When Rabbi Tzvi Graetz was a little boy in the Israel of the 1970s, he would visit the shuk, or market, with his father every High Holiday season to buy flags to wave during Simchat Torah, which celebrates the end of one year of Torah readings and the beginning of a new one.
Tel Aviv — Could the Palestinian Authority’s budget woes end up costing Israel?
Growing economic protests in the West Bank could lead to increased regional instability and perhaps even the end of the Palestinian Authority, experts are warning. At this point, however, they say the protests are unlikely to result in an eruption of violence against Israel.
Jerusalem — There once was a time when Israel’s best-known musical exports were winners of the campy Eurovision pop song contest, such as the 1978 “Hallelujah” by Gali Atari and the group Milk and Honey.
These days it might be the driving guitar solos of Uri Kinrot of the surf rock trio Boom Pam, the electro Mediterranean party music of Balkan Beat Box or the Janis Joplin-like cry of singer-songwriter Asaf Avidan.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s stinging rebuke of the Obama administration Tuesday regarding its policy towards Iran was seen by many observers as correct but impolitic — especially in the midst of an election campaign.
“Substantively he may be right, but politically he’s dead wrong,” said Alon Pinkas, a former Israeli consul general in New York. “This is too sensitive and important an issue to be reduced to statements in the media. It should be dealt with in discreet negotiations.”
Tel Aviv — In a sketch from a recent episode of the Israeli television satire “Wonderful Country,” a real-estate broker showing a property to a young couple boasts of a sea view but opens up the window to reveal a building façade.
“Ah, in June, none of this building row will be here,” the broker explains. “There’s that thing with Iran this summer. So everything works out, the bomb!”