Bibi

Poor Bibi. Poor Israel. And Poor Us.

05/07/2015
Jewish Week Online Columnist

In an article that appeared in the May 5 issue of Haaretz, Israel’s preeminent English language newspaper, the well-respected columnist Chemi Shalev pointed to the irony of Israel’s most recent coalition-building crisis. By withdrawing at the very last moment from Prime Minister Netanyahu’s emerging coalition, Avigdor Lieberman, head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, had gifted the Israeli left, who reviles him, with an unintentionally sweet gift: schadenfreude.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Israel Unity Gov’t Re-emerging As Pragmatic Option

Netanyahu, given the Iran deal and relationship with Obama, hoping to bring in Herzog.

04/08/2015
Editor and Publisher

Hang on, folks, the formation of the next Israeli government is getting a lot more intriguing and complicated than we thought, made even more so by the proposed Iran nuclear deal.

Gary Rosenblatt

The Editor's Desk: Look For A Unity Government

Netanyahu, Herzog need each other, but expect a bumpy ride.

03/17/2015
Editor And Publisher

The turnout in Israel at the ballot box was high on Tuesday, but now it all comes down to the real election, consisting of one man’s vote. That would be President Reuven “Ruby” Rivlin, who decides whether to offer the chance to put together a governing coalition to Likud’s Bibi Netanyahu or Zionist Union’s Isaac Herzog.

Gary Rosenblatt

On Election Day, Arab Vote In The Spotlight

'Arab voters are going to the polling stations in droves,' Bibi warns.

03/17/2015
Staff Writer

With a close race predicted in Israel’s national elections today, and incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing defeat, the vote of Israeli Arabs is expected to play a crucial role in the final result.

Israelis line up to cast their vote in Ramle. Getty Images

'Dear' Barack, It Wasn't Random

02/12/2015
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Dear Mr. President:

Over the past two weeks, to the consternation of a good many of my colleagues and friends, I have strongly defended both the integrity of your office and the legitimacy of your dismay with Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu by publicly, and unequivocally, calling upon him to cancel his forthcoming address to a joint session of our Congress. For a wide variety of reasons, chief among them the insertion of Israel as a wedge issue in American politics and the public contempt being shown for you and the material support that you have shown Israel throughout your presidency, I believed the Prime Minister to be making a serious mistake.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

On CNN, Shmuley Boteach Hurts Israel By Turning It Into A Partisan Issue

02/03/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

What is it about the controversy surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming address to Congress that has us defying the norms of the 24-hour media cycle and still talking about it two weeks later?

'Dear' Bibi, Don't Do It

Your acceptance of the House Speaker's invitation to speak before Congress as unconscionably arrogant.

01/30/2015
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Dear Mr. Prime Minister:

The news of your impending visit to deliver an address to a joint session of our Congress, at the invitation of Speaker of the House John Boehner, has generated a major controversy here in America, both within and outside of the Jewish community. I know that it is a subject of much discussion in Israel as well. My reason for writing is simple. I am, with the greatest of respect for your office and your responsibilities, asking you to reconsider your visit, and not deliver the address.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Abbas, Bibi Call Each Other’s Bluff

01/07/2015
Editorial

With a new and serious diplomatic showdown between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in progress — PA President Abbas seeking to charge Israeli leaders with military crimes through the International Criminal Court (ICC) and Israel freezing $147 million in monthly tax revenue payments to the PA — one wonders who’s calling whose bluff and where it will all lead.

Pro-Israel Jews Must Support Kerry

03/28/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

The fulfillment of the Zionist dream of a Jewish homeland and democratic state may rest on the actions taken by the American pro-Israel community over the coming weeks.

Asher Mayerson

‘There Was No Diplomatic Façade’

Israeli analysts weigh in on Bibi’s UN speech as he breaks up the rapprochement party.
10/02/2013
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — The political cartoon in the daily Haaretz newspaper depicts the United Nations Headquarters like a boisterous nightclub, where Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is getting down with Barack Obama.

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