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#105 Contemporary Readings November 2021

December 2, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


#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, kenstein@israeled.org

AFP, “Saudi Arabia: Dealing with Hezbollah-dominated Lebanon is ‘pointless’,” Times of Israel, October 31, 2021,  https://www.timesofisrael.com/saudi-arabia-dealing-with-hezbollah-dominated-lebanon-is-pointless/ 

Al-Ahram Online Staff, “Israel’s president apologizes for 1956 Kafr Qasem massacre,” Al-Ahram Online, October 30, 2021, https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/436756.aspx 

Moshe Albo, “A new regional architecture? The impact of U.S. strategy on the regional Arena,” Reichman University, October 2021, https://www.idc.ac.il/en/research/ips/pages/insights/albo-14-10-21.aspx 

Rina Bassist, “For Israel’s Acceptance to the AU as Observer Reveals Continental Divides,” Moshe Dayan Center: Ifriqiya, October 28, 2021, https://dayan.org/content/israels-acceptance-au-observer-reveals-continental-divides 

Naama Barak, “Astronauts carry out space mission in Israeli desert,” Israel21C, October 14, 2021, https://www.israel21c.org/astronauts-carry-out-space-mission-in-israeli-desert/ 

Ron Ben-Yishai, “Iran’s attack on U.S. base in Syria is a message to Israel,” YNet News, October, 21, 2021, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/hjr9xachk 

BICOM Staff, “Israel passes new climate change action plan,” BICOM, October 27, 2021, https://www.bicom.org.uk/news/israel-passes-new-climate-change-action-plan/ 

Brian Blum, “Game-changing tech will digitize farming and increase sustainability,” Israel21C, Ocotber 12, 2021,  https://www.israel21c.org/game-changing-tech-will-digitize-farming-and-increase-sustainability/ 

Center for Israel Education, “30 Years After the Madrid Middle East Peace Conference: Context and Consequences, October 27, 2021, https://israeled.org/israel-in-context-30-years-after-the-madrid-middle-east-peace-conference/

Oded Eran, “Jordan 2021: Cause for Concern in Israel, but No Need to Panic,” INSS, October 18, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/jordan-2021/ 

Tom Eshed, “Antisemitism in the United States: A Critical Look at the Data, Monitoring, and Measurement,” INSS, October 13, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/antisemitism-data/ 

Haggay Etkes, “The Arrangements Law and the Palestinian Economies,” INSS, October 12, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/economic-reforms/ 

Liran Friedmann, “The most important lesson Yitzhak Rabin taught us,” YNet News, October 18, 2021, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rkuiswohy 

Amos Gilead, “The strategic map: Achievements in the face of mounting challenges,” Reichman Univesity, October 2021, https://www.idc.ac.il/en/research/ips/pages/insights/insights-15-10-21-ips.aspx 

Al-Hamadani, “A Constitutional Challenge to Iraq’s Treatment of Iraqi Jews,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 21, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/constitutional-challenge-iraqs-treatment-iraqi-jews 

Mai Abu Hasaneen, “Gazans study Hebrew as Israel increases work permits,” Al-Monitor, October 31, 2021, https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/10/gazans-study-hebrew-israel-increases-work-permits#ixzz7Az1rUAxh 

Haisam Hassanein, “The Muslim Brotherhood Sees Cairo’s Flirtation with Biden as an Opportunity,” Washington Institute Near East Policy, October 27, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/muslim-brotherhood-sees-cairos-flirtation-biden-opportunity 

David Horovitz, “Jerusalem dedicates square to Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who saved thousands of Jews in WWII,” Times of Israel, October 11, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/liveblog_entry/jerusalem-dedicates-square-to-japanese-diplomat-chiune-sugihara-who-saved-thousands-of-jews-in-wwii/ 

Efraim Inbar, “Realpolitik Should Guide Israeli-Russian Relations,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, October 18, 2021, https://jiss.org.il/en/inbar-realpolitik-should-guide-israeli-russian-relations/ 

Jerusalem Post Staff, “Nachman Shai to be considered for Jewish Agency Chairman,” Jerusalem Post, October 17, 2021, https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/politics-and-diplomacy/nachman-shai-to-be-considered-for-jewish-agency-chairman-682220 

Patrick Kingsley, “Whose Promised Land? A Journey Into a Divided Israel,” New York Times, October 25, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/25/world/middleeast/israel-jews-palestinians-journey.html?searchResultPosition=2 

Joshua Krasna and George Meladze, “The “Four Plus One”: The Changing Power Politics of the Middle East,”Moshe Dayan Center, October 7, 2021, https://dayan.org/content/four-plus-one-changing-power-politics-middle-east 

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, https://dayan.org/content/jordan-relations-washington-and-jerusalem-back-order-flurry-diplomatic-activity 

Susie Linfield, “Palestine Isn’t Ferguson,” The Atlantic, October 24, 2021, https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/10/israeli-palestinian-conflict-ferguson/620471/ 

David Makovsky and Josh Kram, “Think Regionally: A US Role for Deepening the Abraham Accords,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 3, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/think-regionally-us-role-deepening-abraham-accords 

Aaron David Miller, “Reflections on Colin Powell’s Legacy,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, October 18, 2021, https://carnegieendowment.org/2021/10/18/reflections-on-colin-powell-s-legacy-pub-85583 

Orna Mizrahi, “The Diplomatic Crisis that Adds Fuel to the Lebanese Fire,” INSS, October 31, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/social_media/lebanon-gulf-crisis/ 

Orna Mizrahi and Yoram Schweitzer, “Hezbollah Faces Domestic Challenges with Self-Confidence,” INSS, October 25, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/hezbollah-internal-challenges/ 

Doaa A. Moneim, “Egypt to create new VAT refund system for tourists in all ports,” Al-Ahram Online, October 31, 2021, https://english.ahram.org.eg/News/436836.aspx 

Daphna Aviram-Nitzan and Hila Shoef Kollwitz, “Israel 2050: Global Warming – Israelis Concerned – Survey Part I & II,” Israel Democracy Institute, October 28, 2021, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/33054 

Marina Ottaway, “Sudan: The Last Domino Stood Up by the Arab Uprisings has Fallen,” Wilson Center, October 26, 2021, https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/sudan-last-domino-stood-arab-uprisings-has-fallen 

Dennis Ross, “A Pro-Israel Summit in Erbil Breaks New Ground,” Washington Institute Near East Policy, September 30, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/pro-israel-summit-erbil-breaks-new-ground 

Dennis Ross, “The Threat of War Is the Only Way to Achieve Peace With Iran,” Foreign Policy, October 27, 2021, https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/10/27/threat-war-iran-nuclear-biden-israel-only-way-achieve-peace/ 

Richard Rother and Maegan Vazquez, “US officially rejoins controversial UN Human Rights Council,” CNN, October 14, 2021, https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/14/politics/us-united-nations-human-rights-council/index.html 

Ismael Abu Saad, “Fighting Crime Through Education in the Arab Sector,” Israel Democracy Institute, October 9, 2021, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/36378 

Nermine El Saadany, “Egyptian Women & Labor Force: Challenges and Opportunities,” Wilson Center, October 25, 2021, https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/egyptian-women-labor-force-challenges-and-opportunities 

Katherine Q. Seelye, “Marcia Freedman, First American Woman in Knesset, Dies at 83,” New York Times, October 2, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/02/us/marcia-freedman-dead.html?searchResultPosition=22 

