A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Ben Cohen writes a weekly column for JNS.org on Jewish affairs and Middle Eastern politics.  The senior editor of  The Tower Magazine and TheTower.org, Cohen is the author of “Some of My Best Friends: A Journey Through Twenty-First Century Antisemitism.”

Netanyahu’s Russian realism

By Ben Cohen June 29, 2016

These are the days that Vladimir Putin has been aching for since the end of the Cold War. On Dec. 5, 1989, three weeks after the Berlin Wall was torn down, angry crowds stormed the Dresden Headquarters of the Stasi, the brutal secret police of the Soviet...

President Barack Obama seated next to Alan Solow at the White House, March 1, 2011. (Pete Souza/White House) 

Pro-Israel heavyweights press hard for two states

By Ron Kampeas, JTA May 25, 2016

WASHINGTON — In a rare and sharp split with Israeli government policy, a group of Jewish community leaders wants to get a proposal for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the next president’s desk.Two complementary U.S. and...

Iran’s Holocaust denial cartoon contest; where are the ‘moderates’ in Tehran?

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus May 18, 2016

To its credit, the U.S. State Department, through spokesman Mark Toner, has expressed concern about Iran’s plans to host yet another “Holocaust Cartoon Contest” in Tehran. Toner, traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry in Saudi Arabia, said...

Mounting Distrust

Jewish Light Editorial May 4, 2016

There seems to be no limit to the extent to which arms of the United Nations will adopt positions that are aimed to delegitimize and demonize the Jewish State of Israel.  In the most recent—and one of the most egregious—of such actions, the United...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at an unprecedented weekly Cabinet meeting held on the Golan Heights on Sunday.  Photo: Effi Sharir/Pool/Flash90

Talk of giving back the Golan is a thing of the past

Ben Sales April 18, 2016

JERUSALEM (JTA) — During the five-plus years of Syria’s civil war, Israel has striven to stay neutral — supporting neither the government of President Bashar Assad nor the rebels, and certainly not the Islamic State. But on one issue, senior Israeli...

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