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#116 Contemporary Readings October 2022

November 5, 2022

Assembled by Ken Stein, Emory University’s Institute for the Study of Modern Israel and the Center for Israel Education

Kenstein@israeled.org

November 3, 2022

Marie Abdi, “Where is the US’s red line on Iran’s protests?” Middle East Institute, October 24, 2022, https://www.mei.edu/publications/where-uss-red-line-irans-protests

AFP, “Algeria president urges Arab unity to confront ‘tensions and crises,” Ahram Online, November 1, 2022, https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/478940/World/Region/
Algeria-president-urges-Arab-unity-to-confront-;te.aspx

AFP, “As Israel’s far right parties celebrate, Palestinians shrug,” Ahram Online, November 3, 2022, https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/479066.aspx

Al Jazeera staff/news agencies, “Palestinian leader Abbas meets Putin, rules out US mediator role,” Al Jazeera, October 13, 2022, https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/10/13/putin-meets-palestinian-leader-abbas-in-astana

Suleiman Al-Khalidi, “Analysis: Arabs view revived Netanyahu with concern but as balance against Iran,” Reuters, November 2, 2022, https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/arabs-view-revived-netanyahu-with-concern-balance-against-iran-2022-11-02/

Liran Antebi, “Iranian Drones in Ukrainian Skies: Not the Battlefield of the Future that Was Expected,” INSS, October 31, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/ukraine-uav/

Ehud Barak, “When Israel Struck Syria’s Reactor: What Really Happened,” Middle East Quarterly, Fall 2022, Vol. 29, No. 4 https://www.meforum.org/63517/when-israel-struck-syrias-reactor  

Lazar Berman, “Leaked text of Lebanon-Israel maritime deal underscores its ambiguity,” Times of Israel, October 12, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/leaked-text-of-lebanon-israel-maritime-deal-underscores-its-ambiguity/

Udi Dekel, “The Lion’s Den: A Wake-Up Call [by Palestinians] for Imminent Challenges [to Israel], INSS, October 19, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/lions-den/

Gerald M. Feierstein and Yoel Guzansky, “The Arab Peace Initiative returns. Will it supplant the Abraham Accords?,” Middle East Institute, October 27, 2022, https://www.mei.edu/publications/arab-peace-initiative-returns-will-it-supplant-abraham-accords

Ariel Finkelstein, Ayala Goldberg, Adv. Shlomit Ravitsky Tur-Paz , “Who is a Jew? Survey on Religion and State,Israel Democracy Institute, September 21, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/45962

Robert O. Friedman, “Israel’s Tightrope between Russia and Ukraine,” Middle East Quarterly, Fall 2022, Vol. 29, No. 4, https://www.meforum.org/63520/israel-tightrope-between-russia-and-ukraine

Simon Henderson, “Israel’s Karish Offshore Gas Field: Facts and Figures,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 14, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/israels-karish-offshore-gas-field-facts-and-figures

Simon Henderson, Hanin Ghaddar, Matthew Levitt, Ehud Yaari, David Makovsky, David Schenker, Andrew J. Tabler ,“Israel’s Karish Gas Fields: Diplomatic Opportunity or Casus Belli?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 22, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/israels-karish-gas-field-diplomatic-opportunity-or-casus-belli

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “39% of Israelis Do Not Trust the Purity of the Knesset Elections,” The Israel Democracy Institute, October 28, 2022. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/46175

Sivan Hilaie, Elisha Ben Kimon, Kobi Nachshoni, Einav Halabi , “Israeli parties prepare for crucial battles ahead of November 1 elections,” Y-Net, October 2, 2022 (multiple authors), https://www.ynetnews.com/article/hjd71suzi

Yaacov Katz, “Yair Lapid to ‘Post’: Centrism will win through hope and optimism, JerusalemPost, October 28, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/israel-elections/article-720826

Sheldon Kirshner, “Anti-Semitism: 2000 years of history,” Times of Israel, September 22, 2022, https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/anti-semitism-2000-years-of-history/

Elias Leight, Kanye West Documentary Scrapped by Producer MRC After Antisemitic Comments,Billboard, October 24, 2022, https://www.billboard.com/business/business-news/kanye-west-documentary-canceled-producer-mrc-antisemitism-1235160273/

Jonathan Lincoln, “Middle East Peace: The Biden Administration’s Approach,” RANDCorporation, August 31, 2022, https://www.rand.org/blog/2022/08/middle-east-peace-the-biden-administrations-approach.html

David Makovsky and Tamar Hermann, “Israel Goes to the Polls: the State of the Race Less Than One Week Out,” (1:07 video), Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 27, 2022,  https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/israel-goes-polls-state-race-less-one-week-out

Walter Russell Mead, (David Makovsky host), “Decision Points Podcast: Genesis of American Support for Israel: The Gentile Push for a Jewish State,” October 31, 2022, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/decision-points-podcast-season-4#episode-1-genesis-of-american-support-for-israel-the-gentile-push-for-a-jewish-state

Media Line, “Israel’s elections: scenarios, upsets and intrigue,” Ynet News, October 27, 2022, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/hyahdtdej

Orna Mizrahi, “The Agreement with Lebanon: The Benefits Outweigh the Drawbacks,” INSS, October 25, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/israel-lebanon-agreement/

PCPSR Staff, “West Bank and Gaza Public Opinion Poll No. 85,” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, October 2, 2022, https://www.pcpsr.org/en/node/920

Dennis Ross, “When There’s Good News about the Middle East, We Should Take Note,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 17, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/when-theres-good-news-about-middle-east-we-should-take-note

Arik Rudnitzky, “Arab Politics in the 2022 Election Campaign,” Israel Democracy Institute, October 18, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/46056

Yoram Schweitzer and Orna Mizrahi, “The Maritime Border Agreement: What Israel and Lebanon Gain, and Hezbollah’s Position,” podcast (26:41), INSS, October 24, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/podcast/the-maritime-border-agreement-what-israel-and-lebanon-gain-and-hezbollahs-position/

Ksenia Svetlova, “The Israel-Lebanon maritime deal is an example of successful US-led mediation. Can it be copy-pasted to other Middle Eastern arenas?,” Atlantic Council, October 28, 2022, https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/the-israel-lebanon-maritime-deal-is-an-example-of-successful-us-led-mediation-can-it-be-copy-pasted-to-other-middle-eastern-arenas/


#115 Contemporary Readings September 2022

September 30, 2022

Assembled by Ken Stein, Emory University’s Institute for the Study of Modern Israel and the Center for Israel Education

Kenstein@israeled.org

October 1, 2022

Assembled by Ken Stein, Emory University’s Institute for the Study of Modern Israel and the Center for Israel Education, kenstein@israeled.org 

Mohamed Abdelaziz , “In New Poll, Most Egyptians Split on Relations with Foreign Powers, Pessimistic About Domestic Economy,”  The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 9, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/new-poll-most-egyptians-split-relations-foreign-powers-pessimistic-about-domestic 

James Doubek, “50 years ago, the Munich Olympics massacre changed how we think about terrorism,” NPR, September 4, 2022, https://www.npr.org/2022/09/04/1116641214/munich-olympics-massacre-hostage-terrorism-israel-germany 

Hassan Elbahtimy, “Diplomacy under the nuclear shadow: Kennedy, Nasser and Dimona,” Middle Eastern Studies, June 11, 2022, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/
00263206.2022.2083109?src=
 

Asaf Elia-Shalev, “Israel to measure inequality between Mizrahi and Ashkenazi Jews with new statistics,”  JTA, September 8, 2022,  https://www.jta.org/2022/09/08/israel/israel-to-measure-inequality-between-mizrahi-and-ashkenazi-jews-with-new-statistics  

Tomer Fallon and Estaban Klorfein, “The Israeli Economy in an Uncertain Global Environment,” INSS, August 31, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/israel-economy/ 

Amos Gilead, Ephraim Sneh, Ehud Yaari and Amos Yadlin, “Israeli National Security on the Eve of Yet Another Election,” Washington Institute, September 22, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/israeli-national-security-eve-yet-another-election-forum-memory-zeev-schiff 

Tamar Herman and Or Anabi, “On the Eve of the Jewish New Year: How Optimistic Are Israelis and What Are Their Opinions on Iran and the Two-State Solution?” Israel Democracy Institute, September 25, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/46000 

Avi Issacharoff, “Israel doesn’t have an alternative to Palestinian Authority,” YNet, September 7, 2022, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/s1vdk6rgs 

Yaakov Katz, “Iran nuclear program hasn’t crossed Israel’s red line yet,” Jerusalem Post, September 8, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-716694 

Yaacov Katz, “Netanyahu has finally removed ‘liberal’ from the Likud’s identity,” Jerusalem Post, September 16, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-717259 

Yaacov Katz, “Rosh Hashanah: What image best embodies the past Jewish Year,” Jerusalem Post, September 22, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-717949 

Avi Kumar, “Forty-five years on, Vietnamese refugees are still writing their Israeli story,” Intermountain Jewish News, July 14, 2022, https://www.ijn.com/vietnamese-refugees-israelis/ 

Walid Ladadweh and Khalil Shikaki, “Can the Demographic Advantage be an Effective Weapon in the Struggle to Achieve Palestinian Rights?” Palestinian Center for Policy and Research,  September 2022, https://www.pcpsr.org/sites/default/files/Brief%203_2022_Ladadweh_Shikaki%20on%20Demography_English%20transl.pdf

Lapid, Yair, Speech to the United Nations General Assembly, September 27, 2022, https://israeled.org/resources/documents/israel-prime-minister-yair-lapids-speech-to-the-united-nations-general-assembly/

Lev-Ram, Tal, “The Challenges Facing the Next Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces, The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, September 2022, https://jstribune.com/lev-ram-the-challenges-facing-the-next-idf-chief-of-staff/

Navon, Emmanuel, “Leveraging the Abraham Accords for Israel’s Relations with Europe,” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, September 29, 2022, https://jiss.org.il/en/navon-leveraging-the-abraham-accords-for-israels-relations-with-europe/

Dan Perry, “Springtime for Ben Gvir,” Times of Israel, September 27, 2022,  https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/springtime-for-ben-gvir 

David Pollock, “New Saudi Poll Shows Biden’s Visit Barely Budged Skepticism,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 30, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/new-saudi-poll-shows-bidens-visit-barely-budged-skepticism 

David Pollock, “July/August 2022 UAE Survey Shows U.S. Leads Iran, but Lags Russia and China,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 30, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/julyaugust-2022-uae-survey-shows-us-leads-iran-lags-russia-and-china 

Shmuel Sandler, “From Tribal to Territorial Democracy: How can Israel emerge from its political abyss?” Jewish Political Studies Review, July 2022, https://jcpa.org/article/from-tribal-to-territorial-democracy-how-can-israel-emerge-from-its-political-abyss/ 

Attila Somfalvi, “Israel’s November Elections: What’s It All About,” The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, August 2022, https://jstribune.com/somfalvi-israels-november-elections/

Chen Artzi Sror, “The miseducation of religious Jewish children,” YNet, September 12, 2022, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/hjku1tnli 

Svetlova, Ksenia, “The Lost Opportunity of Mahmoud Abbas,” The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, August 2022, https://jstribune.com/svetlova-the-lost-opportunity-of-mahmoud-abbas/

Dov Zakheim, “Turkey, Israel, and the Road to Capitol Hill, The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, September 2022, https://jstribune.com/zakheim-turkey-israel-and-the-road-to-capitol-hill/ 

Neil Zilber, “What if Netanyahu Wins?” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 24, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/what-if-netanyahu-wins 

Zinotti, Jim, “Israel Background and U.S. Relations in Brief,” Congressional Research Service, 

https://sgp.fas.org/crs/mideast/R44245.pdf

Raz Zimmt, “Islamic Republic or Islamic Monarchy? The Possible Transfer of Power in Iran to the Supreme Leader’s Son,” INSS, September 18, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/
mujtaba-khamenei/
 


#114 Contemporary Readings August 2022

September 4, 2022

Assembled by Ken Stein, Emory University’s Institute for the Study of Modern Israel and the Center for Israel Education, kenstein@israeled.org 

Or Anabi, “The Democratic Characteristics of [Israeli] voters, Israel Democracy Institute, August 1, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/39409 

Ibrahim Awad, “Arab Nationalism, Regionalism, and Regional Integration,” The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Winter 2022, https://www.thecairoreview.com/essays/arab-nationalism-regionalism-and-regional-integration/ 

Maysam Bazaer, “What Iran’s emerging demographic “tsunami” means for Tehran,” Middle East Institute, August 25, 2022, https://www.mei.edu/publications/what-irans-emerging-demographic-tsunami-means-tehran 

Ricky Ben-David, “Cost of living, economy are top priority for voters in upcoming election — survey,” Times of Israel, August 10, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/cost-of-living-economy-are-top-priority-for-voters-in-upcoming-election-survey/ 

Mordechai Chaziza.  “Israel-China Relations in an Era of Strategic Rivalry and Great Power Competition,” INSS, July 2022, https://strategicassessment.inss.org.il/en/articles/israel-china-relations-in-an-era-of-strategic-rivalry-and-great-power-competition/ 

Steven A. Cook, “How Israel and Turkey Benefit From Restoring Relations,” Council of Foreign Relations, August 23, 2022, https://www.cfr.org/in-brief/how-israel-and-turkey-benefit-restoring-relations 

