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Israelis cast their ballots at a voting station in Jerusalem during the general elections on April 9, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.
Israel’s electorate has refused to grow up, and its leaders are to blame. They turned the election campaign into a fight of Right against Left—though it’s been clear for years that there is no Israeli Left. The problem is the definition. In Israel, “Left” means favoring concessions for peace. “Right” means talking tough on security issues. A reality check shows that there...
President Ronald W. Reagan salutes military personnel gathered in his honor. Reagan is in Keflavik preparing for his summit meeting with Mikhail S. Gorbachev of the Soviet Union
Since Ronald Reagan is by far the president most admired by Republicans in modern times, perhaps GOP leaders and members of Congress should remind the current president of Reagan’s long-forgotten proposal for . I’m not talking about the awful plan that was foisted upon Reagan in 1982 by U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and other senior officials, whose attitude...
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara addresses their supporters as the the results in the Israeli general elections are announced, at the party headquarters in Tel Aviv, on April 09, 2019. Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
When leaders of Tammany Hall—the legendary Democratic machine that ran New York City for more than a century—would be confronted with an occasional electoral setback, their usual response was to deride it by claiming that if their handpicked candidates didn’t win, then “it ain’t democratic.” That’s pretty much the reaction of much of the Democratic Party to the results of...
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara address supporters at Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv, on April 09, 2019. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
Is Benjamin Netanyahu’s dominance of Israeli politics the product of a consensus he helped build, or is he merely a convenient beneficiary of forces that were beyond his control? Like the old question about the chicken and the egg, it hardly matters. The only thing that does matter is that in the wake of Tuesday’s election, the right’s hold...
Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany in 2017. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Donald Trump remains oddly deferential to Russian President Vladimir Putin amid the growing animosity between Washington and Moscow – with virulence highlighted by Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty termination and an accelerating nuclear arms race. Both international and US law unequivocally require an American chief executive to condemn war crimes and not become tacitly complicit in such crimes. Still, Trump...
Don't be fooled by misleading stories about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's disappointing showing in Tuesday's election in Israel. Even if the centrist Blue and White alliance of former military chief Benny Gantz were to eke out a very narrow victory over Netanyahu's right-wing Likud Party, sending Bibi into retirement to face a near-certain indictment on corruption charges, the story of this...
Benny Gantz, head of Blue and White Party, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, head of the Likud Party. Credit: Gili Yaari /Flash90 and Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a decisive electoral victory at the polls despite tying with main rival Benny Gantz, former chief of staff in the Israel Defense Forces. While both the ruling Likud Party and challenging Blue and White Party each are scheduled to receive 35 mandates in the 21st Knesset, the results are not nearly as close as...
Ilhan Omar campaigning at the Twin Cities Pride Parade in Downtown Minneapolis, on June 24, 2018. Credit: Tony Webster/Wikimedia Commons.
For critics of the pro-Israel community and U.S. President Donald Trump, it was the ultimate “gotcha” moment. After months of having to listen to Jews and friends of Israel pointing out the anti-Semitic invective of the two pro-BDS members of Congress, supporters of Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) claimed that it was really Trump who was...
View of a giant election campaign poster showing Israeli Prime Minister and head of the Likud Party Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on March 31, 2019. Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
When Israelis vote on April 9, a lot will be riding on the outcome. But there is one thing that will not be decided in this election: whether or not Israel will remain a democratic state. Whether or not the incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud Party are able to form the next government—or, if instead, it’s...
Kalman Yeger spoke truth to power and power in turn spoke its concept of truth to Kalman Yeger. The saga of Kalman Yeger opened with his March 20 tweet: “Palestine does not exist.” Yeger’s bosses – the leadership team of New York City Council – have been in the process of removing Yeger as a member of its immigration committee. Yeger,...

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