London Road Railway Bridge. iPhone 4S Brighton, East Sussex, England Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Nice Seaside Desktop

Nice Seaside Desktop. iPhone 6S Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel Monday, May 23rd, 2016


Pre-Gentrification. iPhone 6S Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Spirit of the North

Spirit of the North. iPhone 4S Tel Aviv, Israel Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Taking Care of Business

Taking Care of Business. iPhone 4S Tel Aviv, Israel Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Atop Ra’anana

Atop Ra’anana. iPhone 4S Ra'anana, Israel Monday, June 1st, 2015

Get Thee to a Pitzutzia

Get Thee to a Pitzutzia. iPhone 4S Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Ah, Tel Aviv

This little piazza has always seemed gracious to me. When I lived in Tel Aviv it seemed to me that this is what Italy must be like. Now it looks like refurbished English colonial. And see the now anachronistic skyline.


Ah, Tel Aviv. iPhone 4S Tel Aviv, Israel Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Alma’s Cafe

Beneath a building with kind of the same shape as her face.


Alma’s Cafe. iPhone 4S Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Dusk in Central Tel Aviv

Dusk in Central Tel Aviv. iPhone 4S Tel Aviv, Israel Friday, April 18th, 2014

Luscious Compound at the Fields of V

Luscious Compound at the Fields of V. iPhone 4S Sde Warburg, Israel Monday, April 14th, 2014

Playroom without a Roof

Playroom without a Roof. iPhone 4S Ramat Hasharon, Israel Sunday, April 13th, 2014

The Future’s at Atidim

The Future’s at Atidim. iPhone 4S Tel Aviv, Israel Friday, April 11th, 2014

Goodbye on Israel

Goodbye on Israel. iPhone 4S Israel Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Some Park Hayarkon horizontals, verticals and even diagonals

Some Park Hayarkon horizontals, verticals and even diagonals. iPhone 4S Tel Aviv, Israel Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Tzurfin’ Tzafari

Tzurfin’ Tzafari. iPhone 4S Tel Aviv, Israel Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Car Pet (or My Other Goat is a Camel)

Car Pet (or My Other Goat is a Camel). iPhone 4S Hod Hasharon, Israel Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012


Telawiwi. iPhone 4S Tel Aviv, Israel Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Happiness is a Cold Goat (Yoghurt)

Happiness is a Cold Goat (Yoghurt). iPhone 4S Tel Aviv, Israel Sunday, September 16th, 2012


Helpmeet. iPhone 4S Tel Aviv, Israel Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Let the Messiah In

Let the Messiah In. Nokia N95 8GB Tel Aviv, Israel Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Mensch Bench

Mensch Bench. iPhone 4S Herzlia, Israel Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Let’s Discuss This

Let’s Discuss This. Olympus C5050 Ein Bokek, Israel Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Israel on My Mind

Israel on My Mind. Nokia N95 8GB Kibbutz Almog, Israel Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Northernmost African Tree at Kibbutz Almog

Northernmost African Tree at Kibbutz Almog. Nokia N95 8GB Kibbutz Almog, Israel Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Down to a Lifeless Sea

Down to a Lifeless Sea. Nokia N95 8GB Kibbutz Almog, Israel Saturday, March 12th, 2011



Thursday, March 17th, 2016

The Weekly Standard visits Jerusalem’s new Shalem liberal arts college.

Monday, December 21st, 2015

A sweeping reminder to anxious Israelis from Edward Luttwak that it’s always been worse than it is today. All cheerleading aside, I say to all citizens at home and abroad: when someone is providing a service, look at their faces. Maybe even smile. Say thank you. Please.

Monday, November 9th, 2015

An excerpt from Dennis Ross’s book about US-Israel relations. This all seems believable, and fascinating as well.

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

The tale of USA vs Israel on Iran.

Monday, August 18th, 2014

“Israel is wrong in shirking responsibility for the consequences of its actions and in laying them at Hamas’ door,” writes B’Tselem. “Israel and Hamas are each responsible for their own actions.” This should be self-evident.

