Category: Party Politics in Israel

Natan Sharansky for President

Jun 8, 2014

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Is it wrong to hanker for someone a bit more stirring as President of the re-born, modern State of Israel? Someone with deep Jewish and Zionist credentials, proven grit, intellectual heft, and international stature?

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Sacrificing for peace, Olmert-style

Mar 28, 2014

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Imagine that after escaping criminal conviction in next week’s Holyland trial verdict, Ehud Olmert re-launches his political career, oy. Peace will undoubtedly come to the Middle East…

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Shaked’s uncertain social engineering

Mar 6, 2014

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The new military conscription law is a slam-dunk victory for the Haredi community. There will be no brigades of Haredi border guards; only more Ultra Orthodox insurance brokers – perhaps.

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The Second Coming of Shimon Peres

Jan 31, 2014

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Shimon Peres plans to come roaring back into Israeli politics this summer (when his term as president ends), as the country’s shadow prime minister, to press Netanyahu on the Palestinian issue and to “save” Israel – as only he can. I say that President Peres should bow out gracefully.

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Celebrating Deri’s downfall

Oct 23, 2013

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Aryeh Deri’s defeat in Jerusalem is the most important result of yesterday’s nation-wide municipal elections. Deri concocted Moshe Leon’s implausible candidacy, sold it to Lieberman, and promised to deliver the goods through massive Haredi support for Leon – all for greater self-aggrandizement of Aryeh Deri.

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Sinat chinam syndrome

Jul 15, 2013

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The disgraceful level to which our politicians and rabbis have sunk over the past year is alarming. Moderation, nuance, restraint and reasonableness have become orphan concepts in this country’s political landscape. The prevailing culture is kasach – unbridled, untamed confrontation.

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Beware of Baba Arye

May 9, 2013

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Arye Deri is back as the top gun in Shas, and that is bad news for just about everybody in this country because Deri is shady, retrogressive, and a purveyor of hate.

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A good government, after all

Mar 21, 2013

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Before latching onto every extremist, ambitious statement from one new Israeli minister or another as a sign of disaster, give the new Israeli government some time to get its act together and craft consensus policy. The coalition is actually is a breath of fresh air — surprising, enlivening and promising.

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End the Haredi chokehold on Israeli politics

Feb 5, 2013

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Bennett should not back down on the draft issue in the face of Haredi threats, because rolling back Ultra-Orthodox influence on matters of religion and state is critical to the health and unity of this country.

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Seven Post-Election Reflections

Feb 1, 2013

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Israelis are optimistic, moderate and cautious, and they reward positive politicians. But they are also impatient with the country’s many economic and social disparities.

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