Bev Goldman’s top Zionist Opinion & Analysis reads

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From: Zionism is here to stay by Amos Yadlin and Uri Sadot; Givat Haviva and the pursuit of a shared society by Mohammad Darawshe; Strategic follow in the framework agreement with Iran by Gen. Yaacov Amidror; and Remembering the genocides of the 20th Century by Raz Segal – to When did America forget that it’s America? By Natan Sharansky; Netanyahu must wake up to the new reality by Nahum Barnea; Obama’s unforgiveable betrayal by Mortimer Zuckerman; and Israel as a Nazi state: Major Holocaust inversion in Europe by Manfred Gerstenfeld.
by BEV GOLDMAN | Apr 22, 2015

SA's doyen of Zionist communication and education writing picks eight top reads from around the world over the past seven days. 

1. Zionism is here to stay

Amos Yadlin and Uri Sadot, inFocus Quarterly, Spring 2015

Zionism has always been faced with grave challenges, but are the threats it now faces greater than those we overcame for nearly a century? Not at all. In fact, Israel, by most accounts, is more secure and prosperous now than ever in its history. The calculus is simple: it wields the strongest military power in the extended Middle East, the economy is on a steady rise and rich with newly found gas reserves, our demography is the healthiest in the West, our people are among the happiest in the world, and our society, as exemplified in the summer 2014 skirmish with Hamas in Gaza, is close-knit and resilient in trying times.

2. Givat Haviva and the pursuit of a shared society

Mohammad Darawshe, Fathom, Autumn 2014

Mohammad Darawshe, the Co-Executive Director of the Givat Haviva Institute, spoke to a Fathom Forum in September 2014 about how to tackle the inequality and discrimination which Israel’s Arab community faces. He outlined historic reasons for this discrimination, but suggested constructive ways in which coexistence and equality can be achieved – with positive examples that can be found in the work of Givat Haviva and other institutions.

3. Strategic follow in the framework agreement with Iran

Maj.Gen.(res.) Yaacov Amidror, BESA, 20 April 2015

Only a profound misunderstanding of the nature of the Iranian regime could lead anyone to believe that the proposed P5+1 deal will end or satisfy Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. The US is capable of bringing Iran’s nuclear program to a halt. Unfortunately, the US has simply chosen not to do so. Israel will now have to decide whether to acquiesce in Iran’s nuclear drive or prepare to confront it.

4. Remembering the genocides of the 20th Century

Raz Segal, YNet News, 19 April 2015

The commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide and the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II has created an opportunity to cast local and global meanings into the memory of the Holocaust in Israel, beyond the simplistic statement 'never again.'

5. When did America forget that it’s America?

Natan Sharansky, Washington Post, 17th April 2015

The Obama administration apparently believes that only after a nuclear agreement is signed can the free world expect Iran to stop its attempts at regional domination, improve its human rights record and, in general, behave like the civilized state it hopes the world will recognize it to be.

6. Netanyahu must wake up to the new reality

Nahum Barnea, YNet News, 17 April 2015

With an American president who is losing patience with the insults hurled at him, a failed Israeli attempt at reshaping the Iranian nuclear agreement and a looming UN resolution on the Palestinians, it's time for a reboot of international policy.

7. Obama’s unforgiveable betrayal

Mortimer Zuckerman, US News, 17 April 2015

The president's nuclear accommodation of radical Islamist theocrats threatens Israel's survival.

8. Israel as a Nazi state: Major Holocaust inversion in Europe

Manfred Gerstenfeld, Isranet, 16 April 2015

The widespread anti-Semitism in Europe is coming increasingly in the open. The more it develops, the more Israel is accused by hatemongers or by using double standards against it. For many, Europeans this is a necessity in order to whitewash both the continent’s past and present. For some it serves to specifically cover their ancestors’ crimes.


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