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Boys, Girls and Boys-and-Girls

Tel Aviv parents go ballistic when they learn their high-school kids are gender-segregated for a one-off meeting with visiting religious kids. Are they right to be so upset?

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Dour of Pisa

Israeli 15 year olds do third-worldishly lousy on an huge international standardized test. What accounts for the mediocrity in math, science and reading? Is Israel destined to become the “Dumbed Down Nation”?

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Primary Importance?

Netanyahu is almost sure to win next week’s Likud leadership primary, and yet it still feels like maybe end of one era and the beginning of another. What’s happening in the Likud?

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Rashamon of Rashomons

Is the love-him-or-hate-him acrimony over Prime Minister Netanyahu really a struggle between “First Israel” (well-heeled, secular Ashkenazim) and “Second Israel” (pretty much everyone else)?

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Déjà Vu All Over Again?

What are Israel’s third-time-this-year Knesset elections about, anyway? Did we learn anything from our failed first two elections?

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Next Station-Stop Is…

Who should decide the names of the stops on Tel Aviv-Jaffa’s new light rail system: bureaucrats, corporate overlords, or local residents?

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Teacher, Is the Prime Minister a Crook?

A kindergarten teacher posts a viral video of her taking down a classroom photo of PM Netanyahu because in her classroom, men charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust are not honored. How are teachers and principals supposed to deal with the sad spectacle of a Prime Minister under multiple indictments?

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Mano a Mano?

Is the solution to Israel’s electoral crisis, a winner-take-all, Mano-a-Mano personal run-off between PM Netanyahu and Lt. General Gantz?

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Quid Pro Squat?

Alan Dershowitz and other legal scholars say the Israeli Attorney General is wrong to criminalize the complicated relationships between politicians and journalists, and should not indict PM Netanyahu for trying to charm and cajole journalists into giving him better coverage (and also, to make-it-worth-their-while). Might they have a point?

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