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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.

#57 Contemporary Readings, November 2017

December 5, 2017

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

Adam Abrams, “Israeli Economy Flexes its Muscle: Shekel Deemed World’s 2nd-Strongest Currency,” Algemeiner, November 15, 2017.

Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi, “The U.S. Must Rethink its Yemen Policy,” Middle East Forum, November 24, 2017.

Muriel Asseburg, “The Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation Agreement of October 2017,” Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik Berlin, November 2017.

Michael Barak, “The Demise of Islamism in Egypt? – The Dissolution of al-Gamaʿa al-Islamiyya’s ‘Building and Development’ Party,” Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, November 17, 2017.ʿa-al-islamiyya’s-building-and-development-party  

Ron Ben Yishai, “The real Iranian threat on Israel’s northern borders,” Y-Net News, November 16, 2017.,7340,L-5043700,00.html

Howard Blum, “What Trump Really Told Kislyak After Comey was Canned [Israeli sources compromised?,]” Vanity Fair, November 22, 2017.

Yohanan Branski, “Integrating without Changing: Military Service as a Catalyst for Haredi Integration in Israeli Society,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, October 31, 2017.

Ben Brantley, “Review: ‘The Band’s Visit’ is a Ravishing Musical that Whispers with Romance,” New York Times, November 9, 2017.

Richard L. Cravatts, “Normalizing Anti-Semitism on Campus,” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, November 12, 2017.

Udi Dekel and Zvi Magen, “Israel’s Red Lines on Iran’s Foothold in Syria,” INSS, November 22, 2017.

James M. Dorsey, “As Saudi Arabia Reels, the Middle East will Only Get Worse,” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, November 10, 2017.

Meir Elran, Muhammaed Abu Nasra, Eran Yashiv, Morsi Abu Moche, “Two Years into the Five-Year Plan for Economic Development of the Arabs in Israel,” INSS, November 23, 2017.

Oded Eran, “Will Changes in Riyadh lead to new era in Israel-Saudi relations,” Ynet News, November 10, 2017.,7340,L-5040673,00.html

Sarah Feuer (ed.), Beyond Islamists and Autocrats Prospects for Political Reform Post Arab Spring, a compiled series, introduction with chapters Overview, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Bahrain, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Libya, Palestinians, Syria , Kuwait, and Conclusion. Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 2017.

Alex Fishman, “Why Russia must take Israel’s interests into account [in Syria],” Ynet News, November 22, 2017.,7340,L-5046414,00.html

Yaron Friedman, “Why is Saudi Arabia so determined to destroy Hezbollah,” Ynet News, November 12, 2017.,7340,L-5041615,00.html

Yaron Friedman, “Iranian military force taking shape right under Israel’s nose,” Ynet News, November 14, 2017.,7340,L-5042133,00.html

Hanin Ghaddar, “Lebanon’s Prime Minister Resigns: What Next? Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 6, 2017.

Jessica Halfin, “Jewish Israeli songster cuts first album-all in Arabic,” Israel 21C, November 23, 2017.

Simon Henderson, “How the War in Yemen Explains the Future of Saudi Arabia,” The Atlantic, November 8, 2017.

Tamar Herman, “IDF Report Card – The Israelis Still believe that the IDF should be the People’s Army and Want Ultra-orthodox People to Enlist,” Israel Democracy Institute, November 8, 2017.

Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi, “Should the U.S. Military Stay in Syria after ISIS?” Middle East Quarterly, Fall 2017.

Alex Joffe, “Palestinians and Internationalization: Means and Ends,” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, November 26, 2017.

Efraim Karsh, “Arabs and Turks Welcomed the Balfour Declaration,” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, November 8, 2017.

Mordechai Kedar, “The Ten Commandments for Israeli negotiations with Saudi Arabia,” Arutz Sheva, November 20, 2017.

Isabel Kershner, “Sabbath Railway Work in Israel Shakes Netanyahu’s Coalition,” New York Times, November 26, 2017.

Hilal Khashan, “For Saudi Arabia, All Politics Is Local,” Middle East Quarterly, Fall 2017.

Rachel Khong, “Why Modern Israeli Food is America’s New Favorite Cuisine,” Thrillist, November 6, 2017.

Martin Kramer, “Who Saved Israel in 1947? [Stalin],” Mosaic, November 2017.

Martin Kramer, “Why the 1947 UN Partition Resolution Must Be Celebrated,” Mosaic, November 2017.

Yaakov Lappin, “With Iran on Its Doorstep, Israel Quietly Readies Game-Changing Air Power, Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, November 21, 2017.

Eran Lerman, “Israeli Sovereignty in Jerusalem as a Key to Regional Stability,” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, October 31, 2017.

David Makovsky, “When International Guarantees Utterly Failed,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 4, 2017.

Ahmad Majidyar, “After ISIS, Fatemiyoun Vows to Fight with “Axis of Resistance” to Destroy Israel,” Middle East Institute, November 22, 2017.

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

Thomas R. McCabe, “Are Returning Jihadists a Major Threat? Jihad in the West,” Middle East Quarterly, Fall 2017.

