Avi Gabbay has been elected the Labor Party's new chairman, but actually it's former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon who has the stuff to return Labor to its defense-focused roots
Israel Harel is a regular columnist for Haaretz. He is the founder of the Institute for Religious Zionism at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, which he headed until 1995.
Harel began working as a journalist in the 1960s, as a young contributor to the Eretz Yisrael Movement's newspaper, This is The Land.
He went on to serve as managing editor of the Hayom daily and in 1972 became the assistant editor for the weekend edition of Ma'ariv, at the time the most widely read newspaper in Israel. In addition to that position, Harel also worked as an investigative reporter on Israeli corruption.
In 1991, Harel was asked by Haaretz to contribute an occasional column and to write as a guest journalist. When Chanoch Marmori took over as editor-in-chief, Harel's column became weekly, and it has appeared every Thursday since.
As long as Israel remains reluctant to defeat the enemy, the sword will continue to devour and burn
Likud's ideological wing must join Habayit Hayehudi to thwart Israeli PM’s indirect strategy for establishing a Palestinian state on settlement ruins
At the many conferences marking the Six-Day War (or the 'occupation'), most of the panelists engage in criticism of Israel, sometimes lethal, especially over our relations with the Arabs
Trump must persuade us - and his persuasiveness suffered a harsh blow this week - that Israel’s security, status and dignity really are dear to his heart
Anarchy and intolerance toward minorities develop in places where minorities challenge the majority’s rule and the majority can't defend itself
Such anniversaries like Independence Day once celebrated the people's liberation of national sites, but they've since been supplanted by the barbecue and other entertainment
If leaders on both the Israeli and Palestinian side are brave, there is another way of solving the problem that would give the Palestinians a state five times larger than Israel
The days of McCarthyism in literature, culture and arts are nothing new, in fact they go back to the pre-state days of the Yishuv.
Expressing unacceptable opinions is not a reason, barring very extreme cases, to disqualify anyone’s candidacy for the Israel Prize in an existing category.