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Contemporary Readings are a monthly compilation of analytical scholarly, journalistic, and think-tank pieces focusing on Israeli domestic and foreign affairs issues. We select 20-35 readings a month, all online accessible. The monthly collection dates to January 2013. Searching a topic is easy with Control F; you obtain the list's monthly delivery at no cost by signing up on the CIE homepage.

#72 Contemporary Readings, February 2019

March 5, 2019

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

Michael Barak, “Civil War? The rift between Fatah and Hamas, as seen on social media,” Moshe Dayan Center, February 7, 2019.

Naama Barak, “Tel Aviv’s most unlikely nightlife hot spot,” Israel21c, February 19, 2019.

Amiram Barkat, “Israel’s economic skies darken,” Globes, January 1, 2019.

Amiram Barakat, “Jerusalem and Tel Aviv both have negative migration,” Globes, February 18, 2019.

BICOM, “Israeli Elections: Everything you need to know,” British Israel Communications and Research Center, February 15th, 2019.

BICOM, “The Netanyahu investigations: What next after the Attorney General’s announcement?” February 2019. file:///C:/Users/kstein/Downloads/Netanyahu-Investigations-paper%20(1).pdf

Edwin Black, “BDS Prosecution Efforts at UCLA and UCI,” BESA Center, February 5, 2019. 

Alan Boyle, “‘Big step for Israel’: SpaceX launches lunar lander along with high-flying satellites,” Geek Wire, February 21, 2019.

Itai Brun, Sarah J. Feuer, Itay Haiminis, “Eight Years after the Upheaval: Alternative Approaches to Understanding the Current Middle East,” INSS, February 26, 2019.

Center for Israel Education, “How Israel Votes Whiteboard Video,” Center for Israel Education, February 28, 2019.

Udi Dekel, “Obstacles to Israel’s Strategic Objectives: Main Insights from the INSS 12th Annual International Conference,” INSS, February 12, 2019. 

Shira Feder, “Mike Solomonov’s New Venture Shows Israeli Food Is More Than Falafel and Hummus,” Forward, February 7, 2019.

Brandon Friedman, “The Crisis in Palestinian Politics: From National Consensus to National (Dis)Unity,” Moshe Dayan Center, February 6, 2019.

Sophie Friedman, “L’Chaim: exploring Israel’s burgeoning wine culture,” The Bowdoin Orient, February 22, 2019.

Jennifer Greenberg, “Why Women are Rocking Tel Aviv’s Electronic Music Scene,” Jerusalem Post, February 28, 2019.

Tsilla Hershco, “The “Yellow Vests” in France: Social Protest, Violence, and Antisemitism,” BESA Center, February 28, 2019.

Nick Ismail, “Israel’s tech start-up scene: the heartbeat of the economy,” Information Age, February 19, 2019.

Israel Democracy Institute, “Investigation – A Guide for the Perplexed,” Israel Democracy Institute (explains various possibilities about the indictments presented to PM Netanyahu and what next), February 14, 2019.

Jerusalem Center – Iran Desk, “Iran’s President Rejects Foreign Minister Zarif’s Resignation,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, February 27, 2019.

Alex Joffe and Asaf Romirowsky, “Americans’ Two Conceptions of Israel,” BESA Center, February 21, 2019.

Dan Kaken, “Israel agrees to reopen economic agreements with Palestinians,” Globes, February 7, 2019.

Israel Kasnett, “Israelis and Palestinians unite to create economic viability,” Jewish News Syndicate, February 28, 2019.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli wine, art and music provides ‘cultural foreplay,’” Israel21c, February 3, 2019.

Martin Kramer, Norman Stillman, Jacob Lassner, “The Enduring Legacy of Professor Bernard Lewis,” ASMEA, November 2018.

Ori J. Lenkinski, “Israel Museum’s Dance: Dancing in the Dark,” Jerusalem Post, February 19, 2019.

Yaakov Lapid, “Can Israel Defeat Hamas Without Toppling It?” BESA Center, February 21, 2019.

Ivan Levingston and Michael Arnold, “Israel’s Economy Beats Expectations on Consumer Spending,” Bloomberg, February 17, 2019.

Elior Levy, “Gaza suffers from brain drain as young professionals look for better life,” Y-Net, Jan 18, 2019.,7340,L-5446415,00.html

Lacie Levy, “Israel Is Innovating Its Way To Success,” Business Facilities, February 2019.

David Makovsky, “Dueling Narratives in Israel’s Election Campaign,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 22, 2019.

David Makovsky, “Israel’s Battle of the ‘Benjamins’: Netanyahu vs. Gantz,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 11, 2019.

Elhanan Miller, “The Enigmatic Benny Gantz,” Tablet Magazine, February 11, 2019.

Rachel Neiman, “Israel National Library launches free Israeli music app,” Israel21c, February 11, 2019.

Volker Perthes, “The EU and its members will have to come up with their own policy for the new reality in Syria,” The Security Times, February 2019.

Claire Polansky, “How Exporting Cannabis Will Boost Israel’s Economy,” Times of Israel, February 10, 2019.

Adi Pick, “Israel and Japan in Talks to Enter a Free Trade Agreement,” Calcaslist, January 15, 2019.,7340,L-3754321,00.html

Sever Plocker, “Why do Israelis have a soft spot for generals as politicians?” Ynet News, February 7, 2019.,7340,L-5459654,00.html

Haviv Rettig Gur, “Netanyahu and the Kahanists: A moral compromise that may ruin his legacy,” Times of Israel, February 25, 2019.

Paul Rivlin, “Tunisia 2019: The Success and Failures of the Arab Spring,” Moshe Dayan Center, February 28, 2019.

Itamar Sharon, “Danube days: Hungary launches culture year in Israel with song and dance,” Times of Israel, February 20, 2019.

Eldad Shavit, “President Trump versus his Administration,” INSS Insight,February 12, 2019,

Nadav Shragai, Lenny Ben-David, “New Waqf Council Managing the Temple Mount,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, February 28, 2019.

Amy Spiro, “Band’s Visit to End Its Broadway Run,” Jerusalem Post, February 5, 2019.

Jonathan Spyer, “The Rise of Iraq’s Shia Militias: An Emergent Threat to Israel,” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, February 20, 2019.

Itay Stern, “Israeli Director’s Film Wins Top Prize at Berlin Festival,” Haaretz, February 16, 2019.

Ofir Winter, Gallia Lindenstrauss, “Beyond Energy: The Significance of the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum,” INSS, February 3, 2019.

Raz Zimmt, “The Khamenei Roadmap on the 40th Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution,” INSS, February 20, 2019.

#71 Contemporary Readings, January 2019

February 2, 2019

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

Amb. (Ret.) Barukh Binah, “US Policies towards Israel and the Middle East,” The Israel Institute for Regional Foreign Relations, January 2019.

Anat Ben Haim and Udi Dekel, “Israel’s Dilemma over Syrian Reconstruction,” INSS, January 27, 2019.

Nir Boms and Stephane Cohen, “Iran and the New State of Play in Southwest Syria,” Moshe Dayan Center, January 22, 2019.

Alan Boyle, “Israeli lunar lander passes tests in preparation for SpaceX launch to the moon,” Geek Wire, January 30, 2019.

Jeffrey Feltman, Samantha Gross, Martin Indyk, Kemal Kirişci, Suzanne Maloney, Bruce Riedel, Natan Sachs, Amanda Sloat, Angela Stent, Tamara Cofman Wittes, and Bruce Jones, “The new geopolitics of the Middle East: America’s role in a changing region,” Brookings Institute, January 2019.

Seth J. Frantzman, “Israeli Strikes in Syria Reveal New Battlefield for Post-civil War Era,” Jerusalem Post, January 21, 2019.

Matti Friedman, “There Is No ‘Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,’” New York Times, January 16, 2019.

Manfred Gerstenfeld, “Angela Merkel’s Legacy and the Jews,” BESA Center, January 3, 2019.

Cassandra Gomes-Hochberg, “In the Heart of the Negev, Where Musicians and Hikers Meet,”Jerusalem Post, January 22, 2019.

Eytan Halon, “Israel Gives Green Light to Medical Cannabis Exports,” Jerusalem Post, January 27, 2019.

Ari Kalker, “Is Zionism Dead?” Jerusalem Post, January 26, 2019.

Matthew Kalman, “Israel’s “startup nation” is under threat from the tech giants that nurtured it,” MIT Technology Review, January 8, 2019.

Knesset, ” Elections for the Knesset,” The Knesset, January 2019.

