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#94 Contemporary Readings, December 2020

January 4, 2021

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

Guled Ahmed, “An Emboldened Horn of Africa Axis and an Unfolding Humanitarian Crisis Await the Biden Administration,” Middle East Institute, December 23, 2020.

Daphna Aviram-Nitzan and Hila Shoef Kollwitz, “Global Warming—Israelis Concerned,” Israel Democracy Institute, December 13, 2020.

Naama Barak, “First American woman graduates Israeli army’s pilot course ,” Israel21c, December 31, 2020.

BICOM Staff, “Israel headed for fourth election in two years,” British Israel Communications and Research Center, December 23, 2020. 

Brian Blum, “Israeli hydrogen startup wins Shell energy competition,” Israel21c, December 27, 2020.

Philippe Bohstrom, “Sweet-toothed Canaanites imported exotic food to Israel 3,600-years ago,” Jerusalem Post, December 22, 2020.

Shlomo Brom and Shimon Stein, “Does the Cost of the Fakhrizadeh Assassination Outweigh the Benefits?” INSS, December 2, 2020.

Danny Citrinowicz, “How can China mediate between Israel and Pakistan?” Middle East Institute, December 18, 2020.

Nissim Cohen and Ron Tzur, “Governance in a Crisis,” Israel Democracy Institute, December 16, 2020.

Barry Davis, “Music underscores social message at Israeli-Ethiopian arts festival,” Jerusalem Post, December 24, 2020.

Gadi Eiseknkot, “Israel’s greatest threat is not Hamas or Iran, but political infighting,” Ynet News, December 31, 2020.

Daniel Estrin, “As Thousands of Israeli Tourists Visit Dubai, A Small Jewish Community Gets A Boost,” NPR, December 29, 2020.

Manfred Gerstenfeld, “Do Not Give Diaspora Jews a Formal Voice in Israel,” BESA Center, December 15, 2020.

Dore Gold, “Moroccan-Israeli peace faces multiple security challenges,” Jerusalem Post, December 25, 2020.

Haaretz, “As Israel Set for Election, Netanyahu Releases Duet With Leading Pop Star,” Haaretz, December 10, 2020.

Hussein Haridy, “A decade of Egyptian foreign policy,” Al-Ahram Online, December 2020. 

Tamara Herman and Or Anabi, “Leaders’ Credibility Low,” Israel Democracy Institute, December 7, 2020. 

Adam Hoffman, “G20 in Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s Global Moment,” Moshe Dayan Center, December 24, 2020.

Pinhas Inbari, “Can Israel-Palestinian Negotiations Begin when Joe Biden Takes Office?” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, December 28, 2020.

INSS Staff, [Video] On the Eve of 2021: Iran Prepares for New Administrations in Washington and Tehran,” INSS, December 7, 2020.

Israel Democracy Institute Staff, “[Video] Recap of Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy & Society,” Israel Democracy Institute, December 14, 2020. 

Kate Knight and David Pollock “Domestic Reform Still Top Issue for Jordanians; Most Reject New Peace Deals with Israel, but Perceived Value of U.S. Ties Up Sharply,”  Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 18, 2020.

Mordechai Kedar, “The Arab Spring: A Decade On,” BESA Center, December 17, 2020.

Isabel Kershner, “An Epic Israeli TV Drama Exposes War Wounds Old and New,” New York Times, December 23, 2020.

Abigail Klein Leichmann, “Scientists warn Red Sea could suffer disaster worse than the Exxon Valdez,” Israel21c, December 15, 2020.

Ivan Levingston, “Why Israel Tries, and Fails, to Slow Its Roaring Currency,” Bloomberg News, December 21, 2020.

Guy Lodge, “‘Asia’ Review: Israel’s Oscar Entry Is a Delicate Mother-Daughter Drama That Doesn’t Try Too Hard for Tears,” Variety, December 29, 2020.

Alan Makovsky, “Problematic Prospects for US‑Turkish Ties in the Biden Era,” SWP Berlin, December 2020.

David Makovsky, “Israel’s Political Churn Continues: Implications for Netanyahu and U.S. Policy,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 23, 2020.

David Makovsky, Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba and H. E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Rashed Al Khalifa, “Interview on Inside the Normalization Agreements Between Israel, the UAE, and Bahrain,” Center for Israel Education/Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 10, 2020.

Michael Milstein, “‘The Day After’ Abu Mazen is Already Here,” INSS, December 15, 2020.    

Jacques Neriah, “Transformations in the Middle East: Challenges for the New U.S. Administration,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, December 29, 2020.

Palestinian Research Center, “Public Opinion Poll No,” Palestinian Research Center, December 27, 2020.

Jacob Rosen, “Index of Jewish Surnames Found in 20th Century Cairo – Updated December 2020,” Avotanynu Online, December 2020.

Dennis Ross, “How Biden’s Iran Policy Can Have a Chance to Succeed,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 26, 2020.

Malina Saval, “The Rhythms That Bind: Exploring Israeli-Pop’s Latinx Connection,” Variety, December 7, 2020.

Michel Shalev-Reicher, “Rising political powers spell bad news for secular Israelis,” Ynet News, December 18, 2020.

Anjana Sankar, “Exclusive: Fauda became a bridge between Arabs, Jews,” Khaleej Times, December 9, 2020.

Eldad Shavit and Rotem Oreg, “Israel Must Talk to Biden,” INSS, December 10, 2020.

Joshua Shuman and the Media Line, “Israel pays economic price for fourth election in two years,” Jerusalem Post, December 24, 2020.

Jay Solomon, “To secure an Iran nuclear deal, include the Mideast’s powers,” The Hill, December 15, 2020.

Times of Israel Staff, “Israeli, Tunisian and Yemenite artists meet in song for peace,” Times of Israel, December 19, 2020.

Charles Thepaut, “A Short-Term Diplomatic Agenda for the Syrian Puzzle,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 21, 2020.

Nati Tucker and Hagai Amit, “The Cost of a Poll: Election Economics Instead of Rebuilding,” Haaretz, December 22, 2020.

Carmit Valensi and Udi Dekel, “The Struggle for Control of Southern Syria: Where is Israel?” INSS, December 16, 2020.

Max Kaplan-Zantopp, “Cultivated meat [from Israel] is about to change our world,” Israel21c, December 21, 2020. 

#93 Contemporary Readings, November 2020

December 3, 2020

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

Amiram Barkat, “IMF: Israeli economy less damaged than others,” Globes, November 19, 2020.

Almog Ben Zikri, “Thousands of Middle-class Israelis Join the Homeless, and the Soup Kitchens Can’t Keep Up,” Haaretz, November 27, 2020.

Hannah Brown, “Celebrating a ‘Portrait of Victory’ for Israeli cinema,” Jerusalem Post, November 26, 2020. 

Ethan Cadeux, “5 things to know about Wizards draft pick [Israeli Basketball Star] Deni Avdija,” NBC Sports, November 18, 2020.

Center for Israel Education, “UNGA (Palestine Partition) Resolution 181 [November 29, 1947],” Center for Israel Education, January 10, 2010.

Shmuel Even and Meir Elran, “How Long Will Today’s IDF Conscripts Serve?” INSS, November 22, 2020.   

Quint Forgey and Matthew Choi, “Biden and Netanyahu have ‘warm conversation’ and agree to meet soon,” Politico, November 17, 2020.

GeekTime Staff, “The week that was: Catching up with Israel’s tech ecosystem,” Geektime, November 22, 2020.

Tom Grater, “‘Asia’ Wins Top Prize At Israel’s Ophir Awards & Becomes Country’s International Oscar Submission,” Deadline, November 13, 2020. 

Hagai Hacohen, “Prices stay high as unemployment soars, fueling economic crisis,” Jerusalem Post, November 11, 2020.

Michal Hatuel-Radoshitzky and Eldad Shavit, “The Changing of the Guard: Israel at the Outset of the Biden Era,” INSS, Vember 7, 2020.

Jessica Halfin, “How the humble pita went through a gourmet makeover,” Israel21c, November 5, 2020.

Heritage Foundation Staff, “Israel: Economic Freedom Score,” Heritage Foundation, November 2020. 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “Haredim Trust Rabbis More Than the Health Ministry on COVID-19,” Israel Democracy Institute, November 26, 2020. 

Samantha Hogson, “This Israeli Tech Company Wants to Beam Music to Your Ears,” Rolling Stone, November 12, 2020.  

Israel Democracy Institute Staff, “Large Majority Think IDF Should Manage Coronavirus Crisis,” Israel Democracy Institute, November 20, 2020.

Efraim Inbar and Eran Lerman, “Time for an Israeli Peace Initiative,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, November 22, 2020. 

Yaakov Katz, “How Joe Biden as president will change Israeli politics,” Jerusalem Post, November 8, 2020.

Isabel Kirshner, “‘It’s Like Falling in Love:’ Israeli Entrepreneurs Welcomed in Dubai,” New York Times, November 7, 2020.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Hebrew language and Israeli culture institute opens in UAE,” Israel21c, November 29, 2020.

Payton Knopf and Jeffrey Feltman, “Normalizing Sudan-Israel relations now is a dangerous game,” Brookings Institute, September 24, 2020.

Yossi Kupperwasser, “What Is Going to Change in the Middle East under Biden?” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, November 22, 2020. 

Jan Laben-Eilon, “Israel Requests Bids for New Settlement in East Jerusalem [Interview with Eli Sperling],” Atlanta Jewish Times, November 24, 2020.

Tess Levy, “9 Israeli rising stars in Hollywood,” Israel21c, November 25, 2020.

