When did you last beat your wife?
It’s not that so many countries with far worse human rights records than Israel decided that Israel alone should be named and condemned as the world’s greatest women’s rights offender that offends us but that so many with better records voted the same. Continue reading
The Basij are an Iranian paramilitary volunteer militia answerable to and receiving their orders from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Supreme Leader of Iran. They are engaged in activities such as internal security, enforcing state control over society, law enforcement auxiliary, providing social services, organising public religious ceremonies, policing morals, and suppression of dissident gatherings. Or in other words, extortion, suppression and torture S.O.P. in Iran.
Thousands of Basij are stationed in Syria. If war breaks out the IDF will meet them. As this photograph, which is becoming viral shows they shoot. Fortunately as the same photograph show, they don’t shoot very well.
Fantasy Hot XX Party
Orly Levi-Abekasis jumped from what by Israeli standards is the far-Right to the Left of the political spectrum. She joined the Labor Party list for the upcoming elections.
This set me thinking. She could have done better than joining a list in grave danger of not gaining enough votes to pass the entrance percentage. What she and Israeli politics ‘needs’ is a hot fem/female/feminine/feminist party. Continue reading
Israel 71 years old, 3,000 years young
On 14 May 1948, the day before the expiration of the British Mandate, David Ben-Gurion, the head of the Jewish Agency, declared “the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz-Israel, to be known as the State of Israel.”
U.S. President Harry S. Truman recognised the new nation on the same day. Continue reading
The hidden camera scandal
How could the Likud install one thousand two hundred hidden cameras in polling booths?
Like a successful magic trick one has to puzzle at how they carried it off. With that sort of efficiency surely the new government will be able to fix the trains and the hospitals? Continue reading
Left Right out?
In the more than 37 years since I made aliyah I have not felt more depressed before a national election as I am today. Continue reading
Purim (and Nowruz) Sameach
Everyone links Christmas and Hanukkah but has anyone noticed that this year Purim and Nowruz, the Persian New Year, fall together? It seems Iran and Israel are stuck with each other. Continue reading
‘The World in 2019’ tells us what to expect
Normally I read the The Economist The World in 2109 towards the end of the year. I wait until December to match prediction with actuality but I was waiting to have my car washed so I took the opportunity.
Has Israel dropped off the Economist’s radar? There was very little and what there was mostly on the upcoming elections, advanced half a year from scheduled date. I guess the crystal ball was a little blurry from the London fog.
That was in November 2018. In March 2019 things look different
- Is name calling professional journalism? Yisrael Katz and Gideon Sa’ar are experienced members of Knesset and former or current ministers. Brushing-off either as hacks at least requires some evidence.
- Defeat by Labor? Chalk that up to wishful thinking. Opinion polls in Israel (indeed, everywhere, ask Hilary Clinton,) are notoriously unreliable but the latest show Labor as winning only seven (7) seats down from the eighteen (18) they now hold.
- Takeover by Moshe Kahlon or Naftali Bennett is equally unlikely. Kulanu (Kahlon) is dangerously close to missing out on the Knesset and the New Right (Bennett) is safer polling at six (6) seat but hardly a threat.
- Possibly no one could have prophesied the rise of Blue & White under political newcomer, former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, current MK Yair Lapid, former Chief of Staff Moshe Yaalon with a third former Chief of Staff Ashkenazi tagging along but isn’t that what The World in 2019 does, prophesy?