Quick Takes: ‘Zionism’ Has Won — Time to Move On

by Ralph Seliger   LIEL LEIBOVITZ, the most frequent contributor to the high-toned online mag Tablet, is very talented as a writer but maddeningly superficial as a thinker. Emotionally seduced by rightwing Zionist arguments, he tends to see things in black and white. In a recent piece, he claims that the left-Zionist Meretz party is […]

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August 11: More Settlements

Israeli Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel announced on this date in 2013 that 1,187 new housing units would be built in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. His move was denounced by Meretz MK Zehava Galon as an effort “by the [Israeli] government . . . to assassinate the political negotiations” with the Palestinians, […]

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McCarthyism in Israel

Suppression By the Government, Segregation in the Streets by Ron Skolnik From the Spring 2016 issue of Jewish Currents WHEN THE KNESSET’S Education and Culture Commitee convened in early January to discuss the work of Breaking the Silence (BTS), one of Israel’s foremost anti-occupation organizations, it was clear in advance that the fix was in. […]

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What Went Wrong? What Now?

by Ralph Seliger NOT FOR THE FIRST TIME, Israeli pollsters utterly failed to predict the result. Even the exit polls, with voters  surveyed after voting, got it wrong this year — reminiscent of Binyamin Netanyahu’s first electoral triumph in 1996, when exit polls predicted a narrow victory for Shimon Peres. I attended an illuminating discourse […]

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Bibi’s Victory

by Nicholas Jahr NETANYAHU’S LAST MINUTE DECLARATION that the Palestinians have no partner clinched an election that seemed to be slipping away from him, snatching an impressive victory from defeat’s drooling jaws. In truth, anyone who has been paying attention couldn’t be surprised by Bibi’s pronouncement that there would never be a Palestinian state, which […]

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The Other Zionist Election: The One for Americans

by Ralph Seliger THE ORGANIZATION FOUNDED IN 1897 by Theodor Herzl to establish a modern Jewish state still exists. It’s called the World Zionist Organization, and it’s guided by resolutions of the World Zionist Congress, which convenes at four-year intervals. In the United States, there is an election going on at this very moment, with […]

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Is the Left Israel’s Most Endangered Species?

Likud’s Slogan: It’s “Us or Them” by Ron Skolnik From the Spring, 2015 issue of Jewish Currents. WHEN BINYAMIN NETANYAHU SPOKE to Likud party activists in December 2014 to energize them for the grueling current election campaign, he framed the contest as one that pitted his Likud not against any particular party but against “the […]

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Clearing the Threshold

A Look at Israeli Election Dynamics by Nicholas Jahr   BACK IN EARLY MARCH OF LAST YEAR, the Knesset passed an amendment to the Israeli Basic Law increasing the electoral threshold, the minimum percentage of votes a party needs to win to be allotted seats in the Knesset. The amendment was drafted in part by […]

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