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Are some Israeli politicians right to worry that if Israelis can enter the U.S. without a visa, some of them will never come back?

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The Ideology of No Ideology

Israel’s new pandemic policy seems to be, “Do what you think is best.” Is Israel having the most free-marketty, Adam-Smithian, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps moment in our almost 74 year history?

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Can’t Spell ‘Plea Bargain’ Without ‘Rage’ and ‘Pain’

Why are so many people so mad about a possible plea bargain that would keep former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu out of both jail and the Knesset?

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We’ve Only Just Begun

Yair Lapid and his Yesh Atid party celebrate ten years in politics, longer than any centrist party ever survived the rough-and-tumble of Israeli politics. What is the secret of their success?

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In the Heights

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett exults that “This is the moment of the Golan Heights.” But should it be?

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Memorial Matters

There never was, and will never be, anyone like Yoram Taharlev, May his Memory Be for a Blessing

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Dunno Much About Art, But I Know What I Hate

The mayor of Ramat Gan successfully campaigns to get his municipal art museum to take down a painting he finds offensive. What can we learn from this about who ought to decide what we see in the museums our taxes pay for?

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Be-Waldered

Revered kids-book writer Rabbi Chaim Walder kills himself after it comes out that he sexually abused dozens of women and girls over decades, and ultra-Orthodox leaders don’t know what to do and say

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From Ramallah to Rosh Ha-‘Ayin

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz meet in Gantz’s living room. Cause for hope?

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This Is Reality, Itamar!

Politicians, professors and pundits are all turning up on Reality TV. Is gravitas dead?

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