On the wooden deck of Tel Aviv’s revamped seafront, Bayit Banamal, the good times roll. Too much faith has taken too much toll. So Israelis play up their swank, secular side. Beaches are bustling and restaurants never empty. There’s nothing Israelis love doing more than spending long hours in cafés, as if a national pastime; making love, chatting up, having fun, and even working from chairs laid outdoors of lovely, petite eateries. Read more

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An aspect of Israel that goes largely unnoticed is that the fiercest critics of its policies are Israelis themselves. Alice Miller is one such Israeli. Read more

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Just a few days before Obama’s “Yes We Can” Denver convention four years ago, I had told Carolyn Sauvage Mar, a Democrat campaigner in Delhi, that America should allow an international group of eminent citizens to vote for the US president. A bizarre idea but American politics is hardly just about America. Read more

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My guide Zevit was particularly happy to show me around Haifa, a post-card Israeli town by the Mediterranean. This was her hometown after all. Read more

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Between now and November, when the US goes into presidential polls, is a crucial time for global peace, stability and security, especially in the context of Iran. Read more

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On Saturday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, or Bibi as he is called, made his speech at the 66th session of the UN General Assembly, speaking into the same microphone as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Read more

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Gamal Abdel Nasser, Egypt’s second president and one of the most important political figures of the Arab world, would often proudly say: “Nah-nu Abna-ul Feroin.” That’s Arabic for “We are sons of the Pharaohs”. Read more

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Israel ought to have known better. If Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu takes some history lessons, he will know that, in the summer of 1947, the British Mandate committed the terrible crime of attacking the illegal immigrant ship “Exodus”, carrying Jewish refugees and Holocaust survivors. Read more

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Many people I met during my recent visit to Israel — which kept me away from this blog for a fortnight — suggested the impossible. It’s this: left to the people of Palestine and Israel, peace is possible. Read more

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