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#99 Contemporary Readings, May 2021

June 5, 2021

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

Adnan Abu Amer, “Palestinian factions mull next steps after Abbas calls off elections,” Al-Monitor, May 7, 2021. https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/05/palestinian-factions-mull-next-steps-after-abbas-calls-elections

Anan Abu Baker, “Postponed Palestinian Elections: Causes and Repercussions,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, May 11, 2021. https://carnegieendowment.org/sada/84509

Associated Press, “World Bank: Lebanon’s crisis among world’s worst since 1850s,” republished in Y-Net, June 1, 2021, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/SJCrY5Xcd

Naama Barak, “Everything you need to know about the Iron Dome,” Israel21c, May 19, 2021. https://www.israel21c.org/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-iron-dome/

Nahum Barnea, “Jerusalem is a volatile cocktail of poor decisions,” Ynet News, May 9, 2021. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/BkOgnfHOO

BBC Monitoring, “Israel-Gaza violence dominates Arab media,” BBC, May 12, 2021. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-57086370

Ofra Bengio, “As Pogroms Targeted Aleppo’s Jews, My Family Made a Dangerous Choice: To Flee,” Moshe Dayan Center, May 14, 2021. https://dayan.org/content/pogroms-targeted-aleppos-jews-my-family-made-dangerous-choice-flee

Ron Ben Yishai, “The land incursion that never came,” Ynet News, May 14, 2021. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rkDkf12du

British Israel Communications and Research Center, “The postponement of the Palestinian Elections: Causes and Significance ,” BICOM Briefing, May 2021. https://www.bicom.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Palestinian-Elections-May-2021.pdf

Hannah Brown, “Israel’s French Film Festival celebrates 18th anniversary,” Jerusalem Post, May 12, 2021. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/israels-french-film-festival-celebrates-18th-anniversary-667987

Center for Israel Education, “Palestinian-Israeli Clashes, May 2021,” Webinar (53:34), Sarah Feuer, Mario Karpuj, Ken Stein, May 28, 2021, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvjs48N96vw

Center for Israel Education, “Israel on Board [Video]: The Presidency,” Center for Israel Education, June 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3ZItnS-DSQ 

Ethan Chorin, “What Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Does—And Doesn’t—Mean For The Abraham Accords,” Forbes, May 16, 2021. https://www.forbes.com/sites/ethanchorin/2021/05/16/what-israeli-palestinian-conflict-doesand-doesnt-mean-for-the-abraham-accords/?sh=591f9f2746bf

Barry Davis, “Heartwarming Israel Festival project bonds us with the food we eat,” Jerusalem Post, May 26, 2021. https://www.jpost.com/food-recipes/heartwarming-israel-festival-project-bonds-us-with-the-food-we-eat-669249

James M. Dorsey, “Playing Politics: Saudi Arabia Targets Middle America,” BESA Center, May 12, 2021. https://besacenter.org/category/perspectives-papers/page/4/

Michael Eisenstadt, Henry Obering III, Samantha Ravich and David Pollock, “An Expanded Agenda for U.S.-Israel Partnership: New Technologies, New Opportunities [YouTube Video],” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 7, 2021. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/expanded-agenda-us-israel-partnership-new-technologies-new-opportunities

Steven Erdlanger and David E. Sanger, “U.S. and Iran Want to Restore the Nuclear Deal. They Disagree Deeply on What That Means.” New York Times, May 9, 2021. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/09/world/middleeast/biden-iran-nuclear.html

Sarah Feuer, “The Real Impact of the War Between Hamas and Israel,” The National Interest, May 21, 2021.  https://nationalinterest.org/feature/real-impact-war-between-hamas-and-israel-185917?page=0%2C1

Jonathan Frenkel, “How struggle enables Israelis to achieve difficult things [in tech],” Israel21c, May 23, 2021. https://www.israel21c.org/how-struggle-enables-israelis-to-achieve-difficult-things/

Dore Gold, “Hamas is Acting as an Arm of Iranian Power,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, May 18, 2021. https://jcpa.org/hamas-is-acting-as-an-arm-of-iranian-power/

Tom Grater, “WestEnd Boards Israeli Female Army Comedy-Drama Series ‘Dismissed,’” Deadline, May 5, 2021. https://deadline.com/2021/05/westend-israeli-female-army-comedy-drama-series-dismissed-1234750219/

Sol Gruffy, “Tel Aviv blooms in a post pandemic reawakening,” Israel21c, May 6, 2021. https://www.israel21c.org/tel-aviv-blooms-in-a-post-pandemic-reawakening/

Yoel Guzansky and Gallia Lindenstrauss, “The Growing Alignment Between the Gult and the Eastern Mediterranean,” Middle East Institute, May 25, 2021, https://www.mei.edu/publications/growing-alignment-between-gulf-and-eastern-mediterranean

Nasreen Hadad Haj-Yahya, “Why Are Israel’s Mixed Cities on Fire?” Israel Democracy Institute, May 19, 2021. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/34541

Hussein Haridy, “Wasted chances for Palestinians,” al-Ahram Online, May 6, 2021. https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/4/410548/Opinion/Wasted-chances-for-Palestinians.aspx 

Tamar Herman and Or Anabi, “Israelis Assess Operation “Guardian of the Walls,” Israel Democracy Institute, May 24, 2021, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/34565

Ben Hubbard, Farnaz Fassihi and Jane Arraf, “Fierce Foes, Iran and Saudi Arabia Secretly Explore Defusing Tensions,” New York Times, May 1, 2021. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/01/world/middleeast/Saudi-Iran-talks.html

Stephen Kallao and John Myers, “Meet Tamar Aphek, The Israeli Guitarist Who Plays ‘Jazz & Roll’ [Video Performance],” NPR, May 6, 2021. https://www.npr.org/2021/05/06/994271145/meet-tamar-aphek-the-israeli-guitarist-who-plays-jazz-roll

Ofer Kenig, “Prime Minister from a Small Party? Impossible? Well… There are Examples,” Israel Democracy Institute, May 30, 2021. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/34259

Elsa Keslassy, “As Social Media Amplifies Israel-Palestine Conflict, Film Industry Bonds Are Strained,” Variety, May 19, 2021. https://variety.com/2021/film/global/israel-palestine-2021-film-industry-impact-1234975511/

Isabel Kershner, “Who Is Yair Lapid, Israel’s Would-Be Prime Minister?” New York Times, May 5, 2021. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/05/world/middleeast/yair-lapid-israel.html

Aharon Kleiman, “First Among the Nations? A Cautionary against Triumphalism in Israeli Foreign Policy,” Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, April 8, 2021.  https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23739770.2021.1892311?src=

Lisa Klug, “The Israel-Arab woman bringing diversity to Hebrew University,” Israel21c, May 4, 2021. https://www.israel21c.org/the-israel-arab-woman-bringing-diversity-to-hebrew-university/

David Koren, “Jewish-Arab Relations in Israel: Between Conflict and Containment,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, May 24, 2021. https://jiss.org.il/en/koren-jewish-arab-relations-in-israel-between-conflict-and-containment/

Ephraim Lavie, Meir Eran, Ilham Shabari, Khader Sawead and Jony Essa, “Jewish-Arab Relations in Israel, April-May 2021,” INSS, May 31, 2021. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/arabs-and-jews-in-israel/?utm_source=activetrail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=INSS%20Insight%20%7C%20Jewish-Arab%20Relations%20in%20Israel,%20April-May%202021

Doron Matza, “Operation Guardian of the Walls: Tactical Victory, Strategic Defeat,” BESA Center, May 25, 2021. https://besacenter.org/operation-guardian-of-the-walls-tactical-victory-strategic-defeat/

Michael Milstein, “Changing the rules of the Gaza game,” Ynet News, May 27, 2021. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/BJFq1gTKO

David Makovsky, “Why Blinken Will Have a Tough Sell,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 25, 2021. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/why-blinken-will-have-tough-sell

Asher Maoz, “The true motives of the ultra-Orthodox parties,” Ynet News, May 28, 2021. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/S1ZduypKd 

David May and Jonathan Schanzer, “The truth about Hamas,” The Washington Examiner, May 20, 2021. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/the-truth-about-hamas

Jonathan Nizar Elkhoury, “Is there a Shift in Lebanese Public Opinion toward Israel?” Moshe Dayan Center, May 26, 2021. https://dayan.org/content/there-shift-lebanese-public-opinion-toward-israel

Gaith al-Omari, “Israel-Gaza Violence Means Biden Must Avoid Emboldening Hamas in Any Cease-Fire Deal,” ,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 18, 2021. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/israel-gaza-violence-means-biden-must-avoid-emboldening-hamas-any-cease-fire-deal

Gaith al-Omari, “Palestinian Politics Are More Divided Than Ever,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 27, 2021. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/palestinian-politics-are-more-divided-ever 

Pew Research Center, “Jewish Americans in 2020,” Pew Forum, May 11, 2021. https://www.pewforum.org/2021/05/11/jewish-americans-in-2020/

Yohanan Plesner, “Israel must differentiate between Hamas, Arab riots—opinion,” Jerusalem Post, May 20, 2021. https://www.jpost.com/opinion/israel-must-differentiate-between-hamas-arab-riots-opinion-668686

Yitzhak Reiter and Jon Seligman, “Jews and Moslems in Jerusalem—Har Ha Bayit and Al-Haram al-Sharif, 1917-present—A history,” Center for Israel Education, 2020. https://israeled.org/jews-and-moslems-in-jerusalem-har-ha-bayit-and-al-haram-al-sharif-1917-present-a-history/

Gideon Remez, ““But He Was Good for Israel, Wasn’t He?” A Reassessment of the Jewish State’s Embrace of Donald Trump,” Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, April 25, 2021. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23739770.2021.1904624

Haviv Retig Gur, “Wednesday’s presidential race is a microcosm of Israeli Jews’ deeper divides,” Times of Israel, June 2, 2021. https://www.timesofisrael.com/wednesdays-presidential-race-is-a-microcosm-of-israeli-jews-deeper-divides/

Paul Rivlin, “The UAE and Israel: Developing Relations and the Challenge Ahead,” Moshe Dayan Center, May 30, 2021. https://dayan.org/content/uae-and-israel-developing-relations-and-challenge-ahead

Grant Rumley and Neri Zilber, “A Military Assessment of the Israel-Hamas Conflict,”  Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 25, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/military-assessment-israel-hamas-conflict

Robert Satloff, “What’s wrong with the NY Times’ report on children’s deaths? So much.” Times of Israel, May 31, 2021. https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/what-was-wrong-with-the-ny-times-report-on-childrens-deaths-so-much/

Jonathan Schanzer, “The War Between Wars Heats Up,” Pundicity, June 2021. http://schanzer.pundicity.com/25388/the-war-between-wars-heats-up 

David Schenker, “Rehabilitating Assad: The Arab League Embraces a Pariah,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 4, 2021. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/rehabilitating-assad-arab-league-embraces-pariah

H. Alan Scott, “Unorthodox’s Shira Haas Is the New Face of Israeli Cinema,” Newsweek, May 26, 2021. https://www.newsweek.com/2021/06/11/unorthodoxs-shira-haas-new-face-israeli-cinema-1594709.html

Michael Segall, “Iran’s Supreme Leader: The Global Balance of Power Is Tilting toward “Palestine” and Muslims,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, May 19, 2021. https://jcpa.org/irans-supreme-leader-the-global-balance-of-power-is-tilting-toward-palestine-and-muslims/

Eldad Shavit, “The United States and Israel: Insights following Operation Guardian of the Walls,” INSS, May 30, 2021. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/guardian-of-the-walls-usa/ 

Shoshana Solomon, “Israel’s political stalemate impacts economy more than Hamas rockets – Moody’s,” Times of Israel, May 20, 2021. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israels-political-stalemate-impacts-economy-more-than-hamas-rockets-moodys/

Shoshana Solomon, “Israeli tech surges with investors jumping in as COVID spurs digitalization,” Times of Israel, May 26, 2021. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-tech-surges-with-investors-jumping-in-as-covid-spurs-digitalization/ 

Daniel Sonnefeld, “How Israeli Startups made a splash in Europe,” Y-Net News, May 29, 2021, https://www.ynetnews.com/business/article/rJzIseOw00

Kenneth Stein, “Analyses of Palestinian Community in 2021,” [Arab sources], Center for Israel Education, April 2021, https://israeled.org/analyses-of-palestinian-community-in-2021-bibliography-and-references/

Kenneth Stein, “Hamas Charter totally rejects Israel and Zionism,” Center for Israel Education, May 27, 2021, https://israeled.org/hamas-charter-totally-rejects-israel-and-zionism/

Jessica Steinberg, “Israel’s Eden Alene makes it into Eurovision finals [Israel’s first Ethiopian contestant to do so],” Times of Israel, May 19, 2021. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israels-eden-alene-makes-it-into-eurovision-finals/

Asher Susser, “Still Standing, but Shaky: Jordan at 100,” Fathom Journal, May 2021. https://fathomjournal.org/still-standing-but-shaky-jordan-at-100/

Ben-Dror Yemini, “The truth about the Hamas terrorist organization,” Ynet News, May 18, 2021. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/ryFgHO11Yu 

Moran Zaga, “A look at UAE policy on the Israeli-Palestinian issue—opinion,” Jerusalem Post, May 10, 2021. https://www.jpost.com/opinion/a-look-at-uae-policy-on-the-israeli-palestinian-issue-opinion-667794 


#98 Contemporary Readings, April 2021

May 3, 2021

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

Christophe Abi-Nassif, “The Unfolding struggle for political survival in Lebanon,” Middle East Institute, April 27, 2021. https://www.mei.edu/publications/unfolding-struggle-political-survival-lebanon

Naama Barak, “In Tel Aviv, amazing Brutalist architecture hides in plain sight,” Israel21c, April 21, 2021. https://www.israel21c.org/in-tel-aviv-amazing-brutalist-architecture-hides-in-plain-sight/  

Katherine Bauer and Matthew Levitt, “Hamas Fields a Militant Electoral List: Implications for U.S.-Palestinian Ties,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 21, 2021.  https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/hamas-fields-militant-electoral-list-implications-us-palestinian-ties

Alan Baker, “What Does the Return of the “Two State Solution” Mean?” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, April 22, 2021. https://jcpa.org/article/what-does-the-return-of-the-two-state-solution-mean/

Ofra Bengio, “The “Non-State” State in Iraqi Political Discourse and Action,” Moshe Dayan Center, April 21, 2021. https://dayan.org/content/non-state-state-iraqi-political-discourse-and-action

Brian Blum, “[Israeli company] CropX to monitor soil quality in partnership with NASA,” Israel21c, April 1, 2021. https://www.israel21c.org/cropx-to-monitor-soil-quality-in-partnership-with-nasa/  

Anna Borshchevskaya, “Russia in the Middle East: A Source of Stability or a Pot-Stirrer?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 21, 2021. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/russia-middle-east-source-stability-or-pot-stirrer

Aaron Boxerman, “Ra’am’s guiding charter backs Palestinian right of return, calls Zionism racist,” Times of Israel, April 4, 2021. https://www.timesofisrael.com/raams-guiding-charter-backs-palestinian-right-of-return-calls-zionism-racist/

Center for Israel Education, “Political Statements on a Two-State Solution to Resolve the Arab (Palestinian) – Israeli Conflict, 1937-Present,” Center for Israel Education, April 19, 2021. https://israeled.org/historical-statements-on-a-two-state-solution/

Udi Dekel and Carmit Valensi, “After a Decade of War in Syria, Israel Should Change its Policy,” INSS, April 7, 2021. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/israel-assad/

Dan Diker and Khaled Abu Toameh, “Mansour Abbas, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Abraham Effect,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, April 21, 2021. https://jcpa.org/article/mansour-abbas-mahmoud-abbas-and-the-abraham-effect/

Oded Eran and Yohanon Tzoreff, “Possible Rapprochement between Fatah and Hamas: Is Israel Ready?” INSS, April 5, 2021. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/fatah-hamas/?offset=10&posts=1461&type=399

