Monthly Archives: August 2016

Mrs. Keret’s delusion

Like most popular Israeli authors, Etgar Keret leans left. There are lots of reasons for this, which include the fact that the literary establishment here doesn’t exactly welcome writers that don’t fit politically. But in any event, I find him … Continue reading

Posted in Israeli Politics, Israeli Society | 1 Comment

Can Russia be Israel’s ally?

It’s hard to understand Vladimir Putin’s attitude toward Jews. On the one hand, Putin-controlled media continues to pour out vulgar anti-Jewish memes, including a recent TV program in which Jews sunk the Titanic, blew up Chernobyl and took down the … Continue reading

Posted in Middle East politics | 1 Comment

They hate Bibi but they know he’s right

I’ve been reading Ha’aretz lately and listening to some of our left-of-center politicians, and it seems like they are living in an entirely different world than I am. The usual piece starts off with an attack on Binyamin Netanyahu, each … Continue reading

Posted in Israel and Palestinian Arabs, Israeli Politics, Media | 2 Comments

Seven things Israel doesn’t need

A popular idea in the West is that you solve conflicts by satisfying people’s needs. Just figure out how to meet everyone’s needs, and the result will be peace and harmony. The American administration and the Europeans want to help … Continue reading

Posted in Europe and Israel, US-Israel Relations | 2 Comments

The crook vs. the demagogue

Notes on the American election I’m an American as well as an Israeli (just ask the IRS) and although I live in Israel and don’t plan to return to the USA, I still care about the country where I was … Continue reading

Posted in American politics | 9 Comments