Shalom Lipner, “Has Trump Been Good for Israel?” Foreign Policy, November 3, 2020.

Irwin Mansdorff, “The 2020 Presidential Election: How Jewish-Americans Voted,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, November 16, 2020.

Middle East Institute Staff, “The Future of Palestinian Politics under a Biden Administration [Video Webinar],” Middle East Institute/YouTube, November 17, 2020.

Jaques Neriah, “Transformations in the Middle East: Challenges for the New U.S. Administration,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, November 29, 2020.

Liam Pritchett, “The World’s First Lab-Grown Meat Restaurant Opens in Israel,” LiveKindly, November 10, 2020. 

Itamar Rabinovich, “The United States and Israel vs. the Syria of Bashar al-Assad: Challenges, Dilemmas, and Options,” INSS, October 2020.

Abdulrahman al-Rashed, Mohamed Anwar E. al-Sadat, Asli Aydintasbas, and David Horovitz, “America Votes, the Middle East Reacts: Views on U.S. Elections from Across the Region [Video and Transcript],” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 9, 2020. 

Paul Rivlin, “Israel and the UAE: Old New Friends,” Moshe Dayan Center, November 30, 2020.

Reuven Rivlin and Robert Satloff, “Israeli President [Reuven Rivlin’s First Interview Since the U.S. Election]: Biden Should Help ‘Build Confidence’ Between Israelis, Palestinians [Video and Transcript],” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 20, 2020.

Natan Sachs and Tamara Cofman Wittes, “Saudi-Israeli relations: The curious case of a NEOM meeting denied,” Brookings Institute, November 25, 2020.

Jonathan Schanzer, “How to Build Upon Recent Progress in the Middle East,” Pundicity, November 17, 2020. 

Asaf Shapira, “Comments on the Electoral Strength of the Joint Arab List,” Moshe Dayan Center, November 2, 2020.

Shoshana Solomon, “Israel’s economy surges 38% in third quarter, after exit from first lockdown,” Times of Israel, November 16, 2020.

Ken Stein, “From Balfour to Begin 1917-1977,” Center for Israel Education, November 19, 2020.

Ken Stein, “Sadat’s Leadership: Lessons for the Palestinians,” Center for Israel Education, November 25, 2020.

Ken Stein and Michael Jacobs, “Yitzhak Rabin: Israel Leadership in a Lifetime,” Center for Israel Education, November 2, 2020.

Jessica Steinberg, “‘We Got This’ is rallying cry of new Static song [produced by group of Israeli pop stars] for COVID-19,” Times of Israel, November 26, 2020.

Times of Israel Staff, “Legal pressure mounts on government to pass budget as elections loom,” Times of Israel, November 29, 2020. 

Idan Zonshine, “Israeli researchers create AI capable of writing personalized jazz solos,” Jerusalem Post, November 10, 2020.

#92 Contemporary Readings, October 2020

November 2, 2020

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

AFP, “‘Hello you;’ Joint Israeli-UAE song becomes a YouTube hit,” Times of Israel, October 18, 2020.

Gabriel Andrade, “Iran’s Advances in Latin America,” Middle East Forum, Fall 2020. 

Naama Barak, “L’Chaim! Second-ever Israeli Master of Wine appointed,” Israel21c, October 15, 2020.

Rina Bassit, “Israel-Turkey inch closer in trade, culture,” al-Monitor, October 22, 2020. 

Uri Berkovitz, “The Israeli startup that won an Emmy,” Globes, October 22, 2020. 

Hannah Brown, “Gal Gadot replaces Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra in clip,” Jerusalem Post, October 21, 2020.

Hagay Cohen, “Economy Attaché: Israelis, Chinese closing deals online amid COVID-19,” Jerusalem Post, October 21, 2020.é-israelis-chinese-closing-deals-online-amid-covid-19-646451

James M. Dorsey, “Will They Or Won’t They? Saudi Recognition of Israel Is the $64,000 Question ,” BESA Center, October 7, 2020.

Zoltan Egeresi, “How the Abraham Accords affected the Turkish Foreign Policy?” Dayan Center, October 15, 2020. 

Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud, “A Conversation with Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud,” Washington institute for Near East Policy , October 15, 2020. 

Alex Fishman, “Gaza power plan could electrify Mideast peace efforts,” Ynet News, October 30, 2020.

Shuki Friedman, Ultra-Orthodox Non-Compliance Rests on Fear,” Israel Democracy Institute, October 26, 2020.

Oded Granot, “How Sudan’s wall of hostility crumbled- Sudan’s Leaders had to overcome three obstructions that threatened to suffocate and ruin the vast country,” Israel Hayom, October 26, 2020.

Yoel Guzansky, “Saudi Arabia and Normalization with Israel,” INSS, October 29, 2020. 

Nasreen Hadad Haj-Yahya, “Arab Students at Higher Risk – Survey,” Israel Democracy Institute, October 10, 2020.   

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “Majority Think 2nd Lockdown was Politically Motivated,” Israel Democracy Institute, October 19, 2020. 

Adam Hoffman, “Gulf citizens against normalization: Reactions to Israel’s normalization agreements with the UAE and Bahrain,” Dayan Center, September 30, 2020.

Oliver Holmes, “Iranian musicians help out in secret on Israeli singer’s new record,” The Guardian, October 8, 2020.

Israel Democracy Institute, “25 Years After the Assassination of PM Yitzhak Rabin – Survey on Incitement,” Israel Democracy Institute, October 14, 2020.

Yaakov Katz, “If Israel’s leadership was responsible it would look after everyone,” Jerusalem Post, October 8, 2020. 

Abigail Klein Leichmann, “Why the UAE is looking to Israel to secure its food supplies,” Israel21c, October 19, 2020. 

Haim Koren, “Sudan and Israel: An Era of Change,” BESA Center, October 26, 2020.

Yaakov Lapin, “The IDF in the Shadow of the Pandemic,” BESA Center, October 22, 2020. 

Cody Levine, “Majority of Israelis prefer Donald Trump over Joe Biden – poll,” Jerusalem Post, October 14, 2020.

Dov Lieber, “Israel Confronts Revolt as Ultraorthodox Defy Covid-19 Public-Health Rules,” Wall Street Journal, October 22, 2020. 

David Makovsky, “Lessons of the UAE Breakthrough: How We Got Here, and Why the U.S. Role Remains Central,” Washington Institute for Middle East Policy, August 17, 2020.

David Makovsky, Basia Rosenbaum, and David Patkin, “Israel Expands West Bank Settler Units: Where Demography meets Geography,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 30, 2020.

David Makovsky, Itamar Rabinovich, Yuval Rabin, and Dennis Ross, “Yitzhak Rabin’s Journey from War Hero to Peacemaker,” Washington Institute for Near East Peace, September 23, 2020.

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

Mansour al-Nogaidan, “The Rise of the UAE and the Meaning of MBZ,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 15, 2020.

Nour Odeh, Shibley Telhami, Mouin Rabbani, and Khalil Jahshan, “Palestine and the Arab World: A relationship in Crisis,” Brookings Institute, August 27, 2020.

Colin Price, “Climate Change and Israel’s National Security,” INSS, October 29, 2020. 

Eyal Proper, “Autumn Chills: Israel-China Relations and the Normalization Agreements with the Gulf States,” INSS, October 12, 2020. 

Rami Rayess, “Lebanon will benefit from fixing its maritime border with Israel,” al-Arabiya English, October 2, 2020.

Jennifer Roskies, “Anti-Israel Claims of Ethnic Cleansing Have No Place in a Student Paper – or Anywhere,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, September 30, 2020. 

Dan Senor, “Podcast: Dan Senor with an Update on Israel’s Economy in 2020,” Mosaic Magazine, October 2, 2020.

Joel Singer, “Constructive Ambiguity in Middle East Peacemaking,”, October 15, 2020.

Shoshana Solomon, “Israel losing ‘Startup Nation’ image, needs rebranding, study shows,” Times of Israel, October 29, 2020.

Daniel Staetsky and Sergio DellaPergola, “Jews in Europe at the turn of the Millennium: Population trends and estimates,” Institute for Jewish Policy Research, October 21, 2020.

Murray Stassen, “Meytal Shevach Appointed A&R Manager at Universal Music Israel,” Music Business Worldwide, October 6, 2020. 

Ken Stein, “Interviews with Saudi Prince Bandar Bin Sultan on Arab world and Palestinian leaders,” Center for Israel Education, October 2020. 

Ken Stein, “Israel-Indo Asian Relations,” Center for Israel Education, October 26, 2020.

Jessica Steinberg, “In time for lockdown, Cinematheque puts film history treasure trove online,” Times of Israel, October 2, 2020.

Itai Stern, “Actor Yehuda Barkan, Star of Israeli Cinema Classics, Dies of Coronavirus at 75,” Haaretz, October 25, 2020.

Strobe Talbot, Martin Indyk, Marwan Muasher, Itamar Rabinovich,) “The Life and Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin- 25 Years Later,” Council on Foreign Relations, October 30, 2020.

Yohana Tzoreff, Kobi Michael, “A Discussion at INSS on Hamas Fatah Reconciliation Efforts, INSS, October 15, 2020.

Alix Wall, “Eden Grinshpan, the other Jewish Top Chef judge, celebrates Israeli food,” The Forward, October 6, 2020. 

Ehud Yaari, “The Sudan Agreement: Implications of Another Arab-Israel Milestone,” Washington institute for Near East Policy, October 26, 2020.

