Israel

Israel’s New, Hot Women’s Party.

Orly Levi-Abekasis jumped from what by Israeli standards is the far-Right to the Left of the political spectrum.  She joined the Labor Party list for the upcoming elections. This set me thinking. She could have done better than joining a list in grave danger of not gaining enough votes to pass …

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From Israel: Heaven Help Us!

Both here in Israel and in the US, there is so much dissension, so much hostility.  My thought again and again is that this is not how it is supposed to be. With a couple of exceptions, I will try to move past this, or around it, as I have …

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Is it really the end of democracy in Israel?

One of the recurrent drumbeats heard from certain quarters in Israel is that we are teetering on the brink of losing our democratic bearings. There are those who hear it in distant thunder claps, while others think it has already happened. To them, we are already in the morass of …

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What Is Al Jazeera Saying About Im Tirtzu?

Al Jazeera has recently taken aim at Im Tirtzu and published a feature article on our “Know Your Professor” website, which exposed dozens of radical Israeli academics who are engaged in promoting boycotts and defaming Israel. Im Tirtzu says “It seems that the propaganda arm of Qatar is not so …

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From Israel: With Pain and Bewilderment!

With all there is to write about, I have decided first to do a follow-up to my posting about the Ethiopian riots sent out last Monday: After I wrote, the issue lingered with me: I could not stop turning it over in my mind, in part because of having worked …

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Good News Weekend – Israel

I’m writing this week’s Good News Weekend post from Florence, Italy!  I’m so happy to be on holiday in this beautiful city, far from the pressures of life back home in Israel, but don’t worry, Israel is never far from my mind and my heart. This week’s instalment is all …

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From Israel: Unstable and Scary!

We cannot pretend otherwise: There is a great deal happening that evokes a very deep unease.  This was my theme in my last posting – the sense that matters are not as we might wish them to be. I will share below a number of issues of concern in this …

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Good News Weekend – Israel.

Another week has rushed by and it’s time for another Good News Weekend instalment.  This weekend we’re going for an international flavour. My first item simply highlights the incredible distance Israel has travelled in a mere 71 years, and demonstrates the strength of Israel’s diplomatic and military standing. This week …

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From Israel: Surreal!

So much, so much, seems not as it should be – or, at least, as we would, in the normal course of events, expect it to be. We shake our heads in confusion, and frustration, and anger. Consider: On Tuesday, there were something like 20 fires started in Israel as …

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From Israel: “WHAT Are They Thinking??!”

The workshop/conference in Bahrain has not even started yet, and we are being deluged by news reports about the Trump plan.  Quite frankly, it is very wearisome. Today everything is gearing up, with the activity officially beginning tomorrow. I would be pleased to skip it all, but feel there are …

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Good News weekend from Israel.

The lazy summer days have arrived in Israel together with the heat, although we haven’t yet reached the height of the summer yet and it’s bound to get hotter. Nevertheless I’ve been enjoying doing not very much at all, even though this means I have neglected my blog somewhat. So …

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From Israel: Hmm…A Different Take.

Yoni Ben-Menachem, a Middle East analyst with the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, has advanced a highly plausible take on the situation surrounding the Bahrain economic workshop. The current situation, says Ben-Menachem, represents a significant lowering of US expectations. Originally, the plan had been to invite Israeli officials, and, indeed, …

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A chance encounter with an extraordinary man.

It was supposed to be just a quiet getaway. For our anniversary, my wife and I decided to spend Shabbat at the Ein Gedi guesthouse, a place we have visited many times before.  Waiting for Kabbalat Shabbat services to begin, I struck up a conversation with a retired French industrialist …

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From Israel: So, Is It Annexation, or What??!

I can tell you, dear readers, that it is not annexation.  Before you panic, allow me to explain. My reasoning is quite positive: Last week, in an interview in the NYTimes, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said: “Under certain circumstances, I think Israel has the right to retain some, …

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