Go Deny Yourself

This little four-letter word undermines our modern values of tolerance and presumption of innocence.

Some Consumer Affairs

I’ve tried to enjoy schlepping water, thinking that it serves to keep us to some human roots.

From Nokia N95 to iPhone 4S

Annoyances and upsets with the iPhone 4S have been more than offset by its screen, the silkiness of its surfaces, the camera, and the third-party market for both software and hardware.

2001: A Space Odyssey: Dry, Juicy, Linear, Luminous

The dancers in the ape-suits; how they move is an incredibly energetic output for us. Contrast their physical reaction when witnessing the monolith to that of the astronauts in the newly-minted 21st century.

The Mouse and the Cantilever

Steve Jobs we lost at the age of 56; when Frank Lloyd Wright reached that age it was still only 1923, the time of merely his second comeback with Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel.

Friendship is for Weenies

It’s amazing, given the adulation he enjoyed elsewhere, that the Israeli public knew from the start not to trust US President Obama.

Before the Setup

It’s 1983: Go for the Apple IIe with 64k that could be opened up as a hobbyist machine? Or the smaller, sleeker and newer IIc with double the memory but a closed case?

A Spat About Anti-Semitism

On the Leon Wieseltier/Andrew Sullivan spat, Walter Russell Mead seems to want to have his strudel and eat it too.

At Modi’in Mall

There’s nothing else around here except empty desolate pretty hills. The Israel Trail passes by a bit to the west. The shops are mostly franchises, almost all homegrown: Super-Pharm, Aroma, Tzomet Sfarim, Cup O’ Joe’s, LaMetayel, Mega, Fox, Castro, H&O.

The Israel I Love, the Bad So Far

If the signage was a bit more effective, and the language and demeanor of the staff more professional, we would not have had this testy altercation.

Shanghai Europe

So, finally, we stopped yesterday; the Israeli assault of late 2008/early 2009 on Gaza is over. With it, Israel lost moral purity and made vital strategic gains.

Panning for MacBook Pro

Even if it did nothing, was just a prop in a futuristic movie, the MacBook Pro would be impressive; it’s like a sculpture of my previous computer, the MacBook, except it’s actually an improved computer!

Stop Yesterday

Is the goal of Israel’s current assault on Gaza to discourage Hamas from firing rockets or to render them incapable of doing so? These are two quite different projects.

Short-circuiting Place-based Longing

If there’s one tangible benefit to having lived in a variety of places it’s that it furnishes evidence of the futility of longing to be elsewhere.

A Crawl Across Crawley, Part 1

Irit, the Jam and I walk from Brighton to Gatwick Airport.

Clash of the Midgets

I was annoyed to have my sauna moments despoiled and dominated, reverberating with this old geezer’s most naff yap.

Israel’s Greatest Victory Since Osirak

If Ariel Sharon’s withdrawal from Gaza was part of a masterplan to staunch the damage done by the victory of the Six Day War in 1967, then today we see another step in its unfolding.

The Small Adventures, Part 2

There in the empty restaurant by the water at Dieppe I had toast with foie gras, a carafe of red wine, a huge plate of mussels and chips, and finally a crème brûlée. Somehow, though I’ve eaten in restaurants hundreds of times, I felt grown up.

The Small Adventures

Of course we were late for the train. We enquired frantically among the taxis for one who’d accept the two dogs—mine and Davide’s—and take us to Termini Station so I could catch the 11pm train to Milan that would be one third of our journey to Britain.

Tony Blair and the Four-State Vision

Ariel Sharon’s disengagement policy reflected an understanding that ownership of the Palestinian issue is shared with Egypt and Jordan. If Tony Blair were to acquire this view, perhaps he really could help facilitate an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A Restoration and Return

There she was, sitting outside the apartment block! How did she do it? Dogs—or at least Jam—must have some sort of navigational sense we don’t understand.

Curs to Fate

Yesterday I lost Jam in Villa Borghese, the central park here in Rome, some five miles from Talenti, the neighborhood where we’re staying. She has not turned up since.

Jam and Bread, Jam and Bread!

My dog Jam has spent over a third of her time here in Italy as her fixtures have fallen away—first Maddie, then me. But now I’m back!

This Trip’s Last Day

I went to Astor Place Haircutters. I crossed Manhattan Bridge on foot. I walked west along Canal St, seeking a bamboo steamer.

I, Thou and Pastor Bob

At the Calvary Church here in Fort Lauderdale the Biblical locations feel so far away that they can be abstracted and spiritualized. There is religious energy here.

The Big and Easy

The American stage is grand, as are the achievements and ambitions, but daily life seems lamed by a compulsive denaturing.

A Drop in Time

The camera hit the ground lens first, bashing it in so that it would no longer wind in and out when switched off and on. It stopped working.

Fatahland and Hamastan

Now Israel has a dog in a real Palestinian fight: the nationalists rather than the Islamists.

Stars, Stripes and Superlatives

Here in Los Angeles I am bombarded with superlatives. Daniel’s record collection. The Bikram Yoga College of India world headquarters. Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. All mixed in with the most ravaging mediocrity.

Shite on Brighton

“Like many provincial towns,” the Private Eye reviewer stabs, “Brighton, as depicted in this hacked-together tribute, defines itself more by what it isn’t than by what it is. It’s not London, for one thing.”

Daily Yin

For my first test of the day as day, I open the back door and step outside to the little patio to see the sky and feel the air. I realize not everybody does this, so if people tell me I’m a miserable bastard then perhaps this little habit will correct their impression.

Mind the Dream

Dreaming about our passed companions as if they are alive requires tricks to the dreaming mind to overcome what it believes and knows to be true.

Still Got the Jam

Jam was one of Maddie’s nine puppies, the one who remained after the others were all taken. That was always my plan, to keep the runt.

Such a Tramp

Maddie, who died 18 months ago today, was a mangy mutt and stank, but she was also among the most beautiful dogs I’ve ever seen and for me the longest, richest, widest, deepest streak of feeling lucky.

So You Noticed

I have had something very flattering: a request. Juan Carlos has asked me for comments on Casino Royale.

Fly the Blag

Ryanair has brought wretchedness to the skies. Rather than existing on a privileged plane, you stew in a poisoned atmosphere.

Approaching Infinite Justice

Immediately after 9/11, the burgeoning war on terror was named “Operation Infinite Justice”. Within days it was renamed “Operation Enduring Freedom”, but is the new name a mere cloaking of the first?

On the Seventh Day

The Mrs is skeptical of David Allen’s Getting Things Done self-management system because it eschews the rigors of time management for what feels right. But GTD is about informed feeling.

Don’t Panic!

An academic romp through Jewish American comedy starts out as a veritable rollercoaster ride, but grinds to halt with its obsession with one Bob Dylan.

Photographing a Handsome Old Man

I want to get people in my pics, but it’s tougher when you’re no longer a wide-eyed teenager, because people generally don’t like to think they are a spectacle.

The Beauty of Rain

Rain makes the rocks shine. It puts in motion things that are otherwise static. It illustrates gravity most prettily.

Ode to Salame

It’s supposed to be the arsehole of Tel Aviv, Salame Street, running east-west at its southern tip, but it always does me darn good.

I Love Laundry

How pleasing it is to have my own washing machine. If all isn’t right with the world, not even in my world, at least the laundry cycle is functioning.

Lovely Scenery, But Walks Getting Boring

Unless I drive somewhere new, it’s not much fun to just step out the door and wander. But driving to go for a walk seems a tad ridiculous.

For Love of Economy

It disturbs me to be driving a car that gets fewer kilometers to the shekel than did my previous.

