Veteran recounts bloody Battle of Ammunition Hill
After losing 36 of his comrades in a single battle, Yossi Sidkoni says he had difficulties revisiting the
battleground for months; now, he accompanies his granddaughter in the trenches of Ammunition Hill, recounting the
fight that almost cost him his life. (Hadar Gil-Ad, Yedioth/Ynet
Riding through the hills, from Refaim to Sorek streams: The new bike tunnel of Jerusalem
The 2.1-kilometer tunnel, built in the '90s, links Ein Lavan and the Ein Kerem junction - and has a sewage pipe
running through it, too. (Haaretz
From Natalie Portman to Iran, the Telltale Signs That Israel May Have a Loose Screw
+) Hannah Arendt noted that insanity is a prerequisite to imposing
Natalie Portman is just a symptom of US Jewry’s changing attitude towards Israel
) It would be very dangerous to see Jewish actress’s defiant move as a
passing episode or meaningless provocation. She is a symbol of dramatic changes taking place within the
family, a sign of US Jews’ profound disapproval of what they see as a very problematic direction the Jewish
state is headed in.
The real danger of Natalie Portman
(Dahlia Scheindlin, +972mag
) Israeli leaders are relentlessly hammering home the idea that the kind
of political dissent displayed by Natalie Portman is foreign. And dissenters, by definition, are not real
The BDS win at Barnard is moral posturing gone insane - they should learn from Portman
+) Morality isn't adopting BDS' absurd agenda and yelling at Barnard
College to divest shares in 8 'complicit' companies, it's taking personal action like Natalie Portman
Blaming a child for the sniper's bullet that killed him
(Orly Noy, +972mag
) Education Minister Naftali Bennett claims 15-year-old Mohammed Ayoub
wouldn’t have been shot dead by an Israeli sniper if he had been at school. Bennett’s comments reflect a
reality in which Israeli soldiers kill with impunity.
Good news: At last the coalition is dealing with one of the most serious problems in Israel
) The constitutional revolution of Justice Aharon Barak developed
decisively under Likud. The voters of Habayit Hayehudi party demand the expropriation of power from the
coalition of High Court justices. It is time for them to compete among themselves about how to do the right
How to Destroy the High Court
) The price Israel will pay for Netanyahu’s weakness will
involve the demolition of the protective constitutional wall afforded by the High Court.
Without the High Court overriding clause, thousands of infiltrators will understand that a leftist minority
is ruling here
(May Golan, Maariv
) Fifth column activists have already thwarted the plan to deport the
infiltrators to third countries, but we did not expect the state to admit publicly that it cannot act. Only
the clause to override the High Court’s revoking of a Knesset law will protect us.
Israel Will Not Survive Netanyahu. And That's a Good Thing
(Bradley Burston, Haaretz
+) In all of his proud intransigence, Netanyahu may be creating the very
conditions for a radical new Holy Land, a future Israeli-Palestinian confederation.
The Israeli government sought to expel the asylum seekers, but justice won
(Mossi Raz, Maariv
) For years south Tel Aviv was the backyard of the city, it was easy to
send the weakened immigrants there. Now is the time to improve the conditions of the area, while ending the
incitement and dispersing the refugees across the country.
For a model of Jewish-Arab coexistence, look no further than a Primark fitting room
+) Primark in Berlin might feel like hell on Earth – but it's where Jews
and Arabs put their difference aside in pursuit of cheap stuff.
Under the Hater’s Violent Gaze: A Portrait of Racism and anti-Semitism
(Eva Illouz, Haaretz
+) However repulsive the racist may be, he has a logic which we must
understand, because such a logic can ultimately wreak havoc.
Why the PA can't — and won't — stop paying prisoners' families
(Yoni Mendel, +972mag
) Israel’s demand that the PA stop paying the families of Palestinian
prisoners is part of an intentional strategy to block any progress towards resolving the conflict. The problem
is that it’s working.
There are cases in which the use of the term "Holocaust" is appropriate, Jewish assimilation is such a
(Avraham Tirosh, Maariv
) The Holocaust and assimilation are not equal in nature, but they are
equal in the result. And as far as the future of the people is concerned, and only in this respect, there is
no difference in how many millions of our people went to perdition.
Everyone’s talking about Russia’s S-300. Why now, and why should Israel be worried?
+) The air defense system will not be a game changer for the Israeli air
force, but what it says about Putin favoring Tehran over Jerusalem is of greater concern.
Betweeen Teheran and Pyongyang - Who will give Trump a ladder
) In N. Korean, which in contrast to Iran, has nuclear weapons, they are certainly watching
Trump’s conduct regarding Iran with curiosity, and wondering whether the US is trustworthy about the agreements it
Sixty-seven Things Gideon Levy Loves About Israel
(Gideon Levy, Haaretz
+) Yom Kippur, Israeli wine, and Gaza. Haaretz's Gideon Levy was sent out
on a mission to find 70 things he loves about Israel and came up with 67 – and that wasn’t easy, either.
What will be? Who cares - without bloodshed, it won’t happen
) We don’t know what exactly will be - the future is in a fog - but blood will be shed. How
much? That’s still unclear. If we are lucky, little will be shed. If we aren’t lucky, a lot. Not all bloodshed is
avoidable, and not all of it is our responsibility, but it is perceived in the public discourse as a power of
nature that nothing can be said about. What can you say about the rain of the spring? It comes down and that’s
Israel’s Make-believe Independence
(Nehemia Shtrasler, Haaretz
+) Its citizens are in constant fear of the next war. The country is
totally dependent on its main ally. Is Israel genuinely independent?
Understanding the Hamas split
(Daniel Siryoti, Israel Hayom
) Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh sparked a bitter split when
he opted to follow Tehran's recommendations over the feelings of Hamas' own Gaza leader.
Israel’s 007 Fixation
(Amira Hass, Haaretz
+) The frightening message is that the world is a legitimate scene for
mutual hits – Palestinian, Israeli – and each will cut down others according to its intelligence and