March 20, 2019

Israel

"For generations, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been portrayed as the key to making regional peace. Proponents of this concept have claimed that a solution of the protracted conflict would pave the way to Middle East peace..."

"Campaigns are traditionally filled with promises... There is one promise being made by some parties that I can confidently declare as unrealistic."

"Temple Mount tensions, protests against Hamas and a rise in attempted West Bank attacks create a potent mix that will shadow the three weeks left to the election."

"Liberal Israel policy group [J-Street] will take 40 college students to Israel and the West Bank for 10 days in July, in a visit ‘that engages fully with Israel’s reality’"

"...the immediate and most important challenge a national unity government would face is how to react to the “deal of the century,” the peace plan formulated in recent years in the White House..."

"Forty years ago this month, Egypt and Israel signed a peace treaty in Washington. It was the first peace treaty signed by Israel with an Arab country."

"Feiglin is a firebrand opponent of Palestinian statehood, supports building a third Temple in Jerusalem, has questioned why Israel’s non-Jewish citizens have any say in Israeli politics, and has called for stripping Arab Israelis of certain rights."

"Netanyahu has already been declared guilty in most of Israel's media, the same media that decided 15 years ago to handle Sharon's indictments with kid gloves."

"By the end of last week, instances of anti-Semitic rhetoric by the freshman congresswoman Ilhan Omar had become too many to enumerate. Her two apologies, in the space of a few weeks, for earlier statements can no longer be taken seriously..."

"In a fiery speech, the country’s top Arab politician imagines what was previously considered impossible: a Jewish-Arab coalition to topple Benjamin Netanyahu"

"...each claims that the opposing candidate is soft on terror, willing to make territorial concessions to the Palestinians, and reluctant to act toughly and decisively against Hamas."

"Iceland has selected the BDSM band Hatari to represent their country at the Eurovision this year. The band is quite flamboyant in dress and very extreme in their political stance..."

"Is it just me, or is anyone else waiting for the UN to condemn Israel for illegally occupying outer space? Even worse, they’re planning illegal settlement expansion there – on the moon!"

"‘Extremism” is the political buzzword of the current election campaign. Meretz chairwoman MK Tamar Zandberg repeatedly accuses Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud for joining up with Kahanists..."

"Yechiel Eckstein built a billion dollar philanthropic empire by being the first to tap into Christian love for Israel. Will his daughter be able to sustain the momentum now that he's gone?"

"While Israel is far from perfect, I learned there are many reasons to respect the country, and that the portrait of Israelis as portrayed by the Arab media is misleading."

"Ideally, Likud would release a platform telling voters exactly where it stands on all major issues. Since it hasn’t done that since 2009, they’ll likely go into another election without a platform."

"Some people think Israel is a right-wing country, including many Israelis. The fallacy in this thinking is there are no left-wing countries in the Middle East."

"The PM has persuaded the religious-Zionist Jewish Home to partner with the Kahanists of Otzma Yehudit. It makes cynical political sense for his interests, but what of Israel’s?"

"The American-Israel relationship is all about the Benjamins, reflecting the shared values of “the first American,” Benjamin Franklin, and modern Zionism’s founder, Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl."

Israel's relationship with Poland has been tense since Poland introduced its "Holocaust law" last year. Here's how that relationship finally broke.

"The Democratic Party has problems with Israel. But Reps. Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), the new members of Congress who have attracted attention with toxic tweets and support for boycott, are not the main protagonists."

"An initiative by the mayor of Tiberias for the municipality to help provide public transportation on the Sabbath has caused the issue of the social status quo to the forefront of public discussion."

"The Trump mind-set translates everything into money and every deal has to be a money maker for those involved. Based on this strategy, Trump is essentially “selling” palestine for economic benefits to the Arab states and to Israel."

"Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has apparently decided to convict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in two cases and must now decide about a third — all while facing an orchestrated campaign by Netanyahu against him."

"Psy-Group, an Israeli private intelligence company. Psy-Group’s slogan was “Shape Reality,” and its techniques included the use of elaborate false identities to manipulate its targets."

"Trump himself has said ‘we’re going to be there [Syria] and we’re going to be staying,’ citing a need to protect Israel. All eyes are now on next week’s contain-Iran summit in Warsaw."

"A movement that can detect a racist dog-whistle from miles away is strangely deaf when it comes to some of the barking on its own side of the fence."

"We want to see all Jews, including secular Jews, respected and supported for their customs and commitments, and for freedom of conscience and practice to enjoy resolute state protection from any coercion. "

"...alongside the typical mudslinging and vying for votes, an unwieldy slew of short, viral video clips are being uploaded by parties and politicians to social media. And each one seems to be more outrageous than the last."

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