Editorials from ERETZ Magazine
The Rule of Law Gang
surface, it appears that Israel's
leadership and government are a corrupt group of individuals
who have taken over the country for their own personal gain.
The Privatization of the Mother Kibbutz
Kibbutz Deganiya Aleph announced yesterday
that after a three-year-long debate, the kibbutz members had voted
to "privatize" the kibbutz. In doing so, Deganiya
Aleph joined the 150 other kibbutzim that have chosen to adopt
The Jesus Burial Cave: A Storm in a Teacup
Archeology and religion do not go together. Using archaeology to prove,
disprove, or change a historical fact is something that should be
left to the realm of fantasy and sensationalism. It definitely
should not be confused with serious academic work or reality.
Olmert's Folly: The Temple Ramp Excavations
Israel has all the legal rights to conduct excavations by the Mugrabim Gate - but
is it wise to do so at this time?
The Treasury of Israel Versus Holocaust Survivors
On January 16, MK Yuri Stern passed away
after a long illness. He was a different kind of Knesset member
- a true representative of some of the most neglected groups
of Israeli society.
December 30, 2006
The Frog Test
If we still need proof that global weather patterns are changing, this winter
Israel supplies it in abundance.
September 17, 2006
Herzl's Children to be Interned on Mount Herzl
76 years after their death, Theodor Herzl's children will be brought to
Jerusalem and buried next to him, in accordance with his
wishes. Ironically, the country that was established due to Herzl's
vision and perseverance, did not want to fulfill the will of its founder.
September 9, 2006
in Tel Aviv to Protest
The rage that
Israelis feel and their frustration with an obtuse government is not dying down.
On Saturday evening, thousands of people gathered in Tel Aviv to demonstrate.
August 25, 2006
The Frying Pan and
Agranat Square is named after the supreme court
justice who headed the investigation after the Yom Kippur War in
1973 that brought about the resignation of Prime Minister
Golda Meir, Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, and IDF Chief of Staff
August 18, 2006
The Survival of
Israel is at Stake
The war has
exposed something that many Israelis have felt for a long time but have avoided thinking about:
The state apparatus of Israel is rotten to the core.
August 18, 2006
Back to Normal?
As the ceasefire
agreement appears to be working and residents of northern Israel are returning
to their homes and rebuilding their lives, domestic scandals are returning the
August 12, 2006
In the early
hours of Friday morning, fifteen jeeps headed out of Tel Aviv toward the
embattled north. They were laden with supplies donated by private individuals:
Blankets and food, medicine, books and games, electronic equipment, stretchers. All over the country,
this phenomena is being repeated. Where is the government
of Israel in all this?
August 11, 2006
Olmert Has to Go
in Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's demise is now being played out. After
the cabinet finally allowed the army to launch the massive land
operation that would have encircled southern Lebanon in three
days and changed the rules in the region dramatically, Olmert halted the operation. At first,
he did so for 24 hours. Then, for another 48 hours. And now, he has extended it for an undefined period.
August 10, 2006
As the anger over the ineptitude of
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's government grows, Likud Party Chairman Binyamin (Bibi)
Netanyahu's star is on the rise. He is everywhere. He's fighting the hasbara war in England and in the United States,
supporting the government, and doing everything that he can do
August 7, 2006
Time to Pounce
There has been a dramatic escalation in the number of missiles
the Hizbullah fired into Israel in the last two days. It jumped from an average of 100 missiles a day
to over 200 missiles a day. The
results have been 15 Israelis dead - many of them Israeli-Arabs
nearly 200 wounded, plus major damage to property. The military
analysts and commentators foresaw this sudden escalation.
August 1, 2006
Acute Stomach Ache
IDF Chief of
General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz, has been
hospitalized twice in the last three days for acute stomachaches. Nothing
serious is wrong, he simply has a stomach inflammation, according to the
spokespeople of the IDF and the hospital. But the uneasy stomach
rumblings throughout the country are a sign that something is
very wrong in
the way that this war is being conducted.
July 28, 2006
Back to the Basics
centuries ago, Prussian military thinker Carl von Clausewitz set
out the rules of modern military engagement. The attacking force, Clausewitz
stipulated, must outnumber the
defending force by three to one. Why? In order to outweigh
the three advantages of the defenders: control of the terrain;
established defenses; and intimate knowledge of the area. Time and
time again, the brilliance of these Prussian rules of combat has
been demonstrated - and now it is becoming evident that they
also apply to the current engagement in Lebanon.
July 25, 2006
Finance Ministry Versus the North
While Israelis in
the Galilee and all over Israel have come together to aid the war effort, it
seems as if the Government of Israel, and especially the officials at the
Finance Ministry, are on a different planet.
July 23, 2006
A Hush of Determination
For the last week,
since the battle in the north started, there has been a kind of hush among the
ERETZ staff. It is the same hush that is sensed in the streets of Israel – from
the most secure to the ones under fire today. It is the hush of determination,
of unity of purpose, of the consensus that Israelis, like other people, are
entitled to live a normal life.
July 22, 2006
Hizbullah in Proportion
The Israeli press
tends to portray Hizbullah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah as a strategic
monster and a planning genius. The bellicose threats he makes on his own
television station are repeated and analyzed in the Israeli media. The pundits
panic the public as they debate when and how Nasrallah's threats will be carried
out. In the process, the images of Nasrallah and the Hizbullah have grown
completely out of proportion to reality.
July 15, 2006
The Shi'ite-Sunni Genie is out of the Bottle
Even though the rocket attacks
on the Galilee
are still continuing, the Hizbullah is finding it
more and more difficult to launch them. The Hizbullah headquarters
in Beirut has been destroyed, communications with southern
Lebanon have been severed, and this morning Hizbullah centers in
Tripoli were attacked. The next stage is to clean up southern
Lebanon, ending the domination of the Hizbullah and its supporters - the Shi'ite
July 14, 2006
Changing the Rules
For the last
decade, the Islamic extremists have set the rules of the game of terror. They
are allowed to perpetuate any atrocity that they can come up with, but the free
world has to abide by the rules of moderation, proportional actions, and all the
shackles that Islam, through the Western world's organizations, can heap on its
prey. Israel has finally decided to put an end to the charade.
July 13, 2006
War on the Lebanese Border
Six years ago,
Israel retreated from Southern Lebanon to the international border - complying
with all the whims and even wild interpretations of where the border used to be,
by the Hizbullah and the United Nations.
Since the establishment of the State
of Israel, 30 different governments have held office. They have
encompassed 629 ministers, including 39 ministers of finance, 38 ministers
of defense, and 71 ministers without portfolio. Only two of the
governments of Israel have managed to survive in office for the
full four-year term. The average has been less than two years,
which means that 19
governments didn't even make the average.
108 years after
the first Zionist Congress in Basel, the exact borders of Israel still have not
been determined. The British offered Uganda and, when this was rejected;
suggested the Sinai Peninsula. Then, 14 years later in 1947, the Balfour
Declaration offered Palestine as the homeland of the Jewish people.