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

#91 Contemporary Readings, September 2020

September 30, 2020

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

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Arabs: “Palestinians Repeat the Same Mistakes,”” Gatestone Institute, September 21, 2020.

Rafael Ahren, “A kosher banquet and a paradigm change: UAE signals this will be a warm peace,” Times of Israel, September 1, 2020.

Al-Monitor Staff, “Arab League refuses to back Palestinians in rebuke of Israel-UAE deal,” Al-Monitor, September 9, 2020.

Ghaith al-Omari, “Jordan on Schedule for Elections, But Concerns Persist,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy Policy, September 29, 2020.

Douglas Altabef, “All eyes might be on the Temple Mount after the UAE-Israel deal,” Jerusalem Post, September 26, 2020. 

Daphna Aviram-Nitzan and Yarden Kedar, “Israelis in the Labor Force in Times of Corona,” Israel Democracy Institute, September 16, 2020.

Alan Baker, “What Was in the Abraham Accords Signed in Washington?” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, September 24, 2020.

Naama Barak, “Explore a new treasure trove of Israeli films old and new,” Israel21c, September 29, 2020.

BESA Center Staff, “The Israel-UAE Peace: A Preliminary Assessment,” BESA Center September 21, 2020.

BICOM Staff, “The 5th Netanyahu Government: An Interim Report,” Britain Israel Communications and Research Center, September 2020.

Center for Israel Education, “[Video Panel of Four Experts] American Jews and the 2020 Election—Context and Consequences,” Center for Israel Education, September 3, 2020. 

Edy Cohen and Dr. Frank Musmar, “The Serbia-Kosovo Agreement Is a Result of the Israel-UAE Agreement,” BESA Center, September 16, 2020.

Daniel DePetris, “Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy Perspective Could Impact the Saudi Peace Plan,” The National Interest, September 28, 2020.’s-foreign-policy-perspective-could-impact-saudi-peace-plan-169734 

James Dorsey, “Rejiggering Gulf Security: China’s Game of Shadow Boxing,” BESA Center, September 4, 2020.

Itamar Eichner, “Israeli cover of Emirati hit [song] earns fans across Arab world,” Ynet News, August 29, 2020.

Shmuel Evan, “The Israeli Economy on the Eve of the Second Lockdown: A Strategic Outline for the Future,” INSS, September 17, 2020.

Dina Ezzat, “Interview: Peace deal ‘a definite game changer’, says Mideast diplomat,” Al-Ahram Online, September 19, 2020.‘a-definite-game-changer’,-sa.aspx

Sharon Feiereisen, “The Story of [Israeli artist Pesach Slabosky] Pesach—the double entendre exhibition in September,” Jerusalem Post, September 3, 2020.

Shuki Friedman, “Israeli Tribalism Will Be the Death of Us,” Israel Democracy Institute, September 14, 2020.

Renee Ghert-Zand, “Kosher Diva debuts new ‘Mizrahified’ version of hit Mameloshen song,” Times of Israel, September 9, 2020.

Elizabeth Gibney, “Israel–Arab peace accord fuels hope for surge in scientific collaboration,” Nature Magazine, September 21, 2020.

Tamar Herman, “Most Israelis Support Suspending Demonstrations as Part of Lockdown,” Israel Democracy Institute, September 23, 2020.

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

Frank Kane, “al-Habtoor [Dubai-based hotel and motor conglomerate] joins Israeli tech firm on ‘robo-taxi’ plan,” Arab News, September 23, 2020.

Elsa Kesklassy, “Boaz Yakin ‘s Dance Drama ‘Aviva’ Sells to Israel, Latin America For Alief Film Company (EXCLUSIVE),” Variety, September 19, 2020.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli disaster medicine expert aiding refugees in Greece,” Israe21c, September 24, 2020.   

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Scientists grow fresh dates from a 6th BCE seed,” Israe21c, September 21, 2020.  

Ben Lynfeld, “[Israeli Musician] Arkadi Duchin sets his sights on Abu Dhabi,” Jerusalem Post, September 26, 2020. 

David Makovsky, “How the Abraham Accords Look Forward, Not Back,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 16, 2020.

MEMRI Staff, “Arabs Attack Palestinian Leadership Following Its Harsh Denouncement Of UAE-Israel Normalization Agreement: The Palestinian Cause Is Defunct,” MEMRI, September 14, 2020.

Same Menassa, “Palestine Between Practices of the Past, Vision for the Future,” Al-Shaq al-Awsat, September 21, 2020.

Salah Nasrawi, “‘Land for peace:’ Bye-bye Arab Peace Initiative,” Al-Ahram Online, September 15, 2020. 

Aaron Reich, “First-ever Israeli Art Lending Library launched at Northeastern University,” Jerusalem Post, September 9, 2020.

Bruce Riedel, “Saudi Arabia’s current state of affairs,” Brookings Institution, September 28, 2020.

Paul Rivlin, “Iran’s Battered Economy,” Moshe Dayan Center, September 16, 2020.

Dennis Ross, “The Middle East Is Changing. Will Palestinians Be Left Behind?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 13, 2020.

Frank Salameh, “The French Connection to Lebanon,” The National Interest, September 28, 2020.

Allon Sinai, “Despite Covid-19 calamity, India’s economy is primed for Israeli tech,” Calcalist, September 27, 2020.,7340,L-3851572,00.html 

Shoshanna Solomon, “Why, amid collapsing economy wracked by COVID, is the Shekel near a 12-year high?” Times of Israel, September 10, 2020.

Amy Spiro, “Behind the scenes of Apple TV’s new Israeli thriller ‘Tehran,’” Jewish Insider, September 22, 2020.

Mehul Srivastava, “Mossad and the movies—how Israeli spies took over our screens,” Financial Times, September 26, 2020.

Kenneth Stein, “The Abraham Accords – US, UAE, Israel and Bahrain,” Center for Israel Education, September 27, 2020.

Jessica Steinberg, “Musicians produce album of covers for Israeli classics [fundraiser to support Israeli musicians during COVID],” Times of Israel, September 17, 2020.

Irina Tsukerman, “From Tripoli to Tripoli, Turkey’s Real Aim Is Egypt,” BESA Center, September 8, 2020.

George N. Tzogopoulos, “The Dangerous Waters of the Mediterranean,” BESA Center, September 23, 2020.

Yohanan Tzoreff and Yoram Schweitzer, “A Palestinian Moment of Truth, in Light of Normalization between Israel and the UAE,” INSS, September 15, 2020.

Karin Wasteson, “Japanese investments in Israeli tech innovation on the rise,” Private Equity Wire UK, September 16, 2020.

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

#90 Contemporary Readings, August 2020

September 2, 2020

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

Al-Jazeera Staff, “Lebanon sees record-high coronavirus cases and deaths,” Al Jazeera, August 12, 2020.

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Thousands of Palestinians flock to Israeli beaches, restaurants,” Jerusalem Post, August 9, 2020.

Jon B. Atlman, “The Normalization of UAE-Israel Relations,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, August 14, 2020.

Daphna Aviram-Nitzan, Yarden Kedar, “Israelis in the Labor Force in Times of Corona,” Israel Democracy institute, August 16, 2020.

Amb. Alan Baker, “The UN “Blacklist” of Israeli Commercial Enterprises: Should It Be Taken Seriously?” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, August 2020.

Naama Barak, “Catch great Israeli plays as Gesher Theater goes digital,” Israel21c, August 3, 2020.

Raphael G. Bouchnik-Chen, “Demonstrations Yes, Prayer No,” BESA Center, August 28, 2020.

Joseph Braude and Moustaf El-Dessouki, “Arab Anti-Normalization Laws: A Regional Sketch,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 20, 2020.

Hannah Brown, “Israeli TV show ‘Tehran’ goes global,” Jerusalem Post, August 8, 2020.

Barry Davis, “Hummus crosses borders across the Middle East,” Jerusalem Post, August 6, 2020.

Matti Friedman, “Aliens Are Protesting in Israel. They Still Can’t Beat Bibi.” New York Times,

Yoel Guzansky and Yonanan Tzoreff, “How Gulf Arab ‘Exasperation with Endless Conflict Led to UAW-Israel Normalization, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 20, 2020.\

Yoel Guzansky and Eran Segal, “All in the Family: Leadership Changes in the Gulf,” INSS, August 30, 2020.

Jehab Harb, “Phased Policy Alternatives Between Reunification and Separation [Hamas and PA],” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, July 2020. 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “Corona Survey #11,” Israel Democracy Institute, August 19, 2020.

Mustafa Hussein, “Hebrew on the Nile: The Rise of Jewish Studies in Egypt,” Haaretz, August 3, 2020.

India Defense News, “India, Israel sign cultural agreement to further strengthen people-to-people ties,” India Defense News, August 22, 2020.

Gilead Ini, “Who’s Afraid of Israeli Food?” Commentary Magazine, August 2020.

Gili Izkovitch, “Not the Last Dance: Preserving an Israeli Cultural Jewel in Times of Coronavirus,” Haaretz, August 20, 2020.

Jerusalem Post Staff, “Mideast meets East meets West during the global coronavirus pandemic [Israeli-Japanese film, Outside, based on Etgar Keret Story],” Jerusalem Post, August 23, 2020.

Noah Joseph, “Tech Companies Draw the Auto Industry to Israel,” Car and Driver, August 8, 2020.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “6 unexpected ways Israel and the UAE are celebrating their new ties,” Israel21c, August 27, 2020.

Joshua Krasna, “Tempered Euphoria On the UAE-Israel Agreement, The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, August 15, 2020.

Yossi Kuperwasser, “The Agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, August 30, 2020.

