Jewish Journal

Uri Dromi

  • Student cartoon contest commemorates Charlie Hebdo

    January 7, 2016 | 5:07 pm

    Last May, the Jerusalem Press Club (JPC) held an international conference on freedom of the press. Some 50 journalists and activists came here from all around the world to discuss the threats against journalists and the assaults on media freedom. The testimonials of participants...

  • Yitzhak Rabin: A statesman among politicians

    October 29, 2015 | 10:56 am

    Almost half a century ago, at the Israeli Air Force flying school, I received my wings from then-Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, Gen. Yitzhak Rabin. Soon after, he became the hero of the Six-Day War, then ambassador to the United States, Israeli prime minister and then...

  • Two-state solution, found

    October 15, 2015 | 2:11 pm

    Earlier this month, a group of undergraduates from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University concluded a 10-day visit in Israel. During their trip they met with people from right and left, Arabs and Jews, Palestinians and Israelis, religious and non-religious Jews,...

  • Lessons of Gaza

    August 4, 2015 | 5:47 pm

    Anniversaries always present us with an opportunity to reflect on the past and to try to learn from history.

    British military thinker and historian B.H. Liddell Hart wote a book titled “Why Don’t We Learn From History?” In that book, Liddell Hart teaches us that “those who read...

  • Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel’s ironic homage to Yitzhak Rabin

    November 6, 2014 | 11:00 am

    Housing Minister Uri Ariel is a staunch supporter of Jewish settlements in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria. Unlike his old times as the first mayor of the settlement of Beit El and as the head of the Council of Jewish Settlements, in his ministerial capacity today, he can practically...

  • Should Israel stay or withdraw from the West Bank?

    October 20, 2014 | 10:46 am

    Originally published in The Miami Herald

    Sixty years ago the Algerians revolted against the French who had ruled them for more than 120 years. On November 1, 1954, the National Liberation Front (FLN), the leading Algerian underground, issued a proclamation calling upon the French...

  • Why Hamas is not like ISIS

    August 21, 2014 | 1:57 pm

    As James Foley is beheaded and rocket attacks resume on Israel:

    For years, Israel has been trying to convince the West that it is the first line of defense against radical Islam, and that if Muslim extremists are not checked in their home territory, they might sooner or later...

  • With leadership, threats might turn into opportunities in Israel

    July 9, 2014 | 10:56 am

    The recent cycle of violence in Israel, after a period of relative calm, raises concerns that perhaps we are on the threshold of another intifada, or another Operation Pillar of Defense (a full-scale operation in Gaza), or both. News from Israel on all television channels seems to...

  • The art of pitching Israeli innovation to philanthropists

    February 4, 2014 | 3:29 pm

    Flying for many years in the Israeli Air Force (IAF), made us IAF veterans somewhat skeptical of the “civilian” society. Being socialized in an organization where excellence is the norm, where nobody awards you for impeccably carrying out the most demanding mission, because they...

  • Appreciation: A salute to Ariel Sharon

    January 11, 2014 | 9:56 am

    In January 1985, as a colonel in the Israeli Air Force, I was running a course for high-ranking officers of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), focused on lessons from Israel’s wars. One of the case studies to be discussed was the battle of Um-Katef/Abu-Ageila, in the Six-Day War,...

  • Yom Kippur War: 40 years later

    September 11, 2013 | 3:19 pm

    A week before Yom Kippur 1973, I moved from Hazerim air force base to Jerusalem to study history at Hebrew University. Yet it was life, not university, which actually taught me a history lesson.

    Early in the morning of Yom Kippur, I woke up amid the half-opened boxes to the...

  • History and the war in Syria

    August 28, 2013 | 5:21 pm

    While the bloody civil war in Syria rages on, Israel keeps a watchful eye on the Israeli-Syrian border, making sure the fighting between the rebels and Assad’s forces doesn’t spill over into the Golan Heights.

    One of the rebel groups calls itself the Martyrs of the Yarmouk...

  • In Egypt, a fragile peace

    July 10, 2013 | 10:42 am

    The recent turmoil in Egypt might push Israelis to believe that time is working in Israel’s favor. If in the past we used to react to any regional development with the old worry, “Is it good or bad for the Jews?” today it seems that when it comes to Israel’s standing and interests...

  • The week that was in Israel

    December 16, 2011 | 10:39 am

    Two Israelis made world headlines this week. In freezing Stockholm, Prof. Dan Shechtman of the Haifa Technion (Israel’s Institute of Technology) won the Nobel Prize in chemistry. In sunny Perth, Australia, Lee Korzits won the gold medal at the women’s Sailing World Championships,...

  • Opinion: Obligation to redeem captive trumps heavy price paid

    October 18, 2011 | 2:15 pm

    The announcement last week of the release of Gilad Shalit after being held in captivity by Hamas for more than five years was met here in Israel with mixed feelings: On the one hand, tremendous joy. And on the other hand, grave doubts about the price paid and fears about the...

  • Free the hostage, but at what price?

    June 29, 2011 | 12:27 pm

    The fifth anniversary of Gilad Shalit’s cruel imprisonment by Hamas, without the Red Cross being allowed to visit him, sparked growing public pressure in Israel on the government to agree to a painful prisoner swap. As I watched the protest, my mind wandered back almost four...

  • Speeches vs. reality

    May 17, 2011 | 6:13 pm

    As I write these lines on May 17, the Middle East is caught between events and speeches. The events are the Arab spring, which actually started in December 2010, when a man burned himself to death in Tunisia, sparking a chain of pro-democracy uprisings all over the region; the...

