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#111 Contemporary Readings May 2022

June 9, 2022

Updated June 1, 2022

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

Ahram Online Staff, “UAE to earmark $10 bln for investments in Egypt, Jordan,” Ahram Online, May 29, 2022,–bln-for-investments-in-Egypt,-Jord.aspx 

AP. “Israel, UAE sign free trade deal, first with an Arab country,” Ahram Online, May 31, 2022,,-UAE-sign-free-trade-deal,-first-with-an-Ar.aspx 

Anat Thon Ashkenazy, “The Democratic Ethos and the Rules of the Political Game,” Israel Democracy Institute, May 8, 2022, 

Alan Baker, “Jordan and the Temple Mount,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, May 9, 2022,  

Ofra Bengio, “Has Erdogan turned Turkey around?” Jerusalem Post, May 8, 2022, 

BICOM Staff, “Jerusalem Day passes relatively quiet,” BICOM, May 30, 2022, 

Carl Bindt Javier Solana, “All eyes are on Ukraine, but another crisis is brewing in Iran,” Washington Post, May 17, 2022, 

Sagi Cohen, “The War Inside Israel to Rule the Next Cyber Frontier,” Haaretz, May 22, 2022, 

Abraham Cooper and Johnnie Moore, “Silence will doom Iranians to become a generation facing ongoing tyranny,” AlArabiya News, May 31, 2022,

Steven R. David, “Israel, and China: Making a Difficult Threesome Work,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, May 18, 2022, 

Hagai Etkes and Wifag Adnan, “Illegal Workers in Israel: Did Israeli Policy during the Pandemic Boost their Employment?” INSS, May 22, 2022, 

Chen Friedberg and Assaf Shapira, “Dissolving the Knesset: A Historical Survey,” Israel Democracy Institute, May 18, 2022, 

Amir Fuchs, “Legislating the Right to Equality is a Must,” Israel Democracy Institute, May 18, 2022, 

Clement Gibon, “Lebanon’s election sees political vote buying and intimidation,” Al-Arabiya News, May 26, 2022, 

Yoel Guzansky and Gallia Lindenstrauss, “The Gulf Countries and Turkey: (Re-)Drawing the Map of Alliances in the Middle East,” INSS, May 2, 2022, 

Yoel Guzansky and Elad Shavit, “US Relations with Arab Gulf States: A Passing Crisis?” INSS, May 30, 2022, 

Nasreen Haddad Haj Yahya and Oded Ron, “A Year Later: Arab-Jewish Relations in Mixed Cities,” Israel Democracy Institute, May 24, 2022, 

Lahav Harkov, “Israel negotiating gas exports to Europe,” Jerusalem Post, May 22, 2022, 

Rany Hasan, “First year of the coalition: The situation of the Arab parties and the balance of power between them,” Moshe Dayan Center: Bayan, May 11, 2022, 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “50% Jewish Israelis support Jewish Prayer on the Temple Mount,” Israel Democracy Institute, May 4, 2022, 

Gil Hoffman, “Lapid working on plan to stop Ben & Jerry’s Israel boycott,” Jerusalem Post, May 18, 2022, 

Hiba Husseini, “An Israeli-Palestinian Confederation Is the Best Path to Peace,” Foreign Policy, May 23, 2022, 

John Jeffay, “Israeli robots to be care companions for 800 New York seniors,” Israel21C, May 29, 2022, 

Jerusalem Post Staff, “Israeli startup Watergen, SMV Jaipuria Group partner to bring India ‘air-to-water’ technology,” Jerusalem Post, May 26, 2022, 

Jerusalem Post Staff, “President Herzog speaks with PA head Abbas, Middle East leaders,” Jerusalem Post, May 1, 2022, 

Carrie Keller-Lynn, “New elections creep closer with resignation, but coalition of 59 not buried yet,” Times of Israel, May 19, 2022, 

Isabel Kershner, “Israel’s Political Crisis Is Resolved, but Governing Remains a Strain,” New York Times, May 22, 2022, 

Patrick Kingsley, “Israeli Government Loses Parliament Majority, Raising Prospect of Election,” New York Times, May 19, 2022, 

Patrick Kingsley, “Old Palestinian Wound Resurfaces at Israeli Resort,” New York Times, May 11, 2022, 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Tens of thousands expected at Tel Aviv Pride Month events,” Israel21C, May 19, 2022, 

Zvika Klein, “’Crimson editors aligned to movement most Jews see as antisemitic,’ Israeli students at Harvard say,” Jerusalem Post, May 22, 2022, 

Joshua Krasna, “A Tale of Two Normalizations: Israeli Normalization with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – Part I,” Moshe Dayan Center: Tel Aviv Notes, May 17, 2022, 

Eran Lerman, “The Roots of Israel’s Diplomatic Revolution,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, May 4, 2022, 

Nermeen Al-Mufti, “No normalisation with Israel in Iraq,” Ahram Online, May 31, 2022, 

Maha Natoor, “Life, Death, and Beyond: The Belief in Reincarnation and the Phenomenon of Notq in the Druze Community,” Moshe Dayan Center, May 24, 2022, 

Suzie Navot, “Equality Now!” Israel Democracy Institute, May 19, 2022, 

Alon Pinkas, “Biden’s Dilemma: Is Saudi Arabia Really a U.S. Ally?” Haaretz, May 31, 2022, 

Sever Plocker, “The danger of Israel becoming a bi-national state,” YNet, May 4, 2022, 

David Pollack, “Shifting East Mediterranean Tides: From Conflict to Club Med?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 2022, 

Daniel Rakov, “Israel Must Adjust its Ukraine Policy,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, May 10, 2022, 

Abdulrahman al-Rashed, “Did Biden change his mind?” Al-Arabiya News, May 29, 2022, 

Barak Ravid, “Key Israeli official to travel to U.S. for talks on Biden visit, Iran and Saudi Arabia,” Axios, May 26, 2022, 

Reuters, “Iran’s energy export revenue up 60 pct in March-May vs year ago: Oil ministry media,” Al- Arabiya News, May 29, 2022, 

Reuters, “Israel ramping up gas output, looks to help supply Europe,” YNet, May 16, 2022, 

Grant Rumley, “The Impact of Russia’s Ukraine Invasion in the Middle East and North Africa,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 18, 2022, 

Tal Schneider and David Horovitz, “Herzog to ToI on Israel at 74: Celebrate, unify, seize moment for regional dialogue,” Times of Israel, May 5, 2022, 

Jalal Selmi, “Rebuilding Israeli-Turkish Relations: A Marriage of Convenience,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 26, 2022, 

Carol Silber, “Polling Indicates Widespread Frustration in Lebanon and Sectarian Disagreement on Global Powers,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 19, 2022, 

Sam Sokol, “A Violent Schism Just Exploded in Israel’s Most Powerful Hasidic Sect,” Haaretz, May 23, 2022, 

Shoshana Solomon, “Israel at 74: Economy shows resilience, though clouds loom large on the horizon,” Times of Israel, May 4, 2022, 

TOI Staff, “Khaled Kabub sworn in as Israeli Supreme Court’s first Muslim justice,” Times of Israel, May 9, 2022, 

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Hamas wins Birzeit University student council elections,” Jerusalem Post, May 19, 2022, 

Khaled Abu Toameh, “PA: Sovereignty over Jerusalem, holy sites belongs to ‘State of Palestine’,” Jerusalem Post, May 8, 2022, 

Biancamaria Vallortigara, “Mercenary Fighters in Libya and Ukraine: How Social Media Are Exposing the Russian Wagner Group,” Moshe Dayan Center: Beehive, May 31, 2022, 

Alexander Ward and Nahal Toosi, “Biden made final decision to keep Iran’s IRGC on terrorist list,” Politico, May 24, 2022, 

Jim Zanotti, “Israel: Background and U.S. Relations in Brief,” Congressional Research Service, April 15, 2022, 

Raz Zimmt, “Demonstrations in Iran in Protest of the Sharp Rise in Prices of Basic Goods,” INSS, May 19, 2022, 

Eyal Zisser, “Expect more of the same in Lebanon,” Moshe Dayan Center, May 17, 2022, 

#110 Contemporary Readings April 2022

May 5, 2022

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

Ramy Aziz, “Egypt, Israel, and Hamas: Opportunities for Progress in Gaza,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 19, 2022, 

Nahum Barnea, “Israel must not let its regional allies’ undemocratic practices stick to it,” YNet, April 18, 2022, 

Lazar Berman, “‘A historic milestone’: Israel and UAE sign free trade agreement,” Times of Israel, April 1, 2022, 

Lazar Berman, “Turkey targets Israel with charm offensive as it angles to regain regional status,” Times of Israel, April 13, 2022, 

BICOM Staff, “Calm restored on Temple Mount following more rioting,” BICOM, April 29, 2022, 

BICOM Staff, “Rocket fire from Lebanon into Israel,” BICOM, April 25, 2022, 

Nir Boms, “Warm Peace and the Challege of People to People Relations after the Abraham Accords,” Moshe Dayan Center, April 15, 2022, 

Brian Blum, “Apple Watch now monitors your health with Israeli pee-analysis tech,” Israel21C, April 19, 2022, 

Soner Cagaptay and Rich Outzen, “Turkey’s Lethal Weapon,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 27, 2022, 

Gökhan Çınkara, “A U-Turn in Israeli-Turkish Relations: The Fall of Ikhwanism and the Rise of the Abraham Accords,” Moshe Dayan Center, April 12, 2022, 

Itamar Eichner, “Putin demands ownership of Jerusalem landmark in angry letter to Bennett,” YNet, April 18, 2022, 

Giora Eiland, “Managing Palestinian Conflict Requires Israeli Discretion,” YNet, April 21, 2022, 

Mona El-Naggar, “Baking Challah in Dubai: A Jewish Community Heads Out Into the Open,” New York Times, April 26, 2022, 

Gal Perl Finkel, “Nonetheless, We Need to Maneuver,” INSS, April 3, 2022, 

Karnit Flug, “The Israeli Economy: Basic Facts, Recent Developments, Strengths and Challenges,” Israel Democracy Institute, April 12, 2022, 

Seth J. Frantzman, “Iran could be planning a ‘surprise’ for Israel in Jerusalem – analysis,” Jerusalem Post, April 4, 2022, 

Marta Furlan, “Russian Gamble with Syrian Fighters in Ukraine could have Repercussions for Syrian Regime, Israel,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, April 11, 2022, 

Judah Ari Gross, “Diaspora minister: Ukraine war is showing Israelis that ties with Jews abroad,” Times of Israel, April 3, 2022, 

Judah Ari Gross, “Once it was F-15s on Shabbat; now, hametz: The religious issues that end governments,” Times of Israel, April 13, 2022, 

Yoel Guzansky and Inbal Nissim-Louvton, “Seven Years Later: Is the War in Yemen Nearly Over?” INSS, April 14, 2022, 