Michael Sharnoff, “Nasser and the Palestinians,” Middle East Quarterly, Summer 2021, https://www.meforum.org/62399/nasser-and-the-palestinians 

Khalil Shikaki, “Press Release: Pre-local elections Poll,” Palestinian Center for Policy Survey Research, October 27, 2021, https://www.pcpsr.org/en/node/862 

Bret Stephens, “Is There a Future for American Jews?”  Sapir Journal of Jewish Conversations, Autumn 2021, https://sapirjournal.org/continuity/2021/10/is-there-a-future-for-american-jews/ 

Zev Stub, Gil Hoffman, Jeremy Sharon, “Israel’s kashrut reform approved, 2021 budget to be NIS 609b,” Jerusalem Post, October 27, 2021, https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/kosher-reform-plan-passes-in-committee-683233 

Nathan Sussman, Daphna Aviram-Ntizan, Hila Shoef Kollwitz, “A Just Transition to a Low Carbon Economy,” Israel Democracy Institute, October 28, 2021, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/36475 

TOI Staff, “Israeli study: COVID booster shots 92% effective at preventing serious illness,” Times of Israel, October 30, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-study-covid-booster-shots-92-effective-at-preventing-serious-illness/ 

Ken Stein, “The October 1973 War and its Aftermath – Quotable Quotes and Key Conversations,” Center for Israel Education, October 17, 2021, https://israeled.org/the-october-1973-war-and-its-aftermath/

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, 

https://israeled.org/ken-stein-interview-with-simcha-dinitz-jerusalem-israel/

TOI Staff, “PM: Israeli tech must pivot from making cool apps to fighting climate change,” Times of Israel, October 30, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/pm-israels-tech-sector-must-pivot-from-making-apps-to-fighting-climate-change/ 

Dov Waxman, “Finding New Ways to Write About and Grapple With Israel,” New York Times, October 29, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/29/books/review/can-we-talk-about-israel-daniel-sokatch-haifa-republic-omri-boehm-twelve-tribes-ethan-michaeli.html?searchResultPosition=1 

Vivian Yee, “Iran Will Rejoin Nuclear Talks, Top Negotiator Says,” New York Times, October 27, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/27/world/middleeast/iran-nuclear-talks.html 

Michael Young, “An Investigation in Lebanon Has Led to Armed Clashes Reminiscent of the Civil War,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, October 15, 2021, https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/85573  


#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, kenstein@israeled.org 

Jonathan Ariel, “The Real Lesson of the Afghanistan Debacle,” BESA Center, September 10, 2021, https://besacenter.org/the-real-lesson-of-the-afghanistan-debacle/

Naama Barak, “Israeli clean-living tech reaches Latin American locales,” Israel21C, September 27, 2021, https://www.israel21c.org/israeli-clean-living-tech-reaches-latin-american-locales/ 

BICOM Staff, “The Bennett-Lapid Government and Regional Priorities: Change or Continuity,” BICOM, September 27, 2021, https://www.bicom.org.uk/analysis/bicom-briefing-the-bennett-lapid-government-and-regional-priorities-change-or-continuity/ 

Anat Ben Haim, “Rebuilding the Syrian Military: Significance for Israel,” INSS, September 15, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/syrian-army/ 

Naftali Bennett, Address to the United Nations General Assembly, September 27, 2021, https://israeled.org/resources/documents/prime-minister-naftali-bennetts-address-to-the-united-nations-general-assembly/ 

Lazar Berman and Aaron Boxerman, “Over 300 prominent Iraqis publicly call for full peace with Israel,” Times of Israel, September 24, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/250-prominent-iraqis-publicly-call-for-full-peace-with-israel 

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, https://www.state.gov/at-the-one-year-anniversary-of-the-abraham-accords-normalization-agreements-in-action/ 

Camp David Negotiations,” Discussion with Hermann Eilts, Samuel Lewis, William Quandt, Hal Saunders, Dan Kurtzer and Ken Stein, November 1993 https://israeled.org/november-1993-camp-david-negotiations-discussion-with-hermann-eilts-samuel-lewis-william-quandt-hal-saunders-dan-kurtzer-and-ken-stein-hempstead-ny/

Ben Caspit, “100 days in, Bennett’s government challenged on Iran, Gaza,” Al-Monitor, September 17, 2021,  https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/09/100-days-bennetts-government-challenged-iran-gaza#ixzz7830c4NuV 

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

Yossi Cohen, “Fall of Afghanistan raises alarming questions about the Middle East,” YNet News, September 1, 2021, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/byy5da2bt 

Udi Dekel, “Hamas has its Own Logic. What is Israel’s Logic?” INSS, September 4, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/hamas-reason/ 

Jonathan H. Ferziger, “On Abraham Accords Anniversary, Biden Is Tepid About Israeli-Arab Peace,” Foreign Policy, September 10, 2021, https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/09/10/biden-israel-uae-bahrain-abraham-peace-trump-kushner/ 

Yochai Guiski and Kim Noach, “Urban Planning and Adaptation: Saving 0.5-1 Percent of Israel’s Annual GDP,” INSS, September 13, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/urban-planning/ 

Haisam Hassanein, “The Bennett-Sisi Meeting: A Rare Chance to Publicly Boost Relations,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 13, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/bennett-sisi-meeting-rare-chance-publicly-boost-relations 

Simon Henderson, “Qatar’s Council Election Has Gulf-Wide Implications,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 30, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/qatars-council-election-has-gulf-wide-implications 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “Ahead of the Jewish New Year – National Mood Pessimistic,” Israel Democracy Institute, September 1, 2021, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/36250 

Ben Hubbard, “Lebanon Gets New Prime Minister Amid Economic Meltdown,” New York Times, September 10, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/10/world/middleeast/lebanon-prime-minister-government.html?searchResultPosition=2 

Ben Hubbard and Hwaida Saad, “With Fuel from Iran, Hezbollah Steps In Where Lebanon Has Failed,” New York Times, September 16, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/16/world/middleeast/lebanon-hezbollah-iran-fuel.html?searchResultPosition=1 

INSS, “Israel-UAE-US: A Year of Cooperation,” September 13, 2021, (1:30) Discussion, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vdu2-mMjuI

Efraim Inbar, “The Egypt-Israel Common Strategic Agenda,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, September 14, 2021, https://jiss.org.il/en/inbar-the-egypt-israel-common-strategic-agenda/ 

Tala Michel Issa, “Saudi Arabia holds meeting to discuss current, future investments in smart cities,” Al-Arabiya, September 29, 2021, https://english.alarabiya.net/business/technology/2021/09/29/Saudi-Arabia-holds-meeting-to-discuss-current-future-investments-in-smart-cities 

Lisa Klug, “Israeli-grown vanilla is about to disrupt the industry,” Israel21C, September 20, 2021, https://www.israel21c.org/israeli-grown-vanilla-is-about-to-disrupt-the-industry/ 

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, https://dayan.org/content/family-law-egypt-and-iraq-social-media-campaigns-against-limiting-womens-rights 

Bernard Henry Levy,  ”Promising Liasons,” (Israel and the UAE), The American Interest, September 5, 2021, https://www.the-american-interest.com/2020/09/05/promising-liaisons-bhl-israel-uae/

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, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/biden-un-speech-misunderstands-point-forever-wars-mideast-and-elsewhere 

