Lily Galili is a Haaretz correspondent, analyst on Israeli society and an expert on immigration from the former Soviet Union, and its political, cultural and social impact on Israeli society.
Galili joined Haaretz in 1982 as a media correspondent. During the first Lebanon war, when she was the first woman reporter to enter Lebanon, Galili gained vast experience in covering both military and civil protest groups, a field of expertise that reflects all changes in Israeli social and political development. Over the years. she has extensively covered the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with a focus on personal stories, and the Arab citizens of Israel.
Galili is a Nieman Fellow from Harvard and a graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, with a Master's Degree in communicaton.
She is currently working on a book on the 20 years of mass immigration to Israel from the former Soviet Union.
A deputy commander of an armored corps battalion was sent to jail yesterday for 28 days for refusing to serve in the territories, along with three reserve soldiers from his battalion.
Israel now encourages South Lebanese Army refugees to go home, giving a grant of $30,000 to those who do. In Lebanon, Hezbollah confiscates the money immediately upon arrival.
MK Roman Bronfman (Democratic Choice) has been holding a series of meetings with members of the Hadash faction to discuss possible collaboration in the political arena, including to join the proposed social-democratic bloc.
The recent attempt to amend the Law of Return to limit the immigration of grandchildren of Jews aroused a flurry of reactions - some expected, some less so - within the immigrant community and among its leaders.
National Union-Yisrael Beiteinu, headed by MK Avigdor Lieberman, is strengthening its ties with right-wing nationalist parties in the EU. MK Eliezer Cohen recently returned from Belgium, where he participated in a meeting of a bloc of such parties.
Having lodged itself close to the top of the national agenda, the issue of demography is forcing both the right and the left to grapple with the difficult dilemma at the heart of the state's character. Can Israel be a Jewish and democratic state? Is there any such animal?
Religious film-makers are a relatively new phenomenon on the Israeli scene. And their work is having an impact at festivals abroad, too.