It’s not by chance the latest government target is Israel’s universities: Academia offers a constant challenge to their dream of social discipline in the Jewish state
Bernard Avishai teaches political economy at Dartmouth College and business planning at Hebrew University. He is the author of The Tragedy of Zionism, A New Israel, and The Hebrew Republic, and writes regularly for the New Yorker online, Harper’s, and The Nation.
Yigal Amir is a true son of the cultish, flattened and nationalist Judaism which has colonized traditional Jewish thought in Israel. He may die in prison – but savoring ‘his’ Judaism’s triumph.
Iran’s anticipated integration into the global system will present Tehran with a different kind of economic pressure, which can work to the world’s advantage.
Imagine if the Labor leader finally stopped allowing Benjamin Netanyahu to set the terms of debate and delivered this speech.
For many Jews and Christians, the grass is greener on the other side of the menorah and/or the Christmas tree. Why?
Angry, hungry for the punishment of crime, incapable of managing ambiguity, lacking compassion: in short, missing a critical kind of self-consciousness. Jonah’s message for Israel’s prime minister.
Who can doubt that Ariel's 'college,' plunked down in the middle of a population denied the elementary rights of citizens for 45 years, is an insult to the word 'university' in the same way that universities in all other authoritarian dictatorships are?
The answer is that the atmosphere on Planet Netanyahu is slowly suffocating us.
Ironically, inevitably, the Goldstone report, focusing as it did on the conduct of the Israeli military after the attack was launched, obscured the larger tragedy. The hyperbole in the report made it the target of people who were only too happy to look at three months in 2008-9 and not the two decades preceding them.
The situation of Israeli Arabs is like that of the Jews of Poland during the interwar period.
The challenge, in short, is to create dignified ways for Israelis and Palestinians to become equals and partners in each other's lives. Postponing this invites new violence that will rip apart the fabric of both Palestinian and Israeli society. And who knows how the violence will spread?
President Obama clearly wants to make a clean break with the past, and even make a show of force to Israeli extremists. But a total freeze is now out of the question.
It may seem hard to believe, given America's vital regional interests, but the last president to develop a deal to mitigate Middle Eastern violence - and throw the full weight of his presidency and the international community behind it - was Dwight D. Eisenhower.