Dauod Kuttab, “Jordan’s apparent neutrality conceals deeper discomfort with UAE-Israeli deal,” Middle East Institute, August 18, 2020.

Danny Makki, “Syria is facing a COVID-19 catastrophe,” Middle East Institute, August 6, 2020.

Gilad Malach, “Haredim Lose Faith in their Political Parties,” Israel Democracy Institute, August 30, 2020. 

Kobi Michael and Udi Dekel, “Israel-UAE Normalization of Relations: At the Expense of the Palestinians?” INSS, August 23, 2020.

Mosaic Staff, “How Israel Became a Global Television Powerhouse,” Mosaic Magazine, August 3, 2020.

Dhia Otay, “How Tunisia’s COVID Response Demonstrates Governmental Dysfunction,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, July 10, 2020.

Moshe Pearl, “Israel’s young rebels with a cause,” Ynet News, August 7, 2020.

Paul Pillar, “The Costs of Mike Pompeo’s Partisan RNC Speech,” The National Interest, August 26, 2020.

Samuel Ramani, “Russian and Chinese Views on the Israel-UAE normalization deal,” Middle East Institute, August 27, 2020.

Haviv Rettig Gur, “Using state budget as a cudgel, Netanyahu puts his political future in the red,” Times of Israel, August 27, 2020.

Amro Selim, “The MENA Region’s Water Crisis: Avoiding Potential Water Wars,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, July 20, 2020.

Dmitry Shufutinksy,”The Israel-UAE Peace Agreement Spells Trouble for Ankara and Tehran,” BESA Center, August 18, 2020.

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

Allon Sinai, “Bon Appétit: Ambassador says France has a large appetite for gourmet Israeli tech,” Calcalist, August 6, 2020.,7340,L-3843831,00.html

Jagdish N. Singe, “Post-COVID India Must Foil China’s Designs,” BESA Center, July 31, 2020.

Shoshana Solomon, “Israeli chip maker Hailo to set up Tokyo unit as demand for AI tech grows,” Times of Israel, August 31, 2020.

Ken Stein, “Great Powers, the Middle East and the Cold War,” Center for Israel Education, August 2020.

Ken Stein, “Israel – United Arab Emirates Recognition,” Center for Israel Education, August 2020.

Guido Steinberg,  “Saudi Arabia, the pandemic and the oil: The economic crisis forces the Crown Prince to choose between a reform program and aggressive regional policy,” SWP Berlin, July 2020,

Shibley Telhami, “The Biden factor in the UAE-Israel deal,” Brookings Institute, August 15, 2020.

Times of Israel Staff, “Finance Ministry says it could take five years for economy to recover,” Times of Israel, August 2, 2020.

Times of Israel Staff, “Israel’s confirmed virus cases surpass 90,000, but tests show downward trend,” Times of Israel, August 14, 2020.

Naama yardeni, “In Israel, the fall from middle class to poverty can be swift,” Ynet News, August 29, 2020.

Daniel Zisenwine, “Tunisia, Summer 2018: Challenges and Questions,” Moshe Dayan Center, August 14, 2020.

Amitai Ziv, “For Israeli Tech, the Coronavirus Is a Threat and a Promise,” Haaretz, August 8, 2020. 

#89 Contemporary Readings, July 2020

July 30, 2020

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

Afif Abu Much, “Israeli Arabs absent from anti-Netanyahu, COVID-19 crisis protests,” Al-Monitor, July 22, 2020.

Nuzha Allassad Alhuzail, “The “Gender Genie:” [Negev] Bedouin Women between the Generations,” Moshe Dayan Center, July 28, 2020.

Ghaith al-Omari, Ehud Yaari, and Michael Herzog, “How the Contest to Succeed Abbas Is Shaping Palestinian Options,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, July 6, 2020.

Lindesey Bahr, “Amos Gitai’s ‘Laila in Haifa’ among picks for Venice Film Festival,” Times of Israel, July 28, 2020.

Na’ama Barak, “Art movement brings culture to all corners of Israel,” Israel21c, July 7, 2020.

BESA Center Staff, “COVID-19: Crisis: Impact and Implications,” BESA Center, July 19, 2020. 

Baruch Binah, “US Policies Toward Israel and the Middle East,” MITVIM, June 2020.

Meredith Blake, “For Israeli actress Shira Haas, starring in ‘Unorthodox’ has been ‘a gift for me,'” LA Times, July 7, 2020.

Barry Davis, “Israel’s Banai dynasty – Singing a Persian Jerusalemite tune, Jerusalem Post, July 2, 2020.

Dan Diker, “The Alignment of BDS and Black Lives Matter: Implications for Israel and Diaspora Jewry,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, July 16, 2020.

Dominic Doehler, “A revolutionary new [Israeli developed] early warning system for earthquakes,” Israel21c, July 30, 2020.

Michaela Domingo, “A Middle East between Pandemic and Pandemonium,” Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, 14:1, 9-19, 2020.

Mark Dubowitz, Shira Efron, Assaf Orion, Nathan Picarsic, and Jonathan Schanzer, “Chinese Investments in Israel: Understanding and Mitigating Risks [Video of Moderated Panel Discussion], INSS and Foundation for Defense of Democracies, July 7, 2020.

Manfred Gerstenfeld, “COVID-19 and the Anti-Racism Movement Are Challenging Liberal Democracy,” BESA Center, July 17, 2020. 

Simon Henderson, “Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States Under Stress,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Summer 2020.

Jerusalem Post Staff, “Idan Hanegev hosts Hackathon for the Negev Bedouin Community,” Jerusalem Post, July 19, 2020. 

Oliver B. John, “Saudi Arabia and the outlook for OPEC+,” Middle East Institute, July 8, 2020.

Omer Kabir, “The shockwaves of the EU Court’s ruling on privacy standards may topple Israel’s tech sector,” Calcalist, July 19, 2020.,7340,L-3840455,00.html

Omer Keilaf, “An Oasis Of Mobility Innovation: The Origins Of Israel’s Silicon Wadi,” Forbes, July 3, 2020.

Herb Keinon, “Iran, and others, watching Israel stumble over coronavirus,” The Jerusalem Post, July 20, 2020.

The Medina Line, “Twin Lebanon crises force Hezbollah to shift course,” Ynet News, July 18, 2020.

Taylor Luck, “Why a Muslim woman safeguards Jewish history for all Moroccans,” Christian Science Monitor, June 17, 2020.

Haddas Magen, “Covid-19 prompts Jews abroad to seek homes in Israel,” GLOBES, July 21, 2020.

Judy Maltz, “Israel’s Leading Demographer [Prof. Sergio DellaPergola] Warns of post-COVID-19 Exodus by Young, Educated Israelis,” Haaretz, July 28, 2020. 

Maya Margit/The Medina Line, “World’s first 3D-printed ‘steak’ to hit Israeli restaurants this year,” Jerusalem Post, July 9, 2020.

Guy Nardi, “Covid-19 hastens decline of Israel’s main street stores,” GLOBES, July 23, 2020.

Meir Orbach, “Streaming giant Deezer acquires Israeli music startup MUGO,” Calcalist—Ctech, July 2, 2020.,7340,L-3837493,00.html

Nidal Othman, “The Story of a Restaurant during the Corona Epidemic: A Period of Crisis for Businesses in the Arab Sector,” Moshe Dayan Center, July 28, 2020.

David Pollock, Tamar Hermann, and Ghaith al-Omari, “Palestinians and the Two-State Solution: Hard Data on the Hardest Questions,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, July 28, 2020.

Joseph Rank and Richard Baffa “What a Biden Iran strategy might look like,” Middle East Institute, July 29, 2020.

Naama Riba, “Israeli Iconography, Through the Lens of Alex Levac,” Haaretz, July 7, 2020.

David Rodman, “The Arab–Israeli Balance of Power before the Six Day War as Assessed by the American Intelligence Establishment,” Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, 2020.

Joseph Rank and Richard Baffa, “What a Biden Iran strategy might look like,” Middle East Institute, July 29, 2020. 

Maxim Reider, “Ida Haendel, master violinist and champion of Israel musicians, dies at 91,” Jerusalem Post, July 4, 2020.

Paul Rivlin, “Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria: sinking together?” Moshe Dayan Center, July 27, 2020.

Bilal Y. Saab, “We Need a Better China Policy in the Middle East,” Middle East Institute, July 28, 2020.

Itay Stern, “‘Being Unique Is Much More Than Being Pretty’: Israeli Transgender Model Dreams Big,” Haaretz, July 24, 2020.

Guido Steinberg, “Regional Power United Arab Emirates,” SWP berlin, July 2020.

Jessica Steinberg, “An Israeli-created culinary streaming platform hopes to become Netflix for cooks,” Times of Israel, July 27, 2020.

David Tereshchuk, “Arab-Israeli orchestra celebrates 20 years of harmony [includes video],” PBS News Hour, July 4, 2020.

Tzach Yoked, “The Rival Iraqi Jewish Clans Who Changed the Face of Shanghai,” Haaretz, July 16, 2020. 

Steve Zerobnick, “Cycling is having a moment in Israel,” Israel21c, July 22, 2020.

Rachel Wacks, “Israelis turning watermelon waste into fuel of the future,” Ynet news/ZAVIT Environment and Science News Agency, July 25, 2020. 

#88 Contemporary Readings, June 2020

July 2, 2020

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

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Staff in collaboration with the Moshe Dayan Center, “The Coronavirus in the Middle East: State and Society in a Time of Crisis,” Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, 2020.

