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Is Israel’s Labor Party Finished? Is Israel’s Labor Party Finished?
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

What has become of Israel's left-wing Labor Party some five months after its leader, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, abruptly defected to establish his breakaway Atzmaut (Independence) Knesset faction?
No Ford in Israel’s Future? No Ford in Israel’s Future?
Thursday, June 16, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

With little fanfare, the Ford Foundation has initiated a phased withdrawal from its long, largely behind-the-scenes campaign to influence Israeli politics.
Love, True Love, and Statistics Love, True Love, and Statistics
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The depth of sympathy for the Jewish state among ordinary Americans ought to be cause for positive amazement. In stark contrast to strikingly negative European attitudes, a far-reaching CNN poll released on May 31 presents an uplifting picture of American public opinion toward Israel.
To Ransom or Not to Ransom? To Ransom or Not to Ransom?
Friday, June 10, 2011 by Aryeh Tepper | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The PLO's first attack on Israel came when Mahmoud Hijazi and five other terrorists attempted to bomb a water-pump station in southern Israel. Once captured, Hijazi received the second death sentence ever handed down in Israel. Though his sentence was later overturned, the story was far from over.
We Were the Future We Were the Future
Thursday, June 2, 2011 by Yehudah Mirsky | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Few uniquely Israeli institutions have ever held the world's imagination like the kibbutz: a radical Jewish experiment in communal living, social justice, economic egalitarianism, and the reorganization of family life. Indeed, perhaps the most radical innovation of all was the "children's house" (beit y'ladim).
The Jewish Way in War The Jewish Way in War
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

How can democracies, acting under the conventions of international law, defeat Islamist terrorists operating by their own benighted rules? How, especially when UN member-states are prepared to enable terrorists by perverting the rules of war and human rights?
American Orthodoxy and Its Discontents American Orthodoxy and Its Discontents
Friday, May 27, 2011 by Lawrence Grossman | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

A "case study in institutional decay": that description of Orthodox Judaism in America was offered in 1955 by the late sociologist Marshall Sklare. It has long since entered the gallery of scholarly misjudgments, acknowledged as such by Sklare when events turned out to belie his assessment.
The Russian Wave The Russian Wave
Thursday, May 26, 2011 by Yehudah Mirsky | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, some one million Jews have come to Israel from the former Soviet Union (FSU), enlarging the country's population by 25 percent and forming the largest concentration in the world of Russian Jews.  They have left their mark in almost every walk of life. And yet, as a group, they are still something of a mystery.
No Springtime for Palestinians? No Springtime for Palestinians?
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 by Sol Stern | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

In his May 19 speech celebrating the Arab Spring, President Obama expressed enthusiasm for the "movements for change" that have been unseating tyrants previously supported or tolerated by the United States. In language echoing that of his despised rival George W. Bush, he adopted as his own the idea of promoting democracy in the Middle East.
What Would Ben-Gurion Do? What Would Ben-Gurion Do?
Thursday, May 19, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

How would David Ben-Gurion handle himself if he were the one scheduled to meet Barack Obama on May 20 and address a joint session of the U.S. Congress a few days later? That hypothetical question has been aired frequently by Israelis in the run-up to Benjamin Netanyahu's pending appointments in Washington.
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Why Was There War in Gaza? Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post. Israel has once again succeeded in defending itself. But with Hamas’s new rocketry and new Arab Spring allies, the next round will follow, as night follows day.
Likud’s Wait List Raphael Ahren, Times of Israel. As Likud members vote for their party’s candidate list in the coming election, the party is expected to move to the right.  But Netanyahu has ways of ensuring it does not move too far.
Bankrupting Terrorism Akiva Hamilton, Jerusalem Post. Hamas’s Iran-supplied rockets spread terror, but Israel’s Iron Dome defense imposed a cost: Hamas’s strategy may bankrupt Iran, just as Reagan’s “Star Wars” strategy bankrupted the Soviet Union.
Hamas's Miscalculation Barak Mendelsohn, Foreign Affairs. Seeking to defuse internal pressure from Salafist groups, and emboldened by closer ties with Egypt, Hamas thought that it could attack Israel with impunity. But that was a grave miscalculation. 
Exit Left Josef Olmert, Times of Israel. Despite the conflict in Gaza, the West Bank has remained quiet—in part thanks to the PA. Does this mean that once the dust settles, Netanyahu will be expected to make concessions to Abbas? 
By the Book Yonah Jeremy Bob, Jerusalem Post. Recognizing the constraints of international law, it is now common practice for the IDF to ensure that its lawyers scrutinize almost every strike in Gaza before it is carried out. 
An Arab View Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute. "Anyone who talks about peace with Israel is a traitor and a collaborator; but anyone who calls for the destruction of Israel and fires rockets at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem is a hero."
If You Want Peace, Prepare for War Dan Margalit, Israel Hayom. A ceasefire with Hamas is only possible when the IDF makes the threat of escalation crystal clear.
Meet the New Boss Gary C. Gambill, National Post. As Israel’s neighbors react to the Israeli-Palestinian hostilities, Israel will get its first clear sense of whether the Arab Spring has yielded more hostile regimes, or just more of the same.
Twitter Wars Michael Koplow, Foreign Policy. Acutely aware of her past wartime PR failures, Israel is waging an online battle to rival her military campaign in Gaza. But are videos of airstrikes the best way to court global public opinion?