Ten years after the Harper government’s vocal pro-Israel stance was blamed for Canada losing its seat on the UN Security Council (UNSC), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is using every means at his disposal to win this time around.
Amid the gloom of the last few weeks, it has been inspiring to read CJN reports about the many Jewish groups and individuals stepping up to the plate, delivering groceries to those who can’t pick them up themselves, teaching kids via Zoom, lending support on social media – while they try to sort out…
As we need to find renewed strength to deal with these unprecedented crises – governmental, economic, health, societal – we can already learn one lesson from the coronavirus: Not all of our troubles can be blamed on Amalek.
As we navigate through the viral darkness, perhaps we can look to some words of clarity and inspiration written by Viktor Frankl, one of the last century’s most influential and thoughtful psychiatrists.
“By accepting Israel’s security concerns and stating plainly that there is no right of return for Palestinians, the plan increases the chances that a future arrangement with the Palestinians would succeed, should they ever be willing to come to the table.”
Donald Trump and Bibi Netanyahu are corrupt, bigoted politicians, and they will not solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Neither, it seems, will Mahmoud Abbas, too old and unpopular. In these moments when peace feels so distant, I let my mind wander towards a broader perspective, an imagined futu…
The primary reason Israeli politicians of both the centre-right and the centre-left support the plan is it recognizes Israel and Palestine as they are, without attempting a return to any mythic past, writes Shawn Zelig Aster.