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#131 Contemporary Readings January 2024 – Including Israel-Hamas War

February 1, 2024

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Is Hamas Waging a Smear Campaign against Egypt?” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, January 21, 2024. https://jcpa.org/is-hamas-waging-a-smear-campaign-against-egypt/

Lior Ben-Ari, “Abraham Accords Hold Steady amid Gaza War Turmoil,” Ynet, January 9, 2024. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/bja2d9q006?utm_source=taboola&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=internal

Yoni Ben Menachem, “Egypt Fears the Strengthening of the “Muslim Brotherhood” Movement,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, January 28, 2024. https://jcpa.org/egypt-fears-the-strengthening-of-the-muslim-brotherhood-movement/

Yoni Ben Menachem, “Yahya Sinwar’s Exorbitant Demands,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, January 21, 2024. https://jcpa.org/yahya-sinwars-exorbitant-demands/

Patrick Clawson, “Tehran Makes Gains, But Concerns Persist About Regime Vulnerability,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 30, 2024.  https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/tehran-makes-gains-concerns-persist-about-regime-vulnerability

Amichai Cohen, “Explainer: South Africa’s Case Against Israel at the International Court of Justice,” Israel Democracy Institute, January 10, 2024. https://en.idi.org.il/experts/1491

Raphael S. Cohen, “Netanyahu May Be Standing in the Way of a Two-State Solution. But He’s Far From Alone,” The Rand Corporation, January 22, 2024. https://www.rand.org/pubs/commentary/2024/01/netanyahu-may-be-standing-in-the-way-of-a-two-state-solution.html

Stephane Cohen, Orna Mizrahi, “The Political Vacuum in Lebanon and the Fighting in the North,” Institute for National Security Studies, January 28, 2024. https://www.inss.org.il/social_media/the-political-vacuum-in-lebanon-and-the-fighting-in-the-north/

Geoffrey S. Corn, “‘Rules of War’ are Complicated, not only in Gaza,” Jewish Institute for National Security of America, January 9, 2024. https://jinsa.org/rule-of-war-complicated-corn-jan9/

Ari Cicurel, “Strikes Against the Houthis Should Not Be a One-Off,” Jewish Institute for National Security of America, January 12, 2024. https://jinsa.org/jinsa_report/strikes-against-the-houthis-should-not-be-a-one-off/

Deborah Danan, “Oct. 7 Was Worse Than a Terror Attack. It Was a Pogrom,” Tablet, January 24, 2024. https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/israel-middle-east/articles/hamas-palestinians-pogrom-israel

Udi Dekel, “To Meet the War’s Objectives, Controlling Northern Gaza is Essential,”  Institute for National Security Studies, January 25, 2024. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/north-gaza/

“Documents Brought Back From the Gaza Strip Indicate That Hamas Premeditated Its Atrocities Against Israelis and to Kidnap and Maltreat Them,” Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, January 20, 2024. https://www.terrorism-info.org.il/en/documents-brought-back-from-the-gaza-strip-indicate-that-hamas-premeditated-its-atrocities-against-israelis-and-to-kidnap-and-maltreat-them/

Michael Doran, Can Kasapoğlu & Jonathan Schachter, “Three Things about the Israel-Hamas War,” Hudson Institute, January 25, 2024. https://www.hudson.org/defense-strategy/three-things-about-israel-hamas-war-michael-doran-can-kasapoglu-jonathan-schachter-january-25-2024

Gabriel Epstein, “How Hamas Manipulates Gaza Fatality Numbers,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 25, 2024. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/how-hamas-manipulates-gaza-fatality-numbers-examining-male-undercount-and-other#:~:text=In%20this%20Policy%20Note%2C%20Gabriel,of%20men%20and%20militants%20killed.

Emanuel Fabian, “IDF Says It Has Killed More Than 9,000 Hamas Operatives in Gaza Since Start of War,” Times of Israel, January 14, 2024. https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/idf-says-it-has-killed-more-than-9000-hamas-operatives-in-gaza-since-start-of-war/

Seth J. Frantzman, “Comparing Gaza with Mosul,” The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, January 2024. https://jstribune.com/frantzman-comparing-gaza-with-mosul/

Matti Friedman, “What If the Real War in Israel Hasn’t Even Started?” The Free Press, January 28, 2024. https://www.thefp.com/p/matti-friedman-israel-hezbollah-war

Nimrod Goren, Michael Harari, “What Does Israel Want to See Come Out of US Mediation Efforts on Israel-Lebanon?” The Middle East Institute, January 26, 2024. https://www.mei.edu/publications/what-does-israel-want-see-come-out-us-mediation-efforts-israel-lebanon

Efraim Inbar, “What Can We Learn So Far From the War on Hamas?” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, January 24, 2024. https://jiss.org.il/en/inbar-what-can-we-learn-so-far-from-the-war-on-hamas/

Avi Issacharoff, “With Our Boots on Hamas’ Neck, We Can’t Quit Now,” Ynet, January 25, 2024. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/bj00zo515t#autoplay

“Military Admin Then Int’l Coalition Floated as ‘Day After Hamas’ Plan, Jewish News Syndicate, January 31, 2024. https://www.jns.org/military-admin-then-intl-coalition-floated-as-day-after-plan/

Ariel Kahana, “Make UNRWA Go Away,” Jewish News Syndicate, January 31, 2024.  https://www.jns.org/make-unrwa-go-away/

Charlotte Kleberg, “The Search for a High Seas Solution,” The Rand Corporation, January 17, 2024. https://www.rand.org/pubs/commentary/2024/01/the-search-for-a-high-seas-solution.html

Yaakov Lappin, “Hezbollah’s Attack On IAF Base Was A Wake-up Call,” Jewish News Syndicate, January 9, 2024. https://www.jns.org/hezbollahs-attack-on-iaf-base-was-a-wake-up-call/

Eran Lerman, “Even Before the Guns Fall Silent: Israel’s Political Debates Reawaken,” The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, January 2024. https://jstribune.com/lerman-israels-political-debates-reawaken/

Matthew Levitt, “How to Keep Hamas From Bouncing Back,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 9, 2024. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/how-keep-hamas-bouncing-back

Matthew Levitt, “For All That Changed, Hamas Is Still Hamas,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 22, 2024. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/all-changed-hamas-still-hamas

David Makovsky, “Domestic Disagreements Limit Netanyahu’s Options with Washington,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 19, 2024. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/domestic-disagreements-limit-netanyahus-options-washington

Hillel C. Neuer, “The UN’s Terrorism Teachers,”  The Free Press, January 28, 2024. https://www.thefp.com/p/the-united-nations-terrorism-teachers

Assaf Orion, “The Red-Hot Blue Line,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 11, 2024. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/red-hot-blue-line

Gianluca Pacciani, “Hamas Bigwig Rejects 2-State Solution, Says Oct. 7 ‘Revived Dream to Free Palestine,” Times of Israel, January 23, 2024. https://www.timesofisrael.com/hamas-bigwig-rejects-2-state-solution-says-oct-7-revived-dream-to-free-palestine/

Daniel Pipes, “Making Sense of the Hamas-Israel War,” Middle East Forum Webinar, January 15, 2024. https://www.meforum.org/65469/daniel-pipes-making-sense-of-the-hamas-israel-war

Yohanan Plesner, “Can a Unified Israel Rise From the Ashes of the Hamas War?” Israel Democracy Institute, January 7, 2024. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/52282

Jane Prinsley, “Hamas Booby-Trapped Dead Bodies with Explosives Say Israeli First Responders,” The Jewish Chronicle, January 31, 2024. https://www.thejc.com/news/uk/hamas-booby-trapped-dead-bodies-with-explosives-say-israeli-first-responders-lsxjecx8

David Rose, “Iran s at the Heart of Middle East’s Chaos: Here’s What UK Can Do About It,” The Jewish Chronicle, January 26, 2024. https://www.thejc.com/lets-talk/iran-is-at-the-heart-of-middle-easts-chaos-heres-what-uk-can-do-about-it-g70qc7gf

Armin Rosen, “Israel’s Man in Black,” Tablet, January 8, 2024. https://www.tabletmag.com/feature/yoav-gallant-profile-armin-rosen

Nicholas Rostow, “Legal Briefing: Israel and the ICJ,” Jewish Policy Center, January 26, 2024. https://www.jewishpolicycenter.org/2024/01/26/legal-briefing-israel-and-the-icj/

Shay Shabtai, “How Can Israel Complete Its Victory in the Swords of Iron War?” BESA Center January 25, 2024. https://besacenter.org/how-can-israel-complete-its-victory-in-the-swords-of-iron-war/

Shaul Shay and Jacob Rosen Koenigsbuch, “Jordan and the Iranian Affiliates Drug Offensive,” Research Institute for European and American Studies, January 28, 2024. https://rieas.gr/researchareas/editorial/4845-jordan-and-the-iranian-affiliates-drug-offensive

Robert Silverman, “Let Israel Finish the Job,” The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, January 2024. https://jstribune.com/silverman-let-israel-finish-the-job/

Jay Solomon, “Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Deployed in Yemen,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 15, 2024. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/irans-revolutionary-guard-deployed-yemen

Alexandra Stark, “What’s Behind the Surge in Attacks by Yemen’s Houthis,” The Rand Corporation, January 11, 2024. https://www.rand.org/pubs/commentary/2024/01/whats-behind-the-surge-in-attacks-by-yemens-houthis.html

Yoni Tobin, “Alleged UNRWA Involvement in 10/7 Attack Highlights Dangers of Agency,” Jewish Institute for National Security of America, January 30, 2024. https://jinsa.org/jinsa_report/alleged-unrwa-involvement-in-10-7-attack-highlights-dangers-of-agency/

Irina Tsukerman, “The Record of Palestinian Unity Governments,” The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, January 2024. https://jstribune.com/tsukerman-the-record-of-palestinian-unity-governments/

Clint Van Winkle, “UNRWA Is a ‘Horror Show’ With Jew-Hatred at Its Core, House Committee Is Told,” The Media Line, January 31, 2024. https://themedialine.org/top-stories/unrwa-is-a-horror-show-with-jew-hatred-at-its-core-house-committee-is-told/

Amos Yadlin, “Gazan Futures: After Operation Guardians of the Wall,” Fathom Journal, June 2021. https://fathomjournal.org/gazan-futures-after-operation-guardians-of-the-wall/

Dov S. Zakheim, “Self-Deterrence Will Not Stop the Houthis or Their Iranian Suppliers,” The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, January 2024. https://jstribune.com/zakheim-self-deterrence-will-not-stop-the-houthis/

Sarit Zehavi, “Hezbollah Wrote the Plan that Hamas Executed,” Alma Research and Education Center, January 29, 2024. https://israel-alma.org/2024/01/29/hezbollah-wrote-the-plan-that-hamas-executed/


#130 Contemporary Readings December 2023 – including Israel-Hamas War

January 6, 2024

Assembled by Scott Abramson and Ken Stein, Center for Israel Education

Adam Asad and Yaron Kaplan, “Most Arab Israelis: October 7 Attack Does Not Reflect Islamic, Palestinian, or Arab Society Values,” Israel Democracy Institute, December 26, 2023. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/52016

Tal Avraham and Carmit Valensi, “Syria and the Israel-Hamas War: Symbolic Support, Short of Escalation,” Institute for National Security Studies, December 24, 2023. https://www.inss.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/No.-1803.pdf

Tal Be’eri, “Hamas Lebanon is a ticking time bomb,” Alma Research and Education Center, December 6, 2023. https://israel-alma.org/2023/12/06/hamas-lebanon-is-a-ticking-time-bomb/

Lenny Ben-David, “A Coordinated Media Attack on Israel by the New York Times, Washington Post, and CNN,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, December 28, 2023.https://jcpa.org/article/a-coordinated-media-attack-on-israel-by-the-new-york-times-washington-post-and-cnn/

Lenny Ben-David, “Qatar’s Role in Undermining Israel’s Legitimacy on U.S. University Campuses,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, December 21, 2023. https://jcpa.org/article/qatars-role-in-undermining-israels-legitimacy-on-u-s-university-campuses/

Ron Ben-Yishay, “Hamas’ Last Stand in Shijaiyah Proves Costly for IDF,” Ynet, December 13, 2023. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/hkrlzgwla

Yoni Ben-Menachem, “Securing the ‘Philadelphi Corridor’: A Strategic Imperative for Israel,” 

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, December 28, 2023. https://jcpa.org/securing-the-philadelphi-corridor-a-strategic-imperative-for-israel/

Brian Carter, “The Order of Battle of Hamas’ Izz al Din al Qassem Brigades,” Institute for the Study of War, December 22, 2023.  https://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/order-battle-hamas%E2%80%99-izz-al-din-al-qassem-brigades

Amichai Cohen and Adaya Kisos, “Israel’s War in Gaza and International Law,” Israel Democracy Institute, December 25, 2023. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/51994

Ari Cicurel, “Seventh U.S. Strike Amid Over 100 Iran-backed Attacks in Iraq and Syria,” Jewish Institute for National Security of America, December 27, 2023. https://jinsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/Seventh-U.S.-Strike-Amid-Over-100-Iran-backed-Attacks-NatSec-Brief-12-27-23-5.pdf

Udi Dekel, “Palestinian Authority, Yes or No: Israel Needs Political Wisdom,” Institute for National Security Studies, December 21, 2023. https://www.inss.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/No.-1802.pdf

Michael Doran, Can Kasapoğlu, Jonathan Schachter, and Zineb Riboua, “Three Things about the Israel-Hamas War,” Hudson Institute, December 5, 2023.  https://www.hudson.org/terrorism/three-things-about-israel-hamas-war-michael-doran-can-kasapoglu-jonathan-schachter-december-5-2023

Chen Druyan Feldman and Arkady Mil-Man, “Russia’s ‘New World Order’ and the Israel-Hamas War,” Institute for National Security Studies, December 18, 2023. https://www.inss.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/No.-1801.pdf

Chuck Freilich and Eldad Shavit, “The US, Israel, and the Ongoing War in Gaza,” Institute for National Security Studies, December 12, 2023.  https://www.inss.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/No.-1798.pdf

Eado Hecht, “The Gaza Terror Offensive,” Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, December 14-24, 2023.https://besacenter.org/the-gaza-terror-offensive-october-7-8-2023/

Efraim Inbar, “What Can We Learn So Far from the War on Hamas?” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, December 24, 2023. https://jiss.org.il/en/inbar-what-can-we-learn-so-far-from-the-war-on-hamas/

Avi Issacharoff, “Israel Must Fight Gaza War to the End,” Ynet, December 17, 2023. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/bk9johh8a?utm_source=https://www.ynetnews.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=general_share

“Iran: Hamas’s Oct. 7 Massacre Was Response to 2020 Soleimani Killing,” Jewish News Syndicate, December 27, 2023. https://www.jns.org/iran-hamass-oct-7-massacre-was-response-to-2020-soleimani-killing/

Ron Kampeas, “The Big Issues Dividing the US and Israel as the Gaza War Bleeds into 2024,” Jewish Telegraphic Agency, December 29, 2023. 

