King David—A First Things Essay

In a provocative and profound essay in this magazine (“A King in Israel,” May 2010), the late Michael Wyschogrod proposed that the Jewish state define itself as a democratic, constitutional monarchy. Israel, Wyschogrod suggested, should rename its head of state—the president elected by its legislature, who already plays a largely ceremonial role—and give him or her the title “Regent of the Throne of David.” This would not, he wrote, involve changing anything about the Knesset and other aspects of the political process. Without redefining its democratic nature, “Israel nonetheless can be declared a Davidic monarchy without a reigning king.” This symbolic action, Wyschogrod argued, “would buil

Did Kerry Get His Facts Right?

In the wake of the Obama administration's decision to allow a UN Resolution harshly critical of Israel to pass in the Security Council, Secretary of State John F. Kerry today gave an extended speech at the State Department justifying and defending the resolution. In support of the administration, Mr. Kerry made a number of claims, including that other presidents had allowed similar resolutions to pass: (Read More...)

Obama's Hatred for Israel

The anti-Israel U.N. resolution of December 23, 2016, which the United States abstained from, is the crowning glory of an anti-Semitic and anti-American administration. It is the coda to a dismal eight years from a radical leftist regime that holds a Hanukkah lighting ceremony at the White House while seeking to obliterate the Jewish homeland. (Read More...)

After Resolution, is Trump So Bad?

At the conclusion of his second term as President, there are many areas of the world to which President Obama could have directed his attention. From Chinese and Russian cyber-warfare to the human rights catastrophe taking place in Syria, the world doesn’t lack opportunities for leadership from the leader of the free world. So where did the president set his sights? Squarely on Israel, in order to orchestrate one last shot at the only democracy in the Middle East. (Read More...)

Local Christian Leaders Praise Freedom of Religion in Israel

With Christians suffering in most of the surrounding nations, local Christian leaders took this Christmas season as an opportunity to thank Israel for protecting them and their freedoms. That message was delivered by Greek Patriarch Theophilos III during the annual Christmas and Hanukkah gathering at the presidential residence in Jerusalem. (Read More...)

Biblical Archaeology's Top 10 Discoveries

Archaeological discoveries announced in 2016 help us better understand the Bible and the biblical world, and affirm the Bible’s details about events and people. Below are the top findings from the important excavations taking place in the lands of the Bible or that have a biblical connection. (This list is subjective, and based on news reports rather than peer-reviewed articles in scientific publications.) (Read More...)

Wilders Points Finger at Obama

A leading Dutch politician recently took to social media to express his support for Israel and to vehemently oppose US President Barack Obama's choice not to veto UN Security Council resolution 2334, which called on Israel to halt settlement construction in the West Bank. (Read More...)

Netanyahu Defies UN

Benjamin Netanyahu is waging diplomatic war against the world, and notably against Israel’s only vital ally, the United States. We’ve never seen anything like it. It won’t win Israel any new friends. (Read More...)

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