Quote of the Day: Israel and America


From Matt Steinglass, on the evolution of Israeli-American relations:

In the old days, when I would break out my rather crummy Hebrew in a conversation with Israelis, I would usually get indulgent smiles and questions about how I’d learned it, which would quickly segue into a discussion about Jerusalem neighbourhoods and so forth. It was a good way to establish a bit of friendly intimacy….But since sometime at the beginning of this decade, I’ve noticed, this doesn’t seem to happen so much anymore….I don’t know what lies behind this wariness. But let’s put it this way: address a Dutchman in Dutch and he’ll wind up asking you what you think of Holland. Address a Vietnamese person in Vietnamese and he’ll wind up asking you what you think of Vietnam. Address an Israeli in Hebrew and, these days, I find, he doesn’t really want to know what you think about Israel.

Not lately, anyway. More at the link.

DOES IT FEEL LIKE POLITICS IS AT A BREAKING POINT?

Headshot of Editor in Chief of Mother Jones, Clara Jeffery

It sure feels that way to me, and here at Mother Jones, we’ve been thinking a lot about what journalism needs to do differently, and how we can have the biggest impact.

We kept coming back to one word: corruption. Democracy and the rule of law being undermined by those with wealth and power for their own gain. So we're launching an ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption, and asking the MoJo community to help crowdfund it.

We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Thanks for reading—whether or not you can pitch in today, or ever, I'm glad you're with us.

Signed by Clara Jeffery

Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate

Share your feedback: We’re planning to launch a new version of the comments section. Help us test it.