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Do the Ends Justify the Mean?

Is being a kind-of-a-dick to the Prime Minister’s kid justified, because the Prime Minister is kind-of-a-dick to the rest of us?

Two Tales of Settlements

A revisionist history of the settler movement argues that it was never really about messianic, religious ideology as much as it was about nuts-and-bolts issues of economy and class. Were we wrong all along about Israel’s settler movement?

Carmen and the Devil

A Mizrahi activist was added to the Labor Party list who once called it a party of racist oppression. Is Israel’s Labor Party, once the epicenter of toxic Ashkenazihood, the new Shas? What it says about Israeli politics?

Bussed Are the Right, for Theirs Are the Beaches and Cinemas

There is a revolution underway, bringing public transportation to Israeli cities on the Sabbath for the first time ever. Why is the Likud leading the charge?

The Autocrat Whisperer

Does Prime Minister Netanyahu want voters to see him as an “autocrat whisperer”?

The Elephant Has Left the Building

One thing not being debated ahead of Israel’s elections is the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The elephant in the room seems to have left the building. Why?

Free to Be You and Me

A Jerusalem court finds that a man can be sued for failing to tell his fiancé-cum-wife that he prefers sex with men. Where does a right to privacy end, and an obligation of honesty begin?

Right Fever

As the deadline looms, are the leaders of Israel’s new right-wing-consortium right that one party to the right of the Likud is better than two?

Left Behind?

As the deadline looms, is Labor leader Amir Peretz right that two leftist parties are better than one?

Let Television Be Television

Israel’s national-treasure folk-singer, Chava Alberstein, retools a beloved protest song as an ad for cable and internet service. Is this the end of culture as we know it, or have we maybe lost a little perspective?