Judaism, Nationalism, and Conservatism Are Three Complementary Philosophies

Building on his 2016 essay for Mosaic, Yoram Hazony stresses the contrast between the particularism of the Hebrew Bible and an imperialist and universalist tradition that, in his view, stretches from the Assyrian empire to the European Union. In so doing, he advances a Jewish case for a global order made up of independent nations, each pursuing its own understanding of natural law. In support of his argument, he points to an Anglo-American conservative tradition, going back the 14th century, that is deeply informed by the Hebrew Bible and later by Protestantism and that emphasizes limited government and national sovereignty. (Video, about one hour.)

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More about: Conservatism, Hebrew Bible, History & Ideas, Jewish conservatism, Nationalism, Protestantism

Is There a Way Out of Israel’s Political Deadlock?

On Tuesday, leaders of the Jewish state’s largest political parties, Blue and White and Likud, met to negotiate the terms of a coalition agreement—and failed to come to an agreement. If none of the parties in the Knesset succeeds in forming a governing coalition, there will be a third election, with no guarantee that it will be more conclusive than those that preceded it. Identifying six moves by key politicians that have created the deadlock, Shmuel Rosner speculates as to whether they can be circumvented or undone:

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Election 2019, Israeli politics