Author Archives: Victor Rosenthal

Israel’s Political Zoo

The greatest danger to Israel from the coronavirus is not a collapse of the healthcare system and a massive increase in the body count, as happened in Italy. It’s not impossible, but most groups – with the notable exception of … Continue reading

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The Haredi Disconnect

About 12% of Israel’s population are Haredim, often referred to as “ultra-orthodox,” an expression which they strongly dislike. The Haredi population is growing rapidly with a birthrate of about 7 children per woman, and if this growth rate continues, Haredim … Continue reading

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A Short Political History of Israel

In the pre-state period, the socialist Left dominated the yishuv. They created the institutions that would form the basis of the state, and ran them according to their ideology. The Histadrut labor federation dominated the economy; its closely allied kibbutz … Continue reading

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Bibi Derangement in the Age of Corona

If there is one theme that PM Netanyahu’s opponents are banging away at – and that includes not just his political opposition, but most of the mainstream media in Israel and a small army on social media – it is … Continue reading

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Israel and the Pandemic

Is COVID-19 a blip or is it the apocalypse? It seems to me that unless humans do something stupid, like start wars, it will be a blip (this post is based on statistical and other data on the pandemic from … Continue reading

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