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Dec 29, 2016, 8:42 AM
Talking Israel to America, Part Three: Speaking Truth to Noise
Was going to file this installment last Thursday, but got waylaid, first by medical stuff, then by an unprecedented (for me) accession of nostalgia/homesickness for America. I made aliyah in 2010, haven’t been back (health reasons), and in truth there’s...
Dec 15, 2016, 10:49 AM
Talking Israel to Americans: Part Two, A Strange Thing Happened in May 1948
This is a series about Americans talking to Americans about Israel. The purpose is to add a few items that are not often mentioned in the various approved scripts. Six in particular. The first came last Thursday. An evocative bit...
Dec 8, 2016, 12:37 PM
Talking Israel to Americans: Who Knew? Part One
American anti-Semitism is up. Popular support for Israel has been dropping slowly for decades. A catastrophic drop in Beltway support is no longer inconceivable. Israeli hasbara ain’t worth whatever they pay somebody’s brother-in-law to do it. The American Zionist...
Dec 1, 2016, 11:12 AM
Mad King Donald: Reprise, Part Two: How?
Washington. Adams. Jefferson. Bush. Obama. Trump. The 21st century has not been kind to the United States of America. The U.S. has endured arguably the two worst presidents in history, and is getting ready for the third. Had Mrs. Clinton won (Can...
Nov 24, 2016, 10:53 AM
Mad King Donald: Reprise, Part One: What?
I’d wanted to post this blog last Thursday, but the news from America was so vile that – I am not making this up – my computer committed suicide. The fan spun off. The tower heated rapidly. The screen...
Nov 10, 2016, 1:40 PM
Mad King Donald, Princess Hillary and Us, Part 4: So What
The ritual has been completed. The American people, invited to choose between the irredeemable corruption and fecklessness of the Democrats and the irredeemable insanity and venom of the Republicans, have chosen. President-elect Trump’s two chief enablers, Hillary Clinton and...
Nov 8, 2016, 8:00 AM
Mad King Donald, Princess Hillary and Us. Part Three: So What?
My next-door neighbor here in Israel may well be a pretty decent guy. I’ll likely never know. We’ve had only one real encounter. Not a very pleasant one, but a definite epiphany – and of great relevance here. My neighbor...
Nov 6, 2016, 8:02 AM
Mad King Donald, Princess Hillary and Us, Part Two: Citizen Character
So the generation that was supposed to redeem the Republic, perhaps the planet, now offers as its political grand finale an ugly match-up, part slapstick, part blood sport, between two septuagenarian faux blondes. (I resigned from the Baby Boom in...
Nov 4, 2016, 10:42 AM
Mad King Donald, Princess Hillary and Us, part 1 of 4
Part I: Presidential Character You don’t have to be a porno addict nowadays to get your fill of Internet filth. Just follow the American election. The candidates are abhorrent. Their conduct alternates between pathetic and loathsome. The two-party system – two “big tents,” each with...
Apr 5, 2016, 10:41 AM
No one has ever really defined history. All attempts yield partial results, at best. The study of the past? Negatory. The past, by definition, no longer exists. You can’t study that which does not exist. The record of the past? Perhaps,...
Philip Gold made Aliyah from USA in 2010 after several decades as a Beltway "public intellectual" of sorts.