Obi Michael, Omer Dostri, “Destroying the Tunnel: Preserving Deterrence while Preventing Escalatation,” INSS, November 9, 2017.

Michał Prawdzik, “The Iran – Russia Nexus Development of Bilateral Relations (2012-2017),” Deutsches Orient Institut, April 2017.

Paul Rivlin, “The Saudi Sheikh Up,” Moshe Dayan Center, November 27, 2017.

Arik Rudnitzky, “The Palestinian Arabs in Israel: Reconceptualizing the Past,” Moshe Dayan Center, October 30, 2017.

Arik Rudnitzky, “The National Stream and the Jewish State: A Picture of the Current Situation (with Israel’s Arab population),” Moshe Dayan Center, October 15, 2017.

Abdel-Moneim Said, “Realities on the Ground (two states will come),” Al-Ahram Weekly, October 26-November 1, 2017.

Liza Schoenfein, “In Search of Israeli Cuisine? Now You Can Find it on Netflix,” Forward, November 1, 2017.

Wolfgang G. Schwanitz, “The “Ottoman Balfour Declaration” “A Jewish National Home,” 100 Years On,” Middle East Quarterly, Fall 2017.

Eldad Shavit and Yoel Guzansky, “The Hariri Resignation:  Lebanon in the Shadow of the Saudi-Iranian Conflict, INSS, November 6, 2017.

Shoshanna Solomon, “Israel paves way to boost energy ties to Africa,” Times of Israel, November 28, 2017.

Eli Sperling, “[Israeli] Music Showcase Highlights Jewish Cultural Traditions,” Atlanta Jewish Times, November 28, 2017.

Jonathan Spyer, “Tehran is Winning the War for Control of the Middle East,” Foreign Policy, November 21, 2017.

Sheetal Srivastava, “Israeli technology to transform Indian agriculture,” Economic Times, November 22, 2017.

Ken Stein, “Sadat’s Leadership Included the Jerusalem Visit,” Times of Israel, November 21, 2017.

Timeout Staff, “Five questions with Ethiopian-Israeli musician Abae Barihun,” Timeout, November 21, 2017.

Dr. George N. Tzogopoulos, “AFD: A New Hurdle in the German-Israeli Relationship?” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, November 28, 2017.

Moshe Ya’alon, “United States Policy in the Middle East: The Need for a Grand Strategy,” INSS, November 28, 2017.

Amos Yadlin, Yoel Guzansky, “Saudi Arabia in an Accelerated and Risky Process of Transformation,” INSS, November 14, 2017.

#56 Contemporary Readings, October 2017

November 2, 2017

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

Gwen Ackerman, “In Israel Ultra-Orthodox Women Emerge as Tech Entrepreneurs,” Bloomberg, October 16, 2017.

Raphael Ahren, “UNESCO-Affiliated Scholars Slam Agency’s Anti-Israel Bias, Plead for Rethink,” The Times of Israel, October 22, 2017.

David Albright, “Confronting the Full Range of Iranian Threats,” Institute for Science and International Security testimony to House Foreign Affairs Committee, October 11, 2017.

Dan Arbell, “The Domestic Considerations Behind Israel’s Support of Iran Deal de-certification,” Brookings, October 13, 2017.

Ami Ayalon, Gilad Sher, Orni Petruschka, “Fatah-Hamas reconciliation: Both challenge and opportunity,” Y-Net, October 19, 2017.,7340,L-5030871,00.html

Nahum Barnea, Trump’s Iran strategy presents new kind of challenge for Israel, Y-Net, October 15, 2017.,7340,L-5028415,00.html

Yoni Ben Menachem, “A Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation. Has Anything Changed?

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, October 3, 2017.

Ron Ben-Yishai, “Intentional Syrian fire aimed at deterring Israel without waging war,” Y-Net, October 23, 2017.,7340,L-5032357,00.html

Eyal Bino, “Introducing the New Generation of Israeli VC,” Forbes, October 3, 2017.

Shlomo Brom, “The New Reconciliation Agreement: A Turning Point in the Palestinian Arena?,” INSS, October 17, 2017.

Omer Carmi, “Deconstructing and Countering the Iran Threat Network,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 2017. analysis/view/deconstructing-and-countering-irans-threat-network

Udi Dekel and Carmit Valensi, “The Iranian Threat in Syria: As Bad as It Seems,” INSS, August 23, 2017.

Khaled Elgindy, “What’s different about the latest Palestinian reconciliation effort?” Brookings, October 9, 2017.

Shmuel Even, “New Rewards for IDF “Spearhead Fighters” in Mandatory Military Service,” INSS, October 1, 2017.

Hanin Ghaddar, “Shia Unrest in Hezbollah’s Beirut Stronghold,” Washington
Institute for Near East Policy, October 30, 2017.

Jennifer Greenberg, “In the Blink of an Eye,” Jerusalem Post, October 10, 2017.

Olli Heinonen, Mark Wallace and Philip Gordon, “The President’s Iran Decision: Next Steps,” Testimony to House Foreign Affairs Committee, Middle East Subcommittee Hearing, October 25, 2017.

