Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
I fear that the fissures in Israeli society are widening in ways that no diplomatic gravel can fill. The unwillingness of the Ashkenazi ultra-orthodox Jews to de-segregate the schools and allow the children of non-European orthodox Jews to attend, is merely a symptom. Sixty years of warfare has generated an unsustainable level of emotional exhaustion among Israelis. It expresses itself in rigidifying beliefs and attitudes within the Jewish state itself and a bunker mentality towards the rest of the world.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Every time I turn on the news, at least one notable talking head is babbling in search of reasons for Israel’s commando attack on the Free Gaza Flotilla, which left nine activists killed and dozens more wounded. But such experts who pride themselves on having high-level analytical skills find themselves unable to decipher Israel’s motives. The reason is that the Jewish State has reached a strategic dead-end, and its decisions and behavior will grow less and less comprehensible to the outside world, as a bunker mentality takes hold of its decision-makers and society.