Israel at 60

The settlements as told by a leader of the religious Zionist movement

By Israel Harel, April 18, 2008

The Settlements :A leader of the religious Zionist movement says its resolve has only been strengthened by government confrontations



A few moral truths that define our nationhood

By A B Yehoshua, April 18, 2008

The acclaimed novelist demolishes the claims of Israel's detractors in his call for two states


Machal: the 1948 volunteers who signed up to fight for Israel

By Rachel Fletcher, April 18, 2008

Machal: The 1948 Volunteers


On the Kibbutz: Communing with a rural Zionist ideal

By Simon Rocker, April 18, 2008

On the kibbutz: A JC reporter explores the great social experiment that was the kibbutzim — and why his stay failed to live up to the dream


No institution has so embodied the Zionist ideal of return to the land as the kibbutz, with its collectivist aspiration of turning the People of the Book into a nation of farmers. Here, with hoe in hand rather than bent over a ledger, would arise the new-model Jew, burnished under the testing gaze of the sun.


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.