Israel at 60

An eyewitness account of the 1973 Yom Kippur war

By Effi Eitam, April 17, 2008

The 1973 Yom Kippur War

 

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An eyewitness account on disengagement in Gaza in 2005

By Anita Tucker, April 17, 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?

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1948: The moment of independence and liberation by Elie Wiesel

By Elie Wiesel, April 17, 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.

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How Sadat came to talk to Begin

By Dan Patir, April 17, 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.

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An eyewitness account of the 2006 second Lebanon war

By Yaara Piron, April 17, 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.

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The era of ideology and austerity

By Ari Rath, April 17, 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

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1987-1993: The first intifada

By Michal Levertov, April 17, 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

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Israel's nobel prizewinners and their acceptance speeches

April 17, 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

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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 10, 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.