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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

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...

February 22, 2018 11:58 am

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Thinking Outside the Box

In a recent lecture on the topic of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, New York Times journalist Thomas Friedman wondered how the highly creative state of Israel had not...

February 14, 2018 9:57 am

What Was the Real Audience for Mahmoud Abbas’ Speech?

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the January 14 meeting of the PLO’s Central Council lasted two hours. Apart from the phrase “May your...

January 30, 2018 4:06 pm

Trump’s Jerusalem Statement Shakes Up the System

A number of Israeli commentators have sought to reduce the significance of President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and even...

January 23, 2018 1:51 pm

Religion in the IDF: The Struggle Over Israeli Public Space

There has been a notable increase in kippa-wearers among IDF combat soldiers and commanders in recent years, a phenomenon that is considerably affecting the atmosphere in...

January 16, 2018 1:26 pm

The Trump Peace Plan for Israel Won’t Work

President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel occurred against the backdrop of his ambition to devise a comprehensive peace proposal...

December 7, 2017 3:30 pm

Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation: Resistance as an Expression of Faith

The possible reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas has raised the question of disarming Hamas of its weapons of resistance. Yet those weapons are merely a...


A Brilliant ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in Yiddish

Why is this Fiddler different than all others? I’ll tell you. Fiddler on the Roof is arguably the most important Jewish contribution to musical theater....

Israel Gets Set to Land Its First Spacecraft on the Moon - "Houston, the Eagle has landed” will soon be a common refrain for Israelis. While famed entrepreneur Elon Musk sent...

The Integration Between Israeli and American Jews in New Jersey - Rather than a classroom setting, New Jersey middle and high school students participating in the Israeli-American Council’s (IAC)...


Israeli Company’s Delivery Drone May Soon Take Flight in North Caroli...

An Israeli technology company that created a drone, designed to deliver food and other consumer goods to residential areas, is...

Middle East

Hamas Refuses to Work With Greenblatt, Kushner, Calling Them ‘Spokesm... – Hamas has rejected working with the United States on fostering peace between Gaza and Israel on Friday, despite...