Articles written by: Mike Billings

The spring of Israel’s relations with its Arab neighbors

The spring of Israel’s relations with its Arab neighbors

In the past few weeks it seems that Arab and Muslim countries have been competing with each other over Israel. Following news on back-channel intelligence ties with Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was invited to a well-publicized visit to Oman. Later, Chad’s president arrived in Israel for a visit, during which Netanyahu revealed that Sudan and Bahrain are about […]

Jerusalem mayoral race opens first cracks in haredi ‘black wall’

Jerusalem mayoral race opens first cracks in haredi ‘black wall’

A new mayor takes his seat in Jerusalem this week, and the split in the once-impenetrable “black wall” of haredi (ultra-Orthodox) unity in the holy city suggests he will have to navigate carefully among competing factions. As the votes came in on election night last month, it seemed that young, secular activist Ofer Berkovitch might achieve the nearly impossible and […]

Fire him!

Fire him!

Temple University’s leaders Patrick O’Connor and Mitchell Morgan and president Richard Englert have a clear choice: If Temple condemns, removes the academic chair of, and terminates the Stephen Charles Prof. Marc Lamont Hill for repeatedly promoting the Jewish State of Israel’s destruction and violence against Jews, Temple will win back its now-damaged reputation and become a moral beacon where antisemitic […]

Marc Lamont Hill does not deserve forgiveness

Marc Lamont Hill does not deserve forgiveness

CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill does not deserve forgiveness. His true colors were evident as he issued a disingenuous “apology” for advocating the destruction of Israel as he called for a Palestine “from the river to the sea.” Athough it is not necessarily a positive development that the age of social media has compelled us all to dispense with nuance […]

Modi-Netanyahu and the spirit of collaboration

Modi-Netanyahu and the spirit of collaboration

In a recent speech at the state memorial for David Ben-Gurion, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “In normal times, a leader must be attentive to the hearts of the people… but in the times of crisis, when making critical decisions in the field of security, the public cannot always be a partner in the crucial considerations that must be concealed […]