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Typica Jerusalma Olympus C5050 Jerusalem, Israel Tuesday, June 29th, 2004.

Springtime with My Boy
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Springtime with My Boy iPhone 6S Hod Hasharon, Israel Thursday, April 20th, 2017.

If You Want You Can Build a City
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If You Want You Can Build a City iPhone 6S Tel Aviv, Israel Wednesday, April 19th, 2017.

The Center Holds
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The Center Holds iPhone 6S Israel Saturday, April 15th, 2017.

Flowers Along the Path
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Flowers Along the Path iPhone 6S Netanya, Israel Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

Jaffa’s Nine Circles of Parking
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Jaffa’s Nine Circles of Parking iPhone 6S Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel Wednesday, April 12th, 2017.

Leaving Nevei Tzedek
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Leaving Nevei Tzedek iPhone 6S Tel Aviv, Israel Wednesday, April 12th, 2017.

Herzlia Peninsula
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Herzlia Peninsula iPhone 6S Herzlia, Israel Tuesday, April 11th, 2017.

Just Walking to Wilhelm
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Just Walking to Wilhelm iPhone 6S Hod Hasharon, Israel Monday, April 10th, 2017.

Holy Fecundity
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Holy Fecundity iPhone 6S Herzlia, Israel Sunday, April 9th, 2017.

Control
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Control iPhone 6S Israel Sunday, October 2nd, 2016.

Water Tank with a Fan
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Water Tank with a Fan iPhone 6S Kiryat Ono, Israel Sunday, October 2nd, 2016.

Inspector
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Inspector iPhone 6S Kiryat Ono, Israel Sunday, October 2nd, 2016.

School & Pantheon
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School & Pantheon iPhone 6S Kiryat Ono, Israel Sunday, October 2nd, 2016.

Top Hat & Defence Ministry
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Top Hat & Defence Ministry iPhone 6S Tel Aviv, Israel Friday, September 30th, 2016.

Missed
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Missed iPhone 6S Tel Aviv, Israel Friday, September 30th, 2016.

Rarin’
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Rarin’ iPhone 6S Tel Aviv, Israel Friday, September 30th, 2016.

Only for You
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Only for You iPhone 6S Tel Aviv, Israel Friday, September 30th, 2016.

Lobby by Armani
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Lobby by Armani iPhone 6S Tel Aviv, Israel Friday, September 30th, 2016.

Time for a Chat
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Time for a Chat iPhone 6S Tel Aviv, Binyamina, Israel Friday, September 30th, 2016.

Doing the Parthenon
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Doing the Parthenon iPhone 6S Tel Aviv, Israel Friday, September 30th, 2016.

Green Tea
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Green Tea iPhone 6S Herzlia, Israel Thursday, September 29th, 2016.

Groupings
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Groupings iPhone 6S Herzlia, Israel Thursday, September 29th, 2016.

Flats
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Flats iPhone 6S Tel Aviv, Israel Wednesday, September 28th, 2016.

Sophisticated
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Sophisticated iPhone 6S Tel Aviv, Israel Wednesday, September 28th, 2016.

Plane
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Plane iPhone 6S Ra'anana, Israel Wednesday, September 28th, 2016.

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Briefs

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Modi and Netanyahu, India and Israel’s prime ministers, are a match made in history. By Jonathan Spyer in The American Interest.

Monday, June 26th, 2017

“A wordy kind of Kardashian Instagram feed, without the self-awareness.” In this perfectly pitched skewering of Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman & Dave Eggers et al’s confrontation of the Occupation in the West Bank, Matti Friedman wonders what it’s all actually about. All this, plus: I don’t think I’ve ever seen such skilful use of the exclamation mark!

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

“Gazans today are more moderate than West Bankers on the key question of permanent peace with Israel,” reports David Pollock at The Washington Institute based on what he calls “reliable data from a new survey conducted there May 16-25 by a professional, independent Palestinian pollster.” I thought it might augur hope for an eventual end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but 44% of Gazans and 55% of West Bankers still believe the conflict “should continue until all of historic Palestine is liberated”. And 46% of Gazans blame Israel for their economic woes while only 4% blame Egypt. [via dailyalert.com]

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

The Dispensability of Allies by George Friedman — probably the only required reading on President Trump’s upcoming visit to the Middle East, even if it is rather dismal.

Friday, May 5th, 2017

The Israel I Love, the Bad So Far

If the signage were a bit more effective, the staff’s diction and demeanor more professional, then we might have avoided this testy altercation.

Shanghai Europe

So, finally, we stopped yesterday; the Israeli assault on Gaza of late 2008/early 2009 is over. With it, Israel lost moral purity and made vital strategic gains.

Stop Yesterday

Is the goal of Israel’s current assault on Gaza to discourage Hamas from firing rockets or to render them incapable of doing so? These are two quite different projects.

Israel’s Greatest Victory Since Osirak?

