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Leaders in Israel Who Made Historic Decisions: Tracing Their Journey

July 15, 2020

What lessons can we learn from some of Israel’s leaders about Jewish sovereignty, peoplehood, and compromise? Panelists Rachel Fish, Nachman Shai and Gil Troy highlight some key individuals, including David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin, and Henrietta Szold, in a discussion with Rich Walter.

Religion and State in Israel

Even as Israel, like America, guarantees religious freedom, it has been connected from its inception to Judaism, the religion of the Jewish people. Nevertheless, that connection has been fraught with tension, from accommodation of religion in the public sphere (the “Status Quo” agreement) to how the state should relate to the Haredi population. Emory University’s […]

The Progression of Israeli Culture

Upon its inception, Zionism needed more than political and financial solutions to actualize a Jewish home in Palestine. It was necessary for the architects of the Zionist enterprise to cultivate a “new Jew” to lay the societal foundation for what would become the state of Israel. The result was a largely European, secular and labor-focused […]

How Did the Zionists Make the State: 1882-1949

Using archival and published sources, including materials from the CIE website, CIE President Ken Stein identifies six factors as reasons for the Zionists’ success: Zionist political action, the impaired socio-economic condition of the Arab population, the commitment of Zionist immigrants, strategic decisions by Zionist leaders, the dysfunctional relations of surrounding Arab states, and persistent European […]

Israeli Politics in a Moment of Crisis

April 2, 2020

Former IDF Chief Spokesperson and member of Knesset Nachman Shai shares insights into the current state of Israeli politics with CIE Vice President Rich Walter.

Zionist Congress Election

March 11, 2020

This whiteboard video explains the history of the World Zionist Congress, its impact and function, how it is selected, and which groups are running as part of the 2020 Congress election.

Gulliver’s Troubles: America in a Violent and Dysfunctional Middle East

March 9, 2020

Aaron David Miller analyzes the evolving role of the United States in Middle Eastern and Israeli politics and diplomatic processes. Miller currently serves as vice president for new initiatives and a distinguished research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center. He is likewise a global affairs analyst at CNN. Previously, he served for two decades as a […]

Trump Plan for the Middle East: Context and Implications

February 21, 2020

The analysis summarizes the declaratory or aspirational Trump Plan for a Palestinian-Israeli settlement, outlining proposals on final status issues, and the proposed economic development package, with a hope for a two state-solution. Maps are used to show how Palestine's and Israel's borders have changed over the last 150 years. (Video or audio)

Former IDF spokesman and Knesset member Nachman Shai

November 25, 2019

Former IDF spokesman and Knesset member Nachman Shai speaks of elections, Israel in public opinion, Donald Trump, a two-state solution and his plans as an Emory visiting scholar. Nachman Shai gained international attention in 1991 when he was the face and voice of the Israel Defense Forces, which was forced to hold its fire amid repeated […]

Education System

September 10, 2019

This whiteboard video explains the structure of Israel's education system, including the country's commitment to early childhood learning programs, challenges of educational equality and funding for different segments of the population, and a comparison of Israel's academic success with other nations.

2019’s Do-Over Election

August 12, 2019

With the inability of Prime Minister Netanyahu to form a governing coalition in the spring, Israeli voters will head back to the polls just five months after April's Knesset elections. This whiteboard video explains what's different this time around emphasizing which political parties have joined together, which ones have new leaders, and which ones have decided not to run.

The Haredim and the State of Israel

June 26, 2019

During the 2019 CIE/ISMI Educator Workshop on Modern Israel, Emory University Professor Michael Berger discusses how Hasidism was one of the most important Jewish innovations of its time, the evolution of ultra-Orthodoxy, and the status of Haredim within Israel today.