Hillel Frisch, “Normalizing Relations Between Israel and the Arab World Continues Calmly in a Turbulent World,” August 9, 2022, Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, https://jiss.org.il/en/frisch-normalizing-relations-between-israel-and-the-arab-world/ 

Naftali Granot, “Hezbollah’s threats against Israeli Gas rigs,” The Miryam Institute, August 15, 2022,  https://www.miryaminstitute.org/commentary-blog/hezbollahs-threats-against-israeli-gas-rig-possible-miscalculations

Judah Ari Gross, “In Basel, Israeli minister urges paradigm change on Israel-Diaspora relations,” Times of Israel, August 28, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/in-basel-israeli-minister-urges-paradigm-change-on-israel-diaspora-relations/ 

Marinanne Guenot,  “The US had a plan in the 1960s to blast an alternative Suez Canal through Israel using 520 nuclear bombs,” Business Insider, March 25, 2021, https://www.businessinsider.com/us-planned-suez-canal-alternative-israel-blast-with-nuclear-bombs-1960s-2021-3 

Tawfiq Hamid, “The Intellectual revolution that the Arab world needs,” Middle East Broadcasting Network, August 5, 2022, https://www-alhurra-com.translate.goog/different- 

Tamar Hermann, Or Anabi and Yaron Kaplan, “Israelis Say They Base Their Vote on Party’s Economic Platform,” August 7, 2022, Israel Democracy Institute Voice Index, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/39510   

Aryeh Lightstone, “Behind the Curtain at the Creation of the Abraham Accords,” The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, July 2022, https://jstribune.com/lightstone-behind-the-curtain-of-the-abraham-accords/ 

Gallia Lindenstrauss and Remi Daniel, “Normalization between Turkey and Israel: will it last, INSS, August 28, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/turkey-israel-normalization/ 

Media Line, “India’s growing ties with Israel can make it a great mediator,” Ynet News, August 19, 2022, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/bjumz1nc9  

Sayid Hossein Mousavian, “A Revolution and A War: How Iran Transformed Today’s Middle East,” Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Winter 2022, https://www.thecairoreview.com/essays/a-revolution-and-a-war-how-iran-transformed-todays-middle-east/ 

Jacob Nagel and Jonathan Schanzer, “Another Iran Deal? Looking Back and Looking Ahead,” The Foundation for Defense of Democracies, August 18, 2022, https://www.fdd.org/analysis/2022/08/18/another-iran-deal-looking-back-and-looking-ahead/ 

David Pollock, “July/August 2022 UAE Survey Shows U.S. Leads Iran, but Lags Russia and China,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 30, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/julyaugust-2022-uae-survey-shows-us-leads-iran-lags-russia-and-china

David Pollock, “New Saudi Poll Shows Biden’s Visit Barely Budged Skepticism,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 30, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/new-saudi-poll-shows-bidens-visit-barely-budged-skepticism

Uzi Rabi, “Israel and the Arab Middle East—A New Geopolitical Architecture,” The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, June 2022, https://jstribune.com/rabi-israel-and-the-arab-middle-east/ 

Paul Rivlin, “The Ukraine War and the Middle East: The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Poorer,” The Moshe Dayan Center, Tel Aviv University, July 20, 2022, https://dayan.org/content/ukraine-war-and-middle-east-rich-get-richer-and-poor-get-poorer 

Attila Somfalvi, “Israel’s November Elections: What’s It All About,” The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, August 2022, https://jstribune.com/somfalvi-israels-november-elections/

Michael Tanchum, “The India-Middle East Food Corridor: How the UAE, Israel and India are forging a new inter-regional supply chain,” Middle East Institute, July 27, 2022,  https://www.mei.edu/publications/india-middle-east-food-corridor-how-uae-israel-and-india-are-forging-new-inter

Neil Zilber, “What if Netanyahu Wins?” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 24, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/what-if-netanyahu-wins

Ido Zelkovitz, “Game of Thrones: The Struggle between Fatah and Hamas for Political Hegemony in the Palestinian Authority, 2011-2022,” INSS, July 2022, https://strategicassessment.inss.org.il/en/articles/game-of-thrones-the-struggle-between-fatah-and-hamas-for-political-hegemony-in-the-palestinian-authority-2011-2022/ 


#113 Contemporary Readings July 2022

August 1, 2022

Assembled by Ken Stein, Emory University’s Institute for the Study of Modern Israel and the Center for Israel Education, kenstein@israeled.org 

Vic Alhadeff, “25 years after Maccabiah Bridge Collapse: ‘It has left a gaping hole’,” Plus61j Media, July 12, 2022, https://plus61j.net.au/featured/25-years-after-maccabiah-bridge-collapse-it-has-left-a-gaping-hole/ 

Ron Ben Yishai, “Biden’s strategic goals in his Mideast tour are in the Gulf,” Y-Net News, July 9, 2022, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/h1rqassj5 

BICOM Staff, Israeli-Palestinian coordination ahead of Biden visit, July 10, 2022, Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre, https://www.bicom.org.uk/news/israeli-palestinian-coordination-ahead-of-biden-visit/

Joe Biden, “Why I’m going to Saudi Arabia,” Washington Post, July 9, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/07/09/joe-biden-saudi-arabia-israel-visit/

Itamar Eichner, “Jewish Agency names Major General (Res.) Doron Almog as new chairman,” Y-Net, July 16, 2022, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/hjqea2dfq 

Tamir Hayman and Yoel Guzansky,” The Arab World amidst Great Power Competition,” INSS, June 13, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/arab-states/ 

Tamir Heyman and Eldad Shavit, “President Biden’s Visit to the Middle East: Recommendations for Israel,” INSS, July 3, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/biden-visit-to-the-me/ 

Frederic Hof, “I almost negotiated Israel-Syria peace. Here’s how it happened,” Atlantic Council, May 26, 2022. https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/i-almost-negotiated-israel-syria-peace-heres-how-it-happened/

Yaacov Katz, “Lapid has a chance to be what Israel needs in his turn as PM,” The Jerusalem Post, June 30, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-710930 

Jon Hoffman, “The Middle East and the Manipulation of Great Power Competition,” The National Interest, May 9, 2022, https://nationalinterest.org/feature/middle-east-and-manipulation-great-power-competition-202264 

James Jeffrey and Dennis Ross, “The True Promise of Joe Biden’s Middle East Trip,” The National Interest, July 27, 2022, https://nationalinterest.org/blog/middle-east-watch/true-promise-joe-biden%E2%80%99s-middle-east-trip-203856?page=0%2C1

Tzvi Joffre, “IDF releases court documents from Kafr Kassem massacre,” Jerusalem Post, July 29, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-713447 

Lucy Kurtzer-Ellenbogen and Hesham Youssef, “The Negev Summit Furthers Arab-Israeli Normalization,”  United States Institute of Peace, March 31, 2022, https://www.usip.org/publications/2022/03/negev-summit-furthers-arab-israeli-normalization 

Yair Lapid, “I am a Zionist,” Y-Net News, January 30, 2009, https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3664422,00.html 

Yair Lapid, Inaugural speech upon taking office, July 2, 2022, Israel Prime Minister’s Office, https://www.gov.il/en/departments/news/event_statement020722 

David Makovsky and Dennis Ross, “The Israeli Government Falls: New Election and Implications for U.S-Israel Relations, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 27, 2022, (webcast, 1:12) https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/israeli-government-falls-new-election-and-implications-us-israel-relations 

Irwin J. Mansdorf, “Jewish Americans and Antisemitism: How their Views Compare with the Rest of America,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, July 24, 2022, https://jcpa.org/article/jewish-americans-and-antisemitism-how-their-views-compare-with-the-rest-of-america/ 

Hussein Aboubakr Mansour, “The Liberation of the Arabs From the Global Left,” Tablet, July 11, 2022, https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/history/articles/liberation-arabs-global-left 

MEMRI Danielle Nagler, “After a century, mystery owners of coveted Petah Tikva plot identified,” Times of Israel, July 29, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/after-a-century-mystery-owners-of-coveted-petah-tikvah-plot-identified 

Staff, “Saudi Press Ahead Of Biden Visit And Summit With Regional Leaders: We Expect Satisfactory Answers Regarding Iran; Should U.S. Disappoint, We Have Alternative Allies, MEMRI, June 28, 2022, https://www.memri.org/reports/saudi-press-ahead-biden-visit-and-summit-regional-leaders-we-expect-satisfactory-answers 

Zohar Palti, “Israel Hoping for Shift in US Iran Policy from Diplomacy to Deterrence, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 30, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/
policy-analysis/israel-hoping-shift-us-iran-policy-diplomacy-deterrence
 

Michael Robbins, Democracy in the Middle East and North Africa, Arab attitudes toward its strengths/shortcomings across the region, deep analyses, Arab Barometer, July 2022, https://www.arabbarometer.org/wp-content/uploads/ABVII_Governance_Report-EN-1.pdf 

Paul Salem, and others, “Monday Briefing: Biden’s Realist Roadshow,” Middle East Institute, July 18, 2022, https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-bidens-realist-roadshow 

Daniel Shapiro, “The Israeli government collapse was a curveball for Biden’s upcoming visit. But it shows the depth of the US-Israel relationship,” Atlantic Council, 2022, https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/the-israeli-government-collapse-was-a-curveball-for-bidens-upcoming-visit-but-it-shows-the-depth-of-the-us-israel-relationship/ 

Khalil Shikaki, “Can A Newly Elected Parliament Repair the Damage Done to the Palestinian Political System in its Absence,” Palestinian Center for Policy & Survey Research, January 2021,  http://pcpsr.org/en/node/831 

Yedidia Stern, “Israel must maintain, preserve future of diaspora Jews,” Y-Net News, July 16, 2022, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rj11d5rqj9 

Michael Tanchum, “The India-Middle East Food Corridor: How the UAE, Israel and India are forging a new inter-regional supply chain,“ Middle East Institute, July 27, 2022, https://www.mei.edu/publications/india-middle-east-food-corridor-how-uae-israel-and-india-are-forging-new-inter 

Rich Tenorio, “Hollywood and Israel, a love story: How the Jewish state met the silver screen,” Times of Israel, July 25, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/hollywood-and-israel-a-love-story-how-the-jewish-state-met-the-silver-screen 

The Syrian Observer Staff, “Syrian Islamic Council: Mufti’s Meeting with Haniyeh to Discourage Hamas from Normalizing with Regime,” The Syrian Observer, July 6, 2022, https://syrianobserver.com/news/77268/syrian-islamic-council-muftis-meeting-with-haniyeh-to-discourage-hamas-from-normalizing-with-regime.html 

TOI Staff, “Biden in Israel: A blessing to be where Jewish People’s roots date to biblical times,” [Biden, Lapid and Herzog’s full airport speeches], Times of Israel, July 13, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/biden-in-israel-a-blessing-to-be-where-jewish-peoples-roots-date-to-biblical-times/ 

TOI Staff, “Saudi cleric known for Auschwitz visit, interfaith dialogue gives main hajj sermon,” Times of Israel, July 10, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/saudi-cleric-known-for-auschwitz-visit-interfaith-dialogue-gives-main-hajj-sermon/ 

Gil Troy, “A New Way to Look at Israel and the Arabs,” Commentary, July/August 2022,  https://www.commentary.org/articles/gil-troy/israel-arab-conflicts-diplomacy/


#112 Contemporary Readings June 2022

July 1, 2022

July 1, 2022

Assembled by Ken Stein, Emory University’s Institute for the Study of Modern Israel and the Center for Israel Education, kenstein@israeled.org 

Ahmed Aleiba, “No Arab NATO,” Al-Ahram Weekly, June 28, 2022, https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1201/470815/AlAhram-Weekly/Egypt/No-%E2%80%98Arab-NATO%E2%80%99-.aspx 

Dalia al-Qadi, “The Need for an Arab NATO is growing ever more pressing,” Arab News, April 5, 2022, https://www.arabnews.com/node/2057496 

Moran Azoulai, “What pushed Bennett to dissolve Knesset – and what happens next?” Y-Net News, June 20, 2022, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/sye1sertc 

Peter Baker/Ben Hubbard, “Biden to Visit Saudis in Bid to Repair Ties,” New York Times, June 3, 2022, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/02/us/politics/biden-saudi-arabia.html 

Joseph Berger. “A.B. Yehoshua, Politically Engaged Israeli Writer, Dies at 85,” New York Times, June 14, 2022, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/14/books/ab-yehoshua-dead.html 

Aaron Boxerman, “As elections loom, Arabs take stock of Ra’am’s year-long experiment in government,” Times of Israel, June 24, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/as-elections-loom-arabs-take-stock-of-raams-year-long-experiment-in-government/ 

Aaron Boxerman and TOI Staff, “Top Abbas adviser al-Sheikh to lead PLO’s executive committee,” Times of Israel, May 26, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/top-abbas-adviser-al-sheikh-to-lead-plos-executive-committee-report/ 

Jotam Confino, “Israel’s former UN ambassador tells of the hostility he faced every day at the global organisation’s HQ,” The Jewish Chronicle, June 1, 2022, https://www.thejc.com/news/world/israels-former-un-ambassador-tells-of-the-hostility-he-faced-every-day-at-the-global-organisations-hq-59e1fbjXJj5O200OixmkHs 

Steven Cook, “The BDS movement has already lost,” Foreign Policy, May 18, 2022, https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/05/19/bds-movement-boycott-israel-palestine-harvard-crimson/ 

