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

June 23, 2022 73 min
In this week’s episode, JNS editor-in-chief discusses the debate among conservatives over how to respond to woke Marxist cultural indoctrination and whether Yoram Hazony’s new book on Conservatism provides the answer needed to defend both liberty and Western civilization.

He’s joined by Hazony who warns that “woke Neo-Marxism” is carrying out a ”perpetual revolution indefinitely until it simply destroys everything.” He extols the v...
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In this week’s episode, JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin discusses how to cancel culture is spreading from college campuses to the rest of society, including journalism and even football.

He’s joined by University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax who discusses efforts to cancel her for her statements supporting Western bourgeois values and opposing multiculturalism and affirmative action. She points out that affirmative acti...
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In this week’s episode, JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin discusses how a “mapping project” undertaken by BDS supporters in Boston targets Jewish institutions throughout the state of Massachusetts, including synagogues and schools. He explains that this illustrates how the movement to boycott Israel is motivated by “pure unadulterated hate.”

He is joined by Lana Melman, CEO of Liberate Inc. and author of a new book, Artists Under F...
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In this week's episode, JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin discusses how progressive Democrats are seeking to undermine the U.S.-Israel alliance and what the Democratic primaries mean for Israel. Furthermore, he explains that the war being waged on AIPAC by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) may end up dooming any hopes for bipartisanship in Israel.

He’s joined by Maurice Hirsch of Palestinian...
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In this episode JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin discusses why the effort to tie mainstream Republicans and conservatives to the Buffalo mass shooting isn’t just wrong; it’s a smear that does more to undermine democracy and to break American society than anything done by an extremist.

He’s joined by Fox News contributor Ben Domenech who says the problem behind mass shootings is “evil”, not politics. Domenech also analyzes the nee...
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In this episode, JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin discusses how despite the UN's lack of legitimacy and clear anti-Israel bias, it pays for Israel not to ignore it. The growing support for intersectional ideology and critical race theory on the American left fueled in part by the UN's 'Apartheid State' lie, will eat away at U.S. support for Israel if not combated.
He is joined by Former Israel Ambassador to the UN...
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Editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin argues that the Russian invasion of Ukraine is a consequence of President Joe Biden’s disastrous retreat from Afghanistan and attempts to appease Iran.

He’s joined by Commentary magazine editor John Podhoretz who discusses how recent events had “vindicated neo-conservatism” by reminding us of the dangers of American weakness abroad. He and Tobin also discuss what enabled former President Donald Trump ...
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JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin says the greatest threat to free speech is intolerant woke progressives who are determined to silence anyone who disagrees with them. But he points out that the left’s hijacking of the word “liberal” on behalf of illiberal causes isn’t just destroying open public discourse.

He’s then joined by guest Karen Lehrman Bloch, the editor of White Rose Magazine, who explained that she founded the new jou...
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JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin discusses the plague of media disinformation and hypocrisy that is eroding democracy and fueling anti-Semitism. He’s then joined by KeepJerusalem.org’s Chaim Silverstein who discusses his efforts to reclaim Jewish property in the Shimon Hatzidik and Nahalat Shimon neighborhoods of Jerusalem.
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JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin discusses how outrage about the Russian invasion of Ukraine has led to confusion about Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán and whether his “illiberal” nationalism is really antithetical to democracy or the defense of the Jewish community.

He’s then joined by JNS columnist Ruthie Blum to break down the latest news about Palestinian terrorism, the American hijacking of the Israeli-Arab states summi...
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JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin discusses the impact of American weakness and appeasement of Iran and how even the alliance of Israel and Arab nations who gathered in a historic summit this week can’t make up for this betrayal.

He’s then joined by journalist Ben Weingarten to break down the latest about Ukraine, the administration’s inability to define American national interests and how this is leading to certain disaster with ...
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JNS editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin discusses the new respect given to nationalism amid the wave of sympathy for Ukraine and why Zionism is just as deserving of support. He also analyzes Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s speech to the Knesset and says his attempt to pressure Israel to intervene in the war and falsification of the history of the Holocaust were unpersuasive.



He’s then joined by columnist Melanie Phillips who bre...
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Editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin analyzes how concern for Ukraine is sweeping aside other considerations that should be determining policy for the United States and is also being used to justify selling out Israel with another Iran nuclear deal. He’s then joined by Newsweek opinion editor and legal scholar Josh Hammer to discuss the meaning of the virtue-signaling about Ukraine, what’s really going on in Hungary with the Orban govern...
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Editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin discusses why Americans should care about Ukraine and the new axis of evil it has formed with China and Iran. He’s joined by columnist Karol Markowicz to discuss the conflict from the perspective of a child of Russian and Ukrainian Jewish parents, whether Americans have the bandwidth to care about this or any other foreign affairs issue for long. She then discusses her reporting and an upcoming book a...
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Editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin discusses why the mainstream media can’t be trusted to tell the truth about the Biden administration’s appeasement of Iran. He’s then joined by journalist Eli Lake who analyzes the reasons why Russian President Vladimir Putin is escalating the crisis with Ukraine, the decline of support for a strong American foreign policy and the Biden foreign policy team’s belief in the nuclear deal with Iran is not...
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Editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin discusses the Ukraine crisis and the decline of American influence as well as the connection to appeasement of Iran. He’s then joined by journalist Caroline Glick who discusses the failures of the Biden administration and the current Israeli government and the way she believes they are endangering the West and the Jewish state.
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JNS Editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin explains how the Jews and other people of moral decency have failed to protest the "genocide" Olympics in Beijing while human rights organizations concentrate their fire on democratic Israel. 

Elisha Wiesel joins the show to discuss his activism on issues like China and anti-Semitism, the failure to generate Jewish unity on these issues and in support of Israel as well as honoring the legac...
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On today's show, editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin discusses the banning of Maus and the importance of not confusing censoring books with the need to fight critical race theory indoctrination.

He’s also joined by veteran Jewish communal leader Barry Shrage to discuss the backlash against woke politics and the future of American Jewry. The two talk about the changing demographics of the community, what measures help promote Jewish p...
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Editor-in-chief Jonathan Tobin discusses the lie that Jews are stealing land from the Palestinians in Israel and then is joined by the City of David’s Doron Spielman to discuss archeology, Jewish history and telling the truth about the past.

The two talk about the development of the historic site, why some oppose efforts to uncover the treasures of Jewish history and how the finds at the City of David bring the Bible to life as well...
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