Tagged: Israel


Cooler Than Lukewarm

Looking for suggestions in the decidedly unlikely event of lunch with a member of Congress.


The Presidential Power of Printing Passports

When a Supreme Court Justice calls an entire city a “delicate subject,” there’s pretty much only one city he could be talking about. Burt Likko breaks down today’s division-of-powers decision.


First Monday 2014

Same cast, brand new season! Burt Likko offers a look at some of the high points of the Supreme Court’s docket for the 2014-2015 Term.


Driving Blind: Let Them Eat Amazon Coins!

Derek Thompson outlines the striking disparity between finance and labor coming out of the 2008 collapse. He explores three possible explanations for why.


News Comes in Threes, Israeli Edition

The past three days have seen three important events in Israeli politics, which, taken together, will have ramifications for American policy and the region as a whole. On Tuesday—as the title of my prior,...


A Mentsch Trakht, un Got Lakht

I was as surprised as anyone to wake up this morning and discover that Kadima had agreed to enter Netanyahu’s governing coalition.  This, in case you missed it, broadens its reach to 94 of...


Stray Thoughts on This Week’s Peter Beinart To-Do

1) I don’t know why I’m writing about this tonight and not Dr. McCoy’s technophobia.  Probably because I’m a masochist at heart. 2) I haven’t read The Crisis of Zionism.  Neither the university nor...


Iran, Israel, And Wannabe Masters Of War

There’s a long and honorable legacy in the Jewish tradition of universalism, humanity, pacifism, and a generally forward-thinking, enlightened worldview. Of this legacy, Philip Klein of The Washington Examiner is not an heir; and...


How to Build a State

My posts on the Israel-Palestine question two weeks ago led to requests for a primer on the Palestinian Authority’s plan to request U.N. recognition in September.  This article (from Haaretz) provides just that, for those interested....


Only Nixon Could Go to China

In my previous post on this topic, I concluded with a warning that, if the UN recognizes Palestinian statehood, it needs to make this recognition contingent on Palestinian recognition of Israel’s right to exist—saying,...


Past, Present, Future: 1948 and 2011

“This is not a conflict about 1967 but about 1948, when the State of Israel was established,” said Netanyahu. “The Palestinians call this a day of catastrophe, but their catastrophe is that their leadership...


The IDF’s “mystique”

Below, J. L. notes that Operation Cast Lead was partly a response to the perceived loss of IDF prestige following the 2006 Lebanon incursion. I guess this is right, but I feel like every...


Israel in 2008 and America in 2011

In the summer of 2006, Israel sent forces into Lebanon.  The strike, while tactically successful, failed on two terms: on the diplomatic level, where Israel began to turn a number of lukewarm friends into...


Live from the J Street National Conference

by Max Socol Last weekend, more than 2400 activists converged on my current home of Washington, DC for a weekend of discussion, learning, and debate at J Street’s second national conference. At four days...


This Month’s Cato Unbound

This month’s Cato Unbound is on one of those counterintuitive topics that I’ve taken a great deal of interest in lately. By the numbers, the world is increasingly at peace. Most people probably wouldn’t...


Observations on the “Palestine Papers”*

The most important—and, perhaps, the only—aspect to the Israel-Palestine peace process that the “Palestine Papers” have revealed is not that Palestinian negotiators offered more than most had previously believed, but that neither party during...