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In One Word: Poof!
POOR JOHN Kerry. This week he emitted a sound that was more expressive than pages of diplomatic babble. • More...

The Monster on the Hill
THERE IS nothing better than a scandal every week. A juicy scandal excites people, engages the media, takes our minds off matters like war and peace, occupation and apartheid. Like panem et... • More...

Changing the Flag
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A Hundred Years Later
THERE IS an old Chinese curse that says: “May you live in historic times!” (If there isn’t, there should be.) • More...

A Counter-Coalition
SOMETHING VERY important happened this week in the most unlikely of places: the Knesset. • More...

God Bless Putin
BINYAMIN NETANYAHU is very good at making speeches, especially to Jews, neocons and such, who jump up and applaud wildly at everything he says, including that tomorrow the sun will rise in the west. • More...

Their Mothers, Their Fathers
IT IS the summer of 1941. Five youngsters – three young men and two young women – meet in a bar and spend a happy evening, flirting with each other, getting drunk, dancing forbidden foreign... • More...

Captain Boycott Rides Again
IT HAS always been a secret ambition of mine to have a bagatz ruling bearing my name. • More...

Three Women
THIS IS a declaration of love. Three loves, actually.

I love Achinoam Nini. I love her from afar. I have never met her. • More...

Another Pipe Dream
WHAT’S WRONG about the demand that the Palestinian leadership recognize Israel as the “Nation State of the Jewish People”? • More...

Return, Return oh Shulamit
PETE SEEGER touched my life only once. But what a touch. • More...

Nothing New Under the Sun
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The Imperator
IN THE middle of the 70s, Ariel Sharon asked me to arrange something for him - a meeting with Yasser Arafat. • More...

Bibi & Libie
PERHAPS I am too stupid, but for the heck of me I cannot understand the sense of the Israeli demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state. • More...

Neutral – in whose favor?
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Mandela: The Movie
I HAVE just seen the new movie “Mandela”, and I am so full of impressions that I cannot abstain from writing them down. • More...

Angel Face
SEEING HER face on the TV screen, one is struck by her beauty. It is the face of an angel, pure and innocent. • More...

Self-Boycott
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(Un)holy River
SO HERE comes John Kerry again, for the umpteenth time (but who is counting?) to make peace between us and the Palestinians. • More...

The Debacle
THE GREATEST danger to Israel is not the putative Iranian nuclear bomb. The greatest danger is the stupidity of our leaders. • More...

Without Fear, Without Favor / November 11, 2013, Laureate’s speech
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The Battle of the Titans
THIS IS not merely a fight between Israel and the US. Nor is it only a fight between the White House and Congress. It is also a battle between intellectual titans. • More...

The Assassination
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The Judaization of Israel
ON MY 16th birthday, in 1939, I rushed to the district registration office of the Government of Palestine to change my name officially. • More...

90 Years from Now
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Taking Apartheid Apart
IS ISRAEL an apartheid state? This question is not going away. It raises its head every few months. • More...

The Descenders
THOSE WHO are interested in the history of the Crusades ask themselves: what brought about the Crusaders' downfall? Looking at the remnants of their proud fortresses all over the country, we wonder. • More...

Ovadia’s Choice
WHEN RABBI Ovadia Yosef first appeared on the national scene, I heaved a deep sigh of relief.

Here was the man I had dreamed of: a charismatic leader of oriental Jews, a man of peace, a bearer of... • More...

Killjoy Was Here
BINYAMIN NETANYAHU aroused my pity. From my 10 years of membership in the Knesset I know how unpleasant it is to speak before an empty hall. • More...

The Real Bomb
YEARS AGO I disclosed one of the biggest secrets about Iran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was an agent of the Mossad. • More...