Dania Koleilat Khatib, “Can Mansour Abbas Convince Palestinian Factions to Lay Down Their Arms?” Arab News, December 7, 2023. https://www.arabnews.com/node/2421806

Nadim Koteich, “Hamas Could End… Then What?,” al-Sharq al-Aswat, December 26, 2023. https://english.aawsat.com/opinion/4751346-hamas-could-end-then-what

Kobi Michael and Gabi Siboni, “On the Goals of the War: Between National Security and Personal Security,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, December 12, 2023.  https://jiss.org.il/en/michael-siboni-on-the-goals-of-the-war/

Yaakov Lappin, “IDF Chief: We’ll Reach Hamas Leaders ‘Whether It Takes a Week or Months,’” Jewish News Syndicate, December 26, 2023. https://www.jns.org/idf-chief-well-reach-hamas-leaders-whether-it-takes-a-week-or-months/

Eran Lerman, “Even Amidst the War in Gaza, Iran’s Nuclear Project Must Remain Uppermost on Israel’s Strategic Agenda,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, December 12, 2023. https://jiss.org.il/en/lerman-irans-nuclear-project-must-remain-uppermost/

Lorena Atiyas-Lvovsky, “The Threat to Maritime Security in the Red Sea,” International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, December 4, 2023. https://ict.org.il/the-threat-to-maritime-security-in-the-red-sea/

“Hamas Exploitation of Hospitals for Military-Terrorist Purposes: Shifa Hospital as a Test Case,”  Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, December 12, 2023. https://www.terrorism-info.org.il/en/hamas-exploitation-of-hospitals-for-military-terrorist-purposes-shifa-hospital-as-a-test-case/

“Rifts between Gazan Civilians and the Hamas Leadership, and Increasing Public Criticism of the Organization,” Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, December 13, 2023.  https://www.terrorism-info.org.il/en/rifts-between-gazan-civilians-and-the-hamas-leadership-and-increasing-public-criticism-of-the-organization/

Michael Milshtein, “Why is It So Difficult for Israel to Decipher Hamas?” Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, December 2023.  https://jstribune.com/milsthein-why-is-it-so-difficult-for-israel-to-decipher-hamas/

Neomi Neumann, “Why a West Bank Front Has Not Opened So Far,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 13, 2023. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/why-west-bank-front-has-not-opened-so-far

Michalis Sarlis, “Turkey’s Regional Policy in the Shadow of the Gaza War,”

Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, December 14, 2023.  https://dayan.org/content/turkeys-regional-policy-shadow-gaza-war

Institute forNational Security Studies 

Robert Satloff, Dennis Ross, David Makovsky, “Israel’s War Aims and the Principles of a Post-Hamas Administration in Gaza,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 17, 2023. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/israels-war-aims-and-principles-post-hamas-administration-gaza

Jonathan Schanzer, “Egypt’s Gaza Dilemma,” Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, December 26, 2023. https://www.fdd.org/analysis/2023/12/26/egypts-gaza-dilemma/

Ksenia Svetlova, “Why Is Israel Unable to Explain the War in Gaza to the World?” Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, December 2023. https://jstribune.com/svetlova-why-is-israel-unable-to-explain-the-war-in-gaza-to-the-world/

Ehud Yaari and Matthew Levitt, “Growing Internal Tensions Between Hamas Leaders,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 21, 2023. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/growing-internal-tensions-between-hamas-leaders

Ben-Dror Yemeni, “The Free World Must Recognize ‘Intellectuals’ Have Betrayed The Truth,” Ynet, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/sjtopfdhp

Ben-Dror Yemeni, “Europe Is Terrified and Kowtows to Hamas,” Ynet, December 27, 2023, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/sjef8ckvp

Sarit Zehavi and Tal Be’eri, “The Northern Arena–Position Paper and Key Insights So far,” Alma Research and Education Center, December 17, 2023. https://israel-alma.org/2023/12/17/the-northern-arena-position-paper-and-key-insights-so-far/


#129 Contemporary Readings November 2023 – including Israel-Hamas War

November 29, 2023

Additional readings and resources on the war may be found here.

Assembled by Ken Stein and Wendy Kalman, Center for Israel Education

Jon Alterman, “Israel Could Lose,” Center for Strategic & International Studies, November 7, 2023. https://www.csis.org/analysis/israel-could-lose 

Emil Avdaliani, “For China and Russia, the Gaza War May Be a Blessing in Disguise,” Stimson Center, November 9, 2023. https://www.stimson.org/2023/for-china-and-russia-the-gaza-war-may-be-a-blessing-in-disguise/ 

Zvi Bar-El, “Analysis | Fearing for Hezbollah’s Image, Nasrallah’s in No Rush to Resume Hostilities With Israel,” Ha’aretz, November 28, 2023. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2023-11-28/ty-article/.premium/fearing-for-hezbollahs-image-nasrallahs-in-no-rush-to-resume-hostilities-with-israel/0000018c-1659-dd03-a7ff-be79f8270000 

Roni Ben Canaan and Hadas Ziv, “Gender-Based Violence as a Weapon of War during the October 7 Hamas Attacks,” Physicians for Human Rights, November 26, 2023. https://www.phr.org.il/en/gender-based-violence-eng/

Yonah Jeremy Bob, “Will Mossad be allowed to assassinate Hamas leaders in Qatar? – analysis,” Jerusalem Post, November 27, 2023. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/defense-news/article-775403 

Christina Bouri and Diana Roy, “The Israel-Hamas War: The Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza,” Council on Foreign Relations, November 14, 2023. https://www.cfr.org/in-brief/israel-hamas-war-humanitarian-crisis-gaza 

Nabih Bulos, Tracy Wilkinson, Laura King, “News Analysis: A temporary cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war does little to solve deep dilemmas on all sides,” Los Angeles Times, November 24, 2023. https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2023-11-24/a-temporary-ceasefire-in-the-israel-hamas-war-does-little-to-solve-deep-dilemmas-on-all-sides 

Tommaso Canetta, “EDMO – Preliminary analysis of the Israel/Hamas conflict-related disinformation,” European Digital Media Observatory, October 17, 2023. https://edmo.eu/2023/10/17/edmo-preliminary-analysis-of-the-israel-hamas-conflict-related-disinformation/ 

Ben Caspit, “Hamas escape: How Netanyahu had the chance to kill Yahya Sinwar six times,” Jerusalem Post, November 28, 2023. https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/gaza-news/article-775527 

Center for Israel Education, “A Short History of Hamas,” Center for Israel Education, October 23, 2023. https://israeled.org/a-short-history-of-hamas/ 

Center for Israel Education, “Annotated Hamas Bibliography –articles in depth assessments organization, operations, objectives, and regional relations – most recent to first listings,” Center for Israel Education, November 29, 2023. https://israeled.org/annotated-hamas-bibliography-in-depth-assessments-organization-operations-objectives-and-regional-relations/ 

Center for Israel Education, “Hamas Charter totally rejects Israel and Zionism – 1988,” Center for Israel Education, October 23, 2023. https://israeled.org/hamas-charter-totally-rejects-israel-and-zionism/ 

Center for Israel Education, “Hamas: A Document of General Principles & Policie,” Center for Israel Education, October 16, 2023. https://israeled.org/resources/documents/hamas-a-document-of-general-principles-policies/ 

Center for Israel Education, “Hamas’ political thought and stances in light of the Arab uprisings,” Center for Israel Education, November 15, 2023. https://israeled.org/resources/documents/hamas-political-thought-and-stances-in-light-of-the-arab-uprisings/ 

Center for Israel Education, “International Voices Urging the Recognition of Hamas as a Legitimate Political Actor, 2003-2018,” Center for Israel Education, November 11, 2023. https://israeled.org/international-voices-urging-the-recognition-of-hamas-as-a-legitimate-political-actor/ 

Center for Israel Education, “Jimmy Carter’s Hamas Decade of Embrace,” Center for Israel Education, October 29, 2023. https://israeled.org/jimmy-carters-hamas-decade-of-embrace/ 

Center for Israel Education, “Maps of the Middle East and the Gaza Strip,” Center for Israel Education, November 15, 2023. https://israeled.org/maps-of-the-middle-east-and-the-gaza-strip/  

Center for Israel Education, “Quotations from Hamas Sources Expressing Hatred For Zionism, Israel and Jews, 1988-2014,” Center for Israel Education, October 13, 2023. https://israeled.org/resources/documents/quotations-from-hamas-sources-expressing-hatred-for-zionism-israel-and-jews-1988-2014/ 

Center for Israel Education, “Suggested Videos on the Hamas-Israel War,” Center for Israel Education, November 15, 2023. https://israeled.org/suggested-videos-on-the-hamas-israel-war/ 

Center for Israel Education, “Timeline – Hamas-Israel Relations with events, statements and previous clashes, 1988 – present,” Center for Israel Education, October 14, 2023. https://israeled.org/timeline-hamas-israel-relations-with-events-statements-and-previous-clashes-1988-present/ 

Center for Israel Education, “Understanding Hamas” (compilation), Center for Israel Education, November 15, 2023. https://israeled.org/israel-hamas-war/understanding-hamas/ 

Center for Israel Education’s webinar with Yaron Ayalon and Jonathan Rynhold, “Israel’s 9/11 — The October 2023 Hamas Attack on Israel,” Center for Israel Education, October 11, 2023. https://israeled.org/israels-9-11-the-october-2023-hamas-attack-on-israel/ 

Center for Israel Education’s webinar with Meir Litvak, Sarah Feuer, Amnon Cavari, “Israel’s 9/11 — Domestic Reactions, Regional Motivations, International Responses,” Center for Israel Education, October 18, 2023. https://israeled.org/israels-9-11-domestic-reactions-regional-motivations-international-responses/ 

Center for Israel Education’s webinar with Steven Cook, Nachman Shai, David Menashri and Harel Chorev, “Israel’s 9/11 — Local, Regional and International Responses: Political Considerations, Public Reactions, and Military Replies,” Center for Israel Education, October 25, 2023. https://israeled.org/israels-9-11-local-regional-and-international-responses-political-considerations-public-reactions-and-military-replies/ 

Center for Israel Education’s webinar with Meir Litvak, Doron Shultziner and Jonathan Schanzer, “Israel’s 9/11 — Regional Transformations: Great Power Chess and Israeli Volunteerism,” Center for Israel Education, November 1, 2023. https://israeled.org/israels-9-11-regional-transformations-great-power-chess-and-israeli-volunteerism/  

Center for Israel Education’s webinar with Michael Eisenstadt, Itamar Rabinovich and Asher Susser, “Israel’s 9/11 — the Hamas-Israel War: Into the Second Month,” Center for Israel Education, November 9, 2023. https://israeled.org/israels-9-11-the-hamas-israel-war-into-the-second-month/ 

Center for Israel Education’s webinar with Sarah Feuer, Eran Lerman and Matthew Levitt, “Israel’s 9/11 — Hamas and Unrest on Israel’s Border,” Center for Israel Education, November 15, 2023. https://israeled.org/israels-9-11-hamas-and-unrest-on-israels-border/ 

Center for Israel Education’s webinar with Alan Makovsky, Yitzhak Reiter and Shai Feldman, “Israel’s 9/11 — Hamas-Israel War: Israeli Border Regions, Islam and Turkey,” Center for Israel Education, November 22, 2023. https://israeled.org/israels-9-11-hamas-israel-war-israeli-border-regions-islam-and-turkey/ 

Center for Israel Education’s webinar with Meir Litvak, Steven Bayme and Mark Heller, “Israel’s 9/11 — A Pause in the War – Unknown Paths Forward: Strategic Considerations and Directions of Anti-Semitism,” Center for Israel Education, November 29, 2023. [Link to come.]

Stephen Cook interviewed by Gabrielle Sierra, “Understanding the U.S. Role in the Israel-Hamas War” (podcast and transcript), Council on Foreign Relations, November 22, 2023. https://www.cfr.org/podcasts/understanding-us-role-israel-hamas-war 

Ami Rojkes Dombe, “Analysis | Mossad Will Face Difficulties Eliminating Hamas Senior Members Abroad,” Israel Defense, November 28, 2023. https://www.israeldefense.co.il/en/node/60437 

Thomas Friedman, “The Rescuers,” New York Times, November 22, 2023. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/22/opinion/israel-palestinians-arabs.html 

Hanin Ghaddar and Ahmad Sharawi, “Mapping Clashes Along the Israel-Lebanon Border,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October-November 2023. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/mapping-clashes-along-israel-lebanon-border 

Yoel Guzansky and Ilan Zalayat, “Indispensable Qatar?,” Institute for National Security Studies, November 27, 2023. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/qatar-gaza/ 

Yossi Klein Halevi, “For Israel, a War Unlike Any Other,” Wall Street Journal, November 3, 2023.  https://www.wsj.com/world/middle-east/for-israel-a-war-unlike-any-other-b8160908 and https://www.facebook.com/YossiKleinHalevi/posts/pfbid036WgjgbY7ydavQ4ELNE9ALdaomL9fSAYNCQbDjHX5K4ZwHMDTuudiLocGJjDqsZcDl  

Sabina Henneberg and Amine Ghoulidi, “Balancing U.S. Relations in North Africa Without Undermining the Abraham Accords,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 22, 2023. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/balancing-us-relations-north-africa-without-undermining-abraham-accords 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “Overwhelming Majority of Jewish and Arab Israelis: The Release of all Hostages is a Goal of Importance,” Israel Democracy Institute, November 24, 2023. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/51616 

Maurice Hirsch, “A New Poll of Palestinians: Supporting Terror and Rejecting Peace,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, November 22, 2023. https://jcpa.org/a-new-poll-of-palestinians-supporting-terror-and-rejecting-peace/ 

Honest Reporting staff, “Broken Borders: AP & Reuters Pictures of Hamas Atrocities Raise Ethical Questions,” Honest Reporting, November 8, 2023. https://honestreporting.com/photographers-without-borders-ap-reuters-pictures-of-hamas-atrocities-raise-ethical-questions/ 

IMPACT-se staff, “Education for Terrorism in Palestinian Schools: 2023 Israel-Hamas War,” IMPACT-se, November 2023. https://www.impact-se.org/wp-content/uploads/Education-for-Terrorism-in-Palestinian-Schools.pdf   

Steve Inskeep, “Israel’s lack of a strategy is a strategy,” NPR, November 19, 2023. https://www.npr.org/2023/11/19/1213797712/israels-lack-of-a-strategy-is-the-strategy 

