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Feb 15, 2016, 3:37 PM
MKs dismissal bill: Populism and intellectual paralysis
Let’s start from the bottom line: Netanyahu’s new dismissal bill is unlikely to pass. Several MKs from his own right-wing coalition, including Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, have expressed reservation about the proposed mechanism, which would fundamentally enable the majority...
Aug 1, 2014, 8:33 AM
After the war, Bibi faces fierce political battle
"Security" and "strength" are the two most commonly used words in every political campaign run by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In 1996, it was "forging a secure peace". In 1999, it was "A strong leader for Israel's future."...
Jun 3, 2014, 8:01 AM
Palestinian reconciliation: a new test to Hamas’s famous ‘patience’
In a fashion so symbolic of today’s Palestinian politics, the fate of the new Palestinian unity government was shrouded in fog up until the last minute -- literally. Just hours before the inauguration announcement was made in Ramallah on...
May 1, 2014, 2:53 PM
Listen to Livni, understand Israel’s dilemma
The current crisis with the Palestinian Authority and President Abbas has returned Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to his comfort zone. With his always-eloquent English, Bibi took to the international airwaves to condemn Mr. Abbas for inching closer to...
Apr 25, 2014, 6:09 PM
The Palestinian Reconciliation Bluff
This piece was coauthored with Daniel Nisman They say a contract between two men is almost as binding as a handshake between them. The implied skepticism of this saying surely crossed the minds of everyone in the press-packed home of...
Mar 26, 2014, 8:06 AM
Not saying “no” – That’s the name of the game
If everything goes as planned, the upcoming days will likely witness another peak in tensions within Prime Minister Netanyahu's coalition. The reason, as usual one might add, is the expected release of a fourth and final group of Palestinian...
Mar 10, 2014, 3:23 PM
What’s eating Gideon Levy?
"Haaretz" correspondent, Gideon Levy, refuses to partake in the national cheer following the capture of the weapon ship Klos C. In his column from yesterday (Sunday), he describes the media festival that followed the seizure as no less than...
Dec 9, 2013, 11:56 PM
Is Yuval Diskin warming up for politics?
Former Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin has yet to officially declare any intentions to join Israel's political scene, but seems to have never been closer to get there. Last Wednesday, in a conference marking ten years to the "Geneva Initiative"...
Ron Gilran is the COO at Levantine Group, a Tel Aviv based risk-consultancy. You can follow him on Twitter @RonGilran.