Joseph Haboush, “Biden, King Abdullah discuss violence in Jerusalem,” Al-Arabiya, April 25, 2022, 

Amani Hamad, “Saudi Arabia, Kuwait call on Iran to hold talks on energy-rich offshore area,” Al-Arabiya, April 13, 2022, 

Amr Hamzawy, “The Negev Summit’s Participants Had Wildly Different Goals,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, April 6, 2022, 

Amos Harel, “The Common Thread Between Recent Terror Attacks in Israel,” Haaretz, April 8, 2022, 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “Holocaust Remembrance Day 2022 – The Israeli Voice Index,” Israel Democracy Institute, April 27, 2022, 

Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, “Lessons from Nazi Holocaust that can help guide a world in turmoil,” Al-Arabiya, April 29, 2022, 

Jerusalem Post Staff, “PA slammed by EU Committee for producing new antisemitic textbooks,” Jerusalem Post, April 2, 2022, 

Eden Kaduri and Jony Essa, “11 Years of War in Syria: Situation Assessment,” INSS, April 24, 2022, 

Max Kaplan-Zantopp, “How Israel used innovation to beat its water crisis,” Israel21C, April 28, 2022, 

Jack Khoury, “A Month of Violence? Palestinians Challenge Israeli View of Ramadan,” Haaretz, April 3, 2022, 

Patrick Kingsley and Isabel Kershner, “Israel’s Government in Crisis After Senior Lawmaker Quits Coalition,” New York Times, April 6, 2022, 

Zvika Klein, “Diaspora Week: Tours showcase American Jewry in the streets of Jerusalem,” Jerusalem Post, April 3, 2022, 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israel stands in silence in commemoration of the Holocaust,” Israel21C, April 28, 2022, 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli agricultural innovations will keep the world fed,” Israel21C, April 24, 2022, 

Ariel Koch, “Campaigning For Aafia: From ‘Twitter Storms” to Terrorism,” Beehive: Moshe Dayan Center, April 26, 2022, 

Martin Kramer, “Twin Towers and Ivory Towers, 20 Years Later,” Middle East Quarterly, Spring 2022, 

Anat Kurz, “The Negev Summit – What Next?,” INSS, April 3, 2022, 

Eran Lerman, “US -Israeli Relations in the Shadow of Nuclear Talks in Vienna: A return to Ben-Gurion’s WW2 Dual Strategy?” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, April 5, 2022, 

Asaf Malchi, “Working Together: Secular and Ultra-Orthodox Israelis in Mixed Workplaces,” Israel Democracy Institute, April 4, 2022, 

Jonah Mandel, “As EU eyes stopping Russian gas imports, Israel sees an opening,” Yahoo! News, April 12, 2022, 

Joshua Marks, “Can Israel solve Europe’s gas problem? We asked the experts,” Israel21C, April 10, 2022, 

David Makovsky, “Beyond the Blocs: Jewish Settlement East of Israel’s Security Barrier and How to Avert the Slide to a One-State Outcome,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 26, 2022, 

David Makovsky, “Political Tempest in Israel: Can Bennett Right the Ship?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 11, 2022, 

Robert McKelvey, “Lebanon oil spill cleanup continues over one year after catastrophe,” Al-Arabiya, April 29, 2022, 

Aaron David Miller, “Opinion: Why the world fails on the ‘Never again’ pledge,” CNN, April 19, 2022, 

Omri Nahmias, “IRGC is terror org., I do not support delisting – Joint Chiefs of Staff chair,” Jerusalem Post, April 7, 2022, 

Gabriel Noronha, “How Congress Can Nix Biden’s Iran Deal,” Tablet, April 17, 2022, 

Gaith al-Omari and David Pollock, “Managing New Israeli-Palestinian Tensions During Ramadan,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 1, 2022, 

Nadia Oweidat, “The Russian Propaganda in Arabic Hidden from the West,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 18, 2022, 

Barak Ravid, “Israel and Jordan to meet after Ramadan to discuss Jerusalem tensions,” Axios, April 27, 2022, 

Aaron Reich, “Israel’s 2nd astronaut to launch Friday on mission to ISS,” Jerusalem Post, April 4, 2022, 

Paul Rivlin, “Russia invades Ukraine: The economic fall-out and consequences for energy markets,” Moshe Dayan Center, April 4, 2022, 

David Rosenberg, “The Year Israel Defied All the Economists’ Expectations,” Haaretz, April 14, 2022, 

David Rosenthal, “Sholem Aleichem: The Jewish Mark Twain,” YNet, April 16, 2022, 

Dennis Ross, “West’s Weakness Led Putin into Ukraine—and Other Enemies Are Looking for Similar Signs,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 8, 2022, 

Abdel-Moneim Said, “Arab peace initiative revisited,” Ahram Online, April 19, 2022, 

Robert Satloff, “Why Arab Allies Don’t Trust the U.S. on Ukraine,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 9, 2022, 

Yaakov Schwartz, “Muslim influencers visit Auschwitz, seek to bring truth of Holocaust to Arab world,” Times of Israel, April 28, 2022, 

Yoram Schweitzer, Ephraim Lavie, and Meir Elran, “Between ISIS and Arab Citizens of Israel,” INSS, April 14, 2022, 

Gabi Siboni and Yuval Bazak, “The Campaign to Thwart Iran’s Strategy,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, April 13, 2022, 

Ken Stein, “Dayenu–From Exodus to Contemporary Israel,” Center for Israel Education, April 2022, 

Itay Stern, “Israel Heading to Eurovision Despite Security Snag,” Haaretz, April 28, 2022, 

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Palestinian-Israeli violence shows PA, Jordan powerless in Jerusalem – analysis,” Jerusalem Post, April 4, 2022, 

#109 Contemporary Readings March 2022

April 2, 2022

April 2, 2022

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

Ramy Aziz, “Cairo’s Opportunity for Policy Change on the War in Ukraine,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 10, 2022, 

Michael Barak, “The War on Public Consciousness: Social media as a tool of influence by supporters of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood,” Moshe Dayan Center, March 28, 2022, 

Naama Barak, “Arab women in Jerusalem study Hebrew for a stronger future,” Israel21C, March 20, 2022, 

Katherine Bauer, “Israel-UAE Economic Cooperation Has Deep Roots and Broad Dividends,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 8, 2022, 

Ferid Belhaj, “Compounded stress: The impact of the war in Ukraine on the Middle East and North Africa,” Middle East Institute, March 7, 2022, 

Ofra Bengio, “Turkey Finds Israel Useful Again,” Tablet, March 13, 2022, 

BICOM Staff, “Regional summit in Israel overshadowed by terror attack,” BICOM, March 28, 2022,  

Hussein Dakroub, “Ahead of elections Lebanese see no hope for political change,” Al-Arabiya,  March 30, 2022, 

Udi Dekel, “Terrorist Attacks in Israel: A Time to Change the Rules of the Game,” INSS, March 31, 2022, 

Itamar Eichner, “Ball in Zelensky’s court when it comes to ending war, Israeli officials say,” YNet, March 8, 2022, 

Marta Furlan, “Taliban Victory Serves as a Model for Palestinian Terror Groups,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, March 8, 2022, 

Daniel Gordis, “Interview with Knesset Member Alon Tal,” with appropriate nuance explains Israel’s responses to the Russian invasion of the Ukraine,”

Roy Gutman, “No Going Back: Activists Reflect a Decade After the Arab Spring,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 7, 2022, 

Yoel Guzansky, “The War in Ukraine and Strategic Hedging by Arab Countries,” INSS, March 21, 2022, 

Great Britain, Palestine: Termination of the Mandate, May 15, 1948, (ten page summary of the Mandate)

Joseph Haboush, “Middle East one of most vulnerable regions due to Russia-Ukraine war: IMF official,” Al-Arabiya, March 28, 2022, 

Joseph Haboush, “US hostage envoy in Beirut to discuss missing Americans in Syria: Sources,” Al-Arabiya, March 31, 2022, 

Nasreen Haddad Haj-Yahya, Muhammed Khalaily, Arik Rudnitzky, Ben Fargeon, “Statistical Report on Arab Society in Israel: 2021,” Israel Democracy Institute, March 17, 2022, 

Yoseph Haddad, “Yoseph Haddad’s Brilliant Defense Of Israel In The Irish Parliament,” VINnews, March 1, 2022, 

Sivan Hilaie, “Israel braces for a housing crisis amid Ukraine immigration wave,” YNet, March 15, 2022, 

Efraim Inbar, “Israel’s Ukraine policy: ‘Right side of history’ vs national interest,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security,  March 21, 2022, 

Martin Indyk and Itamar Rabinovich, “Learning from History: Henry Kissinger’s Statecraft,” INSS, March 30, 2022,,

Amr Kandil, “Egypt has always strived to encourage Israelis, Palestinians to compromise and end conflict: FM Shoukry,” Ahram Online, March 28, 2022,,-Pa.aspx 

Isabel Kershner and Safak Timur, “Israel’s President Visits Turkey in Sign of Thawing Relations,” New York Times, March 9, 2022, 

Isabel Kershner, “Ukraine War Ignites Israeli Debate Over Purpose of a Jewish State,” New York Times, March 23, 2022, 

Patrick Kingsley, “Israel summit shows ties with Arabs moving from ceremony to substance,” Union-Bulletin, March 26, 2022,

Kemal Kirişci and Dan Arbell, “President Herzog’s visit to Ankara: A first step in normalizing Turkey-Israel relations?” Brookings, March 7, 2022, 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Golda Meir – the only woman in the room,” Israel21C, March 27, 2022, 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Healing strangers in the midst of a war zone,” Israel21C, March 28, 2022, 

Joshua Krasna, “Politics, War and Eastern Mediterranean Gas,” Moshe Dayan Center, March 24, 2022, 

Yossi Kupperwasser, “The United States Is Determined to Return to the Dangerous Iran Deal at Any Cost: The Implications for Israel,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, March 21, 2022, 

Matthew Levitt, “Don’t Drop Iran’s Revolutionary Guards from FTO List,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 21, 2022, 

Yaniv Levyatan, “The First TikTok War,” Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, March 2022, 

Alexander Loengarov, “Between Maritime Law and Politics in the East Mediterranean,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 24, 2022, 

David Makovsky, “A New Regional Role for Israel, as Washington Shows Signs of Stepping Back,” Times of Israel, March 28, 2022, 

Hamdi Malik, Michael Knights, Crispin Smith, “Exposing Kataib Hezbollah’s Royal Family? Insights from Recent Leaks,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 9, 2022, 

Yotam Margalit and Itamar Yakir, “The Israeli Labor Market and COVID-19: What Really Happened?” Israel Democracy Institute, March 28, 2022, 

Yoni Ben Menachem, “Mahmoud Abbas Seeks to Neutralize Firebrand Marwan Barghouti Sitting in Prison,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, March 20, 2022, 

