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CIE Contemporary Readings

#51 Contemporary Readings, May 2017

June 5, 2017

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
[email protected] or [email protected]

Rasha Abou Jalal, “What’s behind Abbas’ recent threats to Hamas? Al-Monitor, May 15, 2017. ”

Amnon Abramovich, “Almost 40 Years of Likud Rule: What else has to happen, Y-Net News,” May 15, 2017.,7340,L-4962260,00.html

Inbal Ariel, “Israeli teens are in ‘the stupid age’,” Israel21c, May 15, 2017.

Orit Arfa, “Berlin Becomes a Musical Playground for Israeli Artists,” Jerusalem Post, May 16, 2017.

Shlomo Brom and Udi Dekel, “The Trump Administration: Forming a Policy on Settlements,” INSS, April 20, 2017.

Udi Dekel, “Hamas’s New Statement of Principles: A Political Opportunity for Israel?,” INSS, May 14, 2017.

Dr. Edy Cohen, “Assad’s Survival Is in Israel’s Best Interest.” BESA Center. May 25, 2017.

Anwar Eskt, “Trump will Find an Arab Nation Rising to Confront Iran,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 22, 2017.

Dina Ezzat, “The Ultimate (Trump-Saudi)Deal,” Al-Ahram Weekly, 25-31 May 2017,

Brandon Friedman, “Trump’s First 100 Days and Syria,” The Moshe Dayan Center, May 10, 2017.

Gabriel Glickman, “How Nasser’s Vendetta against American led to the Six Day War,” Fathom, Spring 2017.

Gabriel Glickman, “This Time the Loser Writes History,” Middle East Quarterly, Summer 2017.

Globes Staff, “Smoking cost Israeli economy NIS 13b in 2016,” Globes, June 1, 2017.

Liam Hoare, “1967 Nathan Alterman or Amos Oz: The Six Day war and Israeli Literature,” Fathom, Spring 2017.

Hussein Ibish, “Trump’s Plan for Middle East Peace Could Actually Work,” Foreign Policy, May 25, 2017.

Hussein Ibish, “We Can’t Predict whether Trump Will Succeed in the Middle East,” The Atlantic, May 25, 2017.

Martin Indyk, Ken Stein, and Shibli Telhami, “US Policy in the Middle East: Fifty Years after the Six Day War, May 30, 2017.

Efraim Inbar, “Israel is Still at War,” BESA Center, May 4, 2017.

Ofek Ish Maas, Carmit Valensi, “The Agreement on De-escalation Zones in Syria: Risks to Israel, with Opportunities for Influence,” INSS, May 15, 2017.

Ron Kampeas, “The Death of The TV Channel That Once Unified,” Forward, May 11, 2017.

Efraim Karsh, “The Six Day War: An Inevitable Conflict,” BESA Center, May 19, 2017.

Emily Landau, “Obama’s Legacy, a Nuclear Iran,” Middle East Quarterly, Spring 2017,

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Michael Solomonov wins James Beard Outstanding Chef award,” Israel21c, May 4, 2017.

Yaacov Lozowich, “Breaking News: The Secret Transcripts of the Six-Day War, Part I,” Tablet, May 17, 2017.

David Makovsky, “When International Guarantees Utterly Failed,” Jerusalem Post, May 4, 2017.

Dimitar Mihaylov, “Why the Arab Spring Turned into Arab Winter: Understanding the Middle East Crisis through Culture, Religion, and Literature,” Israeli Journal of Foreign Affairs, April 2017.

Hassan Mniemneh, “Can Diversity in the Middle East Be Rescued” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 5, 2017.

Ghaith al-Omari, “The Abbas-Trump Agenda: Urging Modest Steps Toward Peace,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 26, 2017.

Viva Sarah Press, “Western Galilee is one giant festival in the month of May,” Israel21c, May11, 2017.

Paul Rivlin, “The Crisis in Gaza,” The Moshe Dayan Center, May 28, 2017.

Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff, “Chinese investment in Israeli tech hits record $16.5 billion in 2016,” Israel Hayom, May 11, 2017.

Asaf Romirovsky, “Nakba: The Source of Arab-Israeli Conflict,” Middle East Forum, Y-Net News, Spring 2017,

Natan Sachs, “50 years: Legacies of the 1967 War,” Brookings Institute, May 31, 2017.

Shoshanna Solomon, “Intel to pay taxes from Mobileye deal in US dollars: move is to prevent ‘over-appreciation’ of the shekel, Bank of Israel says,” Times of Israel, May 16, 2017.

