About Bernard Avishai

Bernard Avishai has written dozens of articles and commentaries for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Harvard Business Review, Harper's, The Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. His new book, The Hebrew Republic, will be published in April (Harcourt). He is also the author of The Tragedy of Zionism and A New Israel. He holds a doctorate in political economy from the University of Toronto, and has taught at Duke, MIT, and the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. He currently splits his time between Jerusalem and Wilmot, New Hampshire.

Israel Isn’t Ready For A Black American President

By June 6, 2008

Barack Obama's speech at AIPAC was so winning, and his applause so warm, that it may be easy to overlook what a complicated task he had. (You may watch the video here.) AIPAC is nothing if not sensitive to what … Read More

If Olmert Falls, What’s Next For Israel?

By May 9, 2008

Israeli journalists are pre-celebrating Israel's sixtieth with a big, compelling story, yet another police investigation of Ehud Olmert over possible bribes he accepted from an American Jewish businessman. But their tone, this time, is subtly different from the past. The … Read More

If Obama’s An Elitist, Then So Is Orwell

By April 17, 2008

People enduring severe economic stress “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them,” Barack Obama privately told a group of fundraisers in San Francisco. For those who have been on the moon for the past … Read More

Israelis Getting Nervous After Barack Obama Says U.S. Must Reject “Unwavering Pro-Likud Approach to Israel”

By February 28, 2008

It would be understandable if Barack Obama were frustrated by responses to his candidacy in parts of the American Jewish community. Last Sunday, he met with a hundred communal leaders in Cleveland. He used the occasion to clarify matters, speaking … Read More

Peace Now and The Failure of the Israeli Peace Movement

By February 21, 2008

Last Saturday evening, I attended a memorial for Peace Now activist Emil Grunzweig, a young scholar of democratic theory who was killed by a disturbed rightist’s grenade in February, 1983, at a demonstration in front of the prime minister’s office. … Read More

The Toll of War in Gaza

By February 12, 2008

It is getting harder and harder to find leaders in the Kadima-Labor government who are not calling for a massive invasion of Gaza. Here, in this heartbreaking video, is Israeli Interior Minister Meir Shitreet, responding to the latest barrage of … Read More

Barack Obama: America’s First Jewish President

By January 31, 2008

In 1963, the young editor of Commentary, Norman Podhoretz, wrote a strangely confessional article (the first intimation of what, full-blown, would become his style), which he called “My Negro Problem—and Ours.” Its disquieting point, made the year of the March … Read More