Top Story with Jonathan Tobin

Top Story with Jonathan Tobin

'Top Story' is a weekly podcast featuring analysis of the most important Jewish news story of the week by JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin. Tobin separates myths from facts as he deconstructs mainstream media's distortions of the truth on critical issues including Israel. He also addresses critical aspects of politics, foreign policy and culture, giving listeners key insights toward understanding what’s really going on. Hear from the man who has been getting it right for decades while the mainstream media has been getting it wrong!

Episodes

December 4, 2022 10 min
The goal of those going all out to sabotage the prospective Netanyahu government is to advance their failed agendas on peace with the Palestinians, not protect democracy.

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In this week’s episode of “Top Story,” JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin speaks with legal expert and author Thane Rosenbaum about how best to defend free speech while also pushing back against the mainstreaming of antisemites.

Tobin and Rosenbaum talk about the need to rein in Big Tech Internet companies and social media platforms to prevent them from using their unprecedented monopoly power to skew debates and even elections as ...
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Kyiv is right to ask that Stalin’s terror famine be recognized as genocide. But it should be equally honest about those who collaborated with Hitler.

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The former president’s dinner with Jew-haters was a blow to efforts to combat antisemitism. His erstwhile allies can’t mince words about it.

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In this week’s episode of Top Story, JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin speaks with critic, historian and novelist Michael Walsh, the editor of the new book “Against the Great Reset: 8 Theses Contra The New World Order.” It discusses the efforts of the World Economic Forum and the Davos set that attends the group’s influential annual conference to reshape society to conform to the dictates of woke ideology, radical environmentalism...
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Few Jewish programs have been as effective as the one that takes young people on trips to Israel. Those who care about Jewish life need to act to prevent cutbacks.

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It’s not protesting misinformation; it doesn’t want a public square where opposing views can be heard, which is bad for democracy and Jewish security.

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Most Israelis don’t care about the talk of moves that upset the non-Orthodox. But even if many U.S. Jews are failing Israel, abandoning the largest Diaspora community is self-defeating.

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In this week’s episode of “Top Story,” JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin speaks with columnist Ruthie Blum about the fallout from both the Israeli election and the American midterm elections. Blum says Israel is ready for a shift in policy on dealing with terrorism and crime as well as judicial reform from a new government led by Benjamin Netanyahu.

The two argue that a main challenge for Netanyahu will be dealing with the Biden ad...
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Zelenskyy’s two-faced stand illustrates both his own hypocrisy and how the world body acts as a toxic cesspool of hate.

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The comedian is right that we need to stop trying to cancel and fire those who say offensive things. But his SNL monologue ignored the truth about a major source of hate.

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The claim that Benjamin Netanyahu’s government will make life hard for Diaspora Jews ignores what motivates Zionism’s foes and other anti-Semites.

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JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin speaks with journalist Heather Robinson to break down the midterm election results with particular emphasis on races in New York and Pennsylvania that she covered for JNS. 


The two analyze the failure of the GOP to do as well as expected in the midterms. Robinson discusses how the abortion issue may have influenced the votes of Jewish women as well as other factors that allowed Democrats to hold on...
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Democrats won the expectations game as a red wave didn’t materialize. But the results mean divided government and a worsening political tribal culture war.

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Israel continues to help Kyiv, but Zelenskyy’s escalating campaign to scapegoat the Jewish state will only escalate as Netanyahu takes office.

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Hyperbolic predictions of the end of democracy if Republicans win the midterms encourage extremism and conspiracy theories that fuel anti-Semitism.

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Democratic Party talking points about a supposed threat to democracy from the right may be the cause of the surge in American-Jewish hysteria about Netanyahu’s partners.

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Democrats don’t want Netanyahu or a right-wing/religious government in Jerusalem. But what they really don’t want is for the Jewish state’s voters to determine their own fate.

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JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin and JNS columnist/author Ruthie Blum discuss the Israeli election results and what they mean for the future of Israel.
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The ability of woke leftists to enshrine the toxic myths of CRT is on the line at the Supreme Court as it debates discriminatory admissions.

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