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Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen is a senior research fellow at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. He served in the IDF for forty-two years. He commanded troops in battles with Egypt and Syria. He was formerly a corps commander and commander of the IDF Military Colleges.

ARTICLES BY: Gershon Hacohen

November 15, 2018 12:16 pm

The Israeli Security Situation: Wandering Through a Maze

The discourse that tends to swirl around events like this week’s sharp Gaza escalation generally involves a clichéd discussion about “the loss of deterrence.” But the gauge...

October 18, 2018 9:34 am

How a Bedouin Settlement Can Help Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Dispute

While there is little doubt that the Bedouin settlement of Khan Ahmar on the Jerusalem-Dead Sea road was illegally built, the decision to move its...

October 5, 2018 7:53 am

Israel Must Rethink Its Syria Strategy After Downing of Russian Plane

The crisis between Jerusalem and Moscow over culpability for the recent downing of a Russian plane in Syria has far less to do with the...

September 20, 2018 9:16 am

An Open Letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu on Israeli Demographics and Construction

Mr. Prime Minister, I would like to contact you personally and directly. The State of Israel and its citizens have been fortunate to have you at the...

September 9, 2018 7:34 am

Why Cutting Aid to UNRWA Is Necessary

With the sole exception of the Palestinians, international law does not grant refugee status to generation after generation of any group until the end of...

August 29, 2018 8:23 am

The Israel-Hamas Deal: Escape From Oslo

Both domestic and external opponents of the crystallizing deal between the Israeli government and Hamas view the nascent agreement as antithetical to the two-state solution....

July 12, 2018 11:34 am

The Gaza Lesson and the Myth of Disengagement

The situation in the Gaza Strip since the 2005 Israeli disengagement debunks three fundamental assumptions that have become axiomatic in the Israeli security discourse: total...

July 8, 2018 12:02 pm

The Limits of Israel’s Technological Superiority

There is no technological solution to the problem of kite terrorism. However decisive it may be, Israeli technology in and of itself does not guarantee...

June 21, 2018 6:35 am

Hamas’ Kite Terrorism Requires a Decisive Response

Hamas’ setting of wildfires on thousands of hectares of natural woodland and farmland on the Israeli side of the Gaza border is a calculated and...

June 20, 2018 7:09 am

Gaza, Israel, and the Palestinians: The Three-State Solution

Given the Gaza Strip’s sharp deterioration over the past 25 years, first under the Palestinian Authority's rule, then under Hamas’s control, it is time to...

June 5, 2018 8:05 am

Before Gaza Can Be Answered, Larger Questions Remain

As long as the historic debate about the two-state solution remains unresolved, the future of Gaza in general and Hamas’s continued rule in particular will...

May 4, 2018 11:37 am

Gaza Border Fence Riots Require New Israeli Thinking and Action

When it comes to defending the Gaza border against physical threats, the responsibility of the IDF's chief of staff and the commander of Southern Command...

April 22, 2018 2:21 pm

Area C Is Strategically Vital for Israel

Last year, upon the publication of Micah Goodman’s book Catch-67, I explained the basic reasons for my disagreement with his analysis and recommendations. That seemed at...

April 4, 2018 12:33 pm

The Reaction to the Polish Holocaust Law Forgets the Reason Israel Exists

The intensity of the reaction in Israel to the “Polish death camps law,” which forbids accusing the Polish people of any sort of involvement in...


Richard Gere to Star in Apple Adaptation of Israeli Series ‘Nevelot’

Apple is negotiating for the rights to adapt an Israeli television series that...

Gal Gadot Shows Solidarity With Israeli Women Protesting Domestic Violence in Nationwide Strike

Israeli actress Gal Gadot expressed support for the thousands of women across Israel...

Non-Jewish Kids Reveal They Know Little About Hanukkah on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

A new segment featured Monday on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" showcased children...


Is Your Bread Still Kosher? Arnold’s Bread Manufacturer Drops the OU - Bimbo Bakeries USA, which owns many of the nationally-distributed bread and...

Why Should We Light the Menorah With Olive Oil?

Below is an excerpt from the book The Light That Unites: A Chanukah Companion (OU Press) by Aaron Goldscheider. There are...

The Dead Sea Scrolls Monument

In 1946 or 1947 -- no one knows for certain -- a Bedouin goatherd nicknamed Muhammad the Wolf led his...


Huawei CFO Bail Hearing to Resume in Canada as Beijing Steps Up Pressure

A top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies is due back in a Canadian court on Monday where she'll fight for her freedom with the help of pressure from...


Israel Civil Administration Reports PA Planting Trees to Lay Claim to Land - According to a report by the Israeli Civil Administration, the Palestinian Authority is attempting to lay claim to hundreds of thousands of acres of land by planting millions of...

Middle East

Qatar Book Fair Continues to Sell Antisemitic Books, Despite ADL Pressure - The Anti-Defamation League has asked the US ‎Embassy in Qatar to pressure Doha to remove antisemitic titles from its government-sponsored ‎book fair, which it said “has a record of...