How Israel’s Leaders Can Regain Their People’s Trust

July 27 2020

In the past two weeks, the Israeli government has seemed to increasing numbers of citizens to be unequal to the task of handling the public-health and economic dangers stemming from the coronavirus. A widely criticized plan to hand out government subsidies willy-nilly, then a hasty order—just as hastily reversed—to close restaurants, and then the public defection of a previously loyal member of the prime minister’s Likud party have all contributed to this impression. David Horovitz explains this crisis of confidence, and how it might be reversed:

Create a free account to continue reading

Welcome to Mosaic

Create a free account to continue reading and you'll get two months of unlimited access to the best in Jewish thought, culture, and politics

Register

Create a free account to continue reading

Welcome to Mosaic

Create a free account to continue reading and you'll get two months of unlimited access to the best in Jewish thought, culture, and politics

Register

Read more at Times of Israel

More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Coronavirus, Israeli economy, Israeli politics

What Does International Law Say about Settlements in Occupied Territory? If Israel Does It, It’s Illegal

Sept. 22 2020

It is the general opinion of most governments, legal experts, Middle East specialists, and the editorial boards of major English-language newspapers that the construction of homes for Jews in the West Bank is, at least in some cases, a violation of international law. Yet it is not at all clear why this should be so. Two recent books on disputed territories in international law, both of which pay special attention to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, address this subject in detail, and in the end side against Israel. But, writes Eugene Kontorovich in his review, their authors fail to appreciate the problem that the law in question has never been applied to any country besides the Jewish state:

Create a free account to continue reading

Welcome to Mosaic

Create a free account to continue reading and you'll get two months of unlimited access to the best in Jewish thought, culture, and politics

Register

Create a free account to continue reading

Welcome to Mosaic

Create a free account to continue reading and you'll get two months of unlimited access to the best in Jewish thought, culture, and politics

Register

Read more at Tel Aviv Review of Books

More about: International Law, Settlements, West Bank