Author: Noam Weissman

Yom Kippur, Then and Now

Yom Kippur takes on added significance in Israel because of the Yom Kippur War in 1973, which Arabs often refer to as the October War or Ramadan War.

Israeli Election Results

Back in April of this year, Israel held national elections. With Likud and Kachol Lavan tied at 35 seats apiece, PM Benjamin Netanyahu (head of Likud) was given the mandate to form a new government, as he was expected to have the greatest chance of forming a coalition of 61 seats.

West Bank Annexation?

In an election speech, PM Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to apply sovereignty to the Jordan Valley portion of the West Bank.

Israeli Judoka Wins World Championship

Israeli judo competitor, or “judoka,” Sagi Muki took home the gold at the World Judo Championship in Tokyo, on Wednesday, becoming the first Israeli man to do so.

Temple Mount Controversy

When I was a high school principal, I used to take the seniors on what we called “The Poland-Israel Experience,” a trip familiar to many

“Choose life” – The Jewish Secret to Survival

No matter our struggles, challenges, insecurities or pain, we have the power of choice. The question is, what do we choose? “Choose life.” “Choose life.” A few days after Dvir Sorek, the 19-year-old Yeshiva student and soldier, was murdered by Palestinian terrorists, I keep repeating his father Yoav’s eulogy, in which he implored everyone to “choose life.”

Ayelet Shaked and the United Right

Who is Ayelet Shaked? 43-year-old Ayelet Shaked grew up in Tel Aviv, where she still lives. She holds degrees in electrical engineering and computer science and worked in hi-tech before her foray into politics in 2006.

Ehud Barak is Re-entering Israeli Politics

Barak, the most decorated officer and longest-serving IDF chief of staff in Israeli history, served as prime minister from 1999-2001 and defense minister (under Ehud Olmert and Benjamin Netanyahu) from 2007-2013.