Israel

The “Self-Determination Abnegation?” Edition

Is Bibi’s embrace of Trump’s peace plan a reversal of Israel’s insistence that only it and the Palestinians can resolve the conflict? Was the now overturned decision to outlaw a Palestinian-Israeli lawmaker from running for Knesset fed by misogyny? What does the new “Voice of Women” party offer our body-politic?

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Meanwhile, at the Movies…

Should settler filmmakers get tax shekels to make settler films about settler experiences on settlements?

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Godlessness: The Practice

Avigdor Lieberman and his right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party say that only they will keep Israel “liberal” by beating back the rabbis. Were we wrong to think that the right, by nature, admires religion?

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Godlessness: The Theory

The doyen of Israeli sociology and a major public intellectual J’Accuses the left of swapping out good, Enlightenment values for mamby-pamby postmodern relativism, thereby allowing the rabbis to take over the country. Does she have a point?

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The “Godlessness, in Theory & Practice” Edition

Has the Left sold itself out by failing to fight for secularism? What are we to make of Lieberman and his Yisrael Beiteinu party’s campaign arguing only they can make Israel liberal? What’s behind the Israeli-film-industry boycott-threat on an NGO that dared to help settler filmmakers make settler films?

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Not Immune

Prime Minister Netanyahu withdraws his request for immunity, and is formally charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Now what?

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A Pax on Both Your Houses

We’ve read US President Trump’s Deal-of-the-Century peace plan, and our considered reaction is, “WTF?!?”

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The “Bibi’s Busy Week” Edition

What does Trump’s Deal of the Century augur? What does Netanyahu’s retraction of his request for immunity augur? Did Netanyahu display diplomatic brilliance in getting Issachar freed, or did he just become Putin’s bitch?

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Pulpitical is the New Political

A rabbi of towering reputation writes that its time to get religion out of politics. Does he have a point?

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