If Ariel Sharon’s withdrawal from Gaza was part of a masterplan to staunch the damage done by the victory of the Six Day War in 1967, then today we see another step in its unfolding.

Tony Blair and the Four-State Vision

Ariel Sharon’s disengagement policy reflected an understanding that ownership of the Palestinian issue is shared with Egypt and Jordan. If Tony Blair were to acquire this view, perhaps he really could help facilitate an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Jam and Bread, Jam and Bread!

My dog Jam has spent over a third of her time here in Italy as her fixtures have fallen away—first Maddie, then me. But now I’m back!

A Ride to Gatwick Airport

Airports. They’re so charged, so symbolic, and so empty once you’re at one; I dream of them often.

Fatahland and Hamastan

Now Israel has a dog in a real Palestinian fight: the nationalists rather than the Islamists.

Such a Tramp

Maddie, who died 18 months ago today, was a mangy mutt and stank, but she was also among the most beautiful dogs I’ve ever seen and for me the longest, richest, widest, deepest streak of feeling lucky.

Don’t Panic!

An academic romp through Jewish American comedy starts out as a veritable rollercoaster ride, but grinds to halt with its obsession with one Bob Dylan.

Ode to Salame

It’s supposed to be the arsehole of Tel Aviv, Salame Street, running east-west at its southern tip, but it always does me darn good.

I Love Laundry

How pleasing it is to have my own washing machine. If all isn’t right with the world, not even in my world, at least the laundry cycle is functioning.

Lovely Scenery, But Walks Getting Boring

Unless I drive somewhere new, it’s not much fun to just step out the door and wander. But driving to go for a walk seems a tad ridiculous.

Shinui and the Seven-Year Itch

How refreshing to see Asian faces out shopping in Tel Aviv, or Africans riding the bus to Ra’anana. With them Israel is given fresh wellsprings of culture.

Allah Help the Jackals

While it’s obvious that overplaying your power can result in a downfall, it’s less obvious that underplaying it also leads to trouble. America did this in the 1970s under Carter. Israel seems to have done it almost perennially.

For Tel Aviv, Better a Skylift Than a Subway

Rather than copycatting a transportation system from the 19th century, Israel could inject into its civic planning the same audacity and resourcefulness that it has historically brought to agriculture and defence.

Tour of Kitchen Duty

There was yelling and spray and I raced to keep up. One can enjoy, briefly, the company of men.

Tira Saunters

The one-lane road is empty; down below is the Sharon Plain, looking vast. Israel may be a small country but we’re still speaking here of land.

 

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Albeit behind Iran, Israel squeaks onto Walter Russell Mead’s list of the Great Eight Powers of 2017. It’s amazing that only one European country makes it here.

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Good point, yes. If under Trump it’s between the symbol of a U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem or the reality of continued building throughout the city—as it may well come down to—then the choice is clear, writes Nadav Shragai.

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Thank you, Evelyn Gordon, for providing some clarity for those now afar over why so many Israelis are supporting Elor Azaria, convicted of manslaughter for killing subdued terrorist Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif.

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

The New York Times attempts to embarrass Trump’s new appointment by linking to eight of incoming American Ambassador to Israel David Friedman’s columns in Arutz Sheva as if his words alone are enough to horrify. I for one though agree with everything he writes in these, except perhaps in “Time to Regroup on Iran” where he suggests hitting Hamas harder — not sure about that. I’m with him on J Street, and there’s great stuff on what he dubs the two-state narrative.

Monday, September 5th, 2016

In this report on Ryanair’s service between Budapest and Eilat, anna.aero lists the low-cost airlines flying to Israel. All the others fly to Ben-Gurion. So that’s Eilat to Budapest in February roundtrip for 85€!!!

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

An inviting tour of the Hebrew writer’s oeuvre as Shai Agnon is translated into English. [via aldaily.com]

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Slant Magazine attends the 2016 Jerusalem Film Festival, witnessing the audience versus Miri Regev, Minister of Culture & Sport.

Friday, June 17th, 2016

As part of a series of articles on Israel in Foreign Affairs, Aluf Benn worries from the center-Left about crumbling social and political norms while Martin Kramer expresses satisfaction about ever-strengthening strategic might [requires registration, only 1 free article].

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Nice piece on poetic military language with examples from the Israeli, American and British experiences.

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

The Weekly Standard visits Jerusalem’s new Shalem liberal arts college.

Monday, December 21st, 2015

A sweeping reminder to anxious Israelis from Edward Luttwak that it’s always been worse than it is today. All cheerleading aside, I say to all citizens at home and abroad: when someone is providing a service, look at their faces. Maybe even smile. Say thank you. Please.

Monday, November 9th, 2015

An excerpt from Dennis Ross’s book about US-Israel relations. This all seems believable, and fascinating as well.

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Monday, August 18th, 2014

“Israel is wrong in shirking responsibility for the consequences of its actions and in laying them at Hamas’ door,” writes B’Tselem. “Israel and Hamas are each responsible for their own actions.” This should be self-evident.

