most recent incitement of violence by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Newsday
Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 11:38am

City governments -- especially those in Europe -- must lead the global fight against anti-Semitism by banishing indifference and denouncing acts of hatred however small, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a speech Sunday at the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

He drew a parallel to the NYPD's "broken windows" strategy of targeting low-level crimes to limit disorder.

Jerusalem Post
Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 11:59pm
The deadline for Congress to reject the Iran deal has come and gone. Like many in the Jewish community who steadfastly opposed the deal, I believe a short-term delay for Iran’s nuclear ambitions is not enough if our children and our children’s children won’t be safe in their homes, both in Israel and in the United States. While it’s easy to wish a better deal had been negotiated, our focus and energy must now turn to enforcing the deal. Meaning, dealing responsibly with the agreement’s shortcomings that allow Iran to engage in regional mischief, and maintaining strong American leadership in the Middle East.

Based on historical evidence, we have no doubt the Iranians will violate the deal. Therefore, we must actively monitor the implementation of the agreement to ensure that any Iranian violation is brought to light and punished to the full extent, which includes keeping the military option on the table.