Israel at 60

Palestinian Identity: the complicated idea of Palestine

By Sari Nusseibeh, April 18, 2008

Palestinian identity 


A symphonic array of musical variety

By Paul Lester, April 18, 2008

Israel is a new country, albeit one with roots tracing back thousands of years. So its music combines modern and ancient, with the influx of people from all over the world creating an astonishing array of musical influences, including Russian folk, klezmer, Arabic, Yemenite, Iraqi, Yiddish and Ladino.


Ehud Olmert says happy birthday to Israel at 60

April 18, 2008

Israel’s Prime Minister celebrates his country’s achievements so far — and explains why peace is its greatest ambition The famous passage in Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) prescribes that people reach the station of “old age” on their 60th birthday. Some commentaries claim that it is actually “wisdom” which is conferred upon reaching this milestone. From either perspective, 60 years since the miraculous creation of the State of Israel, this is a time to reflect.


My quest to snatch Eichmann and finally bring him to justice

By Rafi Eitan, April 18, 2008

1960: Eichmann's capture

In 1958, David Ben-Gurion made a decision that Israel would bring the major Nazi war-criminals to justice, so that the world would see and learn about the Holocaust, and so that the survivors in Israel, who before then had been ashamed of talking about their experiences, would have a chance to give testimony.

As head of operations in the Mossad, I was part of a small team that decided on the targets. We narrowed the list down to four. One was Adolf Eichmann, who had headed the SS Jewish department and been in charge of all deportations.


Zaka’s tragic task

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 18, 2008

One group of strictly Orthodox volunteers became a familiar sight during the bloody second Intifada. Anshel Pfeffer meets the anti-Zionist radical who turned to a mission of rescue and recovery

Many in the strictly Orthodox community view Yehuda Meshi-Zahav as a renegade. For 30 years he was the main organiser of the battles with the police in the Jerusalem enclave of Mea Shearim. Any reason was good enough for a holy war: opening a cinema on Shabbat, autopsies that “desecrated” bodies, the launch of a sex shop or archaeologists digging up burial sites.


An eyewitness account of the 1948 declaration of independence

By Arieh Handler, April 18, 2008

1948: The declaration of independence



An eyewitness account of rabbis at war in 1967

By Rabbi Menahem Hacohen, April 18, 2008

1967: Rabbis at war



An eyewitness account of treating terror victims

By Devorah Aviad, April 18, 2008

Arriving on the scene of a terror attack, you try to neutralise your personal feelings, not to form any connection with the wounded, to let your professional training take over. But the attack on November 4 2001 [when a Palestinian fired at a number 25 Egged bus] was one of the most difficult for me, so many children hurt on the way back from school. We were on alert at the Magen David Adom headquarters in Jerusalem when we got the call that there had been shooting at the French Hill junction.


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.


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.