israel-diaspora

  • Still a single Jewish people?

    In a follow-up to his Nov. 21 report "G.A. largely ignored by Hebrew-speaking press," Jerusalem Post correspondent Haviv Rettig considers the Israel-Diaspora divide: This divide should worry us more than it does. Both Israel and America each represent about 40 percent of Jews alive today. Neither can talk of a Jewish people without talking about… More ▸

  • Secular, but Jewish

    Secular Israelis don’t have a Jewish identity problem like American Jews do, writes Anshel Pfeffer in Ha’aretz. That’s part of what American Jews, like Edgar Bronfman, don’t get about Israel, he writes: While the Jews in America and other communities have been grappling for decades with the question of how to define a Jewish identity… More ▸

  • Talansky the man

    A few pieces in the Israeli press this week provide an insider’s view of Morris Talansky. Ehud Olmert’s lawyers screened a video in Jerusalem district court of Talansky talking about how Yitzhak Rabin, too, allegedly took money from American Jews. “You think Rabin didn’t do it? I did it to Rabin!” Talansky says on the… More ▸

  • Israel promises ‘humble’ pie (but will it know how to eat it?)

    This could have been written by the Onion. A new government strategy to redefine ties with the Diaspora to be “less patronizing and more humble” will be unveiled on June 22 in a policy report being developed jointly by Cabinet Secretary Ovad Yehezkel and Alan Hoffman, director-general of the Jewish Agency’s Education Department, The Jerusalem… More ▸

  • Hanging with Bush in Israel

    President Bush’s approval may be low, but he sure has a pretty big honorary entourage for his trip to Israel: Statement by the Press Secretary President George W. Bush today announced the designation of an U.S. Honorary Delegation to attend celebrations in honor of the 60th Anniversary of the State of Israel on May 14-15,… More ▸

  • Keep your money

    Gideon Levy of Ha’aretz uses the Olmert-Talansky scandal to raise concerns about the role of Diaspora money in Israel: Revealing the identity of the primary witness, Morris Talansky, in the lastest Ehud Olmert affair raises questions that go beyond the prime minister. Serious questions need to be asked about the relationship between American Jewry and… More ▸

  • The prime minister’s defeat

    In his Ehud Olmert analysis today, Ha’aretz writer Yossi Verter cites an Israeli government minister as saying the Israeli prime minister’s handwriting in recent days betrays that of a “battered, haunted man.” But you don’t need to read the prime minister’s notes to see that Olmert appears weighed down by defeat. In video greetings to… More ▸

  • Cincinnati is right on time (if not ahead)!

    Mark Twain (or whomever really deserves credit) was pretty much on the money when he quipped: “When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Cincinnati because it’s always twenty years behind the times.” But there’s always an exception to the rule. Today it would be a cool day to be in… More ▸