Israel 21c Staff, “Israeli capital-raising reaches quarterly record of $1.44b,” Israel 21c, October 25, 2017.

James E. Jeffrey, “Confronting The Full Range of Iranian Threats,” Testimony to House Foreign Affairs Committee, October 11, 2017.

Vinay Kaura, “The Dynamics of Saudi-Russian Relations,” BESA Center, October 22, 2017.

Richard Kemp, “Hezbollah’s Terror Army: How to Prevent a Third Lebanon War,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 27, 2017.

Michael Knights, “How to Contain and Roll Back Iranian-Backed Militias,” October 4, 2017,

Shalom Lipner, “Is Trump Ruining the U.S.-Israeli Relationship?” Brookings, October 10, 2017.

Zvi Magen, “King Salman’s Visit to Moscow: Affirmation of Russian Influence in the Middle East,” INSS, October 18, 2017.

David Makovsky, “The U.S. Role in Palestinian Reconciliation: Three Scenarios,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 20, 2017.

Gil Murciano, “Israel vis-à-vis Iran in Syria: The Perils of Active Containment,” SWP Comments, October 2017.

Laurie Mylroie, “Ankara’s Muted Response to the Kurdistan Region’s Independence Referendum and the International and Regional Context,” Dayan Center, October 23, 2017.

David Pollock, “Egyptians Surprisingly Open to Key Trump Policies, New Poll Shows,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 12, 2017,

Kenneth M. Pollack, “Facing the Iranian Challenge in the Middle East: The Role of Iranian-Backed Militias, October 4, 2017,

Cathryn Prince, “New York’s Power Plants Now Protected, Using Israel’s Iron Dome Technology,” The Times of Israel, October 29, 2017.

Eitan Regev, “Get a Degree, Find a Job? Not so Fast,” The Times of Israel, October 23, 2017.

Paul Rivlin, “Kurdistan’s Economic Woes,” The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, October 30, 2017.

Arik Rudnitzky, “The Palestinian Arabs in Israel: Conceptualizing the Past,” The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, September 5, 2017.

Abdel-Momen Said, “Realities on the Ground, (resolution to Palestinian-Israeli Conflict is all but inevitable),” Al Ahram Weekly, October  26 – 1 November 2017.

Robert Satloff, “Operation Torch and the Birth of the American Middle East Policy, 75 Years On,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 9, 2017.

Jonathan Schanzer, “Ending America’s Paralyzed Iran Policy,” The Atlantic, October 11, 2017.

Max Schindler, “Israel Sets up First Hi-Tech Accelerator Program in China,” Jerusalem Post, October 2, 2017.

Yaron Schneider, “The Limits of Restraint: Hamas in Gaza and a Confrontation with Israel,” INSS, October 30, 2017.

Yona Schnitzer, “Thousands Flock to Israel’s Largest Independent Music Festival,” The Jewish Voice, October 25, 2017.

Eitan Shamit, “The Source of the ‘Metal Detector Crisis’ on the Temple Mount: Israeli Policy on the Mount as Shaped by Moshe Dayan in 1967,” The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, October 2, 2017.

Kenneth Stein, “Facts Don’t Shake Fixed Views on Israel’s Birth,” Atlanta Jewish Times, October 20, 2017.

Jake Sullivan, “Confronting the Full Range of Iranian Threats,” Carnegie Endowment, House Foreign Affairs Committee, October 11, 2017.

General Charles F. Wald,  “Confronting the Full Range of Iranian Threats,” The Gemunder Center Iran Task Force – The Jewish Institute for National Security of America testimony to House Foreign Affairs Committee, October 11, 2017.

Bilal Wahab, “Why Israel Is Cheering On Iraqi Kurds’ Push for Independence,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 4, 2017.

Amos Yadlin and Avner Golov, “Preparing an Alternative Strategy before Withdrawing from the Nuclear Agreement with Iran,” INSS, October 10, 2017.

Iyad Zahalka, “A Female Qadi Appointed in the Sharia Court: Religious Law and Public Opinion,” The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, September 11, 2017.

Neri Zilber, “Why Israel is Giving Syrians Free Spaghetti (and Health Care), Politico, October 28, 2017,

Raz Zimmt, “Soul Searching in Iranian Politics: Conservatives and Reformists after the Presidential Elections,” INSS, October 25, 2017.

#55 Contemporary Readings, September 2017

October 6, 2017

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

Raphael Ahren, “Urging end to Iran Deal, Netanyahu envisions march of the sanctions,” Times of Israel, September 20, 2017.

Alan Baker, “Hijacking the Laws of Occupation,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, September 3, 2017.

Howard Blas, “Israeli Designer Makes Splash At New York Fashion Week,” Jerusalem Post, September 26, 2017.

Brian Blum, “Valuable lessons to learn from the crash of Better Place,” Israel 21c, September 28, 2017.

Mordechai Chaziza, “China and the Independent Kurdish State,” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, September 18, 2017.

David Chinitz, “How Israel Got Universal Health Care 20 Years Ago, And Why It’s Working,” Tablet Magazine, September 27. 2017.

Barry Davis, “A Look Back At The Israeli Rock Group,” Jerusalem Post, September 9, 2017.

