On Politics

I have maintained an interest in politics and political theory since playing the part of Ronald Reagan in a high-school election debate in the election of 1980. As an undergraduate at Princeton in 1984, I founded a campus journal for conservative thought called The Princeton Tory. In the early 1990s, I worked as an aide to Israel’s opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, accompanying him to the Madrid peace talks and assisting in the publication of two of his books. Beginning in 1994, I was head of the Shalem Center, for many years Israel’s leading research institution concerned with developing conservative (also called “neo-Zionist”) political thought in Israel.

In recent years, as conservative thought has declined throughout the West, I have increasingly turned my attention to broader questions of political theory that can have relevance to all free nations. I see Britain’s vote for independence (“Brexit”) in June 2016 as a watershed event, which is likely to lead to realignment in the politics of most Western nations.


Jerusalem Letters

"What Is Conservatism?," May 22, 2017

"The Nationalist Spirit of 2016: A Conservative Spring?," December 7, 2016

"VIDEO: Debate With Walter Russell Mead on Nationalism," November 6, 2016

"Nationalism and the Future of Western Freedom," September 6, 2016

"Conversation With George Weigel: The Bible and the Future of the West," January 31, 2016

"The Vatican and the Jews," December 27, 2015

"VIDEO: “The Hebrew Bible, Christians and Israel,” Address at the 2015 CUFI Summit," November 3, 2015

"The Case for a Druze State," July 22, 2015

"Response to Eric Cohen: What Are Jewish Conservatives Trying to Conserve?," April 16, 2015

"On the Current Crisis in Israel’s Constitution," March 29, 2015

"Israel’s Jewish State Law and the Future of the Middle East," November 24, 2014