Midstream

Magazine focusing on Jewish cultural, social, and political affairs.

Articles from Vol. 50, No. 4, May-June

Aaron Aaronsohn: Agronomist, Spy, Zionist
Aaron Aaronsohn (1876-1919) was a member of the remarkable Aaronsohn family who were early chalutzim in Eretz Yisrael, and he became the leading agronomist in the country. His work was of great importance in the development of agriculture there, but...
A Dove among Hawks: Moshe Sharett-The Political Tragedy of an Israeli Leader
Moderation or escalation--these were the two basic alternatives in the entwined domains of foreign and defense policies confronting Israel's leadership immediately after the historic and bloody victory in the War of Independence in 1948-1949, and that...
"And Your Children Shall Return to Their Land"
Translated from the Hebrew by the author Dr. Simchah Nordau, better known as Dr. Max Nordau, a pediatrician in Paris, was one of the founders of the World Zionist Organization. Jerusalem-born Professor A. S. Yahuda described what led Dr. Nordau...
Ariel Sharon: The Evolution of a Security Hawk
Will the real Ariel Sharon please stand up? Rarely in the history of the State of Israel has an individual appeared about whom there has been such a bitter debate. Some Israelis hail Ariel Sharon as the hero of the 1973 Yom Kippur War and for his continuing...
Great Artistry, Dangerous Prejudice
Last month, an anthology of still photographs taken on location during the filming of The Passion of the Christ debuted as the #2 bestselling book in America. Clearly, the Mel Gibson film and its subject continue to interest and fascinate many people....
Herzl, Ussishkin, and the Grandmother of the Knesset
Translated from the Hebrew by Sara Schuster Almost 101 years ago, two meetings opened up on the exact same day. The Sixth World Zionist Congress, later called "the Uganda Congress," met in Basel, Switzerland, under the leadership of Binyamin Ze'ev...
Israel at 56: Herzl and Bialik-The Land, the Language, and the Literature
Modern Israel's Declaration of Independence was announced to the world by David Ben-Gurion on Friday, May 14, 1948. The Hebrew date was the fifth day of the month of Iyar, which this year fell on Monday, April 26, but was celebrated on Tuesday, April...
Israel's Security Barrier and the International Court of Justice
The Israeli government has made a mistake in its decision to withdraw from further participation in the proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concerning the security barrier currently being constructed in parts of the West Bank....
Prodigal Sons: Desertion and Reconciliation in Contemporary Israeli Writing
Much has been written in recent decades about the suppression of the Holocaust in Israeli society: the negation of the Diaspora, the emergence of Zionism, the building up of a new social environment, the construction of the ideal of "the New Hebrew...
"The Epic Encounter That Transformed the Middle East"
Israel won an astounding military victory in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Surprised by the Egyptian army in the Sinai and by the Syrian army on the Golan, a completely unprepared and grossly outnumbered Israel Defense Forces (IDF) waged monumental holding...
The Genetics of the Israeli Language: Mosaic or Mosaic?
Hebrew was spoken by the Jewish people after the conquest of Israel (c. 13th century BCE). Following a gradual decline (even Jesus, "King of the Jews," was a native speaker of Aramaic rather than Hebrew), it ceased to be spoken during the second century...