Since Hanukkah, the holiday of light, a year and a half ago, Tag Meir has been reacting immediately and with wide media exposure to all incidents of hate crimes in Israel, especially those committed under the slogan, Tag Mechir (Hebrew for "Price Tag").
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 cho...
Director Dror Moreh's 2012 documentary film, The Gatekeepers, currently being screened in Washington, D.C., has a true Shakespearean quality about it. It is a well-told drama, making the audience appreciate the tragic quality of the unfolding narrative.
The many Palestinians who criticized President Obama for showering the Israelis with lavish praise and for his unfettered commitment to Israel's security seem to miss the central point that he wanted to convey and expected to achieve.
I know Americans take pride in Google, Apple and similar-minded companies that rule their respective domains; but as for consumer goods, less and less are being made here. What do you consider a unique all-American gift?
The ingredients are there for the birth of the national homeland of the Palestinian people. A homeland with which the U.S. can, and should, puruse elevated relations that go beyond the political aspects of making peace in the region.
Two days ago, there was a day of joy in Israel as natural gas started flowing to the storage depot in Ashdod. This discovery alone can provide Israel's energy needs for 30 years, and other proven discoveries, which are still in the stage of development, will turn Israel very soon into a major exporter of natural gas.
Barack Obama came to Israel and Palestine, saw what he wanted to see, and conquered the mainstream media with his eloquent words. U.S. and Israeli journalists called it a dream trip: a charismatic world leader taking charge of the Mideast peace process.
I was hoping (but not holding my breath) that President Obama would come with a message to the Israelis that the world's superpower is now going to fill the process with accountability. That did not happen, and will not, until average Americans say, "Enough is enough."
Israel still embodies so many of the contradictions and challenges of a nation forged in a previous era. While there is some enthusiasm for Yair Lapid and Yesh Atid, it remains to be seen how many of these core issues will be resolved.
Just as the Seder and Haggadah have evolved over the centuries, they have evolved in our home as we use a series of symbolic items to tell the story of the human desire for freedom, not just freedom for Jews, and the need to challenge oppression by any and all.
"When I tried to describe the things I had seen in Israel and Palestine, people in the U.S. tended to assume I was exaggerating, because it didn't match at all with what they were used to hearing on the news. I decided to write something that started from zero and told an engaging story, so that people would 'hear me out.'"
They certainly often disagree on the handling of individual incidents. But what's important is that the common thread among all six, however, is that the time for dialogue with Palestinians is now. Why?
The fact that the president linked Israel's ultimate national security to the establishment of a Palestinian state is not going to move Netanyahu to change course. He is fixated on grabbing more Palestinian land.
While the President of the United States cannot snap his fingers and bring about the two-state solution that is key to Israel's security and its future, President Obama reminded the young people of Israel that change is possible.
For media as well as elected officials, supporting the opposition is prohibited... especially when you agree with it.