Monday, July 20, 2020, was a red-letter day in the history of the Israeli economy. In the narrower context of the Israeli energy sector, it was the most important day since the initial discovery of offshore gas in the late 1990s.» Read more
11th June 2020 After discussing the question of “Where are we now?” in the previous newsletter, this issue moves on to the second question, namely “Whence?” or, more colloquially, “How did we get here?” The question has many facets, which this newspaper defines as B] Domestic Politics, where it translates into “how did we arrive at such a weird coalition […]» Read more
28th May 2020 This issue is tasked with picking up many threads after long disruption. Although we have been in contact via various virtual channels and will continue to be, only now has it become possible to write a coherent analysis addressing the three cardinal questions raised in the headline: Where are we now? This question relates to every sphere […]» Read more
28, Feburary 2020
On Monday, March 2, Israel will hold its third general election within the last twelve months – because in both previous ones, held in April and September 2019 – no party leader was able to win the support of 61 out of the 120 Members of the Knesset (MKs).
January 12, 2020
This issue is probably the longest I’ve ever written. Its sole focus is regional geo-politics, covering the developments in recent days as well as those of recent months, and also those I expect to take place in the coming months. Yet, despite its length, there is no coverage of Syria – with all due disrespect to Assad, Putin, Trump and Erdogan and due sympathy for the Kurds, this is an Israel-centred newsletter and there have been no important developments in Syria that impact directly on Israel. The same holds true for Libya, where important things are happening, but Israel is only very tangentially involved. Had there been nothing else to discuss, maybe I would have related to the Turkish operations in Syria, and in Libya, and much else – but that is hardly the case…
September 19, 2019
The Israeli election of 2019 turned out to be a match with two ‘legs’. For people who don’t follow football (soccer in the US), let me explain what that means: the teams play each other twice, once at ‘home’ and once ‘away’ (at the other team’s home ground). The result is the cumulative outcome of the two legs.