Yoni Ben Menachem, “The Saudi Crown Prince’s Messages to Israel and Iran.” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, March 7, 2022, 

Ruwayda Mustafah, “Addressing Violence Against Women in Iraqi Kurdistan,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 28, 2022, 

Ghaith al-Omari, “Making the Most of Jordan’s Peace Diplomacy,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 29, 2022, 

Aurora Ortega, “Hezbollah in Columbia Past and Present Modus Operandi and the News for Greater Security,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 28, 2022,

Asaf Romirowsky and Alex Joffe, “MESA’s Israel boycott encapsulates everything wrong with academia – opinion,” The Jerusalem Post, March 26, 2022,

Avraham Sela, “Arab Historiography of the 1948 War: The Quest for Legitimacy,” Center for Israel Education, reprint from Truman Institute Reprints and Laurence J. Silberstein (ed.) New Perspectives on Israeli History, New York University Press, 1991,

Francisco Serrano, “War in Ukraine and drought at home: A perfect storm in the Maghreb,” Middle East Institute, March 21, 2022,  

Khalil Shikaki, “Press Release: Public Opinion Poll No (83),” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, March 22, 2022, 

Clément Therme, “The Russian-Iran Partnership in a Multipolar World,” French Institute of International Relations, March 2022, 

Gil Troy, “Ukraine can happen in Israel too – opinion,” Jerusalem Post, March 22, 2022, 

Khaled Abu Toameh, “73% of Palestinians want Abbas to step down – poll,” Jerusalem Post, March 26, 2022, 

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Israeli, Palestinian women call to revive peace talks,” Jerusalem Post, March 26, 2022, 

Gil Troy, “Ukraine Can Happen in Israel Too,” Jerusalem Post, March 22, 2022,

Yohanan Tzoreff, “With Ramadan Approaching, the Fear of Escalation,” INSS, March 30, 2022, 

Carl Yonker, “Hizballah, Lebanon, and Reconciliation with the Gulf: The Impasse,” Moshe Dayan Center, March 10, 2022, 

#108 Contemporary Readings February 2022

March 2, 2022

Updated February 28, 2022

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

AFP, “Israel’s economy minister visits Morocco to cement trade ties,” Ahram Online, February 20, 2022,;s-economy-minister-visits-Morocco-to-cement.aspx 

Mansour Abbas, David Makovsky, and Robert Satloff, “An Arab Leader in Israel: A Conversation with Mansour Abbas,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 10, 2022, 

Emily Alhadeff, “What Happened to Jewish (Israel) Studies” University of Washington, February 20, 2022,

Taheilla Schwart Altshuler and Amir Cahane, “The NSO Affair – What is Allowed and What is Forbidden in Online Surveillance,” Israeli Democracy Institute, January 23, 2022,

Daphna Aviram-Nitzan, Yarden Kedar, “Israelis Out of Work as a Result of COVID-19,” Israel Democracy Institute, February 28, 2022,  

Prime Minister Bennett, “The State of Israel’s Foreign, Defense and Domestic Matters,” Center for Israel Education, February 7, 2022,

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, “PM Bennett Addresses the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations,” Conference of President of Major American Jewish Organizations, Jerusalem, February 20, 2022, 

BICOM Staff, “Israel offers to mediate between Russia and Ukraine,” BICOM, February 28, 2022, 

BICOM Staff, “Not supporting the Abraham Accord was a mistake, says Abbas,” BICOMI, February 14, 2022, 

BICOM Staff, “Tension in the West Bank following counter-terrorism operation,” BICOM, February 11, 2022, 

Diana Bletter, “Helping Israel’s minorities find jobs in high-tech,” Israel21C, February 15, 2022,  

Anna Borshchevskaya, “How to Make Russia Pay in Ukraine: Study Syria,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 15, 2022,  

Margaret Dene, Hannah Labow, Carol Silber, “Middle East Responses to the Ukraine Crisis,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 25, 2022,  

Renee Ghert-Zand, “3 Days in March: How the 2nd Intifada’s Bloodiest Hours Seeded Today’s Middle East,” The Times of Israel, February 23, 2022, 

Judah Ari Gross, “PM meets Reform, Conservative leaders after 6-year hiatus under Netanyahu,” Times of Israel, February 28, 2022, 

Yoseph Hadad, “Amnesty Tries to Distort My Arab Identity and Dismantle Israel – Opinion,” The Jerusalem Post, February 7, 2022, 

Simon Henderson, “Bennett’s Bahrain Visit Further Invigorates Israel-Gulf Diplomacy,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 14, 2022,  

David Horovitz, “Why Israel must stand squarely with Ukraine,” Times of Israel, February 28, 2022, 

Ephraim Inbar, “A US failure in Ukraine Crisis could lead to a conflagration in Middle East, Asia,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, February 7, 2022, 

INSS Staff, INSS Researchers Tweet about the War in Europe,” INSS, February 24, 2022,  

Yaakov Katz, “Hamas Doesn’t Need Sheikh Jarrah or Jerusalem to Start a War,” The Jerusalem Post, February 17, 2022, 

Patrick Kingsley, Isabel Kershner and Ronen Bergman, “War in Ukraine Forces Israel Into a Delicate Balancing Act,” New York Times, February 27, 2022, 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli aid experts reach typhoon-hit Philippines,” Israel21C, February 22, 2022,  

Moshe Kwiat, “Solemeini’s Revenge from Cyberspace: A Blatant Escalation,” Beehive, Moshe Dayan Center, February 28, 2022,  

Edward Luttwak, “Iran’s Performative Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism: An Interpretation of Iran’s Current Policy Toward Its Jewish Community and Israel,” The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, January 11, 2022, 

The Media Line and Ynet, “Palestinian Authority’s Waning Power in West Bank Cause for Concern,” YNet, February 19, 2022, 

Kobi Michael, Yoel Guzansky, “Revisiting the Possibility of a Regional Military Alliance,” INSS, February 24, 2022,  

Aaron David Miller, “Israel and the Gulf: A Security Partnership Around the Corner?” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, February 10, 2022, 

Michael Milshtein, “The New Way”: The Key to Understanding Ra’am’s Strategy,” Bayan, Moshe Dayan Center, February 24, 2022,  

Assaf Orion, “Beyond Chastity Belt and Road: US-Israel Relations in the Age of Great Power Competition,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 6, 2022,  

Daniel Rakov, “Understanding the Russia-Iran-Israel Triangle,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, February 9, 2022, 

Reuters Staff, “Demand for Hebrew lessons jumps in Gaza as Israel eases work restrictions,” Alarabiya News, February 23, 2022, 

Reuters Staff, “U.S. House Leader Nancy Pelosi arrives in Israel, vows support on Iran,” Reuters, February 16, 2022, 

Paul Rivlin, “Zero-Sum versus Win-Win in the Middle East,” Iqtisadi: Moshe Dayan Center, February 22, 2022,  

Shira Rubin, “Capitalism had Israel’s kibbutzim on the ropes. Then they discovered pot,” Washington Post, February 12, 2022, 

Robert Satloff, “Three Presidents, Three Flawed Iran Policies, and the Path Ahead,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 25, 2022,  

Tehilla Schwartz Altshuler, Amir Cahane, “The Israeli Public Has a Right to Know About Illegal Surveillance,” Israel Democracy Institute, February 7, 2022,  

Mohamed Abu Shaar, “Escalation in Jerusalem and the West Bank,” Ahram Online, February 19, 2022, 

Amy Spiro, “Dozens of US lawmakers descend on Israel with AIPAC-affiliated trip,” Times of Israel, February 21, 2022, 

Carol Troen, “A Glossary of Terms on modern Israel,” February 27, 2022,

Yohanan Tzoreff, “Fatah Central Committee Decisions Accelerate the Decline of PA Legitimacy,”INSS, February 6, 2022, 

Frederic Wehrey, Ninar Fawal, “Cascading Climate Effects in the Middle East and North Africa: Adapting Through Inclusive Governance,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, February 24, 2022, 

Moran Zaga, “The UAE Under Attack: A Foreign Policy Test,” Tel Aviv Notes: Moshe Dayan Center, February 10, 2022,  

Tova Zimuky, “Israel appoints first-ever Muslim Supreme Court justice,” YNet, February 21, 2022, 

#107 Contemporary Readings January 2022

February 2, 2022

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

Musa Alami, “The Lesson of Palestine,” Middle East Journal, October 1949, reprinted with permission,

Tomer Barak and Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak, “Confronting Climate Change, Turkey Needs ‘Green’ Leadership Now More than Ever,” Middle East Institute, January 25, 2022,

Ilan Ben Zion, “Israel’s national library sees Arabic site traffic boom,” AP News, January 9, 2022, 

Joshua Albin Cheyaden, “A Saudi-Pakistani Reset: Business as Usual?” Moshe Dayan Center, January 31, 2022, 

Ana Borshchevskaya, “Russia’s Strategic Success in Syria and the Future of Moscow’s Middle East Policy,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 23, 2022, 

Soner Cagaptay, “Erdogan’s End Game,” Foreign Affairs, January 4, 2022,

Sarah Dadouch, “Iran is putting down roots in eastern Syria, outcompeting Assad’s regime in signing up fighters,” Washington Post, January 28, 2021 

Boaz Dolev and David Siman-Tov, “Iranian Cyber Influence Operations against Israel Disguised as Ransomware Attacks,” INSS, January 27, 2022, 

Farnaz Fassihi and Lara Jakes, “Trading Threats, the U.S. and Iran Inch Closer to a Nuclear Pact,” New York Times, January 12, 2022, 

Eytan Gilboa, “Will US-Israel Ties Withstand Possible Strains Due to the Iranian and Palestinian Issues?” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, January 26, 2022,

Rick Gladstone, “U.N. Approves Israeli Measure to Condemn Holocaust Denial,” New York Times, January 20, 2022, 

Daniel Gordis, “Continuity Requires Content,” SAPIR: A Journal of Jewish Conversations, vol. 3, (Autumn 2021): 54-63,

Shira Hanau, “Rabbi Simcha Krauss, who fought for women’s rights in Orthodoxy, dies at 85,” Haaretz, January 24, 2022, 

Amir Hayek, “Something Natural Is Happening Here and Now,” Khaleej Times, January 30, 2022, 

Ariel Heimann, “Salaries, Compensation, and Benefits in the IDF: Implications for the Regular and Reserve Service Model,” INSS, January 12, 2022, 

Simon Henderson, “Reality Check for Israel’s Natural Gas Plans,” The Washington Institute, January 27, 2022,

Tamar Hermann, “The Erratic Pulse of Israeli Democracy,” Israel Democracy Institute, January 20, 2022, 

Tamar Hermann, Or Anabi, Yaron Kaplan, Inna Orly Sapozhnikova, “The Israeli Democracy Index 2021,” Israel Democracy Institute, 2022, 

