Workers of the Diaspora  

BOOKS DISCUSSED IN THIS ESSAY: Jewish Workers in the Modern Diaspora Nancy L. Green, ed. University of California Press, 1998 256 pp $40 cloth $14.95 paper Ready-to-Wear and Ready-to-Work: A Century of Industry and Immigrants in Paris and New York …





“The Peace”: Miracle or Mirage?  

Disbelief, incredulity, amazement—it is with such emotions that Israelis have responded to the fast flow of political developments since the announcement in September of the Oslo agreement between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). On the so-called left, where …



After the Israeli Elections:  

On Friday, June 26, immediately following the elections, one of Israel’s leading papers chose as the banner headline on its weekend magazine, “The Rabin Era!” And it may well be that we shall eventually come to rank 1992, together with …







A Calmer Mood in Israel  

At this moment, the “Government of National Unity” has been in office here in Jerusalem for almost a year and a half. It almost came apart in April, and whether it will still be in existence by the time this …



Bar Kochba and All That  

A heated public debate in Israel, lasting from May 1980 until the outbreak of the Lebanese War in June 1982, followed Yehoshafat Harkabi’s attack on Shimon Bar Kochba, the second-century leader of the anti-Roman revolt in Judea, 132-35 C.E. (of …



Israel: The War and After  

The electoral victory of Menachem Begin in June 1981 (however marginal in voting terms) apparently opened a new era in the history of the state of Israel. In the first Likud government, which came to office in 1977, Begin was …