Israel

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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It’s the Class Struggle, Stupid!

The editor-in-chief of Ha’aretz runs the numbers and discovers that, for all the talk about identity politics, all you need to understand how Israelis vote and why is your old tattered, dog-eared copy of Das Kapital. Does he have a point?

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Lax Americana?

A former US Ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk, argues it’s time for America to throw in the towel on peace to the Mid-East. As the towel-throwees, what should Israelis think?

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The “Challenging Assumptions” Edition

Is former US Ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk, right that America needs to wean itself off the dream of bringing peace to the Middle East? Do Israelis really vote by straight class-interests, proving identity politics less powerful than we think? Is it finally time to get religion out of politics?

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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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