Eyal, Gilad and Naftali — a response

How should Israel respond to the brutal murder of three schoolboys? “Proportionately,” The World says. “With restraint.” As if it is the hallmark of a civilised society that it views coolly and dispassionately the slaughter of its young. “They were illegal settlers,” say the fellow-travellers with Palestinian rejectionism. “They shouldn’t have been there in theContinue reading “Eyal, Gilad and Naftali — a response”

10 Christmas horror movies to get you in the festive spirit

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas: eggnog lattes, mince pies, inappropriate kissing of work colleagues. But nothing says Christmas like a Yuletide slasher movie, and there are more to choose from than you might think. Mostly, this is due to the slasher boom of the early Eighties, when low-budget film-makers sliced and dicedContinue reading “10 Christmas horror movies to get you in the festive spirit”

Conservatives in crisis

Amid the angry exchanges which have ensued between true believers and “the establishment” since Congressional Republicans, led by Texas Senator Ted Cruz, failed to defund Obamacare by shutting down the federal government, a discordant note demanding attention. The always tempered and considered Jonathan S. Tobin, an editor at Commentary magazine, threw up this possibility: AContinue reading “Conservatives in crisis”

American Dreamer

The Great Gatsby (Baz Luhrmann, 2013) Warner Bros/Roadshow Entertainment The Great Gatsby is the biggest, brightest, most thrilling movie of the year so far. It sings and swings like a chorus line and smolders with the smoky intensity of a gin-soaked speakeasy. Leonardo DiCaprio captivates as the mysterious millionaire of the title and Carey MulliganContinue reading “American Dreamer”

Isolationists left and right: The new doctrine of avoidance

For America, there will be no going back to the era before September 11th, 2001, to false comfort in a dangerous world. We have learned that terrorist attacks are not caused by the use of strength. They are invited by the perception of weakness. George W. Bush, September 2003 [1] That pull towards extremism appears to haveContinue reading “Isolationists left and right: The new doctrine of avoidance”

The two-state solution and its enemies

Danny Danon, the rising star of the Likud, has been brought down to Earth with a bump. After boasting during an interview with the Times of Israel that he and his fellow right-wingers in the government would block any move towards a two-state solution, the Deputy Defense Minister found himself under attack from the opposition whileContinue reading “The two-state solution and its enemies”