Groove to the DeltaFourth theme tune

Middle East chaos and a cool retro sound Take Shaft, Hawaii Five-Oh, and the theme from Mission Impossible, add a nutso Israeli Prime Minister and a murdered Palestinian president — and you’ve got the DeltaFourth Theme. DeltaFourth is my alternative news publishing venture, featuring two ebooks Psychobibi: Who Is Israel’s Prime Minister and Why Does […]

Historical crime novels of Europe’s Jews

My review of three new crime novels is in Haaretz. The three books are all set in Central Europe during historical periods from about 1900 to 1936, and have at their heart some connection to the problems of the Jews there. The books are The Silence by J. Sydney Jones, Budapest Noir by Vilmos Kondor, […]

Israelis scaring each other

My pal Matthew Kalman just became editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Report, a much-deserved high-profile position for a thoughtful, creative fellow. In the true spirit of log-rolling he asked me to write this week’s cover story. It’s headlined “What Israelis Fear Most.” Needless to say, they don’t fear what you might expect… Well, they do, but […]

Happy New Year

Frequently Jerusalem hits the headlines because Jews and Muslims do rotten things to each other. They kill; they shoot; they make the most predictable speeches in the history of the United Nations General Assembly, which is not known for spicy dialogue at the best of times. However, there are many benefits to living in a […]

Israel’s president is no angel

When the residents of Kiryat Malakhi, the southern Israeli town whose name means “City of Angels,” picked Moshe Katsav as the youngest-ever mayor in the country’s history in 1970, he was 24. For decades he was the town’s symbol, an immigrant born in Iran who made it to the top of the establishment and was […]

Pick-up artist protests in Israel

The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah ended last week, bringing to a close an apparently great opportunity for sexual conquest. The Center for the Art of Seduction, a Tel Aviv business which runs courses to help men succeed with women (“Do you want to get every girl that you want?”), posted a video earlier this month […]