Asaf Romirowsky
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Learning from Mistakes: Lessons for Obama from Israel

May 18, 2016  •  The National Interest

As we approach the end of the Obama administration, we may look back over the past eight years, which has been responsible for more foreign policy debacles and misguided presidential decision making, especially in the Middle East, than we have seen in previous administrations. In response to Jeffrey Goldberg's piece in the Atlantic, Josef Joffe correctly summarized the Obama doctrine and the Commander and Chief himself as "an isolationist with drones and special-operations forces" and—above all—not a realist. A clear example of this is the decline in American deterrence and power in the Middle East and elsewhere.

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How New York can help stop Europe's rampaging Israel boycotters

May 11, 2016  •  New York Post

In America, the odious boycott, divestment and sanctions movement targeting Israel remains largely confined to university humanities departments, leaving Europe as the main battleground in the economic war on Israel.

And now a bill in the New York Legislature may be the key to blunting financial and political damage to Israel in Europe.

The Senate passed a robust anti-BDS bill that would penalize European companies engaged in boycott-related activity. The measure is before the Assembly, sponsored by Charles Lavine (D-Nassau).

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BDS equals economic warfare

May 8, 2016  •  Jerusalem Post

At the core of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS ) is economic warfare meant to delegitimize and marginalize Israel. But the fatal fallacy of the movement is rooted in the fact that its proponents are hurting the very constituency they claim to represent.

Daniel Birnbaum is the CEO of SodaStream, one of Israel's greatest commercial start-up successes. The company (made famous in a 2014 Super Bowl advertisement featuring actress Scarlett Johansson) was a pioneer in economic inclusion, establishing a factory in the West Bank and employing both Palestinian and Jewish workers (among them a high proportion of women).

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What is Zochrot really remembering?

April 14, 2016  •  The Times of Israel

On March 21-22 the Israeli NGO Zochrot held its "Third International Conference on the Return of Palestinian Refugees" in Tel Aviv. The two-day event featured an all-star team of anti-Israeli Israeli speakers from NGOs and academia, all to promote the Palestinian "right of return."

Zochrot's goal is "rais[ing] public awareness of the Palestinian Nakba" and "recognizing and materializing the right of return," stressing that "the rights of the refugees to return must be accepted." Nothing brings together Israel haters, including Americans, like the Palestinian "right of return."

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Obama and the Daylight between US and Israel

March 18, 2016  •  The Hill

This week's AIPAC conference will place the fractured Israel-US relationship front and center in the American public's focus.

Of all the promises that the Obama White House has failed to keep regarding US-Israeli relations, its broken pledge that there will be "no daylight" between the two allies has above all solidified the growing wedge between Washington and Jerusalem.

There is a soft/active boycott coming out of Washington as a result of the "tough love" message that Barack Obama has been peddling around since his talk in Jerusalem in 2013, and during his speech during Jewish American Heritage Month at Adas Israel congregation in Washington last year, where he stated:

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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. $100
December 18, 2013

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