Brian Michael Jenkins, “The Israel-Hamas War Has Upended the Terrorist Threat Matrix,” RAND Corporation/The Hill, November 22, 2023. https://www.rand.org/pubs/commentary/2023/11/the-israel-hamas-war-has-upended-the-terrorist-threat.html 

Moran Kandelshtein-Haina, “The War in Gaza: Who is Authorized to Approve a Deal for the Return of the Hostages in Exchange for the Release of Palestinian Prisoners?,” Israeli Democracy Institute, November 13, 2023. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/51475 

Mandi Kogosowski, “Israel Files 14,600 Requests to Remove Malicious Social Media Content Since October 7th,” Israel Defense, November 12, 2023. https://www.israeldefense.co.il/en/node/60290 

Martin Kramer, “The Salience of Islamic Antisemitism,” Institute of Jewish Affairs, October 2, 1995. https://martinkramer.org/reader/archives/the-salience-of-islamic-antisemitism/ 

Zoran Kusovac, “Analysis: Lessons from Day One of truce in Gaza,” Aljazeera, November 25, 2023. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/11/25/analysis-lessons-from-day-one-of-truce-in-gaza 

Zoran Kusovac, “Analysis: Can the US, Israel stop Yemen’s Houthis from seizing more ships?,” Aljazeera, November 20, 2023. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/11/20/analysis-can-the-us-and-israel-stop-the-houthis-from-seizing-more-ships 

Mark Landler, “Viewed Warily by Democrats, a Netanyahu Ally Is a Key Conduit to U.S.,” New York Times, November 7, 2023. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/07/world/middleeast/netanyahu-dermer-israel-war.html

Morr Link, “The Gaza War and Israel-Morocco Relations: The Common Interests Need Bolstering,” Institute for National Security Studies, November 28, 2023. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/morocco-war/ 

Meir Litvak, “The Islamization of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: The Case of Hamas,” Center for Israel Education/ResearchGate, January 1998. https://israeled.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/Litwak-The_Islamization_of_the_Palestinian-Israeli_Conflict.pdf  

Devorah Margolin and Matthew Levitt, “The Road to October 7: Hamas’ Long Game, Clarified,” Combatting Terrorism Center at West Point, October-November 2023. https://ctc.westpoint.edu/the-road-to-october-7-hamas-long-game-clarified/ 

MEMRI staff, “Hamas Leader Abroad Khaled Mash’al: Our Tunnels And Weapons Are Still Intact; We Can Maneuver And Fire Rockets; We Follow The Example Of The Prophet, Who Preached The Conquest Of Byzantium Even As He Was Besieged In Medina; I Advise Western Leaders To Consider The Phase After Israel, Not After Hamas,” Middle East Media Research Institute, November 27, 2023.  https://www.memri.org/reports/hamas-leader-abroad-khaled-mashal-our-tunnels-and-weapons-are-still-intact-we-can-maneuver 

John Merriam, “Israel – Hamas 2023 Symposium– Inside IDF Targeting,” Lieber Institute, October 20, 2023. https://lieber.westpoint.edu/inside-idf-targeting/  

Greg Miller, “Zim container ships divert as threat to Israel-linked vessels mounts,” Freight Waves, November 27, 2023. https://www.freightwaves.com/news/zim-container-ship-diverts-as-threat-to-israel-linked-vessels-mounts 

Michael Oren, “Israel’s choice: Body or soul,” Times of Israel, November 27, 2023. https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/israels-choice-body-or-soul 

Michael Oren, “The Day After,” SAPIR Journal, October-November 2023. https://sapirjournal.org/war-in-israel/2023/11/the-day-after/ 

Joe Parkinson, “Thailand’s Hostage Crisis in Gaza Takes a Shocking Turn: ‘I’m Not Dead Yet!,’ MSN/Wall Street Journal, November 29, 2023. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/thailand-s-hostage-crisis-in-gaza-takes-a-shocking-turn-i-m-not-dead-yet/ar-AA1kJ6FI 

PCPSR Survey Research Unit, “Settler Terrorism is the Biggest Threat to West Bank Residents,” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, November 12, 2023. https://pcpsr.org/sites/default/files/WB%20Security%20Poll_on%20settlers%20violence_12%20Nov%202023_ENGLISH.pdf  

Haviv Rettig Gur, “Hostage deal, even if it fails, shows Hamas’s desperation,” Times of Israel, November 23, 2023. https://www.timesofisrael.com/hostage-deal-even-if-it-fails-shows-hamass-desperation/ 

Paul Ronzheimer and Claudia Chiappa, “Netanyahu: Don’t accuse me of boosting Hamas with Qatari money,” Politico, November 26, 2023. https://www.politico.eu/article/benjamin-netanyahu-hamas-qatar-money-war-israel-gaza-palestine/ 

Shira Rubin and Joby Warrick, “Hamas envisioned deeper attacks, aiming to provoke an Israeli war,” Washington Post, November 13, 2023. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2023/11/12/hamas-planning-terror-gaza-israel/?pwapi_token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJyZWFzb24iOiJnaWZ0IiwibmJmIjoxNjk5NzY1MjAwLCJpc3MiOiJzdWJzY3JpcHRpb25zIiwiZXhwIjoxNzAxMTQ3NTk5LCJpYXQiOjE2OTk3NjUyMDAsImp0aSI6IjVmNWU2YWVhLTRlN2YtNDQ0My1hNmM2LTczYTYzZWI3NjRlZiIsInVybCI6Imh0dHBzOi8vd3d3Lndhc2hpbmd0b25wb3N0LmNvbS9uYXRpb25hbC1zZWN1cml0eS8yMDIzLzExLzEyL2hhbWFzLXBsYW5uaW5nLXRlcnJvci1nYXphLWlzcmFlbC8ifQ.U6GgB9eUNpnFPb-EhpzUpKXU6-Aa-MvYk9ZfvLg-eCg&fbclid=IwAR3VG93UQLBSnI5QUV-WRXRxcKHs29f3SSSCM0Wfg2UvSA6MAJS26zHp7GM  

Shaked Sadeh, “Israel-Hamas war: Hezbollah’s Nasrallah plead for ceasefire in last speech,” Jerusalem Post, November 28, 2023. https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/article-774787 

Michael Schaffer, “The Real Debate Over Israel Is Taking Place Behind Closed Doors,” Politico, November 10, 2023. https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2023/11/10/schaffer-israel-dissent-biden-00126405 

Miriam Schler, “The obscene betrayal of Israelis who survived – and didn’t survive – rape,” Times of Israel, November 20, 2023. https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-obscene-betrayal-of-israelis-who-survived-and-didnt-survive-rape/ 

Eric Schmitt, Ronen Bergman and Adam Goldman, “Is Israel’s Military Strategy to Eradicate Hamas Working?,” New York Times, November 18, 2023. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/18/world/middleeast/israel-hamas-gaza-war-strategy.html 

Khalil Shikaki, “Palestinian Future after the Israeli Reoccupation of the Gaza Strip,” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, November 2023. https://pcpsr.org/en/node/959 

Barbara Slavin, “The Gaza War Will Not Solve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” Stimson Center, October 20, 2023. https://www.stimson.org/2023/the-gaza-war-will-not-solve-the-israeli-palestinian-conflict/  

Kenneth Stein, “Anti-Israel Activism in American Universities I: The Advent of Anti-Israel Sentiment on Campus,” Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, November 2023. https://jstribune.com/stein-anti-israel-activism-in-american-universities/ 

Kenneth Stein, “Anti-Israel Activism in American Universities II: Middle Eastern Studies and Israel Studies,” Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, November 2023. https://jstribune.com/stein-anti-israel-activism-in-american-universities-ii/ 

Ksenia Svetlova, “The primary victims of Hamas are Palestinian,” Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, November 2023. https://jstribune.com/svetlova-the-primary-victims-of-hamas-are-palestinian/ 

Jacob Sweet, “The Israel-Palestine Debate, on TikTok,” The New Yorker, November 28, 2022. https://www.newyorker.com/culture/rabbit-holes/the-israel-palestine-debate-on-tiktok 

Benedict Vigers, “Palestinians in Gaza at Risk Before Israel-Hamas War,” Gallup, November 2, 2023. https://news.gallup.com/poll/513662/palestinians-gaza-risk-israel-hamas-war.aspx 

Bilal Wahab and Selin Uysal, “Will an Iraqi Front Open in the Hamas-Israel War?,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 21, 2023. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/will-iraqi-front-open-hamas-israel-war 

Tom Wilson and Elizabeth Howcroft, “Focus: New crypto front emerges in Israel’s militant financing fight,” Reuters, November 27, 2023. https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/new-crypto-front-emerges-israels-militant-financing-fight-2023-11-27/ 

Patrick Wintour, “Corrupt, discredited: could a reformed Palestinian Authority run Gaza?,” The Guardian, November 27, 2023. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/nov/27/corrupt-discredited-could-a-reformed-palestinian-authority-run-gaza 

Nicholas Wu and Ursula Perano, “Activists wanted a Middle East cease-fire. They got something else from Dems.,” Politico, November 29, 2023. https://www.politico.com/news/2023/11/29/israel-cease-fire-democrats-00128958 

Xinua staff, “Israel’s Elbit to provide Canada’s air force with laser self-protection systems,” Xinua, November 28, 2023. https://english.news.cn/20231128/81d52f639406424f8f1f28d4f660ce58/c.html 

Jim Zanotti, “Israel: Major Issues and U.S. Relations,” Congressional Research Service, September 27, 2023. https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/R/R44245/140 


#128 Contemporary Readings October 2023

Assembled by Ken Stein and Wendy Kalman, Center for Israel Education

Agencies, “Hezbollah-allied politician says Lebanon won’t initiate war with Israel,” Times of Israel, October 24, 2023. https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/hezbollah-allied-politician-says-lebanon-wont-initiate-war-with-isael/ 

Ali Ahmed, “Cost of neglecting conflict resolution in favour of conflict management is rather steep,” Deccan Herald, October 10, 2023, https://www.deccanherald.com/opinion/cost-of-neglecting-conflict-resolution-in-favour-of-conflict-management-is-rather-steep-2719941  

Ghaith al-Omari, “How the Palestinian Authority Failed Its People,” Washington Institute, October 19, 2023. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/how-palestinian-authority-failed-its-people 

Galit Altstein, “Israel’s Economy Convulsed by the War With Hamas,” Bloomberg, October 30, 2023. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2023-10-30/israel-hamas-war-s-economic-shock-turkey-rates-egypt-pound-egp-black-market?srnd=undefined (register for free access)

Naama Barak, “100 Years of Photographs at Machane Yehuda Market,” Israel21c, July 23, 2023. https://www.israel21c.org/100-years-of-photographs-at-machane-yehuda-market 

Matt Berg, “Israel’s using widespread GPS tampering to deter Hezbollah’s missiles,” Politico, October 23, 2023. https://www.politico.com/news/2023/10/23/israels-gps-tampering-deter-hezbollahs-missiles-00123026 

Ronen Bergman, Mark Mazzetti and Maria Abi-Habib, “How Years of Israeli Failures on Hamas Led to a Devastating Attack,” New York Times, October 29, 2023. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/10/29/world/middleeast/israel-intelligence-hamas-attack.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share 

Natasha Bertrand, Katie Bo Lillis, Zachary Cohen and Jennifer Hansler, “Intelligence shows Iranian-backed militias are ready to ramp up their attacks against US forces in the Middle East,” CNN, October 23, 2023. https://www.cnn.com/2023/10/23/politics/iranian-militias-israel-hamas/index.html?fbclid=IwAR1kO5zyRPEmX7_ALgjZUDdS9YHgBmbKYU8VZ1krSTaKsneKWVVvzl2Ht2Q 

Yonah Jeremy Bob, “Israel uses AI to uncover lost Yom Kippur War pages, 50 years on.” Jerusalem Post, September 7, 2023. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-757918 

Julian Borger and Sufian Taha, “Palestinian PM: we will not run Gaza without solution for West Bank,” The Guardian, October 29, 2023. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/oct/29/palestinian-pm-we-will-not-run-gaza-without-solution-for-west-bank 

Catherine Cleveland and David Pollock, “Polls Show Majority of Gazans Were Against Breaking Ceasefire; Hamas and Hezbollah Unpopular Among Key Arab Publics,” Washington Institute, October 10, 2023. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/polls-show-majority-gazans-were-against-breaking-ceasefire-hamas-and-hezbollah     

Isabel Debre, “Israeli arms quietly helped Azerbaijan retake Nagorno-Karabakh, to the dismay of region’s Armenians,” Associated Press, October 5, 2023. https://apnews.com/article/armenia-azerbaijan-nagorno-karabakh-weapons-israel-6814437bcd744acc1c4df0409a74406c 

Steven Erlanger, “War Has Smashed Assumptions About Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” New York Times, October 23, 2023. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/10/23/world/europe/israeli-hamas-middle-east-implications.html 

David Folkenflik, “News outlets backtrack on Gaza blast after relying on Hamas as key source,” NPR, October 24, 2023. https://www.npr.org/2023/10/24/1208075395/israel-gaza-hospital-strike-media-nyt-apology 

Seth Frantzman, “Mystery customer pays $135m. for Israel’s Elbit to build ammo factory,” Jerusalem Post, October 29, 2023. https://www.jpost.com/business-and-innovation/all-news/article-770678 

Adam Gabbatt, “‘This war is prophetically significant’: why US evangelical Christians support Israel,” The Guardian, October 30, 2023. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/oct/30/us-evangelical-christians-israel-hamas-war 

Alon Goldstein, “Col. Richard Kemp: When Israel’s biggest advocate is not even Israeli,” Ynet News, October 18, 2023. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/sj3gl9s11p 

Yael Ingel, “Growing Up Overnight: The Teenagers of the Yom Kippur War,” National Library of Israel, October 5, 2023. https://blog.nli.org.il/en/yom_kippur_war_youth/?blm_aid=42105859  

Assaf Kamar, “Dairy farmers volunteer to save cows in Gaza border towns under fire,” Ynet News, October 24, 2023. https://www.ynetnews.com/health_science/article/bjfsv6nf6 

Michael Koplow, “Three Problems to Think About Now Rather Than Later,” Israel Policy Forum, October 16, 2023. https://israelpolicyforum.org/2023/10/16/three-problems-to-think-about-now-rather-than-later/ 

Jason Lange and Matt Spetalnick, “Exclusive: Americans want US to help get Gaza civilians out of harm’s way-Reuters/Ipsos poll,” Reuters, October 16, 2023. https://www.reuters.com/world/americans-want-us-help-get-gaza-civilians-out-harms-way-reutersipsos-2023-10-16/ 

