Op-ed: What Obama Did and Didn’t Say About Ezra Schwartz z’l

25 Nov 2015

Ron Kampeas of the JTA has an insightful analysis about how the administration handled the recent murder of Ezra Schwartz z’l.

How the Obama administration has handled last week’s murder in the West Bank of Ezra Schwartz, an 18-year-old from Sharon, Massachusetts, on his gap year in Israel, has raised painful questions among Jewish Americans upset by his senseless death.

“Obama Silent on Killing of American in Israel: Orthodox Jews Demand Answers” is the subject line of a pitch in my inbox from a publicist acting on behalf of the Orthodox Union.

That email is typical of much of what I see on my social media feeds, coming from across the political spectrum: Allison Kaplan Sommer raised questions about President Barack Obama’s response to Schwartz’s murder in the liberal Israeli daily, Haaretz.

We’re not going to summarize his points, but check them out here.