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The Global Trade War: Scenarios and Significance for Israel

August 14, 2018

On July 6, 2018, the first tariffs imposed by the United States and China on one another following the American initiative to reduce its trade deficit with China took effect. Prior to that, the US imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum from the European Union, Mexico, and Canada, which responded with their own tariffs.

Loss of Precious Faith: The Deep Rift between the State of Israel and American Jewry

August 8, 2018

While heralding the flourishing political relations between the United States and Israel, American media channels over the last six months have also reported that recent measures taken by the Israeli government, such as the passage of the National Conversion Law and the freeze on the pluralistic Western Wall plan, have significantly exacerbated the crisis of faith in the State of Israel among extensive segments of the American Jewish population.

The Ramifications of the Nation State Law: Is Israeli Democracy at Risk?

August 3, 2018

The discussion surrounding the Nation State Law has sparked a heated debate in Israeli society. One side claims that the law is a proper and necessary legislative anchor for the national character of the State of Israel as the state of the Jewish people, against those who seek to deny the Jewish people’s right to a national home in its homeland. The other side argues that this is discriminatory legislation, which undermines the democratic nature of the State of Israel.

Integrating the Arab-Palestinian Minority in Israeli Society: Time for a Strategic Change

July 28, 2018

The existence of a large Arab minority within the State of Israel has presented the Israeli leadership and Jewish society in the country with a challenge that continues to help shape the fundamental character and historical entity of the state.

The Model of Iranian Influence in Syria

July 27, 2018

Iran is the dominant actor in Syria. It dictates the fighting on the ground by the pro-Assad coalition, controls the Syria-Iraq and Syria-Lebanon border crossings, and tailors the re-organization of areas and communities based on an ethnic element.

The European Union in Turbulent Times: Challenges, Trends, and Significance for Israel

July 23, 2018

The European Union in Turbulent Times maps, reviews, and analyzes the urgent issues on the European agenda. The essays in this collection review the political, social, and economic consequences of these issues and assess their significance, both for Europe and for Israel.

Not Necessarily “A People that Dwells Alone”

July 16, 2018

Six pillars comprise Israel’s national defense doctrine: deterrence, early warning, short conflicts, defensive capabilities, and strategic alliance cooperation. Seventy years of Israel’s Alliances and Cooperation are reviewed.

Jewish Liturgical Music from Muslim Lands: Piyyutim and Pop Culture in Israel

July 15, 2018

Representative of a greater resurgence of Judeo-Arabic music in Israel, the piyyut movement is continuing to spread throughout religious and secular segments of Israeli culture and society. Piyyut, the Hebrew word for poem, likewise refers to diverse Jewish traditions of chanting liturgical poetry to music. For centuries, Jews in Muslim lands developed and maintained elaborate, regionally-specific, […]

Netanyahu’s Visit to Amman: A Timely Reminder of Jordan’s Strategic Importance

June 22, 2018

Israel’s national interest, and the broader patterns of cooperation among key regional partners in the “camp of stability,” require close attention to the needs of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. For decades, it has been, and remains, part of Israel’s strategic depth.

CIE’s 17th annual educator workshop commencing soon

June 1, 2018

On June 24, seventy Israel educators from across North America will gather in Atlanta for an intensive week of learning about Modern Israel.

Steve Kerbel: Spring Training: Israel Content in Camp Context

With the cooperation of the Foundation for Jewish Camp and the National Ramah Commission,  Center for Israel Education, conducted a three-day Israel learning retreat in May 2018 for 35 overnight and day camp staffers, most of them either in college or recent college graduates.

Jacob Zack: Language of Diplomacy at Play in ‘West Bank’

May 29, 2018

Ambassador David Friedman nearly changed U.S. policy with a request to use “Judaea and Samaria.”