Abraham Cooper and Johnnie Moore, “Silence will doom Iranians to become a generation facing ongoing tyranny,” AlArabiya News, May 31, 2022, https://english.alarabiya.net/views/2022/05/31/Silence-will-doom-Iranians-to-become-a-generation-facing-ongoing-tyranny 

Noga Emanuel, “What is your nation, if I may ask?’: Antisemitism and Zionism in James Joyce’s Ulysses,” Fathom, June 2022, https://fathomjournal.org/what-is-your-nation-if-i-may-ask-antisemitism-and-zionism-in-james-joyces-ulysses/ 

Jihad Harb, “With Recent Shifts in the Structure of the Palestinian Political System, What Choices Remain for a Safe Succession Process?” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, June 2022, https://pcpsr.org/sites/default/files/Brief%201_2022%20succession_Harb%20ENGLISH.pdf

Prof. Tamar Hermann, Dr. Or Anabi, Yaron Kaplan, Inna Orly Sapozhnikova), “Jews and Arabs a Conditional Partnership,” Israel Democracy Institute, 12 pages, June 2022 https://en.idi.org.il/publications/39009 

Frederic Hof, “I almost negotiated Israel-Syria peace. Here’s how it happened,” Atlantic Council, May 26, 2022. https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/i-almost-negotiated-israel-syria-peace-heres-how-it-happened/ 

Yossi Klein Halevi, “Israel democracy faces its most critical test I the upcoming elections,” The Globe and Mail, June 21, 2022, https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-israeli-democracy-faces-its-most-critical-test-in-the-upcoming  

Yossi Klein Halevi, “The soon-to-end coalition that nurtured two visions of Israel,” Times of Israel, June 12, 2022, https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-soon-to-end-coalition-that-nurtured-two-visions-of-israel 

Israel Democracy Institute staff, “Israel’s Worst Political Crisis Is Not Over,” Israel Democracy Institute, June 20, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/39157 

Carrie Keller-Lynn and TOI Staff, “Lapid at PM handover ceremony with Bennett: ‘The job is bigger than all of us’, Times of Israel, June 30, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/lapid-at-pm-handover-ceremony-with-bennett-the-job-is-bigger-than-all-of-us/ 

Ofer Kenig, “Five (Elections) in Less Than Four (Years),” Israel Democracy Institute, June 20, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/39154 

Doron Kooperstein, “U.S. medics who leave everything behind to come to Israel midlife.” Y-Net, June 17, 2022, https://www.ynetnews.com/magazine/article/rjvvzzblc 

Joseph Krauss and Josef Federman, “Rumored Abbas successor claims ‘no partner,’ while working closely with Israelis,” Times of Israel, June 14, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/rumored-abbas-successor-claims-no-partner-while-working-closely-with-israelis 

David Makovsky, “Bennett on the Brink: Israel’s Precarious Coalition One Year On,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 13, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/bennett-brink-israels-precarious-coalition-one-year 

David Makovsky/Dennis Ross, “The Israeli Government Falls: New Election and Implications,” June 22, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/israeli-government-falls-new-election-and-implications-us-israel-relations 

David Makovsky/Dennis Ross, “The Israeli Government Falls: New Election and Implications for U.S-Israel Relations, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 27, 2022, (webcast, 1:12) https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/israeli-government-falls-new-election-and-implications-us-israel-relations

The Media Line and Y-Net staff, “Palestinians face uncertainty over Abbas’ successor as leader’s health declines,” Y-Net, June 13, 2022, https://www.ynetnews.com/magazine/article/r1tuswnkc 

MEMRI staff, “Saudi Analyst In Article On Al-Arabiya Website: Solution To Palestine Problem Is Naturalizing Palestinians In Jordanian Kingdom That Includes Gaza, West Bank; It’s Time For The Palestinians To Accept Reality, Focus On Living Their Lives,” MEMRI, June 21, 2022,   https://www.memri.org/reports/saudi-analyst-article-al-arabiya-website-solution-palestine-problem-naturalizing 

Yitzhak Mualem, “Quiet Diplomacy: The Exodus of Egyptian Jews between the Six-Day War and the War of Attrition,” Jewish Political Studies Review, January 13, 2020, https://jcpa.org/article/quiet-diplomacy-the-exodus-of-egyptian-jews-between-the-six-day-war-and-the-war-of-attrition/ 

David Pollock, “Shifting East Mediterranean Tides: From Conflict to Club Med?,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/shifting-east-mediterranean-tides-conflict-club-med 

Eunice G. Pollack, “Black Antisemitism in America: Past and Present,” INSS, June 1, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/black-antisemitism/ 

Shmuel Rosner, Camil Fuchs and Noah Slepkov, “Should Moral Considerations be Brought to Bear in Foreign and Security Policy? Attitudes of Israeli Jews,” The Jewish People Policy Institute, June 6, 2022, https://jppi.org.il/en/article/morals-interests-survey/#.YrxDAnbMIdV 

Dennis Ross, “The Abraham Accords and the Changing Shape of the Middle East,” Caravan, The Hoover Institution,  June 21, 2022, https://www.hoover.org/research/abraham-accords-and-changing-shape-middle-east 

Jalal Selmi, “Rebuilding Israeli-Turkish Relations: A Marriage of Convenience,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 26, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/rebuilding-israeli-turkish-relations-marriage-convenience 

Khalil Shikaki, “Can A Newly Elected (Palestinian) Parliament Repair the Damage Done to the Palestinian Political System in its Absence,”  Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, January 2021,  http://pcpsr.org/en/node/831  (This is a superb history of the institutional inter-relationships, competitions, and weaknesses of the PA, the PLO, the PLO Central Committee, Fatah, Hamas, and the Palestinian presidency.)

Anita Shapira, “Tel Aviv on the Sands,” (origins and meaning of Tel Aviv’s building in 1909), der Vereinigung für Jüdische Studien eV, 2009, pp. 11-21, https://publishup.uni-potsdam.de/opus4-ubp/frontdoor/deliver/index/docId/3489/file/pardes15_s11_21.pdf 

Assaf Shapira/Chen Friedberg, “Dissolving the Knesset: A Historical Survey,” Israel Democracy Institute, May 18, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/38887 

Ari Shavit, “The Tragedy of Naftali Bennett,” Y-Net News, June 18, 2022, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/ryoesuny9 

Leon Wieseltier, “Language, Identity, and the Scandal of American Jewry,” Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 2011, pp. 14 -22, https://www.bjpa.org/content/upload/bjpa/leon/Leon%20Wieseltier%20Language%20Identity%20Scandal%20of%20American%20Jewry.pdf 


#111 Contemporary Readings May 2022

June 9, 2022

Updated June 1, 2022

Assembled by Ken Stein, Michele Freesman-Levenson, Emory University’s Institute for the Study of Modern Israel and the Center for Israel Education, kenstein@israeled.org

Ahram Online Staff, “UAE to earmark $10 bln for investments in Egypt, Jordan,” Ahram Online, May 29, 2022, https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/3/12/467021/Business/Economy/UAE-to-earmark–bln-for-investments-in-Egypt,-Jord.aspx 

AP. “Israel, UAE sign free trade deal, first with an Arab country,” Ahram Online, May 31, 2022, https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/3/12/467144/Business/Economy/Israel,-UAE-sign-free-trade-deal,-first-with-an-Ar.aspx 

Anat Thon Ashkenazy, “The Democratic Ethos and the Rules of the Political Game,” Israel Democracy Institute, May 8, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/38827 

Alan Baker, “Jordan and the Temple Mount,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, May 9, 2022, https://jcpa.org/article/jordan-and-the-temple-mount/  

Ofra Bengio, “Has Erdogan turned Turkey around?” Jerusalem Post, May 8, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-706163 

BICOM Staff, “Jerusalem Day passes relatively quiet,” BICOM, May 30, 2022, https://www.bicom.org.uk/news/jerusalem-day-passes-relatively-quiet/ 

Carl Bindt Javier Solana, “All eyes are on Ukraine, but another crisis is brewing in Iran,” Washington Post, May 17, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/05/17/carl-bildt-javier-solana-revive-iran-nuclear-deal/ 

Sagi Cohen, “The War Inside Israel to Rule the Next Cyber Frontier,” Haaretz, May 22, 2022, https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/tech-news/2022-05-22/ty-article/.premium/the-war-inside-israel-to-rule-the-next-cyber-frontier/00000180-f6bf-d18b-a787-f7ff5d7b0000 

Abraham Cooper and Johnnie Moore, “Silence will doom Iranians to become a generation facing ongoing tyranny,” AlArabiya News, May 31, 2022, https://english.alarabiya.net/views/2022/05/31/Silence-will-doom-Iranians-to-become-a-generation-facing-ongoing-tyranny

Steven R. David, “Israel, and China: Making a Difficult Threesome Work,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, May 18, 2022, https://jiss.org.il/en/david-biden-israel-and-china/ 

Hagai Etkes and Wifag Adnan, “Illegal Workers in Israel: Did Israeli Policy during the Pandemic Boost their Employment?” INSS, May 22, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/illegal-workers/ 

Chen Friedberg and Assaf Shapira, “Dissolving the Knesset: A Historical Survey,” Israel Democracy Institute, May 18, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/38887 

Amir Fuchs, “Legislating the Right to Equality is a Must,” Israel Democracy Institute, May 18, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/38888 

Clement Gibon, “Lebanon’s election sees political vote buying and intimidation,” Al-Arabiya News, May 26, 2022, https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2022/05/26/Lebanon-s-election-sees-political-vote-buying-and-intimidation 

Yoel Guzansky and Gallia Lindenstrauss, “The Gulf Countries and Turkey: (Re-)Drawing the Map of Alliances in the Middle East,” INSS, May 2, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/turkey-gulf-states/ 

Yoel Guzansky and Elad Shavit, “US Relations with Arab Gulf States: A Passing Crisis?” INSS, May 30, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/usa-gulf/ 

Nasreen Haddad Haj Yahya and Oded Ron, “A Year Later: Arab-Jewish Relations in Mixed Cities,” Israel Democracy Institute, May 24, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/38956 

Lahav Harkov, “Israel negotiating gas exports to Europe,” Jerusalem Post, May 22, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/business-and-innovation/energy-and-infrastructure/article-707371 

Rany Hasan, “First year of the coalition: The situation of the Arab parties and the balance of power between them,” Moshe Dayan Center: Bayan, May 11, 2022, https://dayan.org/content/first-year-coalition-situation-arab-parties-and-balance-power-between-them 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “50% Jewish Israelis support Jewish Prayer on the Temple Mount,” Israel Democracy Institute, May 4, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/38824 

Gil Hoffman, “Lapid working on plan to stop Ben & Jerry’s Israel boycott,” Jerusalem Post, May 18, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/antisemitism/article-706950 

Hiba Husseini, “An Israeli-Palestinian Confederation Is the Best Path to Peace,” Foreign Policy, May 23, 2022, https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/05/23/israeli-palestinian-confederation-peace/ 

John Jeffay, “Israeli robots to be care companions for 800 New York seniors,” Israel21C, May 29, 2022, https://www.israel21c.org/israeli-robots-to-be-care-companions-for-800-new-york-seniors/ 

Jerusalem Post Staff, “Israeli startup Watergen, SMV Jaipuria Group partner to bring India ‘air-to-water’ technology,” Jerusalem Post, May 26, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/business-and-innovation/energy-and-infrastructure/article-707711 

Jerusalem Post Staff, “President Herzog speaks with PA head Abbas, Middle East leaders,” Jerusalem Post, May 1, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/article-705625 

Carrie Keller-Lynn, “New elections creep closer with resignation, but coalition of 59 not buried yet,” Times of Israel, May 19, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/new-elections-creep-closer-with-resignation-but-coalition-of-59-not-buried-yet/ 

Isabel Kershner, “Israel’s Political Crisis Is Resolved, but Governing Remains a Strain,” New York Times, May 22, 2022, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/22/world/middleeast/israel-government-crisis.html?searchResultPosition=5 

Patrick Kingsley, “Israeli Government Loses Parliament Majority, Raising Prospect of Election,” New York Times, May 19, 2022, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/19/world/middleeast/israel-opposition-parliament-majority.html?searchResultPosition=6 

Patrick Kingsley, “Old Palestinian Wound Resurfaces at Israeli Resort,” New York Times, May 11, 2022, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/11/world/israeli-palestinian-mass-grave-tantura.html?searchResultPosition=12 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Tens of thousands expected at Tel Aviv Pride Month events,” Israel21C, May 19, 2022, https://www.israel21c.org/tens-of-thousands-expected-at-tel-aviv-pride-month-events/ 

Zvika Klein, “’Crimson editors aligned to movement most Jews see as antisemitic,’ Israeli students at Harvard say,” Jerusalem Post, May 22, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/antisemitism/article-707363 

Joshua Krasna, “A Tale of Two Normalizations: Israeli Normalization with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – Part I,” Moshe Dayan Center: Tel Aviv Notes, May 17, 2022, https://dayan.org/content/tale-two-normalizations-israeli-normalization-united-arab-emirates-uae-part-i 

Eran Lerman, “The Roots of Israel’s Diplomatic Revolution,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, May 4, 2022, https://jiss.org.il/en/lerman-the-roots-of-israels-diplomatic-revolution/ 

Nermeen Al-Mufti, “No normalisation with Israel in Iraq,” Ahram Online, May 31, 2022, https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1203/467179/AlAhram-Weekly/World/No-normalisation-with-Israel-in-Iraq.aspx 