Udi Dekel, Zvi Magen and Sima Shine, “Russia in Syria: Between Iran and Israel,” INSS, September 3, 2017.

Deutsche-Orient-Stiftung Staff, “DOI-Kurzanalysen (DOI Institute’s Brief Analyses of Middle Eastern Issues),” Deutsche-Orient-Stiftung,

Jonathan Ferziger, “Evangelical Christians Head to Jerusalem to Rally Behind Israel,” Bloomberg, September 19, 2017.

Alex Fishman, “Israel’s Missed Opportunity with Sunni States,” Y-Net News, September 13, 2017.,7340,L-5016070,00.html

Ahmed Fouad Alkhatib, “Pragmatic Options for Gaza,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 14, 2017.

Gabe Friedman, “Cello goddes Maya Beiser wants classical music to rock like Janis Joplin,” Times of Israel, September 7. 2017.

Shona Ghosh, “‘It’s underhyped’: An investor explains his crazy promise to invest in every Israeli blockchain startup,” Business Insider, September 1, 2017.

Avner Golov and Amos Yadlin, “The Trump-Netanyahu Meeting: An Opportunity for Policy Coordination on Iran in Light of the North Korean Crisis,” INSS, September 14, 2017.

Jennifer Greenberg, “Infected Mushroom Returns To Israel For Boombox Festival,” Jerusalem Post, September 17. 2017.

Judah Ari Gross, “In first, US establishes permanent military base in Israel,” Times of Israel, September 18, 2017.

Alexandra Gutowski, “Israel Completes Largest Exercise in 20 Years Setting Sights on Hezbollah,” Foundation for Defense of Democracy, September 19, 2017.

Yoel Guzansky, “Saudi Foreign Policy: Change of Direction Required,” INSS, September 26, 2017.

Gershon Hacohen, “Israeli Identity: What Has Changed This Year?” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, September 29, 2017.

Efraim Inbar, “Israel’s Costs vs. Its Benefits The Six-Day War,” Middle East Forum, Summer 2017.

Avi Issacharoff, “Sick of running Gaza, Hamas may be aiming to switch to a Hezbollah-style role,” Times of Israel, October 1, 2017.

Dorn Itzchakov, “Iran and the Kurdish Challenge,” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, September 30, 2017.

The Jewish People Policy Institute, Annual Assessment “The Situation and Dynamics of the Jewish People,” The Jewish People Policy Institute, September 2017.

Alex Joffe,Palestinian Settler-Colonialism,” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, September 3, 2017.

Abigail Leichman, “Fruit fly ‘Iron Dome’ for the farmers of India,” Israel 21c, September 3, 2017.

Gilad Malach and Yohanan Plesner, “Supreme Court Strikes Down ultra-Orthodox Exemption From Military,” Israel Democracy Institute, September 13, 2017.

Ahmad Majidyar, “Iran Rejects Kurdish Vote, Threatens to Punish Erbil over “Israel Project,” Middle East Institute, September 27, 2017,

Suzanne Maloney, “The Roots and evolution of Iran’s Regional Strategy,” The Brookings Center for Middle East Policy, September 2017,

Kobi Michael, Liran Ofek and Gilead Sher, “Hamas: Toward Palestinian Reconciliation, or Abdication of Government Responsibility?” INSS, September 24, 2017.

Joan Nathan, “An Israeli Chef Looks to the Landscape,” New York Times, September 8, 2017.

Rotem Oreg and Daniel Shapiro, “‘Unite the Right’ Divides the Jews: Charlottesville and Relations between American Jewry and Israel,” INSS, August 31, 2017.

David Pollock, “Jerusalem Palestinian Poll Shows How Events Shift Attitudes Sharply Pro and Con,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 5, 2017.

Maxim Reider, “Made in Israel,” Jerusalem Post, September 18, 2017.

Gideon Sa’ar and Ron Tira, “Political and Military Contours of the Next Conflict with Hezbollah,” INSS, Vol 20, No 2, July 2017.

Ceng Sagnic, “Turkey-KRG Relations Revisited: Potential for Crises,” Moshe Dayan Center, Vol 1, No 11, September 2017.

Michael Segall, “Iran and Hamas Reconnect,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, September 25, 2017.

Shoshanna Solomon, “Windy City seeks deeper ties with Startup Nation on technology,” Times of Israel, September , 2017.

Amy Spiro, “Israeli Restaurant in London Ranked No. 1,” Jerusalem Post, September 10, 2017.

Jonathan Spyer, “Israel Prepares for War in Syria against Iran,” Middle East Forum, September 28, 2017.

Toi Staff, “Government has no plans to close aging Dimona nuclear facility,” Times of Israel, September 19, 2017.

Ken Stein, “Zionism and Israel Are Pro-Choice: Embrace Them Both,” Center for Israel Education, September 15, 2017.

Alon Tal, “Racing Toward Disaster: Israel’s Unstable Population Bomb,” Jerusalem Post, September 24, 2017.

Bhok Thompson, “IKEA catches on to insect protein for food,” Green Prophet, September 13, 2017.

