In August 2012 the United Nations (UN) published a report painting a picture of the dismal future awaiting the people of Gaza. Come 2020, the document said, the coastal enclave would be unlivable. In the seven years since the UN tabled its report, the situation deteriorated almost beyond predictions. Some 2.1 million people live inContinue Reading »
The two-state solution sounds final—the long-sought answer to the Middle East’s most intractable riddle. But what if it’s not the only “solution” to the problem? What if it’s not even a plausible one? What alternative can there be to the “solution”? There is another possibility, hovering as both a promise and a threat: the one-stateContinue Reading »
The siren sounds. You have 15 seconds to reach the bomb shelter. How fast can you run? One, two, three…Were you eating dinner with your family? Driving home from work? In the shower? Perhaps you were asleep? Four, five, six…Run! Run to the nearest bomb shelter. Do you know where it is? Of course youContinue Reading »
“Israel, by virtue of its being Jewish and of having a Jewish population, defies Islam and the Muslims.” So reads Article 28 of the charter of Hamas, the terror organization in political and military control of the Gaza Strip. The charter also reads, “Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it asContinue Reading »
August 27, 2014 was a day of great celebration in the Gaza Strip. The day before, a cease-fire agreement signaled the end of seven weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas, and the terror group ruling the coastal enclave had planned a rally to celebrate the war’s outcome. Throngs of jubilant Gazans—decked out in theContinue Reading »
Along a rocky path in the heart of the Judean Hills, a shepherdess named Jenna leads a small sheep harnessed with a pink bridle. The sheep’s wool is speckled with splotches of black on white and its head is crowned with four horns. The shepherdess calls this little ewe Golda Meir, after Israel’s first femaleContinue Reading »
As Jewish people around the world celebrate the festival of Rosh HaShanah (Jewish New Year), the streets of Israel resound with joyous shouts of “Shanah tovah u’metuka (have a happy and sweet new year),” with family, friends and perfect strangers wishing one another a sweet and prosperous new year. Sunset on Sunday, September 29, ushersContinue Reading »
Monday, 8 July 2019 | As Iran strides further away from its limitations set in the 2015 nuclear deal, the world debates the seriousness of the situation. The Washington Post called Iran surpassing the 3.67% enrichment of uranium limit “a small step.” Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a “dangerous step.” The prime ministerContinue Reading »
Monday, 8 July 2019 | The Roman name for the region including Israel—which evolved into “Palestine”—may have been derived from the name of the Philistine people who once lived on the coast, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. Yet ironically, it turns out at least some of the Philistine’s ancestors are not only not from IsraeliContinue Reading »
Monday, 01 July 2019 | Two thousand years ago, before the Romans destroyed the Second Temple in AD 70, pilgrims coming from all over the world to Jerusalem ascended to the Holy City on an ancient path known as the “Pilgrim’s Road.” On Sunday, that path was reopened in a ceremony attended by several IsraeliContinue Reading »
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