The fate of the Jews has been tied to the fate of liberal values, and yet the levels of racist tribal nationalism reached here are incomparable, even to those of the chauvinists in the West we increasingly treat as allies
Leaders of Israel’s right wing, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu included, in European terms, are the far right and in American terms, they’re alt-right
It needs to emulate Emile Zola, Jean Jaurès and Georges Clemenceau, without whom Dreyfus would have rotted away on Devil’s Island to the cheers of the great majority of France
The time for analysis is over. All that can be said about the nation-state law has been said. Any thinking person who has absorbed culture and is therefore not prepared to uncritically swallow propaganda, demagoguery and lies - needs to stand up and fight
Why should ordinary Israelis trust the defense establishment? They did during all Israel’s debacles, and they’re doing it now with Gaza and Syria
And Bezalel Smotrich, like the cynical face of Avigdor Lieberman, reflects our own face, the face of Netanyahu’s advance guard for the West
They don’t wish to physically harm Palestinians. They only wish to deprive them of their basic human rights, such as self-rule in their own state and freedom from oppression
If the Palestinians treat Trump’s announcement as if it relates only to western Jerusalem and its offshoots over the Green Line, then nothing will change
If a genuine opposition existed in Israel with a worthy leader, it would shout from every platform that the policy of theft and dispossession is destroying whatever chance remains of a two-state solution
The bill to save Netanyahu’s skin and silence the police is a threat to democracy
Not just the occupation and colonialism caused society’s drift to the right. Even during the pre-state period the real difference between the right and left was the means, not the national goals
Today’s Barak understands what Prime Minister Barak didn’t want to know: Nurturing the settlements leads to nothing but devastation. He’s capable of beating the ultranationalist right in a way Shimon Peres never could
Only when Israelis begin to feel that they are no longer welcomed in Europe as equals because of the occupation will it become the main election issue
The opposition in Israel is a pathetic and ineffectual group that believes imitating the right is the only way of returning to power
As far as I can remember, the last time Israel crafted national goals for a war was in 1956. Recent conflicts, including the Gaza wars, have simply been forums for massive force.
The face of Israel nowadays is that of settlement thugs behind whom a cowardly Benjamin Netanyahu hides.
A government that can't or won't move a few shacks out of an illegal West Bank outpost will not reach an agreement with the Palestinians unless powerful pressure is placed on it, including harsh sanctions.
Opinion Israel's Left Barely Exists, While Its Political Center Is Filled With Cowards and Sycophants
If Israel had a real left, it would say that Zionism was needed to rescue European Jewry, not a campaign to liberate sacred stones.
The territories are not Israel, but rather a colony that heaps shame on Zionism and on Jewish history.
Democracy requires acceptance of the majority decision, but it does not mandate recognition of the rightness or the moral legitimacy of the majority.