[email protected]: Israel’s Tougher Neighborhood

April 13, 2018

In January this year, the veteran Arab journalist Rami Khouri made this assessment of the Middle East as a region, “Never before has the Arab region been so fractured, violent, volatile and vulnerable to the whims of desperate citizens, powerful autocrats, renegade militants, durable terrorists, and predatory foreign militaries.” By comparison, when Israel came into […]

Two State Solution: Why Not Now?

March 2, 2018

The notion of a two-state solution remains front and center as the most often discussed and endorsed solution to the Palestinian-Israeli dimension of the conflict in the Middle East. So why has it not happened?

American Officials on Zionism, Israel, and the US-Israeli Relationship, 1947 – 2018

February 20, 2018

For more than seventy years the US government developed and revised its attitude toward Zionism and Israel. Using published archives, press conferences, speeches and numerous interviews, this compilation of 50 quotations traces how American views of Zionism and Israel changed.

One Tribe, Multiple Minyans

February 13, 2018

Four out of every five Jews in the world live in the United States and Israel; 6.3 million in Israel, 6.7 million in the US.  According to Pew Research Center Studies, 7 in 10 American Jews feel attached or very attached to Israel.

Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has merit, not harm

December 13, 2017

Whether you hate or love President Trump, don’t let it blind you from the meaning of the words he utters, or the tweets he sends. Regardless of your emotions or strong political leanings, his words are decisively important; he is President of the United States.

UNGA Resolution 181

November 22, 2017

The 1937 plan to partition Palestine was never implemented. It did, however, remain a workable political option for resolving the conflict between Arabs and Zionists. Britain needed to placate Arab state opposition to Zionism, so it refrained from actively revisiting the partition plan.

Trust, Embrace and Own Israel’s Story

October 8, 2017

In two books written sixty years apart, When Prophecy Fails, 1957 (Festinger, Riecken and Schachter) and The Influential Mind, 2017 (Sharot, an Israeli neuroscientist), the conclusions were the same.

Zionism and Israel Are Pro-Choice: Embrace Them Both

September 15, 2017

Rabbis who attended the AIPAC-sponsored National Rabbinic Symposium Association meeting in Washington at the end of August sat in my sessions on Zionism with common interests.

Making Wise Choices in College

August 23, 2017

Scrutiny and planning prove essential when selecting college courses.

CIE’s The June 1967 War

June 5, 2017

New book–for personal or group use–trips, camps, JCCs, schools, sermons, adult education; providing essential context, time lines and maps. Remind yourself how the 1967 War has changed Israeli, Jewish, and Middle Eastern history.

Israel’s Road to the June 1967 War – Timeline

June 1, 2017

A timeline of the events leading up to and the conclusion of the Six-Day War in June 1967

Tell The Whole Story, Not as You Want it To Be

April 18, 2017

For the last several years, I have heard and witnessed personal stories about Israel (dis)engagement. Everyone asks how to stem distancing from Israel.