Israel at 60

An eyewitness account of disengagement in the West Bank in 2005

By Limor Sonn Har-Melech, April 18, 2008
I remember the attack vividly, though I would much prefer to forget it. I remember five terrorists standing on the road firing at us. I remember them shouting, remember what they were wearing. I remember the pain of the bullets hitting us and Shuli losing control of the car. He was already dead. Three hours later, I gave birth to our daughter, Sarah. She was born three-and-a-half months premature, and some of the doctors began preparing me for another loss, but I felt very secure inside myself.


An eyewitness account of the 1947-8 blockade of Jerusalem

By Moshe Peled, April 18, 2008

The 1947-8 blockade of Jerusalem



An eyewitness account of the 1973 Yom Kippur war

By Effi Eitam, April 18, 2008

The 1973 Yom Kippur War



An eyewitness account on disengagement in Gaza in 2005

By Anita Tucker, April 18, 2008
We did everything we could to stop the expulsion from a place that our family had lived in for 28 years. A place where I had raised children, grandchildren, fruit and vegetables. We carried on working in the greenhouses until the last day, but what could a small settlement like Netzer Hazani, with 500 people, do against the mighty IDF?


1948: The moment of independence and liberation by Elie Wiesel

By Elie Wiesel, April 18, 2008

1948: A new dawn 

The Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner recalls how it felt to experience the moment of independence

For the Jewish child in me, Israel represents an irresistible call to hope, and Jerusalem a powerful love song.

In my small Romanian town, nestled in the Carpathians, I often walked the streets imagining myself sitting on a bench somewhere in Judea, listening to a master explain the mystery of words, the strength of memories and the human thirst for miracles.


How Sadat came to talk to Begin

By Dan Patir, April 18, 2008

1977: Sadat in Jerusalem

On November 9 1977, following a secret meeting between Israeli and Egyptian officials in Morocco in September that year, Anwar Sadat told the Egyptian Parliament that he was willing to go as far as the Knesset in Jerusalem in order to obtain peace for his people.


An eyewitness account of the 2006 second Lebanon war

By Yaara Piron, April 18, 2008
At the end of our first week in Nahariya during the war in summer 2006, we discussed among ourselves whether we should all stay there for Shabbat or whether the volunteers should go back to their homes to rest. But when we found out that most of the volunteers had already left, a group of us decided to stay and visit all the bomb-shelters over Shabbat. In the evening, just as we were organising all our equipment in the room we were using in City Hall, an explosion rocked the building, as if the Katyusha rockets had scored a direct hit.


The era of ideology and austerity

By Ari Rath, April 18, 2008

A veteran journalist recalls when Israel’s PM lived in a hut, families got two eggs per week and Stalin was a good guy


1987-1993: The first intifada

By Michal Levertov, April 18, 2008

Michal Levertov talks to members of Combatants for Peace — a group bringing together former fighters on both sides — about their experiences as Palestinians and Israelis

Wael Salamah, 51, was born in Anata, near Jerusalem, where he now lives. Married with 10 children, he works as an insurance agent


Israel's nobel prizewinners and their acceptance speeches

April 18, 2008
From their breakthroughs in economic decision-making to their contributions to world peace, the nation's thinkers, writers and statesmen have achieved the ultimate recognition