Daniel Kurtzer, “Israeli politics: A guide to the perplexed,” New York Daily News, January 22, 2019.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli jazz musician wins international piano competition,” Israel21c, January 8, 2019.

David Makovsky and Dennis Ross, “We need to talk about Iran and Russia in this Israeli election,” Ynet News, January 2, 2019.,7340,L-5439738,00.html

Haim Malka, “Turbulence Ahead The North African Maghreb in 2019,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, January 2019.

Judy Maltz, “Nonreligious Israeli Teachers Are Suddenly in High Demand in America,” Haaretz, January 23, 2019.

Yehuda Mersky, “The End of the World that 1948 Made,” Tablet Magazine, January 2, 2019.

Emmanuel Navon, “The New Emerging Energy Hub in the Eastern Mediterranean,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, January 18, 2019.

Margaux Nijkerk, “France’s Role in Syrian Reconstruction, and the Implications for Israel,” INSS, Winter 2019.

Daniel Pipes, “Europe’s Jews vs Israel,” Israel Hayom, February 2, 2019.

Gideon Rahat, “Why Are There so Many Political Parties, and Why Does This Fragmentation Obstruct Governance?” Israel Democracy Institute, January 27, 2019. 

Rachel Ringler, “The Grand Canvases of Nirit Takele’s Ethiopian-Israeli Experience,” Tablet, January 15, 2019.

Natan Sachs, “Iran’s revolution, 40 years on: Israel’s reverse periphery doctrine,” Brookings Institute, January 24, 2019.

Yoram Schweitzer, Aviad Mendelboim and Adi Gozlan, “Suicide Attacks in 2018: Fewer Attacks and Victims in Fewer Countries,” INSS, January 7, 2019.

Meir Shemuel, “Israel and Iran Exchange Blows in Syria: A View From Israel,” Atlantic Council, January 25, 3019.

Michael Singh, “Beijing’s Curious Silence on the Syria Withdrawal,” Wall Street Journal, January 8, 2019.

Shlomo Slonim, “The Birth of Israel: U.S. Envoy McDonald’s Tireless Efforts,” Middle East Forum, Winter 2019.

Shoshana Solomon, “Israeli tech exits decline as ecosystem matures, global uncertainty weighs,” Times of Israel, December 30, 2019.

Amy Spiro, “Israeli Director’s Shia Labeouf Biopic Wows Sundance,” Jerusalem Post, January 27, 2019.

Jiri Valenta and Leni Friedman Valenta, “The Birth of Israel: Prague’s Crucial Role,” Middle East Forum, Winter 2019.

Washington Institute Staff, “Sending the Right Message in Cairo: Advice for Secretary Pompeo,” January 7, 2019.

Amos Yadlin, “The Strategic Challenges facing Israel,” Britain Israel Communication and Research Centre, January 2019.

Amos Yadlin, Itai Brun, Udi Dekel, “The Ten Leading Challenges Facing the New IDF Chief of Staff,” INSS, January 15, 2019.

Abraham B. Yehoshua, “Amos Oz, my brother, my teacher,” Ynet News, January, 1, 2019.,7340,L-5437046,00.html

Yasmin Yablanko, “Japan business chief: We’re building Society 5.0 with Israeli tech,” Globes, January 22, 2019.

#70 Contemporary Readings, December 2018

January 3, 2019

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

Major General (res.) Yaacov Amidror, “The Withdrawal of the US from Syria in Broad Perspective,” JISS, December 26, 2018.

Hady Amr, Ilan Goldenberg, Kevin Huggard, and Natan Sachs, “Ending Gaza’s perpetual crisis: A new U.S. approach,” Brookings Institute, December 2018.

Tony Badran, “The Curtain Is Falling on Bibi’s Lebanese Belly Dance,” Tablet, December 13, 2018.

Dany Bahar, “Migrants and the Startup Nation: Addressing Israel’s Growing Demand for Skills by Increasing the Country’s Role in the Developing World,” Brookings Institute, December 2018.

Amb. (Ret.) Barukh Binah, “US Policies towards Israel and the Middle East,” MITVIM, December 2018.

Ben Beaumont-Thomas, “Nick Cave: cultural boycott of Israel is ‘cowardly and shameful,'” The Guardian, December 11, 2018. 

Nicky Blackburn and Abigail Klein Leichman, “35 ways Israel inspired the world in 2018,” Israel21c, December 26, 2018.

Brian Blum, “The 15 biggest acquisitions in Israeli history,” Israel21c, December 27, 2018.

Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak, “Turkey at the Eastern Mediterranean Crossroads,” JISS, December 12, 2018.

Mike Desimone, “Israel: New World Wines with a Bordeaux Connection,” Wine Enthusiast, December 2018.

Ofir Dror, “Israeli Edtech Companies Inspired by Recent China-Israel Deal,” Calcalist, December 9, 2018.,7340,L-3751620,00.html

Joanna Dyduch, “The Visegrád Group’s Policy towards Israel: Common Values and Interests as a Catalyst for Cooperation,” SWP Berlin, December 2018.

Alon Einhorn, “21.2% of Israeli Population Lives Below the Poverty Line – New Report,” Jerusalem Post, December 31, 2018.

Brandon Friedman, “Saudi Arabia: A Future Interrupted,” Moshe Dayan Center, December 18, 2018.

Shuki Friedman, “Two Democracies for Two Peoples,” Israel Democracy Institute, December 12, 2018.

Caroline Glick, “Why Should Israelis Vote if their Vote is Meaningless?” Jerusalem Post, December 27, 2018.

Shalom Goldman, “David Ben-Gurion Asks 51 Jewish Scholars: ‘Who Is a Jew?’ Tablet, November 30, 2018.   

Haaretz Staff, “Natalie Portman Eulogizes Amos Oz: ‘My Heart Is Broken,'” Haaretz, December 30, 2018.

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen, “Lebanon’s Strategic Symbiosis,” BESA Center, December 10, 2018.

Jessica Haflin, “Best cookbooks for Israeli food,” Israel21c, December 4, 2018.

Eytan Halon, “Israeli Food-tech Start-up Produces World’s First ‘cell-grown’ Steak,” Jerusalem Post, December 13, 2018.

Prof. Tamar Hermann, Ella Heller, Or Anabi, Fadi Omar, “The Israeli Democracy Index 2018,” Israel Democracy Institute, December 2018.

Yaakov Katz, “Elections Will Be Greatest Test of Netanyahu’s Career,” Jerusalem Post, December 28, 2019.

Joshua Krasna, “Israel and the Gulf States: Some Things Change, Some Stay the Same,” JISS, November 29, 2018.

Anat Kurz, Kobi Michael, Gabi Siboni, “Six Days, Fifty Years: The June 1967 War and its Aftermath,” INSS, November 2018.

Francis Lam, “Exploring the soul of Israeli food with chef Michael Solomonov,” The Splendid Table, December 28, 2018.

Kobi Michael and Udi Dekel, “The Escalation in the West Bank: The Need for a Change in Israeli Strategy and Policy,” INSS, December 18, 2018.

Fiamma Nirenstein, “Mission Impossible? Repairing the Ties between Europe and Israel,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, December 2018.

Emanuele Otteolenghi and Jose Luis Stein, “Trump Should Cut Hezbollah’s Lifeline in the Americas,” Foundation for Defense of Democracies, December 13, 2018.

Adi Pick, “Supporting Arab Entrepreneurs Is Vital for Israeli Economy, Says Innovation Authority Chief,” Calcalist, December 11, 2018.,7340,L-3751844,00.html

Maxim Reider, “For the Love of [Classical] Music,” Jerusalem Post, December 19, 2018.

Arik Rudnitzky, “The 2018 Municipal Elections in Arab Localities: an Overview,” Moshe Dayan Center, December 10, 2018.

Eldad Shavit and Udi Dekel, “The United States Decision to Withdraw Forces from Syria: Significance for Israel,” INSS, December 24, 2018.

Jessica Steinberg, “In first, Andalusian Orchestra Ashdod performs in Morocco,” Times of Israel, December 26, 2018.

Dana Stroul and Soner Cagaptay, “As Washington Prepares to Withdraw from Syria, Turkey Is Set to Invade,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 19, 2018.

Times of Israel Staff, “New Bank of Israel governor installed amid economic turmoil,” Times of Israel, December 24, 2018.

Vox Tablet, “Amos Oz Still Dreams of Life on the Kibbutz,” Tablet, September 23, 2013.

#69 Contemporary Readings, November 2018

December 3, 2018

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

Hicham Alaoui “Failed Dream of political Islam,” LeMonde Diplomatique, November 2018.

