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Israel’s diverse population yields many factions

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — There are attractions in the Jewish State, but also problems. Given its location and population, no surprise that they are the problems of living with Jews, and Arabs. They aren’t the same problems, and it isn’t obvious which are the most serious, or threatening. Arab citizens are some 20 percent of […]

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Noisy argument endemic to Israeli, U.S. democracies

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Democracy is a noisy business. Neither Israelis nor Americans need to be reminded. The commotions surrounding Donald Trump and Benyamin Netanyahu have a history, one longer than the other reflecting Bibi’s span at the top of government, and the noise focused on both seems to be ascending. Will they end […]

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Maneuvering between the raindrops

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Some might prefer “Maneuvering between the bullets” for the title of this column. Whether bullets or raindrops, the concern is for the efforts of Israeli officials and others to avoid the pitfalls that appear at numerous places on our political and social landscapes. Recent examples involve the problem of reducing […]

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Proposed Israeli ethics code angers university faculties

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — The slippery subject of academic freedom has moved into our headlines with a draft code of ethics for universities and their personnel. It is the work of Professor Asa Kasher, a philosophy professor at Tel Aviv University, and the author of the IDF’s code of ethics. He prepared this code at […]

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Historic events like the 1967 war have many antecedents

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — The 50 years since the Six Day war has brought forth an outpouring of memories and analyses of that event and what various individuals trace to it. Leaving aside the impossibility of summarizing and reaching a conclusion about all that is being remembered about that war, what preceded and what […]

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What Trump may not know about the knotty Middle East

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — There’s another American President asserting his intention of bring peace to Israel and Palestine. So far his string of failures, flubs, and foolishness in this and other fields provides little hope that he’ll do any better than a host of others. Yet his words, to the extent that they can […]

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Trump and the complex Middle East

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — He says that he wants to settle things between Israel and Palestine. His initial venture outside the US, to the Middle East, may indicate the importance that he assigns to it. There was also a business deal with the Saudis, that will bring more work to American industries. Along the […]

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The ‘profession’ of politics

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Profession? Craft? Learned skills? We’re not dealing with something like medicine, engineering, or law, with fixed courses of study built up over the years, and official organs handing out licenses to those who pass muster. However, the continuing flubs of the amateur who got himself to the White House invites […]

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Adversaries throw dubious charges against Israel, hoping something perhaps will stick

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM –We live well despite the nonsense the comes from those who think of themselves as the worthies of the world, as well as our neighbors, and occasional waves of violence. It’s the Jewish condition, carried over along with the strength of Israel and its capacity to protect us from the worst […]

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Israelis have mixed feelings about Trump visit

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM –Some 40 years ago, I published a book entitled The United States: A Study of A Developing Country. The idea came from my home town. Fall River, Massachusetts, where 30 percent of my age group did not finish high school, and the average adult had 8 years of schooling. The idea […]

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Israel, U.S. leaders both subjects of probes

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — בלגנים Balaganim The word means situations of confusion, mess, or chaos, and it applied to several features of the US and Israel as we departed one and headed towards the other. According to professional sources, “balagan” came to Israeli Hebrew from our Persian cousins as well as some other regional […]

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Thoughts on America of a visiting ex-pat

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Back to my homeland? I’m no longer sure what is my homeland. I did not flee the US, in contrast to relatives of earlier generations who felt they had to leave Eastern Europe or Germany, but to take a job that looked interesting. Over time, I became more Israeli and […]

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Israel, North Korea … and Donald Trump

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — The comparison of Israel and South Korea is not as strange as it may seem. Both had historical periods of poverty and national disaster, and both have achieved military credibility and economic success. They are currently very close on the World Bank’s list of the most wealthy countries. And both […]

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A country unites in sadness and resolve

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — We’re been in the week between the day to remember victims of the Holocaust, and the day to remember those who died in the defense of Israel or as the result of terror. Varda, who carries the Hebrew version of her Grandmother’s name, lights candles for that Grandmother, taken from […]

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