Two exclusive and in-depth interviews are featured in this issue. One is with Ami Ayalon, an Israeli politician, former member of the Knesset for the Labor Party, and a former head of the Israel's secret service. He emphasized that “efforts should be exerted to find a regional reality within which an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians based on two states for two peoples is applied. Otherwise, taking unilateral and independent steps by each side should be encouraged, as long as these steps are intended to promote the emergence of a two-state for two peoples reality. Among unilateral steps Palestine should take is demanding the UN recognition of the state of Palestine and not to continue depending on the negotiations. Ayalon argues that this has been tried for more than 20 years without success, adding, “There has been no state in the world that emerged as a result of negotiations”. The second interview is with On Barak, a Historian, Lecturer and Researcher, and covers the Arab revolutions more generally.
This issue also contains a report that reviews Netanyahu’s third government one year after gaining power, and an exclusive translation of a lecture by Raphael Falk on his book entitled, ’ Zionism and the Biology of the Jews’.
The selection from the Zionist archive section includes an exclusive translation of an article by Ariel L. Feldestein. The article is entitled “Did It Really Hang on One Vote? The Meeting of the People’s Administration on the Eve of the Establishment of the State of Israel”. The article sheds light on the controversy between the Zionist Movement leadership that preceded the declaration of the establishment of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948, in accordance with the UN partition Resolution of November 29, 1947.
Finally, this issue includes a collection of recent book reviews, as well as a library.
Rafael Falca, Zionism and biology of the Jews
Abed Kana’neh, Israel between resistance and jihad
Ari Shavit, Lydda, 1948: A city, a massacre, and the Middle East today
Muhannad Mustafa, They Egyptian scene
Anat Lapidot-Firilla, Interests and values in the Turkish foreign policy towards Israel
Ariel Feldstein, By a one vote margin: The People’s
Directorate session on the eve of the establishment of Israel
Ali Haydar, On new Israeli wars
Readings - Full facts of the invention of the Land of Israel
Al-Tayyeb Ghanayim, A Reading in “Almina” - a novel [in Hebrew]
Maram Masarweh, A new Israeli book on the catastrophe and Nakba
Special Interview - Antoine Shulhut and Bilal Dhahr
Uri Goldberg, Israel’s perspective of Iran as a witness to current trends
Wadee’ Awawdeh, Almost a year from Netanyahu’s third government: A preliminary account statement
Yoel Guzansky and Ron Tira, An Israeli attack on Iran: The international legitimacy factor
Al-Tayyeb Ghanayim, An Israeli academic’s viewpoint on Arab revolutions
Library: A synopsis of most recent Israeli publications