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Our movie’s antihero, an Israeli citizen, wakes at 6 a.m. to the buzz of an alarm clock and groggily slaps it off. By force of habit, he — or she, perhaps, in this remake — grabs a cellphone and checks the news. Headlines refer to elections and polls, to Yair Lapid and Benjamin Netanyahu. One is prime minister, the other the challenger. Which is which? Our antihero tries to remember. Is this the third or the fifth recent election in which they’ve faced off?

She, or he, scrolls down. More headlines: a warning to Iran from the prime minister (which one is he again?);…  Seguir leyendo »

An Uneasy Alliance in Jerusalem. Amir Levy/Getty Images

On June 30, 2022, the Israeli Knesset voted to dissolve itself, setting the country on the path to a fifth parliamentary election in just three years. Since the first of those elections in April 2019, Israeli politics have bifurcated into pro- and anti-Netanyahu blocs, with public debate centering almost exclusively on Benjamin Netanyahu’s fitness for office in light of his ongoing corruption trial. Last year, however, the struggle between these blocs produced a surprising development. The anti-Netanyahu forces, headed by the former TV host Yair Lapid and the former settler leader Naftali Bennett, managed to depose Israel’s longest-serving prime minister by forming a coalition that, for the first time in Israeli history, formally included an independent Arab-led party: Ra’am, the socially conservative, moderate-Islamist party headed by Mansour Abbas, a mild-mannered dentist from the Galilee.…  Seguir leyendo »

El Consejo de Derechos Humanos (CDH) es la institución con el nombre más inapropiado de toda la familia de organismos de la ONU. Porque en él están representados los más despiadados violadores de los derechos humanos (entre ellos Siria, Irán y China), algo que convierte al CDH actual en una burla a su propósito original.

La mayoría de las resoluciones del CDH giran de forma llamativa en torno al Estado de Israel. Nadie está sugiriendo que Israel deba estar más allá de la crítica. Pero en un mundo en el que existen enormes desafíos en materia de derechos humanos, llama la atención la persistencia del foco en Israel.…  Seguir leyendo »

An Israeli soldier stands guard during a demonstration by Palestinian and Israeli peace activists against settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank on July 27. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP via Getty Images)

When I read the headline about the Israeli Supreme Court’s latest decision on West Bank settlement, I was angry — at the court and at myself. The anger at the court was straightforward. A 4-3 majority allowed a settlement to stay on land privately owned by Palestinians, thereby giving judicial approval to theft.

As for being vexed with myself, I realized I had been holding onto a shard of hope that it was possible to fight the settlement enterprise, the core of the occupation, by bringing evidence and reasoning to the nation’s highest court. I’d been naive.

I learned this hope — I’ll say in my defense — from history, and from activists and commentators I respect.…  Seguir leyendo »

On July 1, Yair Lapid became Israel’s 14th prime minister. Though he will serve only as caretaker until general elections are held on Nov. 1, he has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make history as he helps his nation grapple with a complicated reality: enormous economic and political success coupled with a rising demographic challenge.

The State of Israel is enjoying a golden age. For more than 15 years — since the Second Lebanon War of 2006 — it has maintained relative calm, strategic stability and prosperity. The economy is flourishing: over the past decade the average annual growth rate was more than 3.5 percent, accelerating to an astonishing 8 percent in 2021.…  Seguir leyendo »

Iranian forces pray around the coffin of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during his burial ceremony at Imamzadeh Saleh shrine in northern Tehran on Nov. 30, 2020. HAMED MALEKPOUR/TASNIM NEWS/AFP via Getty Images

On Sept. 11, 1962, German rocket scientist Heinz Krug disappeared from his office in Munich, never to be seen again. Like several other veterans of the Nazi missile program, Krug was working for the Egyptian government of Gamal Abdel Nasser, whose nation had already fought two wars with the young state of Israel. The backstory is long and complicated—involving Benito Mussolini, Eva Perón, and hidden Nazi gold—but the short version is that the Mossad, Israel’s chief intelligence agency, recruited a Nazi once close to Adolf Hitler to knock Krug off.

But, although it might have been Israel’s most film noir-worthy tale of assassination, it certainly wasn’t its last.…  Seguir leyendo »

El primer ministro israelí Naftali Bennett ha anunciado la disolución de la Kneset, lo que hará que los israelíes voten por quinta vez en tres años. El Gobierno más heterogéneo (pero también el más inclusivo) de la historia del Estado de Israel verá su fin a mediados de octubre, con poco más de un año de vida.

