A new study of the Diaspora shows serious concern over Israel’s self-proclaimed ‘Jewish democracy,’ J.J. Goldberg writes. It also finds worries over the power of the Orthodox rabbinate.
Why Ukraine Crisis Is Bad for AIPAC, Good for Bibi
Amid the outpouring of tributes to Ariel Sharon, a few offer unexpected insights — some into the life and character of Sharon, others into the character of the writers, says J.J. Goldberg.
John Kerry’s speech to the American Jewish Committee was an extraordinary plea for peace. It also broke at least three other rules of standard etiquette about addressing Jews.
Chuck Hagel visit to Israel has yielded some interesting fallout. Not least is the apparent puncturing of his distorted image as a sworn enemy of Israel.
Chemi Shalev at Haaretz tweets that a rumored GOP internal exit poll “allegedly” gives Obama 281 electoral votes.
Israel’s state comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss, in his second-to-last report before retirement, delivers a searing critique of the Netanyahu-Barak government’s handling - make that catastrophic mishandling - of the lead-up to and aftermath of the May 2010 Turkish flotilla incident. The report charges haphazard, seat-of-the-pants decision making in place of planning, consultation and staff work. Yediot Aharonot political-military commentator Ron Ben-Yishai writes about the report’s broader implications for Israeli security - the evidence that Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak simply ignore the elementary requirements (including legal requirements) of good defense and intelligence work when they make fateful decisions about Israel’s future. He worries - as do numerous other commentators in the last few days - about the fact that these are the guys who will decide whether or not to take Israel to war against Iran.
Haaretz’s Chemi Shalev scores an interview (via email) with Ron Paul, who seems to think he’s the only true Zionist in the race. How’s that? Well, Paul says,
Leaders of federated Jewish philanthropies agree almost unanimously that younger, under-50 Jewish donors—even those already committed to giving to Jewish causes—have little interested in giving to Israel, reports Haaretz’s Chemi Shalev in a blog post from the General Assembly of Jewish federations, now meeting in Denver.