“Nazi” Is a Bad Word. Banning It in Israel Would Be Worse.
January 16, 2014
An Israeli bill would ban the word "Nazi" and other Holocaust comparisons. It's wrong.
The Winners and Losers of Israel's Election
January 22, 2013
The biggest loser? The peace process.
Netanyahu's Nightmare: How Israel's Elections Could Surprise Us
January 21, 2013
What could still go wrong for Israel's prime minister.
Benjamin Netanyahu's Not Worried About an Agenda. He's Worried About His Coalition.
January 16, 2013
The real drama of Israeli politics will occur after the votes are tallied.
Netanyahu's New Headache: Avigdor Lieberman Is Dragging Him Down
December 31, 2012
The prime minister will still win the election but could have trouble forming a new coalition.
Don’t Expect Tzipi Livni to Shake Up Israel’s Election
November 28, 2012
The former foreign minister returns to politics by forming a new centrist party.
Israel’s Iran and Settlements Switcheroo
November 27, 2012
Pundits in Israel are still struggling to make sense of Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s surprise announcement yesterday that, at age 70, he is retiring from politics. The move, like Barak’s January 2011 decision to leave Labor and start his own political party, caught everyone off guard.
JERUSALEM—The long-running Israeli debate over who should be required to perform military or civilian service is coming to a head once again, heightening just about every fault-line in the country—religious versus secular, Jews versus Arabs, left versus right. How this debate is resolved will influence not only the composition and duration of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s coalition, but also the future development of Israeli society. The reason is this: Mandatory service is not just a policy decision; it goes to the heart of Israel’s identity.
Last Tuesday, Israelis woke up to a new political reality. In the middle of the night, as the Knesset was voting to enact an early general election, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced a surprising deal with Shaul Mofaz, the recently elected leader of the main opposition party. All of a sudden, the snap election was called off and Mofaz’s Kadima party was part of the governing coalition. The deal was essentially about self-serving domestic politics; all the main actors (Netanyahu, Mofaz, and defense minister Ehud Barak) reaped rewards from the arrangement.