Tovah Lazaroff, “US: Palestinian, Israeli women are silent heroines of quest for peace,” Jerusalem Post, October 4, 2023. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-761604 

Jay Loschky, “Palestinians Lack Faith in Biden, Two-State Solution,” Gallup, October 18, 2023. https://news.gallup.com/poll/512828/palestinians-lack-faith-biden-two-state-solution.aspx [data gathered prior to October 7 war]

Guy Lurie, “Special State of Emergency in Israel’s Court System,” Israel Democracy Institute, October 16, 2023. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/51115 

Guy Lurie, “Israel needs a strong supreme court now more than ever,” Israel Democracy Institute, October 16, 2023. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/51122 

Jennifer Medina and Lisa Lerer, “On Israel, Progressive Jews Feel Abandoned by Their Left-Wing Allies,” New York Times, October 20, 2023. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/10/20/us/politics/progressive-jews-united-states.html 

Ruth Michaelson and Sufian Taha, “‘Support our people’: growing frustration at Palestine’s leadership in West Bank,” The Guardian, October 18, 2023. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/oct/18/mahmoud-abbas-leadership-west-bank-palestine  

David Pollock, “More Israelis Optimistic Now Than Before Hamas Attack; 70% Say Hamas Must Go,” Washington Institute, October 27, 2023. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/more-israelis-optimistic-now-hamas-attack-70-say-hamas-must-go 

Alex Pomson and Wendy Rosov, “Reconsidering the ‘distance’ between Israel and the Diaspora,” eJewishPhilanthropy, October 30, 2023. https://ejewishphilanthropy.com/rosov-consulting-survey-diaspora-jews-israel/ (enter email address for access)

Itamar Rabinovich, “Israel’s 1973 October War: A 50-year perspective,” Brookings Institute, October 3, 2023. https://www.brookings.edu/articles/israels-1973-october-war-a-50-year-perspective/ 

Reuter’s staff, “Iran’s Khamenei says normalising Israel ties is a losing bet – state media,” Reuters, October 3, 2023. https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/irans-khamenei-says-normalising-ties-with-israel-is-betting-losing-horse-state-2023-10-03/ 

Emily Rose and James Mackenzie, “Fifty years on, divided Israel remembers the war for its survival,” Reuters, October 6, 2023. https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/fifty-years-divided-israel-remembers-war-its-survival-2023-10-06/ 

Sue Surkes, “In stunning response, 15,000 volunteers fill leadership vacuum to help victims of Hamas,” Times of Israel, October 22, 2023. https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-stunning-response-15000-volunteers-fill-leadership-vacuum-to-help-victims-of-hamas 

Sneha Swaminathan, “Explained | Why did Israel bomb Syrian airports in the thick of its ongoing war with Hamas?,” WIONews, October 23, 2023. https://www.wionews.com/world/explained-why-israel-bombed-syrian-airports-in-the-thick-of-its-ongoing-war-with-hamas-650322 

Andrew Wilks, “Is Turkey uniquely positioned to mediate between Palestinians and Israel?,” Aljazeera, October 22, 2023. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/10/22/is-turkey-uniquely-positioned-to-mediate-between-palestinians-and-israel 

Adir Yanko, “Since beginning of war, 23 families request to retrieve sperm from fallen soldiers,” Ynet News, October 24, 2023. https://www.ynetnews.com/health_science/article/hyblx64zp 

Oded Yaron, “150,000 Missiles Aimed at Israel: How Far Does Hezbollah’s Deadly Arsenal Reach,” Ha’aretz, October 23, 2023. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/security-aviation/2023-10-23/ty-article-magazine/150-000-rockets-and-missiles-the-weapons-israel-would-encounter-in-a-war-with-hezbollah/0000018b-573d-d2b2-addf-777df6210000 


#127 Contemporary Readings September 2023   

October 3, 2023

October 2, 2023

Assembled by Ken Stein and Wendy Kalman, Center for Israel Education

30 Years Since Oslo – Curated Readings, Center for Israel Education, September 2023.

Ghaith al-Omari, “The Palestinian Authority, a Flawed but Necessary Legacy of Oslo,” Washington Institute of Near East Policy, September 7, 2023, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/palestinian-authority-flawed-necessary-legacy-oslo 

Ofer Ateret, “Golda Meir Was ‘Open’ to a Palestinian State, Newly Released Archives From 1970 Reveal,” Ha’aretz, August 1, 2023, https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2023-08-01/ty-article/.premium/golda-meir-was-open-to-a-palestinian-state-1970-minutes-reveal/00000189-b054-d083-a999-fc5ff4350000 

Atlantic Council experts, “Israel is joining the US Visa Waiver Program. Here’s what that means,” Atlanta Council, September 28, 2023, https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/experts-react/israel-is-joining-the-us-visa-waiver-program/ 

Sarah Austin and Jonathan Evans, “Israelis have grown more skeptical of a two-state solution,” Pew Research Center, “September 26, 2023, https://www.pewresearch.org/short-reads/2023/09/26/israelis-have-grown-more-skeptical-of-a-two-state-solution/ 

Meir Ben Shabbat, “Israel’s two-pronged challenge,” Israel Hayom, October 2, 2023, https://www.israelhayom.com/opinions/israels-two-pronged-challenge/ 

Raffi Berg, “Israel judicial reform explained: What is the crisis about?,” BBC, September 11, 2023, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-65086871 

Ben Caspit, “Unprecedented breakdown in Israel-US channels as Netanyahu bars ministers from visiting Washington,” Al-Monitor, September 1, 2023, https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2023/09/unprecedented-breakdown-israel-us-channels-netanyahu-bars-ministers-visiting  

Raghida Dergham, “Why Iran might favour Biden’s Lebanon-Israel peace mission,” The National News, September 3, 2023, https://www.thenationalnews.com/opinion/comment/2023/09/03/why-iran-might-favour-bidens-lebanon-israel-peace-mission/ 

Michael Doran, “The hidden Calculation Behind the Yom Kippur War,” Mosaic, October 2, 2023, https://mosaicmagazine.com/essay/israel-zionism/2023/10/the-hidden-calculation-behind-the-yom-kippur-war/ 

Foreign Relations of the United States, The Arab-Israeli Crisis and the 1973 War, 1969-1976, (several hundred pages).

Lawrence Freedman, “Eighteen Days in October –  how Israel turned the tide,” Financial Times, September 13, 2023, https://www.ft.com/content/e4386688-13f3-4677-b788-8cca446b0921 

Amir Fuchs, “The Supreme Court Hearing on the Incapacitation Law,” Israel Democracy Institute, September 26, 2023, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/50968 

Daniel Gordis, “The Second Yom Kippur War,” Substack: Israel on the Inside, September 28, 2023, https://danielgordis.substack.com/p/the-second-yom-kippur-war 

Roya Hakakian, “Letter to an Anti-Zionist Idealist,” Sapir Journal, August 2023, https://sapirjournal.org/antisemitism/2023/08/letter-to-an-anti-zionist-idealist/ 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “Many Israelis believe a deal with Saudi Arabia would strengthen PM Netanyahu politically,” Israel Democracy Institute, September 24, 2023, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/50980 

INSS Staff, “A US-Israel Defense Treaty: Strengthening the Long-Term Relationship and Providing a Strategic Response to Future Challenges,” Institute for National Security Studies, September 27, 2023, https://www.inss.org.il/defense-treaty/ 

James Jeffrey, “How Turkey-Israel reconciliation will reshape the Middle East,” The Hill, September 29, 2023, https://thehill.com/opinion/international/4228775-what-turkey-israel-reconciliation-means-for-the-region-and-the-world/ 

Brian Michael Jenkins, “U.S. and Israel on Parallel Paths,” RAND Corporation, September 6, 2023, https://www.rand.org/blog/2023/09/us-and-israel-on-parallel-paths.html 

Yossi Klein Halevi, “The state of our brokenness,” Times of Israel, September 27, 2023, https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-state-of-our-brokenness 

Paul Iddon, “Morocco Procured Israeli And Turkish Weapons That Enabled Azerbaijan To Prevail Over Armenia,” Forbes, September 21, 2023, https://www.forbes.com/sites/pauliddon/2023/09/21/morocco-procured-israeli-and-turkish-weapons-that-enabled-azerbaijan-to-prevail-over-armenia/?sh=9916ee4130ba 

Herb Keinon, “The fragility of Israel’s image abroad – analysis,” Jerusalem Post, September 18, 2023, https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-759590 

Israel State Archives, The Yom Kippur War, October 1973, 100 plus pages.

Alyza Lewin, “Anti-Zionist Harassment is Against the Law, Too,” Sapir Journal, August 2023, https://sapirjournal.org/antisemitism/2023/08/anti-zionist-harassment-is-against-the-law-too/  

Jacob Magid, “PA officials: If Israel stops unilateral actions for Saudi deal, we’ll stop ours ,” Times of Israel, September 26, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/pa-officials-if-israel-stops-unilateral-actions-for-saudi-deal-well-stop-ours 

Jacob Magid, “Abbas’s son was part of PA delegation to meetings in Riyadh on Israel normalization,” Times of Israel, September 15, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/abbass-son-was-part-of-pa-delegation-to-meetings-in-riyadh-on-israel-normalization/ 

David Makovsky, “An Inside Look at Rabin’s Oslo Expectations,”  Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 15, 2023.

Bethan McKernan, “Saudi Arabia ‘getting closer’ to normalising relations with Israel, crown prince says,” The Guardian, September 21, 2023, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/sep/21/saudi-arabia-getting-closer-to-normalising-relations-with-israel-crown-prince-says  

PCPSR Staff, “Public Opinion Poll No. 38,” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, September 13, 2023, https://pcpsr.org/en/node/955 

Jihane Rahhou, “Morocco and Israel Forge Agricultural and Water Cooperation Deal,” Morocco World News, September 29, 2023, https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2023/09/357978/morocco-and-israel-forge-agricultural-and-water-cooperation-deal 

Ido Gadi Raz, “Far But Present: Israel’s Three Major Threats Coming From Afghanistan – Analysis,” Eurasia Review, September 24, 2023, https://www.eurasiareview.com/24092023-far-but-present-israels-three-major-threats-coming-from-afghanistan-analysis/ 

Grant Rumley, “Israel Normalization Negotiations and the U.S.-Saudi Defense Relationship,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 25, 2023, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/israel-normalization-negotiations-and-us-saudi-defense-relationship 

Ofer Shelah, “The Attacks on Israel’s Security Leadership: More than Populism and Bad Manners,” Institute for National Security Studies, September 11, 2023, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/security-leadership-attacks/ 

Oslo at 30: Personal Perspectives from Washington Institute Scholars: A compendium (Dennis Ross, David Makovsky, Neomi Neumann, Gaith al-Omari, Mohammed Dajani, Nickolay Mladenove, and Catherine Cleveland, The Washington Institute, September 29, 2023.

Eran Shamir-Borer and Mirit Sharabi, “Fifty Years After the Yom Kippur War. It’s Time the Security Cabinet Replaced the Prime Minister’s ‘Kitchen Cabinet’,” Israel Democracy Institute, September 22, 2023, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/50962 

Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler and Itai Brun, “Yom Kippur War: How ChatGPT can be used for military intel, war simulation,” Israel Democracy Institute, September 24, 2023, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/51022 

Michael Starr, “Israel entering unstable paradigm on Gaza border – analysis,” Jerusalem Post, September 26, 2023, https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/defense-news/article-760549 

TOI Staff, “State comptroller: Arab murder rate a resounding failure of Israeli governments,” Times of Israel, September 14, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/state-comptroller-arab-murder-rate-a-resounding-failure-of-israeli-governments/ 

Ken Stein, “The October 1973 War – A Short History, (Espanol)

Jim Zanotti, “Israel: Major Issues and U.S. Relations,” Congressional Research Service, September 27, 2023, https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/R/R44245 


#126 Contemporary Readings August 2023   

September 10, 2023

Assembled by Ken Stein and Wendy Kalman, Center for Israel Education

Ofer Ateret, “Golda Meir Was ‘Open’ to a Palestinian State, Newly Released Archives From 1970 Reveal,” Ha’aretz, August 1, 2023, https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2023-08-01/ty-article/.premium/golda-meir-was-open-to-a-palestinian-state-1970-minutes-reveal/00000189-b054-d083-a999-fc5ff4350000 

Guy Azriel, “Israel considering pipeline to Turkey to increase gas exports,” i24, August 29, 2023, https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/economy/1693292330-israel-examines-construction-of-gas-pipeline-to-turkey 

Yonah Jeremy Bob, “Terror in Israel is out of control – what can be done? – analysis,” Jerusalem Post, August 31, 2023, https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-757083 

Dechlan Brennan, “Australia Resumes Use of the Phrase ‘Occupied Palestinian Territories’,” The Diplomat, August 24, 2023, https://thediplomat.com/2023/08/australia-resumes-use-of-the-phrase-occupied-palestinian-territories/ 

Catherine Cleveland and David Pollock, “Fikra Forum: Palestinians Surprisingly Split on Saudi-Israel Normalization,”, Washington Institute, August 17, 2023, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/palestinians-surprisingly-split-saudi-israel-normalization 

Center for Israel Education, CIE Israel@75 and analyses, 26 items, videos, webinars, etc.

Center for Israel Education, Where Does Zionism Go From Here? August 22, 2023, (32:00).

Center for Israel Education, Israel State Archives, The Yom Kippur War, October 1973.

Seth Cropsey, “In the Middle East, Biden is taking shortcuts he cannot afford,” The Hill, August 23, 2023, https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/4162308-in-the-middle-east-biden-is-taking-shortcuts-he-cannot-afford/  

CRS Staff, “U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel,” Congressional Research Service, March 1, 2023, https://sgp.fas.org/crs/mideast/RL33222.pdf

Udi Dekel, Reem Cohen and Noy Shalev, “The Struggle over Area C: Change Direction toward a Space for Understanding with the Palestinian Authority,” Institute for National Security Studies, August 23, 2023, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/c-territory/ 

Shradha Dinesh and Laura Silver, “How Americans view Israel, Netanyahu and U.S.-Israel relations in 5 charts,” Pew Research Center, August 21, 2023, https://www.pewresearch.org/short-reads/2023/08/21/how-americans-view-israel-netanyahu-and-u-s-israel-relations-in-5-charts/ 

Louise Fischer, Secret Negotiations with the PLO and the signing of the Declaration of Principles in Washington, January-September, 1993,

Ben Fishman, “The Rise and immediate Fall of Israel-Libya Relations,” Washington Institute, August 29, 2023, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/rise-and-immediate-fall-israel-libya-relations 

Seth Frantzman, “What can be learned from Libya’s anti-Israel protests? – analysis,” Jerusalem Post, August 29, 2023, https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/article-756743 

President Herzog’s speech to the US Congress, July 19, 2023, (Spanish).

