Listen: Israeli Artist Puts Middle Eastern Twist on 'Here Comes the Rain Again'

By singing an English-language song in an Arabic accent, Dikla is choosing what is worth adopting from Europe and what from the Middle East. From those choices, something new emerges.

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What kind of hangup do Israelis have with English? Speak the right kind of English, and you might enjoy a few terms of office as prime minister. English is one element in Israel’s craving, and the craving of...