Daniel Egel, Shira Efron, Linda Robinson, “Peace Dividend Widening the Economic Growth and Development Benefits of the Abraham Accords,” The Rand Corporation, March 2021. https://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PEA1149-1.html

Shlomi Fogel and Rotem Sella, “[Vimeo] How the Israeli Economy Will Overcome the Corona Crisis ,” Tikvah Fund JLC, April 2021. https://vimeo.com/535990972/bfde5d96a8?_ke=eyJrbF9jb21wYW55X2lkIjogIkxGZHJmdyIsICJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJrZW5zdGVpbkBpc3JhZWxlZC5vcmcifQ%3D%3D  

Gabe Friedman and JTA, “Before Helen Mirren Plays Golda Meir, Here Are 7 Other Movies About Israeli Prime Ministers,” Haaretz, April 11, 2021. https://www.haaretz.com/life/film/before-helen-mirren-plays-golda-meir-here-are-7-other-movies-about-israeli-pms-1.9702206  

Dore Gold, “Recalibrating the diplomacy of Middle East peace – Opinion,” Jerusalem Post, March 25, 2021. https://www.jpost.com/opinion/recalibrating-the-diplomacy-of-middle-east-peace-opinion-663262   

Yosef Haresh, “A Stock Market Fad Now, Israeli Food-tech Is Riding a Revolution in Eating,” Haaretz, April 14, 2021. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/business/.premium-a-stock-market-fad-now-israeli-food-tech-is-riding-a-revolution-in-eating-1.9710361

Ari Heistein and Elisha Stoin, “Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Understanding the Houthi Threat to Israel,” INSS, April 27, 2021. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/the-houthi-threat-to-israel/

Sarah Henderson, “Israel Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates spring,” Jerusalem Post, April 19, 2021. https://www.jpost.com/j-spot/israel-philharmonic-orchestra-celebrates-spring-665552

Tamar Herman, Gidi Rahat and Elie Rekhess, “Divided We Stand,” Israel Democracy Institute and Northwestern Israel innovation Project, April 13, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBlNsbkqmi4   

Tamar Herman and Or Anabi, “48% of Israelis Support Forming a Government with Support From Arab Parties,” Israel Democracy Institute, April 5, 2021. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/34257  

Ben Hubbard, Farnaz Fassihi and Ronen Bergman, “Iran Rattled as Israel Repeatedly Strikes Key Targets,” New York Times, April 20, 2021. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/20/world/middleeast/iran-israeli-attacks.html

Efraim Inbar and Eran Lerman, “Ramifications of an American Return to the 2015 Nuclear Agreement,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, April 28, 2021. https://jiss.org.il/en/inbar-lerman-ramifications-of-an-american-return-to-nuclear-agreement/

Jerusalem Post, “Israeli, Lebanese singer collaborate on Arabic version of Hebrew song,” Jerusalem Post, April 12, 2021. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/israeli-lebanese-singer-collaborate-on-arabic-version-of-hebrew-song-664864

Allison Kaplan Sommer, “Two Films About Power Dynamics in Israel and West Bank to Face Off at the Oscars,” Haaretz, April 25, 2021. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-two-films-about-power-dynamics-in-israel-and-west-bank-to-face-off-at-the-oscars-1.9736366  

Isabel Kershner, “My Life in Israel’s Brave New Post-Pandemic Future,” New York Times, April 30, 2021. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/05/world/middleeast/israel-vaccinations.html

Mehdi Khalaji, “The Zarif Tape: Revelations on Russia, the Qods Force, and Iran’s Election,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 29, 2021. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/zarif-tape-revelations-russia-qods-force-and-irans-election

Jack Khoury, “Foiling Netanyahu Vote, Islamist Party’s Strategy Pays Off. Now the Pressure Begins,” Haaretz, April 21, 2021. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/elections/.premium-foiling-netanyahu-vote-islamist-party-s-strategy-pays-off-now-the-pressure-begins-1.9732078  

Patrick Kingsley, “Palestinian Vote Delayed, Prolonging Split for West Bank and Gaza,” New York Times, April 29, 2021. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/29/world/middleeast/palestinian-vote-delayed.html

Kuperwasser, Yossi, “President Biden’s Middle East Policy,” Fathom, April 2021. https://fathomjournal.org/president-bidens-middle-east-policy/

Abigail Klein Leichmann, “Artists from Bahrain, Iran take part in Haifa exhibition,” Israel21c, April 14, 2021. https://www.israel21c.org/artists-from-bahrain-iran-take-part-in-haifa-exhibition/  

Josh Kram, “Expanding U.S.-Israel Partnerships in Health Innovation,” US Chamber of Commerce, April 2021. https://www.uschamber.com/series/above-the-fold/expanding-us-israel-partnerships-health-innovation  

Meir Litvak, “Iran, the Shia, and the Arab Upheaval: The Ideological Response,” INSS Strategic Assessment, January 2021. https://strategicassessment.inss.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Adkan24.1Eng_6-6.pdf   

Marisa Mazrai-Katz, “How the Artists Behind ‘Shtisel’ Brought Akiva’s Journey to Life,” New York Times, April 20, 2021. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/20/arts/television/shtisel-artists-paintings-netflix.html  

Middle East Institute (12 authors), “The Biden Administration and the Middle East: Reflecting on the first 100 days, Middle East Institute, April 28, 2021. https://www.mei.edu/publications/biden-administration-and-middle-east-reflecting-first-100-days

Adveith Nair and Sylvia Westall, “UAE Firm Led by Key Royal Sets Up Data JV With Israel’s Rafael,” Bloomberg, April 19, 2021. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-19/uae-firm-led-by-key-royal-sets-up-data-jv-with-israel-s-rafael

Salah Nasrawi, “Palestinians’ looming political crisis,” Ahram Online, April 27, 2021. https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1203/410163/AlAhram-Weekly/World/Palestinians’-looming-political-crisis-.aspx  

Ali al-Nuaimi, Zeina Barakat and El Mehdi Boudra, “Teaching the Holocaust in the Arab World,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 12, 2021. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/teaching-holocaust-arab-world  

Ghaith al-Omari, “To Vote or Not to Vote: Implications of Postponing Palestinian Elections,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 28, 2021. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/vote-or-not-vote-implications-postponing-palestinian-elections 

Office of the Director of National Intelligence, “Annual Threat Assessment: report of worldwide threats to the national security of the United States,” Office of the Director of National Intelligence, April 9, 2021. https://www.intelligence.senate.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2021-04-09%20Final%20ATA%202021%20%20Unclassified%20Report%20-%20rev%202.pdf

Gal Perl Finkel, “”War Month”: A Test of the IDF’s Operational Concept and a Dress Rehearsal for the Next War,” INSS, April 25, 2021. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/war-month/?offset=4&posts=1461&type=399

Yohanan Plesner, “Breaking Israel’s Political Deadlock,” Israel Democracy Institute, April 14, 2021. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/34330

David Pollock and Sander Gerber, “Biden’s ‘Open Door’ to the Palestinian Authority,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 26, 2021.  https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/bidens-open-door-palestinian-authority

Haviv Rettig Gur, “Did a dry, procedural Knesset vote just signal the end of the Netanyahu era?” Times of Israel,  April 20, 2021. https://www.timesofisrael.com/did-a-dry-procedural-knesset-vote-just-signal-the-end-of-the-netanyahu-era/

Reuters, “Facing the first elections since 15 years, young Palestinians demand reforms,” al-Arabiya News, April 5, 2021.  https://english.alarabiya.net/features/2021/04/05/Facing-the-first-elections-since-15-years-young-Palestinians-demand-reforms  

Dennis Ross, “For Diplomacy to Work, Iran Must Understand That It Cannot Overplay Its Hand,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 26, 2021.  https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/diplomacy-work-iran-must-understand-it-cannot-overplay-its-hand

Robert Satloff and Gaith al-Omari, “The Hamzah Affair: Context and Implications of Jordan’s Royal Crisis,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 5, 2021. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/hamzah-affair-context-and-implications-jordans-royal-crisis   

Michael Sauers, “UN: Morocco, Israel Discuss Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture,” Morocco World News, April 23, 2021. https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/04/340504/un-morocco-israel-discuss-food-security-and-sustainable-agriculture/  

Jon Schiller, “Emiratis, Israelis launch deal at Start-Up Nation Central,” Israel21c, April 25, 2021. https://www.israel21c.org/emiratis-israelis-launch-deal-at-start-up-nation-central/  

Tom Segev and Dov Waxman, “A State at Any Cost: The Life and Legacy of David Ben-Gurion,” UCLA’s Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, April 15, 2021. https://www.international.ucla.edu/israel/article/239748

Assaf Shapira and Amir Fuchs, “The Return of Direct Elections for Prime Minister?” Israel Democracy Institute, April 20, 2021. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/34340  

Eldad Shavit and Sima Shine, “A Return to the Nuclear Agreement? Contacts between the United States and Iran,” INSS, April 13, 2021. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/vienna-talks/?offset=5&posts=1461&type=399

Kenneth Stein, “Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations are not Ripe,” Center for Israel Education, April 28, 2021. https://israeled.org/israeli-palestinian-negotiations-are-not-ripe/

Jessica Steinberg, “After Abraham Accords, Jewish-Arab art show tries to transcend historic conflict,” Times of Israel, April 5, 2021. https://www.timesofisrael.com/after-abraham-accords-jewish-arab-art-show-tries-to-transcend-historic-conflict/  

Times of Israel, “Over half of Israel’s Holocaust survivors require food handouts — survey,” Times of Israel, April 7, 2021. https://www.timesofisrael.com/over-half-of-israels-holocaust-survivors-require-food-handouts-survey/

Tova Tzimuki, Eli senior, Ahiya Raved, “AG launches probe into police conduct at Meron as local chief takes blame,” Ynet News, April 30, 2021. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/B1E11RVKvu  

Yohanan Tzoreff and Kobi Michael, “Fatah and the Legislative Council Elections: The Split and Its Implications,” INSS, April 25, 2021. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/fatah-pa-elections/ 


#97 Contemporary Readings, March 2021

April 2, 2021

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

Micky Aharonson, “The Israel-Russia-Syria deal: Cost, beneficiaries and future deals,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, March 3, 2021. https://jiss.org.il/en/aharonson-the-israel-russia-syria-deal/ 

Aida Alami, “Bridging Time, Distance and Distrust with Music: Neta Elkayam, an Israeli singer, plumbs the rich culture of the Moroccan Jews,” New York Times, March 26, 2021. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/26/world/middleeast/israel-singer-elkayam-morocco.html

Ali Al-Nuami, “Middle East needs to learn lessons from the Holocaust,” Ynet News, March 6, 2021. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/r1wI1180f00

Gaith Al-Omari, “If Palestinian Elections Proceed, Hamas May Have the Upper Hand,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 25, 2021. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/if-palestinian-elections-proceed-hamas-may-have-upper-hand

Nellie Andreeva, “Shira Haas To Star In Golda Meir TV Series From Barbra Streisand, Eric Tuchman, Mimi Leder, PatMa & MGM/UA TV,” Deadline, March 1, 2021. https://deadline.com/2021/03/shira-haas-golda-meir-tv-series-barbra-streisand-lioness-1234703935/

Arab News, “Image Nation Abu Dhabi launches cultural exchange webinars with Israel Film Fund,” Arab News, March 2021. https://www.arabnews.com/node/1829801/lifestyle

Muriel Assenburg, “Palestinian Elections, Finally,” SWP Berlin, March 2021. https://www.swp-berlin.org/en/publication/palestinian-elections-finally/ 

Carnegie Connects, “Analyzing Israel’s Fourth Election: Will there be a Fifth?” Panel Discussion, Aaron Miller, Daniel Kurtzer, Natan Sachs, and Dahlia Scheindlin, March 30, 2021, (1:03) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2m_ku95oQg

Carnegie Connects, “Asset, Liability, or Both: The Future of U.S.-Relations,” Panel Discussion, Aaron Miller, Yasmine Farouk, Bernard Haykel, and Robin Wright, March 17, 2021, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NHyyO7DKtg (59:00)

Daphna Aviram-Nitzan and Nasreen Haddad Haj-Yahya, “Arabs in the Labor Market and COVID-19,” Israel Democracy Institute, March 9, 2021. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/34044

Dubi Ben-Gedalya, “Haifa Bay – Persian Gulf railway moves ahead Haifa Bay Photo: Tamar Matsafi,” Globes, March 8, 2021. https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-israel-moves-ahead-with-haifa-bay-persian-gulf-railway-1001363311

Yoni Ben Menachem, “Mahmoud Abbas Seeks to Neutralize Mohammed Dahlan,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, March 8, 2021. https://jcpa.org/mahmoud-abbas-seeks-to-neutralize-mohammed-dahlan/

Nir Bohms, “Israel and Lebanon: A Bridge Over Troubled Waters?” Moshe Dayan Center, March 3, 2021. https://dayan.org/content/israel-and-lebanon-bridge-over-troubled-waters

Emily Burack, “From ‘Mank’ to an Israeli short film: A Jewish guide to the 2021 Oscars,” Times of Israel, March 15, 2021. https://www.timesofisrael.com/from-mank-to-an-israeli-short-film-a-jewish-guide-to-the-2021-oscars/

Mordechai Chaziza and Efraim Karsh, “China in the Middle East: “Silk Road” to the Levant,” Middle East Quarterly, Spring 2021. https://www.meforum.org/62068/china-in-the-middle-east-silk-road-to-the-levant

Liraz Cohen, “Israeli fashion gets creative during corona,” Israel21c, March 24, 2021. https://www.israel21c.org/israeli-fashion-gets-creative-during-corona/

Paul Driessen, “Saving the Red Sea’s coral reefs by building fake ones,” Israel21c, March 16, 2021. https://www.israel21c.org/saving-the-red-seas-coral-reefs-by-building-fake-ones/

Intissar Fakir and Isabelle Werenfels, “The Pandemic and Governance in the Maghreb: A Moment of Truth,” SWP Berlin, February 2021.  https://www.swp-berlin.org/en/publication/the-pandemic-and-governance-in-the-maghreb-a-moment-of-truth/

Efran Fard, “Israeli Intelligence Cooperation with Arab Allies Thwarts Iranian Terrorism,” BESA Center, March 8, 2021. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/israel-intelligence-cooperation-arab-allies/

Hagay Hachohen, “Hagay Hachohen, “A sweet Israeli food innovation designed to combat COVID-19 obesity,” Jerusalem Post, March 21, 2021. https://www.jpost.com/health-science/a-sweet-israeli-food-innovation-designed-to-combat-covid-19-obesity-662681 

Ari Heistein, Daniel Rakov and Yoel Guzansky, “What Will the Middle East Look Like in 2030?” Middle East Institute, March 2021. https://www.mei.edu/sites/default/files/2021-02/%20What%20will%20the%20Middle%20East%20look%20like%20in%202030%3F%20An%20Israeli%20Perspective.pdf

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “Only 29% of Israelis think the Elections will Resolve the Political Stalemate,” Israel Democracy Institute, March 9, 2021.  https://en.idi.org.il/articles/34046 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi,”The Views of Israeli Voters,” Israel Democracy Institute, March 21, 2021.  https://en.idi.org.il/articles/34188

Pinhas Pinhas Inbari, “Planned Palestinian Election is a Battle within Fatah, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, March 24, 2021, https://jcpa.org/the-planned-palestinian-election-is-really-a-battle-within-fatah/

Hamada Jaber, “The Third Palestinian Legislative Elections,” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, March 2021. https://www.pcpsr.org/en/node/835

Ilana Kaplan, “Noga Erez on Making Pop Music in Locked Down Israel,” Paper Magazine, March 26, 2021. https://www.papermag.com/interview-noga-erez-kids-2651222098.html?rebelltitem=32#rebelltitem32

Yuval Karni, “Israel’s elections pandemic,” Ynet News, March 29, 2021. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HkpGCGJHd 

