Some Advice for Those Upset by the Failure of the Western Wall Compromise

For the past eighteen months, Israel’s ultra-Orthodox parties have succeeded in holding up the implementation of a compromise approved by the Netanyahu government that would create a mixed-sex prayer area at the Western Wall. Yesterday, ḥaredi members of the cabinet, with minimal opposition, managed to “freeze” the plan by threatening to leave the governing coalition. Counting himself among those angered over the failure of this compromise, Shmuel Rosner gives some sober advice to those who feel similarly. To Rosner, the underlying fact is that ḥaredi politicians have significant electoral clout and believe this issue to be of the utmost importance; few Jews in the Diaspora, and even fewer in Israel, feel the same way:

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More about: Israel & Zionism, Israel and the Diaspora, Israeli politics, Judaism in Israel, Ultra-Orthodox, Western Wall

By Restoring Funding to UNRWA, the U.S. Is Ensuring That the Israel-Palestinian Conflict Continues

Last week, the White House announced its plan to resume funding of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA)—which had ceased in 2018—to the tune of $150 million per year. UNRWA, unlike the UN organization that cares for refugees from every other conflict the world over, does not seek to resettle its charges or to integrate them into the countries where they live, but instead keeps them and their descendants refugees in perpetuity. While the administration justified its decision as “a means to advance a negotiated two-state solution,” Einat Wilf argues that it will do nothing of the sort:

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More about: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Two-State Solution, U.S. Foreign policy, UNRWA