Shinui and the Seven-Year Itch

How refreshing to see Asian faces out shopping in Tel Aviv, or Africans riding the bus to Ra’anana. With them Israel is given fresh wellsprings of culture.

Allah Help the Jackals

While it’s obvious that overplaying your power can result in a downfall, it’s less obvious that underplaying it also leads to trouble. America did this in the 1970s under Carter. Israel seems to have done it almost perennially.

Canada Obscura

There’s not a patch of water to be seen—the most liquid thing is the word “Coffee” on one of the low-slung strip-mall buildings. It’s a scene more artful than art itself.


Saturday, August 9th, 2014

“Even a just war should be supported unfeverishly.” Leon Wieseltier articulates my own disquiet. “A provocation does not relieve one of accountability for how one responds to it.”

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Not only isn’t the Israel Broadcasting Association listing the names of the child fatalities from the Gaza bombings but refusing to let B’Tselem pay for an ad doing so. And the Attorney General has upheld the decision. This seems to me a mistake. We must fully own these deeds.

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Read this serious analysis of the conflict in Gaza so far by Amos Yadlin, director of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies.

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

In case it’s of interest/relevance, a translation of Hamas’s charter.

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Nahum Barnea tells us more than we knew before about Hamas’s tunnels and how Israel chose to ignore them to date. It is thoughtful, analytic, regretful pieces like this that give me hope.

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Beyond bracin’, stormin’ Norman Podhoretz eviscerates the Palestinian position in the wake of the Kerry talks collapse.

Jonathan Spyer bracingly articulates the Right’s two fundamental arguments for the inevitability of the failure of John Kerry’s Israeli-Palestinian talks.

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Dore Gold recounts Iran’s first ‘charm offensive’: its use of the tactic of khod’eh, ie, “tricking one’s enemy into a misjudgment of one’s true position”, when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini waged a successful deception campaign from exile in Paris.

Friday, October 4th, 2013

David Horovitz interviews Yossi Klein Halevi about his new book, Like Dreamers: The story of the Israeli Paratroopers who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation. The friendship between these two gifted greying Anglo-Israelis is warming.

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Leon R. Kass on The Ten Commandments is the opening essay at the new http://mosaicmagazine.com.

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Devising tailor-made rules of international law for application only where Israel is concerned undermines international law and can have an insidious and corrosive effect on the rule of law in general.

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Sorry, but more David P. Goldman, this time at Tablet with “Dumb and Dumber” (not his title) on recent US Middle East policy. He begins: “Errors by the party in power can get America into trouble; real catastrophes require consensus.” Like liberals, neocons got mugged by reality.

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Peres and the Pope as covered by the Voice of America (Reuters). This meeting has not gotten much coverage.

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Australian-born himself, rising Israeli statesman Tal Becker does the regional lowdown at the Lowy Institute.

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Bracing clarity from Krauthammer on the meaning of Obama’s visit to Jerusalem.

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Welshman Tom Doran explains why, as a liberal secular humanist, he must stand up for Israel.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

“The Bashar al-Assad regime commits atrocities that are designed to be unforgivable,” Spengler postulates, “in order to persuade their base to fight to the end.” His conclusion? “Let the Alawites have their enclave, and let the Sunni Arabs have a rump state, minus the Syrian Kurds, whose autonomy would be an important step towards an eventual Kurdish state.” Me, I’d be willing to wager just three things about the Middle East in 50 years: there will be Israel, there will be Kurdistan, and there will be Arabs. PS — Doesn’t Goldman look like Gary Oldman playing James Baker III?

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Dense, readable, utterly informed, worth re-reading almost as if literary: “How to End the War in Gaza: What an Egypt-Brokered Cease-Fire Should Look Like” by the inestimable Ehud Yaari (now requires registration).

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Walter Russell Mead explains why Americans tend to view Israel’s actions so differently than does the rest of the world. In brief: “In America, war is not a sport.”

