Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady’s life and legacy in Scotland

On an icy February morning in 1975, a modest, unremarkable woman stepped out of a car on Edinburgh’s Princes Street, hoping to walk the retail thoroughfare and shake a few hands for the waiting cameras. Instead, she was mobbed by a crowd of 3000 well-wishers, waving Union Flags and cheering “Maggie”. The throng surged forward […]

My response to Richard Shulman

My review of Daniel Gordis’s The Promise of Israel, which was published in Commentary magazine in December, prompted some criticism, including correspondence from Mr. Richard H. Shulman. Click here to read Mr. Shulman’s letter to Commentary and see below for my rebuttal (which is also published here). If you want to know what all the fuss is about, […]

Israel, the Will and Promise

Israel: The Will to Prevail By Danny Danon Palgrave Macmillan, 240 pages The Promise of Israel: Why Its Seemingly Greatest Weakness Is Actually Its Greatest Strength By Daniel Gordis Wiley, 256 pages If you do not recognize Danny Danon’s name, you would probably recognize his face. You will have seen him talking on Fox News or at […]

Who’s afraid of the big bad Likud?

Hysteria is the default mode of Israeli politics, the timbre of discourse a panicked shriek, but this week things went full-on meshuggah. Ehud Barak resigned as Defense Minister, figuring he had little chance of retaining the job after the election, while former prime minister Ehud Olmert hinted at a grudge-match comeback to take down his […]