Nirit Anderman, “The Israeli Version of Netflix: ‘There Are a Lot of “Faudas” Out There,'” Haaretz, July 1, 2020.

Naama Barak, “Chill to the sound of Israeli singers’ personal playlists,” Israel21c, June 11, 2020.

Amiram Barkat, “OECD sees Israel’s economy shrinking 6.2% in 2020,” Globes, June 10, 2020.

Yoni Ben Menachem, “Conflict Breaks Out Between the Iraqi Government and Pro-Iranian Militias,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June 30, 2020.

Yoni Ben Menachem, “Nepotism in the Palestinian Authority Angers the Public,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs,’ June 24, 2020.

Joy Bernard, “Locked down? Open up to… eclectic singer-songwriter Riff Cohen,” Times of Israel, June 7, 2020.

Hannah Brown, “Israeli films included in Cannes official lineup,” Jerusalem Post, June 3, 2020.

Giora Eiland, “Annexation must wait,” Y-Net News, June 14, 2020.

Donna Rachel Edmunds, “Israeli Study Points to Nicotine As A Potential Therapeutic for COVID-19,” Jerusalem Post, June 7, 2020.

ET Now Staff, “Israeli music fans get unique live experience with KLANG,” Entertainment Technology Now, June 2020. 

Joel Fishman and Yossi Kuperwasser, “Willful Blindness and the Mistake of Underestimation: The Oslo Gamble,” National Resilience, Politics and Society, Spring 2020.

Renne Ghert-Zand, “Israeli short animated film on historic ‘Cinema Rex’ wins international award,” Times of Israel, June 24, 2020.

Yoel Guzansky, “Israel, the Gulf States, and Annexation,” INSS, June 23, 2020.

Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman, “Israel Inaugurates First ‘Blue-and-White’ COVID-19 Mask Production Line,” Jerusalem Post, June 7, 2020.

Susan Jung, “Why there is more to Israeli cuisine than falafal, hummus and shakshuka,” South China Morning Post, June 8, 2020.

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

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Meet the Israeli king of US college tennis,” Israel21c, June 21, 2020.

Haaretz Staff, “Coronavirus Israel Live: Israel Tops 20,000 Confirmed Cases,” Haaretz, June 19, 2020. 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “Israel Voice Index: Half of Israelis Favor Applying Sovereignty,” Israel Democracy Institute, June 3, 2020.

INSS Staff, “Annexation or Separation? [A Series of Articles],” INSS, June 2020.

Zachary Keyser, “Israeli AI Firm that Offers Early COVID-19 Detection Receives FDA Approval,” Jerusalem Post, June 17, 2020.

Colonel (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman and Professor Efraim Inbar, “Phased Territorial Implementation of the Trump Peace Plan,” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, May 31, 2020.

David Makovsky, Basia Rosenbaum and Lauren Morganbesser, “Mapping West Bank Annexation: Territorial and Political Uncertainties,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 15, 2020.

David Makovsky, Ghaith al-Omari, Dana Stroul, and Dennis Ross, “Israeli Annexation in the West Bank? Scenarios and Implications,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 23, 2020.

Maayan Manel, “Survey finds Israeli tech workers taking Covid-19 salary cuts on the chin,” Calcalist, June 26, 2020.,7340,L-3835937,00.html

Salai Meridor, “Is annexation really good for the Jews?” Ynet News, June 17, 2020.

Aaron Miller, “What Annexation Would Really Mean for Middle East Peace Benjamin Netanyahu Is Ready to Bury the Two-State Solution,” Foreign Affairs, June 30, 2020.

Joshua Mitnick, “Why the U.S. Can’t Get Israel to Break Up With China,” Forbes, June 16, 2020.

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

Joel Parker, “The Boomerang Effect: How Syria Brought down Lebanon, which is bringing down Syria,” The Moshe Dayan Center of Tel Aviv University, June 28, 2020.

Ed Power, “How Israel became a global power in television,” The Sydney Morning Review, June 3, 2020.

Itamar Rabinovich, “We Have No role But to Bear Witness (Syrian Art and Culture decline),” Tel Aviv Notes, The Moshe Dayan Center, June 30, 2020.

Robert Satloff, “I’m an ardent Zionist. But Israel’s annexation makes no sense,” Washington Post, June 25, 2020.

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

Roy Schulman, “COVID-19 and the Post-Truth Age: The Role of Facts in Public Policy | Summary of an Online International Conference,” INSS, June 15, 2020. 

Lt. Col (ret.) Michael Segall, “Iran’s President Rouhani: Coronavirus Will be Here for a Long Time,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June 8, 2020. 

Joel Singer, “Israeli West Bank Annexation – Answers to Frequently Asked Questions,” Joel, June 8, 2020.

Ken Stein, “The Impact of Covid-19 on Middle Eastern and North African Studies: A Curated Reading List (Updated – June 19, 2020),” Center for Israel Education, June 19, 2020.

Gil Murciano, “Unpacking the Global Campaign to Delegitimize Israel,” SWP Berlin, June 2020.

Rosella Tercatin, “Why dance? From prehistory to the Bible, scholar offers answers,” Jerusalem Post, June 11, 2020.

Ishaan Tharoor, “For Israel, annexation is saying the quiet part loud,” Washington Post, June 16, 2020.

Fareed Zakaria, “[Video] On GPS: Israel’s Annexation Plans,” CNN, June 21, 2020.

Isa Zweiback, “Eating authentic Israeli hummus in New Orleans,” Israel21c, June 8, 2020.

Benjamin Weinthal, “Ex-Israeli ambassador discloses ground-breaking research on Damascus Jews,” Jerusalem Post, June 21, 2020.

#87 Contemporary Readings, May 2020

June 8, 2020

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

Ahmad Agbaria, “Arab Citizens are Not the Problem: How the 2020 Election Might Redefine the Israeli Political Landscape,” The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, May 31, 2020.

Raphael Ahren, “Lots of Bark, Some Actual Bite? How the World Will React to West Bank Annexation,” The Times of Israel, April 30, 2020.

Alan Baker, “Can Jordan Revoke its Peace Treaty with Israel,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, May 19, 2020,

Alan Baker, “Abbas’s Latest Tantrum: Is He Cutting Off His Nose to Spite His Face?” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, May 27, 2020.

Naama Barak, “Jerusalem Writers Festival Goes Digital, and It’s Awesome,” Israel21c, May 10, 2020.

“BICOM Briefing: The New National Unity Government,” BICOM, May 18, 2020.

Hannah Brown, “Movies Get Creative during Coronavirus Lockdown,” The Jerusalem Post, June 4, 2020.

Emily Burack, “Israeli Musician DOV Is Telling Queer Stories through Gentle Electronica,” The Times of Israel, May 30, 2020.

Steven A. Cook, “The United States Doesn’t Get Israel Anymore,” Foreign Policy, May 8. 2020.

Candice Chung, “Feels like Home: How an Israeli Family Stew Became ‘the Best Potato You’ve Ever Had,’” SBS, May 13, 2020.

Congressional Research Service, “Israel: Background and U.S. Relations in Brief,” Congressional Research Service, Updated May 18, 2020.

Congressional Research Service, “Israel and the Palestinians: Chronology of a Two-State Solution,” Congressional Research Service, November 20, 2019.

Mohammed S. Dajani, “How Should the PA Respond to the U.S.-Israeli Annexation Plan?” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 27, 2018.

Udi Dekel, Lia Moran-Gilad, and Anat Kurz, “Annexation under the Auspices of the Coronavirus,” INSS, May 3, 2020.

Udi Dekel and Noa Shusterman, “Israel’s Policy Toward the Gaza Strip: Strategic Alternatives,” The Institute for National Security Studies, April 2020.

Diehl, Jackson, “Trump now has the power to forever alter Israel’s character,” Washington Post, April 26, 2020.

Dan Diker, “Mahmoud Abbas’ Strategy of Selective Compliance,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June 1, 2020.

Eckstein, Zvi, Avihai Lifshitz, and Sarit Menachem-Carmi, “A Growth Strategy for the Israeli Economy,” Brookings, April 2020.

Noura Erakat, “Israel’s annexation of Palestinian land will be the result of U.S. policy, not a betrayal of it,” Washington Post, May 19, 2020.

Oded Eran and Shimon Stein, “Israel’s Foreign Policy in the Post-COVID-19 Era,” INSS, May 13, 2020.

Daniel Estrin, “What To Know As Israel’s Netanyahu Goes On Trial For Corruption Charges,” NPR, May 23, 2020.

Gordon, Nimrod, “Israel should look to EU before West Bank Annexation,” Ynet News,  May 13, 2020.

Judah Ari Gross, “Defense Officials: Iran Pulling out of Syria as Israel Pummels Its Forces There,” The Times of Israel, May 5, 2020.

Prof. Tamar Hermann and Dr. Or Anabi, “Half of Israelis Favor Applying Sovereignty,” The Israel Democracy Institute, June 3, 2020.

David Horovitz, “As a Serving PM in the Dock, Netanyahu Takes Israel into Berlusconi Territory,” The Times of Israel, May 23, 2020.

Ron Huldai, “Wanted: Proper Healthcare and Education Services,” Ynet News. May 14, 2020.

Michael Korach and Maya Choshen, “Jerusalem Facts and Trends—2020 At a Glimpse,Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research, 2020.

Yossi Kuperwasser, “Applying Israeli Sovereignty to Parts of Judea and Samaria according to the US Peace Plan –Implications,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, May 21, 2020.

Anat Kurz, Kobi Michael, and Gabi Siboni, “Six Days, Fifty Years: The June 1967 War and Its Aftermath,” The Institute for National Security Studies, November 2018.