Oren Kessler, “Herbert Samuel’s secret 1937 testimony on the infamous mufti of Jerusalem revealed,” Times of Israel, August 19, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/uk-reveals-herbert-samuels-secret-1937-testimony-on-the-infamous-mufti-of-jerusalem/   

Abigail Klein Leichman, “A classroom where teachers and kids have fun, and succeed,” Israel 21c, August 29, 2023, https://www.israel21c.org/a-classroom-where-teachers-and-kids-have-fun-and-succeed/ 

Alaa Lahlouh, “Armed Groups in Northern West Bank: The Beginning of an Armed Intifada or the Seeds of an Internal Palestinian Conflict?,” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, August 2023, https://pcpsr.org/en/node/948 

Bethan McKernan, “UK ‘seeking to block ICJ ruling’ on Israeli occupation of Palestine,” The Guardian, August 24, 2023, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/aug/24/uk-seeking-block-icj-ruling-israeli-occupation-palestine   

Suzanne McGee, “How Golda Meir Rose to Become the ‘Iron Lady’ of Israel,” History, August 25, 2023, https://www.history.com/news/golda-meir-israel-prime-minister-iron-lady-yom-kippur-war 

Gianluca Pacchiani, “Protests against Hamas reemerge in the streets of Gaza, but will they persist?,” Times of Israel, August 8, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/protests-against-hamas-reemerge-in-the-streets-of-gaza-but-will-they-persist/ 

Jonathan Panikoff, “The Last Chance for a Two-State Solution for Israelis and Palestinians May Be to Think Much Bigger,” Just Security, August 7, 2023, https://www.justsecurity.org/87487/the-last-chance-for-a-two-state-solution-for-israelis-and-palestinians-may-be-to-think-much-bigger/

Reuters staff, “Israel approves increase in gas exports to Egypt,” Al Jazeera, August 23, 2023, https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2023/8/23/israel-approves-increase-in-gas-exports-to-egypt

Reuters staff, “Analysis-Israel-Hezbollah Tensions Elevate Risks of Conflict,” U.S. News and World Report, August 17, 2023, https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2023-08-17/analysis-israel-hezbollah-tensions-elevate-risks-of-conflict 

Abeer Salman, “Saudi Arabia appoints first envoy to Palestinians amid talks on Israel normalization,” CNN, August 14, 2023, https://www.cnn.com/2023/08/14/middleeast/saudi-appoints-first-envoy-palestinians-intl/index.html  

Robert Satloff, “President Biden can show his support for Israel by staying silent,” The Hill, July 29, 2023, https://thehill.com/opinion/international/4124907-president-biden-can-show-his-support-for-israel-by-staying-silent/ 

Yasmeen Serhan, “The American Public’s Views on Israel Are Undergoing a Profound Shift. Washington Hasn’t Caught Up,” Time Magazine, July 19, 2023, https://time.com/6295703/israel-herzog-visit-washington/   

James Sinkinson, “Palestinian Society Sinks into Shambles,” Algemeiner, August 10, 2023, https://www.algemeiner.com/2023/08/10/palestinian-society-sinks-into-shambles  

TOI Staff and Lazar Berman, “Libya fires its FM amid furor over her unprecedented meet with Israeli counterpart,” Times of Israel, August 28, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/libya-fires-foreign-minister-amid-backlash-over-meeting-with-israeli-counterpart 

Ilan Zalayat and Yoel Guzansky, “Three Years to the Israel-Bahrain Normalization: The Forgotten Peace,” Institute for National Security Studies, August 31, 2023, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/israel-bahrain-3/ 


#125 Contemporary Readings July 2023

July 28, 2023

August 1, 2023

Assembled by Ken Stein and Wendy Kalman, Center for Israel Education

Adnan Abu Amer, “Analysis: Can Islamic Jihad survive Israel’s assassination drive?,” Al-Jazeera, July 7, 2023, https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/7/7/analysis-can-islamic-jihad-survive-israels-assassination-drive 

Farris Almarri, “Jordanians Favor De-escalation in the Region, But Sentiment Against Israel Remains,” Poll, Washington Institute for Near East Studies, June 9, 2023, https://t.co/yMEuoaMYoU 

Jimmy Carter, “The US and Iran, the Shah’s down-fall, the hostage crisis and the rise of Ayatollah Khomeyni,” a presentation to undergraduates at Emory University, Center for Israel Education/Emory University, 1985, https://israeled.org/president-jimmy-carter-the-us-and-iran-the-shahs-down-fall-the-hostage-crisis-and-the-rise-of-ayatollah-khomeyni/  

Center for Israel Education, “Political Statements on a Two-State Solution to Resolve the Arab (Palestinian)-Israeli Conflict, 1937 -present, July 12, 202.

Center for Preventative Action staff, “Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” Council on Foreign Relations, July 6, 2023, https://www.cfr.org/global-conflict-tracker/conflict/israeli-palestinian-conflict 

Rafi Demogge, (pseudonym) “The Looming War over Israel’s Law of Return,” Mosaic, July 3, 2023, https://mosaicmagazine.com/essay/israel-zionism/2023/07/the-looming-war-over-israels-law-of-return/ and Response from Yedidia Stern, “Allowing the grandchildren of Jews to come to Israel is problematic, but preventing them is even more problematic. The solution: opening the gates of conversion,”  Mosaic, https://mosaicmagazine.com/response/israel-zionism/2023/07/how-to-avoid-a-war-over-the-law-of-return/

Louise Fischer, “The Yom Kippur War, October 1973,” Israel State Archives, undated, https://catalog.archives.gov.il/en/publication/the-yom-kippur-war-october-1973/ 

Seth Frantzman, “Report reveals Iran’s growing threat to US, Israel from Syria – analysis,” Jerusalem Post, July 23, 2023, https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/iran-news/article-752105 

Seth Frantzman, “Iran media celebrates possible Israel ‘civil war’ and Netanyahu’s ‘crisis’ – analysis,” Jerusalem Post, July 23, 2023, https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/article-752086 

Daniel Gordis, “The day the music died….,” Substack: Israel from the Inside, July 24, 2023, https://danielgordis.substack.com/p/the-day-the-music-died  

Yoel Guzansky, “The Road to Normalization: Relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia,” Institute for Security Studies, July 23, 2023, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/saudi-arabia-normalization/ 

Amos Harel, “Analysis | Iran Gets an Unwritten Deal From the U.S. as Israel Gets a Bear Hug,” Ha’aretz, July 14, 2023, https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2023-07-14/ty-article/.premium/iran-gets-an-unwritten-deal-from-the-u-s-as-israel-gets-a-bear-hug/00000189-508e-d2fd-abdd-daae79910000 

Hiba Husseini, “Participation of East Jerusalem in Future Palestinian Parliamentary and Presidential Elections: Challenges and Policy Options,” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, July 2023, https://pcpsr.org/sites/default/files/Brief%203_Participation%20of%20East%20Jerusalem%20in%20future%207%20June%202023%20_English.pdf 

INN staff, “Report: Credit rating agencies seek clarifications from Israel,” Arutz Sheva Israel National News, July 22, 2023, https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/374520 

INSS staff, “The Judicial Overhaul: A Complete Guide,” Institute for National Security Studies, undated, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/judicial-overhaul-guide/ 

Israel Kasnett, “Israel’s Recognition of Morocco’s Western Sahara a Blow to Iran,” Jewish Press, July 21, 2023, https://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/analysis/israels-recognition-of-moroccos-western-sahara-a-blow-to-iran/2023/07/21/

Nicholas Kristoff, “With Israel, It’s Time to Start Discussing the Unmentionable,” New York Times, July 22, 2023, https://www.nytimes.com/2023/07/22/opinion/israel-military-aid.html 

Eran Lerman, “As Tensions escalate, Israel is right to insist on reviving the regional Framework,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, July 3, 2023. https://jiss.org.il/en/lerman-israel-is-right-to-insist-on-reviving-the-regional-framework/

Matthew Levitt & Lauren von Thaden, “Guns, Drugs, and Smugglers: A Recent Heightened Challenge at Israel’s Borders with Jordan and Egypt,” Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, July 2023, https://ctc.westpoint.edu/guns-drugs-and-smugglers-a-recent-heightened-challenge-at-israels-borders-with-jordan-and-egypt/ 

Suzie Navot, “The Reasonableness Issue Requires Serious, Informed and Consensual Discussion, Israel Democracy Institute, July 14, 2023, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/50172

PCPSR Staff, “The Palestine/Israel Pulse: A Joint Poll,” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, January 2023, https://pcpsr.org/sites/default/files/Press%20Release_Eng%20_Joint%20Poll%2024JAN2023.pdf 

PCPSR Staff, “Public Opinion Poll No. 88,” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, June 23, 2023., https://pcpsr.org/en/node/944 

Paul Rivlin, “Israel’s Economy: From Start-Up to Shut-Down Nation?,” Center for Israel Education, July 6, 2023, https://israeled.org/israels-economy-from-start-up-to-shut-down-nation-opinion-paul-rivlin-moshe-dayan-center/ 

David Rosenberg, “The Power of Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Has Peaked,” Foreign Policy, July 27, 2023, https://foreignpolicy.com/2023/07/27/israel-ultra-orthodox-judicial-religion-netanyahu/ 

Yair Rosenberg, “Israel has already lost,” The Atlantic, July 27, 2023, https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2023/07/israel-supreme-court-netanyahu-parliament/674833/ 

Dennis Ross & Ghaith al-Omari, “Why a Weak Abbas is Dangerous for Israel,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, July 6, 2023, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/why-weak-abbas-dangerous-israel 

Abeer Salman, “Palestinian leader calls on world to ‘protect us,’ and his people respond with bitter laughter,” CNN, July 14, 2023, https://www.cnn.com/2023/07/14/middleeast/palestinians-mock-abbas-mime-intl/index.html 

Ahmad Sharawi & Essa Nahari, “Middle East Visits to the United States Under Biden, Trump, and Obama,” Washington Institute, July 20, 2023, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/middle-east-visits-united-states-under-biden-trump-and-obama 

Matt Spetalnick, Steve Holland & Simon Lewis, “Biden’s Israel dilemma: Few good options to counter Netanyahu’s defiance,” Reuters, July 25, 2023, https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/bidens-israel-dilemma-few-good-options-counter-netanyahus-defiance-2023-07-25/ 

Jared Szuba, “Pentagon seeks to deepen military ties with Israel despite judicial overhaul,” Al-Monitor, July 25, 2023, https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2023/07/pentagon-seeks-deepen-military-ties-israel-despite-judicial-overhaul 

TOI Staff, “Knesset votes to postpone election for new chief rabbis,” Times of Israel, July 24, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/knesset-votes-to-postpone-election-for-new-chief-rabbis/

TOI Staff, “Iranian, Hamas officials discuss response to upheaval in Israel — report,” Times of Israel, July 26, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/iranian-hamas-officials-secretly-discuss-response-to-upheaval-in-israel-report 

Mohammed S. Wattad, Zhanyang Liu & Derek Lief, “What Deters the Arab Population from the Protests?,” Institute for National Security Studies, July 18, 2023, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/arab-protest/ 


#124 Contemporary Readings June 2023

July 5, 2023

Assembled by Ken Stein and Wendy Kalman, Center for Israel Education

AJC Global Forum 2021, “Unveiling Israel’s Strategic Vision: A Conversation with Ron Dermer, Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs,” American Jewish Committee, June 12, 2023,  https://www.ajc.org/news/unveiling-israels-strategic-vision-a-conversation-with-ron-dermer-israeli-minister-of 

Farris Almarri, “Jordanians Favor De-escalation in the Region, But Sentiment Against Israel Remains,” Poll, Washington Institute for Near East Studies, June 9, 2023, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/new-public-opinion-poll-jordanians-favor-de-escalation-region-sentiment-against 

AP Staff, “China inks ‘strategic partnership’ with Palestinian Authority as it expands Middle East presence,” Associated Press, June 14, 2023, https://apnews.com/article/china-abbas-palestinian-israel-saudi-dd55f1cc81b53cb00cb1d045bc239566 

Samara Azzi and Hanin Ghaddar, “Cash Cabal — How Hezbollah Profits from Lebanon’s Financial Crisis,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 22, 2023, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/cash-cabal-how-hezbollah-profits-lebanons-financial-crisis 

Gershon Baskin, “Clarity of intentions, actions of consequence is what is required – opinion,” Jerusalem Post, June 15, 2023, https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-746319

Lazar Berman, “Muslim-majority Kosovo wants ‘strategic partnership’ with Israel — former PM,” Times of Israel, June 14, 2023, https www.timesofisrael.com/muslim-majority-kosovo-wants-strategic-partnership-with-israel-former-pm/ 

Howard Blass, “From Pitching to Prayers, Synagogues should take a lesson from baseball,” The Jerusalem Post, June 11, 2023, https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-745862 

Cleveland Jewish News staff, “Palestinian terrorists are ‘born via smartphones, not mosques’,” Cleveland Jewish News, June 27, 2023, https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/jns/palestinian-terrorists-are-born-via-smartphones-not-mosques/article_6166bf02-8c53-566a-98e7-6732fb392999.html 

Alexander B. Downes and Jonathan Monten, “Forced to Be Free? Why Foreign-Imposed Regime Change Rarely Leads to Democratization,” International Security, Vol. 37, Vol. 4, Spring 2013, pp. 90-131, https://www.almendron.com/tribuna/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/forced-to-be-free.pdf 

Yaron Druckman, “In 30 years, 1 out of every 3 students in Israel will be ultra-Orthodox,” Y-net, June 28, 2023, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/by3rahuo2 

Tomer Fadlon, “Trends in Trade Between Israel and China Over the Past Decade (2013–2022),” INSS, June 18, 2023, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/israel-china-10-years/ 

Seth Frantzman, “Jenin’s threat to Israel and the region – analysis,” Jerusalem Post, June 26, 2023, https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/defense-news/article-747796 

Seth Frantzman, “Israel reaches out to Palestinian Authority ahead of Eid – analysis,” Jerusalem Post, June 27, 2023, https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-747941 

Seth Frantzman, “Israel-Saudi normalization requires more long-term planning – analysis,” Jerusalem Post, June 29, 2023, https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/abraham-accords/article-748150 

Thomas Friedman, “From Tel Aviv to Riyadh,” New York Times, June 6, 2023, https://www.nytimes.com/2023/06/06/opinion/israel-saudi-arabia.html 

Leon Hadar, “From the Alliance of the Periphery to a Solidifying the Arab-Israeli Core,” National Interest, June 4, 2023, https://nationalinterest.org/feature/alliance-periphery-solidifying-arab-israeli-core-206524 