Institute for Policy and Strategy, ”The Challenges and opportunities for Israel’s national security in the coming year,”  Reichman University (IDC), September 2021, https://www.idc.ac.il/en/research/ips/pages/insights/insights-30-9-21-ips.aspx

Marc Lynch and Shibley Telhami, “Academic experts believe that Middle East politics are actually getting worse,” Washington Post, September 17, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/09/17/academic-experts-believe-that-middle-east-politics-are-actually-getting-worse/ 

Jacob Magid, “‘We’ve only just begun’: Abraham Accords partners mark one year since signing,” Times of Israel, September 14, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/weve-only-just-begun-abraham-accords-partners-mark-one-year-since-signing/ 

Benny Morris, “On Nuclear Iran, Israel Faces Two Terrible Options,” Haaretz, September 27, 2021, https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-s-two-terrible-options-live-with-a-nuclear-iran-or-bomb-it-1.10243995 

Omri Nahmias, “Abraham Accords are going to continue shaping the Middle East,” Jerusalem Post, September 18, 2021, https://www.jpost.com/diaspora/jared-kushers-institute-hosts-abraham-accords-anniversary-with-diplomats-679557 

Michael Oren, “Is US aid a threat to Israel?,” Tablet, September 23, 2021, https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/aid-israel-michael-oren 

Joel Parker and Sarah Cahn, “Hizballah’s Gain, Lebanon’s Pain,” Moshe Dayan Center: Tel Aviv Notes, September 14, 2021, https://dayan.org/content/hizballahs-gain-lebanons-pain-0 

Inbal Orpaz and David Siman-Tov, “The Unfinished Campaign: Social Media in Operation Guardian of the Walls,” INSS, September 12, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/guardian-of-the-walls-social-media/ 

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, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/new-start-us-mideast-democracy-and-human-rights 

Adam Rasgon, “In Reversal, Israel’s New Government Engages With Palestinian Authority,” New York Times, September 25, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/25/world/middleeast/israel-palestinians-abbas-bennett.html?searchResultPosition=3 

Susanna Reskallah, “Food Insecurity in Palestine: A Future for Farmers,” Wilson Center, August 30, 2021, https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/food-insecurity-palestine-future-farmers 

Bruce Riedel, “Playing a weak hand well,” Brookings Institute, September 27, 2021, https://www.brookings.edu/essay/playing-a-weak-hand-well-jordans-hashemite-kings-and-the-united-states/ 

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, https://dayan.org/content/how-taliban-re-took-afghanistan

Abdel-Moneim Said, “Reconciliations in the region,” Ahram Online, September 8, 2021, https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/4/422637/Opinion/Reconciliation-in-the-region.aspx 

Jonathan Schanzer, “What is America’s role in the World,” The Washington Examiner, September 30, 2021, https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/what-is-americas-role-in-the-world

Ali Soufan, “Evolution of Jihadism 20 Years After 9/11,” Wilson Center, September 8, 2021, https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/evolution-jihadism-20-years-after-911 

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Palestinians to hold municipal elections in December,” Jerusalem Post, September 16, 2021, https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/palestinians-to-hold-municipal-elections-in-december-679609 

United States House of Representatives, Antony Blinken, “Afghanistan 201-2021: Evaulating the Withdrawal and U.S. Policies, – Part 1, September 13, 2021, https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearings?ID=3F776E76-1347-4499-8B1C-A11312750362

United States Senate, Foreign Relations of the United States, “U.S. Security Assistance in the Middle East,” August 10, 2021, https://www.foreign.senate.gov/hearings/us-security-assistance-in-the-middle-east-081021

United States Senate, Foreign Relations, Antony J. Blinken, “Examining the U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan,” September 14, 2021, https://www.foreign.senate.gov/hearings/examining-the-us-withdrawal-from-afghanistan-091421

Robert Wexler, “For Progressives, Iron Dome Isn’t the Issue. It’s Israel Itself,” New York Times, September 29, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/29/opinion/israel-democrats-iron-dome.html?searchResultPosition=1 


#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,  kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu

Kasra Aarabi and Saeid Golkar, “Completing the Revolution,” Carnegie Middle East Center, August 17, 2021, https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/85159 

Abdul Basit, “Why did the Afghan army disintegrate so quickly?” Aljazeera, August 17, 2021, https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/8/17/why-did-the-afghan-army-disintegrate-so-quickly

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 (usip.org)

Danya Belkin, “The little-known history of Tel Aviv’s iconic power station,” Israel21C, August 12, 2021, https://www.israel21c.org/the-little-known-history-of-tel-avivs-iconic-power-station/ 

Jennifer Bell, “Abraham Accords: A year of ‘faith and tolerance’ between UAE, Israel, say Rabbis,” Al Arabiya English, August 12, 2021, https://english.alarabiya.net/News/gulf/2021/08/12/Abraham-Accords-A-year-of-faith-and-tolerance-between-UAE-Israel-say-Rabbis 

Ofra Benigo, “Jews, Israel and the Kurds: unravelling the myth,” Israel Affairs, August 23, 2021, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13537121.2021.1968209?src=&journalCode=fisa20 

BICOM Staff, “Foreign Minister Lapid concludes historic visit to Morocco,” BICOM, August 13, 2021, https://www.bicom.org.uk/news/foreign-minister-lapid-concludes-historic-visit-to-morocco/ 

Shlomo Black, Tomer Fadlon, and Meir Elran, “Integrating the Ultra-Orthodox into the Labor Market,” INSS, August 15, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/orthodox-jews-labor-force/ 

Nir Boms, “The Egyptian TikTok Girls,” Moshe Dayan Center: Beehive, August 30, 2021, https://dayan.org/content/egyptian-tiktok-girls 

Michael A. Calvo, “Israel and the Holy See,” BESA Center, August 27, 2021, https://besacenter.org/israel-and-the-holy-see/ 

Amichai Cohen, “The Return of the International Arena,” Israel Democracy Institute, August 24, 2021, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/36221 

Edy Cohen, “Iran’s New Suitors,” Tablet Magazine, August 2, 2021, https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/israel-middle-east/articles/abdullah-sisi-iran-edy-cohen 

Ryan Crocker, “Why Biden’s Lack of Strategic Patience Led to Disaster,” The New York Times, August 21, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/21/opinion/us-afghanistan-pakistan-taliban.html

Anne Dearan and Sean Sullivan, “Biden, Bennett open new chapter in U.S.-Israel relations with White House visit,” Washington Post, August 27, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-naftal-bennett-israel/2021/08/27/58a1815c-066b-11ec-a654-900a78538242_story.html 

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, https://www.foreignaffairs.com/ask-the-experts/2021-08-24/two-state-solution-still-viable 

Shmuel Even, “The National Significance of Israeli Demographics at the Outset of a New Decade,” INSS and Tel Aviv University, July 2021, https://strategicassessment.inss.org.il/en/articles/israeli-demographics/ 

Matti Friedman, “Building Israel’s Dust City,” Tablet Magazine, August 9, 2021, https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/israel-middle-east/articles/beersheba-matti-friedman 

Hanin Ghaddar, “A Strategy to Contain Hezbollah: Ideas and Recommendations,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 24, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/strategy-contain-hezbollah-ideas-and-recommendations 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilead, “The American Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Lessons and Ramifications for Israel,” Institute for Policy and Strategy: IDC Herzilya, August 2021, https://www.idc.ac.il/en/research/ips/pages/insights/insights-23-8-21-ips.aspx 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen, “From the Second Lebanon War to Regional War,” BESA Center, August 29, 2021, https://besacenter.org/from-the-second-lebanon-war-to-regional-war/ 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen, “The Ingathering of the Exiles Is Not Over,” BESA Center, August 24, 2021, https://besacenter.org/category/perspectives-papers/ 