Ronan Zeidel, “The Islamic State (Da’ esh) after the Liberation of Mosul,” Moshe Dayan Center, Vol 11, No 15, September 13, 2017.

Steven Zeitchik, “‘Foxtrot’ Swept the Israeli Academy Awards. Here’s why it’s controversial,” Los Angeles Times, September 19, 2017.

#54 Contemporary Readings, August 2017

September 5, 2017

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

Hussein Agha and Ahmad Samih Khalidi, “The End of this Road: The Decline of the Palestinian National Movement,” The New Yorker, August 6, 2017.

Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror, “Beware Media Fear-Mongering,” The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, August 27, 2017.

Inbal Arieli, “How the IDF helps Israeli teens reinvent themselves,” Israel21c, August 22, 2017.

Fabrice Balanche, “The Race for Deir al-Zour Province,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 17, 2017.

Reuven Berko, “Exploiting Islam,” Israel HaYom, August 17, 2017.

Brian Blum, “10 of the hottest self-driving technologies from Israel,” Israel21c, August 10, 2017.

Dr. Barak Bouks, “The Hezbollah-Fath al-Sham Ceasefire: A New Regional Equilibrium?” BESA Center, August 31, 2017.

Ben Caspit, “F-35 offers Israel ‘entire Middle East’ from the cockpit,” Al-Monitor, August 30, 2017.

Udi Dekel, Gabi Siboni, and Omer Einav (editors), “The Quiet Decade: In the Aftermath of the Second Lebanon War, 2006-2016,” INSS, August 2017.

Ben Dror Yemini. “Turning a blind eye to extreme Right or Left anti-Semitism,” Y-Net News, August 22, 2017,,7340,L-5006503,00.html

Mark Dubowitz and Mike Gallagher, “Averting a Third Lebanon War,” Wall Street Journal, August 1, 2017.

Economist Staff, “Israel has a gas conundrum,” Economist, August 17, 2017.

Dan Feferman and Shmuel Rosner, “Putting the Kotel Decision in Context –Implications and Steps Forward,” The Jewish People Policy Institute,” August 24, 2017.

Caroline Glick, “The Strategic Case for Kurdistan,” Jerusalem Post, August 31, 2017.

Major Gen Gershon Hacohen, “Why National Leaders Go Against Expert Advice (Temple Mount),” The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, August 24, 2017.

Haisam Hassanein, “A Beauty Queen Helps Israel’s Egyptian Community Find Its Voice,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 16, 2017.

Michal Hatuel-Radoshitzky, “Seven Memorable “Guterres Moments” for Israel during the UN Secretary-General’s First Seven Months,” INSS, August 27, 2017.

Efraim Inbar, “Where is the Middle East Headed,” Israel Hayom, August 24, 2017.

Israel 21c Staff, “Israel to become major exporter of medical cannabis,” August 15, 2017.

Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi, “Iran Does not Need a Land Route to the Mediterranean,” Middle East Forum, August 22, 2017.

Jewish Telegraph Agency, “She [Miriam Bailin]Pioneered First Aid in Israel, Now She’s Helping Houston,” Jerusalem Post, August 31, 2017.

Mehdi Khalaj, “Rouhani’s Road Already Taken,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 16, 2017.

P. R. Kumaraswamy, “India’s New Crush on Israel,” Tablet, August 14, 2017.

Yossi Kuperwasser, “Why Israel Is Concerned About American-Russian Understandings on Syria,” August 22, 2017.

Dr. Spyridon N. Litsas, “Erdoğan’s Turkey: A Step Closer to the Orient,” BESA Center, August 20, 2017.

F.M. Loewenberg, “Is the Western Wall Judaism’s Holiest Site,” Middle East Quarterly
Fall 2017.

Ariane Mandell, “Regina Spektor Serenades Israel, Shuns ‘F*cking Nazis,’” Jerusalem Post, August 20, 2017.

Ambassador Arye Mekel, “The New US “Peace Team”: A Test of Will,” BESA Center, August 21, 2017.

Marc Neugroschel, “Divorcing music from anti-Semitism, Israeli soprano takes on taboo at Wagner fest,” Times of Israel, August 2, 2017.

Fiamma Nirenstein (ed.), “Lessons from Israel’s Response to Terrorism,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June-July 2017.

Ghaith al-Omari and Grant Rumley, “Is War in Gaza Unavoidable?” Foreign Affairs, August 22, 2017.

Smadar Perry, “Israel’s Closed Embassies in Cairo and Amman,” Ynet News, August 13, 2017.,7340,L-5002347,00.html

Paul R. Pillar, “Netanyahu’s Priorities and US Responses,” The National Interest, August 19,  2017.

Yohanan Plessner. “There is Still Hope for Knesset Reform,” Israel Democracy InstituteAugust 2017.

Elai Rettig and Yotam Rosner, “Europe’s Challenges Open the Market for Israel’s Arms Industry,” INSS, August 21, 2017.

Dennis Ross, “President Trump’s Syria Conundrum,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy,  Reprinted from Asharq al-Awsat, August 14, 2017.

Natan Sachs, “Benjamin Netanyahu and the politics of grievance,” Brookings, August 22, 2017.

