About Michael Weiss

Michael is an editor of Nextbook and a contributing editor of Jewcy. His work has appeared in Slate, Gawker, New York, Democratiya, Reason, The New Criterion, The Weekly Standard, City Journal and Standpoint. His blog is Snarksmith.

Jeff Goldberg’s Open Letter to the Israeli Soldier

By January 9, 2009

From a former IDF solider: Dear Soldier, Here’s the thing. You’ve got to help the children. You’re not Hamas. You’re better than Hamas. So act it. I once asked Abdel-Aziz Rantisi, the late, unlamented Hamas leader, if he would help … Read More

Michael Walzer on Proportionality

By January 9, 2009

The scholar of just war theory explains that the term "disproportionate" has been mistakenly used by commentators discussing the Gaza war; they’ve got it backwards: How many civilian deaths are "not disproportionate to" the value of defeating the Nazis? Answer … Read More

A Necessary Cause

By January 8, 2009

The Trade Union Congress is raising money for humanitarian aid in Gaza. Please note that the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions and the International Transport Workers’ Federation are not just independent entities–they are considered enemies by Hamas. Whatever your … Read More

Joe the Plumber Goes to Israel

By January 8, 2009

My former employer Pajamas Media has decided to dispatch Joe the Plumber to Israel as a roving correspondent to, as he puts it, let "Average Joes’ share their story."  The inevitable fallout when a PR neutron bomb like this goes … Read More

An Honest Mistake or Propaganda?

By January 7, 2009

From Haaretz: French public television network France 2 on Tuesday revealed they had aired photographs that allegedly showed destruction caused by the Israel Air Force during Operation Cast Lead, which were in fact taken during a different incident in 2005, … Read More

Does Al Qaeda Benefit from Gaza?

By January 7, 2009

Foreign Policy blogger Marc Lynch (a.k.a. Abu Aardvark) has an interesting post up at FP’s new-minted digital playground, which has already drawn lurid attention to itself for its inclusion of Israel Lobby theorist Stephen Walt and his dubious "thought experiments." … Read More

Hamas Is Not Just a Threat to Jews

By January 5, 2009

I have already tried to show how Hamas has failed the people of Palestine politically, and how even the most optimistic appraisal of the organization’s supposed "pragmatism" has failed to pan out, even under exigent circumstances in which pragmatism should … Read More

The IDF’s YouTube Channel

By December 30, 2008

Of course they have one. (For what it’s worth, so does the Multinational Force-Iraq): The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit is the Israel Defense Forces’ professional body responsible for media and public relations in Israel and around the world. This is our … Read More