Category Archives: Israeli Politics

The Meron Tragedy and Israel’s Autonomous Communities

Forty-five people attending a festival to celebrate the holiday of Lag b’Omer at the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai on Mt. Meron were crushed to death last weekend, in a catastrophic but totally predictable stampede which – one official … Continue reading

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Why Arab MKs Hate the State

On Tuesday, Israel’s 24th Knesset was sworn in. They were asked to commit to “…be faithful to the State of Israel and to fulfill with devotion [their] cause in the Knesset.” The majority of them responded “I commit,” but four … Continue reading

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It’s All About Bibi

The whole story of Israeli politics today is Binyamin Netanyahu. I won’t bore you with countless scenarios, most of which are about as likely as the one in which I become Prime Minister. Everything is contained in six numbers: Number … Continue reading

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Setting National Goals

The burning issues in Israel’s election (coming in 10 days) seem to be about personalities and short-term issues like how to reopen the economy as we recover (at least, we hope we are recovering) from the Corona epidemic. Of course … Continue reading

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Here Comes Election Number Four!

In less than two weeks (23 March), Israel will hold its fourth election since April 2019. Since then the country has been “governed” by various interim governments with attenuated powers, and most recently by a dysfunctional “national unity” government which … Continue reading

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