Ahead of an important election, I tried to look beyond the daily political brawling to see what a small new film can tell us about the repressed memory that looms in the Israeli psyche. My latest for
I’ve covered a lot of scary things but few as scary as the intifadas. This ⁦⁩ piece explains how they explain what has come since. Excellent.
I cannot speak to the lasting political ramifications of those years. But I found it hard to get through this article; my heart is now racing, thanks to my own memories of living in Israel—in an apartment directly above Cafe Moment—in 2001-2002.
"Simply put, in the decade before Mr. Netanyahu came to power in 2009, the fear of death accompanied us in public places. There was a chance your child could be blown up on the bus home from school. In the decade since, that has ceased to be the case."
“If 8 people, say, had just been killed on a bus, could you go out with a friend for a drink that evening?(Yes.) What if it was 12 people in a cafe? Could you go on a date?(No.)” Great piece & key to understand why Israelis vote way they do
If you lived or traveled to Israel during those dark days, you will remember The Fear—and the surreal calculations made for some normalcy. ⁦⁩ explains how repressed memories of this time shape Israeli choices today.
#mustread The One Thing No Israeli Wants to Discuss by Moti Friedman. The Jer'm phone systems always collapsed as everyone checked on loved ones. I was at a funeral for a victim on Mt Herzl when we heard the bombing of bus 18 & all the reporters ran out.
One of the great pleasures of my gig is getting to work with . Skip the various explainers on the upcoming Israeli election and read this column, his latest, instead
This is the most important piece you will read on the Israeli election. ⁦⁩ has a real knack for sensing the pulse of Israelis. via ⁦
The One Thing No Israeli Wants to Discuss
The One Thing No Israeli Wants to Discuss