El presidente de Rusia, Vladímir Putin, se saluda con el exprimer ministro israelí, Benjamín Netanyahu, durante un encuentro en Moscú en 2016. Oficina de Prensa del Kremlin

Resulta complicado elucubrar no sólo sobre quién será el próximo primer ministro de Israel, sino también sobre cuál va a ser la composición de la Kneset.…  Seguir leyendo »

Oops, the Israeli government fell. It just slipped out of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s hands and broke apart.

For just over a year, an abnormal, unexpected normalcy pervaded Israeli politics. After last year’s election, a government was actually formed. It passed a budget. The prime minister did not constantly attack the media or try to control it. He was not under criminal investigation or indictment. He did not trumpet his relations with a Republican leader in the United States or fight publicly with the Democratic president.

This is the way things are supposed to work, and often did in the past.…  Seguir leyendo »

En los 55 años que Israel ha ocupado tierras palestinas, ha habido dos intifadas, cuatro guerras en Gaza y una larga serie de iniciativas fallidas para negociar una solución de dos estados que siga vagamente las fronteras de Israel previas a 1967. Tal como están las cosas, verdaderamente la situación parece no tener esperanza.

La intransigencia de ambos bandos, que ningún presidente estadounidense ha podido superar, aunque prácticamente todos desde la Guerra de los Seis Días lo han intentado, nos ha llevado a este punto. Si bien los palestinos algunas veces han abrazado la diplomacia internacional, también han caído en periodos de obstinada resistencia.…  Seguir leyendo »

Israeli police carry a wounded Palestinian demonstrator outside Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound on April 22. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

At the break of dawn on April 15, Israeli police attacked Palestinian worshipers at the holy site of Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. They used stun grenades, tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets, wounding more than 150. Since then, Israeli forces have launched new incursions, detaining more than 300 Palestinians at the Al-Aqsa compound and blocking Palestinian Christians from entering the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This carefully calculated violence comes as Palestinian Muslims enter the last days of Ramadan.

When looking at the footage of what happened, the dynamic is obvious: forces with gear and guns versus worshipers kneeling in prayer.…  Seguir leyendo »

A protester demonstrates in Tel Aviv on March 12 against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Nir Elias/Reuters)

The horrific images emerging from Ukrainian cities and towns such as Bucha, where retreating Russian forces left behind the corpses of slaughtered civilians, have shocked the world. Even more troubling is the realization that these atrocities are widespread and likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Therefore, Israel’s balancing act of maintaining its ties to Russia while offering only tepid support for Ukraine is becoming morally and strategically untenable.

Israel has not joined Western sanctions on Russia. Israel has given humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, but won’t provide military equipment such as air defense systems or even spy software. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett won’t even use the phrase “war crimes” when referring to Russian war crimes in Ukraine, although his foreign minister finally uttered that phrase this week.…  Seguir leyendo »

More than a week after Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett flew to Moscow in a bid to end Russia’s war against Ukraine, only this much can be known for sure: Bennett had some reason to believe that he had enough chance of success that waiting — even till that evening — might cost lives.

We know this because he flew on Saturday. Bennett is an Orthodox Jew, for whom the one justification for traveling on the Sabbath is possibly saving human life. With him as his interpreter was Kharkhiv-born Housing Minister Zeev Elkin, also Orthodox. I have many doubts about both men, but I’m certain they wouldn’t have flown on Shabbat without that hope.…  Seguir leyendo »

Con su tenue condena al ataque de Rusia a Ucrania, Israel no ha podido lograr un justo equilibrio entre moralidad y realpolitik. Dado que el Primer Ministro israelí Naftali Bénet se ha negado incluso a reunirse con el Presidente palestino Mahmud Abás, líder de otra nación ocupada, su gesto para las cámaras de los medios de servir como mediador para la paz apenas se puede tomar en serio. Es un intento patético de compensar las carencias morales de su propio gobierno. Si bien la India y los amigos de EE.UU. en el mundo árabe también han usado el pretexto de la “mediación” para evitar tomar bandos, no comparten las pretensiones de Israel se ser “una luz para las naciones”.…  Seguir leyendo »

Three key US allies in the Middle East joined the United Nations General Assembly resolution condemning Russia's invasion of Ukraine this week, but their votes belied the tension that lies beneath the surface.

