Yigal Kipnis is an Israeli historian; since 1978 he has been a farmer and a resident of the Golan Heights. He teaches at the University of Haifa and researches the settlement geography and political history of Israel. Kipnis also served as a pilot in the Israeli Air Force for 31 years (26 of them in the IAF reserves). The following exchange focuses on his book, “1973: The Road to War,” which came out in Hebrew in late 2012. The book has received fantastic reviews in the Israeli press by various acclaimed critics and is scheduled to appear in English later this year.
A terrorist group affiliated with al-Qaida that claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on northern Israel said it has resumed a jihad, or holy war, against the Jews.
Movies from D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation” to Leni Riefenstahl’s “Triumph of the Will” have stirred political passions and ruffled international diplomatic feathers, and now comes “The Gardener.”
Israel is betting its economic future on high-tech exports but faces a low-tech bottleneck in state-owned seaports subject to work stoppages and slowdowns because of the enormous strength of their unions.
Israel closed the airspace in its North to civilian traffic following attacks on Syrian targets that were believed to be carried out by the Israeli military.
A conjoined twin in Israel who was separated in a rare operation was in serious condition.
An Israeli fighter plane shot down a drone from Lebanon over the Mediterranean sea on Thursday as it was approaching the Israeli coast, the military said.
Minutes after a terrorist attack killed three at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, doctors and nurses at the city’s hospitals faced a harrowing scene — severed limbs, burned bodies, shrapnel buried in skin.
University of Haifa President Amos Shapira is blunt about what he believes should be Israel’s top priority.
Iran's clerical supreme leader said on Thursday the Islamic Republic would destroy the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa if it came under attack from the Jewish state.
The Israeli military has deployed an Iron Dome missile defense system near Haifa, according to reports.
Israeli hospitals, amid the ongoing conflict, are treating dozens of patients of all ages who came to Israel from Gaza to get healthcare unavailable there, and are making provisions for accompanying persons.
Visiting Americans often compare Haifa with San Francisco for its hilly landscape and trendy, artsy neighborhoods, or Boston for its mix of academia and maritime culture.
The Palestine Committee of the Arab Lawyers Union recently bestowed its “highest honor” on female suicide bomber Hanadi Jaradat, who killed 21 Israelis in a 2003 attack on Maxim’s restaurant in Haifa, Palestinian Media Watch reported on its website here.
When missiles rained down on northern Israel from Lebanon six years ago, surgeons at Rambam Hospital in Haifa worked, terrified, on the building’s eighth floor.
Mickey Haslavsky of Holon is only 18, but he’s already on his second startup.
There is an obvious way to respond to author Alice Walker’s refusal to allow her novel “The Color Purple” to be translated into Hebrew. In case you missed it, Walker accused Israel of being “guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and also in the Occupied Territories.”
The Rambam Medical Center in Haifa has unveiled the world’s largest fortified hospital, intended to protect more than 2000 patients from missile and rocket attacks. Construction of the Sammy Ofer Northern Regional Underground Emergency Hospital was spurred by missile attacks by Hezbollah and Hamas, particularly during the Second Lebanon War in 2006.
Brad Greenberg, the former general manager of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, has signed on to coach the Maccabi Haifa basketball team.
Oil drilling in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Haifa was frozen as the investment partners prepare to put a new oil rig in place.
A Druze professor was appointed Israel’s chief diplomat in New Zealand.
Six Arab residents of Haifa were indicted in an attack on two off-duty Israeli soldiers in the city. The Haifa District Court judge who presided over Thursday's hearing said the attack on Shnir Dahan and Roie Sharaff did not appear to be motivated by nationalism, The Jerusalem Post reported.
My name is Nadine Fahoum and I am a 21 year old Israeli Arab Muslim from Haifa. When I was 6 years old and it was time to enroll me in elementary school, my parents faced a very complex dilemma—whether to enroll me in the ―Reali Hebrew School or in an Arab school in Haifa.
We land at Ben Gurion Airport in the heat of winter, on the first day of Chanukah. At 11 a.m. Dec. 2, already it is 82 degrees in Tel Aviv -- unusual weather for the rainy season in Israel. And it will get hotter. Much hotter.
The most well-circulated piece of trivia about Gene Simmons, former member of the band KISS, is that he was born in Haifa, Israel.
Joan and Sanford Weill of New York have committed $10 million to Haifa's Rambam Medical Center to expand the children's cancer ward and facilitate its treatment of Palestinian children.
Israel's Knesset will meet in a special session on the rash of protests sweeping the nation despite being on summer recess.
