Is Hamas Winning?

An edited version of this piece first appeared at LobeLog

When Israel, or any country, engages in armed conflict with a guerilla group, even if that group controls significant territory and resources, it is a virtual truism that the longer the fighting goes on, the greater the gains for the non-state actor. In Gaza, Hamas’ quasi-governmental position still leaves it in the role of the guerilla enemy. And with the events of the past few days, it is worth asking if Israel is not losing this “war.” Continue reading

Abe Foxman: Bad for the Jews

Three cheers for Fareed Zakharia, who yesterday announced he was returning the award and the $10,000 honorarium he got from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) after their abominable support of bigotry and hate in the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” controversy in New York.

The ADL and its leader, Abe Foxman, have come under a great deal of criticism, and a significant amount of it has come from unusual sectors.

ADL President Abe Foxman

It isn’t enough.

The ADL’s hypocrisy when it comes to Israel should have discredited the organization some years ago, after many decades of their being a legitimate leader in the fight for civil rights in America.

Consider these words, which Foxman wrote in 2007: “The Turks and Armenians need to revisit their past. The Jewish community shouldn’t be the arbiter of that history, nor should the U.S. Congress, and a Congressional resolution on such matters is a counterproductive diversion and will not foster reconciliation between Turks and Armenians and may put at risk the Turkish Jewish community and the important multilateral relationship between Turkey, Israel and the United States.”

Do we even have to guess how Foxman (or most any Jew) would react if the Holocaust was spoken about in such a manner? The notion that such political considerations should factor in any way into the acknowledgment of genocide should be profoundly offensive to anyone, certainly to a Jew steeped in Holocaust memory. Continue reading