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Israel Wrestles With Nationalism And Freedom

by Peter Berkowitz via Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

In mid-July, by a vote of 62-55, with two abstentions, the Knesset passed the Basic Law on Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People. The legislation — Basic Laws in Israel enjoy constitutional status although only a simple parliamentary majority is needed to pass or repeal them — reaffirmed principles set forth in the country’s May 1948 Declaration of Independence.

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Israel at Seventy

by Peter Berkowitz via Hoover Digest
Monday, July 9, 2018

A nation that “encourages its citizens to challenge authority, ask the next question, and defy the obvious.”


Conservatism's Challenges In The Age Of Trump

by Peter Berkowitz via Real Clear Politics
Sunday, July 8, 2018

In these confounding times, conservatives would do well to recall that modern conservatism is a creature of confounding times. Both the broad school of politics that emerged in England in the 17th and 18th centuries and the mature, post-World War II American variant arose to combat new threats to freedom -- and freedom’s moral, cultural, and religious preconditions.

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Religious Freedom Isn't Baked Into Wedding Cake Ruling

by Peter Berkowitz via Real Clear Politics
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Last week in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the Supreme Court threaded the needle. Whether the thread will hold is uncertain. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s narrowly crafted majority opinion protected religious liberty without impairing gay rights.


Israel Can Ease Gaza Tensions, But So Must The U.N.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018
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In mid-May, freelance journalist Ahmed Abu Artema, an organizer of "Gaza’s Great Return March," emphasized in a New York Times op-ed the peaceful intentions of a movement that has sparked violence since late-March and led to dozens of Palestinians killed and thousands injured by Israel in defense of its border.

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Duke Erodes Liberal Education

by Peter Berkowitz via Real Clear Politics
Saturday, June 2, 2018

On May 8, the Duke University student newspaper published a stirring letter addressed to the school community that was co-signed by 101 students and former students. The letter protested the decision of the university’s Sanford School of Public Policy to decline to renew the contract of Evan Charney, associate professor of the practice of public policy and political science, and called on the provost to reverse the decision.


Can Trump's Populist-Conservative Coalition Hold?

by Peter Berkowitz via Sleeves Print Trendy Letter Arrow Cropped Short Casual Neck Tee Round Real Clear Politics
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Conservatives—indeed, all Americans—should take heart: The constitutional order is showing its resilience. Whether because of or despite President Trump’s numerous executive orders reducing the regulatory burden on business and the tax reform he signed into law in December, the economy is humming. Unemployment, including for blacks and Latinos, is at or near record lows.


An Israeli's Overture To His Palestinian Neighbors

by Peter Berkowitz via Real Clear Politics
Friday, May 11, 2018

Last month, dueling guest opinion pieces marking the 70th anniversary of Israel’s birth (according to the Hebrew calendar) appeared in the United States’ two most influential newspapers. The opposing spirits in which the articles were written reflect a recurring asymmetry in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


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by Peter Berkowitz via Real Clear Politics
Thursday, April 26, 2018

“I explained that he could count on me to always tell him the truth. I said I don’t do sneaky things, I don’t leak, I don’t do weasel moves.” So said then-FBI Director James Comey, according to his own memo, to a recently inaugurated President Donald Trump on Jan. 27, 2017, at a private White House dinner.


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by Peter Berkowitz via The Weekly Standard
Monday, April 23, 2018

Colleges foster smugness on the left and resentment on the right.