Raymond Hinnebusch, “Authoritarian persistence: democratization theory and the Middle East: An overview and critique,” Democratization, June 2006, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13510340600579243?needAccess=true&role=button 

“Immigration of Ethiopian Jews to Israel, 1948-1985,” Israel State Archives, 2022, https://catalog.archives.gov.il/en/chapter/israel-and-the-jews-of-ethiopia-1948-1973/  

INSS and Moshe Dayan Center conference (audio and video), “Saudi Arabia: Between Iran and Israel,” Institute for National Security Studies,  May 28, 2023, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEz8W2fk2zs&ab_channel=INSSISRAEL 

Jerusalem Post Staff, “Germany and Israel’s strategic relationship – editorial,” Jerusalem Post, June 18, 2023, https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-746668 

Carrie Keller-Lynn, “Hours after losing battle for Bar Association, Likud moves to void its power,” Times of Israel, June 21, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/hours-after-losing-battle-for-bar-association-likud-moves-to-void-it-of-power/ 

Bilahari Kausikan, “Southeast Asia between Major Powers: Lessons for the Middle East,” Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, June 2023, https://jstribune.com/kausikan-southeast-asia-between-major-powers/ 

Mandi Kogosowski, “Israel State Comptroller to Audit Country’s Readiness for AI Era,” Israel Defense, June 29, 2023, https://www.israeldefense.co.il/en/node/58720 

Etgar Lefkovits, “Cyprus-Greece-Israel ties are a ‘strategic partnership’,” Jewish News Syndicate, June 20, 2023, https://www.jns.org/israel-news/cyprus/23/6/20/296567/ 

Meir Litwak with Adi Kantor, “Anti-Semitism in the Arab World New Manifestations to an Old Problem, INSS Podcast, 38:00, June 1, 2023, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hb1Qq3Djdx8 

Ameer Makhoul, “On the question of the Palestinian Authority, Israel’s security institutions diverge,” Middle East Eye, June 27, 2023, https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/palestinian-authority-israel-security-institutions-diverge 

Mark Mazzetti, Ronen Bergman, Edward Wong and Vivian Nereim,” Biden administration engages in long-shot attempt for Saudi-Israeli deal,” Buffalo News/New York Times, June 18,  2023, https://buffalonews.com/biden-administration-engages-in-long-shot-attempt-for-saudi-israel-deal/article_61b1d0f0-573e-58c9-9f0e-717915e54671.html 

MEI Staff “Itamar Rabinovich on Middle Eastern Maze,”(audio),  Middle East Institute, June 21, 2023, https://www.mei.edu/multimedia/podcast/itamar-rabinovich-middle-eastern-maze 

Caroline Morganti, “Recent Polls of US Jews Reflect Polarized Community,” Jewish Currents. June 29, 2023, https://jewishcurrents.org/recent-polls-of-us-jews-reflect-polarized-community 

PCPSR Staff, “The Palestine/Israel Pulse: A Joint Poll.” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, January 24, 2023, https://www.pcpsr.org/sites/default/files/Press%20Release_Eng%20_Joint%20Poll%2024JAN2023.pdf 

PCPSR Staff, “Public Opinion Poll No. 87,” Palestine Center for Policy and Survey Research, March 23, 2023, https://www.pcpsr.org/en/node/938 

PCPSR Staff, “Public Opinion Poll No. 88,” Palestine Center for Policy and Survey Research, June 26, 2023, https://www.pcpsr.org/en/node/944 

Barak Ravid, “Scoop: Israeli security chief in D.C. for talks on West Bank and Gaza tensions,” Axios, June 1, 2023, https://www.axios.com/2023/06/01/shin-bet-bar-biden-talks-west-bank-gaza-tensions 

Barak Ravid, “Scoop: White House expressed concern that Israel is leaking info on indirect Iran talks,” Axios, June 29, 2023, https://www.axios.com/2023/06/28/iran-talks-leak-white-house-israel-sullivan 

Marc Rod, “Bipartisan group of lawmakers urge expanding Abraham Accords into Africa,” Jewish Insider, June 5, 2023, https://jewishinsider.com/2023/06/abraham-accords-africa-israel-u-s-peace-normalization/ 

Jonathan Schanzer “Iran’s Multifront Strategy Against Israel,” Commentary, June 2023, https://www.commentary.org/articles/jonathan-schanzer/irans-multifront-strategy-against-israel/ 

Ksenia Svetlova, “Four Tribes of Modern Israel, The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, June 2023, (Israel Education systems), https://jstribune.com/svetlova-the-four-tribes-of-modern-israel/ 

Ksenia Svetlova, “In an endless series of Israeli operations, Operation Shield and Arrow in Gaza was yet another name on the list,” Atlantic Council, June 2, 2023, https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/operation-shield-arrow-gaza-israel-hamas-pij/ 

Times of Israel Staff, “Israel agreed to give up sovereignty in part of Jerusalem Old City in 2000,” Times of Israel, June 19, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-agreed-to-give-up-sovereignty-in-part-of-jerusalem-old-city-in-2000-document/  

Times of Israel Staff, “‘Strategic mistake’: Netanyahu panned for planning China visit as signal to Biden,” Times of Israel, June 27, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/strategic-mistake-netanyahu-panned-for-planning-china-visit-as-signal-to-biden/ 

Times of Israel Staff, “Netanyahu rules out giving Ukraine Iron Dome anti-missile system,” Times of Israel, June 29, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-rules-out-giving-ukraine-iron-dome-anti-missile-system/ 

Amir Hossein Vazirian, “Arming the West Bank: A Look at Iran’s New Israel Strategy,” National Interest, June 28, 2023, https://nationalinterest.org/feature/arming-west-bank-look-iran%E2%80%99s-new-israel-strategy-206588 

Avi Weiss and Eitan Fischberger, “The National Antisemitism Strategy Has No Clothes,” Tablet, June 2, 2023, https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/national-antisemitisim-strategy-has-no-clothes 

Ben Dror Yemeni, “Netanyahu’s government opts for a bi-national state,” Y-net, June 20, 2023, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/hkfr4x1u3 

Kawala Xie. “China’s Xi meets Palestinian leader Abbas, offers 3-point proposal for ‘lasting solution’ to conflict with Israel,” South China Morning Post, June 14, 2023, https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3224032/china-pledges-support-peaceful-resolution-palestinian-issue-amid-abbas-visit-and-profound-changes 


#123 Contemporary Readings May 2023

June 9, 2023

Assembled by Ken Stein and Wendy Kalman, Center for Israel Education

Elliott Abrams, “As Israel Turns 75, ‘Foreign Affairs’ Publishes a Call to Eliminate It,” Council of Foreign Relations, May 9, 2023, https://www.cfr.org/blog/israel-turns-75-foreign-affairs-publishes-call-eliminate-it 

Ghaith al-Omari, “The Palestinian succession Crisis,” Foreign Affairs, May 16, 2023, https://www.foreignaffairs.com/palestinian-territory/palestinian-succession-crisis  

Zvi Bar’el, “Saudi Arabia’s New Middle East Strategy Leaves Israel in the Dust,” Ha’aretz, May 19, 2023, https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/2023-05-19/ty-article/.highlight/saudi-arabias-new-middle-east-strategy-leaves-israel-in-the-dust/00000188-32e3-d7fd-adec-ffeb11e20000 

Lenny Ben-David, “The First Jerusalem Liberation Day in the Modern Era – in 1917,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, May 17, 2023, https://jcpa.org/the-first-jerusalem-liberation-day-in-the-modern-era-in-1917/ 

“Saudi Arabia: Between Iran and Israel,” INSS and the Moshe Dayan Center conference, May 28, 2023, video and audio, (2 plus hours, English translation) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEz8W2fk2zs

Yonah Jeremy Bob, “Israel’s Operation Shield and Arrow: Is blowing stuff up a strategy?,” Jerusalem Post, May 12, 2023, https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/article-742798 

Amanda Borschel-Dan, “What Matters Now to ToI analyst Haviv Rettig Gur: The political perils of conflict,” Times of Israel, May 12, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/what-matters-now-to-toi-analyst-haviv-rettig-gur-the-political-perils-of-conflict/ 

Udi Dekel, “Israel Must Establish the rules of the game,” Times of Israel, May 13, 2021, https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/israel-must-establish-the-rules-of-the-game/ 

Gabby Deutch, “‘Times’ reporter goes inside Israel’s identity crisis, 75 years in the making,” Jewish Insider, May 24, 2023, https://jewishinsider.com/2023/05/new-york-times-isabel-kershner-israel-reporter-book/ 

Stanley Dubinsky and Hesh Epstein, “How Hebrew Kept Us as a People,” Tablet, May 19, 2023, https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/belief/articles/lashon-hebrew-language-anchor-jewish-identity 

Assaf Gilead and Meital Veizberg, “Startup Nation: rooted in socialism and military technology,” (short history of its origins), Globes, May 3, 2023, https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-startup-nation-rooted-in-socialism-and-military-technology-1001445529

Dominic Green, “Why does Joe Biden’s antisemitism strategy barely mention Israel?,” Jewish Chronicle, May 31, 2023, https://www.thejc.com/lets-talk/all/why-does-joe-bidens-antisemitism-strategy-barely-mention-israel-4uRsnFpEx4vAL8q7qIup40 

Leon Hadar, “From the Alliance of the Periphery to a Solidifying the Arab-Israeli Core,” National Interest, June 4, 2023, https://nationalinterest.org/feature/alliance-periphery-solidifying-arab-israeli-core-206524 

Ezra Kopelowitz and Shlomi Ravid, “Jewish Peoplehood: Mapping the Field in Israel,” Reut Institute, October 2021, https://www.reutgroup.org/_files/ugd/7c17af_63bc25e1240c4f9898fdeec9acb96590.pdf 

Martin Kramer, “Israel’s Declaration of Independence,” undated 8-episode course, Tikvah Fund, https://tikvahfund.org/course/declaring-israels-independence/ 

Meir Litwak with Adi Kantor, “Anti-Semitism in the Arab World New Manifestations to an Old Problem, INSS Podcast, 38:00, June 1, 2023, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hb1Qq3Djdx8 

Oved Lobel, “Essay: A New Multifront Strategy?,” Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, May 25, 2023, https://aijac.org.au/australia-israel-review/essay-a-new-multifront-strategy/ 

Ameer Makhoul, “Israel: How leaders threaten war on Iran to resolve internal crisis,” Middle East Eye, May 31, 2023, https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/israel-how-leaders-threaten-war-on-iran-resolve-internal-crisis 

Yossi Melman, “Israel’s Targeted Assassinations Are a Poor Substitute for a Strategy,” Ha’aretz, May 17, 2023,  https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/2023-05-17/ty-article-opinion/.premium/israels-targeted-assassinations-are-a-poor-substitute-for-a-strategy/00000188-25af-d18b-a79d-25ffb14c0000 

Yariv Mohar and Aya Shoshan, “Strategic Assessment: The Struggle against Radicalization that Encourages Terror: Israel vs. the World,” INSS, March 2023, https://www.inss.org.il/strategic_assessment/radicalization/ 

Benny Morris, “Striking the right balance between black and white narrative,” The Jewish Chronicle, May 11, 2023, https://www.thejc.com/news/israel/striking-the-right-balance-between-black-and-white-narratives-4GiGTvgpSSswQMS6cmMbQk  

Michael Oren, “When Israel gave Hamas something worth not fighting for,” Times of Israel, May 15, 2023, https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/when-israel-gave-hamas-something-worth-not-fighting-for/  

Barak Ravid, “Scoop: Israel tells U.S. it won’t turn Homesh outpost into new settlement threatens Israel,” Axios, May 23, 2023, https://www.axios.com/2023/05/23/israel-homesh-settlement-palestinians-west-bank 

Barak Ravid, “Scoop: Israeli security chief in D.C. for talks on West Bank and Gaza tensions,” Axios, June 1, 2023, https://www.axios.com/2023/06/01/shin-bet-bar-biden-talks-west-bank-gaza-tensions 

Haviv Rettig Gur, “For Netanyahu, the storm before the calm?,” Times of Israel, May 11, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/the-storm-before-the-calm-2/  

Haviv Rettig Gur, “Why the new state budget both favors and hurts Haredim… and deeply,” Times of Israel, May 23, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/the-new-state-budget-favors-haredim-and-hurts-them/  

Marc Rod, “Bipartisan group of lawmakers urge expanding Abraham Accords into Africa,” Jewish Insider, June 5, 2023, https://jewishinsider.com/2023/06/abraham-accords-africa-israel-u-s-peace-normalization/ 

Robert Satloff, “The No-State Solution,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 31, 2023, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/no-state-solution 

Jonathan Schanzer “Iran’s Multifront Strategy Against Israel,” Commentary, June 2023, https://www.commentary.org/articles/jonathan-schanzer/irans-multifront-strategy-against-israel/  

Bret Stephens, “At 75, Israel Has Plenty to Celebrate,” New York Times, May 16, 2023, https://www.nytimes.com/2023/05/16/opinion/israel-75th-anniversary.html 

Jake Sullivan, NSA Adviser, “US Policy in the Middle East,” Soref Symposium, May 4, 2023, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/keynote-address-national-security-advisor-jake-sullivan 

Ksenia Svetlova, “In an endless series of Israeli operations, Operation Shield and Arrow in Gaza was yet another name on the list,” Atlantic Council, June 2, 2023, https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/operation-shield-arrow-gaza-israel-hamas-pij/ 

TOI Staff, “US wants Israel to shelve judicial overhaul in return for Saudi normalization — TV,” Times of Israel, May 23, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-wants-israel-to-shelve-judicial-overhaul-in-return-for-saudi-normalization-tv/ 

Avi Weiss and Eitan Fischberger, “The National Antisemitism Strategy Has No Clothes,” Tablet, June 2, 2023, https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/national-antisemitisim-strategy-has-no-clothes 


#122 Contemporary Readings April 2023

May 2, 2023

Assembled by Ken Stein and Wendy Kalman, Center for Israel Education

Agence France-Presse, “China ready to broker Israel-Palestine peace talks, says foreign minister,” The Guardian, April 17, 2023, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/apr/18/china-ready-to-broker-israel-palestine-peace-talks-says-foreign-minister 

Fares Akram, “In First, Iran’s president addresses Palestinians in Gaza,” Associated Press, April 14, 2023, https://apnews.com/article/iran-palestinians-gaza-jerusalem-256ccdd3029ba63f8b19302a6640b363 

Peter Beinart, “Could Israel Carry Out Another Nakba?,” Jewish Currentshttps://jewishcurrents.org/could-israel-carry-out-another-nakba  

Ilan Ben Zion and Tia Goldenberg, “Fraught US-Israel ties on display as Knesset reconvenes,” ABC News, May 1, 2023, https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/fraught-us-israel-ties-display-knesset-reconvenes-98979912 

