Opinion

Why religion and politics cannot mix

Why religion and politics cannot mix

Among the more pressing challenges facing Israeli society today is the increasingly disturbing linkage between politics and religion. While Israel defines itself as a proud Jewish state, and this is central to our identity and ethos as a nation, this cannot mean that political forces are able to determine who […]

by August 20, 2018
Iran’s response: The ‘strategy of tension’

Iran’s response: The ‘strategy of tension’

The US and its allies are currently in the opening stages of the pursuit of a strategy to contain and roll back the Islamic Republic of Iran from a number of points in the Middle East. This strategy is set to include an economic element (renewed sanctions), a military aspect […]

by August 20, 2018
OBSERVATIONS: Hobby – Ice making

OBSERVATIONS: Hobby – Ice making

‘What are your hobbies?” a cousin asks a few weeks ago when I am on a trip to the States. “Huh?” I reply, surprised by the question. Be the first to know – “You know, hobbies. What do you like to do in your free time?” she persists, trying to […]

by August 20, 2018
GRUMPY OLD MAN: Those howling echoes

GRUMPY OLD MAN: Those howling echoes

And so it comes to this, my 154th column and my last. I’m sure that some of you, perhaps many, don’t mind and are actually glad. But that’s alright. I could have appeared in another publication more suited to my centrist and left-of-center views, although that would have been a […]

by August 20, 2018
THE POSTMAN KNOCKS TWICE: It’s NOT funny

THE POSTMAN KNOCKS TWICE: It’s NOT funny

The year: 1930 The joke: Be the first to know – Two Polish non-Jewish maids meet after not seeing one another since they went into service a couple of years earlier. One works for a Polish Christian family; one for a Jewish family. The conversation: “What’s it like working for […]

by August 20, 2018
After another round of violence, it is time for a Gaza plan

After another round of violence, it is time for a Gaza plan

As a delicate cease-fire between Israel and Gaza appeared to on Wednesday after the biggest escalation since Operation Protective Edge in 2014, it was time to play the blame game. While Egypt was credited with mediating a truce between the parties and Jerusalem officially held Hamas accountable for the dozens […]

by August 20, 2018
Let the people expel MKs

Let the people expel MKs

There is a phrase attributed to the 18th-century French philosopher Voltaire – made to someone he totally disagreed with – that he was ready to die in order for the other to bring unhindered his own views. It is this readiness that the Supreme Court forgot in coming to uphold […]

by August 20, 2018
Grapevine: Combating fake news

Grapevine: Combating fake news

It’s headlined “Fake News,” but in actual fact it’s not. It’s an attempt to find an antidote to fake news. Long before the digital era, when far fewer members of the public had the ability to disseminate private opinions as though they were reporting genuine news, there were nonetheless reports […]

by August 20, 2018
Cuts to EU populists will affect us in a big, big way

Cuts to EU populists will affect us in a big, big way

Among the cacophony of sirens from southern Israel, the Trump circus and Brexit, it is all too easy to lose sight of hugely significant developments that pass under the radar. Today is such a day. A few of you (hello my dear fellow European Union-watching geeks, we are the equivalent […]

by August 20, 2018
Israel’s Iran sensitivity should not be ignored by the EU

Israel’s Iran sensitivity should not be ignored by the EU

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Europe next week to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and possibly British Premier Theresa May. The tour will give him the opportunity to present Israel’s position on Iran’s nuclear aspirations and its role in destabilizing the Middle East. […]

by August 20, 2018