Jewish Journal

Gidi Grinstein

  • The opportunity and blind alley of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

    July 29, 2013 | 3:00 pm

    Israeli-Palestinian negotiations will be re-inaugurated this week with the aim of achieving a Permanent Status Agreement that will allow for the coming into being of a Palestinian State. Secretary Kerry’s determination should be solely credited for this event, which sadly launches...

  • Plus a great undertaking: to reform the electoral system

    January 22, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    Here are a few thoughts (scroll down for my personal commitment) in the immediate aftermath of tonight’s election results per the exit polls (results may change over coming 24 hours. As you can see every MK can tilt the balance:

    -          Likud-Beitenu (Netanyahu) – 33...

  • The problem with Israel’s electoral system

    January 16, 2013 | 11:31 am

    Israel’s electoral system is the root cause of the disheartening polarization and superficiality on display in Israel’s current election season. Many wrongly point to the egos of our politicians as the underlying reason. In reality, powerful constitutional disincentives for...

  • A 15-year plan for Israel

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    At its 60th anniversary, Israel needs a new vision that not only will guide its priorities and inform its actions, but also will be relevant to the lives of all Israelis.

    This is why the ISRAEL 15 Vision, a Reut Institute plan that calls for Israel to become one of the 15 most...

  • Jewish philanthropy in Israel will be marginalized if it doesn’t change

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish philanthropy in Israel is at a crossroads. Powerful trends are marginalizing its impact on Israeli society. More than a billion dollars of philanthropic giving from Jews worldwide, spurred by endless goodwill, passion and care, are not impacting Israel or contributing to...
  • A Pyrrhic victory for Hamas?

    June 21, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The Hamas coup in Gaza last week might seem like a victory for Iran and its followers, who now have a foothold on Israel's doorstep. But if Israel plays its cards wisely, it might turn things around.

    Since the 1979 Israel-Egypt Camp David accords, Israel has been on a quest to end...

  • Israel needs to rethink national security

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Celebrations of Israel's 59th year of independence may be overshadowed by the Winograd Commissions' interim report on the political and military leadership's conduct during the Second Lebanon War last summer.

    Personal conclusions notwithstanding, the report will expose an...

  • The next wave: Zionism needs a new narrative

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The success of Zionism requires a revisiting of values and priorities. Negation of Diaspora may not only be irrelevant, but counterproductive. We need a new vision.

    In 70 C.E. the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, and political independence was lost. Sixty-five years later,...

  • A way to peace: carrot-and-stick approach might break impasse

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    We seem to be at an impasse. Israel is in dire need of a new political architecture regarding the Palestinians. While it remains of existential importance to end Israel's control over the Palestinian population, there now seems to be no viable way to do so. It looks as if there is...

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    History will note the premiership of Ariel Sharon as the pivotal moment when Israel decided that ending control over the Palestinians was in its own, crucial interest. And it was the time that Israel took dramatic unilateral action to pursue that course. Disengagement, defeating...