For Lisa Goldman, the most insightful questions at this weekend’s J Street conference came not from Jews, but from non-Palestinian Arabs. Why did they go unanswered?
Muslim Knesset hopeful Ayman Oudeh, whose family has captivated Jewish leftists and the Israeli media, is coming out the winner in this election, Lisa Goldman writes.
Netanyahu says that by addressing Congress on Iran, he’s keeping the Jewish people safe. Lisa Goldman says he’s spent his entire career doing the exact opposite.
Benjamin Netanyahu tried to make Paris all about himself, from elbowing his way to the front of the huge march to urging Jews to move to Israel. Lisa Goldman explains why it didn’t work.
Lisa Goldman went to see “The Death of Kinghoffer” on opening night and found herself transfixed by the opera’s emotional power.
Israel does good things and is certainly not shy about telling the world about them. Its goal is to keep us from thinking about enduring ugly truths.
Jews don’t have as much to worry about Egypt’s Arab Spring as one might think. Anti-Semitism festered under Mubarak’s dictatorship and may fade in a more democratic system.
The story on page one of Israel’s largest daily formed a graphic that was a conversation stopper: columns of print that looked like a series of vertical piano keyboards with thick, irregularly spaced black keys, and a large headline that read, “Israel’s Censorship Scandal.”
An hour into Mahmoud Abbas’s address to the 2,000-odd delegates at the Sixth Fatah Congress in Bethlehem, the Palestinian Authority president showed no sign of wrapping things up. The audience, chain-smoking, chatting and occasionally applauding with dubious enthusiasm, seemed to be channeling elements of a Soviet Congress and a Che Guevara fan club reunion. A smiling woman moved around the auditorium, reaching into a huge plastic bag to hand out kaffiyehs decorated with the colors of the Palestinian flag. They bore a label that read, in Hebrew, “Made in China, imported by the Palestinian Authority.”
It was during a midnight repast of shrimp couscous at a gay bar in Tel Aviv that I discovered Israel’s Foreign Ministry does not reimburse diplomatic staff for non-kosher, work-related meals in Israel. But that was just the beginning of my problems.