Yonah Jeremy Bob, “As F-35 deals move forward in US, where does Israel stand? – analysis,” Jerusalem Post, April 30, 2023, https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-741716 

Andrew Esensten, Marta Furlan, Evgeni Klauber, Talia Naamat, Fabian Spengler, Moses Toshimasu, Jesse Weinberg, and Carl Yonker, “Anti-Semitism Worldwide: Report for 2022,” Tel Aviv University and the Anti-Defamation League, April 2023, https://www.adl.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/2023-04/AntisemitismWorldwide_e.pdf 

Adam S. Ferziger, “Israelization and Lived Religion: Conflicting Accounts of Contemporary Judaism,” Contemporary Jewry, 2020, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7265156 

Tuvia Gering, “Full throttle in neutral: China’s new security architecture for the Middle East,” The Atlantic Council, February 15, 2023, https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/in-depth-research-reports/issue-brief/full-throttle-in-neutral-chinas-new-security-architecture-for-the-middle-east/ 

Idit Shafran Gittleman (moderator), Podcast: “From Declaration to State: IDF Generals in a Special Podcast for Independence Day,” Institute of National Security Studies, April 24,2023, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyfUCdZhrwQ&ab_channel=INSSISRAEL 

Daniel Gordis, “What if the Declaration of Independence became a ‘Basic Law’?,” Substack: Israel from the Inside with Daniel Gordis, April 20, 2023, 
https://danielgordis.substack.com/p/what-if-the-declaration-of-independence

Daniel Gordis, “”It’s over,” the protesters are saying — and they no longer mean just judicial reform,”, Substack: Israel from the Inside with Daniel Gordis, May 1, 2023, https://danielgordis.substack.com/p/its-over-the-protesters-are-saying 

Kathleen Hayes, “An Open Letter to Anti-Zionists from a Veteran of the Left,” Fathom, April 2022, https://fathomjournal.org/an-open-letter-to-anti-zionists-from-a-veteran-of-the-left 

David Hazony, “Israel at 75,” April 20, 2023, Jewish Journal, https://jewishjournal.com/cover_story/358025/israel-at-75-the-rebirth-of-israel/ 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “National Mood Unrestful,” Israel Democracy Institute, April 3, 2023, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/48985 

Shale Horowitz, “Why Israel is Judged Differently: Jerusalem’s International Challenges, Middle East Quarterly, Spring 2023, Vol 30, No 2, https://www.meforum.org/64210/why-israel-is-judged-differently 

Paul Iddon, “’Convergence Of Arenas’: What Israel’s Future Wars Might Look Like,” Forbes, April 29, 2023, https://www.forbes.com/sites/pauliddon/2023/04/29/convergence-of-arenas-what-israels-future-wars-might-look-like/?sh=31d623275555 

INN/Arutz 7 Staff, “As expected: Moody’s downgrades Israel’s credit rating outlook to stable,” Israel National News, Arutz Sheva, April 15, 2023, https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/
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Jewish Learning Institute, Jewish Literacy, 6 part video (Tanakh, Midrash, Talmud, Halacha, Musar, Kabalah), each is 7-12 minutes, 2022-2023, origins and relationships of Jewish texts over the centuries, https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1/#inbox/FMfcgzGsmNWvCKvvMkmkpXlnnlszVHQd

Martin Kramer, “Israel’s Declaration of Independence,”  (8 video and audio episodes), Tikvah Fund, https://tikvahfund.org/course/declaring-israels-independence/

Martin Kramer, “Israel from 25 to 75: The lesson is perpetual vigilance,” Times of Israel, April 25, 2023, https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/israel-from-25-to-75/ 

Martin Kramer and Neil Rogachevsky, “Constitutions and Courts in Israel: From the Declaration of Independence to the Current Crisis,” Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, April 4, 2023, (Video, 1:10), https://www.asmeascholars.org/constitutions-and-courts-in-israel–from-the-declaration-of-independence-to-the-current-crisis 

Shalom Lipner, “Netanyahu’s coalition isn’t built to last: Expect high sparks within and fragile prospects for Israel’s incoming government,” Atlantic Council, February 2023, https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/in-depth-research-reports/issue-brief/netanyahus-coalition-isnt-built-to-last-expect-high-sparks-within-and-fragile-prospects-for-israels-incoming-government/ 

Guy Lurie and Daphne Benvenisty, “The Role of Legal Advisors – Explainer From Professional to Political,” Israel Democracy Institute, April 4, 2023, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/48989 

Guy Lurie and Amichai Cohen, “Appointment of Judges to High Courts in Democratic Countries: A Comparative Study,” examines 42 countries in detailed study, Israel Democracy Institute, April 4, 2023, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/48993 

Jacob Magid, “Despite baggage, some Palestinians rooting for Israel to secure US visa waiver,” Times of Israel, April 17, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/despite-baggage-some-palestinians-rooting-for-israel-to-secure-us-visa-waiver/ 

Yoram Margalit, “How is this the “End of Democracy?” Israel Democracy Institute, March 21, 2023, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/49023 

Heather May and Ben Winslow, “Why did Utah leaders go to Israel?,” KSL, April 30, 2023, https://www.ksl.com/article/50633450/why-did-utah-leaders-go-to-israel 

Kobi Michael, “A Sea Change and a Slippery Slope: When the Military Becomes a Political Actor,” Institute for National Security Studies, April 18, 2023, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/idf-politics/ 

Ash Obel, “Gantz’s National Unity party soars past Netanyahu’s plunging Likud, poll finds,” Times of Israel, April 17, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/gantzs-national-unity-party-soars-past-netanyahus-plunging-likud-poll-finds/ 

Marc Rod, “House lawmakers relaunch Latino-Jewish caucus,” Jewish Insider, April 28, 2023, https://jewishinsider.com/2023/04/latino-jewish-caucus-capitol-hill-american-jewish-committee/ 

PCPSR Staff, “Public opinion poll No. 87,” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, March 23, 2023, http://www.pcpsr.org/en/node/938 

Alon Pinkas, “Analysis: McCarthy’s High-profile Israel Visit Sets Netanyahu on a Collision Course With Biden,” Ha’aretz, May 1, 2023, https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2023-05-01/ty-article/.highlight/netanyahu-is-desperate-for-a-white-house-invite-mccarthys-israel-visit-wont-help/00000187-d66d-d9b4-abaf-feff1d720000 

Haviv Rettig Gur, “The implosion of Israel’s ruling party,” Times of Israel, March 22, https://www.timesofisrael.com/the-implosion-of-israels-ruling-party/ 

Neil Rogachevsky, “Against Court and Constitution: A Never Before Translated Speech by David Ben-Gurion,” Mosaic Magazine, March 10, 2021, https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/israel-zionism/2021/03/against-court-and-constitution-a-never-before-translated-speech-by-david-ben-gurion/ 

Neil Rogachevsky and Dov Ziegler, “Israel’s Declaration of Independence: A Biography,” Jewish Review of Books, Spring 2023, https://jewishreviewofbooks.com/uncategorized/
13858/israels-declaration-of-independence-a-biography/
 

Shmuel Rosner, Camil Fuchs, and Noah Slepkov, “Pluralism Index 2023: Israelis Want a Democratic and Jewish State,” Jewish People’s Policy Institute, March 22, 2023, https://jppi.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Pluralism-Index-Clean-1.pdf 

Dennis Ross and David Makovsky, “Israeli Public’s Commitment to Democracy Shines as the Country Turns 75,” The National Interest, April 27, 2023, https://nationalinterest.org/blog/
lebanon-watch/israeli-publics-commitment-democracy-shines-country-turns-75-206433
 

Sheren Falah Saab, “Palestinian Author: We Should Join Israeli Protests, Without Palestinian Flags,” Ha’aretz, May 1, 2023, https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/2023-05-01/ty-article-magazine/.premium/palestinian-israeli-author-we-have-to-fight-even-for-crumbs-of-democracy/00000187-b3d7-d803-ad8f-ffd7f0020000 

Robert Satloff, “Saudi Normalization with Israel, Domestic ‘Transformation,’ and U.S. Policy,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 1, 2023, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/media/6395?disposition=inline  

Dan Schueftan, “The beginning of the end of Israel’s ‘Grand Coalitions’,” Tablet, March 8, 2023, https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/israel-middle-east/articles/end-of-israels-grand-coalitions 

Zaki Shalom and Sophia Schmidt, “The Israel-U.S. Relationship in Face of the Judicial Controversy,” National Interest, May 1, 2023, https://nationalinterest.org/feature/israel-us-relationship-face-judicial-controversy-206445 

Leah Soibel, “Israel is a Hispanic opportunity,” SAPIR Journal, Spring 2023, https://sapirjournal.org/israel-at-75/2023/04/israel-is-a-hispanic-opportunity/ 

Meir Soloveichik, “The Miracle at 75,” Commentary, May 2023, https://www.commentary.org/articles/meir-soloveichik/miracle-of-israel-at-75/ 

Ken Stein, “Context and Consequences of Israel’s Proposed Judicial Overhaul,” The Torah Center ATL, March 30, 2023, video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTNu6WCcQt4 and audio only: https://soundcloud.com/thetorahcenteratl/context-consequences-of-israels-proposed-judicial-overhaul-dr-ken-stein  

TOI Staff and agencies, “Report: Israel got intel on Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program from executed spy,” Times of Israel, May 1, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/report-israel-got-intel-on-irans-secret-nuclear-weapons-program-from-executed-spy/ 

Noam Zohar, “Tyranny of the majority is not democratic; certainly, it is not Jewish,” Ynet, April 16, 2023, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/b1ddi7tz2 


#121 Contemporary Readings March 2023

April 3, 2023

Assembled by Ken Stein and Wendy Kalman, Center for Israel Education

Ghaith al-Omari, “To Prevent the PA from Unraveling, Address Internal Reform,” Washington Institute, February 28, 2023, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/prevent-pa-unraveling-address-internal-reform

AJC Staff, “The State of Anti-Semitism in American 2022: AJC’s Survey of American Jews,” American Jewish Committee, February 2023, https://www.ajc.org/AntisemitismReport2022/
AmericanJews
 

Bank of Israel head issues new warning on overhaul, says bodies independence vital,” Times of Israel, March 28, 2023.

BICOM Morning Brief Staff, “Israeli Cabinet resignations expose coalition tensions,” Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre, March 1, 2023, https://www.bicom.org.uk/news/
israeli-cabinet-resignations-expose-coalition-tensions/
 

Sarah Blau, “A family tale about Herzl and the will of Israel,” Ynet News, March 22, 2023, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rkkcpbig2

Conference staff, “Economic Consequences of the Judiciary ‘Reform’,” Tel Aviv University Frenkel-Zuckerman Institute, Israel Democracy Institute, Reichman University Aaron Institute for Economic Policy and TAU’s Business-Academic Club, March 2, 2023, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvVR5Mc3jS8 

Center for Israel Education, “A Review of the Four Elements of the Planned Overhaul of Israel’s Judiciary, March 21, 2023 (revised) (videos, articles, detailed summaries, think tank items)

Robbie Corey-Boulet, “Reestablishment of Saudi- Iran ties adds twist to Israel’s Arab Outreach,” Times of Israel, March 11, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/reestablishment-of-saudi-iran-ties-adds-twist-to-israels-arab-outreach/ 

Michael Crowley, Vivian Nereim and Patrick Kingsley, “Saudi Arabia Offers Its Price to Normalize Relations With Israel,” New York Times, March 10, 2023, https://www.nytimes.com/2023/03/09/us/politics/saudi-arabia-israel-united-states.html 

Abraham Diskin, “Putting an end to the upheaval of the high court,” Kohelet Policy Forum, March 19, 2023, https://en.kohelet.org.il/publication/putting-an-end-to-the-upheaval-of-the-high-court 

Oren Dori, “Treasury: Judicial reform will cost NIS 50-100b annual growth loss,” Globes, March 21, 2023, https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-treasury-judicial-reform-will-cost-nis-50-100b-annual-growth-loss-1001441803 

Nadeen Ebrahim, “Netanyahu is backed into a corner. Here’s what he may do next,” CNN, March 29, 2023, https://www.cnn.com/2023/03/29/middleeast/netanyahu-options-israel-mime-intl/index.html 

Maria Fantappie and Vali Nasr, “A New Order in the Middle East?,” Foreign Affairs, March 22, 2023, https://www.foreignaffairs.com/china/iran-saudi-arabia-middle-east-relations 

Gerald Feierstein and Yoel Guzansky, “Two years on, what is the state of the Abraham Accords?,” Middle East Institute, September 14, 2022, https://www.mei.edu/publications/two-years-what-state-abraham-accords 

Luis Fleischman, “Israeli Civil Society Has Displayed a Model of Resistance to Global Illiberalism,” Palm Beach Center for Democracy and Policy Research, March 30, 2023, https://palmbeachdemocracy.org/israeli-civil-society-has-displayed-a-model-of-resistance-to-global-illiberalism/ 

Seth Frantzman, “What have been Iran’s reactions to Israel political chaos? – analysis,” Jerusalem Post, March 27, 2023, https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/article-735553 

Amir Fuchs, “What is ‘Incapacity’ and what are the Implications of a Prime Minister’s Incapacity?” Israel Democracy Institute, March 5, 2023, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/48090 

Aharon Garber and Avraham Shalev, “Why judicial reform is essential,” Kohelet Policy Forum, February 19, 2023, https://en.kohelet.org.il/publication/why-judicial-reform-is-essential 

Yoav Gallant, “Speech to Nation Seeking Pause in Judicial Overhaul,” March 25, 2023.

Derek Gatopoulos, Costas Kantouris and Josef Federman “Israel’s Netanyahu: Mossad helped Greece uncover terror plot,” Associated Press, March 29, 2023, https://apnews.com/article/greece-terrorism-arrests-12946c19a59d61edba970184b547e578 

Daniel Gordis, “What you just witnessed was one of the greatest weeks in Israel’s history,” Substack: Israel From the Inside, March 27, 2023, https://danielgordis.substack.com/p/what-you-just-witnessed-was-one-of 

Evelyn Gordon, “Israel’s Judicial Reckoning,” Mosaic, March 6, 2023, http://tikvahfund.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Israels-Judicial-Reckoning-MosaicMosaic.pdf 

IDI Staff, “The Planned Overhaul of Israel’s Judiciary,” Israel Democracy Institute, March 2023, https://en.idi.org.il/tags-en/47383 

INSS Staff, “A Strategic Alert in the Wake of the Judicial Reform,” March 21, 2023, Institute for National Security Studies, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/strategic-alert/ 

Jewish People’s Policy Institute, “Pluralism Index 2023: Israelis Want a Democratic and Jewish State,” Jewish People’s Policy Institute, March 22, 2023, (20pp), https://jppi.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/Pluralism-Index-Clean-1.pdf

JFNA Staff, “How the New Government Policy Affects Israel’s Economy & Foreign Policy,” Jewish Federations of North America with Israel Democracy Institute, March 21, 2023, https://en.idi.org.il/galleries/48470 

President Isaac Herzog “People’s Directive” for a compromise to the judicial overhaul controversy,” March 15, 2023.

