News and Politics

When Language Fails

May 17, 2010

More democracy, less ideology. So pleads Louis Frankenthaler, as he protests the uses and abuses of the word “Zionism” in Israeli politics.

Response to Akiva Tor

May 14, 2010

Racism remains a problem for both sides in the Arab-Israeli conflict, argues Moshe Yaroni. However, it is not anti-Semitic to oppose the Occupation.

BDS and Hopelessness: Response to Moshe Yaroni

May 13, 2010

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.

Prescription for Survival

May 7, 2010

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.

Road to Nowhere

May 4, 2010

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.

Why Israelis Should Not (Legally) Marry

May 3, 2010

In Israel, all Jewish marriages must go through the Israeli Rabbinate. But what if you want a non-Orthodox wedding?

Defending Israel's Public Sphere

April 29, 2010

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.

Making Bibi Sing

April 23, 2010

The US cannot impose a solution on Israel. However, it can’t let the Netanyahu government shirk its responsibilities towards the peace process, either.

Respecting the Rule of Law

April 20, 2010

On Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day), Mya Guarnieri reflects on the state of Israeli democracy, and doesn’t like what she sees.

Principled Opposition

April 16, 2010

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is more popular than ever. How should supporters of the two-state solution best position themselves?

What Must Be Done

April 9, 2010

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.

A Different Kind of Divestment

April 8, 2010

An IDF Special Forces veteran makes an impassioned plea for divesting from the Occupied Territories, and reinvesting in Israel.

Publish and Be Detained

April 6, 2010

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.

The Crisis of Jewish Democracy

April 2, 2010

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.

Explaining Israel

April 1, 2010

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?

At War With America

March 26, 2010

The only thing the Netanyahu government knows how to do is make enemies. It might just destroy Israel’s alliance with the United States.

Remixing Israel/Palestine

March 23, 2010

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.

The Capital of War

March 19, 2010

Jerusalem has always been ground zero for the Arab-Israeli crisis. Now, it’s also the setting for an American-Israeli conflict, as well.

Obama Grows a Spine

March 16, 2010

The Obama Administration has begun to build real credibility as an honest broker in the Arab-Israeli conflict. If the President holds firm, he’ll find that Jewish voters will support him.

A Serial Obstructionist

March 15, 2010

Benjamin Netanyahu has a history of obstructing US efforts to further the peace process. Unaware of construction plans for east Jerusalem? Rachel Tabachnick provides evidence to the contrary.

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