Why Ultra-Orthodox Israelis Gravitate to the Political Right

In part, Israel’s current political stalemate stems from the Likud party’s inability to garner the combined support of, on the one hand, the right-wing and secularist Yisrael Beytenu party and, on the other hand, the ḥaredi parties. The past week has seen an exchange of barbs between the two groups. But left-wing parties, for their part, have rarely succeeded in forging alliances with Ḥaredim, argues Yeshoshua Pfeffer, and not only because the right is more likely to provide the necessary inducement. Instead, Pfeffer writes, Ḥaredim have a natural affinity with the right, stemming from a shared embrace of particularism in contrast to the universalism that has become ever more predominant on the left:

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More about: Israeli politics, Particularism, Ultra-Orthodox, Zionism

UN Peacekeepers in Lebanon Do More Harm Than Good

Aug. 12 2020

With its size, budget, and remit greatly expanded following the 2006 war between Israel and Hizballah, the United Nations International Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is tasked with keeping both sides’ forces out of the southern portion of the country. While the IDF has indeed abided by the armistice, UNIFIL has failed spectacularly at compelling Hizballah to do the same. Eugene Kontorovich argues that, unless the peacekeeping force can be reorganized so as to be effective, it would be better to scrap it, or at the very least reduce its size:

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More about: Hizballah, Israeli Security, Lebanon, Peacekeepers, U.S. Foreign policy, United Nations