Why Israelis Don’t Trust the European Union

Feb. 11 2020

According to a recent survey, only 18 percent of Israelis see the European Union as a friend of their country, while 55 percent view it as an enemy. The EU, which sponsored the study, has now set aside some $300,000 for improving its image in the Jewish state. But so long as Brussels devises anti-Israel policies and funds groups with close ties to Palestinian terrorism, no amount of public-relations efforts will make a difference, writes Liora Henig Cohen:

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More about: BDS, Europe and Israel, European Union, Palestinian terror

Why Israel’s Political Crisis Remains Unresolved

April 8 2020

On Monday afternoon, Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu—the leaders of Israel’s two major political parties—seemed poised to finalize a coalition agreement that would end the yearlong political stalemate. By the evening, talks broke down after Likud negotiators backtracked from a compromise over judicial appointments, and Gantz ordered his representatives to leave the table. Haviv Rettig Gur explains that Netanyahu, the incumbent prime minister, has found himself on the horns of a dilemma: he can’t form a government without compromising with Gantz, but he risks burning his bridges with his right-wing allies, foremost among them the Yamina party:

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Gantz, Israeli politics, Yamina