Sunday Dec 08, 2013
One cannot help but be impressed with the focus of the Obama administration with the Middle East, despite expectations that the region would be left to its own miserable self.
Both Kerry and Obama have spent time with the Saban Forum, trying again to convince Jewish doubters about Iran and Palestine.
Kerry has come eight times as Secretary of State.
Talks with the Palestinians ought to be described as the Kerry...
Friday Dec 06, 2013
What we can call the Jewish itch is the aspiration for better and more.
It is not present in all Jews. We also have those who accept the status quo in the public condition or their personal situation, without question or ambition.
The aspiration for better and more is also not exclusive to the Jews. It can be found in all racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural groups.
Yet it appears to occur with a higher...
Tuesday Dec 03, 2013
Several headlines of recent days bring to the fore the persistent question of whether Israel is a strong state or a lazy state.
The noisiest commotion has to do with the Bedouin. There have been demonstrations involving thousands, with non-lethal violence in several locations, protesting a government plan to deal with the long simmering issue of the Bedouin spread across the Negev desert, Their tents and shanties have encroached on land...
Friday Nov 29, 2013
The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2014 as the year of solidarity with the Palestinian people.
Is this just another bit of UN blather, one of 21 resolutions passed so far against Israel this year, while only 4 resolutions condemned activities in all the other countries of the world?
Or does it portend 12 months of festivities on campuses, in union halls, liberal churches and other places susceptible to the...
Wednesday Nov 27, 2013
There are lots of tantalizing questions, that in their nature leave us without answers.
Chief among those bothering Israelis concern our status. The existential question--asked time and again In various formulations--amounts to
How much power do we really have?
What can we get away with?
To what extent are our actions governed by others--especially Americans--or by ourselves?
In this and just about...