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It is tempting to view the Gilboa jailbreak as a tale from Chelm. But the negligence that allowed six top murderers to escape exposes abysmal political-conceptual dysfunction: The desperate desire to “avoid escalation” and not wanting “to heat things up.”
God help us if the very wealthy, organizationally well-positioned, and pop-culture famous are considered the “most influential Jews” of our times. Here is my corrective to such feeble celebrity catalogues: A list of profound and substantive Jews (mainly educators, writers, and rabbis) who are making real contributions to the long-term future of Israel and the Jewish People.
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Minimal Israeli national unity, or simple political sanity, must override a pull toward the extremes. Unless the Islamists of Raam can lie with the “Hardal-ists” of Religious Zionism, Binyamin Netanyahu has no government. Unless the left wingers of Meretz and Labor can lie with the right wingers of Yamina, the anybody-but-Bibi camp has no government...
A “sticker song” which rolls campaign clichés and slogans into a dirge on Israel's political jam. Here is the refrain: How much bile can one swallow? Only Bibi. Anybody but Bibi. I vote, therefore I am. Father, have mercy, Father, have mercy. We all scream for ice cream. Gevalt.
The terror of “woke” cancel culture knows no bounds. First, they came for Babar the Elephant; then for Curious George; then for Disney children’s movies; then Mr. Potato Head; and then Dr. Seuss. Undoubtedly next on the guillotine will be the Berenstein Bears. Soon enough, they will come after the Bible for its “racist" and “gender-backwards” content.
Israel’s repeat, repulsive election campaigns have God at the end of His wits. Might the People of Israel awaken, their purported leaders repent, and a respectable campaign that emphasizes policy and values yet be run? Or may God throw in the towel and cast a blank ballot of non-confidence?
My semi-annual guide to superb Israeli wines – for effacing enemies on Purim and celebrating freedom on Pesach. With wines from Bin-Nun, Castel, Drimia, Flam, Hayotzer, Lueria, Mayacamas, Netofa, Oryah, Shiloh, Teperberg, Yatir – and Mayacamas.
In memorium: Over 96 years, Moshe “Moshko” Moskowitz lived to see many of his far-reaching plans for the building of Gush Etzion fulfilled, and more.
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 »
A passionate speaker, David M. Weinberg lectures widely in Israel, the U.S. and Canada to Jewish and non-Jewish audiences. He speaks on international politics and Middle East strategic affairs, Israeli diplomacy and defense strategy, intelligence matters and more. Click here to book David Weinberg as a speaker