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Lilac Sigan
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* I write a personal weekly column and I’m one of the head commentators for the Israeli newspaper Maariv.
* I used to be one of the leading columnists and the chief editor of the daily magazine of the Israeli Business Newspaper, Globes.
* I have also written 3 books, 2 of them novels.
* I am a commentator for many TV and radio shows and also hosted a few TV talk shows in the past.
* I have a BA in economics and business and an MBA in marketing.

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Entries by Lilac Sigan

Israel's Vicious Circle of Fear

(21) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 8:58 AM

Israel is still in turmoil following Tuesday's re-election of Netanyahu, and the media is already slamming him for backing away from a two-state solution as part of his desperate last-minute campaign (a statement from which he has already backed away from, again). Herzog's sure-win was snagged...

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The Bogus Achievement for the Palestinian State

(45) Comments | Posted November 8, 2014 | 11:31 AM

Some say the biggest achievement Mahmoud Abbas will be remembered for, is the magnitude of the pro-Palestinian campaign that has intensified during his 10 years as the official Palestinian leader. When you look over his record, it's easy to understand why: Abbas has managed to lose control of...

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How Roger Waters is Failing the Palestinian Children

(13) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 5:58 PM

If I were not an Israeli, I would have been filled with rage reading Roger Waters' piece about the unfortunate children in Gaza. But since I am an Israeli and I've been living the Arab-Israeli conflict every day since I was born, I was only filled with sadness...

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Why Has Sisi's Offer to Abbas Gotten So Little Attention?

(90) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 6:25 PM

Some might think that Hamas is very busy with the post-battle reconstruction of Gaza these days. Regretfully, most signs imply otherwise. Hamas is already focusing on restoring its "terror tunnels" into Israeli territory, alongside the resumption of rocket production. Meanwhile, the relations with Fatah seem to have reached...

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Is There Hope for Israel's Peace-Camp?

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 9:51 AM

Maybe it's war trauma, or the sterile ceasefire talks that collapsed again, but lately it seems that the Israeli central-left is beginning to wake from a long dormant period. Ben Caspit, a leading Israeli journalist and one of Netanyahu's biggest critics, wrote an op-ed this week titled "Why...

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The Voices of Gazans That We Never Hear

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 12:58 AM

Here's something you probably haven't heard of: the protest that never really came to be, nipped in the bud, killed before it was even born. On July 29, 20 Palestinians in Gaza were reportedly executed by Hamas for treason, making a total of over 30 in two days....

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Is the Road to Hell Paved with Qatar's Intentions?

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 6:01 PM

Even in the age of rising humane consciousness and importance of being politically correct, real politics are stronger than anything, and they are lead by many interests. Some say liars, thieves, criminals and politicians have fewer scruples than the rest of us, and maybe they aren't very far off. Call...

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The Disgustingly Predictable Death Game of Hamas

(25) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 8:15 PM

The saddest part is the predictability of it all. The death stench is a deja vu of a deja vu that made you physically ill the first time around. At some point, children always pay the price with their innocent lives. By now, you would think everyone would understand this...

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A Not-So-Pleasant But Important Reminder From Hamas

(5) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 1:44 PM

In case you'd forgotten, here's a small reminder from Hamas: It exists.

Ever since the peace talks between Israel and the PA began and gained speed, Hamas has been quieted down, pushed away from the table, and therefore pushed aside from our minds. However, Hamas is still there, ruthlessly controlling...

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Why the Scarlett Johansson Controversy Is a Good Thing

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 6:57 AM

Scarlett Johansson's decision to stick with SodaStream and leave Oxfam has become a bubbly controversy, and that's good news. It's good news because Johansson proved mainly one thing: she thinks for herself, and doesn't allow anyone to do her thinking for her. She's a supporter of a free Palestinian state,...

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Michelle Obama And Making The Best Of Your Age

(3) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 5:45 AM

I'm 50.

I've been wearing a fake smile for the past few months, pretending I don't really care. I mean, 50 is just a number, right? But when I'm alone in front of the mirror, I anxiously try on the idea of being this old, like kids try on...

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You Can't Be Shallow When Dealing With Troubled Water

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 8:29 AM

Some people say that evil hides under superficiality, because even the best of intentions can be demented by it. Maybe they're right. I have no doubt, for example, that the A.S.A's intentions in its decision for an academic boycott on Israel were good. What's bad is that the A.S.A., for...

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Doing the Right Thing in the Middle East May Be Handing the Job to Someone Who Actually Can

(7) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 12:44 PM

In bad neighborhoods, it can get a bit hard to do the right thing. Like this morning, when I woke up to realize that 100 miles from where I live, hundreds of people were gassed to death in their homes, and if they were lucky, it happened when...

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Peace, Politics and the Palestinian Tom Cruise

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 11:28 AM

Beautiful stories always feature a protagonist with immense problems that need to be overcome on his way to a happy ending. If they happen to be real stories and not fictional ones -- our happiness with the ending soars even more.

Such is the story of the 23-year-old Muhammad Assaf,...

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It's Time to Stop Choosing Sides

(32) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 12:15 PM

It's not easy to admit, but in a way, all humans enjoy a good fight. We examine the opponents, evaluate them on our own or by what others say, and choose sides. We decide who is wrong and who is right, who should win and who should lose, but by...

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The Goals of Hamas vs. the Goals of the Palestinians

(54) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 2:42 PM

The Israeli hit on the Hamas military leader, Ahmed Jabari, received a lot of attention. The UN Security Council rushed to meet last night on the subject at Egypt's request. But why hasn't this council found a few minutes to meet on the subject in the...

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It's High Time to Get Aligned

(20) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 10:06 PM

Who was it that said there are no coincidences in this world? He may have been right. So right, that sometimes you have to blind not to see contradicting coincidences when they meet eye to eye.

On Monday, the Non-Aligned Movement summit began in Iran, with "special guests"...

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We Are All Responsible for the UN's Apathy

(4) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 10:04 AM

I wanted to write a post about this crazy world, and to try to figure out how on earth it is possible that Syria would be a declared candidate for the UN Human Rights body in 2013.

I wanted to write about the mad irony...

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Modern Anti-Semitism Has Found a Good Cause

(124) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 2:17 PM

The serial killer in France that shot 3 little children coming out of school, one of them an 8-year-old girl that was grabbed by her hair and shot in the head to make sure she was really dead, just wanted justice. As far as he's concerned,...

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Are Human Rights Really a UN Priority?

(11) Comments | Posted March 12, 2012 | 5:27 PM

When someone acts in a twisted manner for a long time, at some point you get used to it and stop expecting them to act any different. You accept them for what they've proved themselves to be, despite what they may be saying for image purposes. I think that's what...

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