Israeli diplomat Akiva Tor witnessed the April 29, 2010 divestment deliberations at UC Berkeley. According to the Consul, such events should make us fear for the peace process. May 20, 2010: new comment follows by Dina Omar, of Students for Justice in Palestine.
Israel will only survive as a democracy if it recognizes the equal rights of its citizenry, frees itself from the grip of the rabbinate, strengthens its courts, and protects its NGO communities.
Some Israelis consider him an extremist. Some American neocons love him. Salam Fayyad wants to unilaterally declare Palestinian statehood. Mya Guarnieri thinks it’s a very bad idea.
Organizations such as Im Tirtzu and NGO Monitor are redefining Israeli politics. Louis Frankenthaler explains why Jews need to renew their support for the Mideast’s only democracy.
The US cannot impose a solution on Israel. However, it can’t let the Netanyahu government shirk its responsibilities towards the peace process, either.
Joe Lockard enjoyed living in Israel. He raised a family in Jerusalem, and worked as a lecturer. His only objection was having to serve in the Israel Defense Forces.
Barack Obama is reported to be mulling a new plan to secure a final status agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. Moshe Yaroni has a few words of advice to help him succeed.
An IDF Special Forces veteran makes an impassioned plea for divesting from the Occupied Territories, and reinvesting in Israel.
According to a 2009 survey, Israel ranks 93rd in global press freedoms. Outraged by the detention of a fellow journalist, Mya Guarnieri decided to do something about it.
63% of Israeli Jews support a two-state solution. 54% of their elected representatives, and an outspoken number of self-appointed US Jewish leaders, do not.
One of Israel’s biggest PR problems has always been explaining its uniqueness to the outside world. What happens when that complexity is used as an alibi?
The only thing the Netanyahu government knows how to do is make enemies. It might just destroy Israel’s alliance with the United States.
Everything is up for reconsideration. The deepening of the Occupation is leading many Israelis to change their views about how to best resolve their conflict with the Palestinians.
He did his army service, however reluctantly. But he did it on his own terms. Joe Lockard recounts covering the First Intifada, undercover, while serving in the Israel Defense Forces.
Netanyahu called Obama’s bluff. He bet that the US would not employ significant pressure on Israel for fear of domestic repercussions, and he won. But for Israel, it was a pyrrhic victory.
President Obama has fallen far short of reasonable expectations concerning his Mideast peacemaking abilities. The result has been a serious degradation of stability in the region, and massive despair. It’s time for the American leader to present a bold plan of action.
[Dateline: Purim] In the Diasporic world created by the Internet, in which multiple Jewish media camps have arisen to dispute the ethos of Jewish identity, a new, significant conflict has arisen over the number of ideas permissible for Jewish innovation.
Responding to Im Tirzu’s attack on the New Israel Fund, Mya Guarnieri analyzes the growing threat of the Occupation to Israeli democracy.
Israel is a synonym for complexity. For decades, its supporters have been asked to speak out on Israel’s behalf, to explain why it rightly resists conventional modes of explanation. Moshe Yaroni on a new study of the Jewish state’s foreign critics, and its urging us to once again speak truth to her defamers.
Since 1967, Israel has imposed a one-state solution upon the Palestinians. Jewish progressives, however, have historically insisted upon the principle “two states for two peoples.” According to Nathaniel Berman, this ideal has slowly devolved into an ideology, disguising and rationalizing a single state status quo.
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