Daoud Khuttab, “A Return to the Fatah way,” Middle East Institute, May 25, 2020.

Daoud Kuttab, “Can Jordan stop Israeli Annexation?” Al-Monitor, May 5, 2020.

Daoud Kuttab, “Trump Peace Plan Risks Upending Israel’s Treaty with Jordan,” Ynet News, May 22, 2020.

Gilead, Amos, “Stop the madness of West Bank Annexation,” Ynet News, May 13, 2020.

Karsh, Efraim. “How San Remo Birthed the Jewish National Home,” Middle East Quarterly, Summer 2020.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “During Corona, Overseas Students Prefer to Be in Israel,” Israel21c, May 27, 2020.

Colonel (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman and Professor Efraim Inbar, “Phased Territorial Implementation of the Trump Peace Plan,” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, May 31, 2020.

Matthew Mainen, “No Time to Annex Like the Present,” Middle East Forum, May 10, 2020.

Mohamed Galal Mostafa, “Religion and the Israel-Palestinian Conflict: Cause, Consequence, and Cure,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 31, 2018.

Marwan Muasher, “West Bank annexation will be the end of the Israeli Jordanian Peace, Ynet News,  May 11, 2020.

New York Times, The Editorial Board, “Annexing the West Bank Is a Brazen Violation of International Law,” The New York Times, May 30, 2020. 

Mitvim, “Recommendations for Israel’s New Foreign Minister: Initial Policy Messages,” May 2020.

Ghaith al-Omari and Ehud Yaari, “Palestinian Politics After Abbas,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 2020.

Assaf Orion and Denis Thompson, “Avoiding an Epic Mistake: The Case for Continuing the U.S. Mission in Sinai,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 2020.

Daniel Pipes, “Annexing the West bank Would Hurt Israel,” Middle East Forum, May 7, 2020. 

Daniel Pipes, “A Reply to My Critics,” Middle East Forum, May 10, 2020.

Majid Rafizadeh, “Iran: The Ayatollah, Amid Coronavirus. Calls for Jihad Against the Jewish State,” Gatestone Institute, May 26, 2020.

Omar H. Rahman, “Years of Dereliction Has Left the PLO Facing Annexation without a Plan,” Brookings, May 26, 2020.

Paul Rivlin, “Coronavirus, Oil and the Middle East,” The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, May 25, 2020.

Natan Sachs and Adrianna Pita, “What Does the Gantz-Netanyahu Coalition Government Mean for Israel?” Brookings, April 21, 2020.

Jeremy Sharp, “U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel,” Congressional Research Service, January 5, 2006 – August 7, 2019.

Tobias Siegal, “U of Haifa Receives $1.15m. Donation to Support Israeli Musicians,” The Jerusalem Post, May 26, 2020.

Wendy Singer, “Facing Crushing COVID-19 Effects, India Could Use Israeli Innovation on Its Road to Recovery. Here’s How,” Forbes, May 31, 2020.

Ken Stein, “Israel’s Road to the June 1967 War-Timeline,” Center for Israel Education, 2020. 

Ken Stein, “Jerusalem Timeline,” Center for Israel Education, 2020.

Ken Stein, “The Arab-Israeli War of 1948—A Short History,” Center for Israel Education, 2020.

Jessica Steinberg, “10 Days, 20 Documentaries: Docaviv Film Festival Goes Online,” The Times of Israel, May 6, 2020.

Karin Stögner, “Intersectionality and Antisemitism—A New Approach,” Fathom Journal, May 2020.

Emily Tan, “Thousands Attend Israeli Music Festival Despite Country’s Lockdown,” Spin, May 22, 2020.

Rich Tenorio, “Israeli Celeb Chef in New Orleans Turns Shuttered Restaurants into Soup Kitchens,” The Times of Israel, May 10, 2020.

TOI Staff, “Netanyahu Gets Nods from Rivlin to Form Government, Seemingly Cementing Rule,” The Times of Israel, May 7, 2020.

Tzoreff, Yohanan, “The Palestinians and Israeli Annexation in the West Bank: Attempts at Deterrence and Calls for Help,” INSS, May 27, 2020.

Sarah Vorsanger, “Where Is Israel’s Food Industry Heading?” The Jerusalem Post, May 31, 2020.

Washington Institute, “LBJ and the June 1967 War: Lessons from the American Role,” YouTube, June 1, 2017.

Ben Wax, Eli Sperling, and Ken Stein, “The Impact of Covid-19 on Middle Eastern and North African Studies: A Curated Reading List,” ISMI and the Center for Israel Education, June 2, 2020.

WAFA News Agency, “President Abbas declares end to agreements with Israel, US: turns over responsibility on occupied lands to Israel.” WAFA News Agency, May 19, 2020.

Becca Weinberg, “From Kibbutz Gezer to MLB: Alon Leichman’s Baseball Journey,” SBNation, May 26, 2020.

#86 Contemporary Readings, April 2020

May 8, 2020

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

Algemeiner Staff, “Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Releases Virtual Passover Music Medley,” Algemeiner, April 08, 2020.

Moran Azulay, “Netanyahu and Gantz sign deal for unity government,” Ynet News, April 20, 2020.

Joy Bernard, “Locked down? Open up to… rising Israeli musician Oren Lavie,” Times of Israel, April 24, 2020.

Itai Brun, Yoel Guzansky, Daniel Rakov, Sarah J. Feuer, “Food for Thought during the Corona Crisis: Ten Potential Negative Scenarios in Israel’s Strategic Environment,” INSS, April 1, 2020. 

CIE Staff, “A Guide for Streaming Israeli Content,” Center for Israel Education, April 2020.

Edy Cohen, “Coronavirus and the Arab Culture of Secrecy,” BESA Center, May 1, 2020.

Mohammed S. Dajani, “Forging a Path to Peace in The Time of Coronavirus,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 1, 2020.

Sophia Deboick, “Music and hedonism in Tel Aviv,” The New European, April 20, 2020.

Zvi Eckstein, Avihai Lifschitz, and Sarit Menahem-carm, “a Growth Strategy for the Israeli Economy,” Brookings Institute, April 2020.

Oded Eran, “A Gloomy Forecast for the Middle East following the Coronavirus Crisis,” INSS, April 22, 2020.

Benjamin Ferrer, “Next-generation chickpea protein: Israeli start-up InnovoPro nets US$15m funding,” Food Ingredients First, April 24, 2020. 

Matti Friedman, “The Last Remnants of the Israeli Left,” New York Times, April 27, 2020.

Gershon Hacohen, “A Tale of Two Leaders: Netanyahu During the Coronavirus Crisis and Ben-Gurion During the War of Independence,” BESA Center, April 28, 2020.

Tal Grinfas-David  “Zionism in Israeli Music – Activities, Ideas and Links to Resources,” Center for Israel Education, April 25, 2020. 

Fleur Hassan Nahoum, “World powers turn to Israel for coronavirus pandemic leadership example,” Jerusalem Post, April 2, 2020.

Anne Herzberg, “UN Treaty Body Promotes BDS at Urging of Norwegian NGO,” BESA Center, April 15, 2020.

Michael Herzog, Ghaith al-Omari, “Coronavirus on the Israeli-Palestinian Scene (Part 2): The Gaza Strip,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 1, 2020.

Tammy Hoffman, “A Moment of Reckoning for the [Israeli] Education System,” Israel democracy Institute, April 6, 2020. 

Hussein Ibish, “What Arab TV Says About Evolving Attitudes Toward Israel,” Bloomberg, May 5, 2020.

IPC Team, “Is Israel Prepared to Emerge from the Coronavirus Crisis?” IDC Herziliya, April 17, 2020. 

Israel21c Staff, “Join us on an intimate journey through seven decades of Israel’s history,” Israel21c, April 20, 2020.

Israel21c Staff, “Make your own homemade hummus and pita this Independence Day,” Israel21c, April 23, 2020.

Israel Kasnett, “Israel sells record $25 billion in bonds as investors show confidence in economy,” Jewish News Syndicate, April 30, 2020.

Isabel Kershner, “Passover Under Lockdown: Israeli Jews Revise the Rituals,” New York Times, April 7, 2020.

Anthony Kim, “Israel moving toward greater economic freedom – opinion,” Jerusalem Post, April 13, 2020.

Daniel Kurtzer and Maira Seeley, “The Middle East’s Evolving Security Landscape: Prospects for Regional Cooperation and US Engagement,” Istituto Affari Internazionali, May 2020.

Yossi Klein Halevi, “How Hebrew music made me an Israeli: 12 seminal songs for Independence Day,” Times of Israel, April 28, 2020.

Yossi Klein Halevi, “Israel’s Arab Moment,” The Atlantic, April 20, 2020.

David M. Halbfinger and Isabel Kershner, “Netanyahu’s Power Is Extended as Rival Accepts Israel Unity Government,” New York Times, April 22, 2020.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israel launches ingenious zero-exposure Covid-19 test kiosks,” Israel21c, April 27, 2020.

Ephraim Lavie (, “On the Eve of Ramadan: Arab Society in Israel and the Coronavirus,” INSS, April 23, 2020.

Kevin Lim, “With COVID-19, Iran’s Dependence on China Grows,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 27, 2020.

Ronny Linder, “Inside the ultra-Orthodox Hospital at the Center of Israel’s Coronavirus Pandemic,” Haaretz, April 20, 2020. 

Michael Milshtein, “Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the Face of the Coronavirus Crisis,” IDC Herziliya, April 17, 2020.

