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Sivan Rahav Meir
Jan 17, 2020, 1:15 AM
5 thoughts after the closing of party lists
Religious Zionists deserve more. This is a glorious sector which, like the others, is not without problems, but the awkward circus we have witnessed does not do it justice. Hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens got up in...
Jan 15, 2020, 2:42 PM
A rescue plan for Israel's wasted votes
Parties fear they won't pass the electoral threshold, voters worry their votes won't count -- the solution lies in vote sharing arrangements
Jan 15, 2020, 11:05 AM
From “TAD” to “BAD”
I recently returned from four months in Trumpland, what used to be known as the liberal democracy of the United States of America. It was extremely distressing to listen and watch the daily incitement and unceasing lies of the...
Jan 14, 2020, 11:01 PM
The Power of Apathy
I remember in January 2019, I stood in the cold, in front of the Prime Minister’s house, at a rally of religious Jews against the merger of Bayit Yehudi -the National Religious party - and the Jewish extremist Otzma...
Jan 12, 2020, 2:14 PM
The Desolation of Rafi Peretz
When I served in the army, Rafi Peretz was the IDF chief rabbi. At the time, he presented as a relatively moderate, inclusive and apolitical voice for the religious establishment, one whom all draftees were intended to be able...
Jan 12, 2020, 12:51 PM
Watch: Israeliness IS Jewishness
In Israel, the more traditional Jews are, the more right wing they are, says pollster Prof. Camil Fuchs. But the Jews who are not traditional still feel very Jewish. Their Israeliness connects them with their Jewishness in ways that...
Jan 9, 2020, 3:04 PM
Frost and donkeys in the Knesset
Israelis will head to their third parliamentary election in under a year on March 2, due to a repeated inability to produce governing Knesset coalitions. The idiosyncrasies of Israeli politics and this ongoing impasse has reminded me of a visit...
Jan 8, 2020, 4:01 PM
The year religious Zionism became irrelevant
Israeli Jews are struggling to define the relationship between being Israeli and being Jewish, and the traditional moral beacon can no longer guide them
Dec 31, 2019, 1:08 PM
Relief from the ‘Kiddie Tax’ Mess
A fix for the Kiddie Tax fiasco is included in the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, which was attached to the recently passed Appropriations Act of 2020. The Cause of the Problem The Tax Cuts and Jobs...
Dec 31, 2019, 12:08 PM
Looking for qualified leaders
We're back in the thick of things here ramping up for a third election cycle in a 12 month period. We'll mark 10 years since making aliyah when we cast our ballots, precisely to the day. A doubly momentous...