Hardly a week passes without a media report concerning the growing chasm between American Jews and Israelis over issues of culture, religion and politics. The recent Israeli elections may aggravate the divide.
“If Only Israel (IOI) syndrome,” a term I began using several years ago, is the misguided notion, peddled in the name of Israel's “best interests” by some in the diplomatic, academic, and media worlds, that if only Israel did this or that, peace with the Palestinians would be at hand.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a historic visit to Israel last year, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is about to return the favor. The Israeli leader’s trip to India begins Sunday, January 14. He’ll deliver a keynote address at the prestigious Raisina Dialogue, meet with Indian Jewish community leaders, and announce agreements with Modi that will strengthen Israel’s relationship with the second most populous country in the world.
Four days after the catastrophe, the first Israeli search-and-rescue team arrived in the Tōhoku region and began to provide much-needed humanitarian relief. Israel was the first nation to establish a field hospital, and by the following week, IsraAID had initial operations up and running in Miyagi Prefecture, where the effects of the tsunami were especially destructive