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Guaranteed in America Guaranteed in America
Friday, October 22, 2010 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Why should the Netanyahu government place any faith in the incentives offered by President Barack Obama in return for an extension of the moratorium on settlement construction? So grumble some Israelis, pointing for added emphasis to Obama's refusal to honor an earlier, Bush-administration pledge to Ariel Sharon.
All in the (Economic) Family All in the (Economic) Family
Friday, October 15, 2010 by Sam Siegel | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

"PM Orders Panel to Attack Economic Concentration," read the headline of a news story in the October 14 Haaretz. The high-level body, appointed by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is tasked with proposing legislation to increase competition, restrict "large-scale pyramid-type holdings in public companies," and take other steps to improve stability and efficiency in the country's economy. Some worry that the move will fail, or that the hour is already too late. And thereby hangs a tale.
Rav Ovadia Rav Ovadia
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 by Yehudah Mirsky | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

One of the more outsized personalities in Israel's history is Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the longtime head of the Shas political party, who has just marked his ninetieth birthday.  The foreign public knows of him, vaguely, as a right-wing fanatic. But the truth and perhaps the tragedy of the man are far more complicated and fascinating.
The Romance of Gush Etzion The Romance of Gush Etzion
Friday, September 3, 2010 by Aryeh Tepper | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The modern return of the Jewish people to their homeland succeeded thanks to the extraordinary tenacity of pioneering individuals who, in a dangerous environment, created new communities from scratch. One such community, or rather series of communities, is the Etzion district—in Hebrew, Gush Etzion—located along the ancient mountain route between Jerusalem and Hebron. The first three communities built by Jewish settlers were completely destroyed by Arabs. The fourth still stands today.
Arab Moderates: Help, or Hindrance? Arab Moderates: Help, or Hindrance?
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

At the re-launching of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, attention will be focused on Mahmoud Abbas and Benjamin Netanyahu. But Egypt's ailing president, Hosni Mubarak, will also be in attendance, as will Jordan's King Abdullah II. To maintain their bona fides as Arab moderates, the two men helped cajole Abbas to resume face-to-face negotiations with Israel. So did other Arab states in the U.S. orbit, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the Emirates.
Getting Abbas to the Table Getting Abbas to the Table
Thursday, August 19, 2010 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The barrier built a decade ago to protect the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo from Fatah fire is being dismantled. Some residents are worried: today's tranquility is welcome, said one, but why tempt fate when there is still no peace agreement with the Palestinians, and not even direct negotiations?
The Impresario of Zionism The Impresario of Zionism
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Theodor Herzl, father of modern political Zionism, was born in Budapest 150 years ago next Sunday, May 2. He died at age forty-four in Vienna, four-and-a-half decades before the establishment of the state of Israel. Herzl came into maturity with no particular Jewish learning, no Hebrew, and scant ties to his community. Yet with his top hat, white gloves, and tails, this broadminded Central European journalist with a utopian streak came to be the foremost revolutionary of the modern Jewish world. The basics outlines of Herzl's life are fairly well known. Born into a comfortable, assimilated family, he considered law but settled...
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 by | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Against a background of sharp disagreement between Washington and Jerusalem, the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee winds down today. On Monday, the 7,500 delegates—Jews, Christians, African Americans, as well as European and Canadian activists—heard Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declare that the United States would tell Israel the "truth" when "difficult but necessary choices" had to be made. Today, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is scheduled to meet President Barack Obama. Delegates from all 50 states planned to spend Tuesday on Capitol Hill speaking with their respective Senators and Members of Congress. But what is AIPAC, and what...
Allon’s Legacy Allon’s Legacy
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

It was fitting that Benny Begin, son of the late Likud-party prime minister Menachem Begin, should have been the cabinet minister representing Israel's government at the annual memorial service on Monday for Labor-party icon Yigal Allon. On the Zionist political spectrum, the Begins are stalwarts of the Right, whereas Allon was decidedly a man of the Left. Yet the inheritors of their respective legacies share a sense of clarity about Jewish rights in Israel, a desire for genuine accommodation with the Arabs, and an emphatic insistence on defensible borders.   Allon was born in 1918 in the Lower Galilee and died...
Shas Shas
Thursday, January 21, 2010 | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

In a first for Israel's ultra-Orthodox parties, the Sephardi-dominated Shas party has joined the World Zionist Organization—another step on the road to becoming a fixed presence in the country's political landscape. Founded in the mid-1980's, Shas has long scrambled conventional categories. Although the party is avowedly haredi, and its leaders tend to imitate both the garb and the ideologically-mobilized politics of Ashkenazi haredim, most Shas voters conduct their lives in a non-haredi, if traditional, style.  As for attitudes toward the state, Shas politicians, unlike their more squeamish Ashkenazi counterparts, serve in the Israeli cabinet and, sometimes, in the IDF. The success...
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Rothschild Boulevard is Not Tahrir Square Moshe Arens, Haaretz. Israel's middle-class protest movement may have been inspired by the "Arab Spring," but the two have nothing in common-and besides, Israelis can always change their government.
Number Theory Roy Abrams, Tablet. Jews are well represented among winners of the Fields Medal, the highest honor given by the International Congress of Mathematicians; Elon Lindenstrauss joins them as the first Israeli-born medalist.
On the Up Beat Haaretz. At twenty-nine, Omer Wellber, whose career began at the age of five, conducts the world's top orchestras and has become musical director of the Valencia Opera House.
What a Country! Noah Efron, Jewish Review of Books. After twenty-six years in Israel, one immigrant is blisteringly denounced before the Tel Aviv city council, and asks: "How did I ever get here?"
The Peoplehood Fallacy David Breakstone, eJewish Philanthropy. What the new communal emphasis on Jewish peoplehood misses: yes, Jews are a people—but only by virtue of their connectedness to the Jewish faith and to the land of Israel.
A Threat to World Peace? Rick Richman, Contentions. Jerusalem has invited construction bids on 336 housing units in two communities destined to remain part of Israel. The PA's response shows why peace negotiations are nowhere in sight.
Bolton's Critique Herb Keinon, Jerusalem Post. The former U.S. ambassador to the UN speaks about Washington, Tehran's nuclear-weapons program, and a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood. (With video.)
From Harvard to Entebbe Charles E. Shepard, Harvard Crimson. Thirty-five years after Yonatan Netanyahu (a brother of the prime minister) was killed while leading the heroic hostage-rescue mission, his classmates remember their singular peer.
Back to the Future Seth Mandel, FrontPage. From the late 1990's till now, Benjamin Netanyahu's efforts to make progress toward peace have been thwarted by American Presidents with different ideas.
Message from the Emperor Mark Harman, New York Review of Books. A vignette by Franz Kafka, first published in a Prague Zionist journal in 1919, tells a Chinese tale as an allegory of messianic longings.