Daniel Shapiro and Rotem Oreg, “Trump’s “Square One” on the Twisted Road to an Israeli-Palestinian Solution,” INSS, May 21, 2017.

Micahael Sharnoff,” Nasser’s Legacy on the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 War,” BESA Center. May 21, 2017.

Eyal Sher, “Israel Festival Brings People Together, Creatively,” The New York Jewish Week, May 25, 2017.

Sima Shine, Raz Zimmt and Anna Catran, “The Election of Rouhani as President: A Message to the Supreme Leader,” INSS, May 29, 2017.   

Amy Spiro, “Musical Adapted from Israeli Film to Hit Broadway,” Jerusalem Post, May 25, 2017.

Kirk Silsbee, “Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen brings Jewish style to Brazilian music” Jewish Journal, May 3, 2017.

Michael Singh, “Syria After the Missile Strikes: Policy Options,” Testimony submitted to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, April 27, 2017.

Jonathan Spyer, “Assad’s Hollow Crown,” MERIA Journal, Winter 2016.

Jessica Steinberg, “Israel’s filmmakers are country’s ambassadors, says film school pioneer,” Times of Israel, May 8, 2017.

Sharon Udasin, “Israel, Japan Sign Economic Cyber Cooperation Agreement,” Jerusalem Post, May 3, 2017.

Sharon Usadin, “Israeli tech company behind Iron Dome system to help sync New Zealand electricity grid,” Times of Israel, May 7, 2017.

Isabelle Werenfels and Ilya Saliba, “No Rivals to the King-The Limits to Political Reform in Morocco’s “Enlightened Authoritarianism, May 17, 2017.

Amos Yadlin and Eldad Shavit, “President Trump’s Visit to the Middle East,” INSS, May 22, 2017.

Issac Zabloki, “It’s Not All Politics In Israeli Films,” Forward, May 8, 2017.

CIE Contemporary Readings

#50 Contemporary Readings, April 2017

May 6, 2017

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
[email protected] or [email protected]

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Palestinians’s Real Enemies: Arabs,” Gatestone Institute, April 17, 2017.

Yaakov Amidror, “Israel’s Inelegant Options in Judea and Samaria: Withdrawal, Annexation, and Conflict Management,” BESA Center, April 23, 2017.

Inbal Arieli, “In Israeli culture, failure is an option,” Israel21c, April 13, 2017.

Lidia Averbukh, “Israel on the Road to the Orient?The Cultural and Political Rise of the Mizrahim,” SWP Berlin, April 2017.

Ramzy Baroud, “How Israel Understands the Arab Peace Initiative,” Al-Ahram Weekly, April 6-12, 2017.

Burak Bekdil. “Turks Vote to Give Away Their Democracy,” The Gatestone Institute, April 18, 2017.

Seth Borenstein, “Scientists leave labs, take to streets to defend research,” Times of Israel, April 22, 2017.

Soner Cagaptay, “Turkey in Crisis,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 18, 2017.

Zach Cutler, “5 Lessons Entrepreneurs Worldwide Can Learn From Israeli Culture,” Economic Times, April 6, 017.

Oded Eran and Yotam Rosner, “The United States Attack in Syria: A Change in Europe-Trump Relations?” INSS, April 27, 2016.

Dina Ezzat “A Political Honeymoon (Cairo and Washington-relationship review), Al-Ahram Weekly, April 6-12, April 2017.

Tim Ferhnholtz, “The Israeli finalist in Google’s $20 million race to the moon won’t make it to the starting line,” Yahoo Finace News, April 21, 2017.

Andrew Friedman/TPS, Itamar Eichner, “Cyber Authority thwarts massive attack on Israel,” Ynet News, April 26, 2017.,7340,L-4954171,00.html

Shiryn Ghermezian, “Israel’s Female Soldiers: A Difficult Balance of Equality and Military Reality,” Algemeiner, April14, 2017.

Israel21c Staff, “ISRAEL21c goes Hollywood with new ’21see’ film series,” Israel21c, May 4, 2017.

Zipi Israeli, “The National Security Index, Public Support for an Arrangement Based on the Two-State Solution, INSS, April 6, 2017.

Annie Karni, “Trump’s surprisingly conventional Israel policy,” Politico, April 5, 2017. 

Abigail Klein Lichtman, “Glowing bacteria detect buried landmines,” Israel21c, April 18, 2017.

Mona Koehler-Schindler, Manuel Schubert, and Imke Haase, “Jordan’s cabinet re-(re) shuffled A window of Opportunity in Jordan?” Konrad Adenauer Foundation, February 2017.

Nur Köprülü, “Is Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood Still the Loyal Opposition?” Middle East Quarterly. Spring 2017.

