Israel’s handling of the death of Shireen Abu-Akleh

It is heartbreaking to get requests from Jews abroad for video proof to back up the police statement regarding the violence at the funeral of Shireen Abu-Akleh. It is heartbreaking because I understand the desperate desire to appease the anger of those accusing Israel of sadistic, oppressive behavior: “We aren’t evil, don’t hate us. Here’s … More Israel’s handling of the death of Shireen Abu-Akleh

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky and the other Israel

Today Israel is that different country. Not the progressive, cosmopolitan land. Not the country where people post pictures of coffee shops, bars, malls, and office buildings to show that “we’re just like everywhere else.” Today we are the strange and mysterious Land of the Jews. The place where things are NOT like anywhere else in … More Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky and the other Israel

Morality propaganda: Ukrainian refugees, Israel, and money

Over the years I have learned to smell propaganda. Being an Israeli means being under constant attack – both overt and covert. We are threatened with physical violence, terrorism, and war. We are also threatened by more sophisticated and elegant methods such as lawfare (using the court system as a weapon of war) and media … More Morality propaganda: Ukrainian refugees, Israel, and money

Russia – Ukraine war: abuse of Holocaust memory and other politically incorrect thoughts

I work in a privately owned Israeli company founded by immigrants from Ukraine. Half the employees are Ukrainian-born Israelis. The others are from Russia (barring a handful of Israeli-born Israelis). Many of the faces I see throughout the day are drawn and weary. People worried sick about elderly parents who did not make Aliyah. Worried … More Russia – Ukraine war: abuse of Holocaust memory and other politically incorrect thoughts

Naftali Bennett and me – relationship status: “it’s complicated”

My friend was about to be inaugurated as Prime Minister of Israel. For the past year I had done everything in my power to help make that happen. Of course, I had to be there. On the other hand, this inauguration would establish a government with progressive, extreme left, post and anti-Zionists whose ideology, from … More Naftali Bennett and me – relationship status: “it’s complicated”