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Man crossing Wilshire at Serrano. Olympus C5050 Los Angeles, California Wednesday, May 12th, 2004

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

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

Mystic Morning
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Mystic Morning. iPhone 4S Hod Hasharon, Israel Thursday, June 11th, 2015

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

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

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

A Moment of Glamour in Jaffa
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A Moment of Glamour in Jaffa. iPhone 4S Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel Saturday, May 30th, 2015

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

Artist About Town
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Artist About Town. iPhone 4S Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Insane in the Neighbor’s Brain
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Insane in the Neighbor’s Brain. iPhone 4S Hod Hasharon, Israel Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Ah, Tel Aviv
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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.

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

Alma’s Cafe
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Beneath a building with kind of the same shape as her face.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Artist Sketches
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The Artist Sketches. iPhone 4S Even Sapir, Israel Sunday, May 19th, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Briefs

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

An inviting tour of the Hebrew writer’s oeuvre as Shai Agnon is translated into English. [via aldaily.com]

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Slant Magazine attends the 2016 Jerusalem Film Festival, witnessing the audience versus Miri Regev, Minister of Culture & Sport.

Friday, June 17th, 2016

As part of a series of articles on Israel in Foreign Affairs, Aluf Benn worries from the center-Left about crumbling social and political norms while Martin Kramer expresses satisfaction about ever-strengthening strategic might [requires registration, only 1 free article].

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Nice piece on poetic military language with examples from the Israeli, American and British experiences.

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 were a bit more effective, the staff’s diction and demeanor more professional, then we might have avoided this testy altercation.

Shanghai Europe

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

Fatahland and Hamastan

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

For Tel Aviv, Better a Skylift Than a Subway

Rather than copycatting a transportation system from the 19th century, Israel could inject into its civic planning the same audacity and resourcefulness that it has historically brought to agriculture and defence.

Tira Saunters

The one-lane road is empty; down below is the Sharon Plain, looking vast. Israel may be a small country but we’re still speaking here of land.

 

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

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.

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

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

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

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

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

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

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

 
 

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