King Abdullah leaves behind an outsized legacy. J.J. Goldberg asks if his successors will manage to maintain his cautious path of reform and dialog with Jews.
Philanthropist George Soros, New Israel Fund President Naomi Chazan and writer Thomas Friedman are the latest targets of the right-wing Israeli satirists who became famous for mocking the Gaza flotilla.
What if Noah had been an exemplary spiritual leader and not just, as the Torah tells us, a righteous person by the standards of his own generation? Picture Noah as a true prophet of his time, a man who knows that God is about to destroy the world. Such a person would have done far more than simply build an ark for his own family. He would have labored tirelessly to warn the entire human family. He would have spoken from every rooftop, announcing that the earth would soon be destroyed if they did not immediately change their lives. He would have begged, cajoled and proclaimed, “There is still time, but do not tarry, for the end of the earth is at hand!”
You know what they say: One is an anomaly, two is a coincidence, three is a trend. What about four? That’s how many leading commentators have weighed in over the past week with astonishingly gloomy prognoses about Israel’s future. They come from both left and right. The consensus is that the Jewish state is on the brink of a precipice.
One of Israel’s most right-wing politicians has published a bizarre offer to help New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman to establish his home near Hebron. Yaakov Katz of the National Union party writes that “when the day comes that Mr. Friedman joins us in our mutual homeland — and if he doesn’t, perhaps his children will — I promise to welcome him with open arms, and to help him make his home in our ancestral land, near Hevron, Shechem, or Ramallah.” The Ramallah reference is seemingly Katz asserting his belief that the whole area between the Mediterranean and Jordan is, by rights, Israeli.