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Rabbi Dow Marmur

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Rabbi Marmur is spiritual leader emeritus of Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto. Now a resident of Israel, he may be contacted via dow.marmur@sdjewishworld.com

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greets journalists gathered from countries worldwide for the Jewish Media Summit, held from Nov. 25-28, 2018. Photo by Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman.

Netanyahu trial to make history, possibly tumult

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Next Sunday, Binyamin Netanyahu is about to make history, but not of the kind for which he wants to be remembered. The court just ordered him to appear in person at the opening of...
Israel's Knesset. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The Supreme Court and the Knesset

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The two issues that kept Israel’s Supreme Court busy (all eleven judges sitting together, which is very rare, I understand) deliberating in public view (a) whether Israel can have a prime minister about to...
Blue and White Party Benny Gantz holds a press conference at the Kfar Maccabiah Hotel in Ramat Gan on March 7, 2020. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Did Gantz do the right thing?

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Some friends whose opinions I respect have reacted against my support (for what it’s worth) for the so-called unity government. They do not seem to believe that Benny Gantz did the right thing by...
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Purim in the House of Mozes

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Purim was celebrated this year in Israel and perhaps elsewhere also as a respite from worrying about the spread of the coronavirus (epidemic? pandemic? panic?). In the old-age home (pardon: “parents’ home; golden age...

Stalemate continues among Netanyahu, Gantz, Lieberman

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Power and paranoia seem to go together. The more you have of the former, the more are you likely to be burdened by the latter. Biographers of Stalin, for example, when describing his ruthless...
President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in the East Room of the White House to unveil details of the Trump administration’s Middle East Peace Plan. Photo by Shealah Craighead/White House.

The deal of the century — really?

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“To build in Judea and Samaria like in Tel Aviv.” That’s one of the headlines in today’s Yisrael Hayom, the popular daily newspaper distributed without charge and financed by the American-Jewish casino magnate Sheldon Adelson....
With Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu at the event devoted to International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the anniversary of the complete lifting of the Nazi siege of Leningrad.

Holocaust conference a boon to Netanyahu

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Many of the world’s VIPs are in Jerusalem today: heads of state or their deputies, heads of government, foreign ministers and other important dignitaries from more than 40 countries. They’ve come to mark the...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Christian Media Summit at the Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem on Nov. 3, 2019. Photo: GPO/Amos Ben-Gershom.

Did Netanyahu purposely precipitate a Gaza crisis?

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I’ve kept silent for some time while the politicians are trying to avoid yet another general election in Israel by forming a government. As Avigdor Liberman, the head of the “Russian” Yisrael Beiteinu  party, refuses...
Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz speaks during an election campaign event in Tel Aviv held by the Blue and White Party on April 8, 2019. Photo by Flash90.

Benny Gantz reaches out to all sides

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Benny Gantz’s career-switch from general to political leader seemed awkward. His statements were few and usually inane. One was left with the impression that he had nothing to say or that his three sub-leaders...
Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz speaks during an election campaign event in Tel Aviv held by the Blue and White Party on April 8, 2019. Photo by Flash90.

A unity government in Israel?

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There are signs that Israel will be spared the nightmare of a third election. The politicians of the two major parties may be coming to their senses. Prime Minister Netanyahu, who engineered the second...