Michael K. Lavers, “New group defends integrated Israel military,” Washington Blade, April 20, 2017.

Eran Lerman, “Mahmoud Abbas Goes to Washington: What is at Stake?” BESA Center, April 27, 2017.

Elior Levy, “Barghouti receives a cold shoulder from Palestinian leadership,” Ynet News, April 18, 2017.,7340,L-4950514,00.html

Yves Mamou, “France’s War to Delegitimize Israel,” Gatestone Institute, April 12, 2017.

Hisham Melhem, “Reflections on a revolution (Syria) betrayed,” al-Arabiyah, March 18, 2017.

Otmar Oehring, “Christians in Syria: Current Situation and Future Outlook,” Konrad Adenauer Foundation, February 2017.

Viva Sarah Press, “Israeli high-school students launch nano-satellite into space,” Israel21c, Aprill 23, 2017.

Hassan al-Qishwi, “Syrian (refugee) Question in Lebanon, Al-Ahram Weekly, April 6-12, 2017.

Liza Schoenfein, “Israel top Chef Brings Haute Middle Eastern to Manhattan,” Forward, April 28, 2017.

Ronni Shaked and Itamar Radai, “Arab Idol”: A Palestinian Victory, At Last,” Dayan Center, April 30, 2017.

Daniel Shapiro, Mattis’ Mideast trip holds promise, reality check for Israel,” Al-Monitor, April 20, 2017.

Shoshanna Solomon, “Investment in Israeli tech firms slides 8% in 1Q, report says,” Times of Israel, April 26, 2017.

Yedida Stern, “Israel at 69 — Not What You Think,” Israel Democracy Institute, April 27, 2017.

Times of Israel Staff, “Roger Waters says Radiohead determined to play Tel Aviv,” Times of Israel, April 20, 2017.

Yaroslav Trofimov, “Trump’s Push for Mideast Deal Perplexes Israeli Right,” The Wall Street Journal, April 6, 2017. 

David Wainer, “Israel Asks Itself How Long It Can Sit on the Shekel,” Bloomberg, April 18, 2017.

Raoul Wootliff, “Israeli minister slams ‘outrageous’ White House Holocaust statements,” Times of Israel, April 12, 2017.

Naomi Zeveloff, “Under 50’s Think West Bank Is Part Of Israel,” Forward, April 27, 2017.

CIE Contemporary Readings

#49 Contemporary Readings, March 2017

April 5, 2017

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
[email protected] or [email protected]

Raphael Ahren, Israel aims to become world’s 15th largest economy by 2025 — minister,” Times of Israel, March 19, 2017.

Inbal Arieli, “How Israeli culture promotes creativity and independence,” Israel 21c, March 28, 2017.

Abdel Bari Atwan, “Time for a Change in Fatah (highly critical of the PA),” Rialalyoum, March 2, 2017.

Burak Bekdil, “Turkey: A Sunni Iran in the Making?” The BESA Center, March 22, 2017.

Seth J Frantzman, “Terra Incognita: European and Israeli Politics are converging,” Jerusalem Post, March 19, 2017.

Evyatar Friesel, “The Inverted Ideological Pyramids of Anti-Zionist Jews: The Case of Moshe Zuckermann,” BESA Center, March 30, 2017. 

Hillel Frisch, “Becoming Part of Jordan and Egypt: A Palestinian Economic Imperative,” BESA Center, March 15, 2017.

Susan B Glasser, “Yair Lapid: The Full Transcript,” Politico, March 24, 2017.

Paul Goldman, “Iran’s Shahin Najafi and Israel’s Aviv Geffen Come Together in Song,” NBC, March 3, 2017.

Judah Ari Gross, “Ya’alon lays out Mideast vision, which resembles Netanyahu’s,” Times of Israel, March 15, 2017.

Gershon Hacohen, “War: The School of Life (Operation Protective Edge, 2014-2015),” BESA Center, March 7, 2017.

Dana Hadra, “On the life and legacy of Yitzhak Rabin,” Brookings, March 14, 2017.

Simon Henderson and David Schenker, “The Quiet Advance of Eastern Mediterranean Gas,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 8, 2017.

Liam Hoare, “1967 Nathan Alterman or Amos Oz” The Six Day war and Israeli Literature,” Fathom, Spring 2017.

Jessica Holzer, “Israeli Travel Ban Draws Fire,” Foreign Policy, March 7, 2017.

Efraim Inbar, “President Trump Wants a Peace Process Too,” The BESA Center, March 21, 2017.

Alex Joffe, “Palestinians and the Balfour Declaration at 100: Resisting the Past,” BESA Center, March 26, 2017.