Abdel-Moneim Said, “100 Years after Balfour,” Al-Ahram Weekly, August 17-23, 2017.

Uri Savir, “Will Jordan, Palestinians form confederation?” Al-Monitor, August 27, 2017.

Abdullah Sawalha, “Why Israel Should Listen to Jordan on the Temple Mount,” Fikra Forum, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 11, 2017.

David Schenker, “Killings Fray Jordan-Israel Ties,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 23, 2017.

Assaf Shapira, “The Yisrael Beiteinu-Likud Split: Background and Consequences,” Israel Democracy Institute, July 13, 2017.

Jonathan Spyer, “And the Winner in Syria is Iran…” The Jersusalem Post, August 26, 2017.

Tazpit News Agency, “Birthright Program Matches Israeli, Foreign 20-Somethings for Business Fellowship,” Jewish Press, August 10, 2017.

Joshua Teitelbaum, “Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People: From the San Remo Conference (1920) to the Netanyahu – Abbas Talks,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, September-October 2010.

Neville Teller, “China looks toward the Middle East,” Jerusalem Post, August 4, 2017. Staff, “Israel Announces Airlift of Six Tons of Food for Drought-Stricken South Sudan,” Tower, August 28, 2017.

Ofir Winter and Meirav Malter, “Egypt’s Challenging Shift from Counterterrorism to Counterinsurgency in the Sinai,” INSS, August 24, 2017.

Amos Yadlin and Gilead Sher, “The Disengagement, Twelve Years On: Implications, Lessons, and an Eye toward the Future,” INSS, August 6, 2017.

Roie Yellinek, “Is China Intervening in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?” BESA Center, August 13, 2017.

#53 Contemporary Readings, July 2017

July 31, 2017

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

Gwen Ackerman, “Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Are Getting Their First Startup Fund,” Bloomberg, July 25, 2017.

Yaakov Amidror, “Perfect Storm: The Implications of Middle East Chaos,” BESA Center, July 5, 2017. and

Dan Arbell, “Tensions over Jerusalem expose vulnerability of Turkey-Israel relations, one year after normalizing ties,” Brookings Institute, July 31, 2017.

Inbal Arieli, “In Israel, individualism and collectivism happily coexist,” Israel21c, July 24, 2017.

Brigadier-General (Res.) Amir Avivi, “Temple Mount crisis proves violence pays,” Ynet News, July 28, 2017.,7340,L-4995536,00.html

Alan Baker, “The Jews: One of the World’s Oldest Indigenous Peoples,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, July 30, 2017.

Ferry Biedermann, “China is increasingly becoming key for Israel’s high-tech industry,” CNBC, July 18, 2017.

Hannah Brown, “Exporting Israel to the World Through Television,” Jerusalem Post, July 30, 2017.

Anthony Cordesman, “Saudi Arabia, the UAR, Qatar, and the New “Game of Thrones,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, July 13, 2017.

Bernard Dichek, “Israeli Documentary Cinema Aims to go Global,” Jerusalem Post, July 15, 2017.

Oded Eran “India and Israel: A Strategic Alliance?” INSS, July 6, 2017.

Seth Frantzman, “Five Post-Abbas Possibilities,” Jerusalem Post, July 30, 2017.

Brandon Friedman, “Haram al-Sharif: Israel’s Alignment with the Sunni Arab States in Practice,” Dayan Center, July 27, 2017.’s-alignment-sunni-arab-states-practice

Daniel Gordis, “Israelis don’t care that you’re insulted: An open letter to American Jews,” Times of Israel, July 3, 2017.

Yoel Guzansky and Gallia Lindenstrauss, “Foreign Policy Think Tanks and Decision Making Processes,” INSS, July 2017.

Rafik Halabi, “It is time to save our state [from intolerance and fanaticism],” Ynet News, July 16, 2017.,7340,L-4989825,00.html

Susan Hattis Rolef, “Think About It: Religious indoctrination in [Israel’s]secular education – most secular children in Israel grow up knowing very little about Jewish religion,” Jerusalem Post, July 9, 2017.

Efraim Inbar, “Indian Prime Minister Makes Historic Visit to Jerusalem, Skips Ramallah,” BESA Center, July 1, 2017.

Israel21c Staff, “Israel’s Eco Wave Power building 4.1MW project in Mexico,” Israel21c, July 24, 2017.

Leela Jacinto, “Turkeys Post-Coup Purge and Erdogan’s Private Army, Foreign Policy, July 13, 2017.

Abigail Klein Lichtman, “What Israel – and you – can do about food security,” Israel21c, July 16, 2017.

Dhruva Jaishankar and Shruti Godbole, “Even as India attempts to ‘Act East’, it is ‘Thinking West,’” Brookings Institute, July 6, 2017.

Tzvi Kahm, “The Ideological Battleground of Iran’s Internet,” Foundation for Defense of Democracies, July 11, 2017.

Vinay Kaura, “Indo-Israeli Security Cooperation: Onward and Upward,” BESA Center, July 8, 2017.

David Makovsky, “Israel and Jordan Act to Ease Jerusalem Crisis,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, July 24, 2017.

