Alexander Yakobson is Associate Professor of Ancient History in the History Department of Hebrew University. His research on modern topics deals with democracy, national identity, the nation-state and the rights of national minorities in Israel and in Western democracies. He is a co-author (with Amnon Rubinstein) of Israel and the Family of Nations: The Jewish Nation-State and Human Rights (2003). He is an op-ed writer at Haaretz and Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.
Our Voice of the Week is The Jerusalem Report interview with Yohanan Plesner, the President of the Israel Democracy Institute and a contributor to our upcoming edition of Fathom Journal: Israel at 70. The interview also features Dorit Beinisch, the former President of the Supreme Court of Israel. They discuss their belief that Israel can strike the right balance between being a strong democracy and a Jewish state.