Richard Cohen / Politics

Israel's Moral Argument is On the Line

Back in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party have run a campaign ad reminding voters of another time when the U.S. and Israel differed. That was 1948 at the very creation of the state. Harry Truman was the U.S. president ...

A Label's Dangerous Cost

Looking around the world, I see little but debacles. Vladimir Putin has his way with Ukraine, treating Europe and the United States with the contempt they have so assiduously earned. Libya, where NATO intervened, is now one vast gang fight, tribes...

Scott Walker has Questions to Answer

If I were a Republican, I think I might have supported Scott Walker for president. The man has a nice smile, nearly flunked French in college (so did I) and, most important, has fought for what he believes. What he believes, I must emphasize, is ...

The Universality of Evil

In 1916, a man by the name of Jesse Washington was accused of rape and murder and swiftly convicted. Washington was black and the woman was white and the location was Waco, Texas, a state that in the memory of men then alive had bolted from the ...

Anti-Semitism: The Most Durable Conspiracy Theory

The title of my recently published book is "Israel: Is It Good for the Jews?" When I started writing it I did not know how I was going to answer that question. The more I delved into the subject, the more I read and did research, the more I ...

Netanyahu's Contempt for Obama

It would not surprise me if at the next Republican National Convention Benjamin Netanyahu took a seat in the delegates-from-abroad section. The Israeli leader has both allied and associated himself with congressional Republicans who differ with ...