While the United Arab Emirates voted in favor of the UNGA resolution, it abstained on the earlier UN Security Council resolution condemning Russia. Its UNSC decision was likely due to its frustrations with the Biden administration's refusal to classify the Houthis as a foreign terrorist entity in the region, and its desire to stay in the good graces of Russia, which has become an ally in recent years.…  Seguir leyendo »

A Palestinian demonstrator stands in front of an Israeli soldier during a protest of Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank in 2013. (Majdi Mohammed/AP)

Last week, I found myself with a group of friends hiding from the chill of Ramallah, West Bank, to discuss Amnesty International’s recent report designating Israel an apartheid regime. And even though we welcomed it, we couldn’t hide our frustration.

With the release of a 278-page report compiled over a period of four years, Amnesty joined Human Rights Watch and the Israeli rights group B’Tselem in laying out how Israel is committing the crime of apartheid against Palestinians.

Israeli representatives — after failing to stop Amnesty from publishing the report — were quick to denounce it, calling it radical and antisemitic.…  Seguir leyendo »

Como dijo un sabio, el antisemitismo no es un conjunto de creencias, sino un conjunto de contradicciones. Antes del Holocausto, los judíos eran odiados porque eran pobres y porque eran ricos. Porque eran comunistas y porque eran capitalistas. Porque se mantenían en guetos y porque se infiltraban en todos los círculos. Porque se aferraban a creencias religiosas arcaicas y porque eran cosmopolitas sin piedad que no creían en nada.

El antisemitismo es un virus que sobrevive gracias a sus constantes mutaciones. Hoy, se odia a los judíos gracias a su floreciente Estado nación: Israel. La nueva cepa ha hecho que el antisionismo sea el nuevo antisemitismo.…  Seguir leyendo »

En toda Europa se debate si las acciones que el Gobierno israelí está llevando a cabo en los territorios palestinos ocupados se pueden calificar de apartheid según el derecho internacional. En mi condición de ex fiscal general de Israel, he dedicado mi carrera a analizar las cuestiones jurídicas más acuciantes que afectan a mi país. La ocupación israelí de Cisjordania, Gaza y Jerusalén ha sido un dilema fundamental durante mi ejercicio del cargo y también después.

La actual ocupación israelí de estos territorios es una gran injusticia que debe ser rectificada con urgencia. También debo concluir con enorme tristeza que mi país se ha hundido en un abismo moral y político tal que en estos momentos es un régimen de apartheid.…  Seguir leyendo »

Israeli settlers adjusted a large Star of David last year in an outpost near the Palestinian village of Beita in the West Bank. (Majdi Mohammed/AP)

When Israel’s new president, Isaac Herzog, marked the first night of Hannukah in December by lighting candles in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, where some 850 Israeli settlers live under military protection among over 200,000 Palestinians, he offered yet another insulting reminder of Israel’s brutal occupation. Herzog talked about the need to denounce “all forms of hatred and violence” in a place where systemic violence against Palestinians is blatant.

The hodgepodge Israeli coalition that ended Benjamin Netanyahu’s tenure has tried to turn the page by practicing respectful diplomacy abroad. As foreign minister, centrist politician Yair Lapid has been trying to repair Israel’s relations with Democrats in the U.S.…  Seguir leyendo »

El primer ministro israelí Naftali Bennett regresó exultante de la Conferencia de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático (COP26). Codearse con líderes mundiales en Escocia sumó credibilidad a su imagen proyectada de digno reemplazo de Binyamin Netanyahu, su carismático y divisivo predecesor, que dominó la política israelí por más de doce años. Pero el espaldarazo a Bennett (y su gobierno) pueden resultar efímeros si no exhibe un liderazgo prudente en los próximos meses.

En noviembre, la Knéset (parlamento) de Israel aprobó nuevos marcos presupuestarios para 2021 y 2022; es un logro inmenso para Bennett, ya que los legisladores no habían ratificado un plan fiscal desde marzo de 2018.…  Seguir leyendo »

Israeli security forces detain a Palestinian man during a protest on Oct. 29 in the al-Yusufiye cemetery near the Lion's Gate entrance to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in east Jerusalem, where several graves have been demolished to establish a national park. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

When the Israeli government last week slapped a “terrorism” designation on six Palestinian human rights groups that have worked closely with Western governments and international advocacy groups, it was met with widespread outrage from global civil society actors as well as surprise from the U.S. State Department.

But anyone surprised by this step has not been paying attention, as it represents just the latest depth the Israeli government has been willing to sink to in order to intimidate, silence and repress dissent against its apartheid policies.

The repression of Palestinian civil society actors has been a policy of the Israeli government and its military since 1948.…  Seguir leyendo »