Israel’s third Knesset election in a year, on March 2, is less than two weeks away. It’s difficultto have election fever under such circumstances. It’s not called a fever when it persists for a year. Critics of Israel’s electoral system would call it a chronic disease rather than a fever, but it’s not that either.
Several years ago, in an article for Commentary magazine, I offered a distinction between two kinds of anti-Semitic mindsets. I named the first one “bierkeller” anti-Semitism and the second one “bistro” anti-Semitism, as a way of illustrating the cultural gulf between these two forms.
When Pete Rose and his attorneys saw that baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred had no intentions of punishing members of the Houston Astros for their part in the cheating scandal, which resulted in a questionable outcome of the 2017 World Series, they applied once again to get Rose on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s Hall of Fame ballots. Once again Rose will be denied.