The slew of anti-democratic laws introduced by the current Knesset constitutes one of the darkest chapters in Israeli history.
Carlo Strenger is Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at Tel Aviv University. He serves on the Permanent Monitoring Panel on Terrorism of the World Federation of Scientists, the Seminar of Existential Psychoanalysis in Zurich, and the Scientific Board of the Sigmund Freud Foundation, Vienna in addition to maintaining a part-time practice in existential psychoanalysis.
He is author of numerous books including The Fear of Insignificance: Searching for Meaning in the 21st Century, translated into many languages. His work has been reported on, and he has been interviewed by among others, in The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Time Magazine as well as hundreds of newspapers and websites in more than twenty languages.
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As the fact emerge about the questionable validity of the DSK sexual assault case, important questions arise about the media's explicit coverage of the former IMF chief's alleged indiscretions as well as other scandals.
Rational thinking is highly unpopular in the Netanyahu government, which seems caught in the belief that catastrophe is on the way.
Israel has never had a government that so blatantly violates the core values of liberal democracy, which dismisses identities of 85% of the world's Jewry.
The government’s disconnection from the world has much in common with the psychology of religious sects that, having become so convinced of their own truth, no longer care about the world at large.
Israel needs to realize that the Palestinian political reality of today has undergone a significant upheaval - and must tailor its policies accordingly.
The imminent recognition of a Palestinian state by the UN puts Israel on a collision course with the rest of the world. And there is but one way which this could be made less catastrophic.
Israel’s right is not confident enough to accept the truth of the country's history, and instead propagates stories that no historian on earth would support.
Once the dust of the media storm settles down, the citizens of Israel will be faced with the stark truth: The specter of Israel’s ever-growing isolation and of increasing international pressure looms large.
Netanyahu's real positions are basically analogous to the three Arab No's of the infamous 1967 Khartoum declaration, issued in the wake of the Six-Day War: He says no to a viable Palestinian state; he doesn't want an agreement with them; and, ultimately, he doesn't really want negotiations with them.