Surrounded by highly motivated advisers, Menachem Begin signed a peace treaty with Egypt while forsaking some of his cherished beliefs. It’s hard to find anyone of similar stature in Israel today
Amid Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to skirt corruption charges, the country’s moral decay is similar to that of Vichy France
A society that fails to call its leaders to account for their sins weakens the society’s antibodies to other diseases of government
Fear has driven Israel’s behavior in Jerusalem since 1967; from a city formerly associated with majesty and holiness, it has morphed into an alienated real estate project
Haaretz’s Jerusalem correspondent covered the story of the city’s unification in the wake of the Six-Day War. Fifty years later he revisits the the dramatic decision that changed the face of the Middle East
Like the members of Israel's Jewish Underground in 1980, today’s right-wing politicians are aware of the trouble their actions are likely to bring on the country, but they are secretly counting on divine salvation.
Already in his political science class 50 years ago, there were students who felt that Avineri was presenting a holistic, absolute version of things devoid of doubt.
The defense minister's judgment is shaped by his psychological attitude to Palestinians' (or 'Arabs') – not by a rational analysis of events.
The former prime minister's conduct up until his formal conviction this week provided plenty of reasons to distance him from the public arena.
Israeli apathy toward the goings-on in court between former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his ex-aide Shula Zaken is worthy of contempt.
By attempting to portray the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef as a living 'father,' Shas party leaders and the rabbi's children are serving their own political purposes.
In Netanyahu’s mental and conceptual outlook, the world of the 21st century isn’t different from the world of 1940-1945.
The public has the right to know the total amounts that were transferred to the settlement enterprise.
For Netanyahu, the public arena is a hunting ground for him to roam and from which to extract maximal personal gain.
Did the Israeli voters care to know anything about the candidates who stood in the shadows behind their party leaders?
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is perceived as someone for whom deceit is an integral part of his character.
There is something unreasonable about such an extreme development - from putting the Iranian issue at the top of the national (and international) agenda for many long months, to its almost total banishment from the public discourse.
From now on, all citizens should know that when they put the slip bearing the letters of the unified party 'Likud-Beitenu" in the ballot box, they are voting for a platform that seeks to hold onto the territories, to perpetuate discrimination, to reject any chance for reconciliation with the Palestinians, and to face off against the world.
The state has come a long way toward reconciling with its enemies - who foisted on it the Six-Day War - when it has shown a readiness to pay the necessary price to do so.
Kadima, Labor and Likud are names, or brands, more than they are political organizations with clearly recognizable features and distinct diplomatic and social platforms.
Elections in this country, both primary as well as parliamentary, are viewed as a personal battle rather than a contest of ideas. Neither concern for the state nor loyalty to a party motivates political races, but personal ambition.
When Mofaz the politician took off his uniform, he also dropped his aloof, reserved attitude toward the ethnic debate.
Deri?s depiction as a statesmanlike figure looking out for the public good is as valid as his claim that he decided to run for mayor because of his concern for the city.
Unless drastic change occurs, Jewish participation in city's labor force will drop to 43% in 2020.
Like many gamblers, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert never knew how to draw the line around his pursuit of profit.
The precedent of the Gaza Strip pullout shows that Israel should be prepared to leave the West Bank while there is still time.
The norm among many countries that find treasonous citizens in their midst is to punish them - sometimes meting out the greatest punishment there is - but they do not revoke their citizenship.
Media advisers will always seek to depict candidates as regular, likable folks who see eye to eye with their fellow citizens, as individuals whose authority has not gone straight to their heads.
The U.S. administration believes its role is to encourage Israel and the PA to reach an agreement, but it does not believe in forcing its views on the two sides. This is an enlightened, pleasant approach, but in the Mideast jungle it is terribly out of place.