A main argument coming out of the army’s PR machine is that the conflict in the north is strategically critical, and for that reason most resources are being directed there, but that’s an evasion
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.
It is not respectable to submit this bill to the vote in such a cynical way, which degrades its ideological, Zionist and Jewish content
The Israeli left has been going downhill ever since it abandoned the land- and nation-building that was championed by its giants of the past
Even though the cries of the local residents reach the heavens, the fires continue. The IDF is focusing as usual on finding sterile technological solutions
Brig. Gen. Ofer Winter doesn’t settle for the strategy of containment. He takes the battle to the end
The prime minister ought to be the good guy in the 'wiretapping affair.' Not Netanyahu, but rather those who divulged state secrets, should be held to public account
As far as the Palestinians are concerned, if they leave the refugee camps or rebuild Gaza, their struggle will die. To advance the national cause – a full return to their land – the more they preserve the bad the better
The 2000 exit from Lebanon without an agreement remains the disaster that keeps causing more disasters for Israel
How can any Israelis complain about raising economic, political pressure on Tehran?
Despite what detractors say, a proposed law is meant to rein in the judicial branch’s excessive eagerness to undermine the independence of the legislative branch
If we act – and we must – to eliminate Assad's poison gas, we will be a light unto the nations
How did Netanyahu pin the blame on the group for the failure of the asylum seeker deal with Rwanda? He just knew he needed to supply supporters with a demon that forced him to make his latest flip-flop
Despite all the trouble, never before in history has the Jewish state flourished the way it does today, nor has it been as secure as it is now
Ron Lauder claimed in a New York Times op-ed that Israel’s policies cause ‘assimilation’ and ‘alienation’ from Israel. Is he serious?
Israel can grant Africans a 10-year visa, during which it will become clear, to them and to us, where they are heading
Netanyahu and his supporters have accused the heads of the police of trying to bring down the right-wing government. That’s nonsense
Attacks did not start with our 1967 takeover of Samaria or the Jordan Valley. They began 120 years ago, at the start of the return of Jews to the Land of Israel
The quiet on Israel's border with Lebanon is an illusion of those who prefer to bury their heads in the sand- and as it continues, Hezbollah stocks up on arms almost uninterrupted
After all, what is Pence's statement, 'Your fight is our fight,' and the pledge, 'America stands with Israel'?
It’s not the army’s job to promote ideological societal agendas – not religious ones, and also not feminist ones