  • Israelis wonder: better a bird in the hand?

    February 16, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    In the midst of so many uncertainties dumped on us by the dramatic demise of the Mubarak regime, one solid, crystal-clear fact emerges: The “experts” don’t know what they are talking about.

    The same people who now sit in television studios explaining to us what is happening in...

  • Watching Egypt, On Israel’s Side

    January 31, 2011 | 12:39 pm

    It was early in the morning in June 1967, during the Six Day War, when, as a young lieutenant in the Israeli Air Force, I was low-flying over the Mediterranean, approaching the coast of northern Sinai. As a kid I read the epic Enemy Coast Ahead, by Wing Commander Guy Gibson V.C., the...

  • Heroes Who Defy Status Quo Can Save Israel

    January 11, 2011 | 7:01 pm

    If you know this old Jewish joke, just skip it.

    Two Jews come to the rabbi to settle a dispute. The first Jew complains about the other, and the

    rabbi says, ``You’re right.’’ Then the other Jew makes his claim, to which the rabbi says, ``You’re right.’’ The rabbi’s...

  • Zionist Nightmare Gives Him That Shrinking Sensation

    April 20, 2010 | 6:26 pm

    I have never in my life been to a shrink. The reason is that I want to leave my money to my kids, not to other people’s kids. Also, I consider myself to be absolutely
    normal. Nevertheless, recently I felt the urge to lie down on a couch, stop pretending that I’m in control and...

  • Investigate War Crime Claims Before Passing Judgment

    April 9, 2009 | 3:14 am

    Recently, stories reported by Israeli newspaper Haaretz and covered extensively in The New York Times revealed the darker side of operation “Cast Lead” in Gaza. Soldiers who participated in the fighting spoke about being trigger-happy, about not sticking to the ethical code of...

  • Reserve Hostile Judgments

    April 7, 2009 | 5:18 pm

  • Save us from this bull in a china shop

    March 17, 2009 | 5:33 pm

  • First Blog

    February 1, 2009 | 9:42 pm

  • No simple answer on return of Israeli POWs

    July 3, 2008 | 11:35 am

    In the summer of 2006, two Israeli soldiers -- Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser -- were abducted by Hezbollah. Israel reacted by launching a war against this Lebanon-based terrorist organization. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared then that one of the main war aims was to return the...
  • Hopes for peace rest on getting politicans out of the way

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Precisely when the prospect of peace between Israelis and Palestinians seemed at its most remote, I received a call from my friend, Walid Salem.

    Salem is a Palestinian peace activist who for years has been working tirelessly for a two-state solution.

    He said I should come to the...

  • Is there a way to stop rockets and avoid a Gaza fight?

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Sderot is a city in the south of Israel, very close to the Gaza Strip. In the year 2007, it has been hit by 1,000 Qassam rockets and 1,200 mortar shells launched by the Palestinians.

    Life in Sderot has become hell, but Israel finds it very difficult to defend it, because the people...

  • An open letter to a Hamas supporter in Gaza

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Hamas Supporter: So, over the last 40 years Israelis have been told constantly by the world to pull out of Gaza and the West Bank. Two years ago we did evacuate Gaza, but what did we get in return? A barrage of deadly missiles on our south and a Palestinian government led by...
  • Another reporter freed? Nothing new under the Palestinian sun

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    After almost four months, a BBC correspondent in Gaza, Alan Johnston, has been freed.

    Johnston was kidnapped at gunpoint in Gaza City on March 12. His captors -- members of a radical, shadowy Palestinian group called the Army of Islam -- threatened days before his release "to...

  • ‘Hamastan’ in Gaza is a big challenge for Egypt, too

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The emergence of "Hamastan" in Gaza sent leaders in the Middle East and elsewhere scrambling for an answer: Whose fault is it? Is it reversible? Will the same thing happen in the West Bank? What should and could be done now?

    In this soul-searching process there is plenty of blame...
  • Israel experiencing revival of democratic life thanks to Winograd

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Something good is happening to Israeli democracy these days. Precisely when several indicators seem to show that Israelis are becoming weary of their democratic system; when the Index of Israeli Democracy, published by professor Asher Arian and his team from the Israel Democracy...
  • Lebanon war underscores inequality of Arab Israelis

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Wars, like hurricanes, tend to expose flaws in societies. In Israel, the recent war with Hezbollah revealed lack of preparedness for this kind of war against an elusive enemy, mediocre conduct of the operations, deficiencies in equipment, shortages of shelters for the civilians and...
  • Entebbe’s Message Resonates 30 Years Later

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Last month, we airmen and veterans of Squadron 103, one of the oldest units of the Israeli air force, bid farewell to a comrade, Lt. Col. Moshe Naveh. His untimely death shocked us all, and as I drove to his funeral memories of our joint service came to mind.

    It was on the third...

  • Israel Is Smaller in Size But Stronger in Spirit

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The withdrawal from Gaza, scheduled to begin in mid-August, is one of the most important events in the history of the State of Israel. It will determine whether Israel can continue to be a Jewish and democratic state.

    In an Alert Paper published in June 2003 by the Jewish People...

  • Saddam’s Fate Carries Messages

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When the news broke that Saddam Hussein was captured, there was an uproar of joy here. Like many Israelis, I was glued to the TV screen, watching L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator for Iraq, announcing proudly: "Ladies and gentlemen, we got him!"

    What a great moment for the...