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Who the Hell Would Vote for Lieberman?!?

Why will hundreds of thousands of Israelis vote for the squat, severe, plain-spoken Moldovan-born Avigdor Lieberman?

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Who the Hell Would Vote for the Likud?!?

Why will more than a million Israelis vote for Netanyahu and the Likud? (Hint: there are lots of good reasons.)

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Who the Hell Would Vote for Shas?!?

Why will hundreds of thousands of Israelis vote for the ultra-Orthodox, Sefaradi Shas Party?

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Boys on TV

What are we to make of the heart-rending Israeli HBO series about the 2014 murders of Jewish kids by Palestinians and a Muslim kid by Jews, that forces us to doubt a lot of what we thought about ourselves?

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Brits, Canucks, Aussies, Kiwis, Saffers, Rhodies, Paddies, Scots & Yanks

There’s a new group aiming to politically empower English-speaking Israelis, on the theory that we’ve got a thing or two to teach everyone else. Do Israel’s Brits, Yanks and Aussies offer a way out of the country’s political mess?

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Is Netanyahu Done?

Hemingway said, folks go bankrupt gradually, then all at once. Has PM Netanyahu lost his political power in the same way?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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