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Archive for 'Israel'

YAB: Israel is now worse than Hamas

With one stupid and offensive article in The Independent, Yasmin Alibhai Brown has single-handedly wiped out whatever good she has done by calling out Islamist extremism.
First, there’s the headline, for which she may or may not be responsible:
The bravery of those many Jews who fight for a fairer Israel
But when you read the article, you [...]

Jews and the British Left

As an American contributor to Harry’s Place I probably pay more attention to British politics than is good for me, and I know this topic has been hashed out more than once, but this piece in Tablet Magazine by Josh Glancy treats it with an immediacy and specificity that makes it worthwhile to read in [...]

Bibi zig-zag watch

As some of our commenters predicted, and after his vow that there would never be a Palestinian state while he was prime minister helped him siphon off enough votes from other rightwing parties to remain in office, Netanyahu now says:
“I don’t want a one-state solution. I want a sustainable, peaceful two-state solution. But for that, [...]

Israel election analysis: prepare for a unity government [UPDATED]

Guest post by Eyal
Update: 8 am
Well, this is embarrassing. What a difference 6 hours can make. It seems that yesterday’s near-tie has turned during the night into an outright victory for Likud. As Gene pointed out, with 99% of polls reporting, Likud has won 30 seats, Zionist Union 24. The night started with both tied [...]

Exit polls show tie in Israeli election

After trailing in the polls, whatever Likud and Netanyahu did in the final days and hours seems to have worked.
Netanyahu seems to have the best shot at putting together a governing coalition.
What now?

Is Bibi flailing?

As Israelis prepare to head to the polls Tuesday, Netanyahu doesn’t conceal his desperation very well, does he?
Is it possible there is a relationship between this on the one hand and this (Bibi gets lots of foreign support too) and this (a complete reversal of his 2009 Bar Ilan speech) on the other?
All that and [...]

Two events in London

I can’t be there, but…
The Gerasite Get-Together. Coming 21st March. Drinks and talk from Matthew Kramer Everyone welcome, see you there! pic.twitter.com/5VudEfUUxP
— The Gerasites (@gerasite) March 3, 2015

And this message from Eric Lee of LabourStart:

We Believe in Israel defines itself as “a UK grassroots network of people united in believing in the right of the State of [...]

Netanyahu’s speech to Congress

Well, I never doubted for a moment that Netanyahu would deliver a powerful and rousing speech to Congress. (As I’m sure most Israelis would agree, he’s far more eloquent in English than in Hebrew.)
He even managed to say some nice things about Obama and his support for Israel at crucial moments, some of which “might [...]

Boehner’s and Netanyahu’s bad idea

Jan Schakowsky, a member of the US House of Representatives from Illinois, has announced that she will not attend Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on Tuesday.
What makes this significant is that Schakowsky has been one of Israel’s strongest supporters on Capitol Hill since her election to Congress in 1998.
She wrote:
As a Jew, [...]

British artists respond

In a brave response to the anti-free expression and antisemitic murders in Paris and Copenhagen, the Assad regime’s indiscriminate slaughter of Syrians (read this heartbreaking interview), the Chinese government’s persecution of the artist Ai Weiwei, the Iranian government’s ban on filmmaking by the director Jafar Panahi (he manages to make them anyway) and innumerable other [...]