Despite the high-pitched abuse being exchanged between principal contenders Likud and Blue and White, paradoxically, this election highlights the unity of the nation. There is barely a sentence in the political manifesto of Blue and White that differs materially from the policies of the current government. In fact, this election reflects the unprecedented consensus. The vast majority are in favor of separation from the Palestinians – if it could be achieved while retaining security – an option that is currently virtually impossible. In addition, most Israelis oppose the creation of an adjoining terrorist state, which could be a springboard for Iran to threaten Israel’s existence. It is noteworthy that the High Court overturned the decision of the Central Elections Committee to disqualify the Arab parties that openly justified Palestinian terrorism and opposed a Jewish state. At the same time, the court intervened and barred Otzma Yehudit head Michael Ben-Ari from … [Read more...] about Candidly Speaking: Considering national interest in the elections
Former first lady Michelle Obama has finally said what everybody knows -- politics, elections and fund raising never end. “There are no ‘off’ years,” she said in a fund raising email announcing her involvement in local elections even as she mulls pressure to jump into the 2020 presidential race. “Voting isn't just about presidential elections -- it's about every election at every level,” she wrote. The fundraiser was sent for her husband’s Organizing for Action and When We All Vote which promotes voter registration and is sponsored by stars including Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Janelle Monáe, Chris Paul, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw. Obama said that the group is now involved in over 30 local elections. “When We All Vote are involved in more than 30 municipal elections -- including citywide races in Jacksonville, Dallas, Denver, and my hometown of Chicago. States like Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi are electing governors. And … [Read more...] about Michelle Obama: ‘There are no off years,’ jumps into local elections
What was the first law legislated by the Knesset? How are United Torah Judaism and Shas different? Knowing the right answers is the only way to win Monopolity, the new educational game developed by the World Zionist Organization in time for their Thursday Israeli Emissaries conference to be held in Warsaw, Poland. Participants must answer trivia questions about Israeli politics, engage in debates about the core-issues dividing Israel society and fulfill tasks if they are to win points, which translate into Knesset seats. The tasks include planning a protest matching the platform of the party the players play for in the game, submitting a bill to Knesset or locating posts on social media that relate to the values of their party. Chair of the World Zionist Organization's Department for Diaspora Activities, Gusti Yehoshua Braverman said that "the upcoming elections are a fantastic opportunity, we realized, to understand the political and … [Read more...] about Bibi ‘get out of jail card’ – Educational game teaches Israeli politics
WASHINGTON — The White House’s announcement Thursday that President Trump would claim emergency powers to build his border wall without congressional approval was a way out of the political crisis he created over shutting down the government. But while the move means the country will avoid another protracted shutdown, legal specialists warned that the long-term costs to American democracy could be steep. As a matter of political reality, such a declaration permits Mr. Trump to keep the government open without losing face with his core supporters by surrendering to congressional Democrats on his signature issue. As a matter of legal reality, the proposal is likely to be bogged down in a court challenge, leaving any actual construction work based on emergency powers spending an uncertain and, at best, distant prospect. But no matter what else happens, Mr. Trump’s willingness to invoke emergency powers to circumvent Congress is likely to go down as an extraordinary … [Read more...] about Trump’s Face-Saving Way Out of Political Crisis Raises Fears Over Rule of Law
With stocks in a recent slump, there is growing fear that November's midterm elections are going to generate new chaos in the investment markets. Will the Democrats take over Congress and the Senate? If so, will they immediately begin impeachment proceedings against the president? Lauren Rublin, a managing editor at Barron's, adds perspective: "Our concern is with the longer-term impact of these historic races — specifically, what the outcomes will mean for the capital markets and investors. The stakes are particularly high in this election season, given America’s tariff battle with China, a growing federal budget deficit and an aging bull market, not to mention the partisan slug-fest consuming the country." In other words, many market watchers are conjuring images of a short-term and long-term horror show. While the stock market has a general distaste for a cauldron cocktail of volatility and uncertainty, most analysts agree that once the election is behind us, the … [Read more...] about Paul Fain: Midterm elections, trick or treat?