January 19, 2019

Israel

"That laundry list of grievances — everything from how Israel treats the Palestinians to whose marriages it recognizes — is what lies behind the “We Have to Talk” theme of this year’s General Assembly, the annual conference of the Jewish Federations"

"The Court’s decision was an all-too-common instance of its inner oligarchic nature. Showing its usual contempt for the elected government and the legislation it enacted."

"Ostensibly, Netanyahu's a key beneficiary of this White House's unorthodox foreign policy approach. But for the sake of tentative gains, he's mortgaged Israel's reputation and security to the GOP & to Trump, America's most unpredictable president."

"The JFNA GA may say they want to talk, but there are some parts of Israel which have the feeling that this American Jewish organization is not really interested in hearing what they have to say."

Immigration to the Jewish state is celebrated as "Aliyah," or "ascent." The flipside of this is that emigration from Israel is stigmatized as "yeridah," or "descent." The time has come to rethink these terms.

"In its definition of the nation, it follows a pattern common in the founding documents of many countries, including other advanced democracies."

The old Israel is represented in this case by the main casualty of the new train: the historic Jerusalem-Tel Aviv line, which has been running on and off since 1892 and isn’t likely to run much longer.

“Throughout history, no other people has held so strongly to the memory of their homeland no matter what country they lived in.”

Great schools, low prices, less partying, less anti-Zionism. Why not send your kid to school in Israel?

“As long as Israel wasn’t explicit about what it meant to be Israeli, it was possible to be entirely Druze and, organically and inseparably, entirely Israeli.”

“A ranking published by Be Free Israel, listed Modi'in as the Israeli city with the most religious freedom.”

“There are far better reasons for strong bilateral ties than penance for the Holocaust.”

An artist in Israel rethinks traditional approaches to mapmaking.

“Canary Mission provides a huge public service, operating as an early-warning alarm system for the safety and well-being of American Jewry.”

“Since One of One was launched in 2013, some 2,500 Israelis have shared their experiences of rape, incest and sexual assault.”

“Aziz Abu Sarah launched an improbable campaign last month to become the capital’s first Palestinian mayor; now he’s not sure he can even go on living in the city.”

Israel has too many enemies on the outside to let internal issues drive Jews away from their heritage.

Not all English-speaking Jews who move to Israel do so for political or religious reasons.

“Maybe it is their pioneering spirit, or pride or a reluctance to complain or come off as self-pitying, but the Golan’s residents are growing older in a place where aging is not easy, even if they don’t all admit it.”

Right-wing speakers aren’t welcome at memorial events for Yitzhak Rabin. That’s a problem.

“The false accusation against Israel has awakened the ghosts of anti-Semitism that always existed in Russian society and which the ruling powers have made an effort to hide in recent decades.”

Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem earned him a reputation as a friend of Israel, but the real test of his friendship will be how he handles Israel’s crisis with Russia.

“A confederation of the West Bank and Jordan is once again under discussion. Is it such a bad idea?”

Twenty-five years after Oslo, Israeli-Palestinian peace remains elusive. A mix of Leftist idealism and PLO rejectionism are to blame for taking the "process" out of the Peace Process.

Israel has fought in a number of wars since the Yom Kippur war in 1973. But not a single one of them so deeply threatened the existence of the Jewish State, and the national trauma still remains.

The political party of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is emblematic of the hawkish Israeli right, but there are some holdouts in its inner ranks. Here’s a look at the last two liberals in the Likud Party.

“Given that the demonization of Israel is the key strategy in the war of extermination being waged against it, ‘getting Israel’s message across’ is the equivalent to using a leaky bucket to ward off a tsunami.”

Twenty-five years after the signing of the Oslo Accords, it's time to admit that the breakdown of the Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic process began with Israel's recognition of the PLO.

Israel is moving swiftly towards its next election, but for Prime Minister Netanyahu, the possibility of indictment still looms on the horizon. Is it possible that indictment won’t hurt his political chances?

When it comes to service in the IDF, where's the glass ceiling? Women can now command Israeli Air Force Squadrons – but this doesn’t mean the fight for full equality is over.

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