Understanding Israel’s ‘Deal System’

While the Israeli media wrongly claimed that the Likud had made an extreme shift to the right in recent primaries, some commentators were correcting in observing the existence of a deal-system. (Part IV in a series about the Likud primaries).

Theory of Palestinian Centrality no Longer Viable

With Muslims attacking American embassies in the Middle East and rioting all over the world over an obscure youtube video, the U.S. State Department and the E.U. can no longer seriously contend that anti-Americanism, anti-Westernism are due to support for Israel or the fact that a Palestinian state has not been established or an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord has been signed.

The Likud-Beitenu’s Election Spot: A Return to Positive Campaigning

The election-video recalls the practical achievements of the government over the last four years.

No Red Lines: Another US Rejection of Israel’s Security Concerns on Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave an interview stating that the U.S. would not be setting any deadlines for Iran.

Let Abbas Bail Out the Palestinian Authority

Abbas is reported worth millions. So why not let him save his own skin, instead of having Israel repeatedly bail the Palestinian Authority out?

My Last Word on Election Day

So my advice is, don't try to outsmart anyone. You will just be shooting yourself in the foot. Vote for the party you want to see lead the country.

On this Day: Annexation of the Golan

Lessons from Begin's push to annex the Golan.

Admitting the Mistake of the Disengagement

On Sunday, Wall Street Journal editor and columnist Bret Stephens did what too many need to do: own up to the mistake of supporting the Disengagement Plan.

Danny Ayalon Shows his True Colors

Ayalon's new position on the Palestinian statehood doesn't quite match his prior criticism of the Palestinian's bid for statehood at the UN.

Our Egyptian Ally: More Confusion from Obama

Soon after the attacks on American embassies in Egypt and Libya, Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan criticized President Obama for lack a clear and forceful message to the world. Soon after, the administration provided another example of why this was true, with Obama stating that Egypt was neither friend nor foe, while the State Department confirmed that Egypt is indeed an ally.

The Likud’s Top 35: List Breakdown

The top 35 of the Likud's Knesset list and which spots are what.

Early Elections in Israel: When & Why?

At the end of his statement Netanyahu said it is preferable to have a "three month" campaign cycle than what would in practice be a year of campaigning until October 2013. Assuming that he would seek dissolution of the Knesset at the opening of the session -- October 15th -- that would put the elections at around or a little after January 15th.

Morsi’s Non-Apology Apology Appears to Satisfy US

As predicted here, Mori's anti-Israel rants will have no affect on U.S. policy of aiding Egypt's transition to an Islamist democracy-dictatorship.

You Saw it Here First: Morsi’s Call for War on Israel

The JewishPress.com was the first major English language Jewish/Israel news publication to have the story about the video.

JStreet’s Hagel ‘Victory’ is on American Jewry

Congratulations, JStreet, you won before you even started! Perhaps you can save your breath, energy and George Soros' and god knows who else's money and go home.

In 2010, Morsi Called for War Against Israel (Video)

As if you needed proof that the new Egypt is an enemy lying in wait.

The Likud’s Alleged Rightward Shift

In depth analysis of the Likud's final list for the Knesset (part I in a series).

The Other MKs Who Didn’t Make it into the Likud’s Top 25

In depth analysis of the Likud's final list for the Knesset (part III in a series).

Channel 10 Poll: Likud-Beitenu Down to 32; Jewish Home 14; Power for Israel 2

The Channel 10 report included the fact that none of the Likud's district candidates would get in and even MK Carmel Shama could be on the chopping bloc.

Will the Likud Remain Democratic?

The institution of party primaries in Israel needs to be expanded not shrunk, so that the government will be under the supervision of the people from which it derives power and the moral authority to govern.

The City of ‘East Jerusalem’

East Jerusalem has become code for: where Jews shouldn't be.

So Why are Voters Still Choosing Obama?

Last week's U.S. presidential debate was a victory for Romney on all accounts, especially if one judges by the closing statements, where Obama couldn't muster any specific reason why voters should re-elect him aside from the fact that he was trying really hard as president. Looking at polls on how people view the candidates, I’m beginning to wonder why it is that Obama leads Romney in national polls and whether that is going start to change in a big way.

So What Did Obama Call the Benghazi Attack?

Since the debate there's been a lot of analysis as to whether the President designated the attack on the U.S. embassy in Bengahzi, Libya, an act of terrorism. The President indeed used the term "act of terror" the next day but it wasn't clear if he was talking about that attack or 9-11. For the next week administration officials described the attacks as part of a protest-riot against the the U.S. over the "Innocence of Muslims" video which got out of hand.

The UN: That Explains It, They’re All Drunk!

A US diplomat proposed that UN negotiating rooms be 'inebriation-free zones.'

No Red Lines: The Prime Minister Strikes Back

The U.S. reiterated its rejection of Israel's call for "clear red lines." Today, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded, saying those "who refuse to put red lines in front of Iran, don't have a moral right to put a red light in front of Israel." Here is the Prime Minister in his own words - responding to a reporter's question about the State Department's position:

Permission to Attack: The Likud-Beitenu’s Ad Last Night

It cannot be claimed it is fair for one party to attack another, but not for the other to attack back...

Prematurely Celebrating Romney’s Victory

Despite Obama’s poor debate performance, Romney’s rising likability numbers and voters saying he would better handle the economy – and two more polls which give him a significant bump since the debate – there is reason to fear that voters will still not vote against the incumbent.

Donald Trump Endorses Netanyahu (Video)

Trump even works in the Likud's election slogan, "A strong prime minister is a strong Israel."

So You Say You Want a US Style Constitution in Israel…

Let's face it, people here don't vote for representatives. Party bosses and power players do.

Can the Likud Survive without the ‘Feinschmeckers’?

In depth analysis of the Likud's final list for the Knesset (part II in a series).

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