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23.09.2020

"The Emperor’s New Clothes"

https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/israel-middle-east/articles/abraham-accords-trump

Einige Kritiker Donald Trumps haben die beiden Friedensabkommen Israels mit arabischen Staaten als weitgehend bedeutungslose Verträge abgetan. Michael Doran widerspricht dieser Einschätzung vehement: "The Abraham Accords are the most significant development in the Arab-Israeli conflict in the last 25 years. Not only have the Palestinians lost their veto over normalization between Israel and other Arab states, but the entire 'Resistance Alliance,' led by Iran, has revealed itself as incapable of placing obstacles in the way of Israel’s integration into the Arab state system. True, the UAE and Bahrain are small powers, but behind them looms Saudi Arabia, which is by far the most influential Arab state. Without Riyadh’s tacit support, the celebration on the White House lawn would never have materialized. If Trump wins the election in November, there is a good chance that Riyadh will normalize relations with Israel — to say nothing of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Morocco, and Sudan, who are also waiting in the wings."

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17.10.2019

"The Heroes in Halle"

https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/292629/the-heroes-in-halle

Andrew Mark Bennett schreibt, dass der Anschlag von Halle nur deshalb nicht mehr Todesopfer gefordert hat, weil Vorbeter Roman Yossel Remis und andere Juden in der betroffenen Synagoge eigene Sicherheitsmaßnahmen ergriffen hätten. Dem deutschen Staat wirft Bennett dagegen Versagen und Lethargie vor. "Preoccupied with questions over the rise and root causes of anti-Semitism in Germany and elsewhere, there has been a tendency to under-appreciate the concrete, meaningful actions taken by individual Jews and Jewish institutions to keep the community safe. German officials, in stark contrast, abrogated their responsibility to the Jewish people. (…) At the political center, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s presumptive heir, referred to the Halle attack as a 'warning sign.' Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, head of the Conference of European Rabbis, was one of many to criticize her terminology as out of touch. An armed attack on a synagogue is not a warning sign; it is the horrific outcome of the failure to act on warning signs. Heiko Maas has said he 'entered politics because of Auschwitz.' But it is hard to take seriously his stated commitment against anti-Semitism when, as foreign minister, he has not appeared to have taken any action at all against Iran, a state that promotes Holocaust denial and whose agents were caught scouting German Jewish institutions, including kindergartens, as potential targets. Chancellor Merkel often describes Germany’s flourishing Jewish community as a 'gift.' Yet, the rabbi of Halle, Elisha Portnoy, tells Tablet that Merkel has neither visited Halle nor contacted him in the wake of the attack."

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13.08.2019

"Nobody Understands Democracy Anymore"

https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/289489/nobody-understands-democracy-anymore

Shany Mor stellt einige Bücher zur "Krise der Demokratie" vor und entdeckt einen übergreifenden Mangel an Verständnis hinsichtlich der Funktionsweise der demokratischen Ordnung. "What the books have in common, beyond their shared subject matter, is a common confusion over what democracy actually is. This confusion about the differences between democracy’s complementary functions like lawmaking and voting is, in its own way, rather illuminating, as the shared shortcoming in the books suggests a broader breakdown in democratic understanding that helped engender the very crisis they were written to address. (...) Political thinkers have come to see governance as yet another market mechanism where preferences can be aggregated and efficient outcomes determined. If people disagree, they must be ill-informed or prejudiced. But disagreement is a fundamental condition — the fundamental condition — of politics. And the most important practice of democracy isn’t voting, but rather proscribing norms for the habit of legitimate disagreement. (...) As long as our discussion of democracy treats representation as though it were some kind of rounding error or approximation of the real thing, and law as though it were just another policy outcome, we won’t have a fully formed sense of what this democracy thing really is (...)."

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06.03.2019

"Multiculturalism and the Anti-Enlightenment"

https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/280653/weitzmann-hate-excerpt

Marc Weitzmann erklärt in diesem Auszug aus seinem Buch "Hate: The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism in France (and What It Means for Us)", warum die Wurzeln der pro-islamischen und anti-zionistischen Haltung vieler Anhänger der heutigen Linken im französischen Kolonialismus gefunden werden könnten, der Algerien im 19. Jahrhundert in ein "reaktionäres Fantasieland" verwandelt habe. "To make things perfectly clear: I am not suggesting that an interest in Islam necessarily leads to identity politics and apartheid, nor that Urbain and his like were wrong to point out the dilemmas of the modern crisis. The search for transcendental meaning is, in a sense, part of that crisis itself and probably can’t be avoided any more than modernity can. But, at least since Napoleon’s expedition in Egypt, the same crisis also affected the Muslim world. And while some of the religious dignitaries there fought to develop an “Islamic Enlightenment” based on a dialogue with the West, a majority simply took shelter in a conservative view, and people like Urbain, eager to escape the West and full of the enthusiasm of the convert, were naturally inclined to turn to them."

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14.08.2018

"Why Israel Needs the Nation-State Law"

https://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/268510/why-israel-needs-the-nation-state-law

Liel Leibovitz verteidigt das umstrittene Nationalstaatsgesetz gegen die Kritik des linken politischen Lagers in Israel. "The overwhelming majority of Israeli Jews are still deeply committed to the Zionist idea, and see Israel as the historic homeland of the Jewish people. When the Jewish left — a political camp that had for decades embraced both Zionism and socialism without great difficulty and strove for justice without compromising its core values — abandoned its old affinities, this majority reacted by exercising its right for self-definition, a cornerstone of the democratic idea. It’s a pity that at the very moment when the nation’s Jews and Arabs alike would benefit greatly from moderation and reconciliation, the politics of radical chic triumphs and the breathless rhetoric of the extremes rings loudest."

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