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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 [email protected]

PM Netanyahu Addresses the AIPAC 2019 Policy Conference

‘Left’ a nasty word for Netanyahu

Dictionaries offer many meanings of the word “sinister.” They include: threatening, ominous, bad, evil, base and disastrous. Also: of or on the left side, left, which is the original meaning of the term. When...
Photo: Israeli 2013 election ballots (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Oy vey! Israel to go through another election

Negotiations to form the next government of Israel became a game that nobody was going to win. There’re only losers in Netanyahu’s attempt to form again a right-wing government after the April 9 elections....
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An American Jew’s disdain for Europe

Alan Dershowitz is a distinguished law professor emeritus at Harvard University and a passionate defender of the Jewish people and the Jewish state. Almost five years ago he published an article in the Jerusalem...

Eight proposals for easing Mideast tensions

Fathom is a serious British journal about Israel and the Middle East. Micah Goodman is a serious commentator on Judaism and Israel. The current issue of Fathom carries an important essay by Goodman under the telling title,...

Canadian’s peace hopes for Mideast illusory

Robert Fulford, the distinguished Canadian journalist, recently devoted one of his regular columns in The National Post to some hopeful comments on the prospect of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Noting that, by all accounts,...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads a Likud party meeting at the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem on July 10, 2017. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Blue and White coalition with Likud would be best

Had the leaders of Israel’s political parties with seats in the next Knesset been committed to the good of the country and all its citizens – rather than their own interests and the advancement of their...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu casts his vote at a polling station in Jerusalem on March 17, 2015, in the Israeli general elections for the 20th parliament. Photo by Marc israel Sellem/POOL/FLASH90

Election season wrapping up in Israel

It’s Election Day in Israel on Tuesday. After a long campaign – not devoid of recriminations, fake news and accusations of real or imagined misdemeanors – we’ll finally be able to cast our votes....
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Foreign countries influencing Israeli election

In our cyber age we cannot be surprised when we hear that foreigners are interfering in election campaigns; we’re still waiting to learn about Putin’s role in the US presidential elections. Therefore, on the...
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Haredim may be ‘winners’ of Israel’s next election

Though the elections in Israel are still some four weeks away, we already know the undisputed winners: the ultra-Orthodox (haredi) parties. Neither side will be able to form a government without them. Though they...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads the weekly government conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on Oct. 7, 2018. Credit: Alex Kolomoisky/POOL/Yediot Achronot.

Charges against Netanyahu upend his plans

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to have elections next April and not in the Fall, when they were due, was an imaginative way of delaying, perhaps even evading, being indicted for bribery and related charges....

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