Joyce van de Bildt – de Jong, “Nostalgia for the Monarchy in Egypt,” Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies Tel Aviv University, March 30, 2017.

Ron Kampeas, “Searching For Common Ground Amid Divisions At AIPAC,” Forward, March 28, 2017.

Herb Keinon, “Netanyahu Wants Foreign Ministry to Hightlighting China and India,” Jerusalem Post, March 6, 2017.

Ofer Kenig, “Status of Women in Israeli Politics: The Good, the Bad and The Road to Full Equality,” Jerusalem Post, March 8, 2017.

Alexey Khlebnikov, “Changing Dynamics in the Syrian Crisis,” Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Marc 30, 2017.

Matthais Kuntzel, “Nasser’s Antisemitic War Against Israel,” Fathom, Spring 2017.

Maayan Lubell and Lianne Back, “Israel looks to leverage tech in $50 billion medical marijuana market,” Reuters, March 23, 2017.

Ingrid Lunden, “Intel buys Mobileye in $15.3B deal, moves its automotive unit to Israel,” TechCrunch, March 13, 2017.

Zvi Magen and Udi Dekel, “Remaking Syria: A Military Update, the Diplomatic Situation, and the Israeli Angle,” INSS, March 27, 2017.

Abdel- Moneim Said, “Disecting the Regional Order- The Arab order remains in Peril,” Al-Ahram Weekly, February 9-15, 2017.

Ibrahim Nawar, “Hammering out a New Middle East,” Al-Ahram Weekly, March 2-8, 2017.

Assaf Orion, “From the State Comptroller’s Report on Operation Protective Edge to the Next Campaign,” INSS, March 28, 2017.

Viva Sarah Press, “12 of the hippest emerging Israeli bands,” Israel 21c, March 26, 2017.

Paul Rivlin, “Turkey’s Economy is Paying the Price,” Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies Tel Aviv University, March 30, 2017.

Robert Satloff, “Burning Questions for Trump on the Middle East: We Still Don’t Know Where His Gut Instincts Are,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 7, 2017.

David Schenker, “How the United States Should Help Protect Jordan from the Chaos Next Door,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 22, 2017.

David Schenker, “President Trump Talks Terror with Egypt’s Sisi,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 30, 2017.

Curt Schleier, “Delicious Doc Puts Israeli Food Center Stage,” Forward, March 22, 2017.

Amnon Shashua, “Israel’s hands-off tech entrepreneur,” Financial Times, March 17, 2017.

Eldad ShavitSima Shine, and Anna Catran, “Iran and the United States under the Trump Administration,” INSS, March 6, 2017.

Shoshanna Solomon, “Bank of Israel’s Flug says Israel must spend more on infrastructure, education,” Times of Israel, March 29, 2017.

Shoshanna Solomon, “With Israeli tech, self-driving cars are becoming a reality,” Times of Israel, March 13, 2017.

Kenneth W. Stein, “The June 1967 War: How it changed Jewish, Israeli, and Middle Eastern History,” Center for Israel Education, March 2017,

Jessica Steinberg, “Belgian-Israeli singer Hagar Levy finds her voice, and audience,” Times of Israel, March 20, 2017.

Hannah Stuart, “Islamist Terrorism Analysis of Offences and Attacks in the UK (1998-2015),” Henry Jackson Society, March 5, 2017.

Asher Susser, “1967 The Six Day War was a watershed in Middle Eastern History,” Fathom, Spring 2017.

Amir Taheri, “Iran and Turkey: Two-Bit Players in a Deadly Game,” Asharq al-Awsat, March 31, 2017.

Cmdr. Jeremy Vaughan, USN and Simon Henderson, “Bab al-Mandab Shipping Chokepoint Under Threat. Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 1, 2017.

Matan Vinai, Assaf Orion, and Galia Levi, “Israel and China: Toward a Comprehensive Innovative Partnership,” INSS, March 19, 2017.

Michael Walzer, “1967 Remembering the Six-Day War,” Fathom, Spring 2017.

Deborah Weinswig, “Retail Tech Innovation Is Booming In Israel,” Forbes, March 10, 2017.

Enat Wilf, “As long as the Arab world views Israel as a temporary aberration to be conquered, Israel will stand fast,” Fathom, Spring 2017.

Amos Yadlin and Kobi Michael, “The Palestinian ‘Internationalization Strategy:’ End of the Road?” INSS, March 21, 2017.

CIE Contemporary Readings

#48 Contemporary Readings, February 2017

March 7, 2017

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
[email protected] or [email protected]

Yaacov Amidror, “Tread Carefully with the New US Administration,” BESA Center, February 16, 2017.