Brian Katulis, Firas Maksad, Charles Lister, Intissar Fakir and Marvin G. Weinbaum, “Four factors to watch to assess the Saudi-Iranian diplomatic opening,” Middle East Institute, March 13, 2023, https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-four-factors-watch-assess-saudi-iranian-diplomatic-opening 

Herb Keinon, “Israel’s striking reservist pilots are short-sighted — analysis,” Jerusalem Post, March 6, 2023, https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-733525 

Michael Kopelowitz, “Why a Judicial Compromise is Important No Matter the Content,” Israel Policy Forum, March 9, 2023, https://israelpolicyforum.org/2023/03/09/why-a-judicial-compromise-is-important-no-matter-the-content/ 

Nicole Lampert, “Does the BBC not care about Jews expelled from Arab countries?,” The Jewish Chronicle, March 21, 2023, https://www.thejc.com/lets-talk/all/does-the-bbc-not-care-about-jews-expelled-from-arab-countries-2G3gRzcPUlBPmD56aupHfC 

Ephraim Lavie, Mohammed Wattad, Orit Perlov, Mora Deitch and Meir Elran, “Israel’s Arab Society Following the Establishment of the 37th Government,” Institute for National Security Studies, March 6, 2023, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/arabs-in-israel-37-government/ 

Dave Lawler, “Democrats now sympathize more with Palestinians than Israelis, poll finds,” Axios, Match 16, 2023, https://www.axios.com/2023/03/16/democrats-sympathize-more-palestinians-israelis-gallup 

Jonathan Lemire and Nahal Toosi, “Biden’s favorite Middle East ally is spoiling his democracy party,” Politico, March 29, 2023, https://www.politico.com/news/2023/03/29/netanyahu-biden-democracy-israel-00089326 

Canaan Lidor, “In new poll, 63% of Israeli Jews call Diaspora coreligionists ‘brethren’,” Times of Israel, March 22, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-new-poll-63-of-israeli-jews-call-diaspora-coreligionists-brethren/

David Makovsky, “The National Security Implications of Israel’s Judicial Debate,” video discussion (1:09) with Shimrit Meir, Yaacov Amidror, Uzi Dayan, Zohar Palti, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 8, 2023, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/national-security-implications-israels-judicial-debate 

David Makovsky, David Patkin, Gabriel Epstein, “Israel Expands Settlements as Smotrich Increases his Authority, Policy Watch, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 1, 2023, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/israel-expands-settlements-smotrich-increases-his-authority

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “Two Speeches to the Nation – continuing and pausing the the judicial legislative overhaul process,” March 23 and March 27, 

MEM Staff, “Israel launches spy satellite days after Saudi-Iran deal,” Middle East Monitor, March 29, 2023, https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20230329-israel-launches-spy-satellite-days-after-saudi-iran-deal/ 

Suzie Navot, “There’s no ‘compromise’ in the coalition’s play for unlimited Power,” Israel Democracy Institute, March 22, 2023, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/48542 

Assaf Orion, “On the Brink of Nuclearization, the Brink of War, the Brink of the Abyss,” Institute for National Security Studies, March 15, 2023, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/edge/ 

PCPSR Staff, “Public Opinion Poll No. 87,” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, March 14, 2023, http://pcpsr.org/sites/default/files/Poll%2087%20English%20full%20text%20
March2023.pdf

Anshel Pfeffer, “Opinion: What on earth was Netanyahu thinking?,” CNN. March 30, 2023, https://www.cnn.com/2023/03/30/opinions/israel-benjamin-netanyahu-protest-judicial-pfeffer/index.html 

Barak Ravid, “First look: Experts from Israel, Arab nations to meet to discuss water, food security,” Axios, March 13, 2023, https://www.axios.com/2023/03/13/israel-arab-meet-uae-water-food-security-meeting-n7 

Haviv Rettig Gur, “The implosion of Israel’s ruling party,” Times of Israel, March 22, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/the-implosion-of-israels-ruling-party/ 

Haviv Rettig Gur, ” Haredi parties were at forefront of overhaul push. Then they weren’t. What changed?,” Times of Israel, March 31, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/haredi-parties-were-at-forefront-of-overhaul-push-then-they-werent-what-changed/ 

Henry Rome and Louis Dugit-Gros, “‘No deal, no crisis’ is no plan for Iran,” The Hill, March 29, 2023, https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/3922002-no-deal-no-crisis-is-no-plan-for-iran/ 

Oded Ron and Muhammad Khalaily, “The Judicial Revolution and Arab Society in Israel,” Israel Democracy Institute, March 12, 2023, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/48240 

Dennis Ross, “Iran Needs to Believe America’s Threat,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 5, 2023, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/iran-needs-believe-americas-threat 

Yuval Shany, “The Judicial Reforms Implications on Israel’s Standing in the International Courts- weakening judiciary and endangering commanders,” Israel Democracy Institute, March 2, 2023, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/48084 

Michael Singh, “Iran’s Nuclear Endgame Warrants Change in US Strategy,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 28, 2023, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/irans-nuclear-endgame-warrants-change-us-strategy 

Michael Starr, “Movement for Quality Government’s Eliad Shraga fights Israeli judicial reform,” Jerusalem Post, March 10, 2023, https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-733907

TOI Staff, “Knesset passes ‘Hametz Law’ allowing (requiring) hospitals to ban leavened products on Passover,” Times of Israel, March 28, 2023, https://t.co/t6znQHefmp

TOI Staff, “Despite pause, government files contentious judicial selection bill for final votes,” Times of Israel, March 28, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/despite-pause-government-files-contentious-judicial-selection-bill-for-final-votes/ 

TOI Staff, “Recordings show divisions inside Likud over pace of judicial overhaul,” Times of Israel, March 13, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/recordings-show-divisions-inside-likud-over-pace-of-judicial-overhaul/ 

TOI Staff, “Report: Israel offered PA full security duties over city as pilot, Ramallah refused,” Times of Israel, March 23, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/report-israel-offered-pa-full-security-duties-over-city-as-pilot-ramallah-refused/

TOI Staff, “Moody’s warns judicial shakeup could scorch Israel’s credit outlook,” Times of Israel, March 7, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/moodys-warns-judicial-shakeup-could-scorch-credit-outlook/ 

Kenneth Stein, Context and Consequences of Israel’s Proposed Judicial Overhaul, Congregation Beit Tefillah Atlanta, Center for Israel Education, Torah Center Atlanta, March 30, 2023, (1:16 video, audio)

U.S. House Subcommittees on the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, “Expanding the Abraham Accords – Hearing,” (Video), March 9, 2023, Foreign Affairs Committee, https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearing/expanding-the-abraham-accords/  

Universities Announce strike from tomorrow morning over judicial overhaul,” Times of Israel, March 26, 2023.

Yochanan Visser, “Analysis: Hezbollah, the Iranian Axis and the Internal Crisis in Israel,” Israel Today, March 27, 2023, https://www.israeltoday.co.il/read/analysis-hezbollah-the-iranian-axis-and-the-internal-crisis-in-israel/ 

Roi Weinberger, “Israel’s risk premium rises after rejection of Herzog’s plan,” Globes, March 20,2023, https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-israels-risk-premium-rises-after-rejection-of-herzogs-plan-1001441747 


#120 Contemporary Readings February 2023

March 2, 2023

March 3, 2023

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

Suleiman Al-Khalidi, “Israelis, Palestinians pledge to curb violence at Jordan meeting,” Reuters, February 27, 2023, https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/jordan-hosting-israeli-palestinian-talks-avert-escalation-violence-officials-2023-02-25/ 

Ghaith al-Omari, “To Prevent the PA from Unraveling, Address Internal Reform,” Washington Institute, February 28, 2023, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/prevent-pa-unraveling-address-internal-reform 

Shlomo Avineri, “Self-Determination and Israel’s Declaration of Independence,” in Alan Baker, (ed.) Israel’s Rights as a Nation-State in International Diplomacy, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, 2011, https://jcpa.org/text/downloads/israels-rights-as-a-nation-state-in-international-diplomacy.pdf#page36 

Michael Bachner, “Breaking silence, Bennett admits mistakes, urges government not to act ‘power-drunk,” Times of Israel, February 5, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/breaking-silence-bennett-admits-mistakes-urges-government-not-to-act-power-drunk/ 

Ramzy Baroud, “Palestine is my cause: Arabs reaffirm support in broad survey for Palestinians, rejection of the occupation,” Jordan Times, January 31, 2023, https://jordantimes.com/
opinion/ramzy-baroud/palestine-my-cause-arabs-reaffirm-support-palestinians-rejection-occupation
 

Eliyahu Berkovits, “There’s a New Player in Haredi Politics: Voters,” Times of Israel, February 16, 2023, https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/theres-a-new-player-in-haredi-politics-voters/ 

BICOM Staff, “Israel ties tightening with Chad and the Sudan,” British Israel Communications and Research Centre Morning Brief, February 3, 2023, https://mailchi.mp/bicom.org.uk/morning-brief-16817792-3jbc6aanhd-16832920?e=edd9061ca7 

BICOM Staff, “Israeli Foreign Minister visits Ukraine,” ,” British Israel Communications and Research Centre Morning Brief, February 17, 2023, https://mailchi.mp/bicom.org.uk/morning-brief-16817792-3jbc6aanhd-16834756?e=63bb4f262f 

Yonah Jeremy Bob, “Huwara attack could mark turning point for ICC Israel probe – analysis,” Jerusalem Post, February 27, 2023, https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-732892

Andrew England and James Shotter, “The angry divide in Israel over the rule of law and religion,” Financial Times, February 28, 2023, https://www.ft.com/content/05f15936-882e-4a4f-a7c4-96870cc39a3e 

Seth Frantzman, “If Iran thinks Israel can’t launch a war, does its calculous change? – analysis,” Jerusalem Post, February 28, 2023, https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/iran-news/article-733009 

Jacob Frenkel and Karnit Flug, “The Proposed ‘Reform’ of the Judicial System Poses Risk to the Israeli Economy,” Israel Democracy Institute, January 31, 2023, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/47542 

Matti Friedman, Daniel Gordis, Yossi Klein Halevi, “An open letter to Israel’s friends in North America,” Times of Israel, February 2, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/an-open-letter-to-israels-friends-in-north-america/ 

Amir Fuchs, “How Many Laws Were Struck Down by the Supreme Court in Israel?,” Israel Democracy Institute, June 22, 2020, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/31874 

Elis Gjevori, “Huwwara riots: Israel’s leaders stoke flames by lauding settler attacks,” Middle East Eye, February 27, 2023, https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestine-huwwara-deadly-settler-riot-politicians-laud 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “Overhauling the Judicial System – What Do Israelis Think?,” Israel Democracy Institute, February 3, 2023, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/47607 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “Only a Minority of Israelis Support the Proposed Judicial Overhaul,” Israel Democracy Institute, February 23, 2033, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/47968 

Yaacov Katz, “Blinken’s judicial reform comments are a US-Israel turning point – opinion,” Jerusalem Post. February 3, 2023, https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-730432 

Yaacov Katz, “Israeli judicial reform nuance: Both sides have legitimate concerns – opinion,” Jerusalem Post, February 17, 2023, https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-731823 

Dalia Dassa Kaye, “Israel’s Dangerous Shadow War With Iran,” Foreign Affairs, February 27, 2023, https://www.foreignaffairs.com/israel/israels-dangerous-shadow-war-iran 

Herb Keinon, “Israel’s coalition needs to compromise unilaterally – analysis,” Jerusalem Post, February 26, 2023, https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/politics-and-diplomacy/article-732787 

Maayan Lubell, “Analysis: Netanyahu’s balancing act got harder after post-summit violence,” Reuters, February 27, 2023, https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/netanyahus-balancing-act-got-harder-after-post-summit-violence-2023-02-27/ 

David Makovsky, Yedidia Stern and Elyakim Rubinstein, “The Judiciary Debate and the Future of Israeli Democracy,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy Decision Points, Video https://shows.acast.com/decision-points/episodes/the-judiciary-debate-and-the-future-of-israeli-democracy

Ash Obel, “JPMorgan warns of growing risk to investing in Israel due to judicial shakeup plans,” Times of Israel, February 3, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/jpmorgan-warns-of-growing-risk-to-investing-in-israel-due-to-judicial-shakeup-plans/ 

Ariel Oseran, “Analysis: Israeli-Palestinian security coordination continues in West Bank, despite tensions,” i24 News, February 27, 2023, https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/defense/1677263977-analysis-israeli-palestinian-security-coordination-continues-in-west-bank 

Daniel Rakov, “The Netanyahu Government’s Approach to Russia and Ukraine,” Washington Institute, February 28, 2023, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/netanyahu-governments-approach-russia-and-ukraine 

Haviv Rettig Gur, “The sudden, surprising indispensability of the Israeli presidency” Times of Israel, February 20, 2023, https://www.timesofisrael.com/the-sudden-surprising-indispensability-of-the-israeli-presidency/ 

Dennis Ross and David Makovsky, “Israel shouldn’t cherry-pick the American model in its judicial debate,” February 14, 2023, The Hill, https://thehill.com/opinion/international/3857233-israel-shouldnt-cherry-pick-the-american-model-in-its-judicial-debate/ 

Eli M Salzberger, “Judicial Activism in Israel,” SSRN, January 20, 2007, https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=957849 

Robert Satloff, “Why Arabs should learn about the Holocaust,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 21, 2023, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/why-arabs-should-learn-about-holocaust 

Pnina Sharvit Baruch and Bell Yosef, “The Independence of the Courts and Israel’s National Security,” The Institute for National Security Studies, February 19, 2023, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/legal-reform/ 

Yedidia Stern, “No to Levin’s revolution, yes to changes in the legal system,” Jewish People Policy Institute, January 15, 2023, https://jppi.org.il/en/english-no-to-levins-revolution-yes-to-changes-in-the-legal-system/#.Y_6AbHbMIdW 

Yochanan Visser, Analysis: Israel’s changing role in the escalating Ukraine war,” Israel Today, February 29, 2023, https://www.israeltoday.co.il/read/analysis-israels-changing-role-in-the-escalating-ukraine-war/ 

Jim Zinotti, “Israel: Major Issues and U.S. Relations,” Congressional Research Service, February 9, 2023, https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/R/R44245