Netanyahu's call to emulate U.S. political appointments is just a sign of ignorance.
The Israeli prime minister’s gamble – relying on the Republicans and expecting a change at the White House – looks at this stage like a major success.
Does the domestic political situation enable him to follow the model of visionary grand-statecraft? With effort and some risk – yes. Will he actually choose to follow it?
We may assume the chairman will be cautious in showing a clear anti-Israel stance. If he is not, he may be credibly condemned thanks to Israel’s cooperation.
A holistic approach must supplant personal diplomacy and stale attitudes.
Israel has an option supported by many, namely dithering. But however convenient in the short term, this is sure to be counterproductive in the longer run.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb's book "Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder," is about to be released in Hebrew. Israeli leaders should use the theory in peace-making efforts and to realize reforms.
Israel cannot live as a state of denial any longer. It must relinquish dreams for a 'Greater Israel' and actively seek peace in the region, but will need a new framework for such revolutionary deeds.
Israel is doing a good job on the nuclear Iran and deterrence fronts, but it's not doing enough to achieve regional peace.
Israel needs politicians who are willing to ignore short-term, partisan policies and to introduce the changes the state needs to secure its future.
The prime minister must propose Jewish-Islamic-Christian rule in Jerusalem’s Old City, and full normalization between Israel and every Arab and Islamic state.
The damage has already been done in Syria, but urgent action is necessary to prevent future catastrophes.
Insisting on the unachievable reflects a distorted perception of reality. Israel needs to cast off these delusions and acknowledge reality.
Embarking on a mental 'time trip’ to the end of the 21st century, much uncertainty is confronted. But some megatrends shaping the future can be identified that require radical changes in global regimes, lest humans go extinct.
Israel faces the critical task of getting Obama on board during his visit here next month. Success or failure will depend mainly on Netanyahu.
There is an urgent need for halakhic innovators in order to strengthen the Jewish people's survival.
The reelection of Barack Obama offers a golden opportunity for Israel to propose to the American president a realistic draft Middle East peace initiative, to be presented, after due preparation and getting the support of major world powers, to relevant states of the region for consideration and action.
Belief in settling the entirety of the historic Land of Israel does not free the believer from a duty to balance it with other precepts, including ensuring the existence and well-being of the Jewish state and seeking peace.
It would be reckless to cut the defense budget for the purpose of electoral economics and simply to make people feel good.
It's impossible to take a serious position on the matter without full knowledge of the facts.
"To make better politicians, disgust at politics must be overcome, the takeover by apparatchik-career politicians must be prevented, and, most importantly, strenuous and stubborn efforts are essential."
Despite the quality of the Forum's makeup, its rejection of a quasi-presidential option is wrong.
The overall increase of the energy levels of Arab societies, which is a sure consequence of various forms of "street action," are very likely to hurt Israel unless we change our statecraft toward advancing a comprehensive Middle Eastern peace settlement.
No less than the Diaspora serves as an important strategic asset of Israel, Israel has to behave as a main strategic asset of the Diaspora.
The huge gap between the challenges and the actual under-performance of the current (and many past governments ) requires the urgent establishment of a new and higher-quality government.