Meron Rappaport, “What happened to Israel’s Labor party?” Middle East Eye, April 30, 2020.

Asaf Romirovsky, “The Fauda Effect: Israeli Active Defense on the Screen,” BESA Center, April 19, 2020.

Allon Sinai, ” Insights by the Israeli Tech Sector’s Eyes and Ears in the U.S.,” Calcalist, April 24, 2020.,7340,L-3810570,00.html  

Wendy Singer, “As Countries Mull Exit Strategies, COVID-19 Could Still Undermine Global Food Security: Here’s How Israel’s AgriFood-Tech Can Mitigate Future Shortages,” Forbes, April 22, 2020.

Shoshanna Solomon, “How Israeli exit strategy aims to save economy while keeping virus under control,” Times of Israel, April 13, 2020.

Eli Sperling, “Israeli/Hebrew Music Collections—Easily Accessible,” Center for Israel Education, April 2020.

Ken Stein, “Dayenu – From Exodus to Contemporary Israel,” Center for Israel Education,   April 2020. 

Ken Stein, “Is Passover a Legacy Moment in Jewish History?” Center for Israel Education, April 12, 2020.   

Yedidia Stern, “Two Hedgehogs and a Hydra,” Israel democracy Institute, April 24, 2020. 

Eyal Tsir, “Israel’s changing regional landscape in light of COVID-19,” Brookings Institute, April 17, 2020.

Irenen Tsukerman, “Turkey Is Building a Geopolitical Alliance Between Sunni and Shiite Islamists,” BESA Center, April 14, 2020.

Ofir Winter and Tzvi Lev, “Challenges to Egypt from the Coronavirus Pandemic,” INSS, April 22, 2020.

Aaron Y. Zelin and Oula A. Alrifai, “Syria’s Three Governments Confront the Coronavirus,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 1, 2020. 

#85 Contemporary Readings, March 2020

April 13, 2020

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

Or Anabi and Prof. Tamar Hermann, “76% of Israelis are Afraid of Getting Coronavirus,” The Israel Democracy Institute, March 31, 2020.

Tony Badran, “Crisis of the Iranian Order,” Hoover Institution: The Caravan Issue, March 10, 2020.

Benny Begin, “Why Abbas Rejects Trump’s Deal (And Any Other Deal with Israel),” Haaretz Daily Newspaper Ltd., March 6, 2020.

Laura Brehaut, “In Sababa, Adeena Sussman Showcases the Dazzling Warmth of Israeli Food,” Windsor Star, April 2, 2020. 

Hannah Brown, “Amid Coronavirus Cancellations, Local Shows Will Go on- Online,” The Jerusalem Post, March 15, 2020.

Itai Brun and Sarah J. Feuer, “The Calm before the Storm? Coping with Corona in the Middle East,” INSS, March 26, 2020.

Itai Brun, Yoel Guzansky, Daniel Rakov and Sarah J. Feuer, “Food for Thought during the Corona Virus: Ten Potential Negative Scenarios in Israel’s Strategic Environment,” INSS, April 1, 2020.

Brian Clark, “Perpetual Chaos: Why the Middle East Has Been Marred by America’s Presence,” The National Interest, March 4, 2020.’s-presence-129602

Anthony H. Cordesman, “Iran and the Changing Military Balance in the Gulf- Net Assessment Indicators,” Center for Strategic & International Studies, March 26, 2020.

Nabil Fahmy, “The Most Severe Threat (Not Enough Water) Facing MENA,” The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Winter 2020.

Leehe Friedman and Dr. Gilad Malach, “Curbing the Coronavirus among the Ultra-Orthodox: Explainer,” The Israel Democracy Institute, April 2, 2020.

Galia Golan, “The History of the Two-State Solution,” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture Vol. 24 No. 1, 2019.

Jessica Halfin, “Sip the Wines of the Fabulous Judean Hills Terroir,” Israel21C, March 18, 2020.

Sven Herpig, Robert Morgus and Amit Sheniak, “Active Cyber Defense – A comparative study on US, Israeli and German approaches,” Adenauer Foundation (English and German), March 10, 2020.

Tsilla Hershco, “Contradictions in France’s Fight Against Antisemitic Violence,” BESA Center, March 16, 2020.

Tammy Hoffman, “A Moment of Reckoning for the Education System,” The Israel Democracy Institute, April 6, 2020.

House Foreign Affairs Committee, “The Middle East Peace Process: An Analysis from Former U.S. Negotiators,” YouTube—2 hours, February 12, 2020.

Israel21C Staff, “In Q1/2020, Israeli High-Tech Firms Raise a Record $2.74b,” Israel21c, April 6, 2020.

Dina Kraft, “Lemony, Savory Fusion: Israel’s Brash Food Revolution,” The Christian Science Monitor, March 20, 2020. 

Yossi Kupferwasser, “Zionist Responses to the Trump Peace Plan (1): The Failure of the Old Paradigm,” Fathom Journal, February 11, 2020.

Sarah Ladislaw, “The End of OPEC or a New Beginning?” Center for Strategic & International Studies, March 30, 2020. 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “The Strange Story of the Rare Piano That Was Lost and Found,” Israel21C, March 22, 2020.

David Makovsky and Dennis Ross, “Benny Gantz Did the Right Thing by Putting His Country First,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 7, 2020.

Nate Mason and Jason Pack, “Could Coronavirus Lead to an Arab Spring 2.0?” Middle East Institute, March 25, 2020.

Aaron David Miller, “Gulliver’s Troubles: America in a Violent and Dysfunctional Middle East,” March 9, 2020, Audio,

Aaron David Miller, “Strike Three: How a Ruling Coalition Still Eludes Israel’s Netanyahu,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, March 5, 2020.

Talya Minsberg, “An Israeli Mom Ranted about Online Learning, and the Internet Replied: ‘Same,’” The New York Times, March 26, 2020.

Yael Mizrahi-Arnaud and Tamara Cofman Wittes, “Is Israel in Democratic Decline?” Brookings, March 2019.

Sari Nusseibeh, “The One-State Reality,” Tablet, March 8, 2020.

Meir Orbach, “Tourism Crash Threatens Survival of Israeli Travel Tech Companies,” Calcalist, April 2, 2020.,7340,L-3805596,00.html

Marcy Oster, “BDS Founder: An Israel-Invented Coronavirus Vaccine Would Be Ok for Boycotters to Use,” The Forward, April 6, 2020.

Ali al-Shihabi, “Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Aramco: The end of OPEC+,” Al Arabiya English, March 15, 2020.

Michael Singh, “U.S. Policy in the Middle East Amid Great Power Competition,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 2020.

Kenneth Stein, “Using Transcripts, Interviews and Conference Proceedings to Write History,” Compilations of recollections by diplomats and politicians who worked the Arab-Israeli issue in the 1970s and 1980s, March 18, 2020,  and

Kenneth Stein, “Zionist Land Acquisition: A Core Element in Establishing Israel,” in Michael J Cohen, The British Mandate in Palestine: A Centenary Volume, 1920-1948, Routledge, 2020, pp. 189-204.

Kristen Tauer, “Israeli Actress Shira Haas Streams into the U.S. with ‘Unorthodox,’” WWD, March 19, 2020.

Tobias Von Lossow, Luca Miehe, Stephan Roll, “Nile Conflict: Compensation Rather Than Mediation, How Europeans Can Lead an Alternative Way Forward,” SWP Berlin, March 2020.

Luke Tress, “Bank of Israel to Buy NIS 50 Billion in Bonds to Steady Sinking Economy,” The Times of Israel, March 23, 2020.

Shalom Salomon Wald, “China’s Rise, US Opposition, and the Implications for Israel,” The Jewish People Policy Institute Ltd., February 2020.

#84 Contemporary Readings, February 2020

March 6, 2020

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

Mohamed Abdelaziz, “Arab Reactions to the Trump Peace Plan: An Analysis and Recommendation,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 31, 2020.

AFP, “Israel Awaits ‘Pragmatic’ Abbas Heir, But May Be Disappointed,” Ynet, February 13, 2020.

Sarah Amandolare, “In the Heart of Israel’s ‘Start-Up Nation,’ an Exclusive Scene Opens Up,” The New York Times, February 15, 2020.

Naama Barak, “Sunny Eilat and Nice Join Forces to Become Smart Cities,” Israel21C, February 25, 2020.

Adrian Bridgwater, “How Israel Became A Technology Startup Nation,” Forbes, February 21, 2020.

Udi Dekel, Anat Kurz and Noa Shusterman, “The Deal of the Century: Where Does it Lead?” INSS, February 24, 2020.

Dan Diker (editor), “Israelophobia and the West: The Hijacking of Civil Discourse on Israel and How to Rescue It,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, 2020.

Dan Diker, “The U.S. Peace Plan: A Return to the Rabin Doctrine of Defensible Borders,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs Vol. 20, No.2, February 4, 2020.

Shmuel Even, “Military Intelligence Directorate Recommends Stepping Up Attacks on the Iranians in Syria- A Different View,” INSS Insight No. 1259, February 13, 2020.

David Friedman, “[You Tube] The Trump Plan: A Changing Diplomatic Paradigm for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” February 9, 2020. and transcript,

Matti Friedman, “Israel’s Rihanna is Arab and Jewish,” The New York Times, February 26, 2020.

Dr. Amir Fuchs, “Prime Minister on Trial- Explainer,” The Israel Democracy Institute, March 4, 2020.

Galia Golan, “The History of the Two-State Solution,” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture Vol. 24 No.1, 2019.

