There is an old punch line: "Are you going to believe me or your lying eyes?" This is the question to ask about the commitment of the Israeli govern...
Netanyahu's recent calculus has since placed Israel on a collision course with the United States. The political relationship will likely recover over time. But I worry that the polarization is feeding anti-Semitism in the United States, especially on university campuses.
The damning consequences Netanyahu's new government will inflict on the country are as certain as night following day. Israel, which has been led astray by Netanyahu for so long, is fast approaching a new precipice unlike any other it has faced in years past.
While human rights violations in Israel are significant enough for me to withhold support today, I acknowledge that Israel gives more human rights to its citizens than does any other country in the region.
Conservatives believe that Israel's Likud defeated the liberal Zionist Union. But the evidence shows that's not the case. Benjamin Netanyahu was able to pick up 12 more seats, almost entirely at the expense of other conservative parties, with a shift to the right.
The time has now come for American and Diaspora Jews the world over to open their hearts and mouths, to speak out, and to act. It is time to administer some tough love, to persuade the Israeli people and their government that the occupation must come to an end.
The scorched earth tactics used by Netanyahu are reminiscent of the mongering we saw here in the 1960s from the likes of Richard Nixon and Alabama's George Wallace, stoking panic, dividing to conquer, consigning a whole people to the margin for his own survival.
The vulgarity and crudity of Netanyahu and his allies have successfully salvaged the prime minister's career for the time being. Likud's win, however, may turn into a Pyrrhic victory
If Israel's laws and policies existed in the U.S. today, many towns would be legally permitted to deny housing to African Americans because of the color of their skin; Arab and Muslim Americans would be forbidden from marrying and bringing their loved ones to the U.S. if they were born in the Middle East.
If Israel wishes to be "a light unto the nations" she must put the brakes on this growing intolerant tendency towards 20 percent of its own population. The tragic consequences if she does not will be hard to stop.
Israel's 2015 elections will surely be extensively studied and dissected to detect trends, statistics, and voter preferences, but most of all, they serve as the starting point of the Israeli left's soul-searching marathon titled "where did we go wrong."
For us as an international community -- to be able to contest and ultimately defeat this movement -- it is going to require all hands on deck. Every country and every citizenry is going to have its own domestic debate about where they want to fit in but there cannot be free riding on the larger effort. Everyone has to dig deep and whatever they're doing now, probably over time, more is going to have to be done.
Israel would be mad to go the route of political concession and show weakness. The Neanderthals have spoken. There is no compromise with genocidal jihad. It's a no-brainer.
Lowry & Corn clash over Netanyahu's win-- Arabs-are-coming plus 3 positions on 2 States in 36 hours. Lombardi & Durocher: "Win any way you can so long as you get away with it." What should Obama & Clinton do now? Then: is Mandatory Voting anti-liberty or a civic obligation like jury duty?
Just when Israel's existence and influence on the world stage is most important for Jews around the world, it cannot afford to risk that for the self-aggrandizement of Benjamin Netanyahu. The way he won his election has weakened Israel, destroyed its credibility and made it far less secure.
Jews have conservative interests and liberal values. Most Jews vote their values. So do a lot of other voters whose interests pull them one way and their values another way. For instance, a lot of working-class voters have liberal economic interests and conservative social values. They, too, tend to vote their values.