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“And You Shall Tell Your Child”

On Passover, we’re supposed to tell our kids the story of the Exodus and what it means to us today. But what does it mean to us today?

What We Learned at the Polls

Peter Beinart writes that the lesson of the last election is that the time has come to make Israelis suffer for our sins. That so?

The Kids are All Right

It’s accepted wisdom that Israeli young people are more right-wing than their older sisters and brothers, parents and grandparents. But are they really? And if they are, why?

Is Israel Experiencing a Decline in the Quality of Its Democracy?

We discuss a remarkable new Brookings Institute Policy Brief called “Is Israel in Democratic Decline?” with one of its co-writers Yael Mizrahi-Arnaud.

Getting Out of Bed in the Morning

The Likud has led Israel for 30 of the past 42 years, and more are ahead. What reason does an Israeli leftist have to get out of bed?

The Via Media

Given the alternative, is a coalition of the center and the Likud really such a bad idea after all?

What Just Happened?!?

The votes are counted. What the hell just happened?


Why does Israel’s Right hold the patent on pride, and our Left on shame?

Election Reflection

After three intensive months of campaign, we look back and wonder, what the f*ck was that?

The War that Wasn’t

We almost stumbled into war with Gaza last week, just ahead of crucial elections. Why didn’t we?