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

“Even a just war should be supported unfeverishly.” Leon Wieseltier articulates my own disquiet. “A provocation does not relieve one of accountability for how one responds to it.”

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Not only isn’t the Israel Broadcasting Association listing the names of the child fatalities from the Gaza bombings but refusing to let B’Tselem pay for an ad doing so. And the Attorney General has upheld the decision. This seems to me a mistake. We must fully own these deeds.

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Read this serious analysis of the conflict in Gaza so far by Amos Yadlin, director of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies.

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Nahum Barnea tells us more than we knew before about Hamas’s tunnels and how Israel chose to ignore them to date. It is thoughtful, analytic, regretful pieces like this that give me hope.

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Beyond bracin’, stormin’ Norman Podhoretz eviscerates the Palestinian position in the wake of the Kerry talks collapse.

Jonathan Spyer bracingly articulates the Right’s two fundamental arguments for the inevitability of the failure of John Kerry’s Israeli-Palestinian talks.

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Dore Gold recounts Iran’s first ‘charm offensive’: its use of the tactic of khod’eh, ie, “tricking one’s enemy into a misjudgment of one’s true position”, when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini waged a successful deception campaign from exile in Paris.

Friday, October 4th, 2013

David Horovitz interviews Yossi Klein Halevi about his new book, Like Dreamers: The story of the Israeli Paratroopers who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation. The friendship between these two gifted greying Anglo-Israelis is warming.

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Leon R. Kass on The Ten Commandments is the opening essay at the new http://mosaicmagazine.com.

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Devising tailor-made rules of international law for application only where Israel is concerned undermines international law and can have an insidious and corrosive effect on the rule of law in general.

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Sorry, but more David P. Goldman, this time at Tablet with “Dumb and Dumber” (not his title) on recent US Middle East policy. He begins: “Errors by the party in power can get America into trouble; real catastrophes require consensus.” Like liberals, neocons got mugged by reality.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Peres and the Pope as covered by the Voice of America (Reuters). This meeting has not gotten much coverage.

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Welshman Tom Doran explains why, as a liberal secular humanist, he must stand up for Israel.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

“The Bashar al-Assad regime commits atrocities that are designed to be unforgivable,” Spengler postulates, “in order to persuade their base to fight to the end.” His conclusion? “Let the Alawites have their enclave, and let the Sunni Arabs have a rump state, minus the Syrian Kurds, whose autonomy would be an important step towards an eventual Kurdish state.” Me, I’d be willing to wager just three things about the Middle East in 50 years: there will be Israel, there will be Kurdistan, and there will be Arabs. PS — Doesn’t Goldman look like Gary Oldman playing James Baker III?

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Dense, readable, utterly informed, worth re-reading almost as if literary: “How to End the War in Gaza: What an Egypt-Brokered Cease-Fire Should Look Like” by the inestimable Ehud Yaari (now requires registration).

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Walter Russell Mead explains why Americans tend to view Israel’s actions so differently than does the rest of the world. In brief: “In America, war is not a sport.”

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Gershon Baskin, the man who negotiated Gilad Shalit’s release, writes in the New York Times that he believes it was a mistake for Israel to kill Ahmed Al-Jabari, as a long-term ceasefire was in the works.

Friday, November 16th, 2012

The writer’s bias is clear but still it’s hard to dispute the gist of this exploration of Israeli chauvinism, even if it’s unfair to expect too much more given the circumstances.

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

For the Kurds, an independent state a question of if not when. This rich, dense yet clear piece surveys their situation and is particularly interesting in laying out the Turks’ “schizophrenic” yet sophisticated policy towards them. Also, Israel’s omission is glaring in its absence.

Friday, August 17th, 2012

The Vlady-Bibi Tapes by Michael Ledeen. BIBI: “Well maybe you shouldn’t have built that nuclear reactor, or arranged for them to get your antiaircraft missiles.” VLADY: “I didn’t sell them antiaircraft missiles.” BIBI: “You sold the missiles to Chavez in Venezuela, and he sent them to Iran, as you well know. That was the deal, wasn’t it?”

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Monday, July 30th, 2012

“Israel is as American as apple pie”. Walter Russell Mead explains why Mitt Romney’s Israel visit is his most important as a US presidential candidate. It’s not the Jewish vote, which is tiny and pro-Democratic.

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Being pro-Palestinian… [is] moral onanism.

Bret Stephens

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

On the touchy (for me) topic of Anglo accentim (or is that accentiot?) in Hebrew. Huge comments section to a short (follow-up) piece.

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Exhaustive and wonderful list of what Alli Magidsohn expects to miss upon leaving Israel after 7 years, published by the impressive David Horowitz’s new The Times of Israel. (Not so sure about “the ferocity of celebration here” though, at least among the non-religious.)

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Friday, April 27th, 2012

 
 

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