Plus Assad talks tough and a Jewish Holocaust avenger tells his story
Putting ourselves in political, moral, and now actual lockdown is more threatening than Islamic terrorism
President addresses Boston memorial, anti-Semites push conspiracy theories
But here’s Cynthia Ozick on the Belieber question
On his first trip abroad, the new secretary of state criticized Erdogan’s comments about Israel. It’s about time.
Plus Ambassador Oren’s close link to the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane
Former New York City mayor Ed Koch, who died today, spoke to Tablet in 2011 about politics and Judaism
William Cowan, a former aide to Governor Deval Patrick, will represent Massachusetts
Plus John Kerry confirmed as secretary of state
Next up: a vote to confirm him (or not)
Meanwhile, 3,000 Gaza teenagers graduate Hamas training school
Kerry learned of his grandfather’s Judaism back in 2003
Plus Massachusetts rabbi considering Senate run
Will he glide through the nomination process?
Plus John Kerry to replace Clinton at State Department
Plus the brother of the Toulouse gunman speaks
Conservatives, Senate accuse White House; White House accuses NYT
Wunderkind Democrat Andrei Cherny, ‘Clinton’s heir,’ is focusing on the Jewish state in his race for Congress
Plus Bibi switches course on settlement neighborhood, and more in the news
The imminent landmark very few are talking about
A smaller percentage of the GOP electorate was Jewish than in 2008
Or: tomorrow’s Republican talking point, today
Republicans are once again arguing that American Jews will abandon the Democratic Party. But it won’t happen, because Jews recoil from the GOP’s overt Christianity, even when it comes with staunch pro-Israel views.
Plus R.I.P. Harman, lox vs. smoked salmon, and more
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is every bit as dangerous and thuggish as his autocratic counterparts across the Middle East, yet for some reason Washington continues to embrace him
The renewed violence in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict may be tied to the wave of unrest in the Arab world—as a distraction meant to lure the U.S. back to a failed peace process
Plus Kerry and Assad’s secret plan for peace, and more in the news
A one-of-a-kind character, yet consummately of his times
Syria may be getting a new U.S. ambassador, but the problem of Syrian engagement is far from solved
And why not?