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#IDF

The IDF sweats to seem cool on social media. But should an army be cool?

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The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

American-spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard is free after 35 years and moving to Israel. What sort of welcome should he get?

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Sub-Committee?

Minister of Defense and Alternate PM Benny Gantz sets up a ministerial committee to investigate corruption in the purchase of German submarines and ships, that may implicate the Prime Minister. But should ministries be used to harass political rivals?

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The Tax

When you buy stuff from overseas on the internet, you don’t pay tax, but when you go into a store in Tel Aviv, you do. Does that make any sense at all?

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The Facts

A crowdsourced campaign puts the faces and names of rapists and abusers on billboards and bus-side ads, in order to shame them. Cathartic, yes? But does it make our lives better or worse?

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The Vaxx

When Pfizer announced last week that its vaccine looks good, PM Netanyahu got on the horn and negotiated a deal to buy a mess of vaccine at high-end boutique prices, even though six months ago, Israel entered a much cheaper deal for vaccines by Moderna. Was the PM showboating, politicking, or looking out for the health of his citizens?

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The Yair Netanyahu Show

The Twitter-pugilist son of the prime minister, Yair Netanyahu, starts a podcast interviewing right-wing populist leaders and pretenders around the world, trying to create an international coalition of My-Country-First nationalists. We listened and survived to tell the tale!

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New Left?

Aging lions of the old Left say the only way the Left will survive is if it leaves Zionism out of party politics. Do they have a point?

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What Was That?

Trump will soon be the 45th ex-President of the United States. Did his turbulent four years in office change Israel in ways that will last?

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“Your Rabin, Not Mine”

A Minister in Israel says Yitzhak Rabin’s legacy means nothing to her. Is that cool?

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