Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Knesset, Prime Minister Designate, outgoing Prime Minister, President of the Supreme Court, honored guests.
In the Book of Judges, the phrase “the land was peaceful for 40 years” appears three times. I don’t know what will happen in 40 years, but let us all hope that in the future, we will be able to say of the government we are forming today: “the land was peaceful for four years.”
Because that is what we need. Israel is hurting. It is time for peace in this land.
In a democratic country, governments rise and fall. A generation…
Exuberance and spontaneous celebration marked the end of Bibi Netanyahu’s long tenure as Prime Minister of Israel. Strengthening the relationship between Israel and the Democratic Party is a high priority for the new Government of Israel.
By Brian Jaffee, Founding Co-Chair of Heart of a Nation
In the classic film, Jerry Maguire, the eponymous lead character experiences an epiphany leading to a perfect understanding of why he’s doing what he is doing. In this singular moment of clarity, he codifies his creed and distributes it to his entire office. When colleague after colleague tells him “I loved your memo”, he protests, “It’s not a memo, it’s a Mission Statement.”
By The Honorable Robert Wexler, President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, for Heart of a Nation
Although a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement may not be within reach under present circumstances, there is much that can be done now to build popular support for peacebuilding.
Taking concrete steps to narrow the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, advance rights and improve lives without compromising security, can begin to restore a modicum of trust between Israelis and Palestinians and break the current political gridlock. …
By Michael Prashker, author of “A Place for Us All: Social Cohesion and the Future of Israel,” for Heart of a Nation
The current assault on democracy is not confined to the United States and Israel. Evidently our unprecedentedly crowded, pressured and inter-connected planet provides as fertile conditions for a populist pandemic as it does for other viruses. Though a cliché, such moments of crisis do offer opportunities. One is to address the profound schism between progressives around the world and Israel caused by the long-growing perception of an increasingly unbridgeable democratic divide. The distress and anger of progressives with…
“This is the business we’ve chosen.” — Hyman Roth to Michael Corleone, The Godfather, Part 2
By Rabbi Irwin Kula for Heart of a Nation
The hard stuff — by which I mean new thinking that is upstream from daily politics — requires investment of time, and social, intellectual, relational, and financial capital. All of us need to be very honest, however smart we are: our ideologies/solutions are not sufficient to the challenges we face. …
“African Americans who for many decades have added to the diversity and defense of Israel are threatened with deportation.”
By Joe Perlov, A’shanti Gholar, Jonathan Kessler, and Stav Shaffir for Heart of a Nation
Forty-five members of the Black Hebrew Israelite community recently received letters from the Interior Ministry ordering them to leave the country within 60 days, after they had sought to regularize their residency status in Israel. Many have lived in Israel without any legal status for more than 20 years — including people who were born in Israel. Haaretz, April 26, 2021
The catastrophe facing the African…
“Inequality is not just a serious social problem. It has internal and external strategic implications and constitutes a significant threat to national security.”
By Chagai Tzuriel for Heart of a Nation
Growing inequality has been leading to growing tension between publics and establishments, not only in countries with authoritarian regimes, but in liberal democracies in the west, including the United States, as well.
Large frustrated and disgruntled publics who did not enjoy the fruits of globalization and were even hurt by it in their view, rebelled against it, whilst populist nationalist leaders rode the wave and fomented it at one…
Israelis are adept at the pretense of normalcy. We move with seeming ease between daily life and life-threatening crisis. Our home front has endured assaults from Saddam Hussein’s Scud missiles, Hezbollah’s Katyushas and precision missiles, Hamas’s homemade rockets and the more lethal Iranian models currently falling on our neighborhoods, along with suicide bombing and car ramming and stabbing sprees.
The Israeli ethos of coping is summed up in an ironic but heartfelt phrase, Lo na’im, lo norah, “not so pleasant but not so terrible.” …
While far too much in the latest escalation between Israel and Gaza militants is tragically familiar, the new and in many ways most frightening aspect is the internal Arab-Jewish violence plaguing Israel’s so-called mixed cities that many have worried could spiral into a civil war.
Arab rioters have torched synagogues and Jewish-owned businesses. Mobs of extremist Jews have beaten Arab citizens nearly to death and vandalized their homes, shops and cars. On Monday, Yigal Yehoshua, a 56-year-old Jewish resident of Lod, died from injuries he sustained when Arabs tried to avenge the fatal shooting of Moussa Hassouna, also from Lod.