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In Israel, Economic Concerns Mount – But Who Will Benefit Politically?

23 Shevat 5772 – February 15, 2012
Demonstrations last summer that protested exorbitant housing prices, high costs for basic necessities and growing income inequality managed to mobilize an unprecedented number of Israelis. Still, even if socioeconomic issues become a central issue in the upcoming elections, it is not clear that parties such as Labor or Meretz will be its beneficiaries.

United Torah Judaism MK to Livni: ‘You’re Our Enemy’

3 Shevat 5772 – January 26, 2012
MK Yisrael Eichler makes comments in response to Livni's condemnation of ultra-orthodox sector.

Housing Protestors Arrested in Tel Aviv

13 Tevet 5772 – January 8, 2012
A demonstration for cheaper housing in Tel Aviv Saturday night led to 23 arrests, including the leader of the group, Stav Shaffir.

The New Settlements

17 Av 5771 – August 17, 2011
Predictably, the recent Israeli announcements about new construction in Har Homa in Jerusalem and the West Bank drew sharp criticism from the Palestinians and the Obama administration.

Some Thoughts On Israel’s Housing Crisis

3 Av 5771 – August 3, 2011
Who caused Israel's housing shortage? The Left. That sounds demagogic, but here's the reason why:

Enough Already, Mr. President: Time to Start Treating Israel Like the Ally It Is

1 Iyyar 5770 – April 14, 2010
Let's remember the facts here. Jerusalem is hardly some far-off outpost. It is the capital of a sovereign nation that happens to be our strongest ally in the Middle East and perhaps the world. And this housing decision was months in the works as part of a transparent process that is followed by dozens and dozens of building proposals each year. Think of it as a decision by a local zoning board. This was hardly war and peace.

Spinning History

1 Kislev 5762 – November 16, 2001
"Big Town Chronicles/The Daily News History of Modern New York" is a regular feature in the New York Daily News and often provides interesting, nostalgic glimpses back into New York City's recent past. A wide variety of topics have found their way into the column, usually with little attendant controversy. So we were shocked by what appeared on Monday October 8, 2001 under the title, Hasidim. December 1978-February 1979. Not only was there nothing at all of the rich Hasidic life in New York, but the article was downright nasty. With our emphasis, here are some excerpts:

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