We the People: Israel's Pioneers

We the People: Israel's Pioneers

9 Episodes

OpenDor Media unpacks the history of pioneers who have paved the way for the State of Israel.

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We the People: Israel's Pioneers
  • David Ben-Gurion – Israel's First Prime Minister

    Episode 1

    There are not many political leaders who would step down from power and settle on a kibbutz in the middle of the barren Negev Desert. But then, most leaders aren’t David Ben Gurion. Nor was his modest retirement the only thing that set the first Israeli prime minister apart from those who followe...

  • The Life and Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin

    Episode 2

    Israel’s fifth prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin’s life has been overshadowed by his death but there’s so much more to him than the tragic way he died. Rabin was a man of contradictions and paradoxes — and he left behind a complicated legacy in his pursuit of peace.

    Year: 2019
    Language: English

  • Top 10 Facts About Shimon Peres

    Episode 3

    When he died in 2016, aged 93, Shimon Peres was a beloved older statesman and something of a worldwide celebrity. But there was far more to Peres than the adored status of his later years. He wasn’t always the popular man of the people, and as he proved, the path to peace doesn’t always run smoot...

  • Eli Cohen: The Mossad's Master Spy

    Episode 4

    Did you know that one of Israel’s greatest heroes went by the name of Kamel Amin Thaabet? It sounds unlikely, but this was actually the pseudonym of Mossad agent extraordinaire, Eli Cohen, who infiltrated the Syrian power elite in the 1960s and used his privileged position to send confidential pl...

  • Women of the Refuseniks

    Episode 5

    In this episode, we examine the role of the women who stood up in defense of Soviet Jews and those women denied the right to leave the USSR. The story began in 1971 when the plight of one Jewish woman in Russia galvanized Jewish women the world over to stand up and protest — with incredible resul...

  • Moshe Dayan: Iconic Military Leader

    Episode 6

    Moshe Dayan, one of the most iconic Israeli figures of all-time, is best known for his military leadership — especially in the Six-Day War of 1967. Who was this legendary general, how did a kibbutz kid become “Moshe Dayan,” and what’s the story with that black eye patch anyway?

    Year: 2019

  • Prime Ministers: The Clash of Ben-Gurion and Begin

    Episode 7

    Meet the founding fathers of Israel, and the two names that dominate the conversation of old-school Israeli politics: David Ben-Gurion and Menachem Begin. How did a successful, albeit flawed, modern state emerge from this intense division?

    Year: 2019
    Language: English
    Producer: OpenDor Media

  • Golda Meir: Iron Lady of the Middle East

    Episode 8

    Golda Meir was Israel's first female prime minister — the original Iron Lady and a figure whose legacy continues to divide Israelis. A feminist, a go-getter, the creator of Israel's welfare state, and a fierce advocate for the newly independent African states of the 1960s. In many ways, she was ...

  • Theodor Herzl: The Zionist Dream of a Jewish State

    Episode 9

    What is Zionism, and why is it so controversial? How (and why) did Theodor Herzl, a secular writer, who didn’t know anything about Judaism, transform an ancient longing into a modern political movement that resulted in the establishment of the State of Israel? A modern day Moses, Herzl never saw ...