Evelyn Gordon is a commentator and former legal-affairs reporter who immigrated to Israel in 1987. In addition to Mosaic, she has published in the Jerusalem Post, Azure, Commentary, and elsewhere. She blogs at Evelyn Gordon.
At some point, Israelis must negotiate a genuine compromise on legal reform. Otherwise, the issue will continue tearing the country apart for decades to come.
Israel’s court is abnormally powerful and has caused half the nation to lose faith in its government. Reform will help, as long as it doesn’t cause the other half to do the same.
It has less to do with ideological conviction than the fact that settlers anchor the IDF in place.
Indignation at Israel’s response to Russia’s invasion has intensified while becoming ever more untethered from the facts.
Fighting brief wars with Hamas every few years buys only temporary quiet. If that continues, Israeli citizens could demand that their government finally establish lasting security.
Its twin coronavirus and budget crises are problems caused by—and only fixable by—political leaders, not bureaucratic maneuvering.
Israel’s confusing plethora of small parties actually keeps Ḥaredim and Israeli Arabs, in particular, from becoming too alienated.
American Jews, following American liberalism, have abandoned belief in the nation-state, non-voluntary communities, and religion in the public square.
It’s hard to imagine a former justice in any other democracy trying to orchestrate a mass judicial resignation.
How Israel’s supreme court has effected its own constitutional revolution—and thereby undermined public confidence in the rule of law.
In the long-term absence of peace with the Palestinians, better to cease pursuing the unattainable and adopt policies that can strengthen the country at home and abroad.
For two decades the Jewish state has sought, fruitlessly, to negotiate an end to the conflict. Needed is a new, viable strategy for coping with reality and winning out.
Jews have long been able to thrive while under threat. Today’s Israelis, living in the face of a nuclear Iran, are the latest example.