When people think of visiting Israel, few consider going to Hebron. The city is depicted as contentious, dangerous and unpleasant. It is associated with “Occupation,” poverty and apartheid. Who would want to go there? Even most Israelis don’t consider Hebron a place they would want to visit, much less live. This reality ironic, considering the … More The Hebrews of Hebron
Yesterday we learned that the terrorist who smashed Ronen Lubarsky’s head with a slab of marble was arrested. It was Ronen’s friends, from his unit, who made the arrest. The terrorist is named Islam and he comes from a family of Hamas terrorists serving prison sentences for murdering Jews. He served a prison sentence between … More Israel in one image: this is why we do what we do
Two nights ago I sat in a restaurant with my family. The singing from the table behind us signified that it was not just my birthday. Grandparents were sitting at the center of a long table. The grandmother holding a newborn baby, her husband next to her, surrounded by their five married children, each with … More What happens after the terror attack?
I can’t believe it’s been twenty years. I remember it like it was yesterday. It’s not the day itself I remember, just one vivid scene that forever changed me. I was in 10th grade. Recess. Suddenly the school sound system was broadcasting the news. They never did that. Sometimes they played music. Usually it was … More How Israel taught me the meaning of “E pluribus unum”
How many people stop to consider what life is like, after the terror attack is over? Very often lives are changed, forever. The murder of Dafna Meir was one of the more horrifying attacks Israel experienced last year. How many people stopped to consider Renana afterwards? What will her life be like? Eldest of Dafna … More Life after terror: Light for Renana Meir
I read two pages and burst into tears. Startled, Lenny asked me “Why are you crying?” Looking at my book, “Hit Team” about the Munich Olympic Massacre, he said: “But you know what happened there. And you’ve seen the countless attacks that have happened since. What made you cry now?” He was right of course. … More This is Israel’s Secret Sauce
A new Chief of Staff was chosen to lead the IDF, the Israeli Defense Forces. Gadi Eizenkot, promoted to one of the most important positions in Israel, responsible the safety of all Israelis and the protection of the country from threats within and without, could not talk to the media. Some formalities needed to be … More He’s such a nice boy…