Israel Sagging Spirits

Coalition squabbles and a spate of scandals dampen a holiday

This week in millions of households around the world Jews are celebrating the Passover holiday. Following an ancient ritual, after sundown on Monday evening they sit down at the Seder table to retell the story of the Jewish exodus from slavery in Egypt. They recall their ancestors' tears with salt water and bitter herbs and eat a sweet concoction of nuts, apple and wine to commemorate the mortar with which slaves once cemented bricks. The anguish of captivity is recounted in the text of the Haggadah, and the joy of freedom celebrated with song.

This year's Passover in Israel, however, will...

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