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Shira Kaplan

  • How and Why Israel Lost the General Election

    February 19, 2009 | 1:57 am

    A week after the general election, Israelis still do not know who will be their prime minister — Tzipi Livni or Benjamin Netanyahu. 

    The lack of clarity underlines the weakness of a political system that is archaic, unstable and overall problematic.

    If there are any losers in...

  • Three (financial) reasons to make aliyah

    November 6, 2008 | 11:29 pm

    When my old Harvard friend Ronnie and I decided to meet after many years, the first place that came to mind was the Brasserie. Located just across from Rabin's Square, the Brasserie is one of the most chic, sophisticated places to eat out in Tel Aviv.

    The French-Italian cuisine it...

  • Israel’s new reality

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    The death of Ronnie Yahia, 47, an instructor at the Sapir College for Liberal Arts in Ashkelon and a father of four, was a bitter reminder of the threat Israel is facing on its 60th anniversary.

    It is the same reminder the Israeli army faced in Southern Lebanon in July 2006 during...

  • Will They Ever Understand an Israeli’s Mind-Set?

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I am lying in my Tel Aviv bed long after midnight, soaking my pillow with tears.

    My cries are echoing in the house. My folks are fast asleep. The war with Lebanon has finally hit me.

    In my mind, I see my father crying the evening before, watching the Channel 2 news report. The...

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  • Give Peace a Shot

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Mahmud, 24, and I, met at a Moroccan falafel place near Dupont Circle on a surprisingly sunny December afternoon. I'd guarantee that even if you looked carefully around the D.C. area, you would find very few "couples" like us -- a Palestinian from Nablus, and an Israeli from...

  • Our Soft Underbelly

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I am writing you with a broken heart and tearful eyes. Not attempting to propagandize, not wanting to mislead.

    Just wanting you to know, because this piece of news was excluded from many news agencies, at the request of Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    The pictures were simply...