Hady Amr, “How Palestinian schools can take Israel and the region closer to peace,” Brookings Institute, February 23, 2017.

Alan Baker, “Two State Solution, What Does it Actually mean,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, February 2017.

Yoni Ben-Menachem, “The Palestinian Authority’s Succession Struggle Continues,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, February 23, 2017.

Ilan Ben-Tzion, “How One Jerusalem Joint Is Dealing with Israel’s Terrible Restaurant Wages,” Munchies Blog – Vice News, February 15, 2017.

Shlomo Brom and Ofir Winter, “Israel and the New Leaf in Egypt-Hamas Relations,” INSS, February 16, 2017.

Itamar Eichner, “Tel Aviv high school joins Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” Ynet News, February 26, 2017.,7340,L-4927777,00.html

Meir Elran, Eran Yashiv, Muhammed Abu Nasra, and Alon Rieger, “Report on the Five-Year Economic Development Plan for Minority Groups,” INSS, February 21, 2017.

Andrew Friedman, “Rivlin, Deri inaugurate Haredi business hub in Jerusalem,” Ynet News, February 25, 2017.,7340,L-4927300,00.html

Malini Goyal, “Israel, a startup oasis in the middle of a war zone,” The Economic Times, February 19, 2017.

Yoel Guzansky and Kobi Michael, “The Trump Presidency and the Pragmatic Sunni Regimes,” INSS, February 22, 2017.

Jehuda Hadad, “The Solution to Israel’s Shortage of Hi-Tech Workers Lies in the Periphery,” Jerusalem Post, February 20, 2017.

Tzachi Hanegbi and Itamar Rabinovich, “President Trump and the Middle East: Views from Israel,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 2, 2017.

Hillel Frisch and Yitzhak Sokoloff, “Trump, the Mideast Conflict, and the Jordanian Option,” BESA Center, February 6, 2017.

Amira Howeidy, “Departing from the Two-state solution [Palestinians are clear why they want one-state, no Israel],” Al-Ahram Weekly, February 28, 2017.

Israel21c Staff, “Archaeologists find 12th Dead Sea Scrolls cave, but no scrolls,” Israel21c, February 9, 2017.

Jewish People Policy Institute Staff, “Shifting Trends in the West and their Impact on Israel and the Jewish People,” Jewish People Policy Institute, February 23, 2017.

Bruce Jones, “A call for continuity from America’s Middle East allies,” Brookings Institute, February 20, 2017.

Adi Kantor and Oded Eran, “2017 – A Year of Difficult Tests for Europe,” INSS, February 7, 2017. 

Herb Keinon, “Israel is Clearly Pivoting to Asia, Netanyahu Announces in Singapore,” Jerusalem Post, February 21, 2017.

Rami G. Khouri, “Why our behavior matters, and most Arab states may not,” Agence Global, February 7, 2017.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Why US corporate giants like Intel need fresh Israeli tech,” Israel21c, February 20, 2017.

Tamar Kogman, “BDS: The European-Funded ‘Grassroots’ Campaigns,” Jerusalem Post, February 5, 2017.

Hillel Koren, “Bank of Israel keeps March rate unchanged,” Globes, February 27, 2017.

David Makovsky, “Beyond One State: Preliminary Conclusions from the Netanyahu Meeting,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 17, 2017.

Jonathan Mayo, “Cementing Israel’s Ties to America’s Pastime [Baseball],” The Jewish Chronical,  February 9, 2017.

Aaron David Miller, “Why Trump’s Love Affair with Netanyahu Won’t Last,” The Wilson Center, February 13, 2017. 

Jessica Noll, “Egypt’s Armed Forces Cement Economic Power,” SWP Berlin, February 2017.

Einat Paz-Frankel, “Tel Aviv University in Top Ten List for Most Billion-Dollar Startup Founders,” No Camels, February 7, 2017. 

Reuters, “Investors Bet on Israeli Tech Stock Windfall Under Trump,” Fortune, February 21, 2017.

Paul Rivlin, “The Egyptian Economy: The Plot Thickens,” Iqtisadi, The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Easter Studies, February 23, 2017.

Gabriel Sanders, “Star Chef Offers Israeli-Hungarian Fusion in New York,” Tablet, February17, 2017.

Robert Satloff, David Makovsky, and Yoaz Hendel, “Trump-Netanyahu Meeting: A Reset for U.S.-Israel Relations (audio presentation),” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 7, 2017.

Uri Savir, “What a Palestine-Jordan confederation might look like,” Al-Monitor, February 26, 2017.