President of Israel, “UAE Presidential Visit: President Isaac Herzog and the First Lady Meet Jewish community representatives in the United Arab Emirates,” January 30, 2022,

Adi Kantor, “An Overview of Contemporary Antisemitism,” INSS, January 27, 2022,

Michael Kaminer, “House Hunting in Israel: An Inventive Use of Concrete Outside of Tel Aviv,” New York Times, January 5, 2022, 

Isabel Kershner, “Israeli Artist Turns Plastic Pollution Into ‘Earth Poetica,’” New York Times, January 16, 2022, 

Mehdi Khalaji, “Iran’s Increased Persecution of the Bahai,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 21, 2022, 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israel’s first Winter Paralympics athlete is alpine skier,” Israel21C, January 23, 2022, 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli STEM program empowers girls in Ghana,” Israel21C, January 19, 2022, 

Ephraim Lavie, Mohammed S. Wattad, Meir Elran, “Curbing Violence and Crime in Arab Society: The Risk of a Missed Opportunity,” INSS, January 16, 2022, 

Doaa A. Moneim, “Egypt to receive $368 mln loan from AMF to boost country’s financial position amid COVID-19,” Ahram Online, January 29, 2022, 

Guy Lurie, “The Tenure on the Bench of Supreme Court Justices,” Israel Democracy Institute, January 20, 2022, 

David Makovsky, “Israeli Coalition Leaders Navigate Protests and Political Constraints,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 14, 2022, 

Aviad Mendelboim, Yoram Schweitzer, Ido Gadi Raz, “Suicide Attacks Worldwide in 2021: The Downward Trend Continues,” INSS, January 10, 2022, 

Alon Pinkas, “Biden’s First Year in the Middle East Was Predictable and Underwhelming – and That’s Good,” Haaretz, January 20, 2022, 

Anshel Pferffer, “Confounding Critics, Israel’s Yair Lapid Marks Surprising Decade in Politics,” Haaretz, January 9, 2022, 

Barak Ravid, “U.S. sees “snapback” sanctions threat as tool to deter Iran enrichment,” Axios, January 5, 2022, 

Marc Rod, “Congress launches bipartisan Abraham Accords Caucus,” Jewish Insider, January 10, 2022, 

Dennis Ross, “A Needed Warning for Yemen’s Rebels—and for Our Allies and Enemies Alike,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 24, 2022, 

Uzi Rubin, “Iran’s Drones Tip the Balance of Power in the Middle East,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, January 25, 2022, 

Robert Satloff, ““The Holocaust was an Arab Story too”: Holocaust Remembrance in the Arab World,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 28, 2022, 

Jonathan Spyer, “Current Trends in Syria and the Israeli national interest,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, January 10, 2022, 

Jonathan Spyer, “Houthi/Iranian attacks on UAE a response to losses on the Yemen battlefield,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, January 31, 2022, 

TOI Staff, “Israel signs secret deal to transfer natural gas to Lebanon — TV,” Times of Israel, January 15, 2022, 

Kenneth Stein, “An Israel Syllabus that informs – decades of proof,” Center for Israel Education,

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Palestinian online campaign blames Hamas for Gaza misery,” Jerusalem Post, January 29, 2022, 

Eyal Zisser, “Demography still plays a critical role in the Middle East,” Moshe Dayan Center, January 9, 2022, 

#106 Contemporary Readings December 2021

January 7, 2022

Updated January 4, 2022 

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

Elliott Abrams, “Murmurs About Palestine as 2021 Ends,” Council on Foreign Relations, December 15, 2021,  

Associated Press, “Israeli leader returning home from UAE ‘very optimistic’.” Y-Net, December 14, 2021,  

Daphna Aviram-Nitzan and Roe Kenneth Portal, “Is Israel Also Experiencing a “Great Resignation”?” Israel Democracy Institute, December 22, 2021,  

Steven Bayme, “American Jewry and Israel: Whither the Next Generation?” Center for Israel Education, December 2, 2021,  

Naama Barak, “Israeli film on WWII Nazis hidden in US is Oscar contender,” Israel21C, December 23, 2021,  

Danya Belkin and Oreen Cohen, “Tracing the history of Tel Aviv through its street names,” Israel21C, December 30, 2021, 

Howard Berman, Michèle Flournoy, Jane Harman, Leon Panetta, David Petraeus, Dennis Ross, and Robert Satloff, “Statement on Improving the Potential for a Diplomatic Resolution to the Iran Nuclear Challenge,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 17, 2021,  

Anna Borshchevskaya, “How the Death of the Soviet Union Transformed the Middle East,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 21, 2021,  

Mitchell Cohen, “Why Today’s Middle East Needs Henry Kissinger’s ‘Less Is More’ Approach,” Politico, December 29, 2021,  

Dalia Dassa Kaye, Linda Robinson, Jeffrey Martini, Nathan Vest, Ashley L. Rhoades, “Reimagining U.S. Strategy in the Middle East,” Rand Corporation, 2021,  

Hillel Frisch, “Hamas takeover of Gaza killed the two-state solution,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, December 23, 2021,  

Daniel Gordis, “Continuity Requires Content,” Sapir Journal, Autumn 2021,  

Judah Ari Gross, “War: What Israel talks about when it talks about striking Iran’s nuclear program,” Times of Israel, December 3, 2021,  

Tamar Herrmann and Or Anabi, “Does Iran pose an existential threat? Israeli Voice Index November 2021,” Israel Democrcay Institute, December 8, 2021,  

David Horovitz, “Iran — the gamble, the original sin, and the unthinkable current consequence,” Times of Israel, December 2, 2021,  

David Horovitz, “Why is Israel again abandoning the Solomonic wisdom of the Western Wall compromise?,” Times of Israel, December 16, 2021,  

Rony Karstadt, “Trust, Truth, and National Security: The Cognitive Battle in the Digital Age – Summary of the 2021 Conference of the Lipkin-Shahak Program,” INSS, December 15, 2021,  

Rachel Kaufman, “Women and Social Media: Key Drivers of Protest in Iraq,” Wilson Center, December 22, 2021,  

Patrick Kingsley, “Israeli Leader Holds Historic Meeting With Emirati Crown Prince,” New York Times, December 13, 2021,  

Eran Lerman, “Israel, the US, and the Iranian Nuclear project – back to basics,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, December 8, 2021,  

Moran Levanoni, “No Boundaries – The Syrian-Lebanese Drug Economy,” Moshe Dayan Center, December 22, 2021,  

David Makovsky, “Bennet Visit Shows the UAE Balancing Between Israeli Ties and Regional De-escalation,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 16, 2021,  

Giland Malach and Lee Cahaner, “Two Thirds of Ultra-Orthodox Are Online,” Israel Democracy Insititute, December 30, 2021,  

David May, Jonathan Schanzer, “Israel’s Arabs are the latest victim of Iran’s proxy wars,” Al-Arabiya, December 9, 2021,  

Kobi Michael, “Israel’s Moment of Truth in Dealing with Hamas?” INSS, December 23, 2021,  

Aaron David Miller, “Bennett’s Breakthrough,” Malcom H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center, December 15, 2021,  

Aaron David Miller, “Israel and the Gulf State Are Becoming Closer. But It Won’t Make Biden’s Life Much Easier,” Politico, December 16, 2021,  

Assa Ophir, “Turkey’s Nuclear Future,” Moshe Dayan Center, December 15, 2021,  

Anshel Pfeffer, “2021, the Year Israel Learned Not to Take Its Democracy for Granted,” Haaretz, December 30, 2021,  

David Pollack, “The UAE’S Second Half-Century: Building Forward to What?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 2, 2021,  

Makram Rabah, “The Palestinian refugee camp explosion shows that Hamas is in the pocket of Iran,” Al-Arabiya, December 19, 2021,  

Yair Rosenberg, “Yair Lapid: Extremist Violence Is a ‘Stain on Israel,’” The Atlantic, December 15, 2021,  

Arik Rudnitzky, “Comprehensive Survey of Political Opinion among the Arab Public,” Moshe Dayan Center, December 14, 2021,  

David E. Sanger and Patrick Kingsley, “Lapid Says Israel Will Support Iran Nuclear Pact if It’s ‘a Good Deal,” New York Times, December 23, 2021,  

Yuval Shany and Amir Fuchs, “The Lack of the Right to Equality in Israel is Unique in the Democratic World,” Israel Democracy Institute, December 4, 2021,  

Khalil Shikaki, “Public Opinion Poll No (82),” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, December 27, 2021,  

Kenneth W. Stein, “The Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty – Context and Implications,” Center for Israel Education, December 27, 2021,  

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

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Hamas, PA responsible for crises, say Gazans – poll,” Jerusalem Post, December 24, 2021,  

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Is the Palestinian Authority losing control? – analysis,” Jerusalem Post, December 14, 2021,  

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Palestinian factions decry ‘disgraceful’ Abbas-Gantz meeting,” Jerusalem Post, December 29, 2021,  

Yohanan Tzoreff, “Israel and the Palestinians: Approaching an Age that Defies Negotiations?” INSS, December 16, 2021,  

Ryan Zaitoun, “Old Loyalties, New Opportunities: the Battle for Identity among the Golani Druze,” Wilson Center, December 22, 2021,  

Jim Zanotti, “Israel: Background and U.S. Relations in Brief,” Congressional Research Service, December 2, 2021,  

Neri Zilber, “Why Israel (Sort of) Misses the Iran Deal,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 6, 2021,  

#105 Contemporary Readings November 2021

December 2, 2021

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

Wifag Adnan and Haggay Etkes, “The Reform of the Permit Regime for Palestinian Workers in Israel: A Preliminary Evaluation,” INSS, November 11, 2021, 

Major General (res.) Yaakov Amidror, “Why is Iran returning to the negotiating table?” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, November 14, 2021, 

Sultan Althari, “Green energy development is a must as developing world faces poverty by pollution,” Al-Arabiya, November 13, 2021, 

BICOM Staff, “The Bennett-Lapid Government: Domestic Policy Priorities,” BICOM, November 2021, 

Shlomo Black, “Haredi Enlistment in the IDF: Does the Proposed New Law Invite Substantive Change?” INSS, November 2, 2021, 

Omer Carmi, “Reading Through Iran’s Nuclear Demands,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 24, 2021, 

Center for Israel Education, “The Impact of Covid-19 on Middle Eastern and North African States: A Curated Reading List (March 2020-October 15, 2021),

Adiel Cohen, “The Invention of Arab Jews Erases Mizrahi Jewish History – Opinion,” Jerusalem Post, November 8, 2012, 

Shira Efron, Lieutenant Colonel (res.) T.B, and David Siman Tov, “The Implications of Climate Change for Military Intelligence,” INSS, November 20, 2021, 

