An Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip will not provide any long-term solution to the problem posed by the Islamist group Hamas, and this will make the government think long and hard before sending in the troops.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the four other lawmakers that split from the Labor Party will remain in the government with ministerial positions. The Labor lawmakers who joined Barak in forming a new faction on Monday are Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon; Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai; Deputy Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Orit Noked; and freshman Knesset member Einat Wilf. The new ministerial positions were announced Tuesday.
Knesset Member Einat Wilf, who studied government and fine arts at Harvard and earned her doctorate in political science from the University of Cambridge, is new on the Israeli political scene. She won a spot on the Labor Party’s 2009 election list and in January 2010 replaced retiring member Ophir Pines-Paz. Wilf is the author of two books, a fierce proponent of education reform in Israel and the co-founder of KolDor, a global network of Jewish leaders and activists ages 25-45 who seek to redefine Jewish identity and the relationship between Israel and the Diaspora for a global age. During a recent visit to Los Angeles, Wilf participated in a Jumpstart Innovation Forum and talked to The Jewish Journal about her interfaith marriage, how she’s fighting the ultra-Orthodox establishment and why Zionism alienates most Jews.