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As Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary, we reflect back if for no other reason than because round anniversaries are often a good opportunity to—well, reflect back.

For many reasons, the stalled peace process between Israel and the Palestinians is showing no signs of resurrection, with each side blaming the other.


November 19 marked the 40th anniversary of the visit of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to Jerusalem.

Ofer Bavly 0 11/03/2017 November 2 marks the 100 th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a milestone in Zionist history and the earliest diplomatic foundation on which the State of Israel was established, 31 years later. The anniversary has sparked a slew of retrospective books

September 13 marked the 24th anniversary of the famous White House lawn handshake between Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat under the watchful gaze of President Bill Clinton. There was hope for Israelis and Palestinians that with the signing of the Declaration of Principles, the time had come to finally abandon the animosity and violence and to strive together towards peace.

MIT program creates a space where high school students collaborate with those from "the other side."

It is amazing to see how many of Herzl's ideas actually permeated into modern-day Israel and how far-reaching his vision was.

Nearly 70 years after its establishment, Israel is still very much a melting pot of Jews from almost 100 countries. 

Ofer Bavly says there isn't much new in Hamas' new manifesto.

There is much hypocrisy (and irony) in the way that BDS supporters use Israeli technology in order to disseminate their baseless hatred of Israel. 

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