A bit like the curate's egg, good in parts, bad in others, if I am allowed this rather British image. A lot of it is a long list of unilateral demands: if politics is an exercise of give and take, the manifesto is long on take and decidedly short on give. I do note, though, that the deputies come out in favour of a two-state-solution and mention Palestine - a nation that doesn't exist and never existed for a great number of Israeli politicians.No mention of their commitment to the end of the acquisition of land and resources in the occupied territories. A lot of decent, un-antisemitic people in Europe despair over that. It is not enough to demand human rights in the EU, and not apply similar standards to Israel and the Territories. More forceful engagement would go a long way to convince. Let's see what The Knesset Show brings in terms of new thinking there when chancellor Merkel and her entire cabinet come to visit on Monday.
Clinton: U.S. must "make clear" to Putin that Russia cannot be creating chaos in Syria (Reuters)
from the article: U.K. Jews launch 'Jewish manifesto' ahead of European elections