Israel

Toying with Anti-Semitism

A Dutch parody of Israel’s Eurovision song includes lyrics about how Israelis control the world and love money. What do we do when legitimate criticism of Israel gets all jumbled up with old-fashioned anti-semitism?

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Junior Partners in the Jewish People?

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?

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The “The Sheep Goes Baaah, the Cow Goes Moooo, the Trident Missile Goes Whoosh-Boom!” Edition

We discuss 1) a poll finding that Israelis think our gov shouldn’t care what American Jews think we should do, 2) a parody of Israel’s Eurovision-winning song that smells like anti-semitism, and 3) Lockheed-Martin’s philanthropic decision to open high-techy kindergartens in Jerusalem.

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LGBTQ: Lieutenants, Generals, Battalion-Commanders, Technical-Specialists, & Quartermasters

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?

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The Great Sort, Sort Of

Are Israelis sorting ourselves according to our political beliefs (like Americans and Brits seem to be doing)?

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Republikud & Labocrats?

Should Israel’s election system be rejiggered to do away with all the pesky, small parties? Most Israeli say yes.

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The “Republikud & Labocrats?” Edition

We discuss 1) why Israelis favor 2-4 political parties instead of 11 in today’s Knesset, 2) whether we are sorting ourselves according to political beliefs, and 3) why the promotion of a gay IDF officer to Major-General is a cause for concern to some radical LGBTQ activists.

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I’m Not Your Toy (Nix the Joy)!

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?

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Tel Aviv is to Jerusalem as Freedom is to Decency?

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?

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Sixty-One Dead

What sense can we make of sixty-one people shot to death at the Gaza border: What should we think? What should we do?

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