It’s un-Jewish to Be Too Optimistic. But in Israel, There’s Now Faint Cause for Hope

A year ago, Israel faced a nearly perfect storm, from Netanyahu’s assault on democracy to unprecedented domestic disquiet and rising tensions with the U.S. Now, an almost banal, but critical, sense of normalcy has returned

Chuck Freilich
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Chuck Freilich

This time last year, Israel faced a nearly perfect storm. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s no-holds barred attempts to remain in office, at virtually all costs, had shaken the very foundations of Israeli democracy. The economy was in a tailspin and unprecedented domestic tensions threatened to rend the national fabric, raising the horrific specter of severe internecine conflict. 

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