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Gaza and the ‘Gisha’ imperative

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — One reason why even liberal Israelis have qualms about a Palestinian state is because of what happened in the Gaza Strip after the Israeli disengagement in 2005. At the time many of us applauded the Israeli withdrawal in the belief that this was the first step in making the […]

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In Israel, premature euphoria

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Israel’s right-wing politicians are euphoric. The prophet whom Bible scholars call the Second Isaiah proclaimed King Cyrus (6th century BCE) as the Messiah. I wouldn’t be surprised if some ideologue in Naftali Bennett’s Habayit Hayehudi party wouldn’t want to do the same to President Trump, even though at least […]

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God save Israel from Trump

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Robert Fulford is known in Canada as a distinguished journalist and public intellectual of note. He has warm personal ties to the Jewish community and is a great supporter of the State of Israel. His latest column in the National Post has the title, “Israel always seems to be […]

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Israeli rabbis behind bars

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Power not only breeds paranoia, it also gives free range to greed. The current cluster of investigations of Prime Minister Netanyahu (and members of his family) is a case in point. Several of potential charges have to do with receiving “gifts” that in the eyes of the law are […]

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Netanyahu and the Israeli media

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — By all accounts, power breeds insecurity, at times even paranoia. The longer a person holds on to power the more fearful does s/he become of suspected machinations by ostensibly loyal colleagues and, to an even greater extent, criticism in the media. Though we hear very little about attempts within […]

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Azaria guilty verdict divides Israel

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Whatever the verdict on Sgt. Elor Azaria was going to be, it would be a tragedy for many and bad for us all. Had he been found not guilty by the military court that tried him, it would have been scandalous because there’s evidence on film that shows that […]

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2017: A year of hope or fear?

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Many in Israel find it hard to know what the Obama administration really had in mind when it didn’t veto the Security Council resolution that condemns Israel’s settlement expansion and when it let Kerry make the speech that even Britain’s prime minister condemned. All official comments that I’ve seen […]

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Trump’s election emboldens Israel’s right wingers

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — If Arieh Deri, Israel’s interior minister and the leader of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, gets his way, Israel will become the only country in the free world that discriminates against Jews. The legislation that Shas and its Ashkenazi counterpart are putting before the Knesset – with the help of […]

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Netanyahu’s real rival

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Is it an extraordinarily thick skin, an incurable addiction to power, or the conviction of being the one and only leader of the State of Israel in our time – or perhaps all this and much else – that keeps Binyamin Netanyahu in power as the longest consecutively serving […]

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The fire this time

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Here are some “explanations” – in no particular order of improbability – of the fires that raged in Israel in the last few days, devastated thousands of acres of land, destroyed many homes and other places of human habitation, injured a large number of people – some seriously but, […]

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Why leftist states deny Jewish ties to Jerusalem

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — The Palestinians know, of course, that they cannot defeat Israel and that the rest of the world, including their Muslim coreligionists, won’t come to their aid. In order to keep the myth alive that the Jews are colonialist imposters who’ve grabbed Palestinian land – without any historic or moral […]

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The pessimism of Ephraim Halevy

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — In a lengthy interview published on the last day of September 2016 in Ha’aretz and hours before the funeral for Shimon Peres yet another former Israeli spy chief offers a critical and penetrating view of contemporary Israel. Ephraim Halevy, age 82 with vast experience of Israeli affairs, secret and revealed, […]

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Peres, politics, prophecy and peace

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Many years ago I attended a conference in Jerusalem at which the late Abba Eban was a speaker. At the end of his address he got a standing ovation. “Thank you,” he said, “normally I have to go abroad for this kind of reception.” Something similar could be said […]

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What prompted Netanyahu to make that video?

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — The latest video that the office of Prime Minister Netanyahu has produced with him as the star is now all over the social media and has compelled the U.S. Administration to react strongly against it. The Americans assume that Netanyahu`s accusation that those who want to remove the Jewish […]

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