Israeli Politics

Facing the biggest domestic political crisis since he took office (in the form of of the #j14 protests), Netanyahu responds in the following, all-too-predictable ways: Trying to assassinate Nasrallah or other high-ranking Hezbollah officials and spark a new conflagration. Announcing the construction of another 930 Jewish-only houses on the Palestinian side of the Green Line. […]

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A series of recent discussions in my life (with very well intentioned people) have focused on whether cultural boycott of Israel is perhaps a bit too extreme of a position. Doesn’t it just run the risk of alienating Israelis and making them less likely to make sacrifices for peace and justice? The problem with this […]

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I can appreciate that arguments for cultural boycott might require a little more intellectual sophistication and awareness than, say, being (verbally) against Jewish-only colonies on stolen land. Every self-identified Jewish or Israeli “liberal” loves to blame the settlers for everything (when they aren’t trying to blame Hamas), but the notion of boycotting cultural icons seems […]

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Understanding nothing and learning nothing, FM Lieberman and his buddies stoke the fires of political violence with their fascist rhetoric designed to eliminate political opposition. FM Evet Lieberman: “It is the public’s right to know, these [Israeli human rights] organizations are terror supporters whose only goal is to weaken the IDF.” MK Ben-Ari: Leftist organizations […]

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My dear aunt (of letter fame) loves to think of me as biased (against Israel).  I have devoted a decade or two to the patient explanation of why this opinion is false—and demonstrably so.  But in her mind, my stubborn focus on human and civil rights means that I care more about Palestinians than Jews, […]

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The big story at the moment is the forthcoming law that would require all non-Jews, who want to become Israeli citizens, to make a loyalty oath to Israel as a “Jewish and democratic” state. Although revealing in the insecurity of identity and purpose that motivates it, it really is just one more law (among at […]

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Another morning coffee and another news item about Israelis murdering Palestinians. Just yesterday the IDF spokesperson confirmed a very telling statistic: like the year 2009 before it, the year 2010 is shaping up to be the quietest year for Israelis in a decade (note: this is exclusively in terms of Palestinian attacks on Israelis; there […]

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It’s been an extraordinary week in the ongoing Middle East saga. Joe “You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist” Biden felt “insulted” by the timing (as opposed to the substance) of the announcement (as he arrived) that Israel intends to continue the constant ethnic cleansing of East Jerusalem that it began […]

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After nearly six months of pleading with Abbas and the PA to talk to the Israelis while they continue the settler colonization of their future state… After months of pressuring the Arab League to provide a way for Abbas to sit down to said talks without losing the final shred of credibility he (arguably) has […]

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Ha’aretz runs today a stunning and thoughtful article about how Israel must learn the language of human rights. Written by a media consultant and former adviser to the Interior Ministry, Gilad Heimann, the article manages to cut through Israeli social psychology and government hasbara efforts with admirable efficiency. The core argument is this: Israel doesn’t […]

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