In this new American production of the Japanese classic, 47 Republican senators play the roles of the 47 ronin. They too deliberately defy the shogun, played with equanimity by President Obama. But the American ronin are out to kill a policy, not a person.
It carries big ramifications for American politics, the Middle East, and relations between the Islamic world and the West. Most everything will be more inflamed, not least the Iranian nuclear controversy and the future of Palestine. And of course American politics.
More disturbing still is the electorate's responsiveness to Bibi's racist electoral tactics, which suggests that there is an appetite for such laws among a portion of the public.
Squeals of delight rang out from Israelis and Palestinians alike today, as the birth of an enchanting litter of Labrador-Chow puppies ushered in permanent peace to the embattled region.
It is not news that there is no love lost between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu. However, not enough has been said about the deeper tear in U.S. - Israeli relations; a tear that goes deeper than the two Heads of States personalities'.
Regardless of which faction's doomsday scenario or blueprint for safety predominates at any given time, the diverse constituencies who feel a sense of urgency about Israel's existence as a Jewish homeland ask not "do you have a bag packed?" but "where else would you go?"
Five factors guarantee even rougher times ahead for the United States in the Middle East. Individually, they would be only somewhat disruptive; collectively, they are likely to cause major problems for years to come.
The Tea Partyers and members of Likud, including Benjamin Netanyahu, give no real alternatives to negotiated settlements other than war.
Besides all of the drama created by dissolving the Knesset and calling for early elections, what was the point if it more or less leads to the same political situation as before?
Those of us committed to democracy vigorously defend freedom of speech as an essential tool for effective democracy and a substantial benefit guaranteed by it.
From all appearances, Benjamin Netanyahu's party won more seats than any other party in the Israeli Knesset, but how did they achieve it? By waving an anti-democratic flag in front of people frightened of their fellow (Arab-Israeli) citizens.
It felt like a long time since the only Americans who paid attention to elections in Israel were Middle East experts and Jews, but that has changed.
AMMAN -- The Israeli electorate had a choice to make. By reelecting a leader who publicly reneged on his commitments to peace and a two-state solution, they voted against peace.
Why did the progressive peace voice have so little impact in Israel? The answer to this is startling: it didn't have much electoral impact because it was almost totally absent from the discourse of the supposedly left former Labor Party which now calls itself "The Zionist Union."
Welcome to Israel, where the voting patterns do not resemble those in the west, and cultural, national security considerations are uppermost on the minds of voters when the impression of a siege is in place.
I am engaged in the destiny of Israel because it is a profound expression of Jewish self-determination, democracy, and human rights. Is it perfect? Of course not: it's a state. Does my aching Zionist heart hope for a change in Israel's leadership? From its core.