Archive for the ‘Times of Israel’ Category

If we can’t get a new government, let’s get a new Left

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

The Israeli Left failed yesterday in its attempt to change the leadership and the direction of the country. Maybe it’s time to change the Left instead. And let’s learn a lesson from Israel’s history to show us how to do that.

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Don’t vote

Sunday, April 7th, 2019

If having a prime minister who faces a number of serious criminal charges doesn’t bother you because you think it’s all “fake news” cooked up by the left-wing media, you can relax because polls show that most people agree with you, and that he’ll be re-elected. Don’t vote.

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It’s time to talk about peace, not separation

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

The late Amos Oz had a very appealing way of describing his vision for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. “I don’t believe in a sudden burst of mutual love between Israel and Palestine,” he would say. “I expect a fair and just divorce.” …

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Ann Coulter wants Jared Kushner to be deported

Monday, January 28th, 2019

Right-wing pundit Ann Coulter is furious at Donald Trump for, in her view, caving in to the Democrats and putting an end (for now) to the US federal government shutdown.

Coulter has long criticised Trump for not being sufficiently right-wing, for being “soft” on immigration, and so on. And now it looks like he’s not going to build the Wall any time soon — a wall that Coulter has craved for so long.

In her latest attack on the President, she adds an element that should cause at least a small measure of alarm among American Jews.

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Israeli elections 2019: Battle of the insiders

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

“I was a minister in Netanyahu’s government and know it’s impossible to create change from there.”

Those are the words of Avi Gabbay, the embattled leader of Israel’s rapidly-fading Labor Party.

But they could equally be the words of Yair Lapid, the leader of the main party of the political center Yesh Atid, or Tzipi Livni, of Hatnua, or Moshe Ya’alon, who’s heading a new centrist political party. They could be spoken by some on the political margins today (but with lingering ambitions) like former prime minister Ehud Barak

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The politicians all agree — and they are all wrong

Sunday, January 13th, 2019

Israel’s political leaders seem to agree on very little these days. But one thing does unite nearly all of them, which sounds good until you realize that they are all wrong.

I’m referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — better known as the Iran nuclear deal — which was signed three and half years ago. Nearly all of Israel’s political parties agree that this deal is bad for Israel, will not stop the Iran nuclear arms programme, and should be scrapped.

In general, they are all grateful to US President Donald Trump for the steps he has taken to bring an end to the deal. Even politicians who don’t particularly like Trump think he’s done Israel (and the world) a service by trying to bring an end to the JCPOA.

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Why Labor is dying — an international perspective

Sunday, January 6th, 2019

The Labor Party looks set to receive fewer seats in the Knesset than at any other time in its history. There is even the possibility, albeit a slim one, that it will disappear entirely by not reaching the 3.25% threshold.

Considering that a generation ago, this was a party which had completely dominated political life in Israel since independence — and before — this is an extraordinary development. …

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Taking Ukraine’s side – because of, not in spite of, our history

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Ukraine to many Jews conjures up bad memories – pogroms, collaboration with Nazis, anti-Semitism spanning centuries. So when Russian President Putin claims that Nazis have come to power in a putsch in Kiev, we take notice.

Read the full article on my Times of Israel blog.

From ‘pro-peace’ to ‘pro-Palestinian’ – the British TUC switches sides

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

The decisions taken yesterday by Britain’s Trade Union Congress (TUC) on the subject of Palestine mark the end of an era. (more…)

Why South African trade unionists hate Israel – and what we can do about it

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The news this week out of South Africa could hardly have been worse. Tony Ehrenreich, provincial secretary of the Western Cape branch of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), was accused by Jewish organizations of hate speech.

This is my second blog post for the Times of Israel. Read the full post here.