Maha Natoor, “Life, Death, and Beyond: The Belief in Reincarnation and the Phenomenon of Notq in the Druze Community,” Moshe Dayan Center, May 24, 2022, https://dayan.org/content/life-death-and-beyond-belief-reincarnation-and-phenomenon-notq-druze-community 

Suzie Navot, “Equality Now!” Israel Democracy Institute, May 19, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/38890 

Alon Pinkas, “Biden’s Dilemma: Is Saudi Arabia Really a U.S. Ally?” Haaretz, May 31, 2022, https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/2022-05-31/ty-article/.highlight/bidens-dilemma-is-saudi-arabia-really-a-u-s-ally/00000181-1a5a-dd8a-a9f9-bffb91e40000 

Sever Plocker, “The danger of Israel becoming a bi-national state,” YNet, May 4, 2022, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/bjglt11tbc 

David Pollack, “Shifting East Mediterranean Tides: From Conflict to Club Med?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/shifting-east-mediterranean-tides-conflict-club-med 

Daniel Rakov, “Israel Must Adjust its Ukraine Policy,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, May 10, 2022, https://jiss.org.il/en/israel-must-adjust-its-ukraine-policy/ 

Abdulrahman al-Rashed, “Did Biden change his mind?” Al-Arabiya News, May 29, 2022, https://english.alarabiya.net/views/2022/05/29/Did-Biden-change-his-mind- 

Barak Ravid, “Key Israeli official to travel to U.S. for talks on Biden visit, Iran and Saudi Arabia,” Axios, May 26, 2022, https://www.axios.com/2022/05/26/israel-washington-saudi-arabia-iran-hulata-white-house 

Reuters, “Iran’s energy export revenue up 60 pct in March-May vs year ago: Oil ministry media,” Al- Arabiya News, May 29, 2022, https://english.alarabiya.net/business/energy/2022/05/29/Iran-s-energy-export-revenue-up-60-pct-in-March-May-vs-year-ago-Oil-ministry-media 

Reuters, “Israel ramping up gas output, looks to help supply Europe,” YNet, May 16, 2022, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/h1n5jyldc?utm_source=Taboola_internal&utm_medium=organic 

Grant Rumley, “The Impact of Russia’s Ukraine Invasion in the Middle East and North Africa,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 18, 2022,  https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/impact-russias-ukraine-invasion-middle-east-and-north-africa 

Tal Schneider and David Horovitz, “Herzog to ToI on Israel at 74: Celebrate, unify, seize moment for regional dialogue,” Times of Israel, May 5, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/herzog-to-toi-on-israel-at-74-celebrate-unify-seize-moment-for-regional-dialogue/ 

Jalal Selmi, “Rebuilding Israeli-Turkish Relations: A Marriage of Convenience,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 26, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/rebuilding-israeli-turkish-relations-marriage-convenience 

Carol Silber, “Polling Indicates Widespread Frustration in Lebanon and Sectarian Disagreement on Global Powers,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 19, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/polling-indicates-widespread-frustration-lebanon-and-sectarian-disagreement-global 

Sam Sokol, “A Violent Schism Just Exploded in Israel’s Most Powerful Hasidic Sect,” Haaretz, May 23, 2022, https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2022-05-23/ty-article/.highlight/a-violet-schism-just-exploded-in-israels-most-powerful-hasidic-sect/00000180-f6cc-d18b-a787-f7edc0320000 

Shoshana Solomon, “Israel at 74: Economy shows resilience, though clouds loom large on the horizon,” Times of Israel, May 4, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-at-74-economy-shows-resilience-though-clouds-loom-large-on-the-horizon/ 

TOI Staff, “Khaled Kabub sworn in as Israeli Supreme Court’s first Muslim justice,” Times of Israel, May 9, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/khaled-kabub-sworn-in-as-supreme-courts-first-muslim-justice/ 

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Hamas wins Birzeit University student council elections,” Jerusalem Post, May 19, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-707081 

Khaled Abu Toameh, “PA: Sovereignty over Jerusalem, holy sites belongs to ‘State of Palestine’,” Jerusalem Post, May 8, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/article-706138 

Biancamaria Vallortigara, “Mercenary Fighters in Libya and Ukraine: How Social Media Are Exposing the Russian Wagner Group,” Moshe Dayan Center: Beehive, May 31, 2022, https://dayan.org/content/mercenary-fighters-libya-and-ukraine-how-social-media-are-exposing-russian-wagner-group 

Alexander Ward and Nahal Toosi, “Biden made final decision to keep Iran’s IRGC on terrorist list,” Politico, May 24, 2022, https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/24/biden-final-decision-iran-revolutionary-guard-terrorist-00034789 

Jim Zanotti, “Israel: Background and U.S. Relations in Brief,” Congressional Research Service, April 15, 2022, https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/R/R44245/107 

Raz Zimmt, “Demonstrations in Iran in Protest of the Sharp Rise in Prices of Basic Goods,” INSS, May 19, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/iran-demonstrations-2022/ 

Eyal Zisser, “Expect more of the same in Lebanon,” Moshe Dayan Center, May 17, 2022, https://dayan.org/content/expect-more-same-lebanon 


#110 Contemporary Readings April 2022

May 5, 2022

Assembled by Ken Stein, Michele Freesman-Levenson, Emory University’s Institute for the Study of Modern Israel and the Center for Israel Education, kenstein@israeled.org 

Ramy Aziz, “Egypt, Israel, and Hamas: Opportunities for Progress in Gaza,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 19, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/egypt-israel-and-hamas-opportunities-progress-gaza 

Nahum Barnea, “Israel must not let its regional allies’ undemocratic practices stick to it,” YNet, April 18, 2022, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/b1kmvicvc 

Lazar Berman, “‘A historic milestone’: Israel and UAE sign free trade agreement,” Times of Israel, April 1, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/a-significant-and-historic-milestone-israel-and-uae-sign-free-trade-agreement/ 

Lazar Berman, “Turkey targets Israel with charm offensive as it angles to regain regional status,” Times of Israel, April 13, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/turkey-targets-israel-with-charm-offensive-as-it-angles-to-regain-regional-status/ 

BICOM Staff, “Calm restored on Temple Mount following more rioting,” BICOM, April 29, 2022, https://www.bicom.org.uk/news/calm-restored-on-temple-mount-following-more-rioting/ 

BICOM Staff, “Rocket fire from Lebanon into Israel,” BICOM, April 25, 2022, https://www.bicom.org.uk/news/rocket-fire-from-lebanon-into-israel/ 

Nir Boms, “Warm Peace and the Challege of People to People Relations after the Abraham Accords,” Moshe Dayan Center, April 15, 2022, https://dayan.org/content/warm-peace-and-challenge-people-people-relations-after-abraham-accords 

Brian Blum, “Apple Watch now monitors your health with Israeli pee-analysis tech,” Israel21C, April 19, 2022, https://www.israel21c.org/olive-diagnostics-brings-pee-tech-to-the-apple-watch/?utm_source=The+Weekly&utm_campaign=weekly-2022-04-20&utm_medium=email 

Soner Cagaptay and Rich Outzen, “Turkey’s Lethal Weapon,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 27, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/turkeys-lethal-weapon 

Gökhan Çınkara, “A U-Turn in Israeli-Turkish Relations: The Fall of Ikhwanism and the Rise of the Abraham Accords,” Moshe Dayan Center, April 12, 2022, https://dayan.org/content/u-turn-israeli-turkish-relations-fall-ikhwanism-and-rise-abraham-accords 

Itamar Eichner, “Putin demands ownership of Jerusalem landmark in angry letter to Bennett,” YNet, April 18, 2022, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/b1e61100qn9 

Giora Eiland, “Managing Palestinian Conflict Requires Israeli Discretion,” YNet, April 21, 2022, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/bjul00ra45 

Mona El-Naggar, “Baking Challah in Dubai: A Jewish Community Heads Out Into the Open,” New York Times, April 26, 2022, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/26/world/middleeast/dubai-jewish-community.html?searchResultPosition=13 

Gal Perl Finkel, “Nonetheless, We Need to Maneuver,” INSS, April 3, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/idf-maneuvers/ 

Karnit Flug, “The Israeli Economy: Basic Facts, Recent Developments, Strengths and Challenges,” Israel Democracy Institute, April 12, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/38770 

Seth J. Frantzman, “Iran could be planning a ‘surprise’ for Israel in Jerusalem – analysis,” Jerusalem Post, April 4, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/iran-news/article-703194 

Marta Furlan, “Russian Gamble with Syrian Fighters in Ukraine could have Repercussions for Syrian Regime, Israel,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, April 11, 2022, https://jiss.org.il/en/furlann-russian-gamble-with-syrian-fighters-in-ukraine/ 

Judah Ari Gross, “Diaspora minister: Ukraine war is showing Israelis that ties with Jews abroad,” Times of Israel, April 3, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/diaspora-minister-ukraine-war-is-showing-israelis-that-ties-with-jews-abroad-matter/ 

Judah Ari Gross, “Once it was F-15s on Shabbat; now, hametz: The religious issues that end governments,” Times of Israel, April 13, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/once-it-was-f-15s-on-shabbat-now-hametz-the-religious-issues-that-end-governments/ 

Yoel Guzansky and Inbal Nissim-Louvton, “Seven Years Later: Is the War in Yemen Nearly Over?” INSS, April 14, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/yemen-war/ 

Joseph Haboush, “Biden, King Abdullah discuss violence in Jerusalem,” Al-Arabiya, April 25, 2022, https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2022/04/25/Biden-King-Abdullah-discuss-violence-in-Jerusalem 

Amani Hamad, “Saudi Arabia, Kuwait call on Iran to hold talks on energy-rich offshore area,” Al-Arabiya, April 13, 2022, https://english.alarabiya.net/business/energy/2022/04/13/Saudi-Arabia-Kuwait-call-on-Iran-to-hold-talks-on-energy-rich-offshore-area 

Amr Hamzawy, “The Negev Summit’s Participants Had Wildly Different Goals,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, April 6, 2022, https://carnegieendowment.org/2022/04/06/negev-summit-s-participants-had-wildly-different-goals-pub-86826 

Amos Harel, “The Common Thread Between Recent Terror Attacks in Israel,” Haaretz, April 8, 2022, https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.HIGHLIGHT-the-common-thread-between-recent-terror-attacks-in-israel1.10728149?utm_source=mailchimp&utm_medium=content&utm_campaign=haaretz-most-read&utm_content=fcf4a80747 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “Holocaust Remembrance Day 2022 – The Israeli Voice Index,” Israel Democracy Institute, April 27, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/38802 

Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, “Lessons from Nazi Holocaust that can help guide a world in turmoil,” Al-Arabiya, April 29, 2022, https://english.alarabiya.net/views/2022/04/29/Lessons-from-Nazi-Holocaust-that-can-help-guide-a-world-in-turmoil 

Jerusalem Post Staff, “PA slammed by EU Committee for producing new antisemitic textbooks,” Jerusalem Post, April 2, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/international/article-702997 

Eden Kaduri and Jony Essa, “11 Years of War in Syria: Situation Assessment,” INSS, April 24, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/syria-war-11-years/ 

Max Kaplan-Zantopp, “How Israel used innovation to beat its water crisis,” Israel21C, April 28, 2022, https://www.israel21c.org/how-israel-used-innovation-to-beat-its-water-crisis/?utm_source=The+Weekly&utm_campaign=weekly-2022-05-03&utm_medium=email 

Jack Khoury, “A Month of Violence? Palestinians Challenge Israeli View of Ramadan,” Haaretz, April 3, 2022, https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-a-month-of-violence-palestinians-challenge-israeli-view-of-ramadan-1.10716563 

Patrick Kingsley and Isabel Kershner, “Israel’s Government in Crisis After Senior Lawmaker Quits Coalition,” New York Times, April 6, 2022, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/06/world/middleeast/idit-silman-israel-coalition.html?searchResultPosition=11 

Zvika Klein, “Diaspora Week: Tours showcase American Jewry in the streets of Jerusalem,” Jerusalem Post, April 3, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/article-703107 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israel stands in silence in commemoration of the Holocaust,” Israel21C, April 28, 2022, https://www.israel21c.org/israel-stands-in-silence-in-commemoration-of-the-holocaust/?utm_source=The+Weekly&utm_campaign=weekly-2022-05-03&utm_medium=email 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli agricultural innovations will keep the world fed,” Israel21C, April 24, 2022, https://www.israel21c.org/israeli-agricultural-innovations-will-keep-the-world-fed/?utm_source=The+Weekly&utm_campaign=weekly-2022-04-27&utm_medium=email 

Ariel Koch, “Campaigning For Aafia: From ‘Twitter Storms” to Terrorism,” Beehive: Moshe Dayan Center, April 26, 2022, https://dayan.org/content/campaigning-aafia-twitter-storms-terrorism 

Martin Kramer, “Twin Towers and Ivory Towers, 20 Years Later,” Middle East Quarterly, Spring 2022, https://www.meforum.org/63036/twin-towers-and-ivory-towers-20-years-later 

Anat Kurz, “The Negev Summit – What Next?,” INSS, April 3, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/negev-summit/ 

Eran Lerman, “US -Israeli Relations in the Shadow of Nuclear Talks in Vienna: A return to Ben-Gurion’s WW2 Dual Strategy?” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, April 5, 2022, https://jiss.org.il/en/lerman-us-israeli-relations-in-the-shadow-of-nuclear-talks/ 

Asaf Malchi, “Working Together: Secular and Ultra-Orthodox Israelis in Mixed Workplaces,” Israel Democracy Institute, April 4, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/38653 

