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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

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...

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...


Yeshiva University Grad Writes Book to Help Children Understand Death

What should parents tell their children when a loved one dies? It’s a...

New England Patriots Star Shares Western Wall Photo With Jewish High Holidays Message

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman posted pictures of himself in Israel, including...


A Look at the Candidates to Become Jerusalem’s Next Mayor

JNS.org - The late Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek used to say that if one wanted to uproot and replant a tree...

Faith and Fasting: A Look at the Practice Ahead of Yom Kippur

JNS.org - Fasting is the most commonly known Yom Kippur ritual. According to a 2016 Pew survey, 40% of American...

A New Generation of Galvanized Young Jews Fight Antisemitism on Campus

JNS.org - IfNotNow (INN) has a plan. It’s determined, according to its website, to...


As US Sanctions Near, Europe Fails to Protect Iran Deal

At a meeting in Washington after Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in May, a senior US official told European diplomats that their efforts to save the...


Blaming Israel for Downing Plane, Russia to Sell S-300 Air Defense System t...

Russia will sell Syria the advanced S-300 air defense system following the downing of a Russian plane that the Kremlin...

Middle East

Iran Revolutionary Guards Threaten to Avenge Military Parade Attack

Iran's Revolutionary Guards vowed on Sunday to wreak "deadly and unforgettable" vengeance for a shooting attack on a military parade that killed 25 people, including 12 of their comrades, and...