While my friends interned on Capitol Hill, I learned to shoot an M-16 and ate kosher Spam in the Israeli army
It’s the Jewish state’s gun culture, not its laws, that prevents mass shootings like the one in Connecticut
Not far from her village near Lebanon, the Israeli novelist—who published originally in English—talks war and books
Social media geotagging features spark unprecedented security questions
I have a lot in common with the conscientious objector. So, why can’t I stomach his decision to avoid IDF service?
The author, like Israel, takes risks—and lives in opposition to nebbishy Jewish New Yorkers
What the pro-Palestinian activist—whose death was just ruled an accident—shared with Lawrence of Arabia
Where the Jackals Howl, Amos Oz’s newly reissued 1965 story collection, questions the virtues of toughness
The president of Israel remembers Ben-Gurion’s 1948 decision to exempt young Orthodox men from military service
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
The French-Israeli singer Yael Naïm—you know her work from that MacBook Air ad—brings an elusive, shifting identity to her mysterious but catchy songs of love and loss
Israelis are clamoring for the release of Gilad Shalit, the IDF soldier abducted nearly five years ago, but is the prisoner swap demanded by his Hamas captors too high a price to pay?
This week in Israel: Goldstone concedes a mistake, social workers end their strike, doctors start one, a Palestinian engineer is accused of terror, the state warns against Egyptian vacations, and more
Israel’s leading military ethicist, Moshe Halbertal, argues that in some cases a pre-emptive nuclear strike might be moral while nuclear retaliation might not
Israelis like to call their army the most moral in the world. But as the case of the recently disgraced Gen. Yoav Galant shows, prevarications are the rule, not the exception.
An IDF vet with ‘a great sense of discomfort about my own personal behavior’ when he patrolled the Occupied Territories now leads a group called Breaking the Silence dedicated to exposing the messy work of occupation
As Israel’s premier national-security conference concludes, events in Egypt grow still more chaotic, and attendees depart mulling scenarios for the post-Mubarak era
Grinning through each reversal, the ever-bumbling, deeply unpopular Ehud Barak maneuvers to remain a political force in Israel and its leading voice to the West
All good things must come to an end
Your weekly dose of Israelispeak
Israel beats its enemies on the battlefield, but it loses the more important fight, for PR supremacy, to savvier operators like Hezbollah
A haftorah of dark times and core beliefs
Is U.S. military aid to Lebanon being used against Israel?
A decade after the IDF left Lebanon, lessons for the U.S. from that withdrawal
Part 3: At Woodstock Village, the three Israelis get some room to work things out
Part 2: Their passports confiscated while awaiting trial, the Israelis adjust to life in Goa
Part 1: For many Israelis coming off military duty, the Indian coast seems like the right place
Would Israel launch a preemptive strike—despite U.S. opposition—to prevent an Iranian bomb? Despite its bluster, probably not.
Everyone thinks an Israel-Iran war would be over quickly. One analyst disagrees.
A look at Anat Kamm, who leaked secret IDF documents to a Haaretz reporter