• Bibi’s matzah trashed?

    Was Benjamin Netanyahu’s handcrafted shmura matzah thrown out after he so publicly rolled it, patted it and put it in the oven this week? That’s what several Israeli media outlets are claiming, with some speculating that the Kfar Chabad matzah bakery that hosted the prime minister’s videotaped baking spree trashed his unleavened bread because is… More ▸

  • Why does Netanyahu want to keep negotiating?

    Israeli-Palestinian talks have been deadlocked for some time. Eight months in, the sides haven’t made much apparent progress. Now, talks are on the verge of collapse. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is eager to keep them going for another eight months. Why? On its face, the collapse of the talks would seem to give… More ▸

  • Top 10 Rolling Stones Shavuot songs

    The good news? The Rolling Stones will play Tel Aviv in June. The bad news? A large portion of Israelis won’t be able to go. The concert, scheduled for June 4, falls at the end of Shavuot — making it near impossible for holiday-observant Israelis to go see Mick, Keith and Co. prove they’ve still… More ▸

  • Walter Jones, J Street-backed Republican, gets the ECI (flag)burn

    It’s a first: The Emergency Committee for Israel has launched a major ad buy against a Republican. True, it’s running the ad as the incumbent, Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), faces a primary challenge in May — so ECI isn’t quite at the point where it’s (even implicitly) endorsing a Democrat. More to the point, the… More ▸

  • A Jewish Barack Obama and an Arab Yitzhak Rabin

    Israel is getting crowded with big-name residents. In February a Jordanian named Yitzhak Rabin enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces. Now, an African American convert to Judaism in Jerusalem has officially changed his name to Barack Obama, the Times of Israel reports. A special committee at the Interior Ministry approved Mark Hardie’s request to change… More ▸

  • Shmurah matzahs, handcrafted by the prime minister

    On Tuesday, with the peace process apparently in peril and discussions floating about freeing Jonathan Pollard, freeing hundreds of Palestinian prisoners and freezing settlements, one might think Benjamin Netanyahu was locked in back-to-back meetings with diplomats and members of his Cabinet. Actually, he was baking matzah. In a visit to the shmurah matzah bakery in… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Spain’s Jewish ambivalence, the ‘peace process’ problem, pews surveys

    Spain’s Jewish ambivalence: Ilan Stavans suggests that Spain’s repatriation offer may be more about solving financial woes than promoting real conciliation with Jews. (N.Y. Times) The ‘peace process’ problem: The lengthy U.S.-brokered Israeli-Palestinian peace process has become an excuse for inaction and caused each side to harbor “imaginary fantasies of further possible concessions,” writes A.B. Yehoshua.  (Ynet) Survey… More ▸

  • The verdict on Ehud Olmert

    Now we know one thing for sure: Ehud Olmert will never again be prime minister of Israel. Olmert, who led Israel’s government from 2006 to 2009, was convicted this morning of taking bribes in the Holyland affair, a scandal involving the illegal construction of high-rise apartments in Jerusalem when Olmert was the city’s mayor more… More ▸