Last week, a man named Gary Conrad began harassing people at a Manhattan grocery store; he then pulled a knife on the police officers who had been called to the scene. When he didn’t respond to their order to put the knife down, the police shot and killed him. Had this happened in Israel, writes Judith Bergman, there would be outcry over the “disproportionate response”:
What Makes This Knife-Wielding Maniac Different from Other Knife-Wielding Maniacs?
Political Paralysis Could Leave Israel at the Mercy of Economic Crisis
With unemployment skyrocketing and the government contemplating renewed lockdowns in the face of a second wave of the coronavirus, Israeli Treasury officials have been working to craft a fiscal plan to pave the way to economic recovery. But the budget has been stalled by the rivalry between the current prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his primary coalition partner Benny Gantz, who is scheduled to replace him in November 2021. Haviv Rettig Gur explains the impasse, and why it matters: