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The world laughed at Trump, but Iran and its enablers should not

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 73rd session of the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 25, 2018, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Credit: Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian.

Contempt for the president is widespread, but he is more likely to get the last laugh on this issue than his detractors.

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN (September 26, 2018 / JNS) The international community made no secret of its contempt for U.S. President Donald Trump when he spoke to the U.N. General Assembly in September. So it was little surprise that when the president uttered a typical piece of Trumpian braggadocio with a tenuous connection to the truth—“In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country”—the response was peals of laughter from the normally restrained audience of officials in the chamber.

Jewish? Democratic? Israel’s nation-state law raises questions over the country’s purpose

By CHARLES DUNST
(JTA) – On July 19, Israel’s right-wing coalition government passed, by a narrow 62-55 margin, its controversial nation-state law, which declared Israel as the “nation-state of the Jewish people.” Scores of liberal critics denounced the measure as an unnecessary and racist provocation, while defenders called it a statement of the obvious.