Kobi Michael, “The Gaza Strip: An Opportunity for Change?” INSS, July 6, 2017.

Beverley Milton-Edwards, “Gaza end game?” Brookings Institute, July 7, 2017.

Jacques Neriah, “Is the Tunisian “Arab Spring” About to Repeat in Morocco,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June 19,2017.

Aylin Oney Tan, “Israeli, Turkish chefs hope food can bridge divide,”Al-Monitor, July 27, 2017.   

Viva Sarah Press, “Israel records 1.74 million tourist entries in H1/2017,” Israel21c, July 13, 2017.

Paul Rivlin, “Demographics between the Mediterranean and the River Jordan,” Dayan Center, July 23, 2017.

Dr. John Ruskay and Shmuel Rosner, “What JPPI’s Global Jewish Dialogue on Jerusalem Teaches Us about the Kotel Crisis (and Conversion Bill), Jewish People’s Policy Institute, July 2, 2017.

Gideon Sa’ar and Ron Tira, “Political and Military Contours of theNext Conflict with Hezbollah,” INSS, July 2017.

Matthias Sailer, Stephen Roll, “Three Scenarios for the Qatar Crisis Regime Change, Resolution or Cold War in the Gulf, “Stiftung fur Wissenschaft und Politik, July 2017.

Shoshanna Solomon, “Israel tech firms raise $1.26 billion in 2Q 2017,” Times of Israel, July 19, 2017.

Daniel Shapiro,”Israel and American Jewry: Stepping Back from the Brink,” INSS, July 31, 2017.

Anav Silverman, “A small Israeli guitar factory is making big noises abroad,” Israel21c, July 24, 2017.

Vanessa Tomassini, “My conversation with the expert Edward Luttwak about Iran and Israel,” Jerusalem Post, July 31, 2017.

Mira Tzoreff, “Remembering the June 1967 War after Fifty Years: The Egyptian Version,” Dayan Center, July 13, 2017.

Khaled Yacoub Oweis, “Syria’s Society Upended, Societal Rifts Pose a Massive Challenge to Pursuit of a Political Solution,” Stiftung fur Wissenschaft und Politik, July 27, 2017.

#52 Contemporary Readings, June 2017

July 5, 2017

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

Yaacov Amidror, “The Qatar Crisis: Signs of Weakness,” The BESA-Center, June 14, 2017.

Anna Ahronheim and Seth J Frantzman, The Next War Will be bloody: A Trip Along Israel’s Tense Northern Border,” Jerusalem Post, June 28, 2017.

Sarosh Bana, “Shalom, Modi [Indian PM]!” BESA Center, June 30, 2017.

Michael Barak, “The Pizza Crisis: The Viral Palestinian Prisoners Campaigns,” Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies – Beehive Middle East Social Media, June 7, 2017.

Katherine Bauer and Gaith al-Omari, “Defusing the Electricity Crisis in Gaza — For Now,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 22, 2017.

Yoni Ben Menachmen, Whatever Happened to the Term “Palestinian State?” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June 28, 2017.

Brookings Institute Conference Proceedings, “Indian Prime Minister Modi visits the U.S. and Israel,” Brookings Institute, June 22, 2017. 

Nicky Blackburn, “Michael Solomonov cooks up a storm in the Jerusalem Hills,” Israel21c, June 04, 2017.

Hannah Brown, “Golden Age for Israeli Cinema,” Jerusalem Post, June 10, 2017. 

Barry David, “The Masters of Mosaic Music,” Jerusalem Post, June 21, 2017.

Ofra Bengio, “Jerusalem of the Kurds: Kirkuk and the Kurdish Strategy for Independence, June 29, 2017, The Dayan Center,

Udi Dekel, “East-West-North-South: The Race for Syria after the Islamic State,” INSS, June 25, 2017.

Brandon Friedman, “From Baghdad to Riyadh: A New Regional Security Pact?” Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, June 1, 2017.

Gideon Gera, “Algeria – The Parliamentary Elections and their Implications,” Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, June 12, 2017.

Ilan Goldberg and Tamara Cofman Wittes, “How Trump’s black and white world view met reality in the Middle East,” Brookings Institute, June 15, 2017.

JJ Goldberg, “To Fight The Kotel Decision, U.S. Jews Have To Understand Israeli Politics,”  Forward Magazine, June 27, 2017.

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

Yoel Guzansky, “Mohammed bin Salman as Crown Prince: Ramifications for Riyadh and Beyond,” INSS, June 29, 2017.

Hussein Haridy, “Minus Qatar- Doha continues to hedge and meddle beyond its stature in Middle East strategic relations,” Al-Ahram Weekly, June 8-14, 2017.

Donniel Hartman, “Suspending the Kotel Agreement: An affront to Zionism,” Times of Israel, June 26, 2017.

Haisam Hassaneim, “Why Regional Dynamics Open the Door for the Jordan-Israel Cooperation,” The Cipher Brief, June 13, 2017.

Ariel Dominique Handelman, “ Israeli-Ethiopian Grounded Groove,” Jerusalem Post, June 27, 2017.