Jonah Mandel, “As EU eyes stopping Russian gas imports, Israel sees an opening,” Yahoo! News, April 12, 2022, https://news.yahoo.com/eu-eyes-stopping-russian-gas-083340120.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAMzAeTiNN0YWVZHaCWfbXAGQ86Q55wibuQPU2ep7o65uoXG1UwvLLqSX2Ji5fis4Q6SgfV9gUqxq53FKwSyH8ehnwg6EAO9yA9qDU4AXrh1LVbEze_LCLg-EPqs9uPeHJM4VrCgSI6URkRl33rZfRiJlw78wh4X8GdEF0qm50zim 

Joshua Marks, “Can Israel solve Europe’s gas problem? We asked the experts,” Israel21C, April 10, 2022, https://www.israel21c.org/can-israel-export-gas-to-europe-we-asked-the-experts/?utm_source=The+Weekly&utm_campaign=weekly-2022-04-13&utm_medium=email 

David Makovsky, “Beyond the Blocs: Jewish Settlement East of Israel’s Security Barrier and How to Avert the Slide to a One-State Outcome,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 26, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/beyond-blocs-jewish-settlement-east-israels-security-barrier-and-how-avert-slide 

David Makovsky, “Political Tempest in Israel: Can Bennett Right the Ship?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 11, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/political-tempest-israel-can-bennett-right-ship 

Robert McKelvey, “Lebanon oil spill cleanup continues over one year after catastrophe,” Al-Arabiya, April 29, 2022, https://english.alarabiya.net/features/2022/04/29/Lebanon-oil-spill-cleanup-continues-over-one-year-after-catastrophe- 

Aaron David Miller, “Opinion: Why the world fails on the ‘Never again’ pledge,” CNN, April 19, 2022, https://www.cnn.com/2022/04/19/opinions/ukraine-never-again-genocide-miller/index.html 

Omri Nahmias, “IRGC is terror org., I do not support delisting – Joint Chiefs of Staff chair,” Jerusalem Post, April 7, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/american-politics/article-703548 

Gabriel Noronha, “How Congress Can Nix Biden’s Iran Deal,” Tablet, April 17, 2022, https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/how-congress-can-nix-bidens-iran-deal 

Gaith al-Omari and David Pollock, “Managing New Israeli-Palestinian Tensions During Ramadan,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 1, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/managing-new-israeli-palestinian-tensions-during-ramadan 

Nadia Oweidat, “The Russian Propaganda in Arabic Hidden from the West,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 18, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/russian-propaganda-arabic-hidden-west 

Barak Ravid, “Israel and Jordan to meet after Ramadan to discuss Jerusalem tensions,” Axios, April 27, 2022, https://www.axios.com/israel-jordan-meet-jerusalem-tensions-al-aqsa-ee97d5e3-afc7-4a77-a2f6-6ccc1a12f38d.html 

Aaron Reich, “Israel’s 2nd astronaut to launch Friday on mission to ISS,” Jerusalem Post, April 4, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/science/article-703212 

Paul Rivlin, “Russia invades Ukraine: The economic fall-out and consequences for energy markets,” Moshe Dayan Center, April 4, 2022, https://dayan.org/content/russia-invades-ukraine-economic-fall-out-and-consequences-energy-markets 

David Rosenberg, “The Year Israel Defied All the Economists’ Expectations,” Haaretz, April 14, 2022, https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-the-biggest-change-in-israel-s-economy-since-last-passover-1.10740474 

David Rosenthal, “Sholem Aleichem: The Jewish Mark Twain,” YNet, April 16, 2022, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/hjnc57lnc 

Dennis Ross, “West’s Weakness Led Putin into Ukraine—and Other Enemies Are Looking for Similar Signs,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 8, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/wests-weakness-led-putin-ukraine-and-other-enemies-are-looking-similar-signs 

Abdel-Moneim Said, “Arab peace initiative revisited,” Ahram Online, April 19, 2022, https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1204/464937/AlAhram-Weekly/Opinion/Arab-peace-initiative-revisited.aspx 

Robert Satloff, “Why Arab Allies Don’t Trust the U.S. on Ukraine,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 9, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/why-arab-allies-dont-trust-us-ukraine 

Yaakov Schwartz, “Muslim influencers visit Auschwitz, seek to bring truth of Holocaust to Arab world,” Times of Israel, April 28, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/muslim-influencers-visit-auschwitz-seek-to-bring-truth-of-holocaust-to-arab-world/ 

Yoram Schweitzer, Ephraim Lavie, and Meir Elran, “Between ISIS and Arab Citizens of Israel,” INSS, April 14, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/isis-israel/ 

Gabi Siboni and Yuval Bazak, “The Campaign to Thwart Iran’s Strategy,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, April 13, 2022, https://jiss.org.il/en/siboni-bazak-the-campaign-to-thwart-irans-strategy/ 

Ken Stein, “Dayenu–From Exodus to Contemporary Israel,” Center for Israel Education, April 2022, https://israeled.org/dayenu-from-exodus-to-contemporary-israel/ 

Itay Stern, “Israel Heading to Eurovision Despite Security Snag,” Haaretz, April 28, 2022, https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/culture/.premium-israel-heading-to-eurovision-despite-security-snag-1.10769278 

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Palestinian-Israeli violence shows PA, Jordan powerless in Jerusalem – analysis,” Jerusalem Post, April 4, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/article-703213 


#109 Contemporary Readings March 2022

April 2, 2022

April 2, 2022

Assembled by Ken Stein, Michele Freesman-Levenson, Emory University’s Institute for the Study of Modern Israel and the Center for Israel Education, kenstein@israeled.org

Ramy Aziz, “Cairo’s Opportunity for Policy Change on the War in Ukraine,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 10, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/cairos-opportunity-policy-change-war-ukraine 

Michael Barak, “The War on Public Consciousness: Social media as a tool of influence by supporters of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood,” Moshe Dayan Center, March 28, 2022, https://dayan.org/content/war-public-consciousness-social-media-tool-influence-supporters-egyptian-muslim-brotherhood 

Naama Barak, “Arab women in Jerusalem study Hebrew for a stronger future,” Israel21C, March 20, 2022, https://www.israel21c.org/arab-women-in-jerusalem-study-hebrew-for-a-stronger-future/ 

Katherine Bauer, “Israel-UAE Economic Cooperation Has Deep Roots and Broad Dividends,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 8, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/israel-uae-economic-cooperation-has-deep-roots-and-broad-dividends 

Ferid Belhaj, “Compounded stress: The impact of the war in Ukraine on the Middle East and North Africa,” Middle East Institute, March 7, 2022, https://www.mei.edu/publications/compounded-stress-impact-war-ukraine-middle-east-and-north-africa 

Ofra Bengio, “Turkey Finds Israel Useful Again,” Tablet, March 13, 2022, https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/israel-middle-east/articles/turkey-finds-israel-useful-again 

BICOM Staff, “Regional summit in Israel overshadowed by terror attack,” BICOM, March 28, 2022, https://www.bicom.org.uk/news/regional-summit-in-israel-overshadowed-by-terror-attack/  

Hussein Dakroub, “Ahead of elections Lebanese see no hope for political change,” Al-Arabiya,  March 30, 2022, https://english.alarabiya.net/editor-choice/2022/03/30/Ahead-of-elections-Lebanese-see-no-hope-for-political-change 

Udi Dekel, “Terrorist Attacks in Israel: A Time to Change the Rules of the Game,” INSS, March 31, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/social_media/terrorist-attacks-in-israel-a-time-to-change-the-rules-of-the-game/ 

Itamar Eichner, “Ball in Zelensky’s court when it comes to ending war, Israeli officials say,” YNet, March 8, 2022, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/sjwgwgrwc 

Marta Furlan, “Taliban Victory Serves as a Model for Palestinian Terror Groups,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, March 8, 2022, https://jiss.org.il/en/furlan-taliban-as-a-model-for-palestinian/ 

Daniel Gordis, “Interview with Knesset Member Alon Tal,” with appropriate nuance explains Israel’s responses to the Russian invasion of the Ukraine,” https://danielgordis.substack.com/p/mk-alon-tal-on-israel-and-ukraine?s=r

Roy Gutman, “No Going Back: Activists Reflect a Decade After the Arab Spring,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 7, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/no-going-back-activists-reflect-decade-after-arab-spring 

Yoel Guzansky, “The War in Ukraine and Strategic Hedging by Arab Countries,” INSS, March 21, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/arab-states-and-the-war-in-ukraine/ 

Great Britain, Palestine: Termination of the Mandate, May 15, 1948, (ten page summary of the Mandate) https://israeled.org/resources/documents/great-britain-palestine-termination-of-the-mandate/

Joseph Haboush, “Middle East one of most vulnerable regions due to Russia-Ukraine war: IMF official,” Al-Arabiya, March 28, 2022, https://english.alarabiya.net/business/economy/2022/03/28/Middle-East-one-of-most-vulnerable-regions-due-to-Russia-Ukraine-war-IMF-official 

Joseph Haboush, “US hostage envoy in Beirut to discuss missing Americans in Syria: Sources,” Al-Arabiya, March 31, 2022, https://english.alarabiya.net/News/middle-east/2022/03/31/US-hostage-envoy-in-Beirut-to-discuss-missing-citizens-in-Syria-Sources 

Nasreen Haddad Haj-Yahya, Muhammed Khalaily, Arik Rudnitzky, Ben Fargeon, “Statistical Report on Arab Society in Israel: 2021,” Israel Democracy Institute, March 17, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/38540 

Yoseph Haddad, “Yoseph Haddad’s Brilliant Defense Of Israel In The Irish Parliament,” VINnews, March 1, 2022, https://vinnews.com/2022/03/01/yoseph-haddads-brilliant-defense-of-israel-in-the-irish-parliament/ 

Sivan Hilaie, “Israel braces for a housing crisis amid Ukraine immigration wave,” YNet, March 15, 2022,  https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rjm6vfpw9#autoplay 

Efraim Inbar, “Israel’s Ukraine policy: ‘Right side of history’ vs national interest,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security,  March 21, 2022, https://jiss.org.il/en/inbar-israels-ukraine-policy/ 

Martin Indyk and Itamar Rabinovich, “Learning from History: Henry Kissinger’s Statecraft,” INSS, March 30, 2022, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRY-wdDDy0w,

Amr Kandil, “Egypt has always strived to encourage Israelis, Palestinians to compromise and end conflict: FM Shoukry,” Ahram Online, March 28, 2022, https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/1234/463629/Egypt/Foreign-Affairs/Egypt-has-always-strived-to-encourage-Israelis,-Pa.aspx 

Isabel Kershner and Safak Timur, “Israel’s President Visits Turkey in Sign of Thawing Relations,” New York Times, March 9, 2022, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/09/world/middleeast/israel-isaac-herzog-turkey-visit.html 

Isabel Kershner, “Ukraine War Ignites Israeli Debate Over Purpose of a Jewish State,” New York Times, March 23, 2022, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/23/world/middleeast/israel-ukraine-refugees-jewish.html?searchResultPosition=10 

Patrick Kingsley, “Israel summit shows ties with Arabs moving from ceremony to substance,” Union-Bulletin, March 26, 2022, https://www.union-bulletin.com/seattle_times/israel-summit-shows-ties-with-arabs-moving-from-ceremony-to-substance/article_1c62dcab-332f-5cc6-a5e9-280ef1cf191b.html

Kemal Kirişci and Dan Arbell, “President Herzog’s visit to Ankara: A first step in normalizing Turkey-Israel relations?” Brookings, March 7, 2022, https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2022/03/07/president-herzogs-visit-to-ankara-a-first-step-in-normalizing-turkey-israel-relations/ 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Golda Meir – the only woman in the room,” Israel21C, March 27, 2022, https://www.israel21c.org/golda-meir-reconsidered-through-a-feminist-lens/ 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Healing strangers in the midst of a war zone,” Israel21C, March 28, 2022, https://www.israel21c.org/healing-strangers-in-the-middle-of-ukraines-war/ 

Joshua Krasna, “Politics, War and Eastern Mediterranean Gas,” Moshe Dayan Center, March 24, 2022, https://dayan.org/content/politics-war-and-eastern-mediterranean-gas 

Yossi Kupperwasser, “The United States Is Determined to Return to the Dangerous Iran Deal at Any Cost: The Implications for Israel,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, March 21, 2022, https://jcpa.org/article/the-united-states-is-determined-to-return-to-the-dangerous-iran-deal-at-any-cost-the-implications-for-israel/ 

Matthew Levitt, “Don’t Drop Iran’s Revolutionary Guards from FTO List,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 21, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/dont-drop-irans-revolutionary-guards-fto-list 

Yaniv Levyatan, “The First TikTok War,” Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, March 2022, https://jstribune.com/levyatan-the-first-tiktok-war/ 

Alexander Loengarov, “Between Maritime Law and Politics in the East Mediterranean,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 24, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/between-maritime-law-and-politics-east-mediterranean 

David Makovsky, “A New Regional Role for Israel, as Washington Shows Signs of Stepping Back,” Times of Israel, March 28, 2022, https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/israels-new-role-in-the-middle-east-easing-the-arabs-way-in-washington/ 

Hamdi Malik, Michael Knights, Crispin Smith, “Exposing Kataib Hezbollah’s Royal Family? Insights from Recent Leaks,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 9, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/exposing-kataib-hezbollahs-royal-family-insights-recent-leaks 

