Monthly Archives: July 2019

Realism, not Sadism

Odeh Bisharat is an Arab novelist, political writer and activist, who is also – quite painfully for him – a citizen of the Jewish state of Israel. He recently published an op-ed in that flagship of Jewish shame, Ha’aretz, in … Continue reading

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An Ally, not a Satellite

Despite the fact that my daughter once had one of those T-shirts with a picture of an F-16 and the words “Don’t worry, America, Israel is behind you,” a mutual defense pact with the US is a terrible idea. Senator … Continue reading

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The nakba that is Ha’aretz

One   who   becomes   compassionate   instead of   cruel,   will   ultimately   become   cruel   instead   of   compassionate… Midrash Kohelet Rabba (a discussion of this is here) The lead editorial in Ha’aretz today is headlined “The Nakba isn’t Going Away,” and it touts a … Continue reading

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This isn’t Ferguson

It turned out that Ferguson wasn’t what they said it was either, but that’s another story. Don’t Americanize it. A black Israeli of Ethiopian origin was shot dead by a policeman, and there were riots, roads were blocked, cars were … Continue reading

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When Will the Snake Finally Lose its Head?

Nine out of 10 of the Democratic presidential contenders in the first debate raised their hands when asked if they would return to the JCPOA, the nuclear deal with Iran that Donald Trump removed the US from in May. At … Continue reading

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