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Cultural Prism

 

Recent columns in The Jerusalem Post

 

All columns can be found in the Author Page on the Jerusalem Post website.

Quite a few photos accompanying the articles are by my friend, talented photographer Amit Bar Yosef.

The Occupied Territories

5 January 2018

 

The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is fraught with misconceptions, many of them deliberately forged, and terminology tends to be connotative rather than denotative.

Photo by Michal Giladi

The Tragedy of Scientific Ignorance

26 January 2017

 

Shirking scientific research and failing to implement methodologies derived from it leads to mediocrity.

Hebrew version HERE

Very Real Artificial Intelligence

15 September 2016

A self-aware machine may someday set its own goals and strive to achieve them, contradicting human interests, justifying drastic means, and even fighting for self-preservation.

Lockheed Martin
Integrating Women in Combat Roles

15 December 2016

 

There should be no gender criteria for any position, only standards to allocate the best people, and mechanisms to construct the best fighting teams.

Hebrew version HERE

Supremacy, lethality and transparency

16 June 2016

 

For decades to come, the F-35 will be one of the key enablers of Israel's qualitative military edge.

'A polarized paradigm

2 February 2016

 

Politicians should try to persuade us to support their policies, not manipulate our understanding of realities.

Merely expressing grievances

22 October 2015

 

The US ambassador to Israel masterfully maneuvers between conflicting messages, always demonstrating ironclad support and genuine empathy.

'The sky is falling!'

26 November 2015

 

Negative perception-shaping by Israeli web portals has a damaging influence on the national psyche and even on our national resilience.

A flawed governmental
and organizational culture

30 July 2015

 

The bombshell report by the Locker Commission on the defense budget has stirred debate and triggered possibly devastating effects.

Uncorrectable injustice

16 July 2015

 

The suffering imposed upon Brig.-Gen. Gal Hirsch and his family reflects a troubling breakdown of values.

Killing Israeli General Aviation

29 May 2015

 

It almost seems that 100 years ago there was a better understanding of the importance of aviation to the prosperity of a modern society in Israel.

Let go of the status quo

16 April 2015

 

The call for public transport on weekends is not a political issue, but an expression of fundamental rights and genuine needs.

Good Palestinians, evil Israelis

22 January 2015

 

There is no relevant context, no real cause and effect – only Israeli brutality.

How low can we go

5 March 2015

 

Election rhetoric is based on gimmicks and spins instead of in-depth clarification of viewpoints.

Style-shifting and narrative manipulation

4 December 2014

 

Politicians everywhere are reshaping narratives and distorting priorities for political self-promotion or preservation.

Lost and disgraced in translation

4 Septemebr 2014

 

Choosing an unprofessional translator without the appropriate credentials is the equivalent of having an appendectomy performed by someone who studied medicine by watching the medical drama ‘House.’

Incitement and freedom of expression

6 November 2014

 

Freedom of expression is a basic constitutional right in Israel and every attempt to limit this freedom must be opposed by the upholders of democracy.

UNHRC - empowering terrorism
and degrading human rights
28 July 2014

 

Pillay is correct in stating that civilians are suffering the most, but does not hint that a murderous terrorist regime may be responsible for this suffering.

Confidence, hope, and stability

8 August 2014

 

The US administration's policy in the Middle East reflects a deep misunderstanding of the powers at play.

Demilitarizing Gaza – an international responsibility
24 July 2014

 

With international resolve, Gaza could finally become the Riviera of the Middle East. Hamas may not stop dreaming of destroying Israel, but we can prevent them from trying to realize it.

The moral edge
17 July 2014

 

 

A reporter’s notebook from Air Force headquarters during Operation Protective Edge.

Hasbara, public diplomacy
and propaganda
12 June 2014

 

We get so carried away in presenting our case that listening to us is sometimes exhausting, depressing, boring, and annoying.

Articles

לבנון שלי
מקור ראשון / nrg

22 במאי 2015

 

דור שלם של ישראלים חווה את לבנון – מהקרקע ומהאוויר, במארב בלילה מושלג ובעומק האדמה תחת גשם פצמ"רים. במלאת 15 שנה לנסיגה מרצועת הביטחון, שבעה לוחמים מנסים לפצח מה לבנון השאירה אצלם, ומה הם השאירו מעבר לגדר

בשבחי הפעילות הישראלית בחלל

מגזין ישראל דיפנס

28 באפריל 2014

 

נגד מי שטוענים ההשקעה בחלל היא בזבוז משאבים,

ראובן בן שלום חושב שמדובר ביכולת שתעניק לנו יתרונות רבים.

Teamwork in an Unmanned Aircraft
Israel Defense Magazine

18 August 2014

 

how is aviation teamwork associated with Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) that have no pilots?

עליונות, קטלניות ושקיפות – לקראת גלילת ה-F35

מגזין ישראל דיפנס

20 ביוני 2016

 

בטקס גלילה חגיגי שיערך השבוע, ייגלל ה- F-35I "אדיר" הראשון מפס הייצור של "לוקהיד מרטין" בפורט וורת', טקסס. בדצמבר ינחתו בישראל שני המטוסים הראשונים, ויחל עידן חדש בעוצמה האווירית הישראלית.

שילוב נשים בתפקידי לחימה בצה"ל

מגזין ישראל דיפנס

18 בינואר 2017​

בעקבות סערת שילוב נשים בשיריון, מאמרו של סא"ל (מיל') ראובן בן שלום על ההשלכות והמשמעויות הפחות מדוברות של שילוב נשים בתפקידי לחימה בצה"ל

מניפולציה תודעתית, קיבינימט

על מניפולציות תודעתיות של פוליטיקאים

כמו דג מחוץ למים, או: כמו ציפור בתוך המים

מבצע "תיבת נח" - ההשלטות על הספינה Karine-A - סיפור מזווית אישית

הטרגדיה של הבורות המדעית

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