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Can the Change Coalition end Bibi’s Reign?


When I was trying to keep up with Israeli political news over the last month, the last thing I expected to see was a coalition of factions who beforehand would have had nothing to do with each other politically, other than being determined opponents. The only likely political glue I could see that would account for the miracle was their shared hatred of Netanyahu to the point…

New Intifada Looms as Israeli Politicians Battle for Power


Israel’s political civil war continues with ongoing negotiations to somehow avoid a fifth round of elections for the politically exhausted Jewish people. Rocks, rubber bullets and teargas fly through the Jerusalem air, while hate email and death threats are left on voice mail. Welcome to democracy Israeli style. With Netanyahu failing again to form a government where…

Trump Plans to Use Political Power to Fight Prosecutions


Ex-President Donald Trump has been keeping a low profile at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida with a wet finger in the air trying to decipher how the winds are blowing on his legal and political fortunes. In New York, US Attorney Cy Vance’s office is moving quickly toward what legal watchers expect to be a series of bank and tax fraud charges. Legal teams are digging through…

Israeli Elections are Weeks Away – Will Anything Change?


Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. ~ Tolstoy The clock is ticking away on the temporary Prime Minister marriage between Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, which has not turned out to be a honeymoon for Mr. Gantz. Netanyahu, the well-seasoned politician who can think several moves ahead in political chess…

Trump Reemerges as Prosecutors Circle his Fading Empire


The disgraced former president has been playing a lot of golf since his unsuccessful January 6th raid on Congress using his Trumpster fanatics as cannon fodder, in an attempt to block the certification of the Biden election win. So far, 275 of the attackers have been arrested from more than 40 states. Capitol authorities estimate 35,000…

Trump vs the United States


It has been almost three weeks since I wrote this. I had left off with Trump’s call to the Georgia Secretary of State, where he hounded him endlessly to find “11,780 votes” to swing the GA electoral vote his way, “which is one more than we needed”. The Secretary of State’s office released a recording of the hour long call when Trump attacked the Secretary of State on Twitter that afternoon…

Donald Trump vs the United States


With a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and with a fraud I try to be a fraud and a half. ~ Otto von Bismarck, who dominated European affairs for two decades Just when we thought that Donald Trump’s attempt to steal the election from Joe Biden could not get any worse for him in terms of public humiliation, he up and jumps off the bridge on Sunday, January…

Will Trump be a Dead Man Walking before Election Day?


Trump is having a bad week, and he knows it. He grows more dangerous as his polls sink lower, and smart enough to know that only a ‘big event’ could possibly save him. The stakes are way beyond his just losing elections. Prosecutors have been preparing for years to bring cases not only against him, but possibly even his family. He has an Attorney General…

Israel: COVID-19 Surge Puts Political Squeeze on Bibi


“With a gentleman I am always a gentleman and a half, and with a fraud I try to be a fraud and a half.” – Otto von Bismark, German Chancellor, 1871 -1890 July 10th found 10,000 protesters in Rabin Square angry over the delays in their promised coronavirus relief funding. Israel’s self-employed and small business owners seem to have found themselves…

Trump Rally in Tulsa a Political Disaster


Donald Trump suffered a triple whammy whacking this week with his big Tulsa rally a horrible flop, a district judge ruling that the devastating Bolton book cannot be recalled, and Attorney General Barr’s apparent attempt to fire Southern New York District Attorney Berman as a political move to block any new criminal charges being…

Erdogan Attacks EU with Refugees as COVID-19 Hits Turkey


Erdogan’s Idlib war has morphed into a new one with the EU, which he can’t win. Is there a method to his madness? I ask because as soon as things calm down in one place, he picks a fight somewhere else. While he advanced into Idlib with a traditional military invasion force minus the aircover to back up his proxy terrorist forces…

Bibi Beats Benny but is Three Seats Short of Finish Line


One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. ~ Carl Sagan. Update: Thursday morning brought bad news for Bibi. Avigdor Lieberman announced that he was adding his party’s votes to the Blue and White coalition to support a bill in the new Knesset to ban any MK who…

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