Underscoring the notion that all politics is local, Prime Minister Netanyahu has made building in Israel, and some key areas over the Green Line, his campaign theme in advance of the Jan. 22 national elections, despite the almost universal outcry against such a move.
He seems to have read the mood of the electorate in calling for a strengthened Israel, more committed to solidifying its homeland than extending an olive branch to the Palestinians.
The prospect of President Obama appointing Sen. John Kerry as secretary of state and, especially, former Sen. Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense is making many leaders in the pro-Israel community very worried, and with good cause.
Reporting a sexual assault to the police and testifying at an attacker’s trial cannot be easy for any victim of a sex crime. As the case of Nechemya Weberman, the 54-year-old unlicensed therapist from the Satmar community convicted this week of sexual abuse, has made shockingly clear, however, doing so as a member of the haredi community comes with its own particular perils.