Israelis tell pollsters that the opinions of American Jews about what happens here matter, but not too much. What does this say about relations between the two biggest Jewish communities on earth?
The Promised Podcast
Is the promotion of an out, gay IDF officer to the high rank of Major-General a happy sign of integration or a worrying sign of cooptation? Or a little from Column A and a little from Column B?
Netta Barzilai wins the friggin’ Eurovision Song Contest, and many leftist Israelis’ reaction is a mirthless, bah-humbug! Does the left have a problem with national pride and just-plain happiness?
Jerusalem bans a right-wing billboard for incitement, while the same billboard is plastered all over Tel Aviv. Which should we prefer: Free expression, Tel Aviv style, or decency in the public square, Jerusalem style?
Is the “Rabbinic Courts Bill (Marriage and Divorce)” as risible as its critics make it seem? After all, it is meant to ameliorate the terrible suffering of thousands of women. If it can do that, doesn’t it perhaps justify a little expansion of Israeli Rabbinic authority?
What thoughts, fears, and hopes stem from Trump’s decision to leave the Iran nuclear deal and the escalation in Northern Israel in those of us who are watching with worry as we open and prepare bomb-shelters up north?