Shahar Eilam and Tom Eshed, “Increased Antisemitism in the United States Following Operation Guardian of the Walls: Permanent or Short-Lived?” INSS, November 10, 2021, 

Oded Eran and Shimon Stein, “The United States and Israel: Disagreements Could Threaten Relations,” INSS, November 15, 2021, 

Ben Fishman, “December Elections in Libya Risk a Return to Civil War,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 21, 2021, 

Brandon Friedman, “Regional Solutions to Regional Challenges in the Middle East?” Moshe Dayan Center, November 30, 2021, 

Hadas Gold, “What the world could learn from Israel’s Covid-19 vaccine booster rollout,” CNN, November 24, 2021, 

Evan Gottesman, “The Palestinian Authority’s Most Enthusiastic Cheerleader,” Israel Policy Forum, November 19, 2021, 

Judah Ari Gross, “In Morocco, Gantz signs Israel’s first-ever defense MOU with an Arab country,” Times of Israel, November 24, 2021, 

Layla Hashemi, “Threats to Iranian Instagram: Analyzing Iran’s Internet Landscape,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 24, 2021, 

Prof. Tamar Hermann and Dr. Or Anabi, “Israel’s International Standing Has Remained Stable Under the New Government,” Israel Democracy Institute, November 3, 2021, 

Martin Indyk, Stuart Eizenstat, and Susan Glasser, “American Peace Process Diplomacy: What Works? What Doesn’t?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 30, 2021, 

Israel Democracy Institute Staff, “Changing Public Perceptions of the IDF: Special Survey,” Israel Democracy Institute, November 23, 2021, 

Michael Jacobs and Ken Stein, “Yitzhak Rabin: Israel Leadership in a Lifetime,” Center for Israel Education, November 2, 2021,

Wendy Kalman, “Hearing the Voices of History,” Times of Israel, November 29, 2021,

Isabel Kershner, “Israel Passes First Budget in More Than 3 Years in Lifeline for Government,” New York Times, November 4, 2021, 

Michael J. Koplow, “The Domestic Politics Driving Israeli Policy,” Israel Policy Forum, November 18, 2021,

Tovah Lazaroff and Khaled Abu Toameh,  “Israel won’t thwart two states, minister tells int’l parley on Palestinians,” Jerusalem Post, November 18, 2021, 

Colonel (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman, “Military Diplomacy as a National Security Asset: Israel’s Widening Array of Joint Exercises,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, November 17, 2021, 

Michael Milshtein, “What if Israel Refuses to Decide on the Palestinian Territories,” Moshe Dayan Center, November 19, 2021, 

Orna Mizrahi and Yoel Guzansky, “The Crisis in Lebanese-Saudi Relations: Yet Another Blow to the Cedar State,” INSS, November 15, 2021, 

Omri Nahmias, “Mike Herzog arrives in Washington, officially takes office as ambassador to US,” Jerusalem Post, November 14, 2021, 

Dr. Emannuel Navon, “Israel and the New ‘Old Europe,’” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, November 25, 2021, 

Ghaith al-Omari, “Preparing for Orderly Change in Jordan When the Time Comes,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 22, 2021, 

Ghaith al-Omari and Simon Henderson, “UAE to Fund Israel and Jordan’s Solar/Water Deal,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 18, 2021, 

Giovanni Matteo Quer, “Back in Exile: Afghan Stories of a Near Distant Past,” Beehive: Moshe Dayan Center, November 1, 2021,

Dennis Ross, “How Israel Should Navigate the New American Landscape,” Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, November 2021, 

Danielle Roth-Avneri, Yehuda Shlezinger and ILH Staff, “Knesset passes 2022 budget after marathon voting session, staving off elections,” Israel Hayom, November 5, 2021, 

Jonathan Schanzer, “The May 2021 Israel-Hamas war was a stress test for normalization,” Al-Arabiya, November 12, 2021, 

Eldad Shavit and Sima Shine, “The Renewal of the Talks on Returning to the Nuclear Deal – Slim Chances of Success,” INSS, November 24, 2021, 

Amro Selim, “Regional Water Cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa: Transitioning from Conflict to Stability,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 30, 2021, 

Ken Stein, “The National Library of Israel,” Center for Israel Education, November 9, 2021,

Khaled Abu Toameh, “PA steps up crackdown on Hamas, Islamic Jihad members,” Jerusalem Post, Novemeber 27, 2021, 

Omar Al-Ubaydli, “Expanding the scope of the JCPOA might serve Iran’s best interests,” Al- Arabiya, November 21, 2021, 

Jesse Weinberg, “Celebrating Ashura in Syria,” Beehive: Moshe Dayan Center, November 25,  2021, 

Calvin Wilder and Kenneth R. Rosen, “Delta Crescent Energy: Refining U.S. Stabilization Strategies in Northeast Syria,” Washington Institute Near East Policy, November 24, 2021, 

Raoul Wootliff, “Even with budget test passed, key challenges threaten unity of diverse coalition,” Times of Israel, November 7, 2021, 

James Zogby, “Refocus on Iran’s Behavior,” Ahram Online, November 8, 2021, 

#104 Contemporary Readings, CIE October 2021

November 4, 2021

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

AFP, “Saudi Arabia: Dealing with Hezbollah-dominated Lebanon is ‘pointless’,” Times of Israel, October 31, 2021, 

Al-Ahram Online Staff, “Israel’s president apologizes for 1956 Kafr Qasem massacre,” Al-Ahram Online, October 30, 2021, 

Moshe Albo, “A new regional architecture? The impact of U.S. strategy on the regional Arena,” Reichman University, October 2021, 

Rina Bassist, “For Israel’s Acceptance to the AU as Observer Reveals Continental Divides,” Moshe Dayan Center: Ifriqiya, October 28, 2021, 

Naama Barak, “Astronauts carry out space mission in Israeli desert,” Israel21C, October 14, 2021, 

Ron Ben-Yishai, “Iran’s attack on U.S. base in Syria is a message to Israel,” YNet News, October, 21, 2021, 

BICOM Staff, “Israel passes new climate change action plan,” BICOM, October 27, 2021, 

Brian Blum, “Game-changing tech will digitize farming and increase sustainability,” Israel21C, Ocotber 12, 2021, 

Center for Israel Education, “30 Years After the Madrid Middle East Peace Conference: Context and Consequences, October 27, 2021,

Oded Eran, “Jordan 2021: Cause for Concern in Israel, but No Need to Panic,” INSS, October 18, 2021, 

Tom Eshed, “Antisemitism in the United States: A Critical Look at the Data, Monitoring, and Measurement,” INSS, October 13, 2021, 

Haggay Etkes, “The Arrangements Law and the Palestinian Economies,” INSS, October 12, 2021, 

Liran Friedmann, “The most important lesson Yitzhak Rabin taught us,” YNet News, October 18, 2021, 

Amos Gilead, “The strategic map: Achievements in the face of mounting challenges,” Reichman Univesity, October 2021, 

Al-Hamadani, “A Constitutional Challenge to Iraq’s Treatment of Iraqi Jews,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 21, 2021, 

Mai Abu Hasaneen, “Gazans study Hebrew as Israel increases work permits,” Al-Monitor, October 31, 2021, 

Haisam Hassanein, “The Muslim Brotherhood Sees Cairo’s Flirtation with Biden as an Opportunity,” Washington Institute Near East Policy, October 27, 2021, 

David Horovitz, “Jerusalem dedicates square to Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who saved thousands of Jews in WWII,” Times of Israel, October 11, 2021, 

Efraim Inbar, “Realpolitik Should Guide Israeli-Russian Relations,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, October 18, 2021, 

Jerusalem Post Staff, “Nachman Shai to be considered for Jewish Agency Chairman,” Jerusalem Post, October 17, 2021, 

Patrick Kingsley, “Whose Promised Land? A Journey Into a Divided Israel,” New York Times, October 25, 2021, 

Joshua Krasna and George Meladze, “The “Four Plus One”: The Changing Power Politics of the Middle East,”Moshe Dayan Center, October 7, 2021, 

Joshua Krasna, “Jordan: With Relations with Washington and Jerusalem Back in Order, a Flurry of Diplomatic Activity,” Moshe Dayan Center: Tel Aviv Notes, October 20, 2021, 

Susie Linfield, “Palestine Isn’t Ferguson,” The Atlantic, October 24, 2021, 

David Makovsky and Josh Kram, “Think Regionally: A US Role for Deepening the Abraham Accords,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 3, 2021, 

Aaron David Miller, “Reflections on Colin Powell’s Legacy,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, October 18, 2021, 

Orna Mizrahi, “The Diplomatic Crisis that Adds Fuel to the Lebanese Fire,” INSS, October 31, 2021, 

Orna Mizrahi and Yoram Schweitzer, “Hezbollah Faces Domestic Challenges with Self-Confidence,” INSS, October 25, 2021, 

Doaa A. Moneim, “Egypt to create new VAT refund system for tourists in all ports,” Al-Ahram Online, October 31, 2021, 

Daphna Aviram-Nitzan and Hila Shoef Kollwitz, “Israel 2050: Global Warming – Israelis Concerned – Survey Part I & II,” Israel Democracy Institute, October 28, 2021, 

Marina Ottaway, “Sudan: The Last Domino Stood Up by the Arab Uprisings has Fallen,” Wilson Center, October 26, 2021, 

Dennis Ross, “A Pro-Israel Summit in Erbil Breaks New Ground,” Washington Institute Near East Policy, September 30, 2021, 

Dennis Ross, “The Threat of War Is the Only Way to Achieve Peace With Iran,” Foreign Policy, October 27, 2021, 

Richard Rother and Maegan Vazquez, “US officially rejoins controversial UN Human Rights Council,” CNN, October 14, 2021, 

Ismael Abu Saad, “Fighting Crime Through Education in the Arab Sector,” Israel Democracy Institute, October 9, 2021, 

Nermine El Saadany, “Egyptian Women & Labor Force: Challenges and Opportunities,” Wilson Center, October 25, 2021, 

Katherine Q. Seelye, “Marcia Freedman, First American Woman in Knesset, Dies at 83,” New York Times, October 2, 2021, 

Michael Sharnoff, “Nasser and the Palestinians,” Middle East Quarterly, Summer 2021, 

Khalil Shikaki, “Press Release: Pre-local elections Poll,” Palestinian Center for Policy Survey Research, October 27, 2021, 

Bret Stephens, “Is There a Future for American Jews?”  Sapir Journal of Jewish Conversations, Autumn 2021, 

Zev Stub, Gil Hoffman, Jeremy Sharon, “Israel’s kashrut reform approved, 2021 budget to be NIS 609b,” Jerusalem Post, October 27, 2021, 

Nathan Sussman, Daphna Aviram-Ntizan, Hila Shoef Kollwitz, “A Just Transition to a Low Carbon Economy,” Israel Democracy Institute, October 28, 2021, 

