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Mar 25, 2016, 4:04 PM
Israel’s Unsung Servicewomen
Whatever one thinks of the efficacy of Netanyahu's response to the wave of terror, it is Israel's servicewomen who are arguably most deserving of our admiration. From the tender age of 18, they have been burdened with the daunting responsibility of...
Feb 26, 2016, 11:57 AM
Settlers As The Cause Of The Stabbings
The contention that settlers are the cause of the stabbing attacks prevails throughout the world and is accepted by many Israelis. According to this line of thinking, it is they who are responsible for Palestinians stabbing Israelis and their...
Feb 19, 2016, 10:17 AM
To The TOI Editor: Reporting Yesterday’s Stabbing
To Editor of The Times of Israel, I do hope that you will publish this in the name of freedom of expression and open debate. Last night 21-year-old Tuvia Yanai Weissman was killed after being stabbed in the neck in a...
Feb 15, 2016, 1:55 PM
How Can Anyone Live In Israel?
Before I moved to Israel in 2012, I asked many people for their opinions. Many repeated the old expression that if you want to make a small fortune in Israel, go with a big fortune. Ultimately, asking around did not...
Dec 27, 2015, 12:07 PM
Dear Mr. Netanyahu, How Long Can This Go On?
Dear Mr. Netanyahu, I write to you as a concerned citizen of Israel. When the current wave of stabbing and vehicular attacks began in September, many wrongly blamed you not just for allegedly bringing it about but for your seeming inability...
Nov 16, 2015, 1:14 PM
Social Media Support for France and What It Means for Us
In some ways Facebook is truly incredible. Victims' families, governments and populations can all view the spectacular statements of solidarity with worthy causes. Recently, Facebook bloomed with the splendour of the multi-coloured profile picture backdrop in celebration of gay...
Nov 2, 2015, 4:37 PM
Hijacking Words: Tactics of Terror
From the 1960s onward, the forces of terror against Israel perpetrated dozens of attacks against the Western nations and Israel by way of, inter alia, hijacking airlines and hostage taking. With the bolstering of security precautions, such attacks were...
Oct 15, 2015, 12:34 PM
The Israeli Protectors
Yesterday morning, as I made my way to Jerusalem for work from Modi'in on road 443, I was cautious. Before I had even paid the driver, I had already scoured the bus since I know that it crosses Arab...
Oct 7, 2015, 12:37 PM
You Are Too Right Wing
When it comes to political conversations, there is a tendency to categorize people as leftists, liberals, right-wingers etc. Such labeling is unavoidable since there will always be a need to concisely describe the general political overview of an individual...
Sep 30, 2015, 11:50 PM
Israel Should NOT Take in Syrian Refugees
When thousands of Sudanese refugees entered Israel through her porous border in the south, there was much talk throughout the country about how to deal with them. Should they be returned to the country from whence they came or...
Alexander Apfel holds a BA and MA in Modern History. He is an IDF reservist in the armored corps.