Category: Articles

The Mitzvot of Peoplehood – Some Proposals

More than eight years ago I published an article titled “The Mitzvot of Peoplehood” where I posed the following question: “I’m a member of the Jewish People. So what should I do when I wake up in the morning?” I’ve…

UNRWA: an obstacle to peace? – Published in Fathom

One of the greatest obstacles to peace, and certainly the least acknowledged, is the perpetuation of the Palestinian refugee problem and the inflation of its scale by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Whereas the actual number of…

Is Israel a ‘Jewish and Democratic’ State?

Nothing could be more harmful to the domestic debate within Israel and our ability to continue the project of Jewish sovereignty and wrestle with its implications than the phrase “Jewish and democratic.” Tzipi Livni, Israel’s minister of justice, nominated on…

Can Palestinians Accept Existence of Jewish State?

As long as Palestinians consider the conflict with Israel as an existential question — denying Jews the right of their own state — there can be no solution based on land repartition. As Israeli and Palestinian negotiators begin a new…

Some Israelis Dread Peace Talks

I am writing the following as a citizen — not as an analyst of Israeli and regional politics, and not as a politician with a worldview. I am writing the following as an Israeli citizen who sits in cafes with friends,…

Israel Needs ‘Neutral Bunker’ Policy

For more than two years, Israel has found itself in the eye of a storm. This is not to say that Israel has been at the center of events. Quite the contrary — the eye of the storm is a very…