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Azaria case points up Israel’s complexity

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — The still unfolding story of Elor Azaria is only the latest saga reflecting the difficulties faced by Israel, and the struggle of officials and others to deal with contending values and aspirations. Azaria was an IDF draftee who became the center of events that seem to have been beyond the […]

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While Bibi meets Trump, Knesset opponents plot

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — It’s not an easy time for someone in the wide center of Israeli politics. The area at issue is fuzzy, with a shifting collection of political parties, party factions, and individuals. At its greatest, it includes much of the Knesset delegations of Likud, Labor (i.e., Zionist Union), and the parties […]

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Assessing Trump’s first month

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Less than a month into his presidency, the dust isn’t settling. It’s still rising. The man is riling things domestically and internationally, by changing, or trying to change some rules or widely accepted ways of doing things. An early poll by CNN shows approval and disapproval about where they were […]

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The problem of Jerusalem in internat’l law

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — It’s one of the greatest of conundrums, or problems that appear to be insoluble. Or at least insoluble in anything like the current situation. And the current situation is not something of this morning or yesterday. It’s been with us, depending on when you begin counting, for 70 years or […]

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Trump, Netanyahu seem ‘beyond the edge’

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — The unique opportunity of an Israeli/American political scientist, even of the retired kind, is to observe two heads of government who seem to be on the edge or beyond what is customary or possible. Barely a week into his presidency, we read of efforts to impeach Donald Trump, or to […]

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Why did most white women vote for Trump?

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — One of the most curious findings about the 2017 election is that 53 percent of White women voted for Trump. Traits associated with education were influential. Sixty-two percent of White women without a college degree voted for Trump. We may see changes in the data as more sophisticated analyses appear. However, […]

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The political world is in its fluid state

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — The world will be fluid for some time. Barack Obama downsized the weight of the US. We’re amidst an upsurge in Muslim violence, chaos in a number of Middle Eastern countries, plus the resurgence of Russian power in Ukraine, Syria, and Libya, all this against the milk toast approach of Obama […]

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Fight over U.S. embassy symbolic and emotional

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Much ado about nothing “Sound and fury signifying nothing” Also relevant is Murray Edelman’s Symbolic Uses of Politics. The point of them all is that expressions or events that amount to little or nothing in a substantial or material way may move individuals to expressions of high emotion and extreme acts. […]

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Terror, political intrigue keep Israeli pot boiling

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Only three days passed between the political storm triggered by the verdict against Elon Azaria and the terror by heavy truck that killed four IDF officer cadets and wounded others. Immediately after the attack some of the cadets found themselves criticized for seeking cover rather than opening fire against the […]

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Azaria case roils Israeli politics

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Some nine months ago, when the “stabbing intifada” was still a near daily phenomenon, two Palestinians sought to do their work among soldiers on guard duty in Hebron. The Israelis were alert, killed one of the attackers and “neutralized” the other. According to testimony and a cell phone video supplied […]

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At the signpost ahead! Israel may be at a junction

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — There are a couple of indications that Israel is approaching a junction. One is the combination of nastiness between the Prime Minister and key members of the Obama administration, plus the imminent arrival of something different in Washington. The second is a police investigation of the long-serving Prime Minister for […]

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In Mideast, KISS — Keep it Simple, Stupid — applies

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — I’ll indicate in advance that this is a personal and rambling note, promoted by several responses to what I wrote about the recent decision of the UN Security Council. And it is by no means the first time I’ve been provoked by what I’ve received from my Internet friends. Several […]

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Israel’s wary observation of the Syrian war

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Estimates are ranging to half million deaths in the four year civil war in Syria that shows no sign of reaching an end, or even of agreement among observers about what is likely to occur. The most recent headlines have focused on what Hebrew and Arabic speakers call Chalab, and […]

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Skirt lengths, sexual misconduct charges roil Israel

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — It’s not all Arab terror, clashing demands of ultra-Orthodox and Reform Jews, concerns about what Obama might do in the coming month, Trump in the Oval Office, or barbaric Russians, Syrians, and other Muslims just over the northern border. There’s also been an explosion of concern about women’s legs, and […]

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