Evelyn Gordon

Evelyn Gordon is a commentator and former legal-affairs reporter who immigrated to Israel in 1987. In addition to Mosaic, she has published in the Jerusalem Post, Azure, Commentary, and elsewhere. She blogs at Evelyn Gordon.

The Whole Middle East Is Counting on Israel to Destroy Hamas

If they see Israel as weak and not a dependable ally, the likes of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt would have little choice but to align with Iran.

Oct. 12 2023 12:01AM

The Need for Judicial Reform Isn’t Going Away

At some point, Israelis must negotiate a genuine compromise on legal reform. Otherwise, the issue will continue tearing the country apart for decades to come.

March 29 2023 12:01AM

Israel's Judicial Reckoning

Israel’s court is abnormally powerful and has caused half the nation to lose faith in its government. Reform will help, as long as it doesn’t cause the other half to do the same.

March 6 2023 12:51AM

Why So Many Israelis Dropped Their Opposition to Settlements

It has less to do with ideological conviction than the fact that settlers anchor the IDF in place.

Aug. 18 2022 12:01AM

Answering Israel's Ukraine Critics

Indignation at Israel’s response to Russia’s invasion has intensified while becoming ever more untethered from the facts.

March 28 2022 12:01AM

How Continuing to "Mow the Grass" Might Lead to Israel's Reoccupation of Gaza

Fighting brief wars with Hamas every few years buys only temporary quiet. If that continues, Israeli citizens could demand that their government finally establish lasting security.

June 21 2021 12:03AM

Why Israel Needs a Better Political Class

Its twin coronavirus and budget crises are problems caused by—and only fixable by—political leaders, not bureaucratic maneuvering.

Sept. 29 2020 12:01AM

How Israel's Electoral System Brings the Country's Fringes Into Its Center

Israel’s confusing plethora of small parties actually keeps Ḥaredim and Israeli Arabs, in particular, from becoming too alienated.

April 8 2019 12:01AM

How a Changing American Liberalism Is Pulling American Jews away From Israel

American Jews, following American liberalism, have abandoned belief in the nation-state, non-voluntary communities, and religion in the public square.

May 18 2017 12:01AM

The Erosion of Public Trust in Israel's Judiciary Is Real—and Unusual

It’s hard to imagine a former justice in any other democracy trying to orchestrate a mass judicial resignation.

Dec. 26 2016 12:48AM

Disorder in the Court

How Israel’s supreme court has effected its own constitutional revolution—and thereby undermined public confidence in the rule of law.

Dec. 5 2016 12:01AM

Can Israel Change Strategic Course?

In the long-term absence of peace with the Palestinians, better to cease pursuing the unattainable and adopt policies that can strengthen the country at home and abroad.

Sept. 21 2015 12:01AM

The Two-State Solution Is in Stalemate. Here's What Israel Can Do to Prevail.

For two decades the Jewish state has sought, fruitlessly, to negotiate an end to the conflict. Needed is a new, viable strategy for coping with reality and winning out.

Sept. 1 2015 12:01AM

Finding Meaning While Living on the Edge of a Knife

Jews have long been able to thrive while under threat. Today’s Israelis, living in the face of a nuclear Iran, are the latest example.

June 22 2015 12:01AM