Should Israel’s election system be rejiggered to do away with all the pesky, small parties? Most Israeli say yes.
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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?
Is the most important unseen force in Israeli politics the great divide between those who think that Israelis have it in our power to bring peace, and those fatalists who think, in the end, it just ain’t up to us?