Anadolu Agency, “Israeli saz player gives Jerusalem the sound of Turkey,” Hurriyet Daily News, November 30, 2018.

Irad Atzmon Schmayer, “Locust Schnitzel? Israeli High-tech Firms Cooking Up the Future’s Meat Alternatives,” Haaretz, November 30, 2018.

Mitchell Bard, “Eighty Years After Kristallnacht, the Murder of Jews Continues,” Algemeiner, November 2, 2018.

Dr. Mordechai Chaziza, “Chinese VP Visits Israel Innovation Conference,” BESA Center, November 5, 2018.

Barry Davis, “Israeli Jazz for the Asking,” Jerusalem Post, November 27, 2018.

Edward P. Djerejian, Marwan Muasher, and six others, “Two States or One? Reappraising the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, September 18, 2018. 43 pages,

Dr. James M. Dorsey, “The Fragility of Middle East Alliances,” BESA Center, November 12, 2018.

Rachana Dubey, “Ten Israeli films to be screened at IFFI in Goa, India,” Times of India, November 13, 2018.

Jospeh Dubroff, “Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 Economic Reforms in Light of Recently Assertive Foreign Policy Choices,” Moshe Dayan Center, November 25, 2018.

Wilson Fache, “Palestinians fear for their lives as real estate battle rages in Jerusalem,” The National, November 27, 2018.

Seth J. Frantzman, “How Hamas Brought Israel to the Brink of Election Chaos,” The National Interest, November 16, 2018.

Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, “Can Organized Jewry in Germany Behave “Normally?” BESA Center, November 6, 2018.

Jonathan Gratch, “Millennial musicians breach borders at Tel Aviv Jazz Fest,” i24News, November 29, 2018.

Shaun Ho, “The Future of Sino-Israeli Relations: Optimism or Caution,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, November 27, 2018.

Raymond Kelly, Michael Silber, David Cohen, “NYPD’S Top Cops; This is how we Should Combat Violent Anti-Semitism,” Jerusalem Post, November 21, 2018.

Joshua Krasna, “Israel and the Gulf States: Some Things Change, Some Stay the Same,” JISS, November 29, 2018.

Kim Lavi and Udi Dekel, “Looking at the Gaza Strip: From Short Term to Long Term,” INSS, November 20, 2018.

Derek Lief, “Jordan’s Summer of Discontent and Its Consequences,” Moshe Dayan Center, November 25, 2018.

Peter Lintl, Stefan Wolfrum, “Israel’s Nation-State Law,” SWP Berlin, November 2018.

David Makovsky, “Why Has Netanyahu Reversed Course on Early Elections?” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 20, 2018.

Sarah Moosazadeh, “Israeli-Iranian Singer Unites Different Cultures,” Jerusalem Post, November 12, 2018.

Tarek Osman, “Arabs and Europeans: The way forward,” Al-Ahram Weekly, November 2018.

David Pollock, “New Polls Show Most Gazans Want Israeli Jobs, Not Hamas Mobs,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 29, 2018.

Itamar Rabinovich, “Israel and the Arab World,” (Hazan, et al ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Israeli Politics and Society, Oxford University Press, 2018.

Jennifer Richler, “Finding a New Path: Israel Wakes up to the Nedds of ex-haredim,” Tablet, November 16, 2018.

Armin Rosen, “The BDS Debate Enters its Next Phase (goes to Congress,), Tablet, November 19, 2018.

Nathan Sales, “Tehran’s International Targets: Assessing Iranian Terror Sponsorship,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 13, 2018.

Robert Sarner, “At Paris conference, expat Israelis strategize how to empower growing ‘diaspora’,” Time of Israel, November 4, 2018.

Avram Sela, “Israel and the Palestinians,” (Hazan, et al ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Israeli Politics and Society, Oxford University Press, 2018.

Shalom Salomon Wald, “India’s Israel relations, the Middle East and China,” Jewish People’s Policy Institute, November 2018.

Anita Shapira, “Political History of Israel.” (Hazan, et al ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Israeli Politics and Society, Oxford University Press, 2018.

Shoshana Solomon, “As obesity surges, Israeli startup develops sweet protein to help cut calories,” Times of Israel, November 8, 2018.

Amy Spiro, “Several Israel-Themed Films Heading to Sundance,” Jerusalem Post, November 29, 2018.

Kenneth Stein, “US-Israel Relationship,” (Hazan, et al ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Israeli Politics and Society, Oxford University Press, 2018,

Shimon Stein, Emily B. Landau, “Trump’s Intent to Exit the INF Treaty: Implications for US-Russian Arms Control and Strategic Stability,” INSS, November 18, 2018.

Yael Yishai, “Civil Society and Israel Democracy,” (Hazan, et al ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Israeli Politics and Society, Oxford University Press, 2018.

#68 Contemporary Readings, October 2018

November 2, 2018

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

Adnan Abu Amer,  “Have Palestinians given up on resistance?” Al-Monitor, October 26, 2018.

Entsar Abu Jahal, “How Palestinian Exports of $1 Billion Impact Trade Deficit,” Al-Monitor, October 31, 2018.

Anna Ahronheim, “The Most Vegan Army in the World,” Jerusalem Post, October 3, 2018.

Daniel L. Byman, “Will Israel and Iran go to war in Syria?”Brookings, October 5, 2018.

Omer Dostri, “China-Israel Relations: Growing Cooperation Amidst Conflicting Interests,” JISS, October 25, 2018.

Oded Eran, “Israel’s Stake in the Egyptian Natural Gas Pipeline: Strategic and Economic Benefits,” INSS, October 23, 2018.

Frank Fang, “China’s Growing Economic and Military Interests in Israel Tech investments and military tech transfers aimed at countering US,” Epoch Times, October 28, 2018.

Shai Feldman, “Forty-Five Years After the 1973 War, Israel Faces Another Year of Decision,” October 15, 2018.

Daniel Friedman, “An Israeli wedding between an Arab and a Jew,” Ynet News, October 15, 2018.,7340,L-5371760,00.html

Hillel Frisch, “Comparing Hebrew and Arabic Wikipedia Entries on the 1973 War,” Begin Sadat Center,October 31, 2018.

Jerusalem Media Center: Ceasefire, Confderation and Gender in the Palestinian Community, Poll no. 93, October 16, 2018,

Polina Garev, “Is Berlin the new promised land for Israelis?” i24News, October 18, 2018.

Jessica Haflin, “Eyal Shani, Israel’s world-famous roasted-cauliflower king,”Israel21c, October 4, 2018.

Haisam Hassanein, “Sisi’s Anti-Israel Rhetoric: New Speeches, Old Problems,”Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 17, 2018.

Human Rights Watch, “Palestine: Authorities Crush Dissent,” Human Rights Watch, October 23, 2018.

Alex Joffe and Asaf Romirowsky, “As the US Cuts Funding, UNRWA Employees Flee Gaza,”Begin Sadat Center,October 25, 2018.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli named BBC Philharmonic chief conductor,” Israel21c, October 10, 2018.

Ariel Koch, “Al-Qaeda’s Propaganda in the Virtual Turkey,” Moshe Dayan Center, October 15, 2018.

Melanie Lidman, “New fund utilizes Israeli tech to help small farmers in Africa,” Time of Israel, October 11, 2018.

Peter Lintl and Stefan Wolfrum, “Israel’s Nation-State Law Netanyahu Government Lays the Foundations for a Majoritarian System,” SWP Berlin, October 2018.

Shalom Lipner, “After the midterms, could a threatened, volatile Trump flip on Israel?”Brookings, October 24, 2018.

David Mikics, “Ivory Tower Bigots,” Tablet, October 16, 2018.

Tarek Osman, “Arabs and Europeans: The way forward,” al-Ahram Weekly, October 2018.

Oren Peleg, “Can California Embrace Israeli Water Technology?” Jewish Journal, October 24, 2018.

Oded Raanan & Vera Michlin-Shapir, “Israel-Russia Relations: Mutual Esteem or Cold-Eyed Utilitarianism?” Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy, October 14, 2018.

Ofek Riemer, “Not by the Media Alone: The Israeli Campaign against the Conversion of Rockets in Lebanon to Precision-Guided Missiles,”INSS, October 23, 2018.

Paul Rivlin, “The Sanctioned States: Economic Crises in Iran and Turkey,” Moshe Dayan Center, October 24, 2018.

Asaf Romirovsky, “Normalizing Anti-Semitism in the US,”Begin Sadat Center,October 12, 2018.

