Israel

INTO THE FRAY: Netanyahu and the “Art of the Possible”

Otto von Bismarck, (1815-1898) the German statesman, credited with the unification of Germany (1871,) and who served as its first Chancellor until 1890, famously defined “politics” as “the art of the possible” This is certainly true in the dizzyingly volatile kaleidoscope realities of Israeli politics. Indeed, only few days ago, …

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From Israel: “Surreal!!”

There is something surreal about the current situation, as if time is standing still. It isn’t, of course.  Someday ‒ let us pray before too very long! ‒ we will look back on this and say, “Remember when…” Here in Israel the gov’t is making noises about slowly reducing restrictions. …

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INTO THE FRAY: Imbecilic, Iniquitous, Inimical…

By its unflagging support of the establishment of a homophobic, misogynistic Muslim-majority tyranny (a.k.a. a Palestinian state), America’s allegedly “progressive” Jewry reveals that it is, in fact, profoundly regressive Benjamin Netanyahu is a failed leader. He has led the State of Israel, once a proud example of a tenacious and …

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From Israel: Perversity and Blessing!!

  According to news reports, some time on Sunday negotiations between Netanyahu and Gantz for that unity government should be complete. When that happens, I will write again. This is going out in the wee hours of Sunday morning (Israel time). Perhaps by the time you read this, there will …

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INTO THE FRAY: Edelstein draws a line in the sand.

Edelstein drew a much-needed line in the sand against judicial intrusion into the sphere of the legislature and thwarted yet another attempt at the usurpation of both its autonomy and authority.    These three excerpts, spanning two decades, encapsulate precisely the setting of the political drama that unfolded late last …

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From Israel: “So, Do We Get It All?”

  Most of the readers who wrote after my last posting – in which I celebrated the fact that we would have a unity government – wanted to share their pleasure at the news. But a few wrote with considerably less enthusiasm: Gantz? Bibi is going to work with Gantz? …

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Into the fray: Back from the brink!

The false façade of Blue & White was even more friable and fragile than anyone imagined; under the assault of recalcitrant reality, even the fast-drying Bibiphobic glue proved unable to hold things together. Just over a year ago, immediately after the announcement of the union between Benny Gantz and Yair …

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From Israel: Miracles Do Happen!!

Sometimes, when we no longer expect things to get better – when we are already resigned to the fact that they may get worse, the situation shifts. And that is what happened yesterday, when the news broke – in leaks at first – that Gantz was going to join Netanyahu …

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Press release: Stop Robbing Our Democracy

Press release Dozens Protest Outside Home of Supreme Court President: Stop Robbing Our Democracy. Dozens of activists gathered today (Friday) in Israeli flag-bearing cars outside the home of Supreme Court President Esther Hayut to protest what they called the Supreme Court’s gross abuse of power and violation of Israel’s democracy. The …

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From Israel: Blessings in the Time of Corona.

The eyes of the world are on the coronavirus and its implications for each of us. Here in Israel we are struggling with a heavy situation, rendered all the more difficult by a political situation that is literally unbearable. I remain alone in my apartment: Alone, and determined to come …

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Israel is the Happiest Real Country on Earth.

Friends, In finally cleaning off my desk (Hey, what’s a lockdown for?), I came across the hard copy of my op ed from almost exactly two years ago in the Jerusalem Post which analyzes the recent ranking Israel had received as the 11th happiest country in the world.  My premise …

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