The importance of the caucus on organ harvesting in China, sponsored recently by the Liberal Lobby in the Knesset, cannot be exaggerated.
Ask 100 fellow Jews the following simple question; What’s the next Jewish holiday? Read the article and learn the SURPRISING answer
Only about 50 %of those eligible actually enlist in the IDF and less than 5% do reserve duty. The IDF may have been a people’s army and the melting pot in the first decades after Israel was established, but it does not reflect reality anymore.
Here is the simplest way to describe what happened in Israel's election: the Right won and the Likud lost.
If Barack Obama didn't exist, Benjamin Netanyahu would have had to invent him.
The main junction from which the different opinions on most issues in Israel diverge is the question of identity. Israel does not have clear borders because it does not have a clear identity. The dispute is not really over peace or security. The dispute is about identity. The more solid our Jewish identity, the stronger the connection between our land and us. The stronger the desire to retreat from our Jewish identity, the stronger our desire to retreat from the land. When we connect to our identity, we will connect to our land and we will merit clear borders and peace.
If it weren’t so sad, the draft brouhaha in Israel would be the greatest show in town. It is a masquerade ball, a tragicomedy whereby each actor says the complete opposite of what he really wants.
At the start of the Syrian conflict, the most logical and appropriate action would have been Israel, the strong, local superpower, intervening to prevent the calamity-Israel didn't adopt this strategy
Is Israel preparing to attack Iran? According to media reports, Prime Minister Netanyahu is trying to convince his ministers to go on the offensive. If that is true, Netanyahu will go down in history as the prime minister who saved the State of Israel from destruction – not necessarily nuclear.
For all of those waiting to see Olmert forced out of office, I suggest that you don't hold your breath.
“This area is under Muslim sovereignty,” the senior officer on the Temple Mount said to me. “I thought that we were in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel,” I answered, as I set out on a series of letter-writing campaigns and meetings with the chief of Israel police, the attorney general and the minister for internal security.
There is a direct connection between the abandonment of the Temple Mount and the deterioration of the legitimacy of the very existence of a Jewish State anywhere in the Land of Israel.
Why didn't Israel bomb Iran a decade ago? Operationally&diplomatically it would've been much simpler
It is morning and my car glides down the mountains of the Shomron into the smog of greater Tel Aviv. Another crazy day of running in the primaries is about to begin. My cell phone rings. A young, determined voice is on the other end.
The Russian bear came to fill the vacuum in Syria, and Israel’s ability to defend itself is now dependent on Putin’s good will.
It is impossible not to notice the similarity between the Ulpana situation and the Sharon-led Expulsion from Gush Katif. In both cases a prime minister elected by the Right, whose ideology certainly does not endorse destruction in Israel’s heartland, veers sharply left and compels his ministers and coalition to support a Peace Now move – a move completely against their will.
“We’ve been living under mortar fire for 18 years. We have to do something,” said the young woman from Sderot on Razi Barkai’s radio show. “What do you want the leaders to do?” asked Barkai. “I don't know, but what they are doing now doesn’t help,” replied the Sderot resident. “Sorry to say this to you, but they also don’t know what to do,” Barkai said. “[It’s] not because they are stupid, but because there is simply no solution.”
The awful people who hit nurses do so because Israel, since its founding, has fostered a socialist culture that transfers all responsibility to the state--everyone competes for the attention of the system
The demographic pessimists have failed.
Oslo dictated that the ONLY value for which Israel could still fight is the value of self defense.
The following is excerpted from the interview that appeared in the July 19th issue of Israel's Maariv newspaper:
Why should the Rabbinate be involved in conversion? Because of the Law of Return, the foundation upon which the State was established. It is impossible to circumvent the interface between the determination of religion by an official religious body and Israeli citizenship
The IDF began to see itself as a police army whose job was to freeze the situation and safeguard “the peace.” In the process of losing its identity, the IDF has also lost the concept of victory. Because if you do not know who you are, you cannot know who your enemy is.
Retreating from Gaza was a colossal mistake; fix it and restore the situation to what it was. Even if you do not get complete peace and quiet, and even if there will be problems, they will be minuscule compared to what we are facing now
Why couldn’t the artillery barrage have been implemented before the soldiers went into that hell?