dirty laundry

16 בנובמבר 2014

The washing machines in the Prime Minister’s Bureau are working overtime. Where did the head of the Shin Bet security service come from so suddenly, just when they had managed to get people to forget the nuisance of Operation Protective Edge? The launderers are determined that this must be squashed right now: “This is an […]

Gideon Sa'ar's career is one of seeking power and doing little

21 בספטמבר 2014

“Of all the foolishness you said, this might be the one thing with something to it.” This was perhaps my most difficult conversation with Gideon Sa’ar, then-education minister. A few days before, I had broadcast that he was the most disappointing minister in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet. Sa’ar is not used to such statements […]

Why Mahmoud Abbas 'shut down'

8 ביולי 2014

On the one hand, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his special envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian talks, Martin Indyk, invested an enormous amount of energy in trying to advance the negotiations. Night after night, the Israeli negotiating team reached Kerry via video conference call from whichever country he was visiting at the time, and […]

It takes a journalist to act as one

1 ביולי 2014

The most important debate regarding the new Israel Broadcasting Authority is over who the new director general will be and what attributes he will have. Could the chief executive of the Phoenix insurance company, for instance, become the editor-in-chief of Israel’s new public broadcasting agency – the ultimate arbiter of journalistic questions? Right now, that’s […]