Simon Henderson, “Saudi Royal Rivalries Test U.S. Relations,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 29, 2017.

Bruce Hoffman and Zacharay Laub,” Why Did the Islamic State Target Tehran?” Council on Foreign Relations, June 8, 2017.

David Horovitz, “Sharansky: We may solve Western Wall and conversion crises. I’m not sure we can rebuild trust,” Times of Israel, June 28, 2017.

Alexey Khlebnikov, “What Does Trump’s Visit to Saudi Arabia Mean for Russia?” Middle East Institute, May 31, 2017. Middle East Institute   

Rami G. Khouri, “Is this the start of the final battle for the Arab region?Agence Global, June 14, 2017.

Yossi Klein Halevi, “The tragedy of the Wall,” Times of Israel, June 22, 2017.

Michael Koplow, “The Six Day War Was a Step Backward for Zionism,” The Atlantic, June 6, 2017,

Martin Kramer and others, “The Balfour Declaration Was More than the Promise of One Nation,” June 2017,

Dan Kurtzer, “Transformational Leadership and the Prospects for Peace,” Palestine-Israeli Journal, June 3, 2017.

Eran Lehrman, “The “Game of Camps” Revisited: Why Qatar? Why Now?” BESA Center, June 12, 2017.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Award-winning Israeli film is bound for Broadway,” Israel21c, June 20, 2017.

Matthew Levitt, “Attacking Hezbollah’s Financial Network: Policy Options,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy Testimony submitted to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives, June 8, 2017.

Jacob Magid, “NFL Hall of Famers laud Israelis’ sense of family, love for their country,” Times of Israel, June 19, 2017.   

Doron Matza and Meir Elran, “Jewish-Arab Relations following the Kafr Qassem Incident: The Danger of the Slippery Slope,” INSS, June 18, 2017.

Jazz Monroe and Noah Yoo, “Thom Yorke Blasts “Offensive” Radiohead Israel Controversy,” Pitchfork, June 2, 2017. 

Abdou Mubasher, “The Road to Naksa,” (the silence that engulfed the mistakes that led to the 1967 war, now spoken,” al-Ahram Weekly, 1-7June 2017,

Galal Nassar, “The Six Day War,” al-Ahram Weekly, 1-7June 2017,

Galal Nassar, “The Three-Year War,” (memoir by General Mohamed Fawzi, then Minister of Defense), al-Ahram Weekly, 1-7June 2017,

Galal Nassar, “Picking Up the Pieces (memoir on Amin Howeidi),” al-Ahram Weekly, 1-7 June 2017,

Galal Nasser, “Israeli Strategy in Sinai after 1967,” al-Ahram Weekly, 1-7June 2017,

Galal Nasser, “The US, Nasser and 1967,” al-Ahram Weekly, 1-7June 2017,

David Pollock, “The Palestinian Public’s Tough Choices: On Violence, Instability, Hamas, “Jewish State,” The Washington Institute for Near East Studies, June 2017.

David Pollock, “What Gazans Really Want: Hard Data About A Hard Problem,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 20, 2017.

Paul Rivlin, “The Qatar Crisis,” Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, June 22, 2017.

George Robinson, “The Best Jewish, Israeli Films Of 2017 So Far,” New York Jewish Week, June 13, 2017.

Dennis Ross, Nicholas Rostow, and Michael Mandelbaum, “LBJ and the June 1967 War: Lessons from the American Role,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 9, 2017.

Abdel-Moneim Said, “The limits of Power Qatar overstepped its status and now faces the consequences, Al-Ahram Weekly, June 8-14 , 2017.

Shoshanna Solomon, “Intel Seeks Israeli Tech to Foil Hackers with Deceptive Chips,” Times of Israel, June 21,

Zaki Shalom and Kobi Michael, “From Obama to Trump: Continuity versus Change in Middle East Policy,” INSS, June 15, 2017.

Eldad Shavit and Yoel Guzansky, “President Trump in Riyadh: A New Start for US-Saudi Relations?” INSS, June 15, 2017.

Jonathan Spyer, “Lines in the Sand: Qatar’s Increasing Isolation in the Arab World–A Pro- American Arab Alliance that Fights,” The Jerusalem Post, June 9, 2017.

Ken Stein “50 Voices 50 Years (since the June 1967 war),” Bicom-Fathom Journal, June 2017,

The Tower Staff, “Israel and Jordan Intensify Cooperation as Iran Tightens Grip on Southern Syria,” The Tower, June 21, 2017.

George N. Tzogopoulos, “The EastMed Pipeline Could Be a Giant Step Towards Enhancing Regional Security,” BESA Center, June 22, 2017. 

Sharon Udasin, “OCED Projects Continued Growth for Israel in 2017-18,” Jerusalem Post, June 08, 2017.

Hala Youssef, “Halting (Egypt’s) Population Growth,” Al-Ahram Weekly, June 4-14, 1967.

Raz Zimmer, “No More Palestinian than the Palestinians: Iranians React to the Hamas Revised Charter,” Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies – Beehive Middle East Social Media, June 7, 2017.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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. 

#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.

#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.