Ofer Kenig, “Preliminary Election Results 2021,” Israel Democracy Institute, March 24, 2021. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/34210 

Herb Keinon, “Israel’s conversion ruling: What it does and doesn’t do,” Jerusalem Post, March 4, 2021. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/israels-conversion-ruling-what-it-does-and-doesnt-do-660992

Jack Khoury, “Israel Election Results: Arab Parties Take Stock After Failure in Polls,” Haaretz, March 26, 2021. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/elections/.premium-israel-election-results-arab-parties-take-stock-after-failure-in-polls-1.9657988 

Rivkah Lambert Adler, “Amid coronavirus, Israelis open small home-based food businesses,” Jerusalem Post, March 3, 2021. https://www.jpost.com/food-recipes/amid-coronavirus-israelis-open-small-home-based-food-businesses-660807

Abigail Klein Leichamnn, “Israeli trumpeter’s unique East-West sound wins jazz prize,” Israel21c, March 9, 2021. https://www.israel21c.org/israeli-trumpeters-unique-east-west-sound-wins-jazz-prize/

Dr. Frank Musmar and Dr. Najat Al-Saied, “Combatting Antisemitism Benefits the Arab World,” BESA Center, March 30, 2021. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/combatting-antisemitism-benefits-the-arab-world/

Houda Nonoo, “A very different Passover in Bahrain,” Ynet News, March 26, 2021. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/BkpLbXc4u   

Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, “[Palestinian] Public Opinion Poll No,”  Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Ramallah, March 23, 2021.  https://www.pcpsr.org/en/node/837

Asnhel Pfeffer, “Outlast Bitter Rival Netanyahu or Taint the Israeli Presidency: Rivlin’s Post-election Dilemma,” Haaretz, March 31, 2021.  https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/elections/.premium.HIGHLIGHT-outlast-bitter-rival-netanyahu-or-taint-the-israeli-presidency-rivlin-s-dilemma-1.9671923

Yohanon Plesner, “Despite it All – Israelis Must Vote,” Israel Democracy Institute, March 23, 2021.  https://en.idi.org.il/articles/34204

David Pollock, “The Arab Spring Then and Now, Through the Prism of Public Opinion,” INSS and Washington Institute for Near East PolicyStrategic Assessment, Winter 2001. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/arab-spring-then-and-now-through-prism-public-opinion

Adam Ragson, “Israel Has Its 4th National Election in 2 Years. Here’s Why.” New York Times, March 17-23, 2021. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/17/world/middleeast/israeli-election.html 

Bruce Reidel, “Jordan’s crown prince steps to the fore amid strained relations with Israel,” Brookings Institute, March 15, 2021. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2021/03/15/jordans-crown-prince-steps-to-the-fore-amid-strained-relations-with-israel/

Elie Rekhess, “The elections for the 24th Knesset: A Turning Point in the Integration of Arabs into National Politics?” Moshe Dayan Center, March 18, 2021. https://dayan.org/content/elections-24th-knesset-turning-point-integration-arabs-national-politics

Paul Rivlin, “Changes in Oil Markets and New Technology: The Effects of COVID-19 and Climate Change,” Moshe Dayan Center, March 21, 2021. https://dayan.org/content/changes-oil-markets-and-new-technology-effects-covid-19-and-climate-change

Dennis Ross, “How Biden Can Overcome Iran’s Maximum Pressure,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 12, 2021. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/how-biden-can-overcome-irans-maximum-pressure

David Schenker, Robert Satloff,Middle East Policy from Trump to Biden: Views from Inside the State Department’s Near East Bureau,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 10, 2021. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/middle-east-policy-trump-biden-views-inside-state-departments-near-east-bureau

Hanan Shai, “The Revolution Within the IDF,” BESA Center, March 24, 2021.  https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/the-revolution-within-the-idf/

Nachman Shai, “The Fall of Liberal Zionism,” three one-hour reflections by a former Knesset member and candidate for the March 2021 elections.

Part I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZu07SrvQ5c&t=927s

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBxoKyjZnz4&t=3317s

Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5zmXoS6zBw&t=1s

Mahmous Shanan Omri Eilat, “From a Community to a Society: Trends in Druze Voting Patterns in the Knesset Elections, 1996–2020,” Moshe Dayan Center, March 18, 2021. https://dayan.org/content/community-society-trends-druze-voting-patterns-knesset-elections-1996-2020 

Michael Segall, “Iranian Revolutionary Guards Publication: Young People in Iran Pose a Security Threat to the Regime,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, March 22, 2021. https://jcpa.org/article/an-iranian-revolutionary-guards-publication-young-people-in-iran-pose-a-security-threat-to-the-regime/

Times of Israel, “Israeli short film on African migrants among 10 finalists for Academy Awards,” Times of Israel, March 11, 2021. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-short-film-on-african-migrants-among-10-finalists-for-academy-awards/

Assaf Shapira, Ofer Kenig and Avital Friedman, “Women’s Representation in the Knesset and the Government: An Overview,” Israel Democracy Institute, March 8, 2021. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/34024

Mohamed Soliman, “Egypt to seek over $1 bln in compensations for losses and costs of floating ship that blocked Suez Canal: SCA Chairman Rabie,” Al-Ahram Online, April 1, 2021. https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/408287/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-to-seek-over–bln-in-compensations-for-losse.aspx

Ken Stein, “Origins of Israeli Democracy: Jewish Political Culture and Pre-State Practice,” March 16, 2021, https://israeled.org/origins-of-israeli-democracy-jewish-political-culture-and-pre-state-practice/

Jessica Steinberg, “Israeli Opera reopens with classics for in-house audiences,” March 10, 2021. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-opera-reopens-with-classics-for-in-house-audiences/

UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, “Analyzing the 2021 Israeli Election: Results and Prospects,” Panel Discussion with Oded Haklai, Menachem Hofnung, Liron Lavi, Dov Waxman, https://www.international.ucla.edu/israel/article/238557  (59:53)

Ofer Zalzberg, “Trump and Netanyahu: The Disagreements Beneath The Surface,” Fathom Journal, March 2021. https://fathomjournal.org/trump-and-netanyahu-the-disagreements-beneath-the-surface/


#96 Contemporary Readings, February 2021

March 3, 2021

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

Naama Barak, “A healing prayer brings Israeli, Lebanese singers together,” Israel21c, February, 28, 2021. https://www.israel21c.org/a-healing-prayer-brings-israeli-lebanese-singers-together/

Shaul Bartal, “Now It’s the Turn of the Palestinian Voter,” BESA Center, February 10, 2021. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/palestinian-authority-elections/

Lazar Berman, “Beth Din of Arabia: Jews in Gulf countries announce first communal organizations,” Times of Israel, February 15, 2021. https://www.timesofisrael.com/beth-din-of-arabia-jews-in-gulf-countries-announce-first-communal-organizations/

Brian Blum, “Israeli startup Amimon wins technology Oscar,” Israel21c, February 24, 2021. https://www.israel21c.org/israeli-startup-amimon-wins-technology-oscar/

David Brinn, “David Broza to ‘Post’ on COVID: No mass music performances until mid-2022,” Jerusalem Post, February 25, 2021. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/david-broza-to-post-on-covid-no-mass-music-performances-until-mid-2022-660178

Ariel Cohen, “Mystery Israeli Oil Spill Leads To Multimillion Dollar Clean-Up,” Israel21c, February 26, 2021. https://www.forbes.com/sites/arielcohen/2021/02/26/mystery-israeli-oil-spill-leads-to-multimillion-dollar-clean-up/?sh=d56295734cb9

Ronit Domke and Adi Dovrat-Meseritz, “Prepare for Food Price Increases, Warn Israeli Food Manufacturers, Retailers,” Haaretz, February 18, 2021. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-prepare-for-food-price-increases-warn-israeli-food-manufacturers-retailers-1.9548124

Alan Dowty, “The Israeli Election: More of the Same?” Alan Dowty Substack, February 12, 2021. https://alandowty.substack.com/p/3-the-israeli-election-more-of-the

Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak and Jonathan Spyer, “Erdogan using deniable private militias to destabilize the Middle East,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, February 03, 2021. https://jiss.org.il/en/yanarocak-spyer-erdogan-using-deniable-private-militias/

Tomer Fadlon, Shmuel Even, Carmit Padan and Meir Elran, “The Global Risk Map and Implications for Israel,” INSS, February 14, 2021. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/global-risks-map/   

Intissar Fakir and Isabelle Werenfels, “The Pandemic and Governance in the Maghreb: A Moment of Truth, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, February 15, 2021, 

https://www.swp-berlin.org/en/publication/the-pandemic-and-governance-in-the-maghreb-a-moment-of-truth/

Devika Girish, “‘’Til Kingdom Come’ Review: An Unusual Religious Bond,” New York Times, February 25, 2021. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/25/movies/til-kingdom-come-review.html

Haim Goldich and Tamar Trabelsi Hadad, “Netanyahu says Israel to extend school year until end of July,” Ynet News, February 28, 2021. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rkSokIKfO

Jehab Harb, “The Challenges Confronting the Holding of the Upcoming Public Elections,” Palestinian Policy and Research Center, February 2021. http://pcpsr.org/en/node/833

Tamar Herman and Or Anabi, “Majority of Israelis: Netanyahu’s Efforts to Forge Ties with Arab Public Insincere,” Israel Democracy Institute, February 7, 2021.  https://en.idi.org.il/articles/33594

Ari Heistein and Eldad Shavit, “ Preventing the next crisis in US-Israeli Relations,” Middle East Institute, February 23, 2021, https://www.mei.edu/publications/preventing-next-crisis-us-israeli-relations

Yair Hirschfeld. “What Should Biden Do Next on Israeli-Palestinian Peace and Iran? A Review Essay,” Fathom, February 2021, https://fathomjournal.org/what-should-biden-do-next-on-israeli-palestinian-peace-and-iran-a-review-essay-by-yair-hirschfeld/

INSS Staff, “[YouTube Video] National Security Index – Public Opinion Survey 2020-2021,” INSS, January 27, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCLYAbOREJU&feature=emb_title

Mohammad al-Kassim, “Palestinian elections are attempt to settle political landscape,” Ynet News, February 20, 2021. https://www.ynetnews.com/magazine/article/Hke00GAs11u

Yarden Kaydar, “The Economic Impact of COVID: Survey Finds Decline in Financial Liquidity Among Israeli Workers,” Israel Democracy Institute, February 21, 2021. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/33780 

Ardavan Khoshnood, “Iran Is Using Violence to Put Pressure on Biden,” BESA Center, February 17, 2021. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/iran-is-using-violence-to-put-pressure-on-biden/

Abigail Kelin Leichmann, “Where Arab-led Israeli startups find mentors and partners,” Israel21c, February 21, 2021. https://www.israel21c.org/where-arab-led-israeli-startups-find-mentors-and-partners/

Michael Knights, “Biden’s Warning to Iran and Its Proxies: Implications of the Syria Strike,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 26, 2021. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/bidens-warning-iran-and-its-proxies-implications-syria-strike

Daniel Kurtzer, “In Memory of George P. Shultz: The Constant Gardener-Diplomat,” US Institute of Peace, February 10, 2021. https://www.usip.org/blog/2021/02/memory-george-p-shultz-constant-gardener-diplomat

Lea Landman and Ester Walker, “Israel should use its innovation to become the world’s problem solver.” Jerusalem Post, February 27, 2021. https://www.jpost.com/opinion/israel-should-use-its-innovation-to-become-the-worlds-problem-solver-660433

Yaakov Lappin, “The Plane That Plays a Leading Role in Israel’s Shadow War on Terror,” BESA Center, February 8, 2021.  https://besacenter.org/category/perspectives-papers/page/3/#.YD2T2y1h1B0

Marc Lynch and Shilbey Telhami, “Biden says he will listen to experts. Here is what scholars of the Middle East think,” Brookings Institute, February 19, 2021. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2021/02/19/biden-says-he-will-listen-to-experts-here-is-what-scholars-of-the-middle-east-think/

David Makovsky, “Israel’s Round Four: New and Old Dynamics,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 9, 2021. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/israels-round-four-new-and-old-dynamics

Emmanuel Navon, “Israel and the Palestinian Issue in the Biden Era,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, February 22, 2021. 

https://jiss.org.il/en/navon-israel-and-the-palestinian-issue-in-the-biden-era/

Ynet News Media Line, “Relationship between Haredim, non-Haredi Jews at breaking point,” Ynet News, February 19, 2021. https://www.ynetnews.com/magazine/article/rkST4TLb00

Ali al-Nuaimi, “Moving the Middle East from confrontation to coexistence,” Ynet News, February 13, 2021. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/SyAXf6W11O

Michael E. O’Hanlon and Adrianna Pita, “What’s the significance of Biden’s first military strikes in Syria?,” Brookings Institute, February 26, 2021. https://www.brookings.edu/podcast-episode/whats-the-significance-of-bidens-first-military-strikes-in-syria/ 

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, “Herzl dared to dream the impossible,” Ynet News, February 14, 2021. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/BJ9VDdLWd

Bruce Rosen, Ruth Waitzberg and Avi Israeli, “Israel’s rapid rollout of vaccinations for COVID-19,” Journal of Israeli Health Policy Research, January 26, 2021. https://ijhpr.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13584-021-00440-6 

Dennis Ross, “Defining a Mature, Balanced Relationship with Saudi Arabia,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 22, 2021. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/defining-mature-balanced-relationship-saudi-arabia-urgent-task-biden-administration

Lior Saroka, “[Actress Gila Almagor] The First Lady of Israeli Culture: ‘This Country Is Going Down the Drain,'” Haaretz, February 4, 2021. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-first-lady-of-israeli-stage-and-screen-this-country-is-going-down-the-drain-1.9510611

Michael Jacobs, “Nachman Shai: Veteran Labor Voice seeks Return to Knesset,” Interview, Center for Israel Education, February 21, 2021, https://israeled.org/nachman-shai-veteran-labor-voice-seeks-return-to-knesset/

Yuval Shany, Mordechai Kremnitzer, Amir Fuchs, Guy Lurie and Nadiv Mordechay, “Israel Barring Entry to its Own Citizens in COVID Clampdown,” Israel Democracy Institute, February 28, 2021. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/33853 

Shimon Shapira, “Hizbullah Opposes a Limited War with Israel, and Issues Threats,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, February 17, 2021. https://jcpa.org/hizbullah-opposes-a-limited-war-with-israel-and-issues-threats/

David Siddhartha Patel, “The Great Thaw in Arab Domestic Politics,” Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, https://www.brandeis.edu/crown/publications/middle-east-briefs/pdfs/101-200/meb140.pdf 

Shoshana Solomon, “Pharma giant Bayer scouts Israeli startup scene in search of competitive edge,” Times of Israel, February 9, 2021. https://www.timesofisrael.com/pharma-giant-bayer-scouts-israeli-startup-scene-in-search-of-competitive-edge/

Kenneth Stein, “Options and Realities for Biden’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East,” January 27, 2021, https://israeled.org/options-and-realities-for-bidens-foreign-policy-in-the-middle-east/ https://youtube.com/watch?v=c4jMHIwvOLI

Gerald Steinberg, “Castles in the Air” The American Return to the UN Human Rights Council,” Fathom, February 2021, https://fathomjournal.org/castles-in-the-air-the-american-return-to-the-un-human-rights-council/

Jessica Steinberg, “Singer Omer Adam dominates Spotify and Apple Music charts in Israel,” Times of Israel, February 23, 2021. https://www.timesofisrael.com/singer-omer-adam-dominates-spotify-and-apple-music-charts-in-israel/

Jessica Steinberg, “Israeli film shortlisted for live action short Oscar,” Times of Israel, February 14, 2021. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-film-shortlisted-for-live-action-short-oscar/

Times of Israel Staff, “Moroccan singer receives death threats over song with Israeli artist,” Times of Israel, February 9, 2021. https://www.timesofisrael.com/moroccan-singer-receives-death-threats-over-song-with-israeli-artist/

