Congratulations, it’s a budget!

The Israeli Knesset passed its '21 and '22 budgets I feel silly being excited about my country having approved a budget, but there is good reason to be, and I will attempt to explain this without getting too entrenched in the details. In truth, you can read about this on any number of news websites.… Continue reading Congratulations, it’s a budget!

Benjamin, or: Bibi

My 2nd Clerihew *FORMER* Prime Minister Netanyahu Displays bravado like an arrogant yahoo. Though he believes he's both Likud and the State, His feet will never again cross home plate. P.S. My 1st clerihew was also about Netanyahu, but now, like most of Israel, I am done with him

Finally, Israel has a new government

Seeds of hope The Skeptic's Kaddish was never intended as a politics blog, and despite the political turmoil of the last two years (which I won't get into right now), I hadn't written anything about Israel's political scene until very, very recently... The endless political limbo brought about by endless megalomania and endless corruption seemed… Continue reading Finally, Israel has a new government

The incitement of Netanyahu & co.

Understanding today's Israeli political scene https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55UxLCjHwlc To understand the Israeli political scene, you must understand how traumatized this country's citizenry has been by decades of wars and terror attacks. When people in Israel say "left-wing" or "right-wing", they are referring to the Arab-Israeli conflict, as the above video explains. The failed Oslo Accords, which ultimately… Continue reading The incitement of Netanyahu & co.

There is no civil marriage in Israel

Religion & State in Israel The battle for religious freedom in Israel is one that I have been seeped in professionally for nearly seven years now; and it's one that I follow very closely. You might say that it's become something of an area of expertise for me. That said, I hope to keep this… Continue reading There is no civil marriage in Israel

Very fragile hope: Israel’s next government

On the verge of a new government Israel does not yet have a new government (nor a new Prime Minister), but it is on the verge of one. Last night, just, just, just before the deadline to announce a government to be voted upon by the Knesset, eight very disparate political parties got their act[s]… Continue reading Very fragile hope: Israel’s next government

A new Israeli government?

Living through history If you've been following the news coming out of Israel, you may be aware that our State may be at the cusp of a new governing coalition; and -for the first time since 2009- Benjamin Netanyahu may no longer be prime minister. The politics are incredibly complex, and I simply cannot due… Continue reading A new Israeli government?

Prime, or: Crime Minister

My 1st verso-rhyme My pen's not for intrigue ~but~ I'm fuming at our Prime Minister's great arrogance; insane power complex all-consuming; ugly machinations; and grievance dance! P.S. The political insanity that Israel has been embroiled in for the past two years (four elections have been held during that time period!) is primarily Prime Minister Netanyahu's… Continue reading Prime, or: Crime Minister