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Israel and the Antipodes Israel and the Antipodes
Monday, August 15, 2011 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

During the February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, a boulder smashed into a car, killing 23-year-old Israeli Ofer Mizrahi.  The death toll from that earthquake was 181, including two Israelis besides Mizrahi.
The Challenge of Eilat The Challenge of Eilat
Friday, August 12, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

In a country where the sky is mostly blue, the southernmost city of Eilat has nonetheless laid claim—with justification—to being Israel's sun capital. Reliably good weather does not, however, solve all problems.
The New Sinai The New Sinai
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The Sinai Peninsula is known for its aura of stillness. But amid the timeless mountains and endless dunes, the great crossroad between Africa and Asia is more active today, and potentially more explosive, than at any time in history.
The Palestinian Mandela? The Palestinian Mandela?
Tuesday, August 9, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

To his Israeli backers, Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti is the "Palestinian [Nelson] Mandela."  That image—of a principled, graying freedom fighter with the courage to move his people toward reconciliation—is promoted by political and cultural figures on the Israeli Left.
John Lennon and the Jews John Lennon and the Jews
Friday, August 5, 2011 by Aryeh Tepper | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

"It's not cool to be Jewish, or Negro, or Italian. It's just cool to be alive, to be around." So said Aretha Franklin. I know, because my father used to have the soul diva's wisdom hanging on the wall of his study at home. He also used to walk around in a t-shirt with "Miscegenate" emblazoned across the chest.
Hizballah in America Hizballah in America
Thursday, August 4, 2011 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Hizballah is a Shiite Muslim movement, Iranian-created and -funded, which strongarms Lebanon through threats and violence, assaults Israel with rockets obtained through Syria in contravention of UN resolutions, and is funded through massive criminal enterprises. And it has arrived in the Americas.
Reconstructing Judaism Reconstructing Judaism
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 by Joseph J. Siev | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

At a time when all three major Jewish denominations in America—Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform—find themselves in a state of deep internal fracture, a fourth and much smaller movement, Reconstructionism, has just voted to create a unified body to coordinate the activities of its lay and rabbinical arms.
Lives of the Ex-Haredim Lives of the Ex-Haredim
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 by Joshua Halberstam | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

"Wherefore art thou Romeo?" Juliet calls out in pristine Yiddish from the heights of her fire escape.  Melissa (Malky) Weisz, who plays Juliet in the recent film Romeo & Juliet in Yiddish, probably asked the same question in a more vernacular Yiddish—and with very different expectations—in her earlier life.
Radio Israel Radio Israel
Monday, August 1, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Radio in Israel is as ubiquitous as hummus, falafel, and politics. During their morning and evening commutes, motorists as well as bus passengers (captive to the listening tastes of their drivers) are likely to be hearing either one of seven Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) affiliated stations or one of two Army Radio outlets.
No Room in Zion? No Room in Zion?
Thursday, July 28, 2011 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Tent camps are appearing across Israel in protest over the high cost of housing. The high cost of everything in Israel (recall the cottage cheese boycott earlier this year) has led to widespread economic and social dissatisfaction, with otherwise serious commentators making overheated analogies to Tahrir Square and the Arab Spring.
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Israel's Fallen Warrior Dan Margalit, Israel Hayom. Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, the IDF's 15th chief of staff, has died.  He survived the battles of Karameh and the Lebanon coast only to succumb to the more formidable foe of leukemia.
The Not-So-Magic Carpet Ride Yaacov Lozowick, Israel State Archives. Operation Magic Carpet, the airlift of 50,000 Yemenite Jews to Israel, has gone down in legend.  But the archives reveal that mismanagement cost hundreds of lives.
After Abbas Jonathan Schanzer, Foreign Policy. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is a 77-year-old smoker with no official successor.  If he goes, the PA presidency passes to Aziz Dweik—and Hamas.
A Star Sets in the East Tamara Zieve, Jerusalem Post. Since Bethlehem came under Palestinian control, Christians have been leaving.   The Archbishop of Canterbury blames anti-Christian feeling among Muslims—and Israel’s security fence.
More from the Start-up Nation Karin Kloosterman, ISRAEL21C. We need disease-resistant plants, but genetically modifying them is dangerous.  Now, an Israeli biotech company has a treatment that protects plants while leaving them genetically intact.
Wardrobe Malfunction Shimon Peres, Spiegel. "I see it as a 'world spring' rather than an Arab spring," muses the Israeli President.  "And you can't come to a world spring dressed for winter." (Interview by Hans Hoyng & Juliane von Mittelstaedt)
License to Drill Frank Jacobs, Foreign Policy. This is one Hanukkah when Israel doesn't have to worry about running out of oil.  But there are diplomatic minefields to cross before it can exploit its offshore reserves.
Building Bridges to Beijing David Horowitz, Times of Israel. China's sympathies seem to lie with the Iranians and Palestinians, but its economic and military ties with Israel are growing apace.  Can Israel win China's heart?
Philanthropy Discovered Ben Sales, JTA. "We serve in the army and pay high taxes.  We think we give a lot."  But many Israelis are changing their minds and starting to donate to private charities.
The Phony Cyberwar Brandon Valeriano, Ryan Maness, Foreign Affairs. Despite the hype following the success of the Stuxnet and Flame viruses in slowing Iran's nuclear program, cyberwarfare is not the strategic game-changer it’s been made out to be.