Saturday May 25, 2013
Will President Obama's speech at the National Defense University this week rank with his speech in Cairo that called for freedom, liberty, and democracy, or George W. Bush's speeches that promised democracy in Iraq and later declared victory?
Bluster or wisdom? is an appropriate question to ask of an American president, fated to comment and to affect things far beyond the prospects of any intimate knowledge of places that...
Wednesday May 22, 2013
Israelis have no monopoly of feeling threatened. Residents of Greece, Spain, and a few other developed countries--including some from the USA--have trouble paying their bills, or looking forward to work and a vacation.
Israel's economy is in pretty good shape. Not for all Israelis, but for most. Being Jews, many aspire to having more, but most can pay their bills and something like 30 percent manage an overseas holiday at least...
Monday May 20, 2013
Newspaper estimates of the numbers taking part in recent demonstrations tell us something about the ranking of items on the agendas of various sectors.
What is impressive is not the precision of such numbers, but great differences in their magnitude.
On Thursday evening of last week, it was estimated that 30,000 Haredim massed outside the Jerusalem recruitment office, with some of them expressing the low level of violence...
Saturday May 18, 2013
Remember the Cold War?
And the crises focused on Berlin and missiles in Cuba?
Could we be on the cusp of a comparable crisis focused on Syria?
Among the unanswered questions is the relative weight of Israel in the thinking and threatening being done by the US and Russia.
This, too, is not new. Israel figured in American and Russian thinking about the other great power in 1956 and 1973.
Both Israel and the...
Thursday May 16, 2013
The holiday of Shavuot provided a pleasant respite from the excessive excitement of this country.
Instead of the usual drone of disaster and dispute in the media, there were tasty festivities heavy on cheese filled caseroles topped off with cheese cake.
The relative quiet, for everything but my aging arteries, was only for a day. The media and generators of e-mail more than made up for it by the early morning of the day after...