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Another missed opportunity

By Dow Marmur Jerusalem (Aug. 2, 2018) – Israel will hold municipal elections next month. Who will run Israel’s largest city, Jerusalem, with a population of some 860,000? The present mayor isn’t standing again, because he’s said to have his eyes on national politics. There’s a host of candidates ready to replace him. Though the […]

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Evangelicals to teach Torah to Jews

By Dow Marmur Jerusalem (Aug. 8, 2018) – In the eyes of many of those in power in Israel, including the prime minister, liberal Jews are extreme leftists and potential enemies of the people. Mercifully, most of them reside in the Diaspora, which is a good reason to shun them. In any case, they’re soon […]

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The privilege of living in Israel

By Dow Marmur Jerusalem (Aug. 6, 2018) – “It’s the economy stupid,” the slogan that helped Bill Clinton to defeat George W. Bush to become US President, may help Moshe Kahlon, currently Israel’s finance minister, to become the country’s next prime minister. Whereas Clinton’s inspiration is said to have been James Carville, the American political […]

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An unnecessary, harmful, undemocratic and divisive law

By Dow Marmur Jerusalem (August 5, 2018) – If you’d like a comprehensive analysis of Israel’s new Nation State Law, I suggest you read Professor Howard Adelman’s analysis. If you’re prepared to settle for only a few impressions, please read on. The question that troubles me is that nobody has ever doubted that Israel is […]

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Gaza and us

By Dow Marmur The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have every right, indeed a sacred duty, to defend the borders of their country. The question many of us are asking today is whether this can only be achieved by killing more than sixty Gazans in one day and maiming hundreds. True, had the residents of Gaza […]

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No election after all

By Dow Marmur Jerusalem (March 13, 2018) – I learnt today that, to make sure that I don’t misinform you, I should only comment on events in Israel long after they happen. What seemed quite plausible, perhaps even certain, this afternoon turned out to be false and irrelevant only hours later. After Prime Minister Netanyahu’s […]

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Coalition collapse, elections or war

By Dow Marmur Jerusalem (Feb. 21, 2018) – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu isn’t the only person of power to surround himself/herself with advisers who pretend to agree with all his/her prejudices. Instead of wise counsel they offer applause. As a result, his entourage seems to consist of people not worthy of high office. That’s now […]

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