Mori Rothman is in jail for publicly refusing to serve in the IDF
I have a lot in common with the conscientious objector. So, why can’t I stomach his decision to avoid IDF service?
Bucking convention in his village, Yousef Juhja sent three sons to the IDF—and one paid the ultimate price
In Fortress Israel, journalist Patrick Tyler argues that the country’s warrior ethos impedes Mideast peace
Plus Canadian severs ties with Iran, kicks out diplomats
Where the Jackals Howl, Amos Oz’s newly reissued 1965 story collection, questions the virtues of toughness
After losing his eyesight serving in the Israeli Army, Zohar Sharon won the world championship for blind golf
Plus, Syria’s prime minister defects to Jordan
A new school in Ariel is funded by the state, even though it doesn’t fall under Israeli jurisdiction
Israel should abandon its plan to make the ultra-Orthodox join the army and give them all jobs instead
To a volunteer from New York in an IDF paratrooper unit, the rockets fired from Gaza last week felt like war
An IDF soldier, whose job is to comfort families of fallen soldiers, was also there for me
My Israeli roommate and I both grew up reed-thin. The implications for him as a soldier are far more profound.
The Haifa native explains why she decided to come on Birthright
The Tel Aviv native talks nineties T.V.with an American participant.
In which we crawl in caves and eat lunch at a gas station. Next up: Ben Gurion’s grave.
Birthright Israel will take 40,000 young Jews on a free trip to the Jewish state this year. We’re joining them.
Uri Blau faces up to seven years in prison for having classified IDF documents
Plus Eisner slapped on wrist, the lawyer behind the lawsuits, and more
Tired of being portrayed as ‘bloodthirsty murderers,’ three former infantrymen launch a website to help improve the image of Israel’s military
American veterans of the Israeli army face alienation from their peers in both countries. A group called Aluf Stone gives them a place to belong.
A writer born in the capital of Holocaust denial tours the Jewish state as the cold war between Iran and Israel is about to get hot
Advice for vacationing Israeli soldiers
Michael Kohlhaas, a 19th-century novella by Heinrich von Kleist, reminds the Israeli and U.S. right that lust for vengeance is a terrible idea
The Israeli government wants to lure expats back home with provocative ads. For one American Jew and her Israeli-born husband, it’s a false promise.
The president of Israel remembers Ben-Gurion’s 1948 decision to exempt young Orthodox men from military service
How a group of teenage believers could reshape the Israeli-Palestinian struggle
This Week in Israel: Netanyahu visits Berlusconi, an American-Israeli student is arrested in Egypt, rising cottage-cheese prices cause protests, Book Week begins, and more
This Week in Israel: Obama and Netanyahu spar, a conglomerate is slapped for sales to Iran, the IDF changes uniforms, an Israeli wins at Cannes, and more
A visit with female IDFers here; a sister over there