Jewish Ideas Daily has been succeeded and re-launched as Mosaic. Read more...

Six-Day War

The Challenge of Sovereignty The Challenge of Sovereignty
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 by Michael B. Oren | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

On the eve of Israel's independence, David Ben-Gurion sat alone, questioning whether a people so long accustomed to being the victims of sovereign power could take responsibility for themselves.
On Silence On Silence
Monday, April 15, 2013 by Anita Shapira | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Eschewing Jewish expressions of mourning, Israel's founding generations shaped a national ethos of silence and self-restraint, which found expression in the words of poet David Shimoni: “Don’t mourn, don’t cry/ at a time like this./ Don’t lower your head,/ Work! Work!”
Leibowitz at 110 Leibowitz at 110
Monday, February 11, 2013 by Jeffrey Saks | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

A scientist, a philosopher, and a sharp-tongued public intellectual, Yeshayahu Leibowitz was an oracle for some, a crank to others.  Two decades since his death, his ideas remain influential on Israeli society.
Justice in a Gray World Justice in a Gray World
Monday, December 31, 2012 by Robert Nicholson | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The Law In These Parts, a new documentary that places the blame for Palestinian woes on Israel's military lawyers, exhibits scant awareness of history—and limited knowledge of law.
Partition, Then and Now Partition, Then and Now
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by Allan Arkush | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Since the beginning of the Zionist project, the partition of the land into two states has never found enthusiastic support among either Jews or Arabs.
The Soul of the Sabra The Soul of the Sabra
Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Allan Arkush | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

For those who have been taught—by Peter Beinart or some other recent chronicler of Israel’s history—that Zionism only began to go awry after 1967, Patrick Tyler’s new book might come as a shock.  Israel’s aggressive territorial ambitions didn’t emerge after the Six-Day War, Tyler argues, but antedated that (to his mind) avoidable conflict by more than a decade. 
What are Israel’s Rights in Judea and Samaria? Two Views What are Israel’s Rights in Judea and Samaria? Two Views
Thursday, August 9, 2012 by JHH Weiler, Yaffa Zilbershats, and Avi Bell | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Two differing views of a controversial report on the legality of Jewish settlements in territories seized in the Six-Day War.
The Six-Day War: Day Six The Six-Day War: Day Six
Sunday, June 10, 2012 by | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

After five days spent battling Arab forces, Israel now faced a new opponent: time. With the Egyptians and Jordanians out of the war, and the Syrians having agreed to a ceasefire, the Security Council was becoming restless.
The Six-Day War: Day Five The Six-Day War: Day Five
Saturday, June 9, 2012 by | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Once Dayan decided against a limited attack in the Golan and opted instead to take the entire Heights, Israel's air force pounded the Syrians.  The Syrians had supposed the Israelis to be tired and intimidated by their incessant shelling . . . 
Day Four: <i>“Attack! Attack!”</i> Day Four: “Attack! Attack!”
Friday, June 8, 2012 by Allan Arkush | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

On June 1, 1967, when Prime Minister Levi Eshkol yielded to public pressure and turned over the portfolio of defense minister to former IDF chief of staff Moshe Dayan, the mood in Israel changed overnight.
Page 1 of 212
Editors' Picks
Jerusalem Unified , Jewish Ideas Daily. Today, on Yom Yerushalayim, Israel commemorates the unification of Jerusalem, when the IDF wrested East Jerusalem and the Old City from Jordanian control.  Here's how it happened. 
Dreams of the Promised Land , Israel State Archives. A declared supporter of Israel, Martin Luther King was officially invited to Israel several times during the 1960s, and gladly accepted each invitation.  So, why did his visit never take place?
No, No, and No Again Tamara Zieve, Jerusalem Post. This week in 1967, the Arab League passed the Khartoum resolution, stating that there would be no negotiation with Israel, no recognition of Israel, and no peace with Israel.
Israel is Not Bluffing David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy. After the collapse of the Congress of Vienna settlement, Europe endured two world wars before establishing a new order. Israel is gearing up for a similar scenario in the Middle East.
Israel: The Home Video Michal Shmulovich, Times of Israel. A new film brings together amateur footage spanning 60 years—from Jews sailing to pre-state Palestine to an eight-couple wedding to Menachem Begin making peace with Anwar Sadat.
Accounting for Anti-Zionism Efraim Karsh, Israel Affairs. The equation of anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism is often dismissed as “Zionist propaganda.” But the claim challenges one of the fundamental tenets of Zionism.
Keepers of the Kibbutz Jeffrey Barken, JNS. While the number of international recruits to kibbutzim has declined since the 1970s, the kibbutz movement has spearheaded a revival of volunteerism over the last decade.