Monthly Archives: January 2018

Should African migrants be allowed to stay in Israel?

The subject of illegal African migrants in Israel has become a hot-button issue, with every imaginable group from human-rights organizations to the rabbis of the Conservative movement in America weighing in with advice for how Israel should deal with them. … Continue reading

Posted in Israeli Politics, Israeli Society | 3 Comments

Understanding Yehonatan Geffen

I am trying to understand Yehonatan Geffen. Geffen is an icon of Israeli culture. The nephew of Moshe Dayan, he is a poet, playwright, author, performer and journalist. He wrote the children’s song, “The prettiest girl in the kindergarten,” which … Continue reading

Posted in Information war, Israeli Society | 1 Comment

Let Israel win

Why can’t Israel and the Palestinians just get along? Daniel Pipes answers that wars end when one side or the other wins. And Israel, he says, is not trying to win. Please consider two sets of three dates. The first … Continue reading

Posted in Israel and Palestinian Arabs, Middle East politics | 3 Comments

The Masorti movement is in bad company

The Masorti (Conservative) movement in Israel has allied itself with the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) in the legal struggle over what forms of worship are permitted at the Western Wall. I’ve written about that question before … Continue reading

Posted in American Jews, Israeli Society | 2 Comments

Israel is right to bar foreign agitators

The usual suspects are all up in arms about the “undemocratic, McCarthyite blacklist” that Israel has imposed on activists in certain pro-BDS organizations, like the particularly vile “Jewish Voice for Peace” (JVP). Here is an almost-honest description of the goals … Continue reading

Posted in Europe and Israel, Information war | 2 Comments