Trying on an IDF Uniform

While my friends interned on Capitol Hill, I learned to shoot an M-16 and ate kosher Spam in the Israeli army

Why Israel Has No Newtowns

It’s the Jewish state’s gun culture, not its laws, that prevents mass shootings like the one in Connecticut

Shani Boianjiu Goes Home Again

Not far from her village near Lebanon, the Israeli novelist—who published originally in English—talks war and books

Israel Warns Citizens About Twitter Use

Social media geotagging features spark unprecedented security questions

An Open Letter to Mori Rothman

I have a lot in common with the conscientious objector. So, why can’t I stomach his decision to avoid IDF service?

Mark Helprin’s Tale

The author, like Israel, takes risks—and lives in opposition to nebbishy Jewish New Yorkers

Why Rachel Corrie Went to Gaza

What the pro-Palestinian activist—whose death was just ruled an accident—shared with Lawrence of Arabia

The Burden of Israeli Strength

Where the Jackals Howl, Amos Oz’s newly reissued 1965 story collection, questions the virtues of toughness

Rules of Engagement

The president of Israel remembers Ben-Gurion’s 1948 decision to exempt young Orthodox men from military service

National Pride

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

Don’t Be Sad

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

News of a Kidnapping

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?

Turns

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

Nuclear Options: When is a Pre-emptive Nuclear Strike Moral?

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

Lies We Tell

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.

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