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Eliciting Fear at Home and Abroad, Israel Seeks to Downgrade Democracy

Peter Mellgard | Posted 12.05.2014 | World
Peter Mellgard

As European governments, one by one, vote to recognize a Palestinian state, Israelis are wrestling with their own questions of national identity in a polarizing debate that some say will destroy the state of Israel in its current form.

Why I Am a Zionist

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

Twenty-five years ago, in late 1989, I enrolled in an ulpan or Hebrew immersion program at Mishmar Haemek, a kibbutz in the Jezreel Valley. When I met the kibbutzniks as well as the other students in the ulpan, many of them would ask me two questions.

Leaders vs. Israeli & Palestinian People

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Well, what if world political "leaders" continue to engage in the politics of fear, who demonize the "other," who call for and enact war on their so-called "enemies"? And what if nobody came?

Labor Lessons: Q&A With Dalia Rabin, Daughter of the Late Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin

Gregory Floyd | Posted 05.27.2014 | New York
Gregory Floyd

I realized that the goals of the Labor Movement in America are remarkably similar to those of the late Prime Minister -- and that both believe that positive social reforms, economic quality and education are the only way to benefit society.

Shulamit Aloni -- I Cannot Imagine Israel Without Her Meretz

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

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.

Dragon of Israeli Right-Wing Incitement May Be Stirring Again

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Alan Elsner

As we pass the 18th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Israel is again engaged in peace talks with the Palestinians and there are signs that the sleeping dragon of incitement is stirring in its cave once again.

Peace -- Coming Soon to Israel?

Saloona | Posted 12.22.2013 | World
Saloona

I am writing to tell you what I think. I do not have a moving story, one that will bring you to tears. But I still want you to read this.

Thousands Rally In Israel To Remember Slain PM Rabin

Agence France Presse | | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday to mourn peace-seeking prime minister Yitzhak Rabin on the 18th anniversary of his assa...

Why Rabin's Vision In Signing the Oslo Accord Is More Relevant Than Ever Today

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Robert K. Lifton

Oslo changed everything. And, in fact, the talks the U.S. is currently mediating today, which offer hope of resolving the elements that the Oslo Accords left open, are the direct legacy of the process Rabin started.

Twenty Years After Oslo, Trying It Again

James Zogby | Posted 11.14.2013 | World
James Zogby

In the end, the flaws of Oslo proved fatal. Today, the number of Israeli settlers has tripled; the Palestinian economy remains dependent on Israeli good-will and international largess; and thousands have died, victims of acts of terror, military assaults and settler violence.

President Bill Clinton: Don't Worry About Yesterday, Embrace Tomorrow

Rana Florida | Posted 10.05.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

The "Explainer in Chief" believes that successful leadership starts by asking the right questions. But great leaders are good listeners too. And while they forge new paths, they also build consensus and "creative networks of cooperation."

Q&A with Noa, Israel's Superstar Singer-Songwriter & Peace Activist

Tom Teicholz | Posted 08.06.2013 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

"Israeli artists who perform abroad invariably carry a message of peace and of culture, and arts, above all...It's the responsibility of every human being who wants to live in peace to work for it. You can't expect people to do the work for you. ... I'm a singer, so I sing for peace."

When Enemies Make a Common World: Hamas, Netanyahu and the Israel-Gaza War

Roger Friedland | Posted 11.21.2012 | World
Roger Friedland

Israel has the right to defend its citizens against a continuous rain of missiles. But there is no purely military solution to this conflict. There is only a political one, which will require a strong, prosperous, democratic Palestinian state in the West Bank as a counter to the Gaza of Hamas.

Blame the Latest Israel-Arab War on... Singapore?

Jim Sleeper | Posted 01.17.2013 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

In 1965, Singapore's first prime-minister Lee Kuan Yew asked Israel to design, set up, and supervise its military machine. Israel did precisely that. How successfully? Just this month, Israel was ranked the world's most militarized nation -- and Singapore the second-most.

"The Gatekeepers"and Shin Bet Deliver the Goods

Erica Abeel | Posted 12.10.2012 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Israel has quickly become an entertainment powerhouse that has given us In Treatment and the original Homeland, along with the two marvelous films that made the NYFF. We eagerly await the latest from Ari Folman. His Waltz with Bashir was also distributed by Sony Pictures Classics.

Famous Handshakes That Signaled Peace

AP | Posted 06.25.2012 | World

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II and former Provisional Irish Republican Army leader Martin McGuinness are expected to shake hands in a delicately choreo...

Yale Has Gone to Singapore, But Can It Come Back?

Jim Sleeper | Posted 07.04.2012 | College
Jim Sleeper

Yale University sustained such a college for more than 300 years and, through it, the American republic, and for much of the time the republic led the world, but now Yale's captains have bound it contractually to an authoritarian corporate city state.

The Jordanian Peace Initiative: A Case of Déjà Vu?

Guy Ziv | Posted 06.11.2012 | World
Guy Ziv

Although Israel today enjoys peace with Jordan, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to fester and, once again, Jordan is attempting to breathe life into the peace process.

Who Dares Wins

Samuel M. Katz | Posted 04.28.2012 | World
Samuel M. Katz

How many world leaders can say that they have killed terrorist masterminds at point-blank range on a mission inside an enemy's capital? Barak has. How many world leaders have stormed a hijacked aircraft to rescue terrified passengers? Netanyahu has.

2011, the Year the Two-State Solution Died

Carlo Strenger | Posted 02.29.2012 | World
Carlo Strenger

Although the two-state solution was far from perfect, at least it gave answers to these basic questions of governance and civic rights. But Israel's citizens and its government have decided. It will not be.

Gingrich Contradicts Israeli Government Position

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 02.13.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

While Newt Gingrich's comments to a Jewish media outlet that Palestinians are an invented people was pretty bad, what was worse is what happened (or didn't happen) afterwards.

Orthodox Anti-Semitism Directed At Israel's Liberals

Carlo Strenger | Posted 02.07.2012 | Religion
Carlo Strenger

Israel's liberals are cast as the "Jewish villains." Overly cerebral, they bow to the "laws of the gentiles."

Come Visit Israel. Before It's Gone.

Bradley Burston | Posted 01.23.2012 | World
Bradley Burston

It was a place where there was an overriding belief that democracy was sacred, that minority rights should be respected more and more, rather than less and ultimately not at all.

Washington Must Confront Its Dysfunction, If It Is to Lead

James Zogby | Posted 01.05.2012 | World
James Zogby

The hysteria on display in Washington over UNESCO's vote to include Palestine as a member of the world body, though largely a manufactured effort, was, nevertheless, irritating and a sad commentary on the dysfunctional nature of U.S. politics.

Man Vandalizes Rabin Memorial To Protest Prisoner Swap

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 12.14.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — An Israeli soldier captured by Gaza militants will likely return home Tuesday, said a spokeswoman for his family on Friday, ending a...