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Parole for the Peace Now Bomber

Yona Avrushmi, who threw a grenade into a 1983 Peace Now rally, killing Emil Grunzweig, a founder of Peace Now, and wounding nine others, was granted parole and released from Rimonim Prison on this date in 2011. Avrushmi was convicted of murder and received a life sentence, but in 1995, President Ezer Weizman inexplicably commuted his sentence to twenty-seven years. In […]

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Fifty Years, and No End in Sight

HAS ISRAEL EVER TRULY INTENDED TO WITHDRAW FROM THE WEST BANK? by Ron Skolnik From the Summer 2017 issue of Jewish Currents   ON THE EVENING of November 4, 1995, I walked home happily to my small Tel Aviv apartment, having just been part of the massive crowd that had come out in support of Prime […]

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February 12: Ehud Barak

Ehud Barak, Israel’s 10th prime minister (1999-2001) and most highly decorated combat soldier in Israeli history, was born on Kibbutz Mishmar HaSharon on this date in 1942. He was trained in physics, mathematics, and engineering at Hebrew University and Stanford. Barak joined Israel’s armed forces in 1959 and served for thirty-five years, rising to the […]

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October 21: Sharon’s Death Sculpture

Israeli installation artist and sculptor Noam Braslavsky unveiled a life-sized, “breathing” sculpture of Ariel Sharon in a coma at the Kishon Gallery in Tel Aviv on this date in 2010. Sharon had been in a coma since suffering a massive stroke in 2006, and Braslavsky proposed that the sculpture “allows people in Israel to mourn […]

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July 8: Tzipi Livni

The most prominent woman politician in Israel today, minister of justice in Netanyahu’s third government from March 2013 until December 2014, Tzipi Livni was born in Tel Aviv on this date in 1958. Livni was the daughter of Irgun members and was raised a rightwing nationalist. She served in the Mossad, earned her law degree, […]

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June 6: The Lebanon War

Israeli armed forces numbering close to 80,000 invaded Lebanon on this date in 1982, four years after an Israeli invasion that had pushed the armed forces of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) north of the Litani River. The 1982 action, commanded by Ariel Sharon, was meant to complete the destruction of PLO infrastructure along the […]

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Ariel Sharon and Israeli Militarism

by Marc Jampole From the Spring 2014 issue of Jewish Currents Reviewed in this essay: Arik, by David Landau. Alfred A. Knopf, 2013, 635 pages. Napoleon once said that he needed ten thousand new soldiers a month to wage his wars. What he meant was that he knew that ten thousand of his own troops […]

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February 8: Abbas and Sharon Meet in Egypt

Mahmoud Abbas, one month after his convincing victory in the presidential election in the Palestinian territories, met with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Egypt on this date in 2005. Abbas declared an end to the four-year second Intifadah and Sharon agreed to release 500 Palestinian prisoners. The summit enabled Sharon to press ahead with […]

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