Dennis Ross and David Makovsky, “If Trump Wants the Ultimate Deal, He Must Not Repeat These Mistakes,”Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 2, 2018.

Shoshana Solomon, “Australian-Israeli startup creates water-based fuel for electric vehicles,” Times of Israel, October 30, 2018.

Jessica Steinberg, “This balaboosta reigns over her own Israeli food empire, in New York City,” Times of Israel, October 15, 2018.

Aaron Davdi Miller and Hillel Zand, “Progress Without Peace in the Middle East,” The Atlantic, November 1, 2019.

Gilead Sher and Mor Ben-Kalifa, “Challenge to the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty,” INSS, October 29,

Meir Y. Soloveichick, “Jimmy Carter: The Sunday-School Years,” Commentary Magazine, October 2018.

Rebecca Stadlen Amir, “7 extraordinary Israeli-designed music videos,” Israel21c, October 11, 2018.

Times of Israel Staff, “Co-hosting trade conference with Netanyahu, China’s VP hails Israeli technology,” Times of Israel, October 25, 2018.

Times of Israel Staff, “In first, ‘Hatikva’ anthem played at UAE contest as Israeli judoka wins gold,” Times of Israel, October 28, 2018.

Times of Israel Staff, “TV report: Israel silent as Iran hit by computer virus more violent than Stuxnet,” Times of Israel, October 31, 2018.

Dr. George N. Tzogopoulos, “Merkel’s Approach to Israel Has Not Progressed,”Begin Sadat Center,October 15, 2018.

Amos Yadlin, “How to get out of the Palestinian trap,” Ynet News, October 18, 2018.,7340,L-5373585,00.html

Jim Zanotti, “Israel: Background and U.S. Relations,” Congressional Research Service, July 31, 2018.

#67 Contemporary Readings, September 2018

October 1, 2018

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

Adnan Abu Amer, “Economic ties going strong between Israel, Palestine,” Al-Monitor, September 28, 2018.

Dania Akkad, “Pipeline purchase paves way for Israeli gas exports to Egypt,” Middle East Eye, October 1, 2018.

Alexander Apfel, “Trump says ‘two-state solution works best,’” YNet News, September 26, 2018.,7340,L-5358627,00.html

Emil Avdaliani, “Battle with Fate: Russia, Geography, and the Historical Cycle,” BESA Center. September 20, 2018.

Lidia Averbukh and Margarete Klein, “Russia-Israel Relationship Transformed by Syria Conflict,” SWP Berlin, September 2018.

Yossi Beilin. “Looking Back on Oslo, 25 Years Later,” Al Monitor, September 10, 2018.

Jamille Bigio. “25 Years Since the Oslo Accords: Tzipi Livni and Zahira Kamal on Women’s Contributions to Peace,” Council on Foreign Relations, September 13, 2018.

Brian Bloom, “VC fund for food-tech in Israel signs Cornell partnership,” Israel21c, September 12, 2018.

Raphael G. Bouchnik-Chen, “The Passing of Uri Avnery,” BESA Center. September 24, 2018.

Lars Brozus, “While We Were Planning Unexpected Developments in International Politics. Foresight Contributions 2018,” SWP Berlin, September 2018.

Dan Diker, “Defeating Denormalization: Shared Palestinian and Israeli Perspectives on a New Path to Peace,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, September 2018.

Tomer Fadlon and Sason Hadad, “Collateral Damage: How US Sanctions against Iran Harm Iraq,”

Shlomo Fischer, “The Jewish State at 70,” Jewish People Policy Institute, September 2018.

Hillel Frisch, “What Is the Right Strategy with Hamas: Make Concessions or Fight?” BESA Center. September 27, 2018.

Tamar Hammerman and Ephraim Yaar, “Is the Two-State Solution Still Relevant?” Israel Democracy Institute, Setpember 5, 2018.

Michal Hatuel-Radoshitzky and Kobi Michael, “The End to US Funding to UNRWA: Opportunity or Threat?” INSS, September 6, 2018.

Efraim Inbar. “Twenty Years to Oslo: Perspectives.” BESA Center, September 10, 2013.

Martin Indyk. “The Day Israeli-Palestinian Peace Seemed Within Reach,” The Atlantic, September 13, 2018.

Paula Jacobs, “Israeli Kids Living in the U.S. Find a Classroom of Their Own,” Tablet Magazine, September 26, 2018.

Alex Joffe, “The Anti-Israel Effort Intensifies in Politics and On Campus,” BESA Center, September 11, 2018.

Efraim Karsh. “The Oslo Disaster Revisited: How it Happened” BESA Center, September 13, 2018.

Herb Keinon, “Russia-Israel Ties: From the Viewpoint of Russi’a Embassy in Tel Aviv,” Jerusalem Post, September 30, 2018.

Dana Kessler, “Searching for ‘Real’ Israeli Food,” Tablet Magazine, September 12, 2018.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli water filters donated to Cameroon to fight cholera,” Israel21c, September 9, 2018.

Cnaan Liphshiz, “An Israeli singer in Amsterdam creates the world’s first Ladino pop album,” Times of Israel, September 24, 2018.

Sharon Magen, “From Regulation to Relaxation: The Story of Two Start-Up Nations,” Times of Israel, September 2, 2018.

Linda Menuhin AbdelAziz, “An Israeli Facebook Page ‘In Iraqi Dialect,’” The Washington Institute for Near East Studies, September 24, 2018.

Elhanan Miller, “Between War and Peace: an interview with Senior Hamas Leader, Husam Badran,” Tablet Magazine, September 17, 2018.

Yaakov Peri, “A roaring Gazan economy could silence the booms of conflict,” YNet News, September 30, 2018.,7340,L-5361144,00.html

Ofer Petersburg, “Israeli-Palestinian hi-tech hub heading to West Bank,” YNet News, September 3, 2018.,7340,L-5340253,00.html

David Pollack, “New Saudi Views of Jews—and of Israel,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 12, 2018.

Bruce Reidel. “The Oslo Accords at 25: The View from Jordan,” Brookings Institute, September 11, 2018.

Jacob Rosen-Koenigsbuch, “Who Will Reconstruct War-Torn Syria? China Might Be a Candidate,” Abba Eban Institute of International Diplomacy, September 28, 2018. 

Jennifer Roskies. “Selling Oslo to the Jewish Community,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, September 16, 2018.

Shmuel Rosner and Camil Fuchs, “From Reckoning to Biking: Israelis Remake Yom Kippur?” The Jewish People Policy Institute, September 13, 2018.

Dennis Ross, “A Delicate Dance: The Arab World’s Critical Role in the Trump Peace Plan,” Abba Eban Institute of International Diplomacy, September 28, 2018.

Matan Rubin and Beatrice Hasler, “Through the Other’s Eyes: How VR Can Transform Diplomacy,” Abba Eban Institute of International Diplomacy, September 28, 2018.’s-Eyes-How-VR-Can-Transform-Diplomacy

Robert Satloff, “The Myth of “Failed” Peace:” Oslo at 25 Looking Ahead,” The American Interest, September 12, 2018.

Malina Saval, “Meet Dennis Lloyd, the Israeli Singer Who’s Charting in the Arab World,” Variety, September 7, 2018.

Ben Shalev, “The Ethiopian Music Scene in Israel Begins to Take Center Stage,” Haaretz, September 30, 2018.

Harriet Sherwood, “‘I want to be a doctor, not a rabbi:’ how Israeli ultra-Orthodox are being drawn into work,” The Guardian, September 10, 2018.

Joel Singer, Dennis Ross, Ghaith al-Omari and David Makovsky. “The Oslo Diaries: Insiders’ Views of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process Then and Now,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 13, 2018.

Husam Zomlot. “After Oslo’s failure, the two-state solution is now an international responsibility: an interview with Husam Zomlot,” Fathom, Summer 2016.

Tamara Cofman Wittes. “The Oslo Accords at 25: A personal reflection,” Brookings Institute, September 13, 2018.

Amos Yadlin, “Israel’s war between wars,” Ynet News, September 7, 2018.,7340,L-5342962,00.html

Ynet News Staff, “UAE used Israeli software to spy on Saudi Arabia, Qatar,” Ynet News, September 1, 2018.,7340,L-5339086,00.html

#66 Contemporary Readings, August 2018

September 9, 2018

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
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Anna Ahronheim, “American Students go back to School with Israeli Bulletproof Backpacks,” August 29, 2018.  

Amiram Barkat, “Israel’s economy grew at just 2% in Q2,” Globes, August 16, 2018.

