Noam Sheizaf


Glenn Beck Brings Firebreathing Rhetoric Back to Israel

By Noam Sheizaf

Glenn Beck Brings Firebreathing Rhetoric Back to Israel
Glenn Beck is back. His Armageddon rhetoric is the last thing Israel needs, especially with the Palestinians’ statehood bid looming, Noam Sheizaf argues.Read More


Noam Sheizaf: Worrying About Israeli Democracy

By Noam Sheizaf

Noam Sheizaf: Worrying About Israeli Democracy
Israel has passed laws before that critics deemed authoritarian. But the new anti-boycott law is more far-reaching than anything seen before, argues Noam Sheizaf.Read More


Why Israel’s Ship of State Is Adrift

By Noam Sheizaf

Why Israel’s Ship of State Is Adrift
Israelis’ hearts went out to the young soldiers who were shown rappelling down to the deck of the Mavi Marmara only to be attacked by a mob armed with sticks and knifes (though the video clips released by the Israel Defense Forces don’t show what happened after the soldiers opened fire). But amid feelings of sorrow and anger, Israelis should be asking one simple question: What were the soldiers doing aboard an unarmed private vessel, carrying hundreds of civilians — hostile and violent as they may have been — dozens of miles from Israel’s territorial waters?Read More


Out With Israel’s Old Left, in With the New

By Noam Sheizaf

Out With Israel’s Old Left, in With the New
No more than several thousand people took part in what was billed as Israel’s “first-ever Human Rights March.” Many of those who attended the December 11 gathering in Tel Aviv were affiliated with the several dozen Israeli NGOs that took part in organizing the event. There were gay rights supporters, protesters against the deportation of immigrants and refugees, a large contingent of Arab Israelis and even a group representing fans of a Tel Aviv soccer club.Read More






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