Some days ago, Benjamin Netanyahu elicited the derision of the international community by claiming Iranians couldn’t listen to Western music, wear jeans, or vote in free or fair elections. Seemingly, half of Iran responded with photogenic evidence to the contrary—Persian genes in jeans. It was the social media equivalent of a body slam.
Time for a wake-up call
If jeans are the symbol of freedom, what do we make of the places where freedom never exceeds the clothes that next to no one can afford?Haroon Moghul
In Israel, faith fuses with state. (See Noah Feldman’s obituary of Rabbi Yosef). A near majority of Mandatory Palestine cannot vote in elections either free or fair. Practically all of the planet knows this. Which is why the Iranian regime is running public relations circles around Likud and why Tel Aviv needs a wake-up call. Reasons include: Israel and the U.S. are drifting; our urgent challenge is not Rowhani, but the Tea Party.