Israel’s ‘Begin Doctrine,’ a commitment to prevent rival regional powers from acquiring nuclear weapons, risks becoming unenforceable—but it’s not clear what comes next
A lesson in ‘mamlachtiyut’
How the radical rabbi’s ideas and disciples took over Israeli politics, and why it’s dangerous
A new book asks if the early Eastern European proponents of nationhood saw the future Jewish territorial unit in Palestine as a province within a multinational empire
As the Israeli experience shows, denigrating a majority of voters while hysterically proclaiming the end of democracy is a recipe for political disaster
On this day in 1814 the Scandinavian country ratified the constitution that brought it into the enlightened age in all ways except one: the inclusion of Jews. It took the poet Henrik Wergeland to open his compatriots’ eyes to their mistake.
How a week of military leave created one rabbi’s unlikely connections to Menachem Begin and Ted Kennedy, on the eve of the Six-Day War
This presidential order—a rare honor—has historically been given to few other foreign dignitaries
Nazis sought to eliminate the Jews from their future racial empire. Poles wanted to create a state for them in Palestine. Historian Timothy Snyder makes the case that in the 1930s the two aims may have converged. But was Poland an ally of the Jews or a pioneer in the art of anti-Semitic politics?
The 75th Anniversary of the Palmach, the elite forces of the Haganah
The late Kookist leader’s belief in spirituality over politics also has a message for Israel’s religious right
‘Jewish mother that I am’ cites A.B. Yehoshua and Menachem Begin
One of Israel’s singular storytellers dies at 86
Secret tape captures U.S.-Israel tensions surrounding first Lebanon war
A new book shows how Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky was the ancestor of the Jews who now serve in the hate-Israel movement
Before he was convicted of massive wrongdoing, the former prime minister was a fierce moralizer. What happened?
How my family turned Torah study into a competitive sport
Israelis usually win the International Bible Contest. But one year, two young Americans defied the odds in a televised showdown.