Two themed exclusive interviews are featured in this issue. One with Prof. Anita Shapira, an Israeli historian, and the founder of the Yitzhak Rabin Centre for Israel Studies, emphasizes that Israel now lacks a leadership capable of taking dramatic decisions. The second one is with Mr. Roy “Chicky” Arad, a young Israeli poet, musician, journalist, activist and editor.
Two further articles in this issue cover the emerging development in American public support for Israel and its social demographic and ideological background while the second one questions whether the American era in the Middle East has come to end.
The Zionist archive section of this issue presents an exclusive translation of Israel Army Chief of Staff, Moshe Dayan, eulogy for Roi Rotberg, at his funeral on May 1, 1956. Dayan’s speech is short (it does not exceed 250 words) but intense. It is considered a keystone speech in Zionism, not only in the culture of the military enterprise, but also in the dominant Israeli social and public culture. The late Israeli sociologist, Baruch Kimmerling confirms that Dayan's speech constitutes a "supreme code" essential to decipher in order to understand Israeli society.
Finally and in addition to the themed and general articles, exclusive interviews and translation, as always this issue of the journal includes a collection of recent book reviews, as well as a library.
Motti Regev, Music and popular culture in Israel – A historical overview
Orly Lubin, Women in the Israeli cinema
Avraham Oz, Why who’s dead? – Israeli humor on stage and in the media
Ketzia Alon, What is it to be oriental?
Roy (Chicky) Arad, a young poet, journalist, musician and editor, We don’t need to talk about absenting the Nakba; even the present is excluded! (Dialogue: Al-Tayyeb Ghanayim)
Honaida Ghanim, Between Nakba and Naksa - Shifts in the
national discourse of Palestinian intellectuals in Israel
Special Interview - Anita Shapira, university lecturer and researcher in the Zionist movement and its labour current, Now Israel lacks a leadership that is capable of making dramatic decisions (by Antoine Shulhut and Bilal Dhaher)
Evan Alterman and Cameron Brown, American public support of Israel is changing
Yoel Guzansky, Is it the end of the American era in the Middle East
Amin Khaled Darawsheh, Critique of the reality literature without disrupting universals
Adnan Na’im, “The welfare state” is still alive in settlements!
From the Zionist Archive, Moshe Dayan, The Sound of Killing from Gaza! - a letter of Moshe Dayan, Chief of Staff, on the commemoration of Roi Rotberg, who was killed on 29 April 1956 (Preface by Honaida Ghanim)
Library: A synopsis of most recent Israeli publications