Tal Becker, “The Claim for Recognition of Israel as a Jewish State,”Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 2011.

Maj. Nadav Ben-Hour, IDF and Michael Eisenstadt, “The Great Middle Eastern War of 2019,”Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 29, 2018.

Hannah Brown, “Haifa International Film Festival Also Gets in on the Act,” Jerusalem Post, August 15, 2018.

Yitzhak Degani, “The Assad Regime Returns to the Golan,”  Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, August 15, 2018,

Michael de la Merced, “PepsiCo to Buy [Israeli Company] SodaStream for $3.2 Billion, in Push for Healthier Options,” New York Times, August 20, 2018.

Giora Eiland, “What do the three players [Israel, Egypt, & Hamas] stand to gain from the Gaza ceasefire deal?” Ynet News, August 19, 2018.,7340,L-5331489,00.html

Caleb Esrig, “Jordan’s Economy at a Crossroads: Part 2,” Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies,August 2018.’s-economy-crossroads-part-2

Shmuel Evan, “Israel’s Credit Rating and National Security,” INSS, August 24, 2018.  

Doron Feldman, “The US 2018 Midterms and 2020 Presidential Election: Implications for Israel,” BESA Center, August 20, 2018.

Oliver Franklin-Wallace, “The hottest startups in Tel Aviv,” Wired, August 30, 2018.

Yaron Friedman, “The Parallel Universe of Hassan Nasrallah” Y-Net. August 30, 2018.,7340,L-5338317,00.html

Hillel Frisch, “The Gulf States: The Weak Link in Sanctions on Iran,”BESA Center, August 13, 2018.

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen, “The Israel-Hamas Deal: Escape from Oslo,” BESA Center, August 28, 2018.   

Michal Hatuel-Radoshitzky, “US-Israel Bilateral Relations and Recent Developments in the UN,”INSS, August 24, 2018.

David Hazony, “Israeli Identity and the Future of American Jewry,” The Tower, June-July 2017.

Abigail Klein-Leichman, “Israeli tech incubator partners with South Korean VC funds,” Israel21c,August 6, 2018.

Julia Knobloch, “German Girls and Israeli Heartthrobs: ‘Eskimo Limon’ Turns 40,” Tablet Magazine, August 08, 2018.

David Makovsky and Ghaith al-Omari, “Arab Leaders Need to Step Up to Avert War in Gaza,” Wall Street Journal, August 6, 2018.

Asaf Malchi, “Israel’s wealthiest are abandoning IDF combat units,”The Israel Democracy Institute, August 01, 2018.

Stephen Marshal, “The Israeli job market is growing rapidly – career guidance,” Times of Israel, September 4, 2018.

Doron Matza, Meir Elran, Khader Sawaed and Ephraim Lavie, “The Arab Society in Israel and the Nation State Law,”INSS, August 24, 2018.

Amir Mizroch, “Something Big Is Cooking In Israel’s Food Tech Kitchen,” Forbes, September 3, 2018.

Yohanan Plesner, “Strengthening Jewish Peoplehood in The Diaspora – But Not in Israel,” Israel Democracy Institute, August 7, 2018,

James Phillips, “Iran’s Economy Can’t be Shielded from US Sanctions,” National Interest, August 16. 2018,

David Pollock, “Seeing Saudi Changes Up Close: A Week’s Worth of Surprises,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 13, 2018.

Dennis Ross, “Iran Is Throwing a Tantrum but Wants a Deal,”Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 15, 2018.

Armin Rozen, “Israel’s Top Military Strategist Talks War and Peace,” Tablet Magazine, August 12, 2018.

Dr. Assaf Shapira, Avital Fridman and Shahaf Zamir, “Parliamentary Work Index for Israel’s Political Parties,” The Israel Democracy Institute, August 15, 2018.  

Adi Schwartz, “Is a Historic Decision on UNRWA Imminent?” BESA Center, August 29, 2018.

Joel Singer, “Twenty-five years since Oslo: an insider’s account,” Fathom Journal, August 2018.   

Amy Spiro, “Israeli Cuisine Continues to Conquer the Globe,”Jerusalem Post, August 28, 2018.

Times of Israel Staff, “Israel to boost security budget by hundreds of millions of dollars,” Times of Israel, August 16, 2018.

The Tower Staff, “Israeli Finance Minister Looks to Improve West Bank Economy as PA Rejects Peace Overtures,” The Tower,August 23, 2018.

Yohanan Tzoreff, “The PLO Central Council Meeting and Efforts toward an Arrangement in Gaza: Two Sides of the Same Coin,” INSS, August 27, 2018.

Mark Venables, “Israel Eyeing the Oil And Gas Prize For Its Technology Cluster,” Forbes, August 30, 2018

Emily Zemler, “Lana Del Rey Defends Israel Performance: ‘Music Is Universal,’” Rolling Stone, August 20, 2018.

Niri Zilber, “Trump Wants to Help Israel by Cutting Aid to Palestinians. Why Are Some Israelis Worried?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 29, 2018.

#65 Contemporary Readings, July 2018

August 8, 2018

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
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Center for Israel Education – At Camp David. September 1978 – Memorandum of Conversation between Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan and Israeli Defense Minister Ezer Weizman with US Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and US Secretary of Defense Harold Brown

September 7, 1978 At this early Camp David meeting, Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan and Israeli Defense Minister Ezer Weizman presented cogent summaries of Israel’s willingness to resolve the 1967 refugee issue and Israel’s security needs in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Sinai.

Center for Israel Education – At Camp David September 1978Memorandum of Conversation between the US and Egyptian Delegations at Camp David

September 11, 1978 Like all other US records of conversations from the Camp David negotiations, this conversation too was a summary of what was discussed and raised, and not a verbatim transcript. From this meeting we learn that when it came time for the Egyptians to respond to the Israeli ideas, President Anwar Sadat kept very tight control over the content of his advisers’ drafts

Amiram Barkat, “Moody’s Gives Israel a ‘Positive’ Economic Outlook,” Jerusalem Post, July 23, 2018.

Nicky Blackburn, “Rescuers Turn to Israeli Tech to Help Save Trapped Thai Boys, Israel21c, July 4, 2018.

Yonah Jeremy Bob, “U.S. Defense Official Works with Israel on Cutting Edge Anti-Terror Tech,” Jerusalem Post, July 6, 2018.

Edy Cohen, “Saudi Arabia and Israel: Know Thine Enemy,” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, July 20, 2018.

Michelle Divon, “Israeli Jew and Yemenite Muslim: A Musical Match that Could Only Be Made in NY,” The Times of Israel, July 18, 2018.

Oded Eran and Elia Rettig, “New Obstacles Facing Israeli Natural Gas Exports,” INSS, July 10, 2018.

Yoram Ettinger, “Israel’s high-tech opportunities,” The Ettinger Report, August 2, 2018.

Shmuel Even and Sason Hadad, “US Aid to Israel: Budgetary and Strategic Significance,” INSS, July 4, 2018.

Nizan Feldman and Shmuel Even, “The Global Trade War: Scenarios and Significance for Israel,” INSS, July 19, 2018.

Hillel Frisch, “Why Russia Needs Israel,” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, July 16, 2018.

Jessica Halfin, “Israel’s Most Underrated Food Destination,” The Forward, July 30, 2018.

Tamar Herman and Ephraim Ya’ar, “Will Trump’s Peace Plane Gain Traction?” Israel Democracy Institute, July 2, 2018.

Sarah Hershenson, “Yehoram Ganon and the Israeli Philharmonic – Two Classics Come Together,” Jerusalem Post, July 17, 2018.

Kevin Huggard, “An Alternative Vision for Israel [Interview with Israeli MK Yair Lapid],” Brookings Institution, July 3, 2018.

Josef Jaffe, “Palestinian Sovereignty after Abbas,” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, July 13, 2018.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli Chef’s Vegan Shakshuka and Shawarma Prove US Hit,” Israel21c, July 31, 2018.

Yaakov Lappin, “A Failure at State-Building, Hamas Sticks to Military Buildup in Gaza,” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, July 23, 2018.

Matthew Levitt, “Hezbollah’s Corruption Crisis Runs Deep,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, July 20, 2018.

Shalom Lipner, “The summer of Israel’s contentment,” Brookings Institution, July 30, 2018.

Josh Lurie, “In Valley Village, Café Florentine Is Tweaking Israeli Comfort Food,” Los Angeles Magazine, July 13, 2018.