Yohanan Tzoreff and Kobi Michael, “Palestinian Elections: Gamble, Potential, or Political Maneuver?” INSS, February 4, 2021. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/pa-elections/ 

Alex Zabezhinsky, “Israeli economy’s 2020 performance not what it seems,” February 18, 2021. https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-israeli-economys-2020-performance-not-what-it-seems-1001361306 


#95 Contemporary Readings, January 2021

February 2, 2021

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

Meirav Arlozoroff, “Israel’s Population Is Growing at a Dizzying Rate. Is It Up for the Challenge?” Haaretz, January 4, 2021. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-israel-s-population-is-growing-at-a-dizzying-rate-is-it-up-for-the-challenge-1.9410043

Shlomo Avineri, “[YouTube video] Israeli Democracy: Historical Origins and Future Perspectives,” UCLA Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, January 13, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-2s5cck_eI Transcript https://israeled.org/shlomo-avineri-democracy-in-israel-past-present-and-future/

Dany Bahar, “The secret sauce behind Israel’s successful COVID-19 vaccination program,” Brookings Institute, January 5, 2021. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2021/01/05/the-secret-sauce-behind-israels-successful-covid-19-vaccination-program/

Rina Bassit, “Indian Jews bring traditional celebrations to Israel,” al-Monitor, January 2020. https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2021/01/israel-india-narendra-modi-benjamin-netanyahu-malida-jews.html

Ismail Bellaquali, “Jews in Morocco ‘already packing their suitcases’ for direct Israel flights,” Times of Israel, January 17, 2021. https://www.timesofisrael.com/jews-in-morocco-already-packing-their-suitcases-for-direct-israel-flights/

Ron Ben-Yishai, “Israel bracing for blows with Biden on Iran,” Ynet News, January 12, 2021. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/Sy4eMliAw

Ofra Bengio, “Great expectations: The Kurds of Iraq and President Biden,” Moshe Dayan Center, January 20, 2021. https://dayan.org/content/great-expectations-kurds-iraq-and-president-biden-opinion

Brian Blum, “13 Israeli startups that made waves at 2021’s virtual CES in Las Vegas,” Israel21c, January 14, 2021. https://www.israel21c.org/13-israeli-startups-that-made-waves-at-2021s-virtual-ces-in-las-vegas/

Hannah Brown, “Despite coronavirus, Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School thrives,” Jerusalem Post, January 27, 2021. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/despite-coronavirus-jerusalem-sam-spiegel-film-school-thrives-656924

Center for Israel Education, “The Impact of COVID-19 on Middle Eastern and North African Countries: A Curated Reading List, (250 plus entries going back to March 2020), https://israeled.org/the-impact-of-covid-19-on-middle-eastern-and-north-african-states-a-curated-reading-list/

Uri Dekel and Noa Shusterman, “The Palestinian Arena: Preserving the Status Quo or Seeking Change?,” INSS, January 2021. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/strategic-survey-palestinian-arena/

James Dorsey, “Saudi Arabia Is Sending Joe Biden Mixed Message,” BESA Center, January 21, 2021. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/saudi-arabia-joe-biden/

The Economist, “Emirati and Israeli bosses cannot wait to do business,” The Economist, January 2020. https://www.economist.com/business/2021/01/25/emirati-and-israeli-bosses-cannot-wait-to-do-business

Shira Efron, “Rising Temperatures, Rising Risks: Climate Change and Israel’s National Security,” INSS, January 4, 2021. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/climate-change-and-national-security/

Gadi Eisenkot, “Israel’s greatest threat is not Hamas or Iran, but political infighting,” Ynet News, December 31, 2020. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HyXx2foTw

Michael Eisentadt, “Biden’s First 200 Days: The Security Agenda,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 20, 2021. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/bidens-first-200-days-security-agenda

Jonathan Ferzinger, “Israel’s Arabs May Help Netanyahu Avoid Trump’s Miserable Fate,” Foreign Policy, January 25, 2021. https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/01/25/israeli-arabs-netanyahu-nazareth-vote-election-trump/

Ben Fishman, “Jordan Must Be Included in Future Israeli-Arab Normalization Deals,” National Interest, January 3, 2021. https://nationalinterest.org/feature/jordan-must-be-included-future-israeli-arab-normalization-deals-175277

Gallup Polls, “American Sympathy Toward Israel and the Arabs/Palestinians,” (June 1967- February 2020), Jewish Virtual Library, https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/gallup-polls-on-american-sympathy-toward-israel-and-the-arabs-palestinians

Manfred Gerstenfeld, “Conspiracy Theories Are an Integral Part of Western Culture,” BESA Center, January 27, 2021. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/conspiracy-theories/

Tamar Herman and Yohanon Plesner, “IDI’s 2020 Democracy Index: Public Trust, Social Solidarity and Democracy in Danger,” Israel Democracy Institute, January 11, 2021. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/33415

Tamar Herman and Yohanon Plesner, “IDI’s 2020 Democracy Index: Erosion in Israelis’ Assessment of Police,” Israel Democracy Institute, January 11, 2021. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/33420 

Tamar Herman and Yohanon Plesner, “IDI’s 2020 Democracy Index: Jewish Israelis Prefer That Matters of War and Peace be Decided by Jewish Majority,” Israel Democracy Institute, January 11, 2021. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/33423

I24News, “[Youtube Video] Peace Between Israel and Morocco Through Music,” i24News, January 26, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uT9d88Pt7g

Ephraim Inbar, “Iran and Israel: The Inevitable War?” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, January 6, 2021. https://jiss.org.il/en/inbar-iran-and-israel-the-inevitable-war/

Jerusalem Post Editorial Board, “Israel Elections: The Arab vote’s short-term, long-term significance,” Jerusalem Post, January 14, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/opinion/israel-elections-the-arab-votes-short-term-long-term-significance-655512 

Jack Khoury, “Israeli Arabs Explain Why They Might Vote Netanyahu,” Haartetz, February 2, 2021. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-israeli-arabs-explain-why-they-vote-netanyahu-1.9503755

Ardavan Khoshnood, “What Will Happen When Khamenei Dies?” BESA Center, January 14, 2021. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/when-khamenei-dies/

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Major winemaker taps into Israeli grape-growing intel,” Israel21c, January 31, 2021.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Special Olympics Israel to transform accessible healthcare,” Israel21c, January 31, 2021. https://www.israel21c.org/special-olympics-israel-to-transform-accessible-healthcare/

Yossi Kupperwasser, “Iran Is Projecting Its Power to Pressure Biden Into a Deal. But Iran Is Actually in Distress, and That Needs to Be Exploited,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, January 11, 2021. https://jcpa.org/iran-is-projecting-its-power-to-pressure-biden-into-a-deal-but-iran-is-actually-in-distress-and-that-needs-to-be-exploited/

Ephraim Lavie, Meir Elran, Khader Sawaed and Yousef Makladeh, “The Arab Public and the Forthcoming Knesset Elections: Between Public Pragmatism and Nationalist Dogmatism,” INSS, January 21, 2021. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/israeli-arabs-and-the-24th-elections/?utm_source=activetrail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=INSS%20Insight%20No.%201429

Tess Levy, “First Israeli novel translated into Moroccan Arabic,” Israel21c, Janaury 26, 2021. https://www.israel21c.org/first-israeli-novel-translated-into-moroccan-arabic/

Gad Lior, “Israel’s poverty rate rises as standard of living crashes, report finds,” Ynet News, January 21, 2021. https://www.ynetnews.com/business/article/SyxaYXwJO

David Makovksy, “Building Bridges for Peace U.S. Policy Toward Arab States, Palestinians, and Israel,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 26, 2021. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/building-bridges-peace-us-policy-toward-arab-states-palestinians-and-israel 

Gerri Miller, “Shira Haas & Israeli Filmmakers Appear at Virtual Film Festival,” Jewish Journal, January 17, 2021. https://jewishjournal.com/culture/arts/327545/shira-haas-israeli-filmmakers-appear-at-virtual-film-festival/

Padraig Muldoon, “Poll results: Israel’s Eden Alene is your favourite Eurovision 2021 act so far,” Wiwi Bloggs, January 30, 2021. https://wiwibloggs.com/2021/01/30/poll-results-israels-eden-alene-is-your-favourite-eurovision-2021-act-so-far-30-january/261074/

Raphael Nagel, “The COVID-19 economy has become central to Israel’s election,” Jerusalem Post, January 11, 2021. https://www.jpost.com/opinion/the-covid-19-economy-has-become-central-to-israels-election-opinion-655081

Jacques Neriah, “An Israeli Official’s Meeting with Moroccan King Hassan II in 1993,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, January 12, 2021. https://jcpa.org/an-israeli-officials-meeting-with-moroccan-king-hassan-ii-in-1993/

Jocelyn Noveck, “Documentary highlights the ‘Human Factor’ in Israel-Palestinian peace talks,” Times of Israel, January 22, 2021. https://www.timesofisrael.com/documentary-highlights-the-human-factor-in-israel-palestinian-peace-talks/

Gaith al-Omari, “Will the Palestinian Election Decree Produce Actual Elections?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 26, 2021. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/will-palestinian-election-decree-produce-actual-elections

Ashley Perry, “5 rules for winning an Israeli election – opinion,” Jerusalem Post, January 28, 2021. https://www.jpost.com/opinion/5-rules-for-winning-an-israeli-election-opinion-657089

Redação (Brazil), “Meet the 19-year-old Israeli Model [Yael Shelbia] Named the Most Beautiful Woman in the World,” L’Officiel, January 5, 2021. https://www.lofficielusa.com/pop-culture/most-beautiful-woman-in-world-yael-shelbia

Haviv Retig Gur, “Israel’s coming election may be decided on the religious right,” Times of Israel, Janaury 18, 2021. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israels-coming-election-may-be-decided-on-the-religious-right/

Paul Rivlin, “The Impact of Covid-19 and Conflict on Middle Eastern Economies,” Moshe Dayan Center, January 21, 2021. https://dayan.org/content/impact-covid-19-and-conflict-middle-eastern-economies

Dennis Ross, “The Coming Iran Nuclear Talks: Openings and Obstacles,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 5, 2021. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/coming-iran-nuclear-talks-openings-and-obstacles

Felicia Schwartz, “As Israel’s Right Splinters, Netanyahu Is Challenged by Former Protégé [Gideon Saar],” Wall Street Journal, January 28, 2021. https://www.wsj.com/articles/as-israels-right-splinters-netanyahu-is-challenged-by-former-protege-11611850704

David Siddhartha Patel, “The Egyptian Revolution, 10 Years On: A Conversation with Youssef El Chazli, Hannah Elsisi, and Neil Ketchley,” Brandeis’ Crown Center for Middle East Studies, January 28, 2021. https://www.brandeis.edu/crown/publications/crown-conversations/cc-5.html

Shoshana Solomon, “Israeli startup Aleph Farms, Mitsubishi team up to bring cultured steak to Japan,” Times of Israel, January 5, 2021. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-startup-aleph-farms-mitsubishi-team-up-to-bring-cultured-steak-to-japan/

Ken Stein “[YouTube Video] Option’s and Realities for Biden’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East,” Center for Israel and Education and the Temple, Atlanta, GA, January 15, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4jMHIwvOLI&feature=youtu.be Transcript available at https://israeled.org/options-and-realities-for-bidens-foreign-policy-in-the-middle-east/

Jessica Steinberg, “Tuning into the Israeli experience, one culturally loaded lyric at a time,” Times of Israel, January 9, 2021. https://www.timesofisrael.com/tuning-into-the-israeli-experience-one-culturally-loaded-lyric-at-a-time/

Jennifer Vinyard, “In ‘Losing Alice,’ Ayelet Zurer Burns It All Down,” New York Times, January 26, 2021. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/26/arts/television/losing-alice-ayelet-zurer.html

Stuart Winer, “Haredi population growing twice as fast as overall Israeli population,” Times of Israel, December 31, 2021. https://www.timesofisrael.com/haredi-population-growing-twice-as-fast-as-total-israeli-population-report/

Tamar Wittes, “What to do – and what not to do – in the Middle East,” Brookings Institution, January 25, 2021, https://www.brookings.edu/research/what-to-do-and-what-not-to-do-in-the-middle-east/

Raoul Wootliff, “Ex-commando, social activist, Reform rabbi take top slots in Labor primary,” Times of Israel, February 2, 2021. https://www.timesofisrael.com/ex-general-social-activist-reform-rabbi-take-top-slots-in-labor-primary/

Ynet News, “Pelosi quotes Israeli poet Ehud Manor in plea to impeach Trump,” Ynet News, January 13, 2021. https://www.ynetnews.com/culture/article/r1bwkuhAw 


#94 Contemporary Readings, December 2020

January 4, 2021

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

Guled Ahmed, “An Emboldened Horn of Africa Axis and an Unfolding Humanitarian Crisis Await the Biden Administration,” Middle East Institute, December 23, 2020.  https://www.mei.edu/publications/emboldened-horn-africa-axis-and-unfolding-humanitarian-crisis-await-biden

Daphna Aviram-Nitzan and Hila Shoef Kollwitz, “Global Warming—Israelis Concerned,” Israel Democracy Institute, December 13, 2020.https://en.idi.org.il/articles/33054

Naama Barak, “First American woman graduates Israeli army’s pilot course ,” Israel21c, December 31, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/first-american-woman-graduates-israeli-armys-pilot-course/

BICOM Staff, “Israel headed for fourth election in two years,” British Israel Communications and Research Center, December 23, 2020. https://www.bicom.org.uk/news/israel-headed-for-fourth-election-in-two-years/ 

Brian Blum, “Israeli hydrogen startup wins Shell energy competition,” Israel21c, December 27, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/israeli-hydrogen-startup-wins-shell-energy-competition/

Philippe Bohstrom, “Sweet-toothed Canaanites imported exotic food to Israel 3,600-years ago,” Jerusalem Post, December 22, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/archaeology/sweet-toothed-canaanites-imported-exotic-to-israel-some-3600-years-ago-652791

Shlomo Brom and Shimon Stein, “Does the Cost of the Fakhrizadeh Assassination Outweigh the Benefits?” INSS, December 2, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/fakhrizadeh-2/?utm_source=activetrail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=INSS%20Insight%20No.%201410

Danny Citrinowicz, “How can China mediate between Israel and Pakistan?” Middle East Institute, December 18, 2020. https://www.mei.edu/publications/how-can-china-mediate-between-israel-and-pakistan

Nissim Cohen and Ron Tzur, “Governance in a Crisis,” Israel Democracy Institute, December 16, 2020.  https://en.idi.org.il/articles/33186

Barry Davis, “Music underscores social message at Israeli-Ethiopian arts festival,” Jerusalem Post, December 24, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/music-underscores-social-message-at-israeli-ethiopian-arts-festival-653102

Gadi Eiseknkot, “Israel’s greatest threat is not Hamas or Iran, but political infighting,” Ynet News, December 31, 2020. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HyXx2foTw

Daniel Estrin, “As Thousands of Israeli Tourists Visit Dubai, A Small Jewish Community Gets A Boost,” NPR, December 29, 2020. https://www.npr.org/2020/12/29/950818576/as-thousands-of-israeli-tourists-visit-dubai-a-small-jewish-community-gets-a-boo

Manfred Gerstenfeld, “Do Not Give Diaspora Jews a Formal Voice in Israel,” BESA Center, December 15, 2020. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/diaspora-jews-israel-policies/

Dore Gold, “Moroccan-Israeli peace faces multiple security challenges,” Jerusalem Post, December 25, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/moroccan-israeli-peace-faces-multiple-security-challenges-653210

Haaretz, “As Israel Set for Election, Netanyahu Releases Duet With Leading Pop Star,” Haaretz, December 10, 2020. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/as-israel-set-for-election-netanyahu-releases-duet-with-leading-pop-star-1.9363061

