What Next for Israel?

COVER STORIES: As elections near, much more is at stake than who becomes Prime Minister

Yaacov Zvieli squints at the cotton fields prospering under the sun and remembers what it was like at the beginning. How, as a skinny youth barely 20, he left his parents in Poland and in 1932 came to what was then called Palestine, carrying the Zionist dream of a Jewish homeland. How he and other fervid believers founded the Negba kibbutz in 1939, digging wells and building huts on an arid patch 30 miles south of Tel Aviv. How he and his comrades, armed only with Molotov cocktails and a handful of shells, held off a dozen Egyptian tanks in 1948,...

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