The Media Line, “Match Made in Hi-Tech Heaven: Israel and South Korea, YNet News, July 7, 2018.,7340,L-5304585,00.html

Gil Murciano, “Preventing a Spillover of the Iran Israel Conflict in Syria,” SWP Berlin, July 2018.

Jeremy Repanich, “The Popularity of Israeli Food in America Began with Chef Michael Solomonov,” Robb Report, July 17, 2018.

Yotam Rosner and Adi Kantor, eds. , The European Union in Turbulent Times: Challenges, Trends, and Significance for Israel, INSS, June 2018

Max Schindler, “In Sign of Booming Economy, Almost Half of Israelis Going Abroad,” Jerusalem Post, July 2, 2018.

Amy Spiro, “Israeli Film Industry Furious Over Proposed Funding Changes,” Variety, July 16, 2018.

Amy Spiro, “Spotify Reveals that Israelis Love Israeli Music,” Jerusalem Post, April 15, 2018.

Itay Stern and Nirit Anderman, “Two Israeli Films Nominated for the 2018 Emmy Awards,” Haaretz, July 28, 2018.

Avi Temkin, “Analysis: Few Arabs and Haredim in the Workforce Isn’t Israel’s Only Issue,” Jerusalem Post, July 4, 2018.

David Wainer and Selcuk Gokoluk, “Israel Risks Falling Behind on Inflation in Bid to Weaken Shekel,” Bloomberg, July 26, 2018.

Joby Warrick, “Papers Stolen in Daring Israeli Raid on Tehran Archive Reveal the Extent of Iran’s Past Weapons Research,” Washington Post, July 15, 2018.

Avi Weiss, “Is the Israeli-Arab and Ultra-Orthodox Population Actually Booming?” The Forward, July 5, 2018.

Karolina Zielinska and Nir Boms, “Israel and the Southern De-escalation Zone: A Closer Look at the Israeli-Syrian Border,” Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, July 12, 2018.

#64 Contemporary Readings, June 2018

July 2, 2018

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
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Anna Ahronheim, “Israel and Germany Green Light Billion Dollar Killer Drone Deal,” Jerusalem Post, June 14, 2018.

American Jewish Committee, “Twenty-Five Essays about the Current State of Israeli-American Jewish Relations,” American Jewish Committee, June 2018.

Shimon Arad, “The Revised Arms Export Policy of Israel and the US,” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, June 15, 2018.

Yehuda Bauer and Moshe Fox, “On the Perils of “Positive” Anti-Semitism,” Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, May 17, 2018.

Soner Cagaptay, Lisel Hintz, Nick Danforth, and Col. Rich Outzen,Turkey’s Historic Elections: What to Expect Next?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 29, 2018

Michael Eppel, “The Kurds and the 2018 Iraqi Parliamentary Elections,” Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, June 18, 2018.

Oded Eran, “Demonstrations in Jordan: A Bona Fide Threat to the Regime?” INSS, June 7, 2018.

Forward Staff, “‘The Band’s Visit’ Sweeps Up Tonys,” The Forward, June 11, 2018.

Yoel Guzansky, Oded Eran, “The Red Sea: An Old-New Arena of Interest,” INSS, June 24, 2018.

Gershon Hacohen, “Hamas’s Kite Terrorism: A Threat that Requires a Decisive Response,” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, June 20, 2018.

Hagay Hacohen, “Marching to a Different Beat,” Jerusalem Post, June 28, 2018.

Yagil Henkin, “A High Price for our Blood: Israel’s Security Doctrines,” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, June 7, 2018.

Pinhas Inbari, “Erdogan’s Turkey Intensifies Involvement in Gaza and Jerusalem,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June 15, 2018.

Doron Itzchakov, “Iran’s Quds Day: Ideology or Interests?” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, June 27, 2018.

Herb Keinon, “Officials: New Columbian President Will Continue Close Ties with Israel,” Jerusalem Post, June 19, 2018.

Aharon Klieman, “Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change and the Jewish Origins of Israeli Foreign Policy: A Study in Tradition and Survival,” Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, May 17, 2018.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “10 incredible Israeli techs that are transforming lives worldwide,” Israel 21c, June 5, 2018.

Jared Kushner, “Transcript: Jared Kushner’s Interview with a Palestinian Newspaper [on American-led negotiating process], New York Times, June 24, 2018.

Ephraim Lavie, “Integrating the Arab-Palestinian Minority in Israeli Society,” INSS, April 2018.

David Lee, “Start-Up Nation’s Underbelly: Israel’s Child Poverty Rate Tops OECD States,” Jerusalem Post, June 19, 2018.

Eran Lerman, “Netanyahu’s Visit to Amman: A Timely Reminder of Jordan’s Strategic Importance,” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, June 22, 2018.

Maya Margit, “Chinese Master Chefs Dazzle in Tel Aviv,” Jerusalem Post, June 26, 2018.

Gerri Miller, “Israel Film Festival: Celebrating a Dream, 30 Years Later,” Jewish Journal, June 6, 2018.

Nasser bin Nasser, “Jordan’s protests: Challenges to long-term stability,” The Middle East Institute, June 19, 2018.

Paul Rivlin, “Turkey’s pre-election economic crisis,” Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, June 17, 2018.’s-pre-election-economic-crisis

Noah Rothman, “The Iran Deal’s Disastrous Legacy Has Nothing to Do with Nukes,” Commentary, May 9, 2018.

Uzi Rubin, “Israel’s Defense Industries: From Clandestine Workshops to Global Giants,” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, June 17, 2018.

Michael Segall, “Iran’s Regime Faces Widespread Economic and Political Unrest,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June 27, 2018.

Yossi Shain, “US Jewry and Israel: A growing identity crisis,” YNet News, June 23, 2018.,7340,L-5289696,00.html

Amy Spiro, “Will Next Year’s Eurovision Be Held in Jerusalem?” Jerusalem Post, June 30, 2018.

Rebecca Stadlen Amir, “12 Israeli songs to get you through the summer heat,” Israel 21c, June 28, 2018.

Kenneth Stein, “Reassessing Sadat, Begin and Carter,” Center for Israel Education, June 10, 2018.

Jessica Steinberg, “Tel Aviv celebrates itself with annual all-nighter,” The Times of Israel, June 28, 2018.

SWP Staff, “Actors in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Interests, Narratives and the Reciprocal Effects of the Occupation,” SWP Berlin, June 2018.

TOI Staff, “Israeli tech giant boycotts El Al over ‘discrimination against women,’” Times of Israel, June 26, 2018.

Irina Tsukerman, “What Morocco’s Break with Iran Means,” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, June 22, 2018.

George N. Tzogopoulos, “Cyprus, Greece and Israel Chart a Common Path,” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, June 10, 2018.

Michael Yaari, “Israel and Saudi Arabia: From foes to potential friends,” Ynet, June 3, 2018.,7340,L-5269451,00.html

Niri Zilber, “Numbers Versus Narratives in Israel-Palestine,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 30, 2018.

#63 Contemporary Readings, May 2018

June 1, 2018

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
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Wajat Ali, “I Talked to Zionists—Then I Was Disinvited by a Major Muslim Group,” The Atlantic, May 30, 2018.

Jon Alterman, Heather A. Conlet, Haim Malka and Donatienne Ruy, “Restoring the Eastern Mediterranean as a US Strategic Anchor,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, May 22, 2018.

Abdel Aziz Aluwaisheq, “What America’s Middle East allies want from Pompeo,” Arab News, April 29, 2018.

Yuval Azulai and Tal Schneider, “Globes Interview with Avigdor Liberman,” Globes, May 21, 2018.

Shmuel Berkowitz, “The Status of Jerusalem in International and Israeli Law,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. May 2018.

Nevo Brand, Pnina Shuker, David Siman-Tov,Nevo Brand, Pnina Shuker, David Siman, ““The March of Return” – Operative Achievement and Strategic Failure: A Test Case for Cognitive Warfare,” INSS, May 30, 2018.

Hannah Brown, “Reframing Reality and Redefining [Israeli] Film,” Jerusalem Post, May 23, 2018.

Patrick Clawson, “Tactical Issues Surrounding a U.S. Withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Agreement, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 2018.

Udi Dekel, Assaf Orion, Anat Ben Haim, Zvi Magen, “Potential for a War on the Northern Front that None of the Parties Want: Insights from a War Game,” INSS, May 3, 2018.

Michael Eisenstadt, “Has the Assad Regime ‘Won’ Syria’s Civil War?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 15, 2018.

Doron Feldman, “Donald Trump’s National Security Doctrine,” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, May 11, 2018.

Matti Friedman, “To understand Israel, listen to its pop music,” The Globe and Mail, May 11, 2018.

