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Pushing a vision of Israeli democracy

Davidi Gilo receiving an honorary doctorate at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem from President Menachem Magidor. If Davidi Gilo felt uncomfortable earlier this month when he received an honorary doctorate from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he didn’t show it. The …

Just call her ‘President Carmi’

As Rivka Carmi, the new president at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, takes on the challenge of attracting and retaining top talent to her institution, she is able to draw on her own personal experience. Thirty years ago, Rivka Carmi …

Not your typical Israeli grandma

Gamila Hiar in Peqiin: The field and the herbs were my secret garden.It was an incongruous sight. Among the business and military dignitaries who were honored by Israel as torchbearers marking the beginning of the country’s 58th Independence Day celebrations …

Being Israeli is music to his ears

‘I’m more than happy to represent the country I was born in,’ says Israeli Eurovision contestant Eddie Butler. ‘I love Jerusalem, I love Israel, I live for this country.’As he performs his soulful number at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest …

An Israeli soldier’s ‘magical’ recovery

IDF Magician Liran Zeligman: I manage to tap into the little kid inside each soldier.There’s nothing magical about army service spent hunkering down on the Lebanese border, checking cars and individuals at a roadblock in the territories, or even spending …

An Israeli shares the winnings

‘My goal is to make youth believe in themselves, believe that they can do something,’ says Meirav Ben-Ari.Winning more than a million dollars on a television reality show was just the beginning of the dream for 30-year-old Israeli Meirav Ben-Ari. …

Israeli Arab restaurateur is a true optimist

Jawdat Ibrahim in his Abu Ghosh restaurant: This is the most important thing that I do – making meetings between Israelis and Arabs so that they can listen to each other. (Photo: Isaac Harari)”As an Arab-Israeli, I have seen that …

Solving an Israeli high tech riddle

Zohar Zisapel: When you invent something new you are looking ahead, trying to figure out how people will behave differently in the future.You might think that running one of Israel’s most successful families of high tech companies would provide enough …