"Let's go up to the mountain," my son requested, and so we found ourselves immersing in the mikvah before dawn and going up to Jerusalem via a sun-drenched ascent. At the entrance to the mountain waited Harel, who had asked to come with. "Tell me a little about yourself," I asked Harel when we sat down for coffee in Kfar Saba a week ago. "I'm 24 years old, a resident of Karmiel. I was released from the army 3 years ago - where I served as a computer technician - and [...]
There's no news on the freezing of the cannabis reform by the High Court (until March 2020). I sat there in the hearing, and again and again I heard the judges explain that they understand the need for reform - they are just asking to fix the bugs in its implementation. But the reform isn't the solution; the reform is part of the problem, and a ruling that doesn't understand isn't going to help. Cannabis isn't a medicine. It's a particularly effective health supplement. Which is why it needs to be [...]
I learned the meaning of dealing with disabilities, unfortunately, from Tzipi's Parkinson's and from my son David's terrible accident. Every day, I thank God for my breath, for the use of my eyes - for those things that we sometimes take for granted. The resilience and maturity of a society is measured in part by how it deals with people with disabilities. Except for the issue of medical cannabis, where we're only getting increasingly worse and making the ill and disabled suffer more and more, Israel has made great progress when [...]
The impasse that has paralyzed the Israeli regime is producing a feeling of despondency. Whether you support the government or oppose it - you want there to be one. Stable national leadership is one of the cornerstones of one's self-confidence. Just as one should know where his next meal will come from, just as he needs a roof over his head, he also needs to know that there's someone managing the basic national interests - that is, protecting the national structure from external enemies and from internal disintegration. Something about this [...]
"What do you expect to happen?" asked Assaf Lieberman on Reshet Bet. It's hard for me to answer such a question in one word, because the place from which the question was asked - that is, low level at which the discussion is being held - has only three drawers for storing your answers: Drawer A - "I want for the right to win and for Gantz to be humiliated" Drawer B - "I want for the left to win and for Netanyahu to go to jail" Drawer C - "I [...]
Last Shabbat saw my response to an interview the Religious Zionist Newsletter conducted with Moti Karpel, who (as usual) criticized me and my direction. This is an argument for insiders who have waited years for my response to his attacks. Reading is not recommended who merely peruse. Along with a photo of the article (which underwent significant shortening and editing), I'm publishing the original raw article here. *** In the holiday eve issue with Moti Karpel, the author noted that Karpel is "one of the leading and influential thinkers of religious [...]
According to the new standards created for Netanyahu, six out of eleven prime ministers should have been indicted, impeached, convicted and imprisoned: Levi Eshkol. Yitzhak Rabin. Shimon Peres. Ehud Barak. Ariel Sharon. Ehud Olmert (while still in office). The main culprit in this putsch being carried out by the "rule of law gang" (per Rivlin) against the elected representative of the people, is Netanyahu himself, who allowed this plague to continue growing and made it possible for the gang - for example - to appoint the state's attorney rather than the [...]
I am not a Likud member and I don't want to interfere in their affairs. But primaries in the ruling party go far beyond the party's internal affairs. When I was a member of the movement, I often competed against Benjamin Netanyahu. It was a matter of principle and I paid an expensive political price for it. But if I were a Likud member today, I would refrain from running in those primaries. Because regardless of the (sometimes harsh) criticism I have of the prime minister, those aren't the subject of [...]
When the Zehut Party suggested allowing private transportation companies to carry passengers on Shabbat where there was a demand for it, religious politicians cried out. I wonder what they're saying now that the Tel Aviv municipality has begun operating a public transportation system on Shabbat - not with the private money of those interested, but at the expense of taxpayers, including religious ones.
"Oslo isn't intended to bring peace" - explained the architect of the agreement, Dr. Ron Pundak - "it's intended to create Israelization of the state in place of its Judaization." I'd like to thank the people who came to the gathering yesterday, who reminded us what this is all about. If only the Israeli right knew exactly what it wants the way you do.