Haviv Rettig Gur (Hebrew: חביב רטיג גור) (b. April 4,
1981) is an Israeli journalist who serves as the political
correspondent and analyst for The Times of Israel.
1 Early life
2 Media career
3 Views and opinions
6 See also
8 External links
Haviv Rettig (later Rettig Gur) was born in
Jerusalem to American-born
parents. He lived in the United States from 1989 to 1999, returning to
Israel in 1999 to serve in the
Israel Defense Forces as a combat
medic. Upon completing military service, Gur studied history and
Jewish thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
From 2010 to 2012, Rettig Gur served as the Director of Communications
Jewish Agency. Before that, he was the
correspondent for the Israeli
English-language daily The Jerusalem
Post between June 2005 and July 2010.
According to the website of the
Limmud Conference, where he was a
speaker in December 2007, Gur covered "organised
worldwide on issues including demographics, identity, anti-Semitism,
education and communal politics... He dealt with Israel's contentious
education budget and Israel-
NATO relations. He was the Post's chief
correspondent to the [annual Israeli security-related] Herzliya
Gur's reporting focused on trends in
Jewish identity, especially in
the United States and Israel.
Views and opinions
He opines regularly on what he sees as the growing divide between
Jewish identity and American
Jewish identity. Together, these
two communities constitute some 80% of world Jewry, he writes, and
their basic identities as Jews are increasingly being constructed in
radically different ways.
For the Jews, the 21st century is beginning to take shape as the
century of confusion. may sum up "
Jewish identity" in 333
words, but the reality is a complex and conflicted
Jewish world in
which identities are diverging in deep and sometimes mutually
Every study shows that Jews in
Israel and America are growing farther
apart each year. Israeli youth, taught by an incompetent education
system that, besides its financial and structural woes, is utterly
unaware of the Diaspora's existence, know nothing about the Jewish
communities of the world, and little about their own place in Jewish
history. Across the Atlantic, the identity of American
in the words of Yeshiva University's Rabbi Jacob Schachter, is
shifting away from being "Jews influenced by America," toward "the
knowledge that they are America."
There are some clear definitions out there for
Jewish affiliation, but
no hard and fast rules about
Jewish identity. The internal Israeli
religious-secular culture war has created a spectrum of Jewish
identification centered on how and why one ignores Israel's official
chief rabbinate - the haredim in favor of their own "Torah masters"
and, increasingly, the secular in favor of pop-Buddhism and
unrecognized marriages. It is, if you will, a spectrum of identities
centered on the question of institutional and political affiliation,
not spiritual choice.
Meanwhile, American Jews are the quintessential Jews of choice, living
in an America founded on the principle of individualistic
spirituality. Many don't even accept that there can be objective
In August, 2009, the
Jewish Agency's Masa project produced an
advertisement that claimed that one-half of Diaspora Jews are
assimilating and becoming "lost to us." This drew a firestorm of
criticism from overseas, and led Gur to comment that the disagreement
reflected this different way of constructing
In March, 2009, Gur was contacted by a man claiming to be "David
Weiss, captain in the Norwegian military". Weiss was quoted in a news
story written by Gur in which Norwegian Jews said they experienced
tensions related to their Jewishness, mostly from Muslim immigrants
Israel discourse in the media.
Contrary to the claims of some Norwegian journalists, Gur did not
accuse Norwegian Minister of Finance
Kristin Halvorsen of chanting
"Death to Jews" in a demonstration. His story was correcting a
previous, inaccurate report written by another journalist that seemed
to suggest this.
In response to Norwegian journalists' inquiries, the Norwegian
military claimed that no "Captain David Weiss" existed in its ranks, a
claim that led the political editor of the major Norwegian daily
Aftenposten, Harald Stanghelle, to accuse the military of a
cover-up of Weiss' identity.
The next day, on April 5, 2009, the rival daily
that "David Weiss" was the faked identity of a 45-year-old Oslo
resident who had never served in the military. According to Dagbladet,
he had fooled The
Jerusalem Post, the BBC and several major Norwegian
Gur's version of the events is related here.
Israel unaware of US deadline". The
Toameh, Khaled Abu; Gur, Haviv Rettig (2009-07-12). "Abbas says he
won't meet Netanyahu". The
Gur, Haviv Rettig (2007-06-26). "
Jewish Agency to vote on
Gur, Haviv Rettig (2007-06-26). "JAFI conversion resolution quashed".
Gur, Haviv Rettig (2007-06-26). "Analysis: Vote highlights shift in
power to Eastern European Jews". The
"'Anti-Zionist' Arab charter inconsistent with UN norms' -
Jerusalem Post. 2008-02-01.
Gur, Haviv Rettig (2008-02-01). "'Now we can see IDF's lack of
readiness wasn't my fault'". The
Journalism in Israel
David Weiss (fictional person)
^ "HonestRporting_2016_Annual_Report-Web.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 25
^ "AIPAC Bars Press from Panel on Press Freedom". Breitbart.
2018-03-04. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
^ JNS.org, Ben Cohen / (2018-01-28). "
Israel Can't Deny the Reality
That BDS Is in Decline". Algemeiner.com. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
^ "Veteran journalist to speak on 'Kotel, conversion,
^ "Masa is clueless, but it isn't the only one".
^ "Norway Jews still tell of tolerance".
^ "Stanghelle tror Forsvaret bløffer om at David Weiss ikke finnes".
4 April 2009.
^ "Her blir «agent David Weiss» avslørt". 5 April 2009.
Personal blog (Archived)
Gur's writings at t