S.Y. Agnon’s Political Satire

April 15 2016

While satire is not the usual mode employed by the Nobel Prize-winning Hebrew author, the stories in a newly translated collection, The Orange Peel and Other Satires, are a biting send-up of the egoism and pettiness of Jewish politics. Jeffrey Saks and Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi discuss the volume, with a reading by Mishy Harman. (Audio, one hour and twelve minutes.)

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More about: Arts & Culture, Hebrew literature, Israeli literature, S. Y. Agnon, Translation


A Lesson from Moshe Dayan for Israel’s Syria Policy

Dec. 11 2019

In the 1950s, Jerusalem tasked Moshe Dayan with combating the Palestinian guerrillas—known as fedayeen—who infiltrated Israel’s borders from Sinai, Gaza, and Jordan to attack soldiers or civilians and destroy crops. When simple retaliation, although tactically effective, proved insufficient to deter further attacks, Dayan developed a more sophisticated long-term strategy of using attrition to Israel’s advantage. Gershon Hacohen argues that the Jewish state can learn much from Dayan’s approach in combating the Iranian presence in Syria—especially since the IDF cannot simply launch an all-out offensive to clear Syria of Iranian forces:

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More about: Iran, Israeli Security, Moshe Dayan, Palestinian terror, Syria