Israel at 60

The future of Israel: Where do we go now?

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 18, 2008

For all the political, security and demographic challenges, the experts are optimistic

 

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Women are still fighting to be equal

By Shulamit Aloni, April 18, 2008

60 years of women's rights

When Israel was just established, in spite of a commitment to total equality of rights declared both in the proclamation of Independence and in the first government’s basic principles, the state of women’s rights was grim.

In those first years, women in Israel had no rights of custodianship, no rights over their own property. They were deprived from bank guarantees and their salaries were much lower than those of men in the same jobs — a state not totally fixed even today.

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An eyewitness account of the first Lebanon war in 1982

By Yuval Sharlo, April 18, 2008

1982: The First Lebanon War

It was like we went to war with such arrogance, as if we were just going in our tanks for a drive. Our objective was to reach the Damascus-Beirut highway by Friday night, and we were surprised it might take us that long.

I was a 26-year-old reservist and was supposed to lead a battalion force after studying the map for about half-an-hour. The first couple of days we shot, we hit, we carried on. I was so tired. We had such a sleep deficit that some of us were falling asleep in the turret.

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The future of Israel: The Negev and Galil

By Daniella Peled, April 18, 2008

The Negev and Galil make up 80 per cent of Israel, but house only 20 per cent of its people. Pioneers want this to change

 

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An eyewitness account of 1956 Sinai campaign

By Dubi Hellman, April 18, 2008

1956: The Sinai campaign

In 1956, I was still a very young soldier, on the sergeants’ course of the Nahal Brigade, when they took our entire company and began preparing us for some unknown operation. We were sent to parachutist school and quickly went through the course, though in the end this was not enough and we went into battle in a convoy. In those days, they could keep secrets, and we did not even know to what front we were being sent.

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An eyewitness account of when Uri Avnery met Yassir Arafat in 1982

By Uri Avnery, April 18, 2008
1982: Meeting Arafat I started my secret contacts with the PLO in 1974, in London and in Paris. I informed Yitzchak Rabin, then Prime Minister, of the meetings, and brought him messages. Rabin approved my meetings, but rejected Palestinian offers. “If I make the first step,” he told me, “it will inevitably lead to a Palestinian state, and I don’t want that.” In June 1982, the Israeli army invaded Lebanon.

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What I, as an Israeli Arab, am hoping for

By Ghaida Rinawi Zoabi, April 18, 2008

Ten years ago, I finished my masters degree at Haifa University and went to the ceremony with my husband and parents. The stadium was full of graduates and their families, and the event began with the Hatikva. Everyone got up to sing, and we remained sitting, a small group. There were very few other Arab graduates then, and people began looking at us, nudging and whispering. It was as if we were creatures from another planet. The experience marked me for life.

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1995: The murder of Yitzhak Rabin

By Paul Lester, April 17, 2008

The day peace died


The Oslo Accords promised a new era of hope. Paul Lester talks to the rock star who saw those hopes dashed late on November 4, 1995

If The Oslo Accords of August 20, 1993, were a new ray of hope for the settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, then controversial rock star Aviv Geffen's performance during a peace rally in the centre of Tel Aviv on November 4, 1995, saw those hopes dashed in one night.

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Royal party rather too exclusive for some

By Rachel Fletcher, April 11, 2008

Prince Edward became the first royal officially to participate in Israel’s independence celebrations at a JNF-UJIA dinner at Windsor Castle on Monday.

Standing in for his father, the Duke of Edinburgh who had been hospitalised with a chest infection several days earlier, the Earl of Wessex attended a champagne reception for the 300-strong gathering.

Even though he left before dinner, he greeted guests including Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor and Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks.

Come back home, Israel tells expats

By Dana Gloger, April 11, 2008

Israelis living in the UK are being encouraged to return to live in Israel this year, for the country’s 60th anniversary.

The Ministry of Absorption is working with the Jewish Agency to try to entice expats living in both the UK and North America.


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