TOI Staff, “Israeli study: COVID booster shots 92% effective at preventing serious illness,” Times of Israel, October 30, 2021, 

Ken Stein, “The October 1973 War and its Aftermath – Quotable Quotes and Key Conversations,” Center for Israel Education, October 17, 2021,

Ken Stein, “The October 1973 War – Henry Kissinger’s choreography in it,” (Israel’s Ambassador to the US, Simcha Dinitz recalls) Center for Israel Education,” October 8, 2021,

TOI Staff, “PM: Israeli tech must pivot from making cool apps to fighting climate change,” Times of Israel, October 30, 2021, 

Dov Waxman, “Finding New Ways to Write About and Grapple With Israel,” New York Times, October 29, 2021, 

Vivian Yee, “Iran Will Rejoin Nuclear Talks, Top Negotiator Says,” New York Times, October 27, 2021, 

Michael Young, “An Investigation in Lebanon Has Led to Armed Clashes Reminiscent of the Civil War,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, October 15, 2021,  

#103 Contemporary Readings, CIE September 2021

October 2, 2021

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

Jonathan Ariel, “The Real Lesson of the Afghanistan Debacle,” BESA Center, September 10, 2021,

Naama Barak, “Israeli clean-living tech reaches Latin American locales,” Israel21C, September 27, 2021, 

BICOM Staff, “The Bennett-Lapid Government and Regional Priorities: Change or Continuity,” BICOM, September 27, 2021, 

Anat Ben Haim, “Rebuilding the Syrian Military: Significance for Israel,” INSS, September 15, 2021, 

Naftali Bennett, Address to the United Nations General Assembly, September 27, 2021, 

Lazar Berman and Aaron Boxerman, “Over 300 prominent Iraqis publicly call for full peace with Israel,” Times of Israel, September 24, 2021, 

Antony J. Blinken, Yair Lapid, Nasser Bourita, Anwar Gargash, Sheikh Abdulla Bin Rashid Al Khalifa, “At the One Year Anniversary of the Abraham Accords: Normalization Agreements in Action,” US State Department, September 17, 2021, 

Camp David Negotiations,” Discussion with Hermann Eilts, Samuel Lewis, William Quandt, Hal Saunders, Dan Kurtzer and Ken Stein, November 1993

Ben Caspit, “100 days in, Bennett’s government challenged on Iran, Gaza,” Al-Monitor, September 17, 2021, 

Elliott Chodoff, “Israeli civil defense: A critical tactic, but a poor strategy,” The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, December 16, 2019, 

Yossi Cohen, “Fall of Afghanistan raises alarming questions about the Middle East,” YNet News, September 1, 2021, 

Udi Dekel, “Hamas has its Own Logic. What is Israel’s Logic?” INSS, September 4, 2021, 

Jonathan H. Ferziger, “On Abraham Accords Anniversary, Biden Is Tepid About Israeli-Arab Peace,” Foreign Policy, September 10, 2021, 

Yochai Guiski and Kim Noach, “Urban Planning and Adaptation: Saving 0.5-1 Percent of Israel’s Annual GDP,” INSS, September 13, 2021, 

Haisam Hassanein, “The Bennett-Sisi Meeting: A Rare Chance to Publicly Boost Relations,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 13, 2021, 

Simon Henderson, “Qatar’s Council Election Has Gulf-Wide Implications,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 30, 2021, 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “Ahead of the Jewish New Year – National Mood Pessimistic,” Israel Democracy Institute, September 1, 2021, 

Ben Hubbard, “Lebanon Gets New Prime Minister Amid Economic Meltdown,” New York Times, September 10, 2021, 

Ben Hubbard and Hwaida Saad, “With Fuel from Iran, Hezbollah Steps In Where Lebanon Has Failed,” New York Times, September 16, 2021, 

INSS, “Israel-UAE-US: A Year of Cooperation,” September 13, 2021, (1:30) Discussion,

Efraim Inbar, “The Egypt-Israel Common Strategic Agenda,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, September 14, 2021, 

Tala Michel Issa, “Saudi Arabia holds meeting to discuss current, future investments in smart cities,” Al-Arabiya, September 29, 2021, 

Lisa Klug, “Israeli-grown vanilla is about to disrupt the industry,” Israel21C, September 20, 2021, 

Limor Lavie, “Family Law in Egypt and Iraq: Social Media Campaigns against Limiting Women’s Rights to Guardianship and Custody of their Children,” Moshe Dayan Center: Beehive, September 29, 2021, 

Bernard Henry Levy,  ”Promising Liasons,” (Israel and the UAE), The American Interest, September 5, 2021,

Ido Levy, “Biden UN Speech Misunderstands the Point of ‘Forever Wars’—in the Mideast and Elsewhere,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 20, 2021, 

Institute for Policy and Strategy, ”The Challenges and opportunities for Israel’s national security in the coming year,”  Reichman University (IDC), September 2021,

Marc Lynch and Shibley Telhami, “Academic experts believe that Middle East politics are actually getting worse,” Washington Post, September 17, 2021, 

Jacob Magid, “‘We’ve only just begun’: Abraham Accords partners mark one year since signing,” Times of Israel, September 14, 2021, 

Benny Morris, “On Nuclear Iran, Israel Faces Two Terrible Options,” Haaretz, September 27, 2021, 

Omri Nahmias, “Abraham Accords are going to continue shaping the Middle East,” Jerusalem Post, September 18, 2021, 

Michael Oren, “Is US aid a threat to Israel?,” Tablet, September 23, 2021, 

Joel Parker and Sarah Cahn, “Hizballah’s Gain, Lebanon’s Pain,” Moshe Dayan Center: Tel Aviv Notes, September 14, 2021, 

Inbal Orpaz and David Siman-Tov, “The Unfinished Campaign: Social Media in Operation Guardian of the Walls,” INSS, September 12, 2021, 

David Pollack and Robert Satloff, “A New Start for the U.S. on Mideast Democracy and Human Rights,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 19, 2021, 

Adam Rasgon, “In Reversal, Israel’s New Government Engages With Palestinian Authority,” New York Times, September 25, 2021, 

Susanna Reskallah, “Food Insecurity in Palestine: A Future for Farmers,” Wilson Center, August 30, 2021, 

Bruce Riedel, “Playing a weak hand well,” Brookings Institute, September 27, 2021, 

Yitzhak Reiter, “Jerusalem Matters (34:) Changes In Jerusalem, Center for Israel Education, September 14, 2021

Paul Rivlin, “How the Taliban Re-took Afghanistan,” Moshe Dayan Center: Iqtisadi, September 30, 2021,

Abdel-Moneim Said, “Reconciliations in the region,” Ahram Online, September 8, 2021, 

Jonathan Schanzer, “What is America’s role in the World,” The Washington Examiner, September 30, 2021,

Ali Soufan, “Evolution of Jihadism 20 Years After 9/11,” Wilson Center, September 8, 2021, 

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Palestinians to hold municipal elections in December,” Jerusalem Post, September 16, 2021, 

United States House of Representatives, Antony Blinken, “Afghanistan 201-2021: Evaulating the Withdrawal and U.S. Policies, – Part 1, September 13, 2021,

United States Senate, Foreign Relations of the United States, “U.S. Security Assistance in the Middle East,” August 10, 2021,

United States Senate, Foreign Relations, Antony J. Blinken, “Examining the U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan,” September 14, 2021,

Robert Wexler, “For Progressives, Iron Dome Isn’t the Issue. It’s Israel Itself,” New York Times, September 29, 2021, 

#102 Contemporary Readings, August 2021

September 12, 2021

September 5, 2021

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

Kasra Aarabi and Saeid Golkar, “Completing the Revolution,” Carnegie Middle East Center, August 17, 2021, 

Abdul Basit, “Why did the Afghan army disintegrate so quickly?” Aljazeera, August 17, 2021,

Afghanistan Study Group, Afghanistan Study Group Final Report, United Institute for Peace, February 2021, afghanistan_study_group_final_report_a_pathway_for_peace_in_afghanistan.pdf (

Danya Belkin, “The little-known history of Tel Aviv’s iconic power station,” Israel21C, August 12, 2021, 

Jennifer Bell, “Abraham Accords: A year of ‘faith and tolerance’ between UAE, Israel, say Rabbis,” Al Arabiya English, August 12, 2021, 

Ofra Benigo, “Jews, Israel and the Kurds: unravelling the myth,” Israel Affairs, August 23, 2021, 

BICOM Staff, “Foreign Minister Lapid concludes historic visit to Morocco,” BICOM, August 13, 2021, 

Shlomo Black, Tomer Fadlon, and Meir Elran, “Integrating the Ultra-Orthodox into the Labor Market,” INSS, August 15, 2021, 

Nir Boms, “The Egyptian TikTok Girls,” Moshe Dayan Center: Beehive, August 30, 2021, 

Michael A. Calvo, “Israel and the Holy See,” BESA Center, August 27, 2021, 

Amichai Cohen, “The Return of the International Arena,” Israel Democracy Institute, August 24, 2021, 

Edy Cohen, “Iran’s New Suitors,” Tablet Magazine, August 2, 2021, 

Ryan Crocker, “Why Biden’s Lack of Strategic Patience Led to Disaster,” The New York Times, August 21, 2021,

Anne Dearan and Sean Sullivan, “Biden, Bennett open new chapter in U.S.-Israel relations with White House visit,” Washington Post, August 27, 2021, 

Michele Dunne, Zaha Hassan, Aaron David Miller, Marwan Muasher, Maha Yahya, Michael Young, “Is the Two-State Solution Still Viable?” Foreign Affairs, August 24, 2021, 

Shmuel Even, “The National Significance of Israeli Demographics at the Outset of a New Decade,” INSS and Tel Aviv University, July 2021, 

Matti Friedman, “Building Israel’s Dust City,” Tablet Magazine, August 9, 2021, 

Hanin Ghaddar, “A Strategy to Contain Hezbollah: Ideas and Recommendations,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 24, 2021, 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilead, “The American Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Lessons and Ramifications for Israel,” Institute for Policy and Strategy: IDC Herzilya, August 2021, 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen, “From the Second Lebanon War to Regional War,” BESA Center, August 29, 2021, 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen, “The Ingathering of the Exiles Is Not Over,” BESA Center, August 24, 2021, 

Nasreen Haddad Haj-Yahya, “Taking Attendance: Arab Teachers and Students in Israel’s Education System,” Israel Democracy Institute, August 28, 2021, 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “What Solutions to the Conflict with the Palestinians are Acceptable to Israelis?” Israel Democracy Institute, August 3, 2021, 

Tammy Hoffman, “We Must not Squander the Opportunity for Real Change in Israeli Schools,” Israel Democracy Institute, August 19, 2021, 

David Horovitz, “When the Jerusalem Hills go up in smoke,” Times of Israel, August 26, 2021, 

