Ruth Margalit
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The Defeat of Benjamin Netanyahu
Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister has dragged the country ever rightward, abandoning the peace process and imperilling its very democracy.
By Ruth MargalitJune 13, 2021
The Tensions Inside a Mixed Jewish-Arab City in Israel
Cities such as Lod are experiencing the worst bouts of internecine violence since the country’s founding.
By Ruth MargalitMay 20, 2021
Trump’s Legacy in Israel
Donald Trump’s alignment with Benjamin Netanyahu has been so total that, ahead of the U.S. Presidential election, sixty-three per cent of Israelis supported him over Joe Biden.
By Ruth MargalitJanuary 12, 2021
Letter from IsraelJune 29, 2020 Issue
In Search of King David’s Lost Empire
The Biblical ruler’s story has been told for millennia. Archeologists are still fighting over whether it’s true.
By Ruth MargalitJune 22, 2020
Letter from Jerusalem
The Precarious Position of Benjamin Netanyahu
The Prime Minister’s pre-trial hearing provides a Rorschach test of sorts for Israelis and has made both his admirers and his critics apprehensive.
By Ruth MargalitOctober 8, 2019
Letter from Jerusalem
How the Religious Right Transformed Israeli Education
In the past decade, Israeli civil society has undergone a process of “religionization,” most notably in its public schools.
By Ruth MargalitAugust 23, 2019
Letter from Jerusalem
What Israeli and Palestinian Activists Had Hoped to Tell Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib
The fallout from Israel’s ban on the two members of Congress has exposed a growing rift in the country over how to respond to B.D.S. supporters.
By Ruth MargalitAugust 20, 2019
Culture Desk
Seeing Inside the Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Community on the Netflix Series “Shtisel”
The show, which was created by two men with intimate knowledge of the Haredi community, mines drama from the restrictions of ultra-Orthodox life but doesn’t suggest that its central characters want or need to escape.
By Ruth MargalitApril 14, 2019
News Desk
Gazan Women Are No Longer Able to Enter Israel for Cancer Treatment
Since the beginning of 2018, with no announcement of a change in policy, more than half of applications for medical permits from Gaza have been turned down or left unanswered.
By Ruth MargalitJune 28, 2018
News Desk
Israel Contemplates a Future Without Netanyahu
As corruption allegations mount against the Prime Minister, his air of invincibility has been punctured.
By Ruth MargalitMarch 6, 2018
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