Posts by Robert Sklar

Israeli flag waving in the wind

Essay: Overriding Obstacle

Palestinians stymie their statehood bid by delegitimizing Israel. The vaunted two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict hinges on a joint willingness to negotiate, compromise and truly change. Desirable as that solution is, it will remain a pipedream without a concurrent shift in attitude and action by both sides. A new dynamic could derive from coexistence…

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shadow of a boy in a hat running on the Western Wall in Jerusalem

Essay: Pre-Nuptial Murders Recalled

Implications of Palestinian terrorist attack 15 years ago still resonate It was to be the kind of precious moment a father craves with a daughter about to be married: a respite together, however fleeting, the night before the big day. Dr. David Appelbaum, a U.S.-bred Israeli innovator in emergency medicine, and his daughter, Nava, relaxed…

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First-year rider Renee Liberman of Royal Oak . Team Alex

Faces & Places – Team Alex And WAM

Before Alexandra Graham, daughter of Susie and Bill Graham of West Bloomfield, died of bone cancer in 1999 at age 17 following a valiant battle, Make-A-Wish Michigan granted her extraordinary wish to create a public service announcement. The PSA urged others to smile, not stare, at seriously ill kids who may look different because of…

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Essay: Transformative Moment?

Without sweeping change, Palestinian culture won’t permit making peace with Israel. It’s stereotypical and wrong to suggest all Palestinians are morally bankrupt. Still, legions of ordinary Palestinians have been poisoned by a raging culture of anti-Zionist venom spewed by many in positions of power. In a compelling commentary released by Jewish News Syndicate, Stephen Flatow,…

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A roadside landmark in the Golan Heights. Photo credit: Dmitriy Feldman Svarshik

Essay: Heightened Defense

Israeli control of the Golan yields a broader benefit. It’s a ridge for the ages, a bulwark against Islamist tyranny from the north and a vista providing sweeping views of upper Israel. Arguably, the existence of Israel, America’s staunchest Middle East friend, hinges in part on Israeli control of the Golan Heights. The highlands are…

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person riding a camel in Israel

Demographic Deceit

Fudging population numbers discredits Palestinian cause. One moment, the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, sits stunned by Arab claims that there’s population parity between Jews and Arabs west of the Jordan River. The next, such demographic saber-rattling is authoritatively rebuked. Still, the matter of demographics within the contours of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains. Demographic chicanery seems a…

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Israel Jerusalem

A Forceful Act – The Taylor Force Act

Bipartisan-backed law a potential step toward real peace. It alone won’t stop the Palestinian Authority’s mindless practice of inciting violence and subsidizing terror against anyone or anything Zionist. But the newly enacted Taylor Force Act, which mandates slashing U.S. aid to the P.A. until the practice ceases, could help cultivate a Palestinian culture that recognizes,…

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JN Memories: Israel

Martin Luther King Day 2018 will mark my 20th year with the Detroit Jewish News, the first 13 as editor and the last seven as contributing editor. In 2011, during my “bar mitzvah’’ year with the JN, I chose to whittle my hours, but not my involvement in Jewish Detroit. My family roots here go…

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Auschwitz on Tour stands to be a powerful Teaching Tool

There’s intriguing merit in Poland’s plans to stage a first-ever international traveling exhibit of 600 original artifacts from the Auschwitz network of concentration and death camps operated by Nazi Germany during World War II. The long-planned tour of 14 cities in Europe and North America, timely amid swelling anti-Jewish sentiment, will remind older generations and…

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