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Gershon Baskin, the man who negotiated Gilad Shalit’s release, writes in the New York Times that he believes it was a mistake for Israel to kill Ahmed Al-Jabari, as a long-term ceasefire was in the works.

Friday, November 16th, 2012

The writer’s bias is clear but still it’s hard to dispute the gist of this exploration of Israeli chauvinism, even if it’s unfair to expect too much more given the circumstances.

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

For the Kurds, an independent state a question of if not when. This rich, dense yet clear piece surveys their situation and is particularly interesting in laying out the Turks’ “schizophrenic” yet sophisticated policy towards them. Also, Israel’s omission is glaring in its absence.

Friday, August 17th, 2012

The Vlady-Bibi Tapes by Michael Ledeen. BIBI: “Well maybe you shouldn’t have built that nuclear reactor, or arranged for them to get your antiaircraft missiles.” VLADY: “I didn’t sell them antiaircraft missiles.” BIBI: “You sold the missiles to Chavez in Venezuela, and he sent them to Iran, as you well know. That was the deal, wasn’t it?”

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Amid the celebration that is the Olympics remains the diabolical stain of Munich. Here one of the sons of the killed notes some nasty circumstances surrounding the attack on the Israeli athletes in Munich.

Monday, July 30th, 2012

“Israel is as American as apple pie”. Walter Russell Mead explains why Mitt Romney’s Israel visit is his most important as a US presidential candidate. It’s not the Jewish vote, which is tiny and pro-Democratic.

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Being pro-Palestinian… [is] moral onanism.

Bret Stephens

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

On the touchy (for me) topic of Anglo accentim (or is that accentiot?) in Hebrew. Huge comments section to a short (follow-up) piece.

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Exhaustive and wonderful list of what Alli Magidsohn expects to miss upon leaving Israel after 7 years, published by the impressive David Horowitz’s new The Times of Israel. (Not so sure about “the ferocity of celebration here” though, at least among the non-religious.)

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Impressive, lengthy, casual yet in-depth conversation between The Economist and the very Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Love her up close and personal potted history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict since 1995.

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Josef Joffe, editor of Hamburg’s Die Zeit, analyses Günter Grass’s What Must Be Said.

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Dore Gold’s Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs summarizes the gradual thawing of China-Israel relations as China matures.

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

List of shame. Among the morally impaired UK luvvies requesting a boycott of Habimah are Jonathan Miller and Alexei Sayle.

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Yossi Klein Halevi articulates Israeli feeling on Obama’s “got your back” statement.

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Jeffrey Goldberg interviews a very articulate, reasonable-sounding President Barack Obama prior to Netanyahu’s visit.

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Ensuring that Iran does not go nuclear is the best guarantee for long-term regional stability. Amos Yadlin, one of eight Israeli fighter pilots who bombed the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak, debunks some conventional wisdom on attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

More refreshment from Edward Luttwak. I am enamored.

Monday, December 19th, 2011

In this Haaretz article on Israelis’ dependence on cars due to lack of adequate public transport, the word “bus” appears 8 times, “train” only once, “bicycle” not at all.

Friday, December 16th, 2011

The English-speaking Left’s Orwellian language war against Israel continues without subtlety. The Yom Kippur War is now called merely the 1973 Middle East War, the Six-Day War the 1967 Middle East War. First it was the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, then Israel-Palestine, then Israel/Palestine, and now, in December 2011, for the first time I see in a transcript from the UK Houses of Parliament, Palestine-Israel. The next logical step is Palestine/Israel, then finally just Palestine. But then what happens when Israel stubbornly refuses to disappear despite this spell? Probably nothing. How frustrating for venal yafei nefesh everywhere.

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Rashid Khalidi speaks at length to Haaretz. Agree or not, it’s required reading.

Israel implements some aspects of the Trajtenberg report. Looks like steps in the right direction.

Sunday, November 13th, 2011