September 20, 2019

Israel

"In Israel’s early years—even earlier, in fact, during the decades leading up to independence—the kibbutz played an integral role in creating the country’s economic and political infrastructure. Based on a shared economy and hard work..."

"Israelis go to the polls in just over two months, on Sept. 17, for the second time in less than six months, and the dead end looks deader than ever. According to the polls, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not have the parliamentary..."

""We were accused of Judaizing the city,” US Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt said Monday at the Christians United For Israel (CUFI) convention, referring to Jerusalem. “We will not tolerate that kind of..."

"If results of the upcoming Sept. 17 elections indeed resemble current public opinion polls, then Yisrael Beitenu head Avigdor Liberman will be the kingmaker who determines the identity of Israel’s next prime minister and is able to tip the..."

"Not all fights are worth having. Some things don’t matter. Others are puerile and ought to be beneath rational adult discourse. If a fellow adult approaches you on the street, looks you straight in the eye and tells you that his daddy is richer..."

"Despite attempts to portray Israel as a progressive country with equal rights and opportunity for all, we still have a way to go to make that a reality. Sure, we can host awesome gay pride events and tout the first Druze navigator or Arab..."

"“Bahrain was a step in the right direction,” special US envoy to the Mideast peace process Jason Greenblatt said July 1 at the annual conference of the Institute for Policy and Strategy of the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. He was quick to.."

"It’s been nearly 50 years since Israel last held a military parade, and all attempts to revive them have been shot down. The reasons for that are much the same as the ones voiced by people in the United States who are currently protesting..."

"Anyone who has been in Tel Aviv in the past year has encountered shared electric scooters laying on sidewalks, in the middle of pathways, in public parks and at entrances to apartment buildings. Three international companies — US-based Bird and..."

"Israeli politics has become a la-la land. First came the clashing victory declarations by Blue and White Party chair Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately after the polls closed on April 9. It was followed by a reasonable..."

"It’s 27 years since the Oslo Accords, but their memory lives on. Most famously in recent years, their 25th anniversary was celebrated with an imperious drama at Lincoln Center riveted on the summit’s original movers: Terje Rod-Larsen, a Norwegian.."

"On May 29, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forced the just-elected Israeli Knesset to dissolve itself and set a date, Sept. 17, for new elections. Netanyahu has spent his days and night since trying to think of a way to reverse that fateful..."

"The latest round of attacks and counterattacks in Israel and Gaza demonstrates the respective governments’ inability to extricate their people from an awful situation, decades in the making. Palestinians and Israelis live in the same land, share..."

"Several months ago, a Palestine Liberation Organization body published an official document on the conflict. In its 37 pages, the organization put forth its views, with some readers seeing this as a clear endorsement of the two-state solution..."

"Yossi sat across from me and opened his bag. He was a nice looking and well-built elderly man. He took out four passports: two from the United States, and one each from Costa Rica and Britain. Each passport had his picture, but under a different..."

"In his recent CNN.com article, Aaron David Miller claims to know the "real" goals of the Trump Middle East peace plan. This is strange, because Miller has not seen the plan or been involved with its creation. I have. Miller grossly..."

"Former Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked is a popular figure on the Israeli right, thanks in part to her success in implementing changes in the judicial system, such as appointing conservative judges to the High Court. Thus the failure of her party..."

"With both Israeli and Palestinian officials absent from an upcoming economic summit in Bahrain, how much progress can possibly be made at what has been described as the first step in the US administration's long-awaited plan for Middle East peace?"

"Iran May Soon Try to Provoke Israel to Gain the Upper Hand..Intelligence assessments suggest that Tehran might initiate a provocation along one of Israel's borders in order to exacerbate the crisis, using one of the groups it operates in the..."

"The video footage of Jewish Israelis dancing with Palestinians at a wedding should be something to celebrate. It should be an expression of joy and joint faith in the future. Instead, it has brought danger and disgrace to Radi Nasser, the mayor..."

"The marker proclaims the settlement will be known as “Trump Heights.” Netanyahu said the name was chosen to thank President Donald Trump for breaking decades of US tradition and recognizing the Golan Heights as part of Israel in March. Prior to..."

"The new capital that Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi is building near Cairo is already known as the white elephant that devours billions of dollars and doesn’t promise a return. It has received two elaborate housewarming ceremonies..."

"The 1967 Six-Day War ended with what many people considered a miracle. It allowed Israel to do what it could not do during the War of Independence 19 years earlier: Liberate Jerusalem and unite the capital; take control over the ancient parts of..."

"The 25-year-old grant writer from Seattle had hiked the hills of Galilee and wandered the ancient market in Jerusalem. But then some of the friends she had just met told her they were planning to walk off the tour to visit a Palestinian family..."

"A ‘Local Call’ poll shows a broad range of areas where Jews and Arabs see the benefits of cooperation. But that doesn’t mean Jewish Israelis are ready to let Arabs hold positions of power, namely joining the government. The surprising bit: most..."

"Fiercely anti-Zionist students have become a fixture on American college campuses. They depend on professors for their doctrine, and the professors are spreading disinformation, as Cary Nelson, president of the American Association of University..."

"A lot of people have said the same thing, that Rivlin’s death is heartbreaking because she somehow embodied something that we have lost. And I think that’s wrong, maybe even exactly wrong. I think we love Nechama Rivlin not because she..."

"Marching and dancing with rainbow flags among the Israeli flags gave me a unique feeling, that of being among thousands of people just like myself, while also feeling completely different. Ours was without question the most visible group..."

"A neglected city capital: Until Israel properly cares for all residents of the capital, both on its eastern and western sides, Jerusalem won’t be the country’s united capital."

"New elections present a credible opportunity for the Blue and White to form the next government if it changes its attitude toward working with Israel's Arab minority."

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