Another Kind of Unity

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

The mothers of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrah, who were kidnapped and killed by terrorists last summer. Laura Chiesa/Pacific Press/Corbis/APImages.

The mothers of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrah, who were kidnapped and killed by terrorists last summer. Laura Chiesa/Pacific Press/Corbis/APImages.

Response
June 24 2015
About the author

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


Edward Grossman’s essay captures in an impressionistic sweep the intertwined fears, joys, and dangers that make up the present-day Israeli experience. Looming over it all is the distant yet imminent Persian menace—a menace that, Grossman fears, Israel’s fractured political class may not be up to. Hence his call for a new politics of unity in the Jewish state.

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