Category Archives: Israeli Politics

The Bedouin Occupation

Bedouin citizens of Israel formerly embraced a nomadic lifestyle, drifting between Arabia and the Sinai; but since 1948 many have permanently settled in the southern part of Israel. They established their settlements on any convenient unoccupied land, where they grazed … Continue reading

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Giving Up Zionism

Amichai Shikli, the dissident member of Naftali Bennett’s party and the only coalition member to vote against the budget, had an op-ed in today’s Israel Hayom newspaper that got my attention. I’ll translate the first few sentences: At the end … Continue reading

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The Camel’s Nose

It’s painful, but I have to admit that I was wrong. I supported the Bennett-Lapid government because I believed that nothing could be worse than the instability of an endless series of elections and caretaker governments. The challenges facing the … Continue reading

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Israel, Wake Up!

Hamas has produced a blueprint for “post-liberation Palestine” which describes how they will create the new state of “Palestine” after the Jewish state is destroyed. It explains how they will variously slaughter, dispossess, or enslave the Jews of Israel, and … Continue reading

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Our Existential Choice

In my previous post I asked why Israel only “plays defense” in recent times. Why do we only bat the rockets away with Iron Dome, instead of ending our enemies’ ability to launch them? Why do we bomb empty Hamas … Continue reading

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Why Does Israel Only Play Defense?

Since 1967 the amount of territory under Israeli control has shrunk significantly. At the same time, the threats to the security of Israelis have increased. Terrorism waxes and wanes, but never goes away. Although there are “peace treaties” (actually long-term … Continue reading

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Bennett Should Have Stayed Home

Israel’s PM, Naftali Bennett, is already in the US and will be meeting with US President Biden on Thursday. There are some who think that Bennett should have stayed home. While it is unlikely that the administration can be convinced … Continue reading

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Zionism and Democracy

Gideon Levy, the hateful Ha’aretz writer who reaches new depths of loathing for the state that protects and nurtures him with every column he writes, has gotten something right this week. But he is wrong about the implications of his … Continue reading

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