Top 5 annoying things Israeli politicians said this week

1. Habayit Hayehudi MK Ayelet Shaked is proposing a bill to limit funding to anyone who, among other things, rejects Israel’s existence as a Jewish AND democratic state. It’s a bizarre position though, as Shaked and her party reject the two-state-solution [i.e. the establishment of a Palestinian state], instead proffering an Israeli annexation of the West Bank. And if that happens Israel will be neither a Jewish nor Democratic state. Meaning, is Shaked legislating against herself? Continue reading

Quiet in Israel

Notes from the only stable democracy in the Middle East

Notes from the only stable democracy in the Middle East

I’ve never felt more of an outsider than I do now. Not just amongst my own people — who seem to be playing ‘live and let live’ like absolute masters — but amongst my Arab neighbors. Am I the only one thinking about what’s going on out there instead of enjoying the quiet in here? Continue reading

US Jewish journalists more religious, more pro-Israel than their readers

First published here: Israel Hayom | US Jewish journalists more religious, pro-Israel than readers.

U.S. Jewish journalists who work for specifically Jewish media outlets are less likely to view themselves as government and business watchdogs, and are less willing to be critical of their community, than mainstream American journalists (both Jewish and non-Jewish) are, a new survey has found. The survey, released on Wednesday, also found that American Jewish journalists are by and large more religiously observant and more pro-Israel than are their readers in the larger U.S. Jewish community. Continue reading

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There goes the neighborhood

The internationalization of the Syrian civil war

World powers and regional actors are increasingly converging on Syria, a development which threatens to mesh the civil war between pro- and anti-Syrian regime forces into the wider regional conflict between Sunnis and Shiites, as well as the global tussle between the U.S. and Russia over spheres of influence. Continue reading

Faina Kirschenbaum

The scourge of the Deputy Ministers

The biggest party in the governing coalition, Likud-Beytenu, has a problem. Several young and “underutilized” members of its list seem not to have gotten the policy talking points that their more senior party leaders are broadcasting. And thus with every new day,  a new scandal, and more confusion about what the exact policy of the government of Israel on some serious issues actually is. Continue reading