Yotam Margalit and Itamar Yakir, “The Israeli Labor Market and COVID-19: What Really Happened?” Israel Democracy Institute, March 28, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/38655 

Yoni Ben Menachem, “Mahmoud Abbas Seeks to Neutralize Firebrand Marwan Barghouti Sitting in Prison,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, March 20, 2022, https://jcpa.org/mahmoud-abbas-seeks-to-neutralize-firebrand-marwan-barghouti-sitting-in-prison/ 

Yoni Ben Menachem, “The Saudi Crown Prince’s Messages to Israel and Iran.” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, March 7, 2022, https://jcpa.org/the-saudi-crown-princes-messages-to-israel-and-iran/ 

Ruwayda Mustafah, “Addressing Violence Against Women in Iraqi Kurdistan,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 28, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/addressing-violence-against-women-iraqi-kurdistan 

Ghaith al-Omari, “Making the Most of Jordan’s Peace Diplomacy,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 29, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/making-most-jordans-peace-diplomacy 

Aurora Ortega, “Hezbollah in Columbia Past and Present Modus Operandi and the News for Greater Security,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 28, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/hezbollah-colombia-past-and-present-modus-operandi-and-need-greater-scrutiny

Asaf Romirowsky and Alex Joffe, “MESA’s Israel boycott encapsulates everything wrong with academia – opinion,” The Jerusalem Post, March 26, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-702382

Avraham Sela, “Arab Historiography of the 1948 War: The Quest for Legitimacy,” Center for Israel Education, reprint from Truman Institute Reprints and Laurence J. Silberstein (ed.) New Perspectives on Israeli History, New York University Press, 1991, https://israeled.org/avraham-sela-arab-historiography-of-the-1948-war-the-quest-for-legitimacy/

Francisco Serrano, “War in Ukraine and drought at home: A perfect storm in the Maghreb,” Middle East Institute, March 21, 2022, https://www.mei.edu/publications/war-ukraine-and-drought-home-perfect-storm-maghreb  

Khalil Shikaki, “Press Release: Public Opinion Poll No (83),” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, March 22, 2022, https://www.pcpsr.org/en/node/902 

Clément Therme, “The Russian-Iran Partnership in a Multipolar World,” French Institute of International Relations, March 2022, https://www.ifri.org/sites/default/files/atoms/files/therme_russian_iran_partnership_2022.pdf 

Gil Troy, “Ukraine can happen in Israel too – opinion,” Jerusalem Post, March 22, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-702042#google_vignette 

Khaled Abu Toameh, “73% of Palestinians want Abbas to step down – poll,” Jerusalem Post, March 26, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/article-702367 

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Israeli, Palestinian women call to revive peace talks,” Jerusalem Post, March 26, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/article-702370 

Gil Troy, “Ukraine Can Happen in Israel Too,” Jerusalem Post, March 22, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-702042

Yohanan Tzoreff, “With Ramadan Approaching, the Fear of Escalation,” INSS, March 30, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/ramadan-2022/ 

Carl Yonker, “Hizballah, Lebanon, and Reconciliation with the Gulf: The Impasse,” Moshe Dayan Center, March 10, 2022, https://dayan.org/content/hizballah-lebanon-and-reconciliation-gulf-impasse 


#108 Contemporary Readings February 2022

March 2, 2022

Updated February 28, 2022

Assembled by Ken Stein, Michele Freesman-Levenson, and Ana Kilbourn Emory University’s Institute for the Study of Modern Israel and the Center for Israel Education, kenstein@israeled.org

AFP, “Israel’s economy minister visits Morocco to cement trade ties,” Ahram Online, February 20, 2022, https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/461440/World/Region/Israel;s-economy-minister-visits-Morocco-to-cement.aspx 

Mansour Abbas, David Makovsky, and Robert Satloff, “An Arab Leader in Israel: A Conversation with Mansour Abbas,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 10, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/arab-leader-israel-conversation-mansour-abbas 

Emily Alhadeff, “What Happened to Jewish (Israel) Studies” University of Washington, February 20, 2022, https://thecholent.substack.com/p/what-happened-to-jewish-studies?s=r

Taheilla Schwart Altshuler and Amir Cahane, “The NSO Affair – What is Allowed and What is Forbidden in Online Surveillance,” Israeli Democracy Institute, January 23, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/38153

Daphna Aviram-Nitzan, Yarden Kedar, “Israelis Out of Work as a Result of COVID-19,” Israel Democracy Institute, February 28, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/38301  

Prime Minister Bennett, “The State of Israel’s Foreign, Defense and Domestic Matters,” Center for Israel Education, February 7, 2022, https://israeled.org/resources/documents/remarks-by-israel-prime-minister-naftali-bennett-to-the-inss-15th-annual-international-conference/

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, “PM Bennett Addresses the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations,” Conference of President of Major American Jewish Organizations, Jerusalem, February 20, 2022, https://www.gov.il/en/departments/news/pm-bennett-addresses-the-conference-of-presidents-of-major-american-jewish-organizations-20-feb-2022 

BICOM Staff, “Israel offers to mediate between Russia and Ukraine,” BICOM, February 28, 2022, https://www.bicom.org.uk/news/israel-offeres-to-mediate-between-russia-and-ukraine/ 

BICOM Staff, “Not supporting the Abraham Accord was a mistake, says Abbas,” BICOMI, February 14, 2022, https://www.bicom.org.uk/news/not-supporting-the-abraham-accord-was-a-mistake-says-abbas/ 

BICOM Staff, “Tension in the West Bank following counter-terrorism operation,” BICOM, February 11, 2022, https://www.bicom.org.uk/news/tension-in-the-west-bank-following-counter-terrorism-operation/ 

Diana Bletter, “Helping Israel’s minorities find jobs in high-tech,” Israel21C, February 15, 2022, https://www.israel21c.org/helping-israels-minorities-find-jobs-in-high-tech/  

Anna Borshchevskaya, “How to Make Russia Pay in Ukraine: Study Syria,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 15, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/how-make-russia-pay-ukraine-study-syria  

Margaret Dene, Hannah Labow, Carol Silber, “Middle East Responses to the Ukraine Crisis,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 25, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/middle-east-responses-ukraine-crisis  

Renee Ghert-Zand, “3 Days in March: How the 2nd Intifada’s Bloodiest Hours Seeded Today’s Middle East,” The Times of Israel, February 23, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/3-days-in-march-how-the-2nd-intifadas-bloodiest-hours-seeded-todays-middle-east/ 

Judah Ari Gross, “PM meets Reform, Conservative leaders after 6-year hiatus under Netanyahu,” Times of Israel, February 28, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/pm-meets-reform-conservative-leaders-after-6-year-hiatus-under-netanyahu/ 

Yoseph Hadad, “Amnesty Tries to Distort My Arab Identity and Dismantle Israel – Opinion,” The Jerusalem Post, February 7, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-695337 

Simon Henderson, “Bennett’s Bahrain Visit Further Invigorates Israel-Gulf Diplomacy,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 14, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/bennetts-bahrain-visit-further-invigorates-israel-gulf-diplomacy  

David Horovitz, “Why Israel must stand squarely with Ukraine,” Times of Israel, February 28, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/why-israel-must-stand-squarely-with-ukraine/ 

Ephraim Inbar, “A US failure in Ukraine Crisis could lead to a conflagration in Middle East, Asia,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, February 7, 2022, https://jiss.org.il/en/inbar-us-failure-in-ukraine-crisis/ 

INSS Staff, INSS Researchers Tweet about the War in Europe,” INSS, February 24, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/social_media/inss-researchers-tweet/  

Yaakov Katz, “Hamas Doesn’t Need Sheikh Jarrah or Jerusalem to Start a War,” The Jerusalem Post, February 17, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-696874 

Patrick Kingsley, Isabel Kershner and Ronen Bergman, “War in Ukraine Forces Israel Into a Delicate Balancing Act,” New York Times, February 27, 2022, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/27/world/middleeast/israel-ukraine-russia.html?searchResultPosition=1 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli aid experts reach typhoon-hit Philippines,” Israel21C, February 22, 2022, https://www.israel21c.org/israeli-aid-experts-reach-typhoon-hit-philippines/  

Moshe Kwiat, “Solemeini’s Revenge from Cyberspace: A Blatant Escalation,” Beehive, Moshe Dayan Center, February 28, 2022, https://dayan.org/content/solemeinis-revenge-cyberspace-blatant-escalation  

Edward Luttwak, “Iran’s Performative Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism: An Interpretation of Iran’s Current Policy Toward Its Jewish Community and Israel,” The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, January 11, 2022, https://jstribune.com/luttwak-irans-performative-antisemitism-and-anti-zionism/ 

The Media Line and Ynet, “Palestinian Authority’s Waning Power in West Bank Cause for Concern,” YNet, February 19, 2022, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/bkxl0w5kq 

Kobi Michael, Yoel Guzansky, “Revisiting the Possibility of a Regional Military Alliance,” INSS, February 24, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/nato-of-the-middle-east/  

Aaron David Miller, “Israel and the Gulf: A Security Partnership Around the Corner?” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, February 10, 2022, https://carnegieendowment.org/2022/02/10/israel-and-gulf-security-partnership-around-corner-pub-86433 

Michael Milshtein, “The New Way”: The Key to Understanding Ra’am’s Strategy,” Bayan, Moshe Dayan Center, February 24, 2022, https://dayan.org/content/new-way-key-understanding-raams-strategy  

Assaf Orion, “Beyond Chastity Belt and Road: US-Israel Relations in the Age of Great Power Competition,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 6, 2022,  https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/beyond-chastity-belt-and-road-us-israel-relations-age-great-power-competition  

Daniel Rakov, “Understanding the Russia-Iran-Israel Triangle,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, February 9, 2022, https://jiss.org.il/en/rakov-the-russia-iran-israel-triangle/ 

Reuters Staff, “Demand for Hebrew lessons jumps in Gaza as Israel eases work restrictions,” Alarabiya News, February 23, 2022, https://english.alarabiya.net/features/2022/02/23/Demand-for-Hebrew-lessons-jumps-in-Gaza-as-Israel-eases-work-restrictions 

Reuters Staff, “U.S. House Leader Nancy Pelosi arrives in Israel, vows support on Iran,” Reuters, February 16, 2022, https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/us-house-leader-nancy-pelosi-arrives-israel-vows-support-iran-2022-02-16/ 

Paul Rivlin, “Zero-Sum versus Win-Win in the Middle East,” Iqtisadi: Moshe Dayan Center, February 22, 2022, https://dayan.org/content/zero-sum-versus-win-win-middle-east  

Shira Rubin, “Capitalism had Israel’s kibbutzim on the ropes. Then they discovered pot,” Washington Post, February 12, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/02/09/israel-cannabis-marijuana-kibbutz/ 

Robert Satloff, “Three Presidents, Three Flawed Iran Policies, and the Path Ahead,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 25, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/three-presidents-three-flawed-iran-policies-and-path-ahead  

Tehilla Schwartz Altshuler, Amir Cahane, “The Israeli Public Has a Right to Know About Illegal Surveillance,” Israel Democracy Institute, February 7, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/38287  

Mohamed Abu Shaar, “Escalation in Jerusalem and the West Bank,” Ahram Online, February 19, 2022, https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/50/1203/461158/AlAhram-Weekly/World/Escalation-in-Jerusalem-and-the-West-Bank.aspx 

Amy Spiro, “Dozens of US lawmakers descend on Israel with AIPAC-affiliated trip,” Times of Israel, February 21, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/dozens-of-us-lawmakers-descend-on-israel-with-aipac-affiliated-trip/ 

Carol Troen, “A Glossary of Terms on modern Israel,” February 27, 2022, https://israeled.org/a-glossary-of-terms-on-modern-israel-in-essential-israel/

Yohanan Tzoreff, “Fatah Central Committee Decisions Accelerate the Decline of PA Legitimacy,”INSS, February 6, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/pa-legitimacy/ 

Frederic Wehrey, Ninar Fawal, “Cascading Climate Effects in the Middle East and North Africa: Adapting Through Inclusive Governance,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, February 24, 2022, https://carnegieendowment.org/2022/02/24/cascading-climate-effects-in-middle-east-and-north-africa-adapting-through-inclusive-governance-pub-86510 

Moran Zaga, “The UAE Under Attack: A Foreign Policy Test,” Tel Aviv Notes: Moshe Dayan Center, February 10, 2022, https://dayan.org/content/uae-under-attack-foreign-policy-test  

Tova Zimuky, “Israel appoints first-ever Muslim Supreme Court justice,” YNet, February 21, 2022, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/hylwdxzgq 


#107 Contemporary Readings January 2022

February 2, 2022

Updated February 2, 2022
Assembled by Ken Stein and Michele Freesman-Levenson, Emory University’s Institute for the Study of Modern Israel and the Center for Israel Education, kenstein@israeled.org

Musa Alami, “The Lesson of Palestine,” Middle East Journal, October 1949, reprinted with permission,https://israeled.org/musa-alami-the-lesson-of-palestine-middle-east-journal-october-1949-reprinted-with-permission/

Tomer Barak and Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak, “Confronting Climate Change, Turkey Needs ‘Green’ Leadership Now More than Ever,” Middle East Institute, January 25, 2022, https://www.mei.edu/publications/confronting-climate-change-turkey-needs-green-leadership-now-more-ever

Ilan Ben Zion, “Israel’s national library sees Arabic site traffic boom,” AP News, January 9, 2022, https://apnews.com/article/europe-middle-east-religion-jerusalem-israel-f98e10b91a0101f9dda630cfd972bbb3 