Kohei Imai, “Afghanistan offers an opportunity to repair Turkey-NATO relations,” Moshe Dayan Center: Turkeyscope, August 12, 2021, 

INSS Staff, “Strategic Challenges Facing Israel and Policy Recommendations Special Update for the President,” INSS, August 1, 2021, 

Annie Karni, “Biden Vows ‘Unshakable Partnership’ With Israel in Meeting With Bennett,” New York Times, August 27, 2021, 

Daphna Kaufman, “Framing the Jewish and Israeli establishment in progressive discourse,” Reut Group, August 30, 2021, 

Dr. Menachem Keren-Kratz, “Post-Truth Politics and Invented Traditions: The Case of the Haredi Society in Israel,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs,  August 9, 2021, 

Isabel Kershner, Ronen Bergman and Ben Hubbard, “Hezbollah Fires Rockets at Israel as Risk of Escalation Looms,” New York Times, August 6, 2021, 

Patrick Kingsley and Isabel Kershner, “New Israeli Leader Backs Hard Line on Iran but Softer Tone with U.S.” New York Times, August 24, 2021, 

Patrick Kingsley and Gabby Sobelman, “The World’s Last Samaritans, Straddling the Israeli-Palestinian Divide,” New York Times, August 22, 2021, 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “A tech startup where autism is preferred,” Israel21C, August 29, 2021, 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli aid groups respond to Haiti quake,” Israel21C, August 16, 2021, 

Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kupperwasser, “Iran Is Testing All Boundaries,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, August 10, 2021, 

Daniel Kurtzer, “Of course we couldn’t transform Afghanistan: Stop the self-flagellation,” New York Daily News, August 16, 2021, 

Ron Lauder, “A call to action in the face of anti-Israel pandemic,” YNet, August 25, 2021, 

Eli Lederhendler, “American Antisemitism in its Historical and Social Background,” INSS, August 1, 2021, 

Colonel (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman, “The Implications of the Fall of Kabul,” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, August 16, 2021, 

Jacob Magid, “Progressive Democrats tear into Palestinians over crackdown on critics,” Times of Israel, August 25, 2021, 

Irwin J. Mansdorf, “The “Antisemitism/Anti-Israel” Phenomenon: What Do Israel Campus Professionals Think?” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, August 16, 2021 

Abdel-Moneim Said, “Why the Bells Toll,” Ahram Online, August 24, 2021, 

Marwan Muasher, “Jordan’s Identity Question,” Carnegie Middle East Center, August 12, 2021, 

Adam Rasgon, “Palestinians Finally Have Vaccines. But Will People Take Them?” New York Times, August 29, 2021, 

Najat Al-Saied, “The Sharaka Project in the US,” Israel Hayom, August 18, 2021, 

Dror Shalom, “Last Call for Gaza? Proposing an Alternative to Israeli-Palestinian “Conflict Management”” Washington Institute for Near East Policy,  

Elad Shavit and Shimon Stein, “Lesson in the Limits of Power: The Withdrawal of the United States and its Allies from Afghanistan,” INSS, August 24, 2021,  

Brig-Gen (ret.) Dr. Shimon Shapira, “Hizbullah Leader Nasrallah Raises the Intensity of his Challenge to the United States and Israel,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, August 23, 2021, 

Lior Sirkis, “The Discourse on Antisemitism in the United States as Reflected in the Mainstream Media—Review of 2020,” INSS, August 1, 2021,

Kenneth Stein, “Lessons from American Withdrawal from Afghanistan,” Center for Israel Education, August 25, 2021,

Kenneth Stein, “La Retirada de Afganistán: lecciones para Israel,”Center for Israel Education, August 30, 2021,

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Abbas stabbed Palestinians in the back by meeting with Gantz,” Jerusalem Post, August 30, 2021, 

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Fatah-Hamas rift deepens as Abbas moves closer to US, Israel,” Jerusalem Post, August 31, 2021, 

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Why is PA rhetoric so anti-Israel when there is good cooperation?” Jerusalem Post, August 7, 2021, 

TOI Staff, “Bennett warns Iran after attack on Israel-linked ship: ‘They know the price’,” Times of Israel, August 3, 2021, 

Frederic Wehrey and Andrew Weiss, “Reassessing Russian Capabilities in the Levant and North Africa,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, August 31, 2021, 

Ben-Dror Yemini, “The fall of Kabul is warning sign for Israel,” YNet, August 16, 2021, 

Michael Young, “Enemies in the Gates,” Carnegie Middle East Center, August 10, 2021, 

Aaron Y. Zelin, “Return of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan: the Jihadist State of Play,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 18, 2021, 

#101 Contemporary Readings, July 2021

August 7, 2021

Assembled by Ken Stein and Michele Freesman Emory University, Institute for the Study of Modern Israel and Center for Israel Education or

Sultan Althari, “It’s time to bring a realist perspective to Middle Eastern foreign affairs,” Al-Arabiya, July 13, 2021, 

Oula A. Alrifai and Ali Alleile, “Iran and Russia Are Exploiting America’s Absence in Northeast Syria,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, July 29. 2021, 

Major General (res.) Yaakov Amidror, “Israel’s National Security Doctrine,” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, July 18, 2021, 

Michael Barak, “Is the Muslim Brotherhood losing Turkey and Qatar in the light of the rapprochement with Egypt?” Moshe Dayan Center, July 14, 2021,

Talia Belowich and Max Kaplan-Zantopp, “AI for Greenhouses Boosts Ability to Farm Locally,” Israel21C, July 28, 2021, 

BICOM Staff, “Bennett and King Abdullah II secretly met in thawing of Israeli-Jordanian relations,” BICOM, July 9, 2021, 

BICOM Staff, “Israel reduces restrictions around Gaza and increases work permits for West Bankers,” BICOM, July 30, 2021, 

Brian Blum, “Creating a vital map of the human immune system,” Israel21C, July 19, 2021, 

Brian Blum, “Cutting food waste with dynamic supermarket pricing,” Israel21C, July 14, 2021, 

Rodger Cohen, “A Rap Song Lays Bare Israel’s Jewish-Arab Fracture — and Goes Viral,” New York Times, July 21, 2021, 

Dr. James M. Dorsey, “The King of Jordan’s Upcoming Visit to Washington: Implications for Jerusalem,” BESA Center, July 18, 2021, 

Jessica Emami, “Yes, Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism,” Jewish Journal, July 24, 2021, 

Sameh Fawzi, “The Islamist movement and the future,” Ahram Online, July 8, 2021,  

Sarah Feuer, “Political Crisis in Tunisia: U.S. Response Options,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, July 27, 2021, 

Seth J. Frantzman,  “What does Iran’s use of drones against ships mean for the future?” Jerusalem Post, July 31, 2021, 

A.J. Goldman, “In the West Bank, Confronting Pain and Oppression with Humor and Absurdity,” The Forward, July 21, 2021, 

Yoel Guzansky and Carmit Valensi, “Saudi Arabia and Syria: Calculating a New Route?” Institute for National Security Studies, July 11, 2021, 

Prof. Tamar Hermann and Dr. Or Anabi, “A Decade Since the Social Protests, Summer 2011 – Highlights,” Israel Democracy Institute, July 4, 2021, 

Ezzat Ibrahim, “What if June 30 failed?” Ahram Online, July 2, 2021,–failed.aspx 

Ron Kampeas, “Israel link keeps leftist Jewish groups from planned DC antisemitism rally,” Times of Israel, July 9, 2021, 

Isabel Kershner and Adam Rasgon, “Critic’s Death Puts Focus on Palestinian Authority’s Authoritarianism,” New York Times, July 7, 2021, 

Arvin Khoshnood, “Demonstrations in Iranian Khuzestan Demand an End to the Islamic Regime,” BESA Center, July 28, 2021, 

Corey Kilgannon and Andrea Kannapell, “Israel’s baseball team is making its Olympic debut,” New York Times, July 28, 2021, 

Patrick Kingsley, “Israel will give third Covid vaccine shots to those 60 and older,” New York Times, July 29, 2021, 

Abigail Klein Lechman, “Israelis fly to Philippines to aid vaccination campaign,” Israel21C, July 8, 2021, 

Abigail Klein Lechman, “The rise and rise of Ashkelon,” Israel21C, July 29, 2021, 

Aharon Klieman, “First Among the Nations? A Cautionary against Triumphalism in Israeli Foreign Policy,” Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, April 8, 2021, 

Michal Korach and Dr. Maya Choshen, “Jerusalem: Facts and Trends 2021- at a Glimpse,” Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research, 2021, 

Yair Lapid, “Israel and the UAE have chosen peace and prosperity,” YNet News, July 1, 2021, 

Mark Lavie, “’Palestine Spring’ not such a good deal,” YNet News, July 17, 2021, 

Rena Lenchitz, “A remedy for the growing epidemic of medical waste,” Israel21C, July 5, 2021, 

Dr. Doron Matza, “Israel-Jordan Relations: Possibilities and Risks,” BESA Center, July 16, 2021, 

Mia J. Merrill, “Meet the Jewish Gymnasts at the Tokyo Olympics,” Hey Alma, July 9, 2021, 

Orna Mizrahi and Yoram Schweitzer, “Lebanon’s Collapse, and the Significance for Israel,” Institute for National Security Studies, July 26, 2021, 

David Pollack and Catherine Cleveland, “What do Palestinians Want?” July 23, 2021, 

Gideon Remez, “But He Was Good for Israel, Wasn’t He? A Reassessment of the Jewish State’s Embrace of Donald Trump,” Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, April 25, 2021,  

Haviv Rettig-Gur, “A hatred that dwells alone? Antisemitism debate cuts to the heart of Zionist vision,” Times of Israel, July 26, 2021, 

Paul Rivlin, “The Forgotten Crises in the Gulf: Electricity and Water in Iran and Iraq,” Moshe Dayan Center, July 20, 2021, 

Ben Sales, “Could the shaky coalition break Orthodox hold on religious life in Israel?” Times of Israel, July 30, 2021, 

Mohamed Salmawy, “Is the Egyptian writer free?” Ahram Online, July 8, 2021, 

Jonathan D. Sarna, “The Misuse of [a scholar’s]Expertise,” Summer 2021, 

Tal Schneider, “Eyeing Bennett’s DC trip, Egypt upgrades mediator in push for Gaza breakthrough,” Times of Israel, July 1, 2021, 

Laura Shaw Frank, “Education essential to Israeli-Diaspora relations,” E Jewish Philanthropy, June 23, 2021, 

Dr. Khalil Shikaki, “Public Opinion Poll No (80),” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, June 9-10, 2021, 

Amy Spiro, “Israel’s first deaf MK aims to be a full-time warrior for disability rights,” Times of Israel, July 30, 2021, 

