Category: Politics

Consider the situation in America to the situation in Israel on almost any foreign or domestic issue, and you’re forced to admit that, heck, Israel is in a better place....A lament for America, sullied by a loutish election campaign; and a comparative salute to Israel.
This is the concession speech that Donald Trump might give on US election night 11 days from now, if he can restrain himself just a bit. “I swear by the palms of my very hands – look, I truly have such excellent big hands – that my people won’t let Hillary get away with a rehash of Obama’s extremist agenda."
Beyond the bullying rhetoric, bigoted swagger and chauvinist bravado, does Donald Trump have a strategic worldview? A new adviser says so: Trump will work with Russia to check China and radical Islam; and he will maintain Israel’s qualitative military edge. Interesting… but I remain skeptical.
In my political forecast for the year ahead, I see an Olmert pardon, Abbas resignation, Rubio victory, Netanyahu-Putin partnership, and more trouble from Obama.
Tzipi Livni’s fanatic stance against the Jewish Nation State law is grounded in hypocrisy and political desperation. None of the objections to the law justify Livni’s self-serving antics and inflammatory rhetoric.
Israel Hayom neither "endangers Israeli democracy" nor "threatens the integrity" of Israeli media." Just the opposite: It brings much needed heterogeneity to the Israeli press. In the paper, Israel and Netanyahu get the benefit of the doubt, while Israel’s enemies are treated with a bit more suspicion.
Israelis don’t know what to be worried about most or first: loose chemical weapons in Syria, or our every higher tax bill; uranium-enrichment centrifuges in Iran spinning merrily away, or our mushrooming monthly expenses.
Israel needs a new Chief Rabbi, like David Stav, who will synthesize tradition with modernity, emphasize "Klal Yisrael," and rehabilitate the "Rabbinocracy" – without compromising halacha or insolently stonewalling secular Israel. Netanyahu and Bennett should back Rabbi Stav's candidacy.
David M. Weinberg is a think tank director, columnist and lobbyist who is a sharp critic of Israel’s detractors and of post-Zionist trends in Israel. Read more »
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