Yaron Friedman, “Israel or Iran: Who’s the Arab world’s real enemy?” YNet News, May 17, 2018.,7340,L-5263184,00.html

Andrea Ghiselli, “China and the Middle East: Growing Influence and Divergent Perceptions,” The Middle East Institute, April 17, 2018.

Nimrod Goren, “The Israel-Turkey crisis and the need for containment,” YNet News, May 23, 2018.,7340,L-5268575,00.html

Yoel Guzansky, “Nuclear Development in the Arabian Peninsula: The United Arab Emirates – A Harbinger of Things to Come?” Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, May 16, 2018.–-harbinger-things-come-0

Doron Itzchakov, “Iran Faces Economic Challenges as Its Currency Plunges,”Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, May 1, 2018.

JerusalemCenter for Public Affairs Staff, “Political Dimension: ThePositions of the Principal Parties on the Jerusalem Question,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

JTA, “‘The Band’s Visit,’ based on Israeli film, gets 11 Tony nominations,” Times of Israel, May 1, 2018.

Allen Keiswetter, “Trump’s national security strategy: Implications for the Middle East,” The Middle East Institute,” January 20, 2018.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Hello or shalom? Half of Israeli kids grow up bilingual,” Israel21c, May 22, 2018.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Training the disadvantaged to fill Israel’s high-tech gap,” Israel21c, May 21, 2018.

Melanie Lidman, “With spotlight on cycling, Giro d’Italia provides much-needed break from reality,” Times of Israel, May 5, 2018.

Zvi Magen, Vera Michlin-Shapir, Udi Dekel, “Russia as Restraining Factor in the Iranian-Israeli Confrontation in Syria,” INSS, May 29, 2018.

Kobi Michael, “Time to Reach a Settlement with Functional and Restrained Entity in the Gaza Strip,” INSS. May 22, 2018.

Michal Navoth, “The Status of Jerusalem in America’s Foreign Policy Legislation and Jurisprudence,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, October 28, 2015.

No Camels Staff, “US Aerospace Giant Lockheed Martin To Open Science-Focused Preschool In Jerusalem,” No Camels, May 27, 2018.

Assaf Orion, Amos Yadlin, “Iran in the Nuclear Realm and Iran in Syria: A New State of Play,” INSS, May 14, 2018.

Joel Parker, “Hizballah’s Influence in Lebanon and the Syrian Refugee Crisis,” Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, May 30, 2018.

Volker Perthes, “Europeans should Negotiate with Iran without the US,” Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, May 22, 2018.

Ansel Pfeffer, “Iran Spends Billions on Proxy Wars Throughout the Mideast. Here’s Where its Money is Going,” Haaretz, January 2, 2018.

Robert Philpot, “Meet Sajid Javid, UK’s top Muslim, pro-Israel politician, who just may become PM,” Times of Israel, May 13, 2018.

Abdul Rahman Al-Rasheed, “If Israel is lying about Iran Tehran must offer real proof,” Arab News, May 4, 2018.

Paul Rivlin, “Gaza in Crisis,” Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, May 29, 2018.

Asaf Romirowsky, “Zionism and the Wedge Between US and Israeli Jews,” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, May 24, 2018.

Armin Rosen, “The State of Israel Confronts Anti-Semitism. But What Is It?” Tablet, March 2018.

Shira Rubin, “Israel’s Millenia-Old ‘Biblical Diet,’” BBC, May 9, 2018.

Bruce K. Rutherford, “Egypt’s New Authoritarianism under Sisi,” The Middle East Journal, Spring 2018.;jsessionid=1cm1u2xcc2ks4.x-ic-live-01

Hiddai Segev, “Sino-Israeli Security Relations: In America’s Shadow,” The Middle East Institute, May 15, 2018.

Assaf Shapira, Ofer Kenig, Reut Izkovitch, “The Representation of Women in Israeli Politics,” Israel Democracy Institute, April 2016.

Elidad Shavit, “The Parliamentary Elections in Lebanon: Hezbollah’s Victory within the Political Status Quo,” INSS, May 10, 2018.

Nadav Shragai, “The US Embassy Prepares to Move to Jerusalem,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, May 7, 2018.

Tom Sietsema, “Sababa brings Israeli ‘cool’ to Cleveland Park [Washington, DC],” Wahsington Post, May 30, 2018.

Anav Silverman, “Israel’s Book Surfing phenomenon is making global waves,” Israel21c, May 31, 2018.

Max Singer, “The “Game” Israel and Iran Must Play in Syria,” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, May 8, 2018.

Jonathan Spyer, “Game on: The New Strategy of the US and its allies in the Middle East,” Middle East Forum, May 24, 2018.

Jessica Steinberg, “A one-woman band: How Israel’s Eurovision winner Netta Barzilai rose to fame,” Times of Israel, May 13, 2018.

TLVI Staff, “This Week’s Israeli Soundtrack,” TLV1, May 31, 2018.

Sue Surkes, “IMF says Israeli economy robust but social gaps threaten long-term stability,” Times of Israel, May 1, 2018.

Richard Vines, “Israel Is the World’s New Dining Hotspot,” Bloomberg, April18, 2018.

David Wainer and Yaacov Benmeleh, “Israel’s $10 Billion Island Project Sparks European Interest,” Bloomberg, May 29, 2018.

David Weinberg, “Gaza prejudice and perfidy: What is Western support for “Israel’s right to exist within secure and recognized borders” worth if those borders cannot be defended?” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, May 21, 2018.

Michael Wildes, “E Visas: Economic & Cultural Exchange,” Times of Israel, May 22, 2018.

Amos Yadlin, “Hamas incites violence to hide its own shortcomings,” Ynet News, May 14, 2018.,7340,L-5260612,00.html

Ben-Dror Yemini, “Gazans are victims of an ideology of hatred,” Ynet News, May 11, 2018.,7340,L-5252626,00.html

Jim Zanotti, “US Foreign Air to the Palestinians,” Congressional Research Service, May 18, 2018.

#62 Contemporary Readings, April 2018

May 1, 2018

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
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Anna Ahronheim, “Russian Supply of S-300 Systems to Syria Major Threat to IAF,” Jerusalem Post, April 15, 2018. 

Shehab al-Makahleh, “Jordan Between Regional Threats and Internal Pressures: The Economic Key,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 11, 2018.

Shimon Arad, “Israel and United States Military Assistance to Egypt,” INSS, April 29, 2018.

Amiram Barkat, “OECD Exposes a Bipolar Israel,” Globes, March 12, 2018.

Mordechai Beck, “Classical music gets eastern spice: Israel is embracing sounds from the Arab world,” The Jewish Chronicle, April 17, 2018.

Burak Bekdil, “Erdoğan vs. the Free Press,” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, April 27, 2018.

Ron Ben-Yishai, “The lessons of the Holocaust and Syria,” YNet News, April 11, 2018.,7340,L-5227509,00.html

Patrick Clawson, “Tactical Issues Surrounding a U.S. Withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Agreement,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 2018.

Barry Davis, “Avital’s Bass Flow,” Jerusalem Post, April 25, 2018.

James Dorsey, “Natural Gas: An Underrated Driver of Saudi Hostility Towards Iran and Qatar,” International Policy Digest, March 28, 2018. 

Shmuel Even, “What Happened to Israel’s Policy of Ambiguity vis-à-vis Syria?” INSS, April 24, 2018.

Greer Fay Cashman, “Grapevine: Moufleta Politics,” Jerusalem Post, April 10, 2018.

Dror Feuer, “Israeli hospitals provide care to thousands of Syrians,” Globes, March 26, 2018.

Chuck Freilich and James F. Jeffrey, “Beyond ‘Mowing the Grass;’ U.S. and Israeli Strategy in the Middle East,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 24, 2018.

Hillel Frisch, “The Palestinian Way of War: The March of Return in Gaza,” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, March 27, 2018.

Yitzhak Gal, “Fruit of Israeli-Jordanian peace still on the tree,” YNet News, March 30, 2018.,7340,L-5209464,00.html

Linda Gradstein, “Why Food Critics Are Obsessing Over Israeli Cuisine,” The Forward, April 18, 2018.

Michael Herzog, “Israel’s 2007 Strike on Syrian Nuclear Reactor: Lessons Learned for Iran,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 25, 2018. 

Michael Herzog, “The International De-Legitimization Campaign Against Israel: Analysis and Counter Strategy,” Jewish People Policy Institute, March 29, 2018.

House of Lords, “The Middle East: Time for New Realism,” House of Lords: Select Committee on International Relations, April 24, 2018 (conclusions, p.92).