Haifa is poised to be the next home to a Disney amusement park. A 20-acre, $168 million entertainment complex including a 25-screen multiplex and a Disney amusement park is set to be built near the Carmel Tunnel.
Israel's attorney general will not open a criminal investigation into the Carmel fire.
In the aftermath of the deadliest fire in Israel’s history, Israelis this week set to the task of burying the dead, cleaning up and figuring out what exactly went wrong — and who is to blame.
First, of course, are the dead and the injured. Almost all of them young, in a training program for prison guards, trapped in a bus, incinerated. Who by fire? That, says the prayer, God decides: “On Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed: How many shall pass away and how many shall be born, who shall live and who shall die, who in the fullness of time and who before his time, who shall perish by water and who by fire, who by sword and who by wild beast, who by famine and who by thirst, who by earthquake and who by plague, who by strangulation and who by stoning, who shall have rest and who shall wander, who shall be at peace and who shall be pursued, who shall be at rest and who shall be tormented, who shall be exalted and who shall be brought low, who shall become rich and who shall be impoverished. But repentance, prayer and righteousness transform the severity of the decree.”
A standout among the many tragedies of the Carmel fires is the severe damage to the Yemin Orde Youth Village in Northern Israel, which has displaced all of its residents — nearly 500 children originally from Ethiopia, the former Soviet Union and other countries, as well as Israeli-born children who moved to the school from dysfunctional homes. The fire destroyed nearly 20 buildings, including the library, children’s homes, some classrooms, staff housing and a special unit for the youngest children, and many other buildings were damaged on the 77-acre campus atop Mount Carmel.
The Fire and Rescue Services organization is the weak link in Israel's emergency readiness, a report said.
This is a map of the the areas affected by the Carmel forest fire in northern Israel, which began Thursday Dec. 2.
The teen arrested after admitting to starting the Carmel Forest fire was released from police custody to house arrest.
Shawn Evenhaim and Shoham Nicolet were both officers in the Israeli army, so they know what it means to be able to sit down during a ten-minute break in action on the field and open a package with some snacks and towelettes and a personal letter from someone overseas thanking you for protecting the Jewish homeland.
The fire raging in northern Israel was still out of control as the sun set on Friday, with 42 people reported dead.
As medical crews labor through the difficult task of identifying the victims of a massive brushfire ravaging Israel's north, Israel Police released Friday the names of eight of those who found their death in the blaze.
Seven fire-fighting aircraft landed in Israel early Friday, the first arrivals of a planned international airlift sent to aid the battle against a massive brushfire ripping through northern Israel.
The Jewish National Fund (JNF) and its partner, the Friends of Israel Firefighters (FIF), are leading efforts to raise funds to supply Israel’s beleaguered and aging firefighting force with the equipment it needs to battle the out-of-control brushfire consuming Israel’s Carmel Mountains near Haifa.
Head of the Haifa Police Department, Deputy Commander Ahuva Tomer was critically injured on Thursday as a result of the huge brushfire in the Carmel region.
40 people died on Thursday as a huge brushfire was raging across the Carmel Mountains near Haifa, resulting in the death of some 40 people and hurting dozens of others, among them prison guards and firemen.
At least 40 people have been killed in a massive brush fire in northern Israel.
A mild earthquake rocked the Haifa area.
Vietnamese 'boat person' Kien Wong now lives in Haifa and owns Yan Yan, a popular Chinese restaurant
Jihad follows twisted path from Afghanistan to Israel.
A California philanthropist has donated $25 million to the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.
The backlash against the decision by a union of British university lecturers to sever ties with two Israeli universities began almost as soon as the controversial motion was passed.
When David J. Gross, a winner of this year's Nobel Prize in physics, was asked whether he was Jewish, he told a reporter, "What do you think? Of course!" The same affirmative answer applied to five out of six 2004 science Nobel Laureates. Two are Israelis, three are Americans -- all from Southern California universities -- and two of these Americans have close ties to Israel.
Thousands of Jews and Arabs fill the winding stone alleyways of a Haifa neighborhood, sampling latkes, roasted chestnuts and pastries dripping in honey at a coexistence festival to mark the holidays of Chanukah, Christmas and Ramadan.
This week's Israeli airstrike on an Islamic Jihad training camp near Damascus, which followed the group's deadly suicide bombing in Haifa on Saturday, was a sign to the Arab world that Israel will not be constrained by borders when it comes to the war on terrorism.
The attack came hours before the 30th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, when Israel was blindsided by Syria and Egypt.
Once-sleepy Haifa is now a tourist mecca, and MayorAmram Mitzna is spreading the word