Haviv Rettig Gur

Haviv Rettig Gur is the senior analyst for the Times of Israel.

Podcast: Haviv Rettig Gur on the Jewish Agency in 2021

With the election of a new chairman happening soon, a former spokesman for the Jewish world’s biggest nonprofit joins us to examine its past and future.

Oct. 8 2021 12:02AM

The Best Books of 2020, Chosen by Mosaic Authors (Part II)

Five more of our regular writers pick several favorites each, featuring what Jews are for, magicians, assassins, call signs, chaos, separated siblings, and more.

Dec. 17 2020 12:50AM

If Israel's Politicians Shape up, the Bureaucracy Will Fall in Line

When push comes to shove, the politicians always win.

Oct. 1 2020 12:47AM

Podcast: Haviv Rettig Gur Talks Israel’s Deep State

The Israeli journalist joins us to talk about the group of people in his country who are responsible, and the group of people who because of them don’t have to be responsible.

Sept. 17 2020 12:46AM

Israel’s Deep State Is Undemocratic, Unaccountable, and Completely Indispensable

How does Israel keep functioning despite constant political turmoil? Meet the opaque group of unelected bureaucrats that the country’s politicians rely on to save it from themselves.

Sept. 8 2020 12:01AM

The Best Books of 2019, Chosen by Mosaic Authors (Part I)

Seven of our regular writers pick several favorites each, featuring sieges, spies, cultural revolutions, family papers, useful enemies, new fields of inquiry, and more.

Dec. 18 2019 12:01AM

Is Israel a House Divided?

Despite challenges to its electoral system, its prime minister, and its relations with Palestinian Arabs, the answer is no.

April 30 2019 2:41AM

How and Why Israelis Vote

A primer on the state of play of Israeli politics, how Israel’s electoral system shapes (and warps) priorities, and why Netanyahu has reason to be worried about his new rival.

April 1 2019 12:01AM

The Best Books of 2018, Chosen by Mosaic Authors

Letters, antidotes, eternal lives, outcasts, secret worlds, pogroms, and more.

Dec. 12 2018 12:01AM

What the Druze Know about Israel that Israeli Jews Have Forgotten

They’ve leveled a criticism at Israel’s new nation-state law that neither the right’s earnest patriotism nor the left’s moral anxiety seems equipped to answer.

Oct. 15 2018 12:01AM

Israel Is a Case Study in the Need for Humility in the Social Sciences

What if its rising Jewish birthrate—a wholly welcome but recent development—goes into decline?

May 22 2018 12:01AM

The Problem Starts in the Knesset

Israel’s supreme court, and its overreaching and overactive judiciary in general, are not the cause but the symptom of a larger predicament.

Dec. 12 2016 12:01AM

How Palestinians' Vision of Israel Serves Palestinian Needs

Daniel Polisar’s findings suggest it is not only Westerners who reduce Palestinians to passive figurines, but Palestinians themselves.

Nov. 12 2015 12:01AM

Another Kind of Unity

Some nations are united by a strong founding document. Israelis have only themselves, and that has been enough.

June 24 2015 12:01AM

Can the Unsustainable Be Sustained?

Israel's prime minister has indicated it might shelve the two-state solution. How would the world react, and how much would it matter?

Sept. 10 2014 6:57PM

O Pioneers!

Have Israeli Jews really lost their self-confident, forward-looking spirit?

March 20 2014 12:05AM