Nasreen Haddad Haj-Yahya, “Taking Attendance: Arab Teachers and Students in Israel’s Education System,” Israel Democracy Institute, August 28, 2021, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/36215 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “What Solutions to the Conflict with the Palestinians are Acceptable to Israelis?” Israel Democracy Institute, August 3, 2021, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/36108 

Tammy Hoffman, “We Must not Squander the Opportunity for Real Change in Israeli Schools,” Israel Democracy Institute, August 19, 2021, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/36217 

David Horovitz, “When the Jerusalem Hills go up in smoke,” Times of Israel, August 26, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/when-the-jerusalem-hills-go-up-in-smoke/ 

Kohei Imai, “Afghanistan offers an opportunity to repair Turkey-NATO relations,” Moshe Dayan Center: Turkeyscope, August 12, 2021, https://dayan.org/content/afghanistan-offers-opportunity-repair-turkey-nato-relations 

INSS Staff, “Strategic Challenges Facing Israel and Policy Recommendations Special Update for the President,” INSS, August 1, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/President_slide_2_eng_try2.pdf 

Annie Karni, “Biden Vows ‘Unshakable Partnership’ With Israel in Meeting With Bennett,” New York Times, August 27, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/27/us/politics/biden-naftali-bennett-meeting.html?searchResultPosition=1 

Daphna Kaufman, “Framing the Jewish and Israeli establishment in progressive discourse,” Reut Group, August 30, 2021, https://www.reutgroup.org/Publications/Framing-the-Jewish-and-Israeli-establishment-in-progressive-discourse 

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, https://jcpa.org/article/post-truth-politics-and-invented-traditions-the-case-of-the-haredi-society-in-israel/ 

Isabel Kershner, Ronen Bergman and Ben Hubbard, “Hezbollah Fires Rockets at Israel as Risk of Escalation Looms,” New York Times, August 6, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/06/world/middleeast/israel-lebanon-rockets.html?searchResultPosition=12 

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, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/24/world/middleeast/israel-bennett-biden-iran.html 

Patrick Kingsley and Gabby Sobelman, “The World’s Last Samaritans, Straddling the Israeli-Palestinian Divide,” New York Times, August 22, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/22/world/middleeast/samaritans-israeli-palestinian.html?searchResultPosition=5 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “A tech startup where autism is preferred,” Israel21C, August 29, 2021, https://www.israel21c.org/the-tech-startup-where-most-employees-are-on-the-autism-spectrum/ 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli aid groups respond to Haiti quake,” Israel21C, August 16, 2021, https://www.israel21c.org/israeli-aid-groups-respond-to-haiti-quake/ 

Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kupperwasser, “Iran Is Testing All Boundaries,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, August 10, 2021, https://jcpa.org/iran-is-testing-all-boundaries/ 

Daniel Kurtzer, “Of course we couldn’t transform Afghanistan: Stop the self-flagellation,” New York Daily News, August 16, 2021, https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-afghanistan-and-failure-foreign-policy-alchemy-20210816-f2f7z3ty6ndxnbyhrndlryjimi-story.html 

Ron Lauder, “A call to action in the face of anti-Israel pandemic,” YNet, August 25, 2021, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/bjvy957wt 

Eli Lederhendler, “American Antisemitism in its Historical and Social Background,” INSS, August 1, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/american-antisemitism-historical/ 

Colonel (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman, “The Implications of the Fall of Kabul,” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, August 16, 2021, https://jiss.org.il/en/lerman-the-implications-of-the-fall-of-kabul/ 

Jacob Magid, “Progressive Democrats tear into Palestinians over crackdown on critics,” Times of Israel, August 25, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/progressive-democrats-tear-into-palestinians-over-crackdown-on-critics/ 

Irwin J. Mansdorf, “The “Antisemitism/Anti-Israel” Phenomenon: What Do Israel Campus Professionals Think?” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, August 16, 2021 https://jcpa.org/article/the-antisemitism-anti-israel-phenomenon-what-do-israeli-campus-professionals-think/ 

Abdel-Moneim Said, “Why the Bells Toll,” Ahram Online, August 24, 2021, https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/4/419768/Opinion/Why-the-bells-toll.aspx 

Marwan Muasher, “Jordan’s Identity Question,” Carnegie Middle East Center, August 12, 2021, https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/85140 

Adam Rasgon, “Palestinians Finally Have Vaccines. But Will People Take Them?” New York Times, August 29, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/29/world/middleeast/palestinians-covid-vaccines-hesitancy.html?searchResultPosition=10 

Najat Al-Saied, “The Sharaka Project in the US,” Israel Hayom, August 18, 2021, https://www.israelhayom.com/opinions/the-sharaka-project-in-the-us/ 

Dror Shalom, “Last Call for Gaza? Proposing an Alternative to Israeli-Palestinian “Conflict Management”” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/last-call-gaza-proposing-alternative-israeli-palestinian-conflict-management  

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, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/afghanistan-withdrawal/  

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, https://jcpa.org/hizbullah-leader-nasrallah-raises-the-intensity-of-his-challenge-to-the-united-states-and-israel/ 

Lior Sirkis, “The Discourse on Antisemitism in the United States as Reflected in the Mainstream Media—Review of 2020,” INSS, August 1, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/mainstream-media/

Kenneth Stein, “Lessons from American Withdrawal from Afghanistan,” Center for Israel Education, August 25, 2021, https://israeled.org/lessons-from-american-withdrawal-from-afghanistan/

Kenneth Stein, “La Retirada de Afganistán: lecciones para Israel,”Center for Israel Education, August 30, 2021, https://israeled.org/la-retirada-de-afganistan-lecciones-para-israel/

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Abbas stabbed Palestinians in the back by meeting with Gantz,” Jerusalem Post, August 30, 2021, https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/abbas-stabbed-palestinians-in-the-back-by-meeting-with-gantz-678103 

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Fatah-Hamas rift deepens as Abbas moves closer to US, Israel,” Jerusalem Post, August 31, 2021, https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/fatah-hamas-rift-deepens-as-abbas-moves-closer-to-us-israel-678264 

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Why is PA rhetoric so anti-Israel when there is good cooperation?” Jerusalem Post, August 7, 2021, https://www.jpost.com/arab-israeli-conflict/why-is-pa-rhetoric-against-israel-when-there-is-good-cooperation-675979 

TOI Staff, “Bennett warns Iran after attack on Israel-linked ship: ‘They know the price’,” Times of Israel, August 3, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/bennett-warns-iran-after-attack-on-israel-linked-ship-they-know-the-price/ 

Frederic Wehrey and Andrew Weiss, “Reassessing Russian Capabilities in the Levant and North Africa,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, August 31, 2021, https://carnegieendowment.org/2021/08/31/reassessing-russian-capabilities-in-levant-and-north-africa-pub-85222 

Ben-Dror Yemini, “The fall of Kabul is warning sign for Israel,” YNet, August 16, 2021, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/hjlw4jdly 

Michael Young, “Enemies in the Gates,” Carnegie Middle East Center, August 10, 2021, https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/85131 

Aaron Y. Zelin, “Return of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan: the Jihadist State of Play,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 18, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/return-islamic-emirate-afghanistan-jihadist-state-play 


