Yael Patir, Israel director of the left-leaning U.S. Jewish body, sat down with Haaretz to talk about Trump, the gap between U.S. and Israeli Jews, and the growing anger at the Israeli peace camp. Though she concedes boycott efforts by some on the left have a negative effect, she rejects calls to keep peace efforts local.01:12 01.05.16 | 2 comments
Whoever takes over from Fischer at the Bank of Israel will face a situation much less favorable than when he took office. This is likely the primary reason Netanyahu is finding difficulty finding an individual with a big name from abroad. Who wants to take over when Israel has seen housing prices surge for almost a decade, with aid of course from Fischer's policies? The hangover is never as fun as getting drunk. The new Governor will likely get blamed for whatever goes wrong, just as Fischer unduly received credit for the resilience of the Israeli economy. This resilience was not without many harmful side effects. Lastly, Fischer never aimed at moving to Israel permanently and none of his successful children joined him here. It is a shame, but it is hard for little Israel to compete with a global economic superpower of 300 million people in terms to living comfort and economic opportunities.