• Israel Is Politicized. Tell Me Something New.

    by Michael J. Koplow on Apr 21, 2016

    Two important events took place in the last seven days related to Israel’s role in American political discourse. The first was last Thursday night’s Democratic debate in Brooklyn, when Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton had one of the longest sustained exchanges on Israel that I can recall in any presidential primary debate.

  • The Slow Self Immolation Of A Political Party

    by Michael J. Koplow on Apr 14, 2016

    Imagine a political party that finds itself in what appears to be a permanent bind. The elites who run the party and make up the senior elected officials represent an establishment rightwing view, and it is one that has been electorally successful for decades as it stayed within a national consensus that allowed it to attract a wider array of voters beyond its natural base.

  • Dithering Over Dani Dayan’s Diplomacy

    by Michael J. Koplow on Mar 31, 2016

    Dayan as consul general lets us know that the Israeli government is blind as a bat to the damage caused by its policies, and that it is the naïve party here by assuming that it has a messaging problem rather than a policy problem. Israeli diplomats don’t need to be more forceful in pushing their message; they need a different message to push.

  • Donald Trump’s Purim Costume

    by Michael J. Koplow on Mar 23, 2016

    The Jews of the Purim story avoided being victims of Ahashverosh’s id through sheer luck. The American Jewish community of 2016 can’t afford to take a similar gamble in the casino of Donald Trump’s mind.

  • Two Peoples, One Tribe

    by Michael J. Koplow on Mar 17, 2016

    I meant it when I wrote last week that I could easily mine the Pew study of Israeli society for a year’s worth of material, but I’ll try to make this week the last post on the subject for awhile. Perhaps the most interesting part of the study to me is the section comparing Israeli Jews and American Jews. What issues the two groups of Jews differ on is fascinating in itself, but the more fascinating aspect for me isn't the what, but the why.


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