Hussein Haridy, “A decade of Egyptian foreign policy,” Al-Ahram Online, December 2020. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/4/397280/Opinion/A-decade-of-Egyptian-foreign-policy-.aspx 

Tamara Herman and Or Anabi, “Leaders’ Credibility Low,” Israel Democracy Institute, December 7, 2020. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/33035 

Adam Hoffman, “G20 in Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s Global Moment,” Moshe Dayan Center, December 24, 2020. https://dayan.org/content/g20-riyadh-saudi-arabias-global-moment

Pinhas Inbari, “Can Israel-Palestinian Negotiations Begin when Joe Biden Takes Office?” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, December 28, 2020. https://jcpa.org/can-israel-palestinian-negotiations-begin-when-joe-biden-takes-office/

INSS Staff, [Video] On the Eve of 2021: Iran Prepares for New Administrations in Washington and Tehran,” INSS, December 7, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/event/iran-2021/

Israel Democracy Institute Staff, “[Video] Recap of Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy & Society,” Israel Democracy Institute, December 14, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO5TO_OafHY&feature=youtu.be&ct=t%28EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_5_21_2020_22_5_COPY_01%29 

Kate Knight and David Pollock “Domestic Reform Still Top Issue for Jordanians; Most Reject New Peace Deals with Israel, but Perceived Value of U.S. Ties Up Sharply,”  Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 18, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/domestic-reform-still-top-issue-jordanians-most-reject-new-peace-deals-israel

Mordechai Kedar, “The Arab Spring: A Decade On,” BESA Center, December 17, 2020. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/arab-spring-decade/

Isabel Kershner, “An Epic Israeli TV Drama Exposes War Wounds Old and New,” New York Times, December 23, 2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/12/world/middleeast/an-epic-israeli-tv-drama-exposes-war-wounds-old-and-new.html

Abigail Klein Leichmann, “Scientists warn Red Sea could suffer disaster worse than the Exxon Valdez,” Israel21c, December 15, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/scientists-warn-red-sea-could-suffer-disaster-worse-than-the-exxon-valdez/

Ivan Levingston, “Why Israel Tries, and Fails, to Slow Its Roaring Currency,” Bloomberg News, December 21, 2020. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-12-21/why-israel-tries-and-fails-to-slow-its-roaring-currency

Guy Lodge, “‘Asia’ Review: Israel’s Oscar Entry Is a Delicate Mother-Daughter Drama That Doesn’t Try Too Hard for Tears,” Variety, December 29, 2020. https://variety.com/2020/film/reviews/asia-review-israels-oscar-entry-is-a-delicate-mother-daughter-drama-that-doesnt-try-too-hard-for-tears-1234876008/

Alan Makovsky, “Problematic Prospects for US‑Turkish Ties in the Biden Era,” SWP Berlin, December 2020. https://www.swp-berlin.org/en/publication/problematic-prospects-for-us-turkish-ties-in-the-biden-era/

David Makovsky, “Israel’s Political Churn Continues: Implications for Netanyahu and U.S. Policy,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 23, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/israels-political-churn-continues-implications-netanyahu-and-us-policy

David Makovsky, Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba and H. E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Rashed Al Khalifa, “Interview on Inside the Normalization Agreements Between Israel, the UAE, and Bahrain,” Center for Israel Education/Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 10, 2020. https://israeled.org/resources/documents/interview-on-inside-the-normalization-agreements-between-israel-the-uae-and-bahrain/

Michael Milstein, “‘The Day After’ Abu Mazen is Already Here,” INSS, December 15, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/the-day-after-abbas/    

Jacques Neriah, “Transformations in the Middle East: Challenges for the New U.S. Administration,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, December 29, 2020. https://jcpa.org/article/transformations-in-the-middle-east-challenges-for-the-new-u-s-administration/

Palestinian Research Center, “Public Opinion Poll No,” Palestinian Research Center, December 27, 2020. https://www.pcpsr.org/en/node/829

Jacob Rosen, “Index of Jewish Surnames Found in 20th Century Cairo – Updated December 2020,” Avotanynu Online, December 2020.  https://avotaynuonline.com/2020/12/index-of-jewish-surnames-of-20th-century-cairo/

Dennis Ross, “How Biden’s Iran Policy Can Have a Chance to Succeed,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 26, 2020.https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/how-bidens-iran-policy-can-have-chance-succeed

Malina Saval, “The Rhythms That Bind: Exploring Israeli-Pop’s Latinx Connection,” Variety, December 7, 2020. https://variety.com/2020/music/global/israel-latinx-pop-static-ben-el-pitbull-mamacita-1234847500/

Michel Shalev-Reicher, “Rising political powers spell bad news for secular Israelis,” Ynet News, December 18, 2020. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/SyDp561hw

Anjana Sankar, “Exclusive: Fauda became a bridge between Arabs, Jews,” Khaleej Times, December 9, 2020. https://www.khaleejtimes.com/entertainment/exclusive-fauda-became-a-bridge-between-arabs-jews

Eldad Shavit and Rotem Oreg, “Israel Must Talk to Biden,” INSS, December 10, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/israel-biden-iran/

Joshua Shuman and the Media Line, “Israel pays economic price for fourth election in two years,” Jerusalem Post, December 24, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/israel-elections/israel-pays-economic-price-for-fourth-election-in-two-years-653149

Jay Solomon, “To secure an Iran nuclear deal, include the Mideast’s powers,” The Hill, December 15, 2020. https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/529624-to-secure-an-iran-nuclear-deal-include-the-mideasts-powers

Times of Israel Staff, “Israeli, Tunisian and Yemenite artists meet in song for peace,” Times of Israel, December 19, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-tunisian-and-yemenite-artists-meet-in-song-for-peace/

Charles Thepaut, “A Short-Term Diplomatic Agenda for the Syrian Puzzle,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 21, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/short-term-diplomatic-agenda-syrian-puzzle

Nati Tucker and Hagai Amit, “The Cost of a Poll: Election Economics Instead of Rebuilding,” Haaretz, December 22, 2020. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-the-cost-of-a-poll-election-economics-instead-of-rebuilding-1.9393834

Carmit Valensi and Udi Dekel, “The Struggle for Control of Southern Syria: Where is Israel?” INSS, December 16, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/south-syria-threat/

Max Kaplan-Zantopp, “Cultivated meat [from Israel] is about to change our world,” Israel21c, December 21, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/lab-engineered-meat-is-about-to-change-our-world/ 


#93 Contemporary Readings, November 2020

December 3, 2020

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

Amiram Barkat, “IMF: Israeli economy less damaged than others,” Globes, November 19, 2020. https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-imf-israel-economy-less-damaged-than-others-by-coronavirus-1001350193

Almog Ben Zikri, “Thousands of Middle-class Israelis Join the Homeless, and the Soup Kitchens Can’t Keep Up,” Haaretz, November 27, 2020. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-thousands-of-middle-class-israelis-join-homeless-and-the-soup-kitchens-can-t-keep-u-1.9330627

Hannah Brown, “Celebrating a ‘Portrait of Victory’ for Israeli cinema,” Jerusalem Post, November 26, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/celebrating-a-portrait-of-victory-for-israeli-cinema-650393 

Ethan Cadeux, “5 things to know about Wizards draft pick [Israeli Basketball Star] Deni Avdija,” NBC Sports, November 18, 2020. https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/wizards/5-things-know-about-wizards-draft-pick-deni-avdija

Center for Israel Education, “UNGA (Palestine Partition) Resolution 181 [November 29, 1947],” Center for Israel Education, January 10, 2010. https://israeled.org/resources/documents/unga-resolution-181/

Shmuel Even and Meir Elran, “How Long Will Today’s IDF Conscripts Serve?” INSS, November 22, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/enlistment-july-2020/?offset=6&posts=1411&type=399   

Quint Forgey and Matthew Choi, “Biden and Netanyahu have ‘warm conversation’ and agree to meet soon,” Politico, November 17, 2020. https://www.politico.com/news/2020/11/17/biden-israel-prime-minister-conversation-437017

GeekTime Staff, “The week that was: Catching up with Israel’s tech ecosystem,” Geektime, November 22, 2020. https://www.geektime.com/israels-tech-ecosystem-the-week-that-was/

Tom Grater, “‘Asia’ Wins Top Prize At Israel’s Ophir Awards & Becomes Country’s International Oscar Submission,” Deadline, November 13, 2020. https://deadline.com/2020/11/asia-israels-ophir-awards-international-oscar-1234615314/ 

Hagai Hacohen, “Prices stay high as unemployment soars, fueling economic crisis,” Jerusalem Post, November 11, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/prices-stay-high-as-unemployment-soars-fueling-economic-crisis-analysis-648736

Michal Hatuel-Radoshitzky and Eldad Shavit, “The Changing of the Guard: Israel at the Outset of the Biden Era,” INSS, Vember 7, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/biden-era/?utm_source=activetrail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=INSS%20Insight%20No.%201400

Jessica Halfin, “How the humble pita went through a gourmet makeover,” Israel21c, November 5, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/how-the-humble-pita-has-gone-through-a-gourmet-makeover/

Heritage Foundation Staff, “Israel: Economic Freedom Score,” Heritage Foundation, November 2020. https://www.heritage.org/index/country/israel?version=688 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “Haredim Trust Rabbis More Than the Health Ministry on COVID-19,” Israel Democracy Institute, November 26, 2020. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/32950?ct 

Samantha Hogson, “This Israeli Tech Company Wants to Beam Music to Your Ears,” Rolling Stone, November 12, 2020. https://www.rollingstone.com/pro/news/noveto-soundbeaming-music-israel-technology-1089572/  

Israel Democracy Institute Staff, “Large Majority Think IDF Should Manage Coronavirus Crisis,” Israel Democracy Institute, November 20, 2020. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/32922

Efraim Inbar and Eran Lerman, “Time for an Israeli Peace Initiative,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, November 22, 2020. https://jiss.org.il/en/inbar-lerman-time-for-an-israeli-peace-initiative/ 

Yaakov Katz, “How Joe Biden as president will change Israeli politics,” Jerusalem Post, November 8, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/opinion/us-election-would-a-joe-biden-victory-change-israeli-politics-648190?utm_source=Yaakov+Katz&utm_campaign=fbae2ca539-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_11_05_09_16&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0c089b8575-fbae2ca539-16240149

Isabel Kirshner, “‘It’s Like Falling in Love:’ Israeli Entrepreneurs Welcomed in Dubai,” New York Times, November 7, 2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/07/world/middleeast/israel-dubai-entrepreneurs.html

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Hebrew language and Israeli culture institute opens in UAE,” Israel21c, November 29, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/hebrew-language-and-israeli-culture-institute-opens-in-uae/

Payton Knopf and Jeffrey Feltman, “Normalizing Sudan-Israel relations now is a dangerous game,” Brookings Institute, September 24, 2020. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2020/09/24/normalizing-sudan-israel-relations-now-is-a-dangerous-game/

Yossi Kupperwasser, “What Is Going to Change in the Middle East under Biden?” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, November 22, 2020. https://jcpa.org/article/what-is-going-to-change-in-the-middle-east-under-biden/ 

Jan Laben-Eilon, “Israel Requests Bids for New Settlement in East Jerusalem [Interview with Eli Sperling],” Atlanta Jewish Times, November 24, 2020. https://atlantajewishtimes.timesofisrael.com/israel-requests-bids-for-new-settlement-in-east-jerusalem/

Tess Levy, “9 Israeli rising stars in Hollywood,” Israel21c, November 25, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/watch-for-these-9-israeli-rising-stars-in-hollywood/

Shalom Lipner, “Has Trump Been Good for Israel?” Foreign Policy, November 3, 2020. https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/11/03/has-trump-been-good-for-israel/

Irwin Mansdorff, “The 2020 Presidential Election: How Jewish-Americans Voted,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, November 16, 2020. https://jcpa.org/article/the-2020-presidential-election-how-jewish-americans-voted/

Middle East Institute Staff, “The Future of Palestinian Politics under a Biden Administration [Video Webinar],” Middle East Institute/YouTube, November 17, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S7ZkKMFUuU

Jaques Neriah, “Transformations in the Middle East: Challenges for the New U.S. Administration,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, November 29, 2020. https://jcpa.org/article/transformations-in-the-middle-east-challenges-for-the-new-u-s-administration/

Liam Pritchett, “The World’s First Lab-Grown Meat Restaurant Opens in Israel,” LiveKindly, November 10, 2020. https://www.livekindly.co/first-lab-grown-meat-restaurant/ 

Itamar Rabinovich, “The United States and Israel vs. the Syria of Bashar al-Assad: Challenges, Dilemmas, and Options,” INSS, October 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/the-united-states-and-israel-vs-the-syria-of-bashar-al-assad-challenges-dilemmas-and-options/

Abdulrahman al-Rashed, Mohamed Anwar E. al-Sadat, Asli Aydintasbas, and David Horovitz, “America Votes, the Middle East Reacts: Views on U.S. Elections from Across the Region [Video and Transcript],” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 9, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/america-votes-the-middle-east-reacts-views-on-u.s.-elections-from-across-th 

Paul Rivlin, “Israel and the UAE: Old New Friends,” Moshe Dayan Center, November 30, 2020. https://dayan.org/content/israel-and-uae-old-new-friends

Reuven Rivlin and Robert Satloff, “Israeli President [Reuven Rivlin’s First Interview Since the U.S. Election]: Biden Should Help ‘Build Confidence’ Between Israelis, Palestinians [Video and Transcript],” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 20, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/israeli-president-biden-should-help-build-confidence-between-israelis-pales

Natan Sachs and Tamara Cofman Wittes, “Saudi-Israeli relations: The curious case of a NEOM meeting denied,” Brookings Institute, November 25, 2020. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2020/11/25/saudi-israeli-relations-the-curious-case-of-a-neom-meeting-denied/

Jonathan Schanzer, “How to Build Upon Recent Progress in the Middle East,” Pundicity, November 17, 2020. http://schanzer.pundicity.com/24745/how-to-build-upon-recent-progress-in-the-middle 

Asaf Shapira, “Comments on the Electoral Strength of the Joint Arab List,” Moshe Dayan Center, November 2, 2020. https://dayan.org/content/comments-electoral-strength-joint-arab-list

Shoshana Solomon, “Israel’s economy surges 38% in third quarter, after exit from first lockdown,” Times of Israel, November 16, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israels-economy-rebounds-in-third-quarter-after-exit-from-first-lockdown/

Ken Stein, “From Balfour to Begin 1917-1977,” Center for Israel Education, November 19, 2020. https://israeled.org/from-balfour-to-begin-1917-1977/

Ken Stein, “Sadat’s Leadership: Lessons for the Palestinians,” Center for Israel Education, November 25, 2020. https://israeled.org/sadats-leadership-lessons-for-the-palestinians/

Ken Stein and Michael Jacobs, “Yitzhak Rabin: Israel Leadership in a Lifetime,” Center for Israel Education, November 2, 2020. https://israeled.org/yitzhak-rabin-israel-leadership-in-a-lifetime/

Jessica Steinberg, “‘We Got This’ is rallying cry of new Static song [produced by group of Israeli pop stars] for COVID-19,” Times of Israel, November 26, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/we-got-this-is-rallying-cry-of-new-static-song-for-covid-19/

Times of Israel Staff, “Legal pressure mounts on government to pass budget as elections loom,” Times of Israel, November 29, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/legal-pressure-mounts-on-government-to-pass-budget-as-elections-loom/ 

Idan Zonshine, “Israeli researchers create AI capable of writing personalized jazz solos,” Jerusalem Post, November 10, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/jpost-tech/israeli-researchers-create-ai-capable-of-writing-personalized-jazz-solos-648694


#92 Contemporary Readings, October 2020

November 2, 2020

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

AFP, “‘Hello you;’ Joint Israeli-UAE song becomes a YouTube hit,” Times of Israel, October 18, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/hello-you-joint-israeli-uae-song-becomes-a-youtube-hit/

