Published under ‘onevoice & middle east’

Shimon Peres was the last of his kind By Ari Shavit Unlike other Jews who succeeded him in power, Peres always knew that to be a Jew also meant to be universal and moral; to be on the correct, enlightened side of history. True, he founded Israel Aircraft Industries (1953), made the decision about the Entebbe [...]

Mount Herzl Jerusalem, Israel PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Zvia, Yoni, Chemi and generations of the Peres family; President Rivlin; Prime Minister Netanyahu; members of the Israeli government and the Knesset; heads of state and the government and guests from around the world, including President Abbas, whose presence here is a gesture and a reminder of the unfinished [...]

I am really saddened to lose Shimon Peres, a leader that was among the greatest statesmen of the 21st century, an inspiring voice of reason and wisdom not just for the Jewish people and for the Israeli people, but for humanity. Shimon Peres was one of the last living pioneers who established, built, secured, and [...]

I just recently had a chance to read Ehud Barak’s speech from earlier this summer in full and I truly consider it to be one of the most important commentaries in years on the challenges Israel faces. On the State of the Nation—and what is to be done? A speech at the IDC, Herzliya, June [...]

A joint poll conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) in Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in Ramallah and released on August 22, 2016 shed some interesting insights on the state of public opinion on both sides.  The findings include: A slight majority of Israelis and Palestinians support the [...]

This article scratches the surface of the challenge I have been hearing from Israeli friends across a spectrum of politics from right to left: Netanyahu’s methodical and obsessive effort to dismantle independent journalism and dispirit and intimidate any media critics.   In its annual report released this spring, Freedom House, an American democracy advocacy organization, [...]

Yedioth Ahronoth – May 27, 2016 I met four concerned Israelis this week in a Tel Aviv café: Maj. Gen. (res.) Amnon Reshef was commander of the armored divisions and commander of the 14th Brigade in the Yom Kippur War; Maj. Gen. (res.) Danny Rothschild was director of the IDF Intelligence Research Department and coordinator [...]

In a hair salon in Israel, Arab and Jewish women find common ground… in a sink.

One Call Away – Rachel Lester

Published under Israel Mar 21, 2016

This video about Israel doing humanitarian service makes me so proud.

An Anti-Semitism of the Left

Published under Israel Mar 11, 2016

LONDON — Last month, a co-chairman of the Oxford University Labour Club, Alex Chalmers, quit in protest at what he described as rampant anti-Semitism among members. A “large proportion” of the club “and the student left in Oxford more generally have some kind of problem with Jews,” he said in a statement. Chalmers referred to members [...]