#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 kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu

Sultan Althari, “It’s time to bring a realist perspective to Middle Eastern foreign affairs,” Al-Arabiya, July 13, 2021, https://english.alarabiya.net/views/news/middle-east/2021/07/13/It-s-time-to-bring-a-realist-perspective-to-Middle-Eastern-foreign-affairs 

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, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/iran-and-russia-are-exploiting-americas-absence-northeast-syria 

Major General (res.) Yaakov Amidror, “Israel’s National Security Doctrine,” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, July 18, 2021, https://jiss.org.il/en/amidror-israels-national-security-doctrine/ 

Michael Barak, “Is the Muslim Brotherhood losing Turkey and Qatar in the light of the rapprochement with Egypt?” Moshe Dayan Center, July 14, 2021, https://dayan.org/content/muslim-brotherhood-losing-turkey-and-qatar-light-rapprochement-egypt

Talia Belowich and Max Kaplan-Zantopp, “AI for Greenhouses Boosts Ability to Farm Locally,” Israel21C, July 28, 2021, https://www.israel21c.org/ai-for-greenhouses-boosts-ability-to-farm-locally/ 

BICOM Staff, “Bennett and King Abdullah II secretly met in thawing of Israeli-Jordanian relations,” BICOM, July 9, 2021, https://www.bicom.org.uk/news/bennett-and-king-abdullah-ii-secretly-met-in-thawing-of-israeli-jordanian-relations/ 

BICOM Staff, “Israel reduces restrictions around Gaza and increases work permits for West Bankers,” BICOM, July 30, 2021, https://www.bicom.org.uk/news/israel-reduces-restrictions-around-gaza-and-increases-work-permits-for-west-bankers/ 

Brian Blum, “Creating a vital map of the human immune system,” Israel21C, July 19, 2021, https://www.israel21c.org/creating-a-google-maps-for-the-immune-system/ 

Brian Blum, “Cutting food waste with dynamic supermarket pricing,” Israel21C, July 14, 2021, https://www.israel21c.org/cutting-food-waste-with-dynamic-supermarket-pricing/ 

Rodger Cohen, “A Rap Song Lays Bare Israel’s Jewish-Arab Fracture — and Goes Viral,” New York Times, July 21, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/21/world/middleeast/israel-palestinian-rap-video.html?searchResultPosition=7 

Dr. James M. Dorsey, “The King of Jordan’s Upcoming Visit to Washington: Implications for Jerusalem,” BESA Center, July 18, 2021, https://besacenter.org/jordan-abdullah-washington-visit/ 

Jessica Emami, “Yes, Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism,” Jewish Journal, July 24, 2021, https://jewishjournal.com/commentary/338704/yes-anti-zionism-is-antisemitism 

Sameh Fawzi, “The Islamist movement and the future,” Ahram Online, July 8, 2021,  https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/4/416740/Opinion/The-Islamist-movement-and-the-future.aspx  

Sarah Feuer, “Political Crisis in Tunisia: U.S. Response Options,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, July 27, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/political-crisis-tunisia-us-response-options 

Seth J. Frantzman,  “What does Iran’s use of drones against ships mean for the future?” Jerusalem Post, July 31, 2021, https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/what-does-irans-use-of-drones-against-ships-mean-for-the-future-675449 

A.J. Goldman, “In the West Bank, Confronting Pain and Oppression with Humor and Absurdity,” The Forward, July 21, 2021, https://forward.com/culture/473313/in-the-west-bank-confronting-pain-and-oppression-with-humor-and-absurdity/ 

Yoel Guzansky and Carmit Valensi, “Saudi Arabia and Syria: Calculating a New Route?” Institute for National Security Studies, July 11, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/saudi-arabia-and-syria/ 

Prof. Tamar Hermann and Dr. Or Anabi, “A Decade Since the Social Protests, Summer 2011 – Highlights,” Israel Democracy Institute, July 4, 2021, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/34948 

Ezzat Ibrahim, “What if June 30 failed?” Ahram Online, July 2, 2021, https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/4/416247/Opinion/What-if-June–failed.aspx 

Ron Kampeas, “Israel link keeps leftist Jewish groups from planned DC antisemitism rally,” Times of Israel, July 9, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-link-keeps-leftist-jewish-groups-from-planned-dc-antisemitism-rally/ 

Isabel Kershner and Adam Rasgon, “Critic’s Death Puts Focus on Palestinian Authority’s Authoritarianism,” New York Times, July 7, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/07/world/middleeast/Palestinian-Authority-protesters.html?searchResultPosition=34 

Arvin Khoshnood, “Demonstrations in Iranian Khuzestan Demand an End to the Islamic Regime,” BESA Center, July 28, 2021, https://besacenter.org/demonstrations-in-iranian-khuzestan-demand-an-end-to-the-islamic-regime/ 

Corey Kilgannon and Andrea Kannapell, “Israel’s baseball team is making its Olympic debut,” New York Times, July 28, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/28/sports/olympics/israel-baseball-olympics.html?searchResultPosition=3 

Patrick Kingsley, “Israel will give third Covid vaccine shots to those 60 and older,” New York Times, July 29, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/29/world/middleeast/israel-third-shot-covid-vaccine.html?searchResultPosition=5 

Abigail Klein Lechman, “Israelis fly to Philippines to aid vaccination campaign,” Israel21C, July 8, 2021, https://www.israel21c.org/israelis-fly-to-philippines-to-aid-vaccination-campaign/ 

Abigail Klein Lechman, “The rise and rise of Ashkelon,” Israel21C, July 29, 2021, https://www.israel21c.org/the-rise-and-rise-of-ashkelon/ 

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

Michal Korach and Dr. Maya Choshen, “Jerusalem: Facts and Trends 2021- at a Glimpse,” Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research, 2021, https://jerusaleminstitute.org.il/en/publications/jerusalem-facts-and-trends-2021/ 

Yair Lapid, “Israel and the UAE have chosen peace and prosperity,” YNet News, July 1, 2021, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/B1xKsfonu 

Mark Lavie, “’Palestine Spring’ not such a good deal,” YNet News, July 17, 2021, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/hkmgenp6u 

Rena Lenchitz, “A remedy for the growing epidemic of medical waste,” Israel21C, July 5, 2021, https://www.israel21c.org/a-remedy-for-the-growing-epidemic-of-medical-waste/ 

Dr. Doron Matza, “Israel-Jordan Relations: Possibilities and Risks,” BESA Center, July 16, 2021, https://besacenter.org/israel-jordan-relations-possibilities-and-risks/ 

Mia J. Merrill, “Meet the Jewish Gymnasts at the Tokyo Olympics,” Hey Alma, July 9, 2021, https://www.heyalma.com/meet-the-jewish-gymnasts-at-the-tokyo-olympics/ 

Orna Mizrahi and Yoram Schweitzer, “Lebanon’s Collapse, and the Significance for Israel,” Institute for National Security Studies, July 26, 2021,https://www.inss.org.il/publication/lebanon-collapse/ 

David Pollack and Catherine Cleveland, “What do Palestinians Want?” July 23, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/what-do-palestinians-want 

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

Haviv Rettig-Gur, “A hatred that dwells alone? Antisemitism debate cuts to the heart of Zionist vision,” Times of Israel, July 26, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/a-hatred-that-dwells-alone-antisemitism-debate-cuts-to-heart-of-zionist-vision/ 

