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Mar 13, 2023, 2:12 PM
What is democracy? (or: have more children!)
While driving down one of Israel's highways today, I saw a remarkable poster which said (in Hebrew) "There is an obligation to oppose dictatorship." That seems like a very reasonable sentiment, but who posted it? Was it posted by...
Mar 3, 2015, 7:07 PM
Highlights from Bibi’s speech
I am not able to reveal everything that Bibi will say today, both because I have not seen his speech and because I don’t feel capable of discussing the Iran issue in any detail. But here are a few...
Feb 25, 2015, 10:43 PM
The first annual International Moral Poser award
If you want to understand the phenomenon of moral hypocrisy, you have to consult an Israeli. Israelis are on the receiving end of moral hypocrisy every day and they know what it looks like. Many have become immune and...
Feb 15, 2015, 1:03 PM
Should he or shouldn’t he? Thoughts on Bibi’s third congressional address
The arguments about Bibi’s upcoming speech before congress are so emotional that it may help to spell out the issues from a more balanced perspective. 1) The issue is not Bibi. Bibi was invited to address congress on Iran. If...
Dec 28, 2014, 7:43 AM
Pass the beer, buddy: Kurdistan and the Jews
Many Jews I know have a soft spot for the persecuted peoples of the world, especially the Kurds, a people who, like the Jews, have had to struggle to keep their language and culture alive while living under the...
Dec 24, 2014, 1:11 AM
Can one be a liberal and an anti-Zionist?
The kind of liberalism I am considering here is one that includes support for the self-determination of peoples. Zionism is the belief in the right of the Jewish people to self-determination. On the surface, then, as long as the...
Nov 24, 2014, 8:39 PM
Judging a war-zone by war-zone standards
As any good trial lawyer knows, the most important step in any defense is framing the case from the right perspective. But this is particularly difficult when the jurors have little or no personal understanding of the context in...
The author is a lecturer in philosophy and classics at Bar Ilan University. He has lived in the areas of Judea and Samaria since 1992, and lives today in the town of Efrat with his wife and children.