Cliff Savren reports for the Cleveland Jewish News on Israel and the Middle East from Ra’aana, Israel.

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What attracted me in part to moving to Israel as a secular Jew was the secular Jewish aspect of the country’s character. Zionism in many respects was a secular response to the religious idea that the Jewish people would be redeemed from persecution when the Messiah comes. Zionism as a moveme…

A headline this month in The Jerusalem Post caught my eye. It said 25% of American Jews polled in an American Jewish Committee survey said a thriving Israel was not vital to the long-term future of the Jewish people. The suggestion that one in four Jews in the United States doesn’t think wha…

During Ronald Reagan’s presidency, a major low point was the Iran-Contra affair of the 1980s in which a plan was hatched to secretly sell arms to Iran with the proceeds going to a rebel group in Nicaragua. The operation was run by Col. Oliver North out of the basement of the White House.

Last week’s Israeli election was a disappointment for me and many other Israelis who were hoping that Benny Gantz, a former army chief of staff who heads the new Blue and White Party, would unseat Benjamin Netanyahu, after 10 consecutive years in office. Gantz failed to become prime minister…

The closer Israel’s April 9 Knesset election comes, the more pessimistic I get. I hoped we would be spared an additional term for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and just weeks ago, the polls seemed to suggest Netanyahu would be voted out of office. Now things have shifted slightly in favo…

Last week, the political drama in the United States and Israel was more powerful than anything Hollywood could have produced. On Feb. 27, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, told a congressional committee that Trump is a “con man” and a “cheat.” The following day, the atto…