Israel

DĂ©jĂ  Whew!

The right-of-the-Likud parties just joined together, save the very-far-right, neo-Kahanist “Jewish Might” party. What’s going on out there, beyond the far reaches of the Likud?

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United and It Feels So Good

47 years ago, the founders of Meretz split from the Labor Party because that party was too soft on the Rabbis, too shaky on settlements, and too feeble on human rights. Labor said good riddance, because Meretz was a bunch of condescending, elitist Ashkenazim. Now the two parties have reunited for the upcoming elections. Can it work?

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The “Tube and Other Boobs” Edition

Do the recently united Meretz and Labor-Gesher parties actually agree about anything? What do we make of the unity agreement between 3 of the 4 right-wing parties that leaves the far-right, neo-Kahanists to run on their own? Are reality shows political activism by other means?

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There Will Be Blood

In Israel, your HMO will check whether you are “ritually pure” if you want it.

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Write Makes Right?

Do we need more (or less) “activist journalism” that doesn’t just describe the world, but tries to change it?

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What’s the Matter with Kiryat Malachi?

A sociologist says Israeli “liberals” are the least tolerant group in the country, and folks call for his head on a pike.

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The “There Will Be Blood” Edition

What’s all the fracas over an interview with a sociologists who says Israeli “liberals” are the least tolerant folks? Is “activist journalism” what we need in an age of “fake news”? Should HMOs be providing free tests of “ritual purity” to religious women who want it?

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Pipe Dreams

Environmental activists say the government is a bunch of lying liars who lie to serve rich corporate overlords. Isn’t this just Trumpism, by another name?

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A Different Solidarity

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s decides to republish a memoir that made him cry, by an Iraqi-Israeli author about being forced out of Iraq and coming to Israel. This fragile, odd act raises the question: Is there another sort of politics that might lead to peace that we haven’t let ourselves see.

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Hang Together or Hang Separately?

Must all the parties on Israel’s left merge before the next election?

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