Efraim Karsh, “How Harry Truman Crossed His Own State Department to Recognize Israel in 1948,” Mosaic, April 16, 2018.

Can Kasapoğlu, “Control of the Syrian Airspace: Russian Geopolitical Ambitions and Air Threat Assessment,” SWP Berlin, April 2018.

Martin Kramer, “The May 1948 Vote that Made the State of Israel,” Mosaic, April 2, 2018.

Lexi Leban, “10 modern Israeli films to watch on Israel’s 70th birthday,” J. The Jewish News of Northern California, April 6, 2018.

Liel Leibovitz, “The Seven Quintessentially Israeli Movies,” Tablet, April 19, 2018.

Ido Levy, “These 4 Israeli Startups Are Leading Sustainability Efforts In The Food Sector,” No Camels, April 9, 2018.

Avigdor Liberman, “Between Syria and Gaza: Urgent Challenges for Israel’s Security A Discussion with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 27, 2018.

Steve Linde, “Israeli, Polish Presidents Fail to Resolve Polish ‘Holocaust Law’ Crisis,” Jerusalem Post, April 13, 2018.

Michael Margalit, “Israel’s economy strong, gaping inequality remains,” YNet News, March 11, 2018.,7340,L-5156387,00.html

Vibha Maru, “Celebrating 70 years of Israeli Independence in Delhi,” Times of India, April 23, 2018.

Guy Plopsky, “Enhancing the IAF’s Qualitative Edge: The Air-Launched Cruise Missile Option,” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, April 16, 2018.

Mauro Primavera, “Rami Makhlouf and the Syrian war economy,” Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, April 25, 2018.

Haim Ramon, “It’s Time to end policy of coexistence with Hamas,” YNet News, April 13, 2018.,7340,L-5225030,00.html

Paul Rivlin, “Syria: towards reconstruction or deconstruction?” Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, March 2018.

Margy Rochlin, “An Israeli chef rediscovers his roots, plus a recipe for shakshouka,” Los Angeles Times, April 11, 2018.

Neil Rogachevsky, “Self-Portrait (Moshe Arens) of a Zionist Statesman and Thinker,” Mosaic, March 28, 2018.

Max Schindler, “On 70th Anniversary, Israel’s Economy Growing as Some Sectors Lag Behind,” Jerusalem Post, April 20, 2018.

Penny Schwartz, “7 Treasures from the Library of Congress celebration of Leonard Bernstein,” Times of Israel, April 26, 2018.

Avi Shilon, “Ben-Gurion’s Pragmatic Approach to Borders,” Mosaic, April 23, 2018.

Phillip Smyth, “Lebanese Hezbollah’s Islamic Resistance in Syria,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 26, 2018.  

Shoshana Solomon, “From 1950s rationing to modern high-tech boom: Israel’s economic success story,” Times of Israel, April 18, 2018.

Amy Spiro, “Spotify Reveals that Israelis Love Israeli Music,” Jerusalem Post, April 15, 2018.

Rebecca Stadlen Amir, “17 Israeli songs to get your Independence Day party moving,” Israel21c, April 12, 2018.

Gil Troy, “The Continuing Promise of American Zionism,” Commentary, April 16, 2018.

Yohanan Tzoreff, “From the First Intifada to the ‘March of Return,’” INSS, April 11, 2018.

Ehud Yaari, “Bracing for an Israel-Iran Confrontation in Syria,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 30, 2018. 

Neri Zilber and Ghaith al-Omari, “State with no Army, Army with no State: Evolution of the Palestinian Authority Security Forces 1994-2018,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 2018.

#61 Contemporary Readings, March 2018

March 28, 2018

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
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Raphael Ahren, “As Israel fetes Air India flight over Saudi airspace, El Al cries foul,” Times of Israel, March 26, 2018.

Meirav Arlossoroff, “When Ben-Gurion saved Israel’s Economy at any Price,” Haaretz, March 23, 2018.

Amoz Asa-El, “Yair Lapid’s Shot at Bringing the Political Center to the Forefront,” Jerusalem Post, March 24, 2018.

Muhanned Al-Azawi, “Iraq’s Nexus of Sectarianism and Corruption,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 7, 2018.

Burak Bekdil, “Turkey’s Syrian Battleground,” March 21, 2018. Middle East Forum, March 21, 2018.’s-syrian-battleground

Ronen Bergman, “Mossad and Syrian reactor: Sometimes you just need a little luck,” YNet News, March 23, 2018.,7340,L-5188268,00.html

Nathalie Boehler, “A collective: The triumph of Israeli independent music,” i24News, March 25, 2018.

Anna Borchchevskaya, “Moscow and the Middle East After Russia’s Election,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 12, 2018.,7340,L-5176724,00.html

Hannah Brown, “[Movie] 7 Days in Entebbe Misfires,” Jerusalem Post, March 27, 2018.

Daniel L. Byman, “Why Israel is stuck with Hamas,” Brookings Institute, March 19, 2018.

Dan Cattler, “A Survey of the Near East: Implications for U.S. National Security,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy March 13, 2018.

Patrick Clawson, “Expect Assad, Iran, and Russia to Exploit Trump’s Cabinet Changes,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 19, 2018.

Barry Davis, “Music Back in the Day, Today,” Jerusalem Post, March 22, 2018.

Oded Eran, Elai Rettig, Ofir Winter, “The Gas Deal with Egypt: Israel Deepens its Anchor in the Eastern Mediterranean,” INSS, March 12, 2018.

Shmuel Even, “The Ministry of Defense Budget for 2019: Major Issues,” INSS, March 18, 2018.

Ben Fishman and Ghaith al-Omari, “The Jordan Exception in U.S. Foreign Assistance,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 7, 2018.

Shai Feldman and Tamara Cofman Wittes, “Why everyone loves Israel now,” Brookings Institute, March 26, 2018.

Seth Frantzman, “Pompeo’s challenge: After Tillerson, a consistent US policy in the Middle East,” Middle East Forum, March 16, 2018.,-a-consistent

Assaf Kamar, “Turning the desert green and red,” Ynet News, March 22, 2018.,7340,L-5187505,00.html

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Capitol Records signs $5m deal with Israeli singing duo,” Israel21c, March 26, 2018.

Shalom Lipner, “Israel’s broken (political) system needs to be fixed,” Brookings Institute, March 22, 2018.

Michal Margalit, “Israel’s economy strong, gaping inequality remains,” Ynet News, March 11, 2018.,7340,L-5156387,00.html

Margaux Nijkerk, “Why it is Time for a Stronger French-Israeli Connection,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 15, 2018.

Smadar Perry, “The Americans, the Saudis and the irrelevant Palestinian leader,” YNet News, March 20, 2018.,7340,L-5176724,00.html

Daniel Pipes, “Why Palestinians Need an Israel Victory,” Middle East Forum, March 24, 2018.

Itama Radai, “Al-Madaniyyat: A New Civil Agenda for Arabs in Israel?” Bayan, The Dayan,” March 2018.

Jacob Rosen-Koenigsbuch, “Turkey-Iran Rivalry: The Middle East’s Great New Game,”, March 14, 2018.

Uzi Rubin, “The Strategic Implications of Effective Population Defense Against Ballistic Missiles,” BESA Center, March 21, 2018.

Bassel F. Salloukh, “The Arab Uprisings and the Geopolitics of the Middle East,” The International Spectator, June 2013.

Max Schindler, “Trump’s Tariffs Pose Destabilizing Threat to Israeli Economy,” Jerusalem Post, March 9, 2018.

Ariel Shapira, “Tech Talk: South Korea Invests in Israeli Technology,” Jerusalem Post, March 20, 2018.

Shoshana Solomon, “Arab Israeli women make inroads in education, job market, study says,” Times of Israel, March 4, 2018.

Amy Spiro, “At 70: From Jaffa Oranges to Gourmet Shakshuka,” Jerusalem Post, March 11, 2018.

Shimon Stein, “German-Israel Relations,” INSS, March 7, 2018.

Kenneth Stein, “Two State Solution: Why Not Now? Center for Israel Education, March 2, 2018.

Luke Tress, “As ‘Day Zero’ looms, South Africa open to Israeli water tech, researcher says,” Times of Israel, March 8, 2018.

Benjamin Weinthal and Asaf Romirowksy, “Iran’s Role in the Boycott Israel,” National Interest, March 15, 2018.

Amos Yadin, “The Begin Doctrine: The Lessons of Osirak and Deir ex-Zor,” INSS, March 21, 2018.