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...

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...

Sectarianism in the Middle East: A Letter to Josef Olmert

June 26, 2013

Not all Shi'ites support Hezbollah and not all Jews support Zionism. A response to Josef Olmert. Dear Dr. Olmert, While I appreciate your understanding of the nuances of "modern" Middle Eastern history, I believe your analysis of the region’s socio-political dynamics is overly simplistic...

The Prevalence of Sectarianism: Hezbollah and the Syrian Civil War

May 27, 2013

The civil war in Syria, despite claims to the contrary, is in its core a sectarian struggle. Josef Olmert, former Israeli peace negotiator, argues that the situation in Syria is an example of the historic Sunni-Shi'ite struggle in which Israel is not to blame. Violent civil conflict and...