Ariel Sharon: A Complicated Career and Legacy

January 16, 2014

Josef Olmert looks back at the life of one of Israel’s most important leaders. A famous Zionist poet, Saul Tschernichovsky (1875-1943), wrote in one of his songs that "the human being is a reflection of his childhood landscape." If there was one Israeli leader of recent time whose life story...

Israel: The Prawer-Begin Plan (Part 2/2)

October 29, 2013

Injustice against Bedouins erodes the democratic character of Israel. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. The same lack of sensitivity is responsible for the failure of urbanization of the Negev Bedouins in Israel. Resettlement into townships was done without proper planning...

The Yom Kippur War: 40 Years Later

October 07, 2013

The Yom Kippur War ended the Israeli attitude of disrespect towards Arab capabilities. Mark Twain, ever a source of infinite wisdom, once remarked that "God created war, so that Americans will learn geography" — whereas wars for Israel were about survival, saving the home, and...

Somewhere Between the One and the Two-State Solution

September 10, 2013

Is a federation of Israel-Palestine the way forward? When it comes to finding an agreement between Israel and Palestine, there are two main currents: the one state solution or the two-state solution. Yehuda Schwartz, an Israeli citizen, believes in neither. Why is one state impossible? The answer...

A Firsthand Account of Life in Gaza (Part 2/2)

May 08, 2013

Over the past five years, humanitarian health workers Peter Smith and Catherine Thick have visited the Gaza Strip and the West Bank numerous times, providing health clinics and witnessing the everyday lives of the local population. The suffering they have seen in Gaza has prompted them to share...

A Firsthand Account of Life in Gaza (Part 1/2)

May 01, 2013

Over the past five years, humanitarian health workers Peter Smith and Catherine Thick have visited the Gaza Strip and the West Bank numerous times, providing health clinics and witnessing the everyday lives of the local population. The suffering they have seen in Gaza has prompted them to share...