Paul Rivlin, “The Forgotten Crises in the Gulf: Electricity and Water in Iran and Iraq,” Moshe Dayan Center, July 20, 2021, https://dayan.org/content/forgotten-crises-gulf-electricity-and-water-iran-and-iraq 

Ben Sales, “Could the shaky coalition break Orthodox hold on religious life in Israel?” Times of Israel, July 30, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/could-the-shaky-coalition-break-orthodox-hold-on-religious-life-in-israel/ 

Mohamed Salmawy, “Is the Egyptian writer free?” Ahram Online, July 8, 2021, https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/4/416743/Opinion/Is-the-Egyptian-writer-free.aspx 

Jonathan D. Sarna, “The Misuse of [a scholar’s]Expertise,” Summer 2021, https://sapirjournal.org/power/2021/07/the-misuse-of-expertise/ 

Tal Schneider, “Eyeing Bennett’s DC trip, Egypt upgrades mediator in push for Gaza breakthrough,” Times of Israel, July 1, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/eyeing-bennetts-dc-trip-egypt-upgrades-mediator-in-push-for-gaza-breakthrough/ 

Laura Shaw Frank, “Education essential to Israeli-Diaspora relations,” E Jewish Philanthropy, June 23, 2021, https://ejewishphilanthropy.com/education-essential-to-israeli-diaspora-relations/ 

Dr. Khalil Shikaki, “Public Opinion Poll No (80),” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, June 9-10, 2021,  https://www.pcpsr.org/sites/default/files/Poll%2080%20English%20full%20text%20June2021.pdf 

Amy Spiro, “Israel’s first deaf MK aims to be a full-time warrior for disability rights,” Times of Israel, July 30, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/israels-first-deaf-mk-aims-to-be-a-full-time-warrior-for-disability-rights/ 

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, https://israeled.org/census-of-palestine-1931-an-invaluable-glimpse-at-palestines-population/ 

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, https://israeled.org/one-hundred-years-of-social-change-the-creation-of-the-palestinian-refugee-problem/ 

Shimon Stein and Oded Eran, “The EU and Israel: At Least on Speaking Terms,” Institute for National Security Studies, July 21, 2021, https://www.inss.org.il/publication/israel-eu/ 

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

Jarrod Tanny, “The Academy, Palestine, and the Quest for a Utopia Without Jewish Peoplehood,” Jewish Journal, July 6, 2021, https://jewishjournal.com/commentary/338463/the-academy-palestine-and-the-quest-for-a-utopia-without-jewish-peoplehood/ 

TOI Staff, “After 49 years, Israeli victims of 1972 Olympic massacre honored at Tokyo opener,” Times of Israel, July 23, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/after-49-years-israeli-victims-of-1972-olympic-massacre-honored-at-tokyo-opener/ 

TOI Staff, “Herzog takes office as Israel’s 11th president, warns of dangers of polarization,” Times of Israel, July 7, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/herzog-takes-office-as-israels-11th-president-warns-of-dangers-of-polarization/ 

World Bank Staff, “Lebanon Economic Monitor: Lebanon Sinking (To the Top 3),” World Bank, Spring 2021, https://documents1.worldbank.org/curated/en/394741622469174252/pdf/Lebanon-Economic-Monitor-Lebanon-Sinking-to-the-Top-3.pdf 

Stuart Winer, “Smashing produce on road, farmers block highways over planned agriculture reform.” Times of Israel, July 29, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/smashing-produce-on-road-farmers-block-highways-over-planned-agriculture-reform/ 

David Wurmser, “The Hamas War Against Israel,” Jewish Policy Center, Summer 2021, https://www.jewishpolicycenter.org/2021/07/07/the-hamas-war-against-israel/ 

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, https://dayan.org/content/we-dared-dream-and-we-will-never-regret-dignity-slogan-10th-anniversary-syrian-uprising 

Vivian Yee and Nada Rashwan, “Jehan Sadat, 87, Widow of Egypt’s President and Women’s Advocate, Dies,” New York Times, July 10, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/10/world/middleeast/jehan-sadat-dead.html?searchResultPosition=30 


#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  kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu

Elliot Abrams, “Can Democracy Help Solve the Problem of Gaza?” Council on Foreign Relations, June 15, 2021, https://www.cfr.org/blog/can-democracy-help-solve-problem-gaza 

AJC Staff, “AJC 2021 Survey of American Jewish Opinion,” AJC, June 14, 2021, https://www.ajc.org/news/survey2021 

Dr. Or Anabi and Prof. Tamar Hermann, “Israelis Hope for More Unity and Closing Socioeconomic Gaps,” Israel Democracy Institute, June 6, 2021, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/34615 

Akram Alfy, “The Rhetoric of the Iranian Elections,” Al Ahram Online, June 10, 2021 https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/4/413826/Opinion/The-rhetoric-of-the-Iranian-elections-.aspx 

Marsin Alshamary, “Iraq’s upcoming elections: Voters and likely winners,” Brookings, June 24, 2021, https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2021/06/24/iraqs-upcoming-elections-voters-and-likely-winners/ 

Chen Artzi Sror, “Religious Zionism is a house divided,” YNet News, June 8, 2021, https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HymKDAn5u 

Amb. Alan Baker, “The Legal War: Hamas’ War Crimes and Israel’s Right to Self-Defense,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June 3, 2021, https://jcpa.org/article/the-legal-war-hamas-war-crimes-and-israels-right-to-self-defense/ 

Naama Barak, “Giving women an extra leadership edge on the kibbutz,” Israel21C, June 20, 2021, https://www.israel21c.org/giving-women-an-extra-leadership-edge-on-the-kibbutz/ 

Miriam Berger, “What to know about Iran’s president elect, Ebrahim Raisi,” Washington Post, June 23, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/06/16/ebrahim-raisi-iran-presidential-election-2021/ 

Robert P. Beschel Jr. and Tarik M. Yousef, “A quiet governance revolution in Qatar?” Brookings, June 17, 2021, https://www.brookings.edu/opinions/a-quiet-governance-revolution-in-qatar/ 

Guy Ben Simon, “Bank of Israel in digital shekel pilot,” Globes, June 21, 2021, https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-bank-of-israel-in-digital-shekel-pilot-1001375320 

BICOM Staff, “The Bennett-Lapid ‘Change Government’” BICOM, June, 2021, https://www.bicom.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/The-Bennett-Lapid-%E2%80%98Change-Government%E2%80%99.pdf 

BICOM Staff, “Historic opening of the Israeli embassy in Abu Dhabi,” BICOM, June 30, 2021, https://www.bicom.org.uk/news/historic-opening-of-the-israeli-embassy-in-abu-dhabi/ 

Bradley Bowman and Behnam Ben Taleblu, “Getting out of Iran’s Way,” Foundation for Defense of Democracies, June 28, 2021 https://www.fdd.org/analysis/2021/06/28/getting-out-of-irans-way/ 

Omer Carmi, “From Rouhani to Raisi: Pressing Questions on the Eve of Iran’s Election,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 17, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/rouhani-raisi-pressing-questions-eve-irans-election

Patrick Clawson, “Raisi Did Not Win, Reformers Lost,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 22, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/raisi-did-not-win-reformers-lost 

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 https://www.abbaeban.idc.ac.il/post/france-a-safe-haven-for-hezbollah-s-illicit-activity 

