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.
Recent clashes in Jerusalem's Old City prove that under Netanyahu’s rule, Israelis are the ones to cave in – rather than Palestinians
The bloody doctrine of 'containment' must give way to decisive victory, which will cause the enemy to lay down its arms. Only then can peace be imposed upon it
A vast majority of Poles and others remain haters of the Jewish people, but some Israeli politicians, diplomats and Holocaust researchers are foolishly saying they’re shocked by this ‘generalization’
The fuel that is igniting the campaign against Ariel University is purely political and ideological
Habayit Hayehudi has become more extremist, and moderate voices are finding homes elsewhere
Labor is spent, while Habayit Hayehudi is functioning as a sectoral party, with rabbis calling the shots
In questioning the nation-state law, even the 'conservative' justices are causing grave damage to the soul of the nation that returned to Zion with so much suffering
In addition to the secular and traditional-Jewish pool of voters who seek a genuine, honest right-wing home is a second pool, also large, composed of the so-called 'knitted kippa' religious Zionists
This hatred, however deep, is emotional, incidental and transitory; If the opposition wants to draw the nation’s hearts to them, it would do well to wash its hands of those mired in the swamp of hatred
Well-intentioned people who have blinded themselves to reality seek to duplicate the brilliant model of 'the disengagement is good for security' from Lebanon and Gaza in Judea and Samaria
The Israelis are the modern-day Maccabees, fighting - the few against the many, the weak against the strong - against the existential danger posed by the tunnels
Netanyahu certainly recognizes the added diplomatic value of increasing the Jewish population in East Jerusalem’s Jewish neighborhoods by some 50,000, if not more
Israel's large army, which is endowed with a bounty of resources, is incapable of preventing Hezbollah and Hamas from making Israelis’ lives an ongoing hell
In Iran, Syria, Lebanon and beyond, they’re watching, listening and drawing conclusions from Israel's conduct during the last round of hostility with Gaza
Western Jews are threatened by assimilation and only in Israel is it possible to live on any point of the Jewish spectrum, and especially on the secular end, without needing to assimilate
For years I’ve been harping that the Shin Bet, through its informant, distributed an image showing Rabin in an SS uniform, leveling an extremely serious accusation against the Shin Bet
Aware that the Israeli aim in Gaza is a Palestinian state led by Hamas, not Fatah, it is confronting us, quite successfully, with a balance of terror
The opposition leader's objections to the legislation were very minor, but she changed her tune once she got a chance to brand herself the leader of the left
The leftist justice system is drawing up its get-out-of-jail card for the prime minister, just as it did over 20 years ago with Ariel Sharon
Left-wingers have given us policies leading to rocket fire on communities near Gaza, but even they wouldn’t be able to get the Palestinians to agree to any peace deal cooked up by Trump
An Israeli judge just passed the first ruling based on the nation-state law, daring to impose damages on a terror organization for injury to a Jew. Critics roiled, but a much more racist law was passed 24 years ago, by a left-wing coalition