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Apocalypse, Not Now

Ksenia Svetlova | Posted 07.21.2015 | World
Ksenia Svetlova

Considering that the agreement is practically a done deal, how should Israel act to assure that it's security interests do not suffer? While Prime Minister Netanyahu continues to attack the agreement, I and many in Israel believe that it's time to deal with this worrying and uncertain situation in a sensible manner.

Israel To Jail Stone-Throwers For Up To 20 Years

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.21.2015 | World

JERUSALEM, July 21 (Reuters) - Israel's parliament imposed tougher penalties of up to 20 years prison for people throwing stones at vehicles and road...

Oren's Orgy of Self-Justification

James Zogby | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

The book is instructive and disturbing on many levels. First and foremost, I was struck by the arrogance and the sense of impunity with which Ally was written. No one who criticizes Israel is spared from Oren's venomous pen. Two targets receive special attention: President Obama and liberal American Jews.

The Dangerous Farce

Dana Eyal | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Dana Eyal

I think Israel needs a revolution. I think Israelis need to freak out, blow a gasket, wig out, and stop being blinded by the sheer idiocy of hate and power. It is time to start acting like the Greeks and Italians and be brave. I think it is time to burn.

A Government Neither by nor for the People

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The new Netanyahu-led government was created to serve its own political agenda, which is far removed from Israel's national interests. Indeed, in Israel the politician's personal interest comes first, the interest of the political party comes second, favoritism comes third, and the country can wait.

Israeli Knesset Focuses on Unity in Opening Session

Anav Silverman | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
Anav Silverman

The Knesset opening session was buzzing with new faces, as 39 new Members of Knesset joined their veteran colleagues in the swearing in ceremony that took place in the Israeli parliament on Tuesday, March 31.

Israel's Arab Minority Integrating Politically, Economically

Anav Silverman | Posted 05.30.2015 | World
Anav Silverman

A little over 20 percent Israel's eight million citizens are Arabs. According to the Israeli Democracy Index, a public opinion survey project conducted by the Israeli Democratic Institute and the Guttman Center for Surveys found last year that 65 percent of Israeli-Arabs are proud to be Israeli.

The Palestinian Arab Citizens of Israel: Pointing the Way Forward

James Zogby | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

That the Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel have fought for their rights for 67 years and continue to advance in their struggle gives me hope. As we approach this years' "Land Day," keep your eyes on this remarkable community. They do, indeed, point the way forward.

Tea Party and Likud East and West: A Symbiosis of Fear and Division

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The Tea Partyers and members of Likud, including Benjamin Netanyahu, give no real alternatives to negotiated settlements other than war.

How Not to Destroy Israel's Future

Ksenia Svetlova | Posted 05.17.2015 | World
Ksenia Svetlova

History teaches us that the window of opportunity can be closed at any moment. It's important that Israel not lose its chance for a decent future.

Why Netanyahu Will Lose to Herzog

Erel Margalit | Posted 05.13.2015 | World
Erel Margalit

We cannot afford another nine years of more of the same. Economic growth cannot be separated from social growth any longer. Israel's opportunities should be available to everyone and under Isaac Herzog's leadership, we will ensure that strong economic growth benefits ordinary people.

Netanyahu's Legacy: A Fractured Israel and a Divided America

James Zogby | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

In a few days, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will mount the podium of the U.S. Congress to speak before a joint session of the House and Senate. He will use the occasion to blast Iran and issue dire warnings about the current US-led negotiations designed to limit Iran's nuclear program.

Obama Surprise Visit to the Knesset

Gerald Sindell | Posted 03.30.2015 | Comedy
Gerald Sindell

Although he didn't have a formal invitation to address the Israeli Parliament, when the motorcade whipped through Jerusalem and pulled up at the Knesset, President Obama was greeted by a huge crowd of both citizens and legislators from the full spectrum of parties, and the President was whisked inside.

Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Women Face Fierce Backlash For Demanding A Political Voice

Haaretz | Allison Kaplan Sommer | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion

The backlash against ultra-Orthodox women who are daring to demand a public voice in government didn’t come as a big surprise, but it did come swift...

Israeli Lawmakers Dissolve Parliament, Kick Off Election Campaign For March 17 Vote

AP | Posted 02.07.2015 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli lawmakers unanimously voted Monday to dissolve parliament, officially ending the legislature's term two years ahead of sche...

Samantha Lachman

Controversial Israeli Bill Met With Weak Opposition From American Jewish Groups | Samantha Lachman | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A contentious bill that would prioritize Israel’s identity as a Jewish state over its democratic character has been met with limited o...

Israeli President Criticizes Controversial Jewish Nation-State Bill

Reuters | Posted 01.26.2015 | World

* Critics say new bill is racist, anti-democratic * President has rocky relationship with PM Netanyahu * Bill coincides ...

Palestinians, Blacks, and Jews Living in a World of Trauma

David A. Love | Posted 10.08.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

All three groups have been dehumanized as the "other," the bogeymen that will destroy if they are not destroyed. And all of us know what it is like to be trapped in the ghetto and have the walls close in on them, and all know how it feels when the lynch mob comes.

How Israel Targets Its Palestinian Christian Citizens

Nadim Nashif | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Nadim Nashif

Palestinian citizens do not want separate representation: We want equal representation and equal rights as well as recognition of our rights as an indigenous part of the Palestinian people as a whole.

New Israeli Law Legally Divides Christian And Muslim Arab Population

Haaretz | Jonathan Lis | Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion

The Knesset on Monday approved a controversial law, whose ultimate aim, according to its sponsor, is to distinguish between Muslim and Christian Arab ...

Shulamit Aloni -- I Cannot Imagine Israel Without Her Meretz

Dr. Idit Harel | Posted 03.30.2014 | Impact
Dr. Idit Harel

The word 'Meretz' means energy in Hebrew, and Aloni's unique energy mobilized change in Israel on all human dimensions since its founding more than half a century ago.

How to Begin After Prawer-Begin

Rabbi David Seidenberg | Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi David Seidenberg

Now that the Prawer-Begin Plan is dead, it's time to look at how we got here. Why are there so many unrecognized Bedouin villages? Did they spring up not only carelessly but nefariously, as many supporters of the Prawer-Begin Plan maintained?

'The Jewish State of Israel'

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

What will it take to ensure that Israel maintains its Jewish national identity while still preserving its democratic nature, given the gloomy demographic picture?

Israel's New Generation of Leaders Begins to Speak Up

Alan Elsner | Posted 08.27.2013 | World
Alan Elsner

One of the unexpected results of last January's Israeli election was the emergence of 47 new members of parliament, 13 of them under the age of 40, who have taken their places among the 120 Knesset members.

Resisting Racism And Keeping The Light Of Hope Alive

Ron Kronish | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Ron Kronish

Almost every week there is a hate crime perpetrated by Jewish nationalists against Arabs or Arab institutions in Israel. This must stop. Our law enforcement authorities must arrest the perpetrators.