Erel Margalit, 50, one of Israel’s most successful and wealthiest venture capitalists, is not only going into politics, he’s planning to start at the top. He is running for chairman of the Labor Party in the hope of becoming prime minister. (The Labor elections are scheduled for September.) The Jerusalem-based entrepreneur has helped found the Avoda [Labor] Now movement, geared toward reviving the party that headed every Israeli government in the country’s first three decades; it has declined precipitously in recent years.
I managed to spend almost 2 weeks in Israel recently without eating a single falafel ball. I’ve never been a huge fan of the fried treats, despite my great affinity to chickpeas in other forms. But pita bread? That’s another story entirely. I’m more than happy to use fluffy, warm pitas to scoop up hummus, or mop up my plate after indulging in sautéed mushrooms and onions, or ravioli in a sweet potato sauce.
Q - Does Rep. Weiner's admitted act of sending out explicit photos of himself disqualify him from public office? Is this a new form of adultery? Given the fact that "sexting" is so common these days among young people, will it become a political albatross comparable to pot smoking for aspiring pols who came of age in the '60s? After all, isn't this just a byproduct of the Internet revolution in the way that drug use was the byproduct of the counter culture?
"Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive…"
Sir Walter Scott could not have been more right, as my congressman, Anthony Weiner, discovered this past week. The problems inherent in the lewd pictures, incomprehensibly bad judgment, and arrogant assumption of invincibility were only exacerbated ten times over by the untruths that followed. The whole affair is a tawdry mess, and an embarrassment.