To mark IDC Herzliya’s 20th anniversary, we spent a day following Prof. Uriel Reichman, IDC’s founder and president, and Jonathan Davis, VP for External Relations, around its delightful campus.
Posted on: February 3rd, 2010InDepth → Columns
It's an old Jewish joke:The gentile drew a circle on the ground, stood the Jew inside and triumphantly declared, "If you leave the circle, you're a dead man!" He then proceeded to rob the Jew's wife and went on his way.
Posted on: December 23rd, 2009InDepth → Columns
If Barack Obama didn't exist, Benjamin Netanyahu would have had to invent him.
Posted on: October 28th, 2009InDepth → Columns
Approximately 1,000 years after the destruction of the Second Temple and Israel's exile from its homeland - deep in the depths of the harsh exile and 1,000 years before the beginning of the return to Zion - the great Torah commentator Rashi opens his monumental commentary on the Torah with the question of the ownership of the Land of Israel. What with all the hardships and troubles facing European Jewry at the time, with the Land of Israel but a vague and distant memory, the most pressing problem demanding Rashi's attention is what we will answer the non-Jewish world when it will claim that we are robbers in our own land - usurping its ownership from the local Canaanites.
Posted on: July 22nd, 2009InDepth → Columns
The first summer heat wave is already here, and with it the burning forests. If you have any doubt as to whose land this is, just take a look at the Judgment of Solomon that takes place here every time the desert wind blows in from the East. The Jews say, "The baby is mine" and plant trees. The Arabs say, "The baby is mine, and as long as he is in your hands, we will turn him to ashes."
Posted on: July 15th, 2009InDepth → Columns
The painful history of soldiers who have fallen into the hands of terror organizations did not begin with Gilad Shalit. The list of soldiers kidnapped by terrorists is long and merciless: Ron Arad; Givati fighters Rachamim Alshich and Yosef Fink; the soldiers kidnapped from Har Dov - Omar Suweid, Benny Avraham and Adi Avitan; Nissim Toledano; Ilan Sa'adon; Avi Sassportas; Yaron Chai; Nachshon Wachsman; Aryeh Frankental; Ehud Goldwasser; and Eldad Regev. With the exception of Wachsman, Israel entered into extended negotiations to bring these soldiers home. But not one of them came back alive. Israel is currently employing the same method on behalf of Gilad Shalit.
Posted on: July 8th, 2009InDepth → Columns
"Israel does not interfere in Iran's internal affairs." That is more or less the reaction of Israeli officialdom to the unrest in Iran. Nobody questions this response. We have become accustomed to the fact that our response is not important. What does the oppression in China have to do with us? Why does the war in Chechnya concern us? Why is the slave trade in Sudan our business? And even more so, what does it matter what we think about Iran?
Posted on: March 4th, 2009InDepth → Columns
Here is the simplest way to describe what happened in Israel's election: the Right won and the Likud lost.
Posted on: February 25th, 2009InDepth → Columns
Israel is now entering a complex twilight zone. On the one hand, it is quite clear to all that the war that Benjamin Netanyahu waged against me caused the Likud to lose mandates.
Posted on: January 7th, 2009InDepth → Columns
"We dreamed that the new state would be a place in which the next chapter of the Bible would be written as a prelude to world-wide redemption. After all, you are the Treasured Nation. We had great expectations. But now look at what you have done."
Posted on: December 24th, 2008InDepth → Columns
In response to the action of the Likud Elections committee that bumped me from the 20th to the 36th spot on the Likud Knesset list, I have received numerous phone calls from attorneys urging me to appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court.
Posted on: November 5th, 2008InDepth → Columns
Which super idealists in Judea and Samaria would be willing to trade places with the Jews living in one of Israel's mixed Jewish/Arab cities?
Posted on: October 15th, 2008InDepth → Columns
Like every other aspect of running a country, economics is a complex business.
Posted on: October 8th, 2008InDepth → Columns
It seems that God is reshuffling all the decks for the New Year, 5769.
Posted on: October 1st, 2008InDepth → Columns
September 13 passed uneventfully in Israel. It was supposed to have been a national holiday: the anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Accords.
Posted on: September 24th, 2008InDepth → Columns
It's always hottest at the end of summer. I am not a meteorologist and I have not checked the latest statistics.
Posted on: September 17th, 2008InDepth → Columns
In the past weeks Israel has been rocked by a rash of murders - murders of children at the hands of their parents or in one case, the grandfather.
Posted on: September 10th, 2008InDepth → Columns
About a year ago I saw a Russian television broadcast in which Vladimir Putin, riding a noble steed, reaches the edge of a lake, deftly removes his shirt and in an impressive display of muscle, leans over and washes his face in the crystal- clear water.
Posted on: September 3rd, 2008InDepth → Columns
Yehudit Dasberg was one of the first victims of Oslo. Her daughter and son-in-law were murdered in a drive-by shooting near Gush Etzion.
Posted on: August 27th, 2008InDepth → Columns
A week ago Wednesday, about 50 people protested outside the Chinese embassy in Tel Aviv against Israel's participation in the Olympics.
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