Gabriel Andrade, “Iran’s Advances in Latin America,” Middle East Forum, Fall 2020. https://www.meforum.org/61462/iran-advances-in-latin-america 

Naama Barak, “L’Chaim! Second-ever Israeli Master of Wine appointed,” Israel21c, October 15, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/lchaim-second-ever-israeli-master-of-wine-appointed/

Rina Bassit, “Israel-Turkey inch closer in trade, culture,” al-Monitor, October 22, 2020. https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/10/israel-turkey-mavi-marmara-flotilla-recep-tayyip-erdogan.html 

Uri Berkovitz, “The Israeli startup that won an Emmy,” Globes, October 22, 2020. https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-the-israeli-startup-that-won-an-emmy-1001346794 

Hannah Brown, “Gal Gadot replaces Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra in clip,” Jerusalem Post, October 21, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/clip-shows-gal-gadot-replacing-elizabeth-taylor-as-cleopatra-646412

Hagay Cohen, “Economy Attaché: Israelis, Chinese closing deals online amid COVID-19,” Jerusalem Post, October 21, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/economy-attaché-israelis-chinese-closing-deals-online-amid-covid-19-646451

James M. Dorsey, “Will They Or Won’t They? Saudi Recognition of Israel Is the $64,000 Question ,” BESA Center, October 7, 2020. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/will-they-or-wont-they-saudi-recognition-of-israel-is-the-64000-question/

Zoltan Egeresi, “How the Abraham Accords affected the Turkish Foreign Policy?” Dayan Center, October 15, 2020. https://dayan.org/content/how-abraham-accords-affected-turkish-foreign-policy 

Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud, “A Conversation with Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud,” Washington institute for Near East Policy , October 15, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/a-conversation-with-foreign-minister-prince-faisal-bin-farhan-al-saud 

Alex Fishman, “Gaza power plan could electrify Mideast peace efforts,” Ynet News, October 30, 2020. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rJtDYbvOw

Shuki Friedman, Ultra-Orthodox Non-Compliance Rests on Fear,” Israel Democracy Institute, October 26, 2020. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/32725

Oded Granot, “How Sudan’s wall of hostility crumbled- Sudan’s Leaders had to overcome three obstructions that threatened to suffocate and ruin the vast country,” Israel Hayom, October 26, 2020. https://www.israelhayom.com/opinions/how-sudans-wall-of-hostility-crumbled/

Yoel Guzansky, “Saudi Arabia and Normalization with Israel,” INSS, October 29, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/saudia-israel-normalization/ 

Nasreen Hadad Haj-Yahya, “Arab Students at Higher Risk – Survey,” Israel Democracy Institute, October 10, 2020. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/32628   

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “Majority Think 2nd Lockdown was Politically Motivated,” Israel Democracy Institute, October 19, 2020. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/32694 

Adam Hoffman, “Gulf citizens against normalization: Reactions to Israel’s normalization agreements with the UAE and Bahrain,” Dayan Center, September 30, 2020. https://dayan.org/content/gulf-citizens-against-normalization-reactions-israels-normalization-agreements-uae-and

Oliver Holmes, “Iranian musicians help out in secret on Israeli singer’s new record,” The Guardian, October 8, 2020. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/08/iranian-musicians-help-out-in-secret-on-israeli-singers-new-record

Israel Democracy Institute, “25 Years After the Assassination of PM Yitzhak Rabin – Survey on Incitement,” Israel Democracy Institute, October 14, 2020.  https://en.idi.org.il/articles/32615

Yaakov Katz, “If Israel’s leadership was responsible it would look after everyone,” Jerusalem Post, October 8, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/opinion/israels-leadership-has-been-severely-irresponsible-645096 

Abigail Klein Leichmann, “Why the UAE is looking to Israel to secure its food supplies,” Israel21c, October 19, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/why-the-uae-is-looking-to-israel-to-secure-its-food-supplies/ 

Haim Koren, “Sudan and Israel: An Era of Change,” BESA Center, October 26, 2020. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/sudan-israel-change/

Yaakov Lapin, “The IDF in the Shadow of the Pandemic,” BESA Center, October 22, 2020. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/israel-pandemic-idf/ 

Cody Levine, “Majority of Israelis prefer Donald Trump over Joe Biden – poll,” Jerusalem Post, October 14, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/majority-of-israelis-prefer-donald-trump-over-joe-biden-poll-645493

Dov Lieber, “Israel Confronts Revolt as Ultraorthodox Defy Covid-19 Public-Health Rules,” Wall Street Journal, October 22, 2020. https://www.wsj.com/articles/israel-confronts-revolt-as-ultraorthodox-defy-covid-public-health-rules-11603369369 

David Makovsky, “Lessons of the UAE Breakthrough: How We Got Here, and Why the U.S. Role Remains Central,” Washington Institute for Middle East Policy, August 17, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/lessons-of-the-uae-breakthrough-how-we-got-here-and-why-the-u.s.-role-remai

David Makovsky, Basia Rosenbaum, and David Patkin, “Israel Expands West Bank Settler Units: Where Demography meets Geography,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 30, 2020. https://outlook.office.com/mail/inbox/id/AAQkAGNjNzYyMmMyLTk1MDMtNDI0My04NzMyLTg4NzUwMWU4MjIxYQAQAEBFI8RaU%2FFJthB45a51QIM%3D

David Makovsky, Itamar Rabinovich, Yuval Rabin, and Dennis Ross, “Yitzhak Rabin’s Journey from War Hero to Peacemaker,” Washington Institute for Near East Peace, September 23, 2020. https://shows.acast.com/decision-points/episodes/yitzhak-rabins-journey-from-war-hero-to-peacemaker

Michael Milstein, “Ten Years Since “The Arab Spring” Dispair Has Not Become More Comfortable,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 27, 2020.

https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/fikraforum/view/arab-spring-despair-comfortable

Mansour al-Nogaidan, “The Rise of the UAE and the Meaning of MBZ,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 15, 2020.  https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/fikraforum/view/rise-the-uae-meaning-mbz

Nour Odeh, Shibley Telhami, Mouin Rabbani, and Khalil Jahshan, “Palestine and the Arab World: A relationship in Crisis,” Brookings Institute, August 27, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj-MPJg4eSY

Colin Price, “Climate Change and Israel’s National Security,” INSS, October 29, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/climate-change-and-israel/ 

Eyal Proper, “Autumn Chills: Israel-China Relations and the Normalization Agreements with the Gulf States,” INSS, October 12, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/china-abraham-accords/?offset=8&posts=1398&type=399 

Rami Rayess, “Lebanon will benefit from fixing its maritime border with Israel,” al-Arabiya English, October 2, 2020. https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2020/10/02/Lebanon-will-benefit-from-fixing-its-maritime-border-with-Israel

Jennifer Roskies, “Anti-Israel Claims of Ethnic Cleansing Have No Place in a Student Paper – or Anywhere,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, September 30, 2020. https://jcpa.org/anti-israel-claims-of-ethnic-cleansing-have-no-place-in-a-student-paper-or-anywhere/ 

Dan Senor, “Podcast: Dan Senor with an Update on Israel’s Economy in 2020,” Mosaic Magazine, October 2, 2020. https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/israel-zionism/2020/10/podcast-dan-senor-with-an-update-on-israels-economy-in-2020/

Joel Singer, “Constructive Ambiguity in Middle East Peacemaking,” JoelSinger.com, October 15, 2020. https://www.joelsinger.org/constructive-ambiguity-in-middle-east-peacemaking/

Shoshana Solomon, “Israel losing ‘Startup Nation’ image, needs rebranding, study shows,” Times of Israel, October 29, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-losing-startup-nation-image-needs-rebranding-study-shows/

Daniel Staetsky and Sergio DellaPergola, “Jews in Europe at the turn of the Millennium: Population trends and estimates,” Institute for Jewish Policy Research, October 21, 2020. https://www.jpr.org.uk/publication?id=17623

Murray Stassen, “Meytal Shevach Appointed A&R Manager at Universal Music Israel,” Music Business Worldwide, October 6, 2020. https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/meytal-shevach-appointed-ar-manager-at-universal-music-israel/ 

Ken Stein, “Interviews with Saudi Prince Bandar Bin Sultan on Arab world and Palestinian leaders,” Center for Israel Education, October 2020. https://israeled.org/interviews-with-saudi-prince-bandar-bin-sultan-on-arab-world-and-palestinian-leaders/ 

Ken Stein, “Israel-Indo Asian Relations,” Center for Israel Education, October 26, 2020. https://israeled.org/israel-indo-asia-relations/

Jessica Steinberg, “In time for lockdown, Cinematheque puts film history treasure trove online,” Times of Israel, October 2, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-time-for-lockdown-cinematheque-puts-film-history-treasure-trove-online/

Itai Stern, “Actor Yehuda Barkan, Star of Israeli Cinema Classics, Dies of Coronavirus at 75,” Haaretz, October 25, 2020. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-actor-yehuda-barkan-star-of-israeli-cinema-classics-dies-of-coronavirus-at-75-1.9261696

Strobe Talbot, Martin Indyk, Marwan Muasher, Itamar Rabinovich,) “The Life and Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin- 25 Years Later,” Council on Foreign Relations, October 30, 2020. https://www.israelhayom.com/opinions/how-sudans-wall-of-hostility-crumbled/

Yohana Tzoreff, Kobi Michael, “A Discussion at INSS on Hamas Fatah Reconciliation Efforts, INSS, October 15, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/hamas-fatah-reconciliation/

Alix Wall, “Eden Grinshpan, the other Jewish Top Chef judge, celebrates Israeli food,” The Forward, October 6, 2020. https://forward.com/food/455957/eden-grinshpan-the-other-jewish-top-chef-judge-celebrates-israeli-food/ 

Ehud Yaari, “The Sudan Agreement: Implications of Another Arab-Israel Milestone,” Washington institute for Near East Policy, October 26, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/the-sudan-agreement-implications-of-another-arab-israel-milestone

Mor Yahalom, “The Coronavirus Crisis: Recommendations for Israel by Team of Experts Led by Lt. Gen. (ret.) Gadi Eisenkot,” INSS, October 20, 2020. https://tinyurl.com/y6qbcjwu 


#91 Contemporary Readings, September 2020

September 30, 2020

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

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Arabs: “Palestinians Repeat the Same Mistakes,”” Gatestone Institute, September 21, 2020. https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/16523/arabs-palestinians-mistakes

Rafael Ahren, “A kosher banquet and a paradigm change: UAE signals this will be a warm peace,” Times of Israel, September 1, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/a-kosher-banquet-and-a-paradigm-change-uae-signals-this-will-be-a-warm-peace/

Al-Monitor Staff, “Arab League refuses to back Palestinians in rebuke of Israel-UAE deal,” Al-Monitor, September 9, 2020. https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/09/arab-league-palestinian-uae-israel-normalization-condemn.html#ixzz6YaHy4AsH

Ghaith al-Omari, “Jordan on Schedule for Elections, But Concerns Persist,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy Policy, September 29, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/jordan-on-schedule-for-elections-but-concerns-persist

Douglas Altabef, “All eyes might be on the Temple Mount after the UAE-Israel deal,” Jerusalem Post, September 26, 2020. https://m.jpost.com/opinion/all-eyes-might-be-on-the-temple-mount-after-the-uae-israel-deal-643672/amp 

Daphna Aviram-Nitzan and Yarden Kedar, “Israelis in the Labor Force in Times of Corona,” Israel Democracy Institute, September 16, 2020. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/32289

Alan Baker, “What Was in the Abraham Accords Signed in Washington?” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, September 24, 2020. https://jcpa.org/what-was-signed-in-the-abraham-accords-signed-in-washington/

Naama Barak, “Explore a new treasure trove of Israeli films old and new,” Israel21c, September 29, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/explore-a-new-treasure-trove-of-israeli-films-old-and-new/

BESA Center Staff, “The Israel-UAE Peace: A Preliminary Assessment,” BESA Center September 21, 2020. https://besacenter.org/mideast-security-and-policy-studies/israel-uae-peace-assessment/

BICOM Staff, “The 5th Netanyahu Government: An Interim Report,” Britain Israel Communications and Research Center, September 2020. https://www.bicom.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/BICOM-Briefing-_-5th-Netanyahu-Govt-FINAL-PDF_10-September.pdf

Center for Israel Education, “[Video Panel of Four Experts] American Jews and the 2020 Election—Context and Consequences,” Center for Israel Education, September 3, 2020. https://israeled.org/american-jews-and-the-2020-election-context-and-consequences/ 

Edy Cohen and Dr. Frank Musmar, “The Serbia-Kosovo Agreement Is a Result of the Israel-UAE Agreement,” BESA Center, September 16, 2020. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/serbia-kosovo-israel-uae/

Daniel DePetris, “Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy Perspective Could Impact the Saudi Peace Plan,” The National Interest, September 28, 2020. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/skeptics/joe-biden’s-foreign-policy-perspective-could-impact-saudi-peace-plan-169734 

James Dorsey, “Rejiggering Gulf Security: China’s Game of Shadow Boxing,” BESA Center, September 4, 2020. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/china-gulf-security/

Itamar Eichner, “Israeli cover of Emirati hit [song] earns fans across Arab world,” Ynet News, August 29, 2020. https://www.ynetnews.com/culture/article/r13u0Dl8w

Shmuel Evan, “The Israeli Economy on the Eve of the Second Lockdown: A Strategic Outline for the Future,” INSS, September 17, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/israel-economy-after-lockdown/

Dina Ezzat, “Interview: Peace deal ‘a definite game changer’, says Mideast diplomat,” Al-Ahram Online, September 19, 2020. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/383406/World/Region/Interview-Peace-deal-‘a-definite-game-changer’,-sa.aspx

Sharon Feiereisen, “The Story of [Israeli artist Pesach Slabosky] Pesach—the double entendre exhibition in September,” Jerusalem Post, September 3, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/the-story-of-pesach-the-double-entendre-exhibition-in-september-640954

Shuki Friedman, “Israeli Tribalism Will Be the Death of Us,” Israel Democracy Institute, September 14, 2020. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/32484

Renee Ghert-Zand, “Kosher Diva debuts new ‘Mizrahified’ version of hit Mameloshen song,” Times of Israel, September 9, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/kosher-diva-debuts-new-mizrahified-mammeloshen-song-once-beloved-by-nazis/

Elizabeth Gibney, “Israel–Arab peace accord fuels hope for surge in scientific collaboration,” Nature Magazine, September 21, 2020. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02688-5

Tamar Herman, “Most Israelis Support Suspending Demonstrations as Part of Lockdown,” Israel Democracy Institute, September 23, 2020. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/32543

Robert D. Kaplan, “The Middle East’s New Map,” The National Interest,” September 24, 2020. 