Eli Sperling, “MLK’s Support for Israel Clear in Letters,” Atlanta Jewish Times, February 19, 2017. 

Ken Stein, “The June 1967 War: Actions with Unfinished Consequences,” Center for Israel Education, February 13, 2017. 

Itay Stern, “Performers are flooding Israel: A sign of the cultural boycott’s failure?” Haaretz, February 19, 2017.

Tova Tzimuki, “The New Supreme Court: More conservative, more right-wing,” Ynet News, February 23, 2017.,7340,L-4926529,00.html

Times of Israel Staff, “In clip, Natalie Portman teaches Hebrew slang,” Times of Israel, February 7, 2017.

Sharon Udasin, “Flug Israeli economy is strong but must become more inclusive,” Jerusalem Post, February 6, 2017.

Raoul Wootliff, “[Israeli] Politicians gird for battle ahead of contentious 2014 Gaza War report,” Times of Israel, February 27, 2016.

Sarah Yerkes, “Why Netanyahu’s supporters should not celebrate his meeting with Trump,” Brookings Institute, February 12, 2017.

Jim Zanotti, “Background and US Relations in Brief,” Congressional Research Service, February 9, 2017. 

CIE Contemporary Readings

#47 Contemporary Readings, January 2017

February 6, 2017

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
[email protected] or [email protected]

Muhammad Aal Al-Sheikh (Saudi Journalist), “The Palestinians’ Reliance on Armed Resistance is Political Suicide: The Palestinian Cause is no Longer the Arabs’ Primary Concern,” MEMRI, January 26, 2017.

Gwen Ackerman, “Israeli Cybersecurity Industry Grows as Global Threats Multiply,” Bloomberg News, January 26, 2017.

AFP, “Israel raises height of barrier on Egypt border,” AFP, January 17, 2017.

Raphael Ahren, “Top Netanyahu aide: World won’t boycott our high-tech for Palestinians,” Times of Israel, January 12, 2017.

Alan Baker, “Ten False Assumptions Regarding Israel,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, August 15, 2016.

Alan Baker, “Debunking 11 More False Assumptions Regarding Israel,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, January 10, 2017,

Alan Baker and Hirsh Goodman, “Unilateral Withdrawal from the West Bank and East Jerusalem – Legal Observations,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, January 2017.

Yonah Jeremy Bob, “Ex CIA Chief Rejects Report Israel Was Warned of Sharing Intel with Trump,” Jerusalem Post, January 16, 2017.

Amichai Cohen, “Could the Settlement Regulation Bill Lead to an international legal battle for Israel,” Israel Democracy Institute, January 13, 2017.

Barry Davis, “Music: Andalusian for All,” Jerusalem Post, January 12, 2017.

Oded Eran and Udi Dekel “Secretary of State Kerry’s Speech on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” NSS Insight No. 885, January 2, 2017.

Dr. Shlomo Fischer, “Religious Zionism in Israel Today: Towards the Center,” The Jewish People Policy Institute, November 29, 2016.

Dr. Shlomo Fischer, “Patterns of Jewish Collective Identity Among Israeli Jews,” The Jewish People Policy Institute, November 29, 2016.

Hillel Frisch, “Kerry’s Attack on Israel: A Failed Attempt to Divert Attention from Obama’s Disastrous Foreign Policy,” BESA Center, January 2, 2017.

Adam Garfinkle, “Revolution Convolutions”(On UNSCR 2334 and “Perils” in US-Israel Relations), Foreign Policy Research Institute, December 29, 2016. 

Mordechai Goldman, “The secret nightlife of Jerusalem’s old market,” al-Monitor, January 27, 2017.

Hirsch Goodman, “The Dangers of a Unilateral Israeli Withdrawal from the West Bank and East Jerusalem,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, January 2017.

Gershon Hacohen, “A Two-State Solution? Just Not According to the Clinton Parameters,” BESA Center, January 30, 2017.

Rabbi Donniel Hartman, “To Pardon the rebellious son?” Y—Net, January 11, 2017.,7340,L-4903617,00.html

Ari Heistein, “Trump, Israel, and the American Jewish Community,” INSS, January 19, 2017.

i24News Staff, “Coldplay planning unprecedented Israeli-Palestinian ‘peace concert’ at Dead Sea,” i24News, January 10, 2017.

Efraim Inbar, “Jerusalem is the Center of Gravity,” BESA Center, January 19, 2017.

Pinhas Inbari, “Can the Palestinians Mobilize the Arab World on the U.S. Embassy Issue?” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, January 31, 2017.

