The Gatekeepers, the Architects and the Gardeners

  A few nights ago, in the heart of white Jerusalem where snow had been falling for over thirty six hours, I made my way gingerly by foot down the slippery slope to Jerusalem’s Cinematheque to see the Israeli documentary, The Gatekeepers, which has been nominated for an Oscar. A couple of hundred other Jerusalemites … Continue reading The Gatekeepers, the Architects and the Gardeners

NGOs cooperate emergency preparedness at JDC-ELKA seminar

Hundreds of Israeli NGO's provide critical services to the population such as food, health care, and nursing. These services are all the more essential during time of crises. They range in size from national organizations to local centers and everything in between. Recently, JDC-ELKA arranged a seminar for those NGOs that care for special needs … Continue reading NGOs cooperate emergency preparedness at JDC-ELKA seminar

Ben-Gurion University Promotes a Civil Resilience Network

Last Sunday, Ben-Gurion University and Israel’s emergency authorities (Home Front Command) announced a new joint pilot project to build a local network for crisis response. The university, which has over 17,000 enrolled students, pledged to involve thousands of students and workers in the project. The Home Front Command offered to teach these volunteers the skills, … Continue reading Ben-Gurion University Promotes a Civil Resilience Network

Synchronized victories: Political-diplomatic arena on the security agenda

Why would the IDF purposefully expose a wealth of valuable intelligence about Hezbollah military operations in Lebanon? The answer, it seems, lies in a growing recognition that, in the current reality, achieving military victory is insufficient in attaining Israel's security. By exposing this intelligence information, Israel's defense establishment appears to be integrating political and diplomatic … Continue reading Synchronized victories: Political-diplomatic arena on the security agenda

Azrieli’s Irrelevance to the National Emergency Exercise

Despite the broadened scope of last month's National Emergency Exercise, the resilience to crisis of many of the nation's most critical and vulnerable business centers was not put to the test. The Azrieli Towers, one of Israel's central business complexes, were completely irrelevant to the national emergency drill which took place last month to prepare … Continue reading Azrieli’s Irrelevance to the National Emergency Exercise