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Moshe Gafni

  • Ultra-Orthodox anger over Western Wall deal isn't about American Jews

    The Israeli government's decision to abandon a deal creating an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall led to an unprecedented rift with Diaspora Jewry. But American Jews, and the Reform Movement in particular, are merely collateral damage — caught in the crossfire of an internal ultra-Orthodox power struggle. By Eli Bitan With all the coverage of the brouhaha among Diaspora Jewry over the suspension of a deal to create a pluralistic prayer space at the Western Wall, one might reasonably think that the ultra-Orthodox parties in the Israeli government chalked up a victory last week. They didn’t. The real…

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  • Knesset approves bill that could push Arab parties out

    After a stormy night session, the coalition was able to pass the necessary amendments and election laws that would make it more difficult to topple a government and eliminate small factions. Left-wing and Palestinian members of Knesset protested the legislation in 'silent speeches.' Ultra-Orthodox MK Eichler spoke to the Arab public in Arabic, saying 'we are with you.' (video below) During the last session of the Knesset before its summer recess, the coalition was able to pass a first reading of the “governance legislation,” - an amendment to Israel's Basic Laws - which would make it more difficult for the…

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  • You gots your O'Donnell, we gots our Gafni

    When one American politician reminds me of a local one Moshe Gafni, the chairman of the oh-so-powerful finance committee reminded me today of Christine O'Donnell. Remember how Bill Maher showed that clip where she said evolution was a myth? Oh, c'mon - you gotta see it: Well, here in Israel we have our own politicians who every so once in a while let their belief systems take over what most of us would call, umm... logic. See, today Gafni stated [Heb] he knows exactly why Israel is such a financial success. Here's what he had to say in the session today…

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