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To Salvage Its Democracy, Israel Must Be Divided Into Cantons

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Carlo Strenger

The first weeks of Benjamin Netanyahu's new government show that such a proposal is timelier than ever. Barely sworn in, its statements, policy proposals and steps show that it might use its tenure, brief as it may be, to irreparably damage Israel's democracy.

A Government Neither by nor for the People

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The new Netanyahu-led government was created to serve its own political agenda, which is far removed from Israel's national interests. Indeed, in Israel the politician's personal interest comes first, the interest of the political party comes second, favoritism comes third, and the country can wait.

Netanyahu Won the Israeli Election by Stealing Conservative Votes, Not Liberal Ones

John A. Tures | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

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 Kingpin, the Capo and the Con Artist

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Bibi: Hi, guys, we've got to wrap up our plans; you know what the polls are saying.
Yvet: What the hell do I care what the Poles think?
Bibi: No, you idiot! The polls! The polls that just came out!

Bennett: A Demagogue on the Loose

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.15.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

His "solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a recipe for obliterating Israel as both Jewish and democratic, and converting it into an apartheid state, reviled by the international community and condemned to live in isolation and disgrace.

Hamas Off Terror List on Technicality; Hysteria Reigns

Gabriel Sassoon | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Gabriel Sassoon

It is obvious to everybody, including the widely respected Washington Institute, that Hamas will be placed back on the list. Not least because the EU's political echelon has emphasized that it will, and that there will be "no practical effect" as a result of the General Court's finding.

How Netanyahu Committed Political Suicide

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.03.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Netanyahu's insistence on passing a bill that will define Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people is as disgraceful as his denial that Israel is not an occupying power. If the bill were to pass now or in the future, it would blow up what's left of Israel's democracy and destroy rather than save the Jews' last haven for which they have yearned for centuries.

The Real Danger to Israel's Security Is Netanyahu

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.04.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

One need not look far and wide to discern Netanyahu's disingenuousness and misguided policies that have only undermined Israel's future security. He uses his political skills to deceive and mislead in order to "protect himself from political defeat" while disregarding what is best for the future of the state.

Kerry Blusters Again

Amanda Botfeld | Posted 03.02.2015 | College
Amanda Botfeld

John Kerry isn't doing himself any favors. When it comes to Israel, the Secretary of State may be remembered more for his gaffes than his accomplishme...

Yom Kippur 5775: Israeli Liberals Are in Pain

Carlo Strenger | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Carlo Strenger

While I can humanly and psychologically understand why fear pushes many Israelis to the right, I cannot help feeling, along with many of my friends, that the country is moving so far away from our ideals and values that we are becoming strangers in our own land.

Reckless Policies, Dire Consequences

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Netanyahu-led government's announcement of its decision to annex nearly 1,000 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank between the Etzion settlement block and Jerusalem amounts to nothing less than a reckless and offensive act that only further undermines Israel's moral international standing and has dire future consequences.

Now That the Guns Have Been Silenced

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The new ceasefire between Israel and Hamas has immediately raised the same old question: Will it last, or is it merely just another pause, providing the prelude for the next round of fighting à la previous ceasefires? I believe the current ceasefire is different as it was achieved under completely different circumstances and may well last.

The Unrequited Love Affair Between Liberal Jews and an Illiberal Israel

Carlo Strenger | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Carlo Strenger

Jewish liberals -- in Israel and the Diaspora -- need to realize that the time has come to stop mourning Israel's idealized image.

Ryan Grim

Benjamin Netanyahu Stops Pretending To Support A Sovereign Palestinian State

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 07.18.2014 | World

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposes the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank, he told reporters last week in remar...

The Curse of the Occupation

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.15.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

At a time when hundreds of rockets are fired by Hamas and Islamic Jihad from Gaza against Israel -- threatening population centers, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv -- criticizing Israel's occupation of the West Bank would seem inappropriate at best. Many Israelis justify the continuing occupation in light of the intensifying violence. They argue that Israel cannot allow the West Bank to become under any circumstances like Gaza -- a staging ground for rocket attacks that could cause unimaginable death and destruction. The repeated acts of violence emanating from Gaza and the relative calm in the occupied West Bank are used to "validate" this claim. In reality, the occupation itself is the root cause behind the unending Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the current deadly flare-up between Israel and Hamas.

An Open Letter to the Israelis and Palestinians

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.10.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Have you ever paused and asked the simple question: Where do we go from here? None of you -- Bennett, Haniyeh, Netanyahu, Meshal, and Abbas -- know what will be the fate of Israel and Palestine in five or 10 years should you continue to pursue your bankrupt policy.

Where Are the Leaders to Answer the Call?

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.22.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Neither Netanyahu nor Abbas has demonstrated bold and visionary leadership, which is surely needed at this fateful juncture. The Israeli-Palestinian annals are saturated with self-denial and resistance to the inevitable, and there is little evidence that much has changed.

Israeli Extremists Gear Up to Oppose Kerry Peace Initiative

Alan Elsner | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Alan Elsner

Naftali Bennett, the leader of the hardline "Jewish Home" Party, who is Israel's Economics Minister, made a significant speech today which tells us how serious the peace negotiations being pushed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have become -- and how worried opponents of the two-state solution are getting.

Lieberman's Acquittal Pushes Netanyahu Further to the Right

Carlo Strenger | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Carlo Strenger

The main consequence of Lieberman's acquittal is is that Netanyahu's current government is bound to become more similar to his previous one: committed to a strongly right-wing agenda, but with the legitimacy of centrist coalition partners. This pushes the already faint hopes for peace far beyond the visible horizon.

Israel's National Security: Delegitimizing the Legitimate

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Israel's fixation on "security" and the harsh measures it employs, presumably to achieve an impregnable national security condition, is making the Palestinians increasingly vulnerable, fostering deeper animosity and militant resistance.

Israeli Politician: 'I've Killed Lots Of Arabs In My Life And There's No Problem With That'

Posted 07.29.2013 | World

As Middle East peace talks are set to resume after a five-year freeze, 972 Magazine reports a member of Israel's cabinet has declared his backing for ...

Peace, Politics and the Palestinian Tom Cruise

Lilac Sigan | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Lilac Sigan

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.

Israeli Minister Calls Palestinian State 'Pointless'

Agence France Presse | | Posted 08.17.2013 | World

Israeli economy minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday the idea of a Palestinian state was at a "dead-end", the latest Israeli official to speak out ...

Israel's Ban On Civil Marriage Denies Non-Jews Basic Right To Wed

The Media Line | Linda Gradstein | Posted 06.12.2013 | World

By Linda Gradstein/The Media Line A month ago, Rita Margulis and her fiancé Amit (as a career army officer he asked not to use his last name) got ...

Israel's Novice Lawmakers Feel Their Way

The Media Line | Linda Gradstein | Posted 04.22.2013 | World

By Linda Gradstein/The Media Line Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened his most recent copy of Time magazine, with its list of the 100 most inf...