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/middle-east%E2%80%99s-new-map-169503

Frank Kane, “al-Habtoor [Dubai-based hotel and motor conglomerate] joins Israeli tech firm on ‘robo-taxi’ plan,” Arab News, September 23, 2020. https://www.arabnews.com/node/1739006/business-economy

Elsa Kesklassy, “Boaz Yakin ‘s Dance Drama ‘Aviva’ Sells to Israel, Latin America For Alief Film Company (EXCLUSIVE),” Variety, September 19, 2020. https://variety.com/2020/film/global/aviva-israel-latin-america-alief-film-company-1234775661/

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli disaster medicine expert aiding refugees in Greece,” Israe21c, September 24, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/israeli-disaster-medicine-expert-aiding-refugees-in-greece/   

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Scientists grow fresh dates from a 6th BCE seed,” Israe21c, September 21, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/scientists-grow-fresh-dates-from-a-6th-bce-seed/  

Ben Lynfeld, “[Israeli Musician] Arkadi Duchin sets his sights on Abu Dhabi,” Jerusalem Post, September 26, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/arkadi-duchin-sets-his-sites-on-abu-dhabi-643524 

David Makovsky, “How the Abraham Accords Look Forward, Not Back,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 16, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/how-the-abraham-accords-look-forward-not-back

MEMRI Staff, “Arabs Attack Palestinian Leadership Following Its Harsh Denouncement Of UAE-Israel Normalization Agreement: The Palestinian Cause Is Defunct,” MEMRI, September 14, 2020. https://www.memri.org/reports/arabs-attack-palestinian-leadership-following-its-harsh-denouncement-uae-israel

Same Menassa, “Palestine Between Practices of the Past, Vision for the Future,” Al-Shaq al-Awsat, September 21, 2020. https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/2520866/sam-menassa/palestine-between-practices-past-vision-future

Salah Nasrawi, “‘Land for peace:’ Bye-bye Arab Peace Initiative,” Al-Ahram Online, September 15, 2020. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1203/381161/AlAhram-Weekly/World/Land-for-peace-Byebye-Arab-Peace-Initiative.aspx 

Aaron Reich, “First-ever Israeli Art Lending Library launched at Northeastern University,” Jerusalem Post, September 9, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/first-ever-israeli-art-lending-library-launched-at-northeastern-university-641647

Bruce Riedel, “Saudi Arabia’s current state of affairs,” Brookings Institution, September 28, 2020. https://www.brookings.edu/testimonies/saudi-arabias-current-state-of-affairs/

Paul Rivlin, “Iran’s Battered Economy,” Moshe Dayan Center, September 16, 2020. https://dayan.org/content/irans-battered-economy

Dennis Ross, “The Middle East Is Changing. Will Palestinians Be Left Behind?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 13, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/the-middle-east-is-changing.-will-palestinians-be-left-behind

Frank Salameh, “The French Connection to Lebanon,” The National Interest, September 28, 2020. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/skeptics/french-connection-lebanon-169773

Allon Sinai, “Despite Covid-19 calamity, India’s economy is primed for Israeli tech,” Calcalist, September 27, 2020.  https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3851572,00.html 

Shoshanna Solomon, “Why, amid collapsing economy wracked by COVID, is the Shekel near a 12-year high?” Times of Israel, September 10, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/why-amid-collapsing-economy-wracked-by-covid-is-shekel-near-a-12-year-high/

Amy Spiro, “Behind the scenes of Apple TV’s new Israeli thriller ‘Tehran,’” Jewish Insider, September 22, 2020. https://jewishinsider.com/2020/09/behind-the-scenes-of-apple-tvs-new-israeli-thriller-tehran/

Mehul Srivastava, “Mossad and the movies—how Israeli spies took over our screens,” Financial Times, September 26, 2020.  https://www.ft.com/content/dff3a50d-d715-44a3-851d-e717371e9b6a

Kenneth Stein, “The Abraham Accords – US, UAE, Israel and Bahrain,” Center for Israel Education, September 27, 2020. https://israeled.org/the-abraham-accords-us-uae-israel-and-bahrain/

Jessica Steinberg, “Musicians produce album of covers for Israeli classics [fundraiser to support Israeli musicians during COVID],” Times of Israel, September 17, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/musicians-produce-album-of-covers-for-israeli-classics/

Irina Tsukerman, “From Tripoli to Tripoli, Turkey’s Real Aim Is Egypt,” BESA Center, September 8, 2020. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/turkey-target-egypt/

George N. Tzogopoulos, “The Dangerous Waters of the Mediterranean,” BESA Center, September 23, 2020. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/turkey-greece-mediterranean-danger/

Yohanan Tzoreff and Yoram Schweitzer, “A Palestinian Moment of Truth, in Light of Normalization between Israel and the UAE,” INSS, September 15, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/palestinian-leadership-meeting/?offset=2&posts=1386&type=399

Karin Wasteson, “Japanese investments in Israeli tech innovation on the rise,” Private Equity Wire UK, September 16, 2020. https://www.privateequitywire.co.uk/2020/09/16/289745/japanese-investments-israeli-tech-innovation-rise

James Zogby, “Absent, but needed: A Palestinian Vision,” Al-Ahram online, September 7, 2020. 

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/4/379498/Opinion/Absent,-but-needed-A-Palestinian-vision.aspx


#90 Contemporary Readings, August 2020

September 2, 2020

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

Al-Jazeera Staff, “Lebanon sees record-high coronavirus cases and deaths,” Al Jazeera, August 12, 2020. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/lebanon-sees-record-high-coronavirus-cases-deaths-200812063607556.html

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Thousands of Palestinians flock to Israeli beaches, restaurants,” Jerusalem Post, August 9, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/health-science/thousands-of-palestinians-flock-to-israeli-beaches-restaurants-637975

Jon B. Atlman, “The Normalization of UAE-Israel Relations,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, August 14, 2020. https://www.csis.org/analysis/normalization-uae-israel-relations

Daphna Aviram-Nitzan, Yarden Kedar, “Israelis in the Labor Force in Times of Corona,” Israel Democracy institute, August 16, 2020. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/32289

Amb. Alan Baker, “The UN “Blacklist” of Israeli Commercial Enterprises: Should It Be Taken Seriously?” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, August 2020. https://jcpa.org/article/the-un-blacklist-of-israeli-commercial-enterprises-should-it-be-taken-seriously/

Naama Barak, “Catch great Israeli plays as Gesher Theater goes digital,” Israel21c, August 3, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/catch-great-israeli-plays-as-gesher-theater-goes-digital/

Raphael G. Bouchnik-Chen, “Demonstrations Yes, Prayer No,” BESA Center, August 28, 2020. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/coronavirus-demonstrations-prayer/

Joseph Braude and Moustaf El-Dessouki, “Arab Anti-Normalization Laws: A Regional Sketch,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 20, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/fikraforum/view/arab-anti-normalization-laws-regional-sketch

Hannah Brown, “Israeli TV show ‘Tehran’ goes global,” Jerusalem Post, August 8, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/israeli-tv-show-tehran-goes-global-637783

Barry Davis, “Hummus crosses borders across the Middle East,” Jerusalem Post, August 6, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/food-recipes/hummus-crosses-borders-across-the-middle-east-637689

Matti Friedman, “Aliens Are Protesting in Israel. They Still Can’t Beat Bibi.” New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/13/opinion/israel-protests.html

Yoel Guzansky and Yonanan Tzoreff, “How Gulf Arab ‘Exasperation with Endless Conflict Led to UAW-Israel Normalization, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 20, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/fikraforum/view/how-gulf-arab-exasperation-with-endless-conflict-led-to-uae-israel-normaliz\

Yoel Guzansky and Eran Segal, “All in the Family: Leadership Changes in the Gulf,” INSS, August 30, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/gulf-royal-families/

Jehab Harb, “Phased Policy Alternatives Between Reunification and Separation [Hamas and PA],” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, July 2020. http://pcpsr.org/en/node/815 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “Corona Survey #11,” Israel Democracy Institute, August 19, 2020. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/32338

Mustafa Hussein, “Hebrew on the Nile: The Rise of Jewish Studies in Egypt,” Haaretz, August 3, 2020. https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/egypt/.premium-jewish-studies-on-the-nile-the-rise-of-hebrew-and-jewish-degrees-in-egypt-1.9042817

India Defense News, “India, Israel sign cultural agreement to further strengthen people-to-people ties,” India Defense News, August 22, 2020. www.indiandefensenews.in/2020/08/india-israel-sign-cultural-agreement-to.html

Gilead Ini, “Who’s Afraid of Israeli Food?” Commentary Magazine, August 2020. https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/gilead-ini/israeli-food-antizionist-palestinians/

Gili Izkovitch, “Not the Last Dance: Preserving an Israeli Cultural Jewel in Times of Coronavirus,” Haaretz, August 20, 2020. https://www.haaretz.com/life/.premium.MAGAZINE-not-the-last-dance-preserving-an-israeli-cultural-jewel-in-times-of-coronavirus-1.9087849

Jerusalem Post Staff, “Mideast meets East meets West during the global coronavirus pandemic [Israeli-Japanese film, Outside, based on Etgar Keret Story],” Jerusalem Post, August 23, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/mideast-meets-east-meets-west-during-the-global-coronavirus-pandemic-639672

Noah Joseph, “Tech Companies Draw the Auto Industry to Israel,” Car and Driver, August 8, 2020.  https://www.caranddriver.com/features/a33483705/volvo-joins-automakers-setting-up-in-israel/

Abigail Klein Leichman, “6 unexpected ways Israel and the UAE are celebrating their new ties,” Israel21c, August 27, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/6-unexpected-ways-israel-and-the-uae-are-celebrating-their-new-ties/

Joshua Krasna, “Tempered Euphoria On the UAE-Israel Agreement, The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, August 15, 2020. https://jiss.org.il/en/krasna-tempered-euphoria-on-the-uae-israel-agreement/

Yossi Kuperwasser, “The Agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, August 30, 2020. https://jcpa.org/article/the-agreement-between-israel-and-the-united-arab-emirates/

Dauod Kuttab, “Jordan’s apparent neutrality conceals deeper discomfort with UAE-Israeli deal,” Middle East Institute, August 18, 2020. https://www.mei.edu/publications/jordans-apparent-neutrality-conceals-deeper-discomfort-uae-israel-deal

Danny Makki, “Syria is facing a COVID-19 catastrophe,” Middle East Institute, August 6, 2020. https://www.mei.edu/publications/syria-facing-covid-19-catastrophe

Gilad Malach, “Haredim Lose Faith in their Political Parties,” Israel Democracy Institute, August 30, 2020. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/32374 

Kobi Michael and Udi Dekel, “Israel-UAE Normalization of Relations: At the Expense of the Palestinians?” INSS, August 23, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/israel-uae-and-the-palestinians/

Mosaic Staff, “How Israel Became a Global Television Powerhouse,” Mosaic Magazine, August 3, 2020. https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/arts-culture/2020/08/how-israel-became-a-global-television-powerhouse/

Dhia Otay, “How Tunisia’s COVID Response Demonstrates Governmental Dysfunction,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, July 10, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/fikraforum/view/Tunisia-COVID19-Government-Economy-Health-Care

Moshe Pearl, “Israel’s young rebels with a cause,” Ynet News, August 7, 2020. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/r1vMxlN11P

Paul Pillar, “The Costs of Mike Pompeo’s Partisan RNC Speech,” The National Interest, August 26, 2020. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/paul-pillar/costs-mike-pompeo%E2%80%99s-partisan-rnc-speech-167746

Samuel Ramani, “Russian and Chinese Views on the Israel-UAE normalization deal,” Middle East Institute, August 27, 2020.  https://www.mei.edu/publications/russian-and-chinese-views-israel-uae-normalization-deal

Haviv Rettig Gur, “Using state budget as a cudgel, Netanyahu puts his political future in the red,” Times of Israel, August 27, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/using-state-budget-as-a-cudgel-netanyahu-puts-his-political-future-in-the-red/

Amro Selim, “The MENA Region’s Water Crisis: Avoiding Potential Water Wars,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, July 20, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/fikraforum/view/MENA-water-crisis-scarcity-conflict-refugees

Dmitry Shufutinksy,”The Israel-UAE Peace Agreement Spells Trouble for Ankara and Tehran,” BESA Center, August 18, 2020. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/israel-uae-deal-turkey-iran/

Sophie Shulman, Hagar Ravet, Meir Orbach, “Deals under the radar: These are the Israeli tech companies already operating in the UAE,” Calcalist, August 18, 2020. https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3845539,00.html

Allon Sinai, “Bon Appétit: Ambassador says France has a large appetite for gourmet Israeli tech,” Calcalist, August 6, 2020. https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3843831,00.html

Jagdish N. Singe, “Post-COVID India Must Foil China’s Designs,” BESA Center, July 31, 2020. https://besacenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/1669-Post-COVID-India-and-China-Singh-final.pdf

Shoshana Solomon, “Israeli chip maker Hailo to set up Tokyo unit as demand for AI tech grows,” Times of Israel, August 31, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-chip-maker-hailo-to-set-up-tokyo-unit-as-demand-for-ai-tech-grows/

Ken Stein, “Great Powers, the Middle East and the Cold War,” Center for Israel Education, August 2020. https://israeled.org/themes/great-powers-the-middle-east-and-the-cold-war/

Ken Stein, “Israel – United Arab Emirates Recognition,” Center for Israel Education, August 2020. https://israeled.org/israel-united-arab-emirates-recognition/

Guido Steinberg,  “Saudi Arabia, the pandemic and the oil: The economic crisis forces the Crown Prince to choose between a reform program and aggressive regional policy,” SWP Berlin, July 2020, https://www.swp-berlin.org/publikation/saudi-arabien-die-pandemie-und-das-oel/

Shibley Telhami, “The Biden factor in the UAE-Israel deal,” Brookings Institute, August 15, 2020. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2020/08/15/the-biden-factor-in-the-uae-israel-deal/

Times of Israel Staff, “Finance Ministry says it could take five years for economy to recover,” Times of Israel, August 2, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/finance-ministry-says-it-could-take-five-years-for-economy-to-recover/

Times of Israel Staff, “Israel’s confirmed virus cases surpass 90,000, but tests show downward trend,” Times of Israel, August 14, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israels-confirmed-virus-cases-surpass-90000-but-tests-show-downward-trend/

Naama yardeni, “In Israel, the fall from middle class to poverty can be swift,” Ynet News, August 29, 2020. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/r1EYoYvmv

Daniel Zisenwine, “Tunisia, Summer 2018: Challenges and Questions,” Moshe Dayan Center, August 14, 2020. https://dayan.org/content/tunisia-summer-2018-challenges-and-questions

Amitai Ziv, “For Israeli Tech, the Coronavirus Is a Threat and a Promise,” Haaretz, August 8, 2020. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/business/.premium-for-israeli-tech-the-coronavirus-is-a-threat-and-a-promise-1.9046926 


#89 Contemporary Readings, July 2020

July 30, 2020

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

Afif Abu Much, “Israeli Arabs absent from anti-Netanyahu, COVID-19 crisis protests,” Al-Monitor, July 22, 2020. https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/07/israel-arabs-benjamin-netanyahu-black-flag-protests-corona.html

Nuzha Allassad Alhuzail, “The “Gender Genie:” [Negev] Bedouin Women between the Generations,” Moshe Dayan Center, July 28, 2020. https://dayan.org/content/gender-genie-bedouin-women-between-generations

Ghaith al-Omari, Ehud Yaari, and Michael Herzog, “How the Contest to Succeed Abbas Is Shaping Palestinian Options,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, July 6, 2020.  https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/how-the-contest-to-succeed-abbass-is-shaping-palestinian-options

Lindesey Bahr, “Amos Gitai’s ‘Laila in Haifa’ among picks for Venice Film Festival,” Times of Israel, July 28, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/amos-gitais-laila-in-haifa-among-picks-for-venice-film-festival/

Na’ama Barak, “Art movement brings culture to all corners of Israel,” Israel21c, July 7, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/art-movement-brings-culture-to-all-corners-of-israel/

BESA Center Staff, “COVID-19: Crisis: Impact and Implications,” BESA Center, July 19, 2020. https://besacenter.org/mideast-security-and-policy-studies/covid-19-implications/ 

Baruch Binah, “US Policies Toward Israel and the Middle East,” MITVIM, June 2020. https://www.mitvim.org.il/wp-content/uploads/English_-_US_Policies_towards_Israel_and_the_Middle_East_Issue_89_June_2020.pdf

Meredith Blake, “For Israeli actress Shira Haas, starring in ‘Unorthodox’ has been ‘a gift for me,'” LA Times, July 7, 2020. https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2020-07-07/shira-haas-unorthodox-netflix

Barry Davis, “Israel’s Banai dynasty – Singing a Persian Jerusalemite tune, Jerusalem Post, July 2, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/israels-banai-dynasty-singing-a-persian-jerusalemite-tune-633543

Dan Diker, “The Alignment of BDS and Black Lives Matter: Implications for Israel and Diaspora Jewry,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, July 16, 2020. https://jcpa.org/the-alignment-of-bds-and-black-lives-matter-implications-for-israel-and-diaspora-jewry/

