As the saying goes, power corrupts, and long-term power corrupts even more.
Often, as the saying goes, power corrupts, and long-term power corrupts even more. In Israel, this situation has been often characterized as the collusion of wealth, government and the media. Over the last two decades, the deterioration of the quality of governance in Israel has been pronounced: the former president, Moshe Katsav, has been just released from prison for rape and for sexual abuse; former prime minister Ehud Olmert is serving a 19-month prison sentence for bribery; Likud former Minister of Finance Avraham Hirschson was convicted of embezzling millions of shekels from the National Workers Labor Federation and financial abuses in the March of the Living, pocketing a cut from the donations to promote group visits to Auschwitz; and with 11 more ministers indicted; the long list goes on. Now, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces his turn again at the center of several criminal investigations. Channel 2 television in Israel reported in February that police were ‘likely to recommend’ an indictment of Netanyahu.
A victory in Tuesday’s Wisconsin primaries is crucial for candidate Bernie Sanders politically, but it would also be poetic justice, historically, for the veteran Jewish socialist.
“Some people remember Golda Meir’s leadership and wonder what is taking us so long in America?” Hillary Rodham Clinton recently said. With that in mind, we look back at a forgotten Forward interview with Prime Minister Meir that took was broadcast on WEVD in 1971.
Fifty-seven years have passed since Golda Meir’s election, and the United States still hasn’t caught up with Israel. Lior Zaltzman asks when we’ll give up our sexist excuses for disliking Hillary Clinton.
The first time I was introduced to British publisher Lord George Weidenfeld — who died at 96 on January 21, 2016 in London — was at the November 22, 1998 American Friends of Ben Gurion University in the Negev Dinner at the Hotel Pierre at which BGU president Avishay Braverman declared: “We work with the Palestinians, the Jordanians, the Moroccans and the Tunisians …and one day we will work with the Syrians.”
Yehuda Avner, a speechwriter and advisor to four Israeli prime ministers, has died.
Jack Nusan Porter arrived in America in 1946 as a baby son of poor immigrants. In Wisconsin, he found prosperity, tolerance — and a great state to grow up Jewish.
J.J. Goldberg unpacks Nahum Barnea’s powerful indictment of the way the Gaza war was managed, including its costs to Israel’s long-term security and political integrity.
To get us in the spirit of the Seder, here are a few songs of exodus, freedom, rebellion and an only kid. We’ve got selections by Bruce Springsteen, Chava Alberstein, Pete Seeger, Moishe Oysher, Bob Dylan, Shuli Nathan, Paul Robeson, Paul Simon, Lahakat HaNachal, the Maccabeats and many more, including two late and very much lamented friends, Debbie Friedman and Meir Ariel. Also Monty Python’s Flying Circus.