The Experiment is Failing

The bold experiment to integrate Israeli Arabs in Israeli politics is tragically failing. The Bennett-Lapid government made a courageous gamble in forming a government that relies for its majority on Arab members of Knesset. This was extremely laudable in ending decades of Arab marginalization in Israeli politics. Investing in the Arab sector is essential forContinue reading “The Experiment is Failing”

Strategic Deterrence will Fail

“We have told the world we are not willing to take it anymore,” he said. “Iran says we can bring the war to your doorstep, because you will never bring it to ours. This is not going to happen. This is not how it’s going to play. I understand why they felt that this isContinue reading “Strategic Deterrence will Fail”

The Saudi-Israeli Normalization Process

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid has announced that there will be a long and incremental normalization process between Israel and Saudi Arabia. What does this mean? This most likely suggests a bottom-up approach with economic ties and military cooperation preceding diplomatic recognition. It also suggests a carefully calibrated American-Israeli-Saudi triangular relationship where American-Saudi relations areContinue reading “The Saudi-Israeli Normalization Process”

Collective Conversions are Necessary

Israel’s diverse government has lost its majority in the Knesset with the defection of coalition whip Idit Silman, apparently over the issue of conversion reform. There can be little doubt that Member of Knesset Silman found herself under heavy rabbinical pressure and that she ultimately relented. There is also the issue that mainstream Modern OrthodoxyContinue reading “Collective Conversions are Necessary”

Israel needs to Campaign for Peace

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid was certainly right in revealing that there is an organized campaign underway planned for this year that seeks to smear Israel with the Anti-Semitic Apartheid libel at international institutions. However, an Israeli diplomatic counter campaign is of essence.The international campaign to delegitimize Israel with the Anti-Semitic Apartheid libel needs toContinue reading “Israel needs to Campaign for Peace”