Remi Daniel, “Turkish-Russian Relations: A Puzzle that Shakes the Middle East,” Turkeyscope, Moshe Dayan Center, June 15, 2021, https://dayan.org/content/turkish-russian-relations-puzzle-shakes-middle-east 

Maya de Vries, “Mockery as a Tool of Palestinian Resistance on TikTok,” BeeHive, Moshe Dayan Center, June 27, 2021, https://dayan.org/content/mockery-tool-palestinian-resistance-tiktok 

Dr. James M. Dorsey, “Middle East Futures: Defiance and Dissent” BESA Center, June 15, 2021, https://besacenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/192web.pdf 

Roni Eshel. “Context and Causes of Arab-Israeli and Jewish-Israeli communal clashes, October 2000,” Center for Israel Education (translated), December 2010, https://israeled.org/resources/documents/2000-arab-sector/ 

Ariel Finkelstein, “A ‘change government?’ Not for religion and state,” Jerusalem Post, June 28, 2021, https://www.jpost.com/opinion/a-change-government-not-for-religion-and-state-672287 

Mira Fox, “Raves in the desert, secret parties in mansions — COVID couldn’t stop Israel’s underground party scene,” The Forward, June 22, 2021, https://forward.com/culture/471842/israel-underground-party-scene-covid-rave/ 

Amb. Dore Gold, “The Gaza War 2021: An Overview,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June 22, 2021, https://jcpa.org/article/the-gaza-war-2021-an-overview/ 

Avi Grant, “TikTok: A new playground in Israeli politics?” Jerusalem Post, June 24, 2021, https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/politics-and-diplomacy/tiktok-a-new-playground-in-israeli-politics-671844

Alex Grinberg, “Hamas After the Latest Round: A Total Failure or an Advantageous Opportunity,” Reut Group, June 17, 2021, https://www.reutgroup.org/Publications/Hamas-After-the-Latest-Round%3A-A-Total-Failure-or-an-Advantageous-Opportunity%3F 

Yoel Guzansky and Gerald M. Feirstein, “The first test of the Abraham Accords,” Middle East Institute, June 1, 2021, https://www.mei.edu/publications/first-test-abraham-accords 

Simon Henderson, “Have We Already Failed to Ensure That Iran ‘Never Gets a Nuclear Weapon’?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 25, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/have-we-already-failed-ensure-iran-never-gets-nuclear-weapon 

Michael Jacobs, “As President, Herzog Offers Advancement of Israel-Diaspora Ties,” Center for Israel Education, June 4, 2021, https://israeled.org/as-president-herzog-offers-advancement-of-israel-diaspora-ties/ 

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, https://dayan.org/content/demonstrations-israels-borders-jordan-and-lebanon-during-guardian-walls-military-operation 

Tara Kavaler, “Influencers from Abraham Accord countries find common ground with Israelis,” Jerusalem Post, June 23, 2021, https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/influencers-from-abraham-accord-countries-find-common-ground-with-israelis-671788 

Herb Keinon, “Haredi fury over Naftali Bennett masks real concern: Funding cuts,” Jerusalem Post, June 10, 2021, https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/politics-and-diplomacy/haredi-fury-over-bennett-masks-real-concern-their-funding-will-be-cut-670541 

Prof. Ofer Kenig, “Israel’s 36th Government by the Numbers,” Israel Democracy Institute, June 9, 2021, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/34687

Yossi Klein Halevi, “Why this fractious coalition gives me hope,” Times of Israel, June 14, 2021, https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/why-this-fractious-coalition-gives-me-hope/ 

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. https://www.inss.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/no.-1490.pdf

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israelis fight despair while aiding survivors, rescuers in Florida calamity,” Israel21C, June 29, 2021, https://www.israel21c.org/israelis-fight-despair-while-aiding-survivors-rescuers-in-florida-calamity/ 

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

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, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/anti-normalization-laws-powerful-weapon-fight-against-peace

Ela Levi-Weinrib, “Liberman: Israel will join OECD digital economy taxation plan,” Globes, June 22, 2021, https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-liberman-israel-will-join-oecd-digital-economy-taxation-plan-1001375436 

Ido Levy, “How Iran Fuels Hamas Terrorism,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 1, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/how-iran-fuels-hamas-terrorism 

Robert Lieber, “Biden, Iran and the Middle East: A Failure to Learn,” Hoover Institution, June 15, 2021. https://www.hoover.org/research/biden-iran-and-middle-east-failure-learn

David Makovsky, “A One-State Solution Is Unworkable,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 21, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/one-state-solution-unworkable 

Michael Milshtein, “The Trauma of the Nakba Is Here to Stay,” Haaretz, June 25, 2021, https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-the-trauma-of-the-nakba-is-here-to-stay-1.9939128 

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, https://www.idc.ac.il/en/research/ips/pages/insights/michael-milshtein-23-6-21.aspx 

Afif Abu Much, “Druze woman appointed Jewish Agency representative in US,” Al- Monitor, June 25, 2021, https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/06/druze-woman-appointed-jewish-agency-representative-us 

Marina Ottaway, “The Conundrum of Political Parties in the Gulf Countries: Unwanted but Inevitable,” Wilson Center, June 25, 2021, https://www.wilsoncenter.org/article/conundrum-political-parties-gulf-countries-unwanted-inevitable 

Yohanan Plesner, “This government can beat expectations and even achieve historic change,” Times of Israel, June 15, 2021. https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/this-government-can-beat-expectations-and-even-achieve-historic-change/

Yohanan Plesner, “The Two Strategic Challenges Facing Israel’s New President,” Israel Democracy Institute, June 2, 2021, https://en.idi.org.il/articles/34604 

Adam Rasgon, “A New Israeli Government Could Mean Help for Neglected Bedouin Villages,” New York Times, June 10, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/10/world/middleeast/israel-government-bedouin-villages.html 

Kali Robinson, “What to Know About the Arab Citizens of Israel,” Council of Foreign Relations, June 14, 2021, https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/what-know-about-arab-citizens-israel 

Arno Rosenfeld, “Is J Street unwelcome in the American Zionist movement?” The Forward, June 14, 2021, https://forward.com/news/471366/is-j-street-unwelcome-in-the-american-zionist-movement/)

Dennis Ross, “Biden Must Manage the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” The National Interest, June 1, 2021, https://nationalinterest.org/feature/biden-must-manage-israeli-palestinian-conflict-186604 

Dennis Ross, “The Biden Administration’s Formula Suggests an Aspiration and a Direction,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 21, 2021, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/biden-administrations-formula-suggests-aspiration-and-direction 

Yardena Schwartz, “Women Are the Key to Israel’s Government,” Foreign Policy, June 17, 2021, https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/06/17/women-are-the-key-to-israels-government/ 

Stav Shaffir, “Let Israel’s Female Politicians Speak for Ourselves,” Haaretz, June 30, 2021, https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-let-israel-s-female-politicians-speak-for-ourselves-1.9954665?lts=1625068182790 

Dr. Khalil Shikaki, “Public Opinion Poll No (80)”, Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, June 15, 2021,   https://www.pcpsr.org/sites/default/files/Poll%2080%20English%20press%20release%20June2021.pdf 

Natan Sharansky and Gil Troy, “The Un-Jews,” Tablet, June 16, 2021. https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/the-un-jews-natan-sharansky

Marik Shtern and Hani Vayzer, “Keeping Our (Social) Distance? The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Relationships between the Various Groups in Jerusalem,” Jerusalem Institute, 2021, https://jerusaleminstitute.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Pub_558_Keeping-Distance_EN_-2021.pdf 