Kenneth W. Stein, “The Census of Palestine, 1931 – An Invaluable Glimpse at Palestine’s Population: Gaping Socio-Economic Distances and Differences between Muslims, Christians, and Jews,” Center for Israel Education, July 12, 2021, 

Kenneth W. Stein, “One Hundred Years of Social Change: The Creation of the Palestinian Refugee Problem,” in New Perspectives on Israeli History: the Early Years of the State, New York University Press, 1991, 

Shimon Stein and Oded Eran, “The EU and Israel: At Least on Speaking Terms,” Institute for National Security Studies, July 21, 2021, 

Asher Susser, “Still Standing, but Shaky: Jordan at 100,” Fathom Journal, May 2021, 

Jarrod Tanny, “The Academy, Palestine, and the Quest for a Utopia Without Jewish Peoplehood,” Jewish Journal, July 6, 2021, 

TOI Staff, “After 49 years, Israeli victims of 1972 Olympic massacre honored at Tokyo opener,” Times of Israel, July 23, 2021, 

TOI Staff, “Herzog takes office as Israel’s 11th president, warns of dangers of polarization,” Times of Israel, July 7, 2021, 

World Bank Staff, “Lebanon Economic Monitor: Lebanon Sinking (To the Top 3),” World Bank, Spring 2021, 

Stuart Winer, “Smashing produce on road, farmers block highways over planned agriculture reform.” Times of Israel, July 29, 2021, 

David Wurmser, “The Hamas War Against Israel,” Jewish Policy Center, Summer 2021, 

Ido Yahel, ““We Dared to Dream, And We Will Never Regret Dignity” – The Slogan of the 10th Anniversary of the Syrian Uprising,” Moshe Dayan Center, July 25, 2021, 

Vivian Yee and Nada Rashwan, “Jehan Sadat, 87, Widow of Egypt’s President and Women’s Advocate, Dies,” New York Times, July 10, 2021, 

#100 Contemporary Readings, June 2021

July 4, 2021

Assembled by Ken Stein and Michele Freesman Emory University, Institute for the Study of Modern Israel and Center for Israel Education or

Elliot Abrams, “Can Democracy Help Solve the Problem of Gaza?” Council on Foreign Relations, June 15, 2021, 

AJC Staff, “AJC 2021 Survey of American Jewish Opinion,” AJC, June 14, 2021, 

Dr. Or Anabi and Prof. Tamar Hermann, “Israelis Hope for More Unity and Closing Socioeconomic Gaps,” Israel Democracy Institute, June 6, 2021, 

Akram Alfy, “The Rhetoric of the Iranian Elections,” Al Ahram Online, June 10, 2021 

Marsin Alshamary, “Iraq’s upcoming elections: Voters and likely winners,” Brookings, June 24, 2021, 

Chen Artzi Sror, “Religious Zionism is a house divided,” YNet News, June 8, 2021, 

Amb. Alan Baker, “The Legal War: Hamas’ War Crimes and Israel’s Right to Self-Defense,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June 3, 2021, 

Naama Barak, “Giving women an extra leadership edge on the kibbutz,” Israel21C, June 20, 2021, 

Miriam Berger, “What to know about Iran’s president elect, Ebrahim Raisi,” Washington Post, June 23, 2021, 

Robert P. Beschel Jr. and Tarik M. Yousef, “A quiet governance revolution in Qatar?” Brookings, June 17, 2021, 

Guy Ben Simon, “Bank of Israel in digital shekel pilot,” Globes, June 21, 2021, 

BICOM Staff, “The Bennett-Lapid ‘Change Government’” BICOM, June, 2021, 

BICOM Staff, “Historic opening of the Israeli embassy in Abu Dhabi,” BICOM, June 30, 2021, 

Bradley Bowman and Behnam Ben Taleblu, “Getting out of Iran’s Way,” Foundation for Defense of Democracies, June 28, 2021 

Omer Carmi, “From Rouhani to Raisi: Pressing Questions on the Eve of Iran’s Election,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 17, 2021,

Patrick Clawson, “Raisi Did Not Win, Reformers Lost,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 22, 2021, 

Daniel Cohen and Daniel Citrinowicz, “Uncovering Hezbollah;s Activity in France through Social Media Analysis,” IDC Herzliya Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy, June 2021 

Remi Daniel, “Turkish-Russian Relations: A Puzzle that Shakes the Middle East,” Turkeyscope, Moshe Dayan Center, June 15, 2021, 

Maya de Vries, “Mockery as a Tool of Palestinian Resistance on TikTok,” BeeHive, Moshe Dayan Center, June 27, 2021, 

Dr. James M. Dorsey, “Middle East Futures: Defiance and Dissent” BESA Center, June 15, 2021, 

Roni Eshel. “Context and Causes of Arab-Israeli and Jewish-Israeli communal clashes, October 2000,” Center for Israel Education (translated), December 2010, 

Ariel Finkelstein, “A ‘change government?’ Not for religion and state,” Jerusalem Post, June 28, 2021, 

Mira Fox, “Raves in the desert, secret parties in mansions — COVID couldn’t stop Israel’s underground party scene,” The Forward, June 22, 2021, 

Amb. Dore Gold, “The Gaza War 2021: An Overview,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June 22, 2021, 

Avi Grant, “TikTok: A new playground in Israeli politics?” Jerusalem Post, June 24, 2021,

Alex Grinberg, “Hamas After the Latest Round: A Total Failure or an Advantageous Opportunity,” Reut Group, June 17, 2021, 

Yoel Guzansky and Gerald M. Feirstein, “The first test of the Abraham Accords,” Middle East Institute, June 1, 2021, 

Simon Henderson, “Have We Already Failed to Ensure That Iran ‘Never Gets a Nuclear Weapon’?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 25, 2021, 

Michael Jacobs, “As President, Herzog Offers Advancement of Israel-Diaspora Ties,” Center for Israel Education, June 4, 2021, 

Shay Jovany, “The Demonstrations on Israel’s Borders in Jordan and Lebanon during the ‘Guardian of the Walls’ Military Operation: Grassroots Protests or Premeditated Outbursts of Rage?” BeeHive: Moshe Dayan Center, June 27, 2021, 

Tara Kavaler, “Influencers from Abraham Accord countries find common ground with Israelis,” Jerusalem Post, June 23, 2021, 

Herb Keinon, “Haredi fury over Naftali Bennett masks real concern: Funding cuts,” Jerusalem Post, June 10, 2021, 

Prof. Ofer Kenig, “Israel’s 36th Government by the Numbers,” Israel Democracy Institute, June 9, 2021,

Yossi Klein Halevi, “Why this fractious coalition gives me hope,” Times of Israel, June 14, 2021, 

Menachem Klein and Yohanan Tzoreff, “Operation Guardian of the Walls: Moving the Conflict from the Periphery to Jerusalem and the Heart of the Country?” INSS, June 20, 2021.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israelis fight despair while aiding survivors, rescuers in Florida calamity,” Israel21C, June 29, 2021, 

Dr. David Koren, “Jewish-Arab Relations in Israel: Between Conflict and Containment,” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, May 24, 2021 

Nadim Koteich, Majd Harb, Hanin Ghaddar and Joseph Braude, “Anti-Normalization Laws: A Powerful Weapon in the Fight Against Peace,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 24, 2021,

Ela Levi-Weinrib, “Liberman: Israel will join OECD digital economy taxation plan,” Globes, June 22, 2021, 

Ido Levy, “How Iran Fuels Hamas Terrorism,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 1, 2021, 

Robert Lieber, “Biden, Iran and the Middle East: A Failure to Learn,” Hoover Institution, June 15, 2021.

David Makovsky, “A One-State Solution Is Unworkable,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 21, 2021, 

Michael Milshtein, “The Trauma of the Nakba Is Here to Stay,” Haaretz, June 25, 2021, 

Michael Milshtein, “The first Arab party in a ruling Israeli coalition: An in-depth analysis of the United Arab List (RA’AM),” IDC Herzliya Institute for Policy and Strategy, June 2021, 

Afif Abu Much, “Druze woman appointed Jewish Agency representative in US,” Al- Monitor, June 25, 2021, 

Marina Ottaway, “The Conundrum of Political Parties in the Gulf Countries: Unwanted but Inevitable,” Wilson Center, June 25, 2021, 

Yohanan Plesner, “This government can beat expectations and even achieve historic change,” Times of Israel, June 15, 2021.

Yohanan Plesner, “The Two Strategic Challenges Facing Israel’s New President,” Israel Democracy Institute, June 2, 2021, 

Adam Rasgon, “A New Israeli Government Could Mean Help for Neglected Bedouin Villages,” New York Times, June 10, 2021, 

Kali Robinson, “What to Know About the Arab Citizens of Israel,” Council of Foreign Relations, June 14, 2021, 

Arno Rosenfeld, “Is J Street unwelcome in the American Zionist movement?” The Forward, June 14, 2021,

Dennis Ross, “Biden Must Manage the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” The National Interest, June 1, 2021, 

Dennis Ross, “The Biden Administration’s Formula Suggests an Aspiration and a Direction,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 21, 2021, 

Yardena Schwartz, “Women Are the Key to Israel’s Government,” Foreign Policy, June 17, 2021, 

Stav Shaffir, “Let Israel’s Female Politicians Speak for Ourselves,” Haaretz, June 30, 2021, 

Dr. Khalil Shikaki, “Public Opinion Poll No (80)”, Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, June 15, 2021, 

Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy, “The Un-Jews,” Tablet, June 16, 2021.

Marik Shtern and Hani Vayzer, “Keeping Our (Social) Distance? The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Relationships between the Various Groups in Jerusalem,” Jerusalem Institute, 2021, 

Joel Singer, “The Israel-PLO Mutual Recognition Agreement,” International Negotiation, July 2020, 

Shoshana Solomon, “Israeli startup wins IBM top prize to Zzapp out malaria by mapping water sources,” Times of Israel, June 27, 2021, 

TOI Staff, “In Holon, a global gaggle of child heart patients get life-saving treatment,” Times of Israel, June 23, 2021, 

TOI Staff, “Tel Aviv Pride Parade returns with fanfare after last year’s COVID cancellation,” Times of Israel, June 25, 2021, 

TOI Staff, “Over $9 billion annually: Environment Ministry assesses pollution’s price tag,” Times of Israel, June 27, 2021, 

Alex Weinreb, “A Sociodemographic Profile of the South,” Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, June 7, 2021, 

Ido Yahel, “Iran in Syria: From Expansion to Entrenchment,” Tel Aviv Notes, Moshe Dayan Center, June 17, 2021,

Vivian Yee, “Iranian Hard-Liner Ebrahim Raisi Wins Presidential Vote,” June 19, 2021, 

Jim Zanotti, “Israel: New Prime Minister and U.S. Relations in Brief,” Congressional Research Service, June 15, 2021, 

James Zogby, “What is Netanyahu’s Legacy?” Al Ahram Online, June 26, 2021,