Joshua Albin Cheyaden, “A Saudi-Pakistani Reset: Business as Usual?” Moshe Dayan Center, January 31, 2022, https://dayan.org/content/saudi-pakistani-reset-business-usual 

Ana Borshchevskaya, “Russia’s Strategic Success in Syria and the Future of Moscow’s Middle East Policy,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 23, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/russias-strategic-success-syria-and-future-moscows-middle-east-policy 

Soner Cagaptay, “Erdogan’s End Game,” Foreign Affairs, January 4, 2022, https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/middle-east/2022-01-04/erdogans-end-game

Sarah Dadouch, “Iran is putting down roots in eastern Syria, outcompeting Assad’s regime in signing up fighters,” Washington Post, January 28, 2021 https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2022/01/28/iran-syria-militias-deir-al-zour/ 

Boaz Dolev and David Siman-Tov, “Iranian Cyber Influence Operations against Israel Disguised as Ransomware Attacks,” INSS, January 27, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/cyber-iran/ 

Farnaz Fassihi and Lara Jakes, “Trading Threats, the U.S. and Iran Inch Closer to a Nuclear Pact,” New York Times, January 12, 2022, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/12/world/middleeast/us-iran-nuclear-deal.html?referringSource=articleShare 

Eytan Gilboa, “Will US-Israel Ties Withstand Possible Strains Due to the Iranian and Palestinian Issues?” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, January 26, 2022, https://jiss.org.il/en/gilboa-will-us-israel-ties-withstand-possible-strains/

Rick Gladstone, “U.N. Approves Israeli Measure to Condemn Holocaust Denial,” New York Times, January 20, 2022, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/20/world/americas/united-nations-holocaust-resolution.html?searchResultPosition=10 

Daniel Gordis, “Continuity Requires Content,” SAPIR: A Journal of Jewish Conversations, vol. 3, (Autumn 2021): 54-63, https://sapirjournal.org/continuity/2021/10/continuity-requires-content/

Shira Hanau, “Rabbi Simcha Krauss, who fought for women’s rights in Orthodoxy, dies at 85,” Haaretz, January 24, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/rabbi-simcha-krauss-who-fought-for-womens-rights-in-orthodoxy-dies-at-85/ 

Amir Hayek, “Something Natural Is Happening Here and Now,” Khaleej Times, January 30, 2022, https://www.khaleejtimes.com/supplements/something-natural-is-happening-here-and-now 

Ariel Heimann, “Salaries, Compensation, and Benefits in the IDF: Implications for the Regular and Reserve Service Model,” INSS, January 12, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/idf-wages/ 

Simon Henderson, “Reality Check for Israel’s Natural Gas Plans,” The Washington Institute, January 27, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/reality-check-israels-natural-gas-plans

Tamar Hermann, “The Erratic Pulse of Israeli Democracy,” Israel Democracy Institute, January 20, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/podcasts/38147 

Tamar Hermann, Or Anabi, Yaron Kaplan, Inna Orly Sapozhnikova, “The Israeli Democracy Index 2021,” Israel Democracy Institute, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/publications/37984 

President of Israel, “UAE Presidential Visit: President Isaac Herzog and the First Lady Meet Jewish community representatives in the United Arab Emirates,” January 30, 2022, https://www.gov.il/en/departments/news/press-3001224

Adi Kantor, “An Overview of Contemporary Antisemitism,” INSS, January 27, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/adi-kantor/

Michael Kaminer, “House Hunting in Israel: An Inventive Use of Concrete Outside of Tel Aviv,” New York Times, January 5, 2022, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/05/realestate/house-hunting-in-israel-an-inventive-use-of-concrete-outside-of-tel-aviv.html?searchResultPosition=31 

Isabel Kershner, “Israeli Artist Turns Plastic Pollution Into ‘Earth Poetica,’” New York Times, January 16, 2022, https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/16/arts/design/beverly-barkat-artist-israel-plastic.html?searchResultPosition=12 

Mehdi Khalaji, “Iran’s Increased Persecution of the Bahai,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 21, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/irans-increased-persecution-bahai 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israel’s first Winter Paralympics athlete is alpine skier,” Israel21C, January 23, 2022, https://www.israel21c.org/israels-first-winter-paralympics-athlete-is-alpine-skier/ 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli STEM program empowers girls in Ghana,” Israel21C, January 19, 2022, https://www.israel21c.org/israeli-stem-program-empowers-girls-in-ghana/ 

Ephraim Lavie, Mohammed S. Wattad, Meir Elran, “Curbing Violence and Crime in Arab Society: The Risk of a Missed Opportunity,” INSS, January 16, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/arab-community-violence/ 

Doaa A. Moneim, “Egypt to receive $368 mln loan from AMF to boost country’s financial position amid COVID-19,” Ahram Online, January 29, 2022, https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/457121.aspx 

Guy Lurie, “The Tenure on the Bench of Supreme Court Justices,” Israel Democracy Institute, January 20, 2022, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/38143 

David Makovsky, “Israeli Coalition Leaders Navigate Protests and Political Constraints,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 14, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/israeli-coalition-leaders-navigate-protests-and-political-constraints 

Aviad Mendelboim, Yoram Schweitzer, Ido Gadi Raz, “Suicide Attacks Worldwide in 2021: The Downward Trend Continues,” INSS, January 10, 2022, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/suicide-attacks-2021/ 

Alon Pinkas, “Biden’s First Year in the Middle East Was Predictable and Underwhelming – and That’s Good,” Haaretz, January 20, 2022, https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-biden-s-first-year-in-the-mideast-was-predictable-and-underwhelming-and-that-s-good-1.10553281?utm_source=mailchimp&utm_medium=content&utm_campaign=haaretz-news&utm_content=97e7ef60d5 

Anshel Pferffer, “Confounding Critics, Israel’s Yair Lapid Marks Surprising Decade in Politics,” Haaretz, January 9, 2022, https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.HIGHLIGHT-confounding-critics-israel-s-yair-lapid-marks-surprising-decade-in-politics-1.10525802 

Barak Ravid, “U.S. sees “snapback” sanctions threat as tool to deter Iran enrichment,” Axios, January 5, 2022, https://www.axios.com/us-snapback-sanctions-iran-deal-211bbb13-d587-4bd3-bdfc-89f842bbc148.html 

Marc Rod, “Congress launches bipartisan Abraham Accords Caucus,” Jewish Insider, January 10, 2022, https://jewishinsider.com/2022/01/congress-abraham-accords-caucus-launch/ 

Dennis Ross, “A Needed Warning for Yemen’s Rebels—and for Our Allies and Enemies Alike,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 24, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/needed-warning-yemens-rebels-and-our-allies-and-enemies-alike 

Uzi Rubin, “Iran’s Drones Tip the Balance of Power in the Middle East,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, January 25, 2022, https://jiss.org.il/en/rubin-irans-drones-tip-the-balance-of-power-in-mideast/ 

Robert Satloff, ““The Holocaust was an Arab Story too”: Holocaust Remembrance in the Arab World,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 28, 2022, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/holocaust-was-arab-story-too-holocaust-remembrance-arab-world 

Jonathan Spyer, “Current Trends in Syria and the Israeli national interest,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, January 10, 2022, https://jiss.org.il/en/spyer-current-trends-in-syria/ 

Jonathan Spyer, “Houthi/Iranian attacks on UAE a response to losses on the Yemen battlefield,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, January 31, 2022, https://jiss.org.il/en/spyer-houthi-iranian-attacks-on-uae/ 

TOI Staff, “Israel signs secret deal to transfer natural gas to Lebanon — TV,” Times of Israel, January 15, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/israel-signs-secret-deal-to-transfer-natural-gas-to-lebanon-tv/ 

Kenneth Stein, “An Israel Syllabus that informs – decades of proof,” Center for Israel Education, https://israeled.org/an-israel-syllabus-that-informs-decades-of-proof/

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Palestinian online campaign blames Hamas for Gaza misery,” Jerusalem Post, January 29, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/article-694921 

Eyal Zisser, “Demography still plays a critical role in the Middle East,” Moshe Dayan Center, January 9, 2022, https://dayan.org/content/demography-still-plays-critical-role-middle-east 


#106 Contemporary Readings December 2021

January 7, 2022

Updated January 4, 2022 

Assembled by Ken Stein and Michele Freesman-Levenson, Emory University’s Institute for the Study of Modern Israel and the Center for Israel Education, kenstein@israeled.org 

Elliott Abrams, “Murmurs About Palestine as 2021 Ends,” Council on Foreign Relations, December 15, 2021, https://www.cfr.org/blog/murmurs-about-palestine-2021-ends  

Associated Press, “Israeli leader returning home from UAE ‘very optimistic’.” Y-Net, December 14, 2021, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/s1mmwib9f  

Daphna Aviram-Nitzan and Roe Kenneth Portal, “Is Israel Also Experiencing a “Great Resignation”?” Israel Democracy Institute, December 22, 2021, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/37822  

Steven Bayme, “American Jewry and Israel: Whither the Next Generation?” Center for Israel Education, December 2, 2021, https://israeled.org/american-jewry-and-israel-whither-the-next-generation/  

Naama Barak, “Israeli film on WWII Nazis hidden in US is Oscar contender,” Israel21C, December 23, 2021, https://www.israel21c.org/israeli-film-on-wwii-nazis-hidden-in-us-is-oscar-contender/  

Danya Belkin and Oreen Cohen, “Tracing the history of Tel Aviv through its street names,” Israel21C, December 30, 2021, https://www.israel21c.org/tracing-the-history-of-tel-aviv-through-its-street-names/ 

Howard Berman, Michèle Flournoy, Jane Harman, Leon Panetta, David Petraeus, Dennis Ross, and Robert Satloff, “Statement on Improving the Potential for a Diplomatic Resolution to the Iran Nuclear Challenge,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 17, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/about/press-room/press-release/statement-improving-potential-diplomatic-resolution-iran-nuclear  

Anna Borshchevskaya, “How the Death of the Soviet Union Transformed the Middle East,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 21, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/how-death-soviet-union-transformed-middle-east  

Mitchell Cohen, “Why Today’s Middle East Needs Henry Kissinger’s ‘Less Is More’ Approach,” Politico, December 29, 2021, https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/12/29/middle-east-kissinger-526220  

Dalia Dassa Kaye, Linda Robinson, Jeffrey Martini, Nathan Vest, Ashley L. Rhoades, “Reimagining U.S. Strategy in the Middle East,” Rand Corporation, 2021, https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RRA958-1.html  

Hillel Frisch, “Hamas takeover of Gaza killed the two-state solution,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, December 23, 2021, https://jiss.org.il/en/frisch-hamas-takeover-of-gaza-killed-the-two-state-solution/  

Daniel Gordis, “Continuity Requires Content,” Sapir Journal, Autumn 2021, https://sapirjournal.org/continuity/2021/10/continuity-requires-content/  

Judah Ari Gross, “War: What Israel talks about when it talks about striking Iran’s nuclear program,” Times of Israel, December 3, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/what-israels-talking-about-when-it-talks-about-striking-irans-nuclear-program-war/  

Tamar Herrmann and Or Anabi, “Does Iran pose an existential threat? Israeli Voice Index November 2021,” Israel Democrcay Institute, December 8, 2021, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/36760  

David Horovitz, “Iran — the gamble, the original sin, and the unthinkable current consequence,” Times of Israel, December 2, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-the-gamble-the-original-sin-and-the-unthinkable-current-consequence/  

David Horovitz, “Why is Israel again abandoning the Solomonic wisdom of the Western Wall compromise?,” Times of Israel, December 16, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/why-is-israel-again-abandoning-the-solomonic-wisdom-of-the-western-wall-compromise/  

Rony Karstadt, “Trust, Truth, and National Security: The Cognitive Battle in the Digital Age – Summary of the 2021 Conference of the Lipkin-Shahak Program,” INSS, December 15, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/lipkin-shahak-annual-3/  

Rachel Kaufman, “Women and Social Media: Key Drivers of Protest in Iraq,” Wilson Center, December 22, 2021, https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/women-and-social-media-key-drivers-protest-iraq  

Patrick Kingsley, “Israeli Leader Holds Historic Meeting With Emirati Crown Prince,” New York Times, December 13, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/13/world/middleeast/israel-uae-naftali-bennett.html  

Eran Lerman, “Israel, the US, and the Iranian Nuclear project – back to basics,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, December 8, 2021, https://jiss.org.il/en/lerman-israel-the-us-and-the-iranian-nuclear-project-2/  

Moran Levanoni, “No Boundaries – The Syrian-Lebanese Drug Economy,” Moshe Dayan Center, December 22, 2021, https://dayan.org/content/no-boundaries-syrian-lebanese-drug-economy  

David Makovsky, “Bennet Visit Shows the UAE Balancing Between Israeli Ties and Regional De-escalation,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 16, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/bennett-visit-shows-uae-balancing-between-israeli-ties-and-regional-de-escalation  

Giland Malach and Lee Cahaner, “Two Thirds of Ultra-Orthodox Are Online,” Israel Democracy Insititute, December 30, 2021, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/37838  

David May, Jonathan Schanzer, “Israel’s Arabs are the latest victim of Iran’s proxy wars,” Al-Arabiya, December 9, 2021, https://english.alarabiya.net/views/2021/12/09/Israel-s-Arabs-are-the-latest-victim-of-Iran-s-proxy-wars  