Martin S. Indyk, “How a U.S. embassy in Jerusalem could actually jump-start the peace process,” Brookings Institute, January 5, 2017.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Biggest investor event in Israel to showcase startup magic,” Israel21c, January 25, 2017.

Yossi Kuperwasser, “Trump’s Big Decision on Iran,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, December 7, 2016.

Zvi Magen, “Russia-United States Relations under the Trump Administration: Implications for the Middle East,” INSS, January 4, 2016.

David Makovsky and Dennis Ross, “Toward a New Paradigm for Addressing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” Washington Institute for Near East Peace, January 2017.

Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah, “Iranian-Saudi Tensions Are Played Out in Bahrain,”

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, January 11, 2017.

Arad Nir, “Current Israel-Turkey relations as expressed by the media,” The Moshe Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv University, January, 2017.

Viva Sarah Press, “15 Israelis making a mark on Silicon Valley’s tech scene,” Israel21c, January 12, 2017.

Paul Rivlin, “The Arab Human Disaster Report, The Arab World Five Years After: Part 2,” The Moshe Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv University, January 2017.

Grant Rumley, “Abbas on the Ropes: How the Next US Administration Could Add to his Problems,” Foundation for Defense of Democracies, January 21, 2017.

Robert Satloff, “The New Administration Must Restore Intimacy and Common Purpose to the Bilateral Partnership,” National Interest, January 3, 2017.

Robert Satloff, “Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem: From Campaign Promise to Policy Challenge,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January, 2017.

Uri Savir, “After Paris — a Moscow conference on Mideast peace?” al-Monitor, January 22, 2017.

Shoshana Solomon, “Israel Innovation Authority calls for more tech labs,” Times of Israel, January 17, 2017.

Eli Sperling, “The Phenomenon of Elite Israeli Jazz,” Atlanta Jewish Times, January 11, 2017.

Joseph Spoerl, “How Obama and Kerry Betrayed Israel at the UN,” American Thinker, January 29, 2017.

Jessica Steinberg, “Meir Banai, 55, led Israeli music into a more soulful space,” Times of Israel, January 13, 2017.

Luke Tress, “Blues musicians look to strike a chord in Tel Aviv festival,” Times of Israel, January 12, 2017.

Sharon Udasin, “Israeli Japanese partnerships on business tech blossoming,” Jerusalem Post, January 24, 2017.

Benjamin Weinthal, “Germany’s Split Personality: Courts Favor Antisemites, BDS Takes Hits,” Foundation for Defense of Democracies, January 21, 2017.

Michael Wilner, “Prime Minister May Aligns the UK with GOP on Israel and Iran,” ,” Jerusalem Post, January 27, 2017.

Jim Zanotti, “US-Israel Relations,” Congressional Research Service, January 7, 2017.

CIE Contemporary Readings

#46 Contemporary Readings, December 2016

January 9, 2017

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
[email protected] or [email protected]

Elliott Abrams and Michael Singh, “The United States just Made Middle East Peace harder,” The Washington Post, December 23, 2016. 

Alan Baker, “The Dangers of UN Security Council Resolution 2334,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, December 26, 2016.

Nahum Barnea, “Netanyahu has sown the wind, Israel is reaping the whirlwind,” Y-net News, December 25, 2016.,7340,L-4898086,00.html

Nahum Barnea, “Kerry’s Failure, Netanyahu’s Liberation,” Y-Net News, January 2, 2017.,7340,L-4901775,00.html

Eyal Bino, “5 Bold Predictions For Israeli Tech In 2017,” Forbes, December 29, 2016.

Nicky Blackburn, “31 reasons 2016 was actually a great year,” Israel21c,  December 28, 2016.

Stephane Cohen, “Despite the challenges emerging on the horizon, Israel is well positioned to welcome 2017,” Jerusalem Post, December 26, 2016.

Kate Connolly, “Daniel Barenboim opens Berlin music academy for Middle East students,” The Guardian, December, 8, 2016.

Glenn Kenny, “Movie Review: The Team That Put Israeli Basketball ‘On the Map’”  New York Times, December 8, 2016.

Shlomi Daskal, “Nazareth Illit: From Judaization of the Galilee to a Mixed City, Vision versus Reality,” The Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, December 26, 2016.

Barry Davis, “Music: Love, Ethiopian style,” Jerusalem Post, December 8, 2016.

Meir Elran, “The Fires across Israel: Insights and Lessons for National Security,” INSS, December 12, 2016.

Oded Eran, “Jordan-Israel Relations: Normalization in the Shadow of Political Deadlock,” INSS, December 1, 2016.

Yoram Ettinger, “Israel’s Economy Defies BDS,” The Jewish Press, December 12, 2016.

