Asaf Romirowsky
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If You Will It, It Is No Dream... But Only On Our Terms

February 10, 2020  •  Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The necessity of a Jewish nation state was a foundational premise for the founding fathers of Zionism, no matter what their political persuasion. That understanding was once shared by most American Jews, particularly in the aftermath of the Holocaust. Today, however, the idea of Jewish statehood is no longer a unifying principle but a wedge issue for American Jews.

In his address to the Zionist Congress in London on August 2, 1900, Theodor Herzl said:

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Don't Confuse Me With Facts. It's Always About the "Occupation"

January 5, 2020  •  Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The American Jewish Left has once again fallen in line with the Palestinian demand that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict always be conflated to a problem of "occupation," regardless of facts or history. By leaping to condemn Mike Pompeo's factual statement that Israeli West Bank "settlements" do not violate international law, American Jewish leftists joined forces with the BDS movement, which views the entirety of Israel as "occupied."

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The Hebrew Word Bibi Must Learn to Resolve Israel's Political Crisis

September 26, 2019  •  Tablet

The Israeli notion of mamlachtiyut does not translate well into English. Coming from the word mamlacha, or kingdom, the word suggests the quality of acting in sovereign-like fashion. It was the term David Ben-Gurion invoked when he spoke of Jews' ability to have military power while at the same time exercising caution with their political power. Read Israeli history, and you'll see this term conjured every time the nation faced a major juncture that required individuals and factions to transcend their partisan loyalties. Israelis are a cynical bunch, yet the fact that we have a specific term for putting one's own interests aside for the greater good speaks volumes and makes clear precisely what it is that we truly value.

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The Tlaib-Omar Show Was a BDS Masterstroke

August 29, 2019  •  Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The recent farce surrounding the non-visit of US Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar to Israel highlighted the pernicious self-delusion and zero-sum exclusion of the BDS worldview, which polarizes American politics regarding Israel.

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The U.N. Agency for Palestinians Is Even Worse Than You Imagine

August 6, 2019  •  The Wall Street Journal

A corruption scandal involving sexual misconduct, nepotism, retaliation against whistleblowers and lots of business-class travel has gripped the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. It represents a new low for Unrwa and an indictment of the idea of an international agency dedicated to a single interest. But it's also a unique opportunity to see behind the curtain of a billion-dollar U.N. bureaucracy and phase it out.

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Asaf Romirowsky's Book

Cover of Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief

Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief

by Asaf Romirowsky and Alexander H. Joffe
Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 268 pp. $70
December 18, 2013

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