Kobi Michael, “Israel’s Moment of Truth in Dealing with Hamas?” INSS, December 23, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/hamas-israel/  

Aaron David Miller, “Bennett’s Breakthrough,” Malcom H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center, December 15, 2021, https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/85992  

Aaron David Miller, “Israel and the Gulf State Are Becoming Closer. But It Won’t Make Biden’s Life Much Easier,” Politico, December 16, 2021, https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/12/16/israel-emirati-rapprochement-biden-middle-east-problem-524851  

Assa Ophir, “Turkey’s Nuclear Future,” Moshe Dayan Center, December 15, 2021, https://dayan.org/content/turkeys-nuclear-future  

Anshel Pfeffer, “2021, the Year Israel Learned Not to Take Its Democracy for Granted,” Haaretz, December 30, 2021, https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-2021-the-year-israel-learned-not-to-take-its-democracy-for-granted-1.10504575  

David Pollack, “The UAE’S Second Half-Century: Building Forward to What?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 2, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/uaes-second-half-century-building-forward-what  

Makram Rabah, “The Palestinian refugee camp explosion shows that Hamas is in the pocket of Iran,” Al-Arabiya, December 19, 2021,  https://english.alarabiya.net/views/2021/12/19/The-Palestinian-refugee-camp-explosion-shows-that-Hamas-is-in-the-pocket-of-Iran  

Yair Rosenberg, “Yair Lapid: Extremist Violence Is a ‘Stain on Israel,’” The Atlantic, December 15, 2021, https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/12/yair-lapid-israel-interview/621018/  

Arik Rudnitzky, “Comprehensive Survey of Political Opinion among the Arab Public,” Moshe Dayan Center, December 14, 2021, https://dayan.org/content/comprehensive-survey-political-opinion-among-arab-public  

David E. Sanger and Patrick Kingsley, “Lapid Says Israel Will Support Iran Nuclear Pact if It’s ‘a Good Deal,” New York Times, December 23, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/23/world/middleeast/lapid-israel-nuclear-iran-palestinians.html?searchResultPosition=8  

Yuval Shany and Amir Fuchs, “The Lack of the Right to Equality in Israel is Unique in the Democratic World,” Israel Democracy Institute, December 4, 2021, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/36778  

Khalil Shikaki, “Public Opinion Poll No (82),” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, December 27, 2021, https://www.pcpsr.org/en/node/866  

Kenneth W. Stein, “The Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty – Context and Implications,” Center for Israel Education, December 27, 2021, https://israeled.org/egyptian-israeli-peace-treaty-context-and-implications/  

Kenneth W. Stein, “In Damascus in December 1973–Kissinger rebuffed by Assad: ‘Mr. Secretary, is it my turn to speak?’” December 15, 2021, Center for Israel Education, December 15, 2021, https://israeled.org/december-1973-kissinger-rebuffed-by-assad/  

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Hamas, PA responsible for crises, say Gazans – poll,” Jerusalem Post, December 24, 2021, https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/article-689610  

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Is the Palestinian Authority losing control? – analysis,” Jerusalem Post, December 14, 2021, https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/is-the-palestinian-authority-losing-control-analysis-688731  

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Palestinian factions decry ‘disgraceful’ Abbas-Gantz meeting,” Jerusalem Post, December 29, 2021, https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/article-690082  

Yohanan Tzoreff, “Israel and the Palestinians: Approaching an Age that Defies Negotiations?” INSS, December 16, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/palestine-authority-new-age/  

Ryan Zaitoun, “Old Loyalties, New Opportunities: the Battle for Identity among the Golani Druze,” Wilson Center, December 22, 2021, https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/old-loyalties-new-opportunities-battle-identity-among-golani-druze  

Jim Zanotti, “Israel: Background and U.S. Relations in Brief,” Congressional Research Service, December 2, 2021, https://sgp.fas.org/crs/mideast/R44245.pdf  

Neri Zilber, “Why Israel (Sort of) Misses the Iran Deal,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 6, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/why-israel-sort-misses-iran-deal  


#105 Contemporary Readings November 2021

December 2, 2021

Assembled by Ken Stein and Michele Freesman-Levenson, Emory University’s Institute for the Study of Modern Israel and the Center for Israel Education, kenstein@israeled.org

Wifag Adnan and Haggay Etkes, “The Reform of the Permit Regime for Palestinian Workers in Israel: A Preliminary Evaluation,” INSS, November 11, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/work-permits-reform/ 

Major General (res.) Yaakov Amidror, “Why is Iran returning to the negotiating table?” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, November 14, 2021, https://jiss.org.il/en/why-is-iran-returning-to-the-negotiating-table/ 

Sultan Althari, “Green energy development is a must as developing world faces poverty by pollution,” Al-Arabiya, November 13, 2021, https://english.alarabiya.net/views/2021/11/13/Green-energy-development-is-a-must-as-developing-world-faces-poverty-by-pollution 

BICOM Staff, “The Bennett-Lapid Government: Domestic Policy Priorities,” BICOM, November 2021, https://www.bicom.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/The-Bennett-Lapid-Government-Domestic-Policy-Priorities-Nov-2021.pdf 

Shlomo Black, “Haredi Enlistment in the IDF: Does the Proposed New Law Invite Substantive Change?” INSS, November 2, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/idf-orthodox-jews/ 

Omer Carmi, “Reading Through Iran’s Nuclear Demands,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 24, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/reading-through-irans-nuclear-demands 

Center for Israel Education, “The Impact of Covid-19 on Middle Eastern and North African States: A Curated Reading List (March 2020-October 15, 2021), https://israeled.org/the-impact-of-covid-19-on-middle-eastern-and-north-african-states-a-curated-reading-list/

Adiel Cohen, “The Invention of Arab Jews Erases Mizrahi Jewish History – Opinion,” Jerusalem Post, November 8, 2012, https://www.jpost.com/opinion/arab-jews-are-an-invention-opinion-684324 

Shira Efron, Lieutenant Colonel (res.) T.B, and David Siman Tov, “The Implications of Climate Change for Military Intelligence,” INSS, November 20, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/climate-change-and-intelligence/ 

Shahar Eilam and Tom Eshed, “Increased Antisemitism in the United States Following Operation Guardian of the Walls: Permanent or Short-Lived?” INSS, November 10, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/antisemitism-and-guardian-of-the-walls/ 

Oded Eran and Shimon Stein, “The United States and Israel: Disagreements Could Threaten Relations,” INSS, November 15, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/usa-israel-differences/ 

Ben Fishman, “December Elections in Libya Risk a Return to Civil War,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 21, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/december-elections-libya-risk-return-civil-war 

Brandon Friedman, “Regional Solutions to Regional Challenges in the Middle East?” Moshe Dayan Center, November 30, 2021, https://dayan.org/content/regional-solutions-regional-challenges-middle-east 

Hadas Gold, “What the world could learn from Israel’s Covid-19 vaccine booster rollout,” CNN, November 24, 2021, https://edition.cnn.com/2021/11/24/health/israel-covid-booster-lessons-intl-cmd/index.html 

Evan Gottesman, “The Palestinian Authority’s Most Enthusiastic Cheerleader,” Israel Policy Forum, November 19, 2021, https://israelpolicyforum.org/2021/11/19/the-palestinian-authoritys-most-enthusiastic-cheerleader/ 

Judah Ari Gross, “In Morocco, Gantz signs Israel’s first-ever defense MOU with an Arab country,” Times of Israel, November 24, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-morocco-gantz-signs-israels-first-ever-defense-mou-with-an-arab-country/ 

Layla Hashemi, “Threats to Iranian Instagram: Analyzing Iran’s Internet Landscape,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 24, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/threats-iranian-instagram-analyzing-irans-internet-landscape 

Prof. Tamar Hermann and Dr. Or Anabi, “Israel’s International Standing Has Remained Stable Under the New Government,” Israel Democracy Institute, November 3, 2021, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/36538 

Martin Indyk, Stuart Eizenstat, and Susan Glasser, “American Peace Process Diplomacy: What Works? What Doesn’t?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 30, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/american-peace-process-diplomacy-what-works-what-doesnt 

Israel Democracy Institute Staff, “Changing Public Perceptions of the IDF: Special Survey,” Israel Democracy Institute, November 23, 2021, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/36683?ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_3_11_2021_16_7_COPY_01 

Michael Jacobs and Ken Stein, “Yitzhak Rabin: Israel Leadership in a Lifetime,” Center for Israel Education, November 2, 2021, https://israeled.org/yitzhak-rabin-israel-leadership-in-a-lifetime/

Wendy Kalman, “Hearing the Voices of History,” Times of Israel, November 29, 2021, https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/author/wendy-kalman/

Isabel Kershner, “Israel Passes First Budget in More Than 3 Years in Lifeline for Government,” New York Times, November 4, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/04/world/middleeast/israel-budget.html 

Michael J. Koplow, “The Domestic Politics Driving Israeli Policy,” Israel Policy Forum, November 18, 2021, https://israelpolicyforum.org/2021/11/18/the-domestic-politics-driving-israeli-policy/

Tovah Lazaroff and Khaled Abu Toameh,  “Israel won’t thwart two states, minister tells int’l parley on Palestinians,” Jerusalem Post, November 18, 2021, https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/israel-wont-thwart-2-states-minister-tells-intl-parley-on-palestinians-685327 

Colonel (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman, “Military Diplomacy as a National Security Asset: Israel’s Widening Array of Joint Exercises,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, November 17, 2021, https://jiss.org.il/en/lerman-military-diplomacy-as-a-national-security-asset/ 

Michael Milshtein, “What if Israel Refuses to Decide on the Palestinian Territories,” Moshe Dayan Center, November 19, 2021, https://dayan.org/content/what-if-israel-refuses-decide-palestinian-territories 

Orna Mizrahi and Yoel Guzansky, “The Crisis in Lebanese-Saudi Relations: Yet Another Blow to the Cedar State,” INSS, November 15, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/lebanon-gulf/ 

Omri Nahmias, “Mike Herzog arrives in Washington, officially takes office as ambassador to US,” Jerusalem Post, November 14, 2021, https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/mike-herzog-arrives-in-washington-officially-takes-office-as-us-ambassador-684983 

Dr. Emannuel Navon, “Israel and the New ‘Old Europe,’” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, November 25, 2021, https://jiss.org.il/en/navon-israel-and-the-new-old-europe/ 

Ghaith al-Omari, “Preparing for Orderly Change in Jordan When the Time Comes,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 22, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/preparing-orderly-change-jordan-when-time-comes 

Ghaith al-Omari and Simon Henderson, “UAE to Fund Israel and Jordan’s Solar/Water Deal,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 18, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/uae-fund-israel-and-jordans-solarwater-deal 

Giovanni Matteo Quer, “Back in Exile: Afghan Stories of a Near Distant Past,” Beehive: Moshe Dayan Center, November 1, 2021, https://dayan.org/content/back-exile-afghan-stories-near-distant-past

Dennis Ross, “How Israel Should Navigate the New American Landscape,” Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, November 2021, https://jstribune.com/dennis-ross-israel-new-american-landscape/ 

Danielle Roth-Avneri, Yehuda Shlezinger and ILH Staff, “Knesset passes 2022 budget after marathon voting session, staving off elections,” Israel Hayom, November 5, 2021, https://www.israelhayom.com/2021/11/05/knesset-passes-2022-budget-after-marathon-voting-session-staving-off-elections/ 

Jonathan Schanzer, “The May 2021 Israel-Hamas war was a stress test for normalization,” Al-Arabiya, November 12, 2021, https://english.alarabiya.net/views/2021/11/12/The-May-2021-Israel-Hamas-war-was-a-stress-test-for-normalization 

Eldad Shavit and Sima Shine, “The Renewal of the Talks on Returning to the Nuclear Deal – Slim Chances of Success,” INSS, November 24, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/vienna-talks-2/ 

Amro Selim, “Regional Water Cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa: Transitioning from Conflict to Stability,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 30, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/regional-water-cooperation-middle-east-and-north-africa-transitioning-conflict 

Ken Stein, “The National Library of Israel,” Center for Israel Education, November 9, 2021, https://israeled.org/israel-national-library-then-and-now/

Khaled Abu Toameh, “PA steps up crackdown on Hamas, Islamic Jihad members,” Jerusalem Post, Novemeber 27, 2021, https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/pa-steps-up-crackdown-on-hamas-islamic-jihad-members-687136 

Omar Al-Ubaydli, “Expanding the scope of the JCPOA might serve Iran’s best interests,” Al- Arabiya, November 21, 2021, https://english.alarabiya.net/views/2021/11/21/Expanding-the-scope-of-the-JCPOA-might-serve-Iran-s-best-interests 

Jesse Weinberg, “Celebrating Ashura in Syria,” Beehive: Moshe Dayan Center, November 25,  2021, https://dayan.org/content/celebrating-ashura-syria 

Calvin Wilder and Kenneth R. Rosen, “Delta Crescent Energy: Refining U.S. Stabilization Strategies in Northeast Syria,” Washington Institute Near East Policy, November 24, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/delta-crescent-energy-refining-us-stabilization-strategies-northeast-syria 

Raoul Wootliff, “Even with budget test passed, key challenges threaten unity of diverse coalition,” Times of Israel, November 7, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/even-with-budget-test-passed-challenges-threaten-unity-of-diverse-coalition/ 

James Zogby, “Refocus on Iran’s Behavior,” Ahram Online, November 8, 2021, https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/4/438308/Opinion/Refocus-on-Iran%E2%80%99s-Behavior.aspx