November 20, 2019

Israel

"Israeli kingmaker politician Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday refused to endorse a candidate for prime minister, blaming both the contenders engaged in a tense standoff that has paralyzed Israeli politics and pushing the country toward a likely..."

"The issue of Israel’s rights in the West Bank under international law, as simple as it sounds, conceals a complex and extensive web of historic, legal, military and political issues that, for many years, have engaged and continue to engage the..."

"Judaism has been described as many things: a culture, a people, a religion, a nationality, and more (including, according to answers given to the 2013 Pew survey of American Jews, a culinary disposition for bagels and smoked salmon or the..."

"I have never done 23-and-me, nor have I “ancestry.com’d” myself. It’s never felt necessary. My family’s Eastern European Jewish heritage was something we lived to honor, including in our politics. Like so many others, my family came to this..."

"Netanyahu’s last resort in a bid to avoid facing a courtroom would be requesting a pardon from President Reuven Rivlin, pending the recommendation of the attorney general. A knowledgeable source close to the senior echelons of the state...."

"Hebrew remained, to Oz, Zionism’s greatest achievement. Certainly, it was the one he was least ambivalent about. “I have said many times that I’m a chauvinist only in respect of the language,” he told the Paris Review. “I feel for the language..."

"While on a speaking tour abroad, a Holocaust survivor told me his heartbreaking story and explained with tears of joy why Israel is a living miracle. The tears turned into ones of sadness when he shared that his only son, born when he was 50..."

"I couldn’t be more pleased that J Street’s National Conference has sparked an energetic and long-needed discussion about the role that US assistance to Israel should play, not only in supporting Israel’s long-term security, but in advancing the..."

"Is Israel a democracy? Yes, essentially, but there are major flaws in its political and electoral systems. For example, votes of parties that do not pass the threshold are discarded, and members of Knesset are not accountable to voters. This..."

"It was not love at first sight – or even second. In fact, it took a few years before Jerusalem came to have a special meaning for me. When I came to live here in 1971, I frankly wondered what all the fuss was about. Australia, my birthplace..."

"Rabbi Elimelech Firer has worked tirelessly over the last 40 years to help anyone who has asked him for advice – Jewish or non-Jewish, male or female. The founder of Ezra Lemarpeh, Firer, a hassidic rabbi, began his activities for the benefit..."

"After a week in which attacks on Israel by Democratic presidential candidates dominated discussion at the J Street conference, Joe Biden finally gave what’s left of the pro-Israel wing of the party a reason not to despair. After Bernie Sanders..."

"At the weekly government meeting on Oct. 27, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shared the lesson he had learned from “The Proud Tower” by historian Barbara Tuchman, which was a birthday present from his former army buddies, whom he dubbed “my..."

""Economy Minister Ayman Odeh and Health Minister Ahmad Tibi entered their offices in Jerusalem today." In this manner, many people on social media platforms are currently pointing out the "threat," the "slippery slope" and the "dangerous..."

"As American universities continue to grow increasingly hostile to Jewish students, and as Jewish philanthropists and community leaders seem largely unable to effectively meet this torrent of bigotry or to educate a new generation of American..."

"In his recently published book, We Stand Divided, Dr. Daniel Gordis made an important contribution to the ongoing discourse about how to heal the split between American Jewry and Israel. While Gordis is insightful in examining the differences..."

"On Saturday, Israel marked the 25th anniversary of the 1994 peace treaty with Jordan. Jordan – less so. Israel yearns, hopes and strives for peace, despite the cynics who scoff at the idea. The foundations of peace with Jordan date back at least..."

"History has been made in Israel as, for the first time in a decade, someone other than Benjamin Netanyahu will be tasked with forming a government. Sort of. On Wednesday, President Reuven Rivlin gave the coveted mandate to challenger Benny Gantz..."

"In our selfie-defined culture, it’s usually considered a good thing to get attention, the more the better. But it may not be the case for Jews, or for Israel, to be caught in the firestorm that is burning through American politics in ways not..."

"The climactic face-off of the 2019 Israeli Apartheid Week at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg took place on a wide, sunny plaza, between a statue dedicated to the millions of anonymous miners who had toiled under inhuman..."

"After spending six months in jail on the outskirts of Moscow, a young Israeli woman named Naama Issachar was sentenced on Oct. 11 to seven-and-a-half years of imprisonment in Russia. Both the extreme sentence and trumped-up charges of drug..."

"In a bizarre quirk of fate, Russia is trying to trade Israeli Na’ama Issachar, just sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison for possessing cannabis, for Alexei Burkov, arrested by Israel for perpetrating cyber fraud in the US. Welcome to..."

"It’s still unclear whether Israel’s next election will be in four years or four months. But either way, if the center-right wants a better outcome, it needs to learn the lessons of September’s election. So here are two: First, while center-right..."

"The 1994 peace treaty between Israel and Jordan included two clauses whose security importance is as great and perhaps greater than the demilitarization of the Sinai Peninsula in the peace treaty with Egypt. These clauses turn Kahol Lavan...."

"Judging by their eerily identical reactions to their strikingly similar predicaments, U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are leading parallel lives. Both have run afoul of the law. Both are fighting for their lives.."

"Had Benjamin Netanyahu retired before the April elections, he would be enshrined as one of the greatest, high-achievement prime ministers in Israel’s history. Starting from the depths of disruption in the second Intifada, Israel’s daily life..."

"The Israeli notion of mamlachtiyut does not translate well into English. Coming from the word mamlacha, or kingdom, the word suggests the quality of acting in sovereign-like fashion. It was the term David Ben-Gurion invoked when he spoke of..."

"Dear Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: I am writing to you from Lisbon, Portugal, in a moment when the political turmoil (certainly, an exaggerated term) as a consequence of the Sept. 17 election still goes on. I don't know what your near and..."

"It’s not every day that science and archaeology find confirmation of the Bible. But this seems to be the case with new research claiming that the biblical kingdom of Edom was much older than scholars previously thought. In fact it arose even..."

"On Tuesday, Arab voters flocked to the polls, defying expectations of a low turnout. Arab turnout skyrocketed compared to the April 9 election, reaching 59% on Tuesday, almost as high as the Jewish turnout. This could suggest that the Israeli..."

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