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Others before Bibi and Donald castigated ‘fake news’

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Prominent in what’s similar between the Great Leaders of the US and Israel are their claims about the media. Fake news, especially from the mainstream-leftwing print and electronic. Those who worry see these preoccupations as the tricks of demagogues. Some have compared them with how Hitler moved toward the complete […]

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No solutions likely for Israeli Jews, Arabs

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — The label and the concept of Final Solution have no place in Israeli discourse. What’s behind this column is not the Holocaust, nor any perception of dire threat, but the importance of continuity. None should be more aware than Jews that history does not end. And none should be more […]

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Comparing the tsuris of Bibi and Donald

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — It’s hard to get away from the men at the top of the two governments most important to these fingers. They appear to be close to one another with respect to policies of mutual interest, and they are both at the focus of severe criticism, with many of their countrypeople, and […]

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How marginal we Jews really are

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Trump’s speeches, and what has happened since, remind us once again about the marginality of Jews. Some may feel comfortable, and justly, given his realism about Jerusalem the Western Wall, and non-Israeli sources of problems throughout the Middle East. But Muslims, and Europeans, are rabid, or upset about what he […]

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Saying U.S. embassy to be moved and doing it quite different; many obstacles await the relocation

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Where is the embassy? It’ll be easier–or at least quicker–building it on the moon. In this congested city with narrow streets it’s been impossible to create a coherent network of bike paths. The municipality has been at it for more than a decade. What’s been built goes from marked paths […]

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Chanukah in myth and history

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — The annual fun is upon us. But for those interested in such things, there’s lots of fuzzy history to contemplate. It’s probably best to ignore all that comes next, to enjoy with the kids and grandchildren, the parties, in Israel the long vacation from school, as well as the gifts […]

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The personal Bibi vs. the political Bibi

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Compared to selected other national leaders here and there, Bibi’s done well from public office. He and Sara have gotten used to demanding expensive gifts from individuals wanting his help. With respect to the two most prominent exchanges we know about, they weren’t all that serious. He helped an Israeli […]

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Police seem to be closing in on Netanyahu

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — It’s hard to know whether to jeer or simply chuckle at the efforts of Likud MKs, being portrayed by the media as parliamentary clowns, who went beyond the normal to provide what they said was protection for their Prime Minister, but actually was nothing of the kind. The country is […]

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Fight over Kotel prompting political oubursts

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — It may be early to prepare for a change at the top, either through resignations or a national election. However, there are increasing signs of stress in the strangeness of key officials’ behavior. The macro problem appears clear to all but those dependent on the continued rule of Benjamin Netanyahu: […]

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Corruption probes aimed at Netanyahu, inner circle

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — This isn’t the first column about this topic, and it won’t be the last. What follows is less than absolutely certain. It reflects months of media reports about several police investigations, with the pieces put together in a way that appears reasonable. What the police are calling File #1000 and File […]

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Medicine, political science both inexact fields

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — A long and checkered medical history has combined with more than a half century of political science to sharpen my sense that uncertainties are inherent in science, and are the most interesting elements of doing science. Some will already be chortling at the notion of political science. True, there are softer […]

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The U.S. Mideast peace effort faces pitfalls

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSAELM — The road to hell: We know it’s paved with good intentions. The record of the US in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and what the enthusiasts called Arab Spring was collectively the equivalent of a Holocaust, albeit well-meant. American and allied deaths were in the tens of thousands, and others in the […]

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Comparison test for those who criticize Israel

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM–The Jews are just like everyone else, but different. Also Israel. The country of the Jews is like others, but different. This note is provoked by comment from an otherwise rational friend that Israel’s real borders are the Jordan and the Mediterranean. And his question about my description of Israeli Arabs. Was […]

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Trump has had few wins since his election

  By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM– A friend responded to one of my recent columns with, “How many Trumps would it take for you to trade for one Bibi?” We’ve recently passed through a year anniversary of Trump’s election. He’s only been in office for 10 months, but that provides enough for at least a tentative […]

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