With the operation in Gaza behind us, it’s time to start refocusing our attention on the upcoming Israeli elections to be held in January. With this in mind, one can only hope that we’ll be spared the irrelevant issue of which candidate will get along better with Barack Obama. Although a good relationship with the American president is certainly not a bad thing, there is no reason that this factor should have any relevance in determining the next Israeli prime minister. Continue reading
With the decision makers in Jerusalem agreeing to a ceasefire just one week after finally giving the green light for a military response to the unbearable situation of having daily rocket attacks against a large portion of the country, it would be interesting to know if the same decision makers had a clearly defined long-term goal when Operation Pillar of Defense was launched. By this I do not mean a military goal, which I’m assuming they had, but rather a long-term diplomatic or political objective. Continue reading
With the Iranian issue coming to a head, it’s both ironic and a bit worrisome that the weight of the fateful decision is resting squarely on the soldiers of Benjamin Netanyahu. For despite his enormous potential – intelligent, charismatic, superb oratory skills, in-depth knowledge of economic issues – and despite the fact that he’s been given chance after chance to be the type of Jewish leader that is so desperately lacking in Israel, Netanyahu has repeatedly failed to act at precisely those moments where his actions might have propelled the Jewish State in a very different and most likely healthier direction. Continue reading
In less than three months time the Jewish Home Party, formerly known as the National Religious Party (NRP), will be holding its first ever internal primaries. Although for most political parties the holding of primaries is not a newsworthy event, in the case of the Jewish Home Party this is quite a story. Continue reading
With the run-up to the first-ever internal primaries for the Jewish Home Party (Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi) in full steam, one of the most hotly discussed issues is the candidacy of 36-year old Ayelet Shaked.