From the United Nations to the media, and from academia to international NGOs, the attacks on Israel’s legitimacy as the nation-state of the Jewish people are growing. To win this war of words, Israel’s defenders must be able to clearly explain the ideas and circumstances that led to the creation of modern Israel and underpin its existence today. In this single-volume collection, Dr. Einat Wilf does just that, presenting her most important essays on the Middle East, Israel, Zionism, and public diplomacy.
Since leaving the Knesset in 2013, Dr. Einat Wilf has traveled the world as a “roving ambassador” for Israel, presenting Israel’s case to Jewish communities, student groups, and parliaments. Read this profile of her work in Atmosphere, El Al’s in-flight magazine.
In this presentation to a group of students, Dr. Wilf gives a broad introduction to Israel by presenting five concepts that are critical to understanding Israeli society, history, and politics. In less than an hour, she provides a framework for understanding what is really going on in Israel, and why.
In this debate on Sky News, Dr. Wilf explains the most fundamental issue that prevents the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from being resolved: the Palestinians’ ongoing refusal to recognize the right of the Jewish people to sovereignty in any part of its ancient homeland.
Dr. Wilf grew up as a member of the Israeli left who believed that when the Palestinians would have their own sovereign state, Israel would finally live in peace. But like many Israelis of the left, she lost the certainty that she once had. This essay in Al Monitor reveals Dr. Wilf’s new vision for peace.
Israel is right now at war. It is a war in which the weapons are not tanks, airplanes, or missiles, but words, images, and ideas. Defenders of Israel must understand the kind of ideological war they are fighting before they can prepare a plan for victory. In this lecture, Dr. Wilf discusses how Israel can fight and win the battle of the mind.
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). In this essay published in Fathom, Dr. Wilf offers ideas for what to do about UNRWA.
When done right, the Netanyahu Doctrine is a masterful tightrope walk over the twin abyss of Vietnam and Munich: Prepare for war too much and you risk instigating the very war you wish to avoid; prepare too little and you risk encouraging aggression through weakness and appeasement. In this post published in CNN’s Global Public Square, Dr. Wilf explains the Israeli prime minister’s careful balancing act.