Modern Israel

Modern Israel

Modern Israel at a Glance

An overview of the Jewish state and its many accomplishments and challenges.

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Travel to Israel

For Jewish travelers, a visit to Israel can and should be more than a typical tourist encounter with a foreign people, culture, and place

Modern Israel

Israeli Settlements: Questions and Answers

An overview of these Jewish communities in the West Bank — and why they are so controversial.

Israel’s War of Independence

Establishing a new nation and defending It

The Evolution of Israeli Cuisine

Increasingly trendy worldwide, Israeli food mixes the flavors of the Middle East and the Jewish Diaspora.

The Life of Yitzhak Rabin

The slain Israeli prime minister was a military hero who embarked on a historic effort to bring peace to his country and paid for it with his life.

Terrorism in Israel: Questions and Answers

Palestinian attacks on civilians have been a feature of life in Israel since even before the country’s establishment.

What Is the Temple Mount?

Holy to both Jews and Muslims, this area in Jerusalem's Old City has been a focal point of inter-religious tension for decades.

Modern Israeli History: A Timeline

Key moments in the Jewish state's history.

What Is BDS?

All about the movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.

Jewish Immigration to Pre-State Israel

The story of who went to Palestine, and how these successive waves of Jewish immigration shaped Jewish life there from 1881-1939.

7 Important Quotes from Yitzhak Rabin

The legendary Israeli leader was not a gifted orator, but his speeches illustrate the mind of a prescient strategist.

Israel’s Vibrant Jewish Ethnic Mix

Just because Israel is a Jewish country doesn't mean all its Jews are the same.

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and the Making of Modern Hebrew

The Lithuania-born visionary turned an ancient language into a spoken one.

Hebrew Literature in Translation: A Reader’s Guide

You don't have to know Hebrew to enjoy some of Israel's best books.