On Yitzhak Tabenkin

Yitzhak Tabenkin was, together with David Ben-Gurion and Berl Katznelson, one of three who made the Labour-Zionist revolution in Palestine during the pre-State struggles in the inter-war period. Indeed, Ben-Gurion was said to have joined Poale Zion at Tabenkin’s home in Warsaw at the turn of the century. All were highly influenced by the Marxist-Zionist … Read more

President Bush and Shamir’s Government

President Bush’s threat last week to veto any immediate Congressional approval of the US$10 billion in loan guarantees to Israel for the absorption of Soviet Jewish immigrants caused a near apoplectic reaction in Jerusalem and from the Israeli government’s hardline supporters in the United States. The reaction has hardly been diffused by secretary of state … Read more

National Security and the Rule of Law

The security of the State of Israel is the central psychological factor which governs the approach of the ordinary citizen to the Palestinian problem. But how is national security interpreted? Does control over the West Bank and its inhabitants increase Israel’s national security or does it ultimately endanger the existence of the Jewish state? If … Read more

Them or Us

To judge by the noises of horror that greeted the appointment of Rehavam Ze’evi to the Israeli cabinet, one would imagine that the ideas he stands for—most notably, “transfer” of Palestinians out of the Occupied Territories—were outside the bounds of decent opinion. Even the defence minister, Moshe Arens, a prominent figure on the Israeli right, … Read more