Shmuel Even and Eran Yashiv, “The Defense Budget for 2017-2018,” INSS, December 28, 2016.

Caroline Glick, Column One: Obama and Israel, strike and counter-strike,” The Jerusalem Post, December 29, 2016.

Mark Goldfeder, “Kerry and Obama can change policy, not history or law,” The Hill, December 29, 2016.

Mark Goldfeder, “Obama administration was hypocritical on UN’s Israel’s settlements vote,” CNN, December 26, 2016.

Evelyn Gordon, “Disorder in the [Israeli Supreme] Court,” with responses, Mosaic, December 6, 2016.

Eitan Haber, “Things Look Different from the White House [includes moving the US embassy to Jersualem,” Y-Net News, December 26, 2012.,7340,L-4895770,00.html

Ephraim Kam, “Iran: Naval Bases in Syria and in Yemen?” INSS, December 21, 2016.

KKL/Jewish National Fund Staff, “Israeli Water Technology Changing the World,” Jerusalem Post, December 14, 2016.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “15 ways Israel amazed and inspired the world in 2016,” Israel21c, December 19, 2016.

Zeev Klein, “Defeating projections, Israeli economy grows by 3.5% in 2016,” Israel Hayom, December 29, 2016.

Yoni Kempinski, “F-35 boasts Israeli technology, can challenge Iranian threat,” Arutz Sheva, December 12, 2016.

Michael Kopolow, “UNSCR 2334,”in Israel and Ottomans Blogpost, December 27, 2016.

Mitchel Hochberg, “Israel’s Amona Compromise May Bolster the Settler Movement,”
Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 28, 2016.

Eran Lerman, “UNSCR 2334: A Disservice to the Cause of Peace,” December 26, 2016, Begin Sadat Center Perspective Papers,

Eran Lerman, “After Aleppo: Iran’s Ascendency and Its Implications,” Begin Sadat Center Perspective Papers, December 22, 2016.

David Makovsky, “Early Implications of the UN Settlements Resolution,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 27, 2016.

David Makovsky, “Kerry’s Speech: Some Continuity, Some Disconnect,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 29, 2016.

Cliff May, “Throwing Israel to the U.N. Wolves,” The Washington Times, December 27, 2016.

Hisham Melhem, “Good riddance to a calamitous year,” al-‘Arabiya, December 24, 2016.

Galal Nassar, “The only way is up [The Middle East and Egypt hit rock bottom this past year] Al-Ahram Weekly, December 22, 2016.

Becca Noy, “Musician Ahuva Ozeri passes away at 68 after long battle with cancer,” Jerusalem Online, December 13, 2016.

Viva Sarah Press, “27 Israeli companies rank on Deloitte Tech Fast 500 EMEA list,” Israel21c, December 12, 2016.

Uzi Rabi, “President-elect Trump and the Middle East?” The Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, December 1, 2016.

Paul Rivlin, “The Arab Human Disaster Report: The Arab World Five Years After: Part 1, “ IqtisadiThe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, December 2016.

Michael Rubin, “Eight Possible Responses to the UN Israel Vote,” The Washington Examiner, December 24, 2016.

Curt Schleier, “IDF Prepares Israeli for Heat of NY Kitchens,” Forward, December 8, 2016.

Natan Sachs, “What’s new and what’s not in the U.N. resolution on Israeli settlements,” Brookings Institute, December 26, 2016.

Pnina Sharvit Baruch, “Security Council Resolution 2334: The Legal Significance,” INSS, December 30, 2016.

Gilead Sher, “More of the Same? Fatah’s Seventh General Congress and the Reelection of Abbas,” INSS, December 18, 2016.

Gerald Steinberg, “Beyond anger: How to respond to the UN Security Council vote,” The Jerusalem Post,” December 27, 2016.

Inbal Tal, “Gender Aspects of the ‘Virtual Enclave’ of the Islamic Movement in Israel,” The Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, December 26, 2016.

Shibley Telhami, “American attitudes on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Brookings Institute, December, 2, 2016.

Andrew Tobin, “Why Tel Aviv is Israel’s new aliyah capital,” Times of Israel, January 1, 2016.

Khaled Yacoub Oweis, “The Military Topography of Syria’s South,” SWP Insitute for International and Security Affairs Berlin, December 2016.

Amos Yadin, “Radical Moves will only deepen our [Israel’s] diplomatic isolation,” Y-Net News, December 27, 2016.,7340,L-4899206,00.html

Michael Zeff, “Aliya from France great for economy, Bar-Ilan profs say,” Jerusalem Post, December 16, 2016.