World Politics

Getting Used to Terror

Terror in Barcelona, terror in Marseilles. It’s becoming so frequent that it makes us uncomfortable, nervous, worried we’ll be next. And that may just be so, according to Brigadier General Nitzan Nuriel, of Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau. “Western society must get used to the fact that terrorism is part of our life,” said Nuriel, speaking to …

US Politics

Charlottesville’s Hushed Antisemitism

You wouldn’t know that what happened in Charlottesville had anything to do with Jew-hate. You had celebrities desperately trying not to talk about that. Actress Olivia Wilde shared her thoughts on the subject, her mom being a candidate for the House of Representatives. There was stuff about Nazism and Blacks and the Alt Right but …

Israeli Politics, US Politics

An Israeli Perspective on McMasters Purge

It’s always a little startling and certainly interesting to see American politics through the lens of the outsider. Caroline Glick, a native Chicagoan, and journalist who picked up and moved to Israel some years ago, gave her opinion of “McMaster’s purge of Trump loyalists” on August 3. Several news outlets have picked up the story and …

US Politics

Saying Goodbye to Charlie Gard

Charlie Gard might have been saved, had he been allowed to have the experimental treatment in the United States for which his parents raised the funds. By the time all the strings had been pulled to make it happen, it was, however, too late. Charlie’s parents are now ready to drop their legal battle. They’ve …

US Politics

Mean Tweets: When Did Being Mean Become a Thing?

Mean Tweets

Politics have always been divisive. That’s why people make a habit of not discussing politics at, for instance, dinner parties. It’s just rude. Because it inevitably makes people argue. But social media has multiplied the rude and divisive factor by a factor of about a gazillion. If you’re a celebrity of any type, and you’ve …

World Politics

Who Shall Live and Who Shall Die

All of the news sites are carrying the story of the UK parents who have been prevented from taking their baby to the States for an experimental treatment that could, perhaps, save his life. Charlie Gard has a genetic disease so rare there are only 16 cases worldwide. He’s got progressive muscle weakness and extensive …

Israeli Politics

Fantasy Island Moves to Gaza

Yisrael Katz

Yisrael Katz, who is both Minister of Transportation and Minister of Intelligence in the Israeli Knesset, has been, um, floating the idea, for quite awhile now, of creating an artificial island off of the Gaza coast, so that the people of Gaza could have a way around the legal Israeli maritime blockade. With such an island, …

US Politics

Israel’s Plausible Deniability on Syrian Support

The Wall Street Journal carried a piece that quoted Syrian rebels saying they couldn’t have survived without Israel’s assistance. Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu immediately denied the report. Seriously? Why would Israel want to be on record as taking sides in this mess?? Netanyahu agreed only to giving humanitarian support such as medical care, food, …