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The success of Israel's industry is what Jewish tradition calls a siman muvhak, an undeniable, stark sign of support from the Heavens. There are biblical and Zionist echoes in every glass of good Israeli wine, and drinking it is a deep profession of faith.
Netanyahu was no saint, and he failed to adequately address several explosive Israeli identity issues. But the former prime minister had a grand strategy for Israel and successfully implemented it, tuning Israel into a regional powerhouse. Prime Minister Bennett and Alternate Prime Minister Lapid would do well to embrace Netanyahu’s strategic doctrines (even giving him some credit), and in so doing lead Israel towards ever-more-robust security and diplomatic achievements.
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Israel needs a seasoned communications expert to strategize, coordinate and deliver government messaging, both within and between government agencies and departments as well as to the broader public.
Seven days of virtual Sukkot guests, debating Jewish life and world affairs, including: MBZ of the UAE, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Natan Sharansky, Rebbe Nachman and the Lubavitcher Rebbe, two top corona experts, two top (and opposing) justices of the Israeli Supreme Court, Rabbis Yeshayahu Heber, Nachum Eliezer Rabinovich, and Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz; and Rabbanit Miriam Levinger.
A political quiz for the new year. Which of the following political, security and economic events will occur this year? Calculate what Israeli and Jewish future you need to be prepared for.
The sourpuss Left can’t acknowledge Netanyahu’s historic achievement of peace with the Gulf states. I say that nothing less than full-throated celebration is called for!
At this time of coronavirus uncertainty and all its attendant ills – which threaten to overwhelm Israeli, indeed global society, this winter – giving some tzedaka can have many rewards. “To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.”
Dr. Michael Levenstein OBM was by best friend, over 40 years. He was an esteemed family medicine doctor, a respected community activist, a wonderful family man, an enormous talmid chacham (Torah scholar) and a passionate Zionist.
For European and other diplomats to continue to scurry about the region without pressing inevitable truths on the Palestinians is mischievous, at best. Dishing out some tough love and dialing down Palestinian expectations would be much more constructive.
Alas, Israelis are wantonly flouting all sensible health restrictions. Just about every sector in this country has slacked off the social distancing guidelines, whether at work, at home, or play. We need rigorous government enforcement of the rules.
Two judges of the Israeli Supreme Court this week overruled the Israeli government’s decision to raze the home of a Palestinian terrorist. In doing so, they are collectively punishing the people of Israel with their personal political prejudices and misplaced values.
Despite the mixed balance sheet of changes that have taken place in this country’s society and politics over the past 30 years since I moved to Israel, it is a privilege to be part of a meta-historic, grand drama of Jewish national renewal and redemption.
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
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