Dominic Doehler, “A revolutionary new [Israeli developed] early warning system for earthquakes,” Israel21c, July 30, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/a-revolutionary-new-early-warning-system-for-earthquakes/

Michaela Domingo, “A Middle East between Pandemic and Pandemonium,” Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, 14:1, 9-19, 2020. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/23739770.2020.1769944

Mark Dubowitz, Shira Efron, Assaf Orion, Nathan Picarsic, and Jonathan Schanzer, “Chinese Investments in Israel: Understanding and Mitigating Risks [Video of Moderated Panel Discussion], INSS and Foundation for Defense of Democracies, July 7, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/event/chinese-investments-in-israel/

Manfred Gerstenfeld, “COVID-19 and the Anti-Racism Movement Are Challenging Liberal Democracy,” BESA Center, July 17, 2020. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/covid19-democracy-racism/ 

Simon Henderson, “Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States Under Stress,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Summer 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/uploads/Documents/opeds/Henderson20200715-inFocus.pdf

Jerusalem Post Staff, “Idan Hanegev hosts Hackathon for the Negev Bedouin Community,” Jerusalem Post, July 19, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/corona-initiatives-hackathon-for-the-negev-bedouin-community-635582 

Oliver B. John, “Saudi Arabia and the outlook for OPEC+,” Middle East Institute, July 8, 2020. https://www.mei.edu/publications/saudi-arabia-and-outlook-opec

Omer Kabir, “The shockwaves of the EU Court’s ruling on privacy standards may topple Israel’s tech sector,” Calcalist, July 19, 2020. https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3840455,00.html

Omer Keilaf, “An Oasis Of Mobility Innovation: The Origins Of Israel’s Silicon Wadi,” Forbes, July 3, 2020. https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2020/07/03/an-oasis-of-mobility-innovation-the-origins-of-israels-silicon-wadi/#277d628323a0

Herb Keinon, “Iran, and others, watching Israel stumble over coronavirus,” The Jerusalem Post, July 20, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/iran-and-others-watching-israel-stumble-over-coronavirus-635708

The Medina Line, “Twin Lebanon crises force Hezbollah to shift course,” Ynet News, July 18, 2020. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rJ11HmCpJv

Taylor Luck, “Why a Muslim woman safeguards Jewish history for all Moroccans,” Christian Science Monitor, June 17, 2020. https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2020/0617/Why-a-Muslim-woman-safeguards-Jewish-history-for-all-Moroccans

Haddas Magen, “Covid-19 prompts Jews abroad to seek homes in Israel,” GLOBES, July 21, 2020. https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-covid-19-prompts-jews-abroad-to-seek-homes-in-israel-1001336691

Judy Maltz, “Israel’s Leading Demographer [Prof. Sergio DellaPergola] Warns of post-COVID-19 Exodus by Young, Educated Israelis,” Haaretz, July 28, 2020. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-demographer-warns-of-post-pandemic-covid-19-coronavirus-exodus-israelis-1.9024614 

Maya Margit/The Medina Line, “World’s first 3D-printed ‘steak’ to hit Israeli restaurants this year,” Jerusalem Post, July 9, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/food-recipes/worlds-first-3d-printed-steak-to-hit-israeli-restaurants-this-year-633492

Guy Nardi, “Covid-19 hastens decline of Israel’s main street stores,” GLOBES, July 23, 2020. https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-covid-19-hastens-decline-of-israels-main-street-stores-1001336949

Meir Orbach, “Streaming giant Deezer acquires Israeli music startup MUGO,” Calcalist—Ctech, July 2, 2020. https://secure.calcalist.co.il/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3837493,00.html

Nidal Othman, “The Story of a Restaurant during the Corona Epidemic: A Period of Crisis for Businesses in the Arab Sector,” Moshe Dayan Center, July 28, 2020. https://dayan.org/content/story-restaurant-during-corona-epidemic-period-crisis-businesses-arab-sector

David Pollock, Tamar Hermann, and Ghaith al-Omari, “Palestinians and the Two-State Solution: Hard Data on the Hardest Questions,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, July 28, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/palestinians-and-the-two-state-solution-hard-data-on-the-hardest-questions

Joseph Rank and Richard Baffa “What a Biden Iran strategy might look like,” Middle East Institute, July 29, 2020. https://www.mei.edu/publications/what-biden-iran-strategy-might-look

Naama Riba, “Israeli Iconography, Through the Lens of Alex Levac,” Haaretz, July 7, 2020. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-israeli-iconography-through-the-lens-of-alex-levac-1.9007258

David Rodman, “The Arab–Israeli Balance of Power before the Six Day War as Assessed by the American Intelligence Establishment,” Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, 2020. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/23739770.2020.1788248?casa_token=4ZWBNF5rleUAAAAA:ZQ0PBrZ_28kY1asE0hF14oN5w1dFy1g67swx2GCjazHmmQbvl5ovZ6YWo9zcKQ30YMGcpYBIUPCt

Joseph Rank and Richard Baffa, “What a Biden Iran strategy might look like,” Middle East Institute, July 29, 2020. https://www.mei.edu/publications/what-biden-iran-strategy-might-look 

Maxim Reider, “Ida Haendel, master violinist and champion of Israel musicians, dies at 91,” Jerusalem Post, July 4, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/ida-haendel-master-violinist-and-champion-of-israel-musicians-dies-at-91-633870

Paul Rivlin, “Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria: sinking together?” Moshe Dayan Center, July 27, 2020. https://dayan.org/content/lebanon-iraq-and-syria-sinking-together

Bilal Y. Saab, “We Need a Better China Policy in the Middle East,” Middle East Institute, July 28, 2020. https://www.mei.edu/publications/we-need-better-china-policy-middle-east

Itay Stern, “‘Being Unique Is Much More Than Being Pretty’: Israeli Transgender Model Dreams Big,” Haaretz, July 24, 2020. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-my-dad-sat-shiva-for-me-after-finding-out-i-transitioned-to-woman-1.9009571

Guido Steinberg, “Regional Power United Arab Emirates,” SWP berlin, July 2020.  https://www.swp-berlin.org/en/publication/regional-power-united-arab-emirates/

Jessica Steinberg, “An Israeli-created culinary streaming platform hopes to become Netflix for cooks,” Times of Israel, July 27, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/an-israeli-created-culinary-streaming-platform-hopes-to-become-netflix-for-cooks/

David Tereshchuk, “Arab-Israeli orchestra celebrates 20 years of harmony [includes video],” PBS News Hour, July 4, 2020. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/arab-israeli-orchestra-celebrates-20-years-of-harmony

Tzach Yoked, “The Rival Iraqi Jewish Clans Who Changed the Face of Shanghai,” Haaretz, July 16, 2020. https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-the-rival-iraqi-jewish-clans-who-changed-the-face-of-shanghai-1.8999365 

Steve Zerobnick, “Cycling is having a moment in Israel,” Israel21c, July 22, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/cycling-is-having-a-moment-in-israel/

Rachel Wacks, “Israelis turning watermelon waste into fuel of the future,” Ynet news/ZAVIT Environment and Science News Agency, July 25, 2020. https://www.ynetnews.com/environment/article/ry624mvgD 


#88 Contemporary Readings, June 2020

July 2, 2020

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

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Staff in collaboration with the Moshe Dayan Center, “The Coronavirus in the Middle East: State and Society in a Time of Crisis,” Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, 2020. https://dayan.org/content/coronavirus-middle-east-state-and-society-time-crisis

Nirit Anderman, “The Israeli Version of Netflix: ‘There Are a Lot of “Faudas” Out There,'” Haaretz, July 1, 2020. https://www.haaretz.com/life/television/.premium-the-israeli-version-of-netflix-there-are-a-lot-of-faudas-out-there-1.8962427

Naama Barak, “Chill to the sound of Israeli singers’ personal playlists,” Israel21c, June 11, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/chill-to-the-sound-of-israeli-singers-personal-playlists/

Amiram Barkat, “OECD sees Israel’s economy shrinking 6.2% in 2020,” Globes, June 10, 2020. https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-oecd-sees-israels-economy-shrinking-by-62-in-2020-1001331877

Yoni Ben Menachem, “Conflict Breaks Out Between the Iraqi Government and Pro-Iranian Militias,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June 30, 2020. https://jcpa.org/conflict-breaks-out-between-the-iraqi-government-and-pro-iranian-militias/

Yoni Ben Menachem, “Nepotism in the Palestinian Authority Angers the Public,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs,’ June 24, 2020. https://jcpa.org/nepotism-in-the-palestinian-authority-angers-the-public/

Joy Bernard, “Locked down? Open up to… eclectic singer-songwriter Riff Cohen,” Times of Israel, June 7, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/locked-down-open-up-to-eclectic-singer-songwriter-riff-cohen/

Hannah Brown, “Israeli films included in Cannes official lineup,” Jerusalem Post, June 3, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/israeli-films-included-in-cannes-official-lineup-630210

Giora Eiland, “Annexation must wait,” Y-Net News, June 14, 2020. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HkGRwd7aI

Donna Rachel Edmunds, “Israeli Study Points to Nicotine As A Potential Therapeutic for COVID-19,” Jerusalem Post, June 7, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/health-science/more-studies-point-to-nicotine-as-a-potential-therapeutic-for-covid-19-630576

ET Now Staff, “Israeli music fans get unique live experience with KLANG,” Entertainment Technology Now, June 2020. www.etnow.com/news/2020/6/israeli-music-fans-get-unique-live-experience-with-klang 

Joel Fishman and Yossi Kuperwasser, “Willful Blindness and the Mistake of Underestimation: The Oslo Gamble,” National Resilience, Politics and Society, Spring 2020. https://www.ariel.ac.il/wp/nrps/wp-content/uploads/sites/145/2020/06/Fishman-and-Kuperwasser.pdf

Renne Ghert-Zand, “Israeli short animated film on historic ‘Cinema Rex’ wins international award,” Times of Israel, June 24, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-short-animated-film-on-historic-cinema-rex-wins-international-award/

Yoel Guzansky, “Israel, the Gulf States, and Annexation,” INSS, June 23, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/israel-the-gulf-states-and-the-annexation/

Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman, “Israel Inaugurates First ‘Blue-and-White’ COVID-19 Mask Production Line,” Jerusalem Post, June 7, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/health-science/israel-inaugurates-first-blue-and-white-covid-19-masks-production-line-630597

Susan Jung, “Why there is more to Israeli cuisine than falafal, hummus and shakshuka,” South China Morning Post, June 8, 2020. https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/food-drink/article/3087335/why-there-more-israeli-cuisine-falafal-hummus

Yossi Klein Halevi, “A plea to Gantz, Ashkenazi: Israel and its friends need you to block annexation, Times of Israel, June 14, 2020.

https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/a-plea-to-gantz-ashkenazi-israel-and-its-friends-need-you-to-block-annexation/

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Meet the Israeli king of US college tennis,” Israel21c, June 21, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/meet-the-israeli-king-of-us-college-tennis/

Haaretz Staff, “Coronavirus Israel Live: Israel Tops 20,000 Confirmed Cases,” Haaretz, June 19, 2020. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/coronavirus-israel-live-new-hot-spots-emerging-in-south-tel-aviv-jaffa-1.8921483 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “Israel Voice Index: Half of Israelis Favor Applying Sovereignty,” Israel Democracy Institute, June 3, 2020.  https://en.idi.org.il/articles/31733

INSS Staff, “Annexation or Separation? [A Series of Articles],” INSS, June 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/subjects_tags/AnnexationorSeparation/

Zachary Keyser, “Israeli AI Firm that Offers Early COVID-19 Detection Receives FDA Approval,” Jerusalem Post, June 17, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/israeli-medtech-firm-specializing-in-early-detection-of-covid-19-receives-fda-approval-631752

Colonel (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman and Professor Efraim Inbar, “Phased Territorial Implementation of the Trump Peace Plan,” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, May 31, 2020. https://jiss.org.il/en/lerman-inbar-phased-implementation-of-trump-peace-plan/

David Makovsky, Basia Rosenbaum and Lauren Morganbesser, “Mapping West Bank Annexation: Territorial and Political Uncertainties,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 15, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/mapping-west-bank-annexation-territorial-and-political-uncertainties

David Makovsky, Ghaith al-Omari, Dana Stroul, and Dennis Ross, “Israeli Annexation in the West Bank? Scenarios and Implications,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 23, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/israeli-annexation-in-the-west-bank-scenarios-and-implications

Maayan Manel, “Survey finds Israeli tech workers taking Covid-19 salary cuts on the chin,” Calcalist, June 26, 2020. https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3835937,00.html

Salai Meridor, “Is annexation really good for the Jews?” Ynet News, June 17, 2020. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/By3QUIw6L

Aaron Miller, “What Annexation Would Really Mean for Middle East Peace Benjamin Netanyahu Is Ready to Bury the Two-State Solution,” Foreign Affairs, June 30, 2020. https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/middle-east/2020-06-30/what-annexation-would-really-mean-middle-east-peace

Joshua Mitnick, “Why the U.S. Can’t Get Israel to Break Up With China,” Forbes, June 16, 2020. https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/06/16/us-israel-china-deals/

Yousef Al Otaibi, “Annexation will be a serious setback for better relations with the Arab world,” Ynet News, June 6, 2020.

https://www.ynetnews.com/article/H1Gu1ceTL

Joel Parker, “The Boomerang Effect: How Syria Brought down Lebanon, which is bringing down Syria,” The Moshe Dayan Center of Tel Aviv University, June 28, 2020. https://dayan.org/content/boomerang-effect-how-syria-brought-down-lebanon-which-bringing-down-syria

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Robert Satloff, “I’m an ardent Zionist. But Israel’s annexation makes no sense,” Washington Post, June 25, 2020. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/im-an-ardent-zionist-but-israels-annexation-makes-no-sense/2020/06/25/f949e6a4-b59e-11ea-a8da-693df3d7674a_story.html

Robert Satloff, “Wrestling with Annexation The Elusive Search for a Policy Rationale,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 2020.

https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/uploads/Documents/pubs/PolicyNote82-Satloff.pdf

Roy Schulman, “COVID-19 and the Post-Truth Age: The Role of Facts in Public Policy | Summary of an Online International Conference,” INSS, June 15, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/coronavirus-and-post-truth-seminar/ 

Lt. Col (ret.) Michael Segall, “Iran’s President Rouhani: Coronavirus Will be Here for a Long Time,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June 8, 2020. https://jcpa.org/irans-president-rouhani-coronavirus-will-be-here-for-a-long-time/ 

Joel Singer, “Israeli West Bank Annexation – Answers to Frequently Asked Questions,” Joel Singer.com, June 8, 2020. https://www.joelsinger.org/israeli-west-bank-annexation-answers-to-frequently-asked-questions/

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Gil Murciano, “Unpacking the Global Campaign to Delegitimize Israel,” SWP Berlin, June 2020. https://www.swp-berlin.org/en/publication/unpacking-the-global-campaign-to-delegitimize-israel/

Rosella Tercatin, “Why dance? From prehistory to the Bible, scholar offers answers,” Jerusalem Post, June 11, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/why-dance-from-prehistory-to-the-bible-scholar-offers-answers-631134

Ishaan Tharoor, “For Israel, annexation is saying the quiet part loud,” Washington Post, June 16, 2020. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/06/16/israel-annexation-is-saying-quiet-part-loud/

Fareed Zakaria, “[Video] On GPS: Israel’s Annexation Plans,” CNN, June 21, 2020. https://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2020/06/21/exp-gps-0621-olmert-annexation.cnn

Isa Zweiback, “Eating authentic Israeli hummus in New Orleans,” Israel21c, June 8, 2020.  https://www.israel21c.org/tals-hummus-authentic-israeli-food-in-new-orleans/

Benjamin Weinthal, “Ex-Israeli ambassador discloses ground-breaking research on Damascus Jews,” Jerusalem Post, June 21, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/ex-israeli-ambassador-discloses-ground-breaking-research-on-damascus-jews-632191