Meir Margalit studied Jewish emigration from Palestine during the British Mandate. It had numerous causes — economic distress, the precarious security situation and even the Zionist movement’s cruelty toward the sick and the old — but its effect on the Zionist project at the time was minimal
When Uri Avnery couldn’t find a suitable word to express what he wanted to say, he invented a new one. This sometimes happened with facts that didn’t fit the idea he sought to advance
The latest Barak biography reads as if it was written 50 years ago, when Israel loved to love its army, and it was clear who the ruling elite was.
Gish Amit alleges that the National Library pilfered Torahs belonging to Yemenite Jews and books owned by Arabs to advance the Zionist enterprise. That may be true, but so what?
A new book by Kastner’s killer leaves many questions about the murder still unanswered. The state, for its part, refuses to declassify a document relevant to the event.
In Tom Segev's final column, he continues to shine a light on missing chapters of Israeli history.
Incredible as it may seem, Stalin's Soviet Union was once at the center of Israeli identity.
Sun Yat-sen's sympathetic attitude towards the Jews deserves mention precisely because he owed them nothing.
It is customary to hold Ben-Gurion responsible for the failure to separate church from state. But don't blame the old man.
A few years ago, Prof. Dan Amir embarked on a genealogical quest which turned out to be more perplexing than most mathematical puzzles he is used to dealing with.
Newly-released documents shed light on the infamous 'Doctors' Plot' in the Soviet Union, and the dilemma faced by the Israeli government.
The Turks' efforts to conquer Europe - and the world - are succinctly described in a book which has just come out in Hebrew.
The journal Odyssey recently discussed the worst processes taking place in the world today – cultural restructuring, mass suicide and ominous migration. But voting in my old high school was a trauma like no other.
The local political system does not encourage one-man factions in the Knesset as they jeopardize governability - but they are also some of the most original and courageous politicians.
Conversations with relatives of politicians who led the country reveal that nothing fed their ego more than the sense that they had been wronged.
Historical memory fits right in with the media's tendency today to rank nearly everything.
British historian Antony Beevor presented the controversial thesis from his new best-seller at Yad Vashem this week.
Public auctions and eBay sell historic documents to the highest bidder, including 772 items connected with Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion.
For some reason news that is half a century old enjoys an aura of credibility, as though it is enough that its origin is a yellowing screen preserved in some archive.
National responsibility was not expected of a 'sahbak' – it sufficed for him to give you a cigarette.
From Havana to Tehran, Tom Segev takes a look at a world of 'what-ifs.'
Today, Ben-Gurion could declare with satisfaction that he was right: A thousand conquests haven't conquered Gaza.
This story revolves around three individuals, each of whom could be the initial subject for a drama.
A look at the German Kaiser's visit to the Holy Land in 1898 through the eyes of the enigmatic writer Lydia Mamreoff-Mountford.
Leading Holocaust historian Professor Yehuda Bauer finds himself at odds with the historiographic establishment.
As the old quarrels between the Israeli right and left fade into the past, it increasingly seems that their differences were not truly significant.
The 21-year-old Kennedy left Palestine more pro-British than when he arrived.
The shock, the disappointment, the insult and anger Israel expressed so alarmed the Americans that they went out of their way to conciliate the Jewish state.
This year, as per a decision by the Education Ministry, both leaders are focal points of school curricula, in what seems like an effort to put them on similar footing in terms of importance.
In Australia, immigration museum teaches visitors that millions of human beings from 200 countries have found a good life in Australia.