Joel Singer, “The Israel-PLO Mutual Recognition Agreement,” International Negotiation, July 2020, https://israeled.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Mutual-Recognition-Final-pdf-Singer.pdf 

Shoshana Solomon, “Israeli startup wins IBM top prize to Zzapp out malaria by mapping water sources,” Times of Israel, June 27, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-startup-wins-ibm-top-prize-to-zzapp-out-malaria-by-mapping-water-sources/ 

TOI Staff, “In Holon, a global gaggle of child heart patients get life-saving treatment,” Times of Israel, June 23, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-holon-a-global-gaggle-of-child-heart-patients-get-life-saving-treatment/ 

TOI Staff, “Tel Aviv Pride Parade returns with fanfare after last year’s COVID cancellation,” Times of Israel, June 25, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/tel-aviv-pride-parade-returns-with-fanfare-after-last-years-covid-cancellation/ 

TOI Staff, “Over $9 billion annually: Environment Ministry assesses pollution’s price tag,” Times of Israel, June 27, 2021, https://www.timesofisrael.com/over-9-billion-annually-environment-ministry-assesses-pollutions-price-tag/ 

Alex Weinreb, “A Sociodemographic Profile of the South,” Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, June 7, 2021, https://www.taubcenter.org.il/en/research/a-sociodemographic-profile-of-the-south/ 

Ido Yahel, “Iran in Syria: From Expansion to Entrenchment,” Tel Aviv Notes, Moshe Dayan Center, June 17, 2021, https://dayan.org/content/iran-syria-expansion-entrenchment

Vivian Yee, “Iranian Hard-Liner Ebrahim Raisi Wins Presidential Vote,” June 19, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/19/world/middleeast/iran-election-president-raisi.html 

Jim Zanotti, “Israel: New Prime Minister and U.S. Relations in Brief,” Congressional Research Service, June 15, 2021, https://fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/R44245.pdf 

James Zogby, “What is Netanyahu’s Legacy?” Al Ahram Online, June 26, 2021, https://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/4/414819/Opinion/What-is-Netanyahu%E2%80%99s-legacy.aspx 


#99 Contemporary Readings, May 2021

June 5, 2021

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


#98 Contemporary Readings, April 2021

May 3, 2021

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


#97 Contemporary Readings, March 2021

April 2, 2021

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


#96 Contemporary Readings, February 2021

March 3, 2021

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


#95 Contemporary Readings, January 2021

February 2, 2021

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


#94 Contemporary Readings, December 2020

January 4, 2021

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


#93 Contemporary Readings, November 2020

December 3, 2020

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


#92 Contemporary Readings, October 2020

November 2, 2020

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


#91 Contemporary Readings, September 2020

September 30, 2020

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


#90 Contemporary Readings, August 2020

September 2, 2020

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


#89 Contemporary Readings, July 2020

July 30, 2020

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


#88 Contemporary Readings, June 2020

July 2, 2020

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ed Power, “How Israel became a global power in television,” The Sydney Morning Review, June 3, 2020. https://www.smh.com.au/culture/tv-and-radio/how-israel-became-a-global-power-in-television-20200602-p54yn0.html

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. https://dayan.org/content/we-have-no-role-bear-witness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. https://israeled.org/the-impact-of-covid-19-on-middle-eastern-and-north-african-states-a-curated-reading-list/

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

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

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

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

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

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


#87 Contemporary Readings, May 2020

June 8, 2020

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu 

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. https://dayan.org/content/arab-citizens-are-not-problem-how-2020-election-might-redefine-israeli-political-landscape

Raphael Ahren, “Lots of Bark, Some Actual Bite? How the World Will React to West Bank Annexation,” The Times of Israel, April 30, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/lots-of-bark-some-actual-bite-how-the-world-will-react-to-west-bank-annexation/

Alan Baker, “Can Jordan Revoke its Peace Treaty with Israel,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, May 19, 2020, https://jcpa.org/can-jordan-revoke-its-peace-treaty-with-israel/

Alan Baker, “Abbas’s Latest Tantrum: Is He Cutting Off His Nose to Spite His Face?” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, May 27, 2020. https://jcpa.org/abbass-latest-tantrum-is-he-cutting-off-his-nose-to-spite-his-face/

Naama Barak, “Jerusalem Writers Festival Goes Digital, and It’s Awesome,” Israel21c, May 10, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/jerusalem-writers-festival-goes-digital-and-its-awesome/

“BICOM Briefing: The New National Unity Government,” BICOM, May 18, 2020. http://www.bicom.org.uk/analysis/the-new-national-unity-government/

Hannah Brown, “Movies Get Creative during Coronavirus Lockdown,” The Jerusalem Post, June 4, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/movies-get-creative-during-coronavirus-lockdown-630323

Emily Burack, “Israeli Musician DOV Is Telling Queer Stories through Gentle Electronica,” The Times of Israel, May 30, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-musician-dov-is-telling-queer-stories-through-gentle-electronica/

Steven A. Cook, “The United States Doesn’t Get Israel Anymore,” Foreign Policy, May 8. 2020. https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/05/08/united-states-doesnt-understand-israel-anymore-west-bank-annexation/

Candice Chung, “Feels like Home: How an Israeli Family Stew Became ‘the Best Potato You’ve Ever Had,’” SBS, May 13, 2020. https://www.sbs.com.au/food/article/2020/05/12/feels-home-how-israeli-family-stew-became-best-potato-youve-ever-had

Congressional Research Service, “Israel: Background and U.S. Relations in Brief,” Congressional Research Service, Updated May 18, 2020. https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/R/R44245

Congressional Research Service, “Israel and the Palestinians: Chronology of a Two-State Solution,” Congressional Research Service, November 20, 2019. https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/IF/IF11237

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. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/fikraforum/view/Annexation-Israel-West-Bank-Jerusalem-PA-Palestinians

Udi Dekel, Lia Moran-Gilad, and Anat Kurz, “Annexation under the Auspices of the Coronavirus,” INSS, May 3, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/the-coronavirus-and-the-annexation/

Udi Dekel and Noa Shusterman, “Israel’s Policy Toward the Gaza Strip: Strategic Alternatives,” The Institute for National Security Studies, April 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/israels-policy-towards-gaza/

Diehl, Jackson, “Trump now has the power to forever alter Israel’s character,” Washington Post, April 26, 2020. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/israel-has-handed-trump-the-power-to-destroy-the-prospect-of-a-two-state-solution/2020/04/26/862edea6-8581-11ea-878a-86477a724bdb_story.html

Dan Diker, “Mahmoud Abbas’ Strategy of Selective Compliance,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June 1, 2020. https://jcpa.org/article/mahmoud-abbas-strategy-of-selective-compliance/

Eckstein, Zvi, Avihai Lifshitz, and Sarit Menachem-Carmi, “A Growth Strategy for the Israeli Economy,” Brookings, April 2020. https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/FP_20200407_israel_economy.pdf

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. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/05/19/israels-annexation-palestinian-land-will-be-result-us-policy-not-betrayal-it/

Oded Eran and Shimon Stein, “Israel’s Foreign Policy in the Post-COVID-19 Era,” INSS, May 13, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/foreign-policy-in-time-of-corona/

Daniel Estrin, “What To Know As Israel’s Netanyahu Goes On Trial For Corruption Charges,” NPR, May 23, 2020. https://www.npr.