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen, “The 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Tel Hai…and the Election Results,” The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, March 5, 2020.

Sasson Hadad, “Israel Needs to Urgently Execute Advanced Contracts in the Framework of American Aid as a Security Solution for Israel’s Critical Needs,” INSS Insight No. 1260, February 16, 2020.

Eytan Halon, “Israel Counts the Climbing Cost of Coronavirus,” The Jerusalem Post, February 28, 2020.

Eytan Halon, “Israel’s Economic Growth Has Left Most People Behind- Study,” The Jerusalem Post, February 20, 2020.

Dr. Eran Lerman, “Breaking the ‘Everybody Knows Paradigm,’” Israel Hayom, January 30, 2020.

David Makovsky, “Israel’s Electoral Marathon: Coalition Scenarios and Policy Implications,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 28, 2020.

Jonah Mandel, “Ancient Jewish Dish of Cholent is Now a Melting Pot of Israeli Cuisine,” The times of Israel, February 11, 2020.

Dr. Emmanuel Navon, “The ‘Deal of the Century’ and Israel’s European Challenge,” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, February 6, 2020.

Rachel Neiman, “How Israel Became B- Movie Central,” Israel21C, February 12, 2020.

Kat Odell, “Michael Solomonov’s New Philly Restaurant is an Ode to the Israeli Grill House,” Food & Wine, February 7, 2020.

Paul Pillar, “Cold War Containment and the Middle East,” The National Interest, February 19, 2020.

David Pollock, “Palestinian Majority Rejects Two-State Solution, But Backs Tactical Compromises,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 25, 2020.
Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, “Evaluating the Trump Administration’s Policies on Iran, Iraq and the Use of Force,” House Iran Hearing Testimony, February 28, 2020.

Omar H. Rahman, “The Real Threat to Palestine is a Crisis of Leadership,” Brookings Institute, February 13, 2020.

Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research “Public Opinion Poll No (75) Press-Release,” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, February 11, 2020.

Rachel Ringler, “Russian Comfort Food is Making a Comeback in Israel,” Jewish Telegraphic Agency, February 12, 2020.

Christopher Robinson, “U.S-Libya Policy,” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Testimony, February 12, 2020. or watch the video,

Arik Rudnitzky, “A New Political Card,” The Israel Democracy Institute, February 26, 2020.

Natan Sachs, “Israel is Back on the Brink,” Brookings Institute, March 3, 2020.

Tal Schneider, “China Trade is a National Security Issue,” Globes, Israel Business News, February 3, 2020.

David Schenker, “U.S-Libya Policy,” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Testimony, February 12, 2020.

Gilead Sher, “Comparing the ‘Deal of the Century’ with Previous Plans,” INSS Insight No. 1255, February 2, 2020.

Joel Singer, “President Trump’s Plan to End the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Some ‘Big Picture’ Observations,” Joel Singer, February 26, 2020.

Ken Stein, “Political Statements on a Two-State Solution to Resolve the Arab (Palestinian)-Israeli Conflict, 1937–Present,” Center for Israel Education, February 2020.

Jessica Steinberg, “How Eden Alene Became the 1st Israeli of Ethiopian Descent Bound for Eurovision,” The Times of Israel, February 7, 2020.
Sue Surkes, “Monopoly Nation: How a Handful of Firms Control Prices, Hold Israelis Ransom,” The Times of Israel, February 26, 2020.

Rich Tenorio, “Real-Life Fertility Saga Bears Fruit When Israeli Director Reproduces It in Film,” The Times of Israel, February 13, 2020.

Yohanan Tzoreff, “The Palestinians at a Crossroads- Following the Presentation of the ‘Deal of the Century,’” INSS Insight No. 1261, February 23, 2020.

#83 Contemporary Readings, January 2020

February 3, 2020

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

Dana Blander, “Is Prime Minister Netanyahu Setting a Global Precedent?” Israel Democracy Institute, January 6, 2020.

Brian Blum, “Top reasons 2019 was a record-breaking year for Israel’s economy,” Israel21c, January 15, 2020.

Itai Brun and Itai Shapira “2020 Strategic Overview: Growing Challenges to Israel’s Current Strategy,” INSS Strategic Assessment, January 2020.

Itai Brun and Itai Shapira, “The Operational Environment: New Capabilities of the Radical Shiite Axis,” INSS Strategic Assessment, January 2020.

Shaul Chorev, Beni Shpeinner, Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak, “Turkey maneuver could block Israel’s access to the sea,” Ynet News, December 28, 2019.

Tamara Cofman Wittes and Adrianna Pita, “[Podcast] What does Trump’s Middle East plan mean for Israel and Palestine?” Brookings Institute, January 29, 2020.

Udi Dekel, Noa Shusterman, and Anat Kurz, “The Palestinian System: Weakened and Close to Escalation,” INSS Strategic Assessment, January 2020.

Udi Dekel, Carmit Valensi, and Orna Mizrahi, “The Northern Arena: Toward a Large-Scale Conflict,” INSS Strategic Assessment, January 2020.

Meir Elran, Carmit Padan, Pnina Sharvit Baruch, Sason Hadad, Zipi Israeli, Shmuel Even, and Yehuda Ben Meir, “Israeli Society: Challenges to Societal Resilience,” INSS Strategic Assessment, January 2020.

Sarah Feuer, Itai Brun, Gallia Lindenstrauss, Oded Eran, Yoram Schweitzer, Ofir Winter, Yoel Guzansky, Remi Daniel, Eldad Shavit, and Ari Heistein, “The Regional System: Struggling for the Shape of the Middle East,” INSS Strategic Assessment, January 2020.

Manfred Gerstenfeld, “The Soleimani Killing and Left-Liberals,” BESA Center, January 14, 2020.

Eytan Gilboa, “Why, despite similar interests, did the US kill Qasem Soleimani?” Jerusalem Post, January 6, 2020.

Roman Gokhman, “Israeli duo Lola Marsh definitively back with ‘Someday Tomorrow Maybe,'” Riff Magazine, January 20, 2020.

Raz Greenberg, “In 2019, Israel Turned Japanese,” Tablet, January 7, 2020.

Gershon Hacohen, “A Historic Opportunity that Must Be Seized,” BESA Center, January 30, 2020.   

Kasim Hafeez, “Who was Qassim Soleimani?” Jewish Policy Center, January 26, 2020.

Jessica Halfin, “The delicious reemergence of freekeh in Israeli cuisine,” Israel21c, January 27, 2020.

Tamar Hermann, Or Anabi, William Cubbison and Ella Heller, “Israel Democracy Institute: 2019 Democracy Index,” Israel Democracy Institute, January 7, 2020.

Efraim Inbar, “Jordan will not impede the US Peace Plan,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, January 31, 2020.   

Martin Indyk, John Allen, Barbara Leaf, Richard Haass, Joseph Votel and Amos Yadlin, “The “Deal of the Century” and the United States in the Region (An INSS Panel Discussion),” INSS, January 28, 2020.

Ben Kenigsberg, ‘Incitement’ [Israeli Film] Review: A Tense, Angry Reckoning With [PM Rabin’s] Assassination,” New York Times, January 30, 2020.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli woman makes history, winning Directors Guild Award,” Israel21c, January 30, 2020.

Martin Kramer, “How does Trump’s partition plan compare?” Times of Israel, January 29, 2020.

Michael Knights, “Does Soleimani’s Death Matter? Findings from an [early] 2019 Workshop,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 3, 2020.

Abdel Moneim Said, “Egypt weathered the storms of the Arab Spring,” al-Ahram Online, December 26, 2019.

Frank Musmar, “The Leviathan Natural Gas Field Could Be a Game-Changer for Israel-EU Relations,” BESA Center, January 19, 2020.

Jacques Neriah, “A Scorecard on the First Decade after the Arab Spring,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, December 31, 2019.

Assaf Orion, Eldad Shavit, Shahar Eilam, and Rotem Oreg, “The International System: Superpower Competition and Functional Difficulties,” INSS Strategic Assessment, January 2020.

Yoram Peri, “The Widening Military–political Gap in Israel,” SWP Berlin, January 2020.

Dennis Ross, “Why Soleimani’s Killing Is a Gift to Vladimir Putin,” Washington Post, January 11, 2020.

Natan Sachs, Tamara Cofman Wittes, Bruce Riedel, and Hady Amr “Around the halls: Brookings experts on the Middle East react to the White House’s peace plan,” Brookings Institute, January 29, 2020.

Jonathan Schanzer, “Where the US-Iran shadow war goes from here,” Pundicity, January 10, 2020.

Sima Shine, Raz Zimmt, and Emily B. Landau, “Iran: Defiance and Audacity, alongside Internal Challenges,” INSS Strategic Assessment, January 2020.

Times of Israel Staff, “Israeli pop stars Static & Ben El drop new song with US rapper Pitbull,” Times of Israel, January 12, 2020.

Rich Tenorio, “In film ‘Crescendo,’ an Israeli-Palestinian orchestra struggles to get in tune,” Times of Israel, January 16, 2020.

Nathan Thrall, “Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan Exposes the Ugly Truth,” New York Times, January 29, 2020. 

Flora Tsapovsky, “Coming to a Hotel Near You: Israeli Cuisine” Tablet Magazine, January 13, 2020.

David M. Weinberg, “15 reasons to embrace the Trump Plan,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, January 31, 2020.

Amos Yadlin, “Net Assessment and Policy Recommendations for 2020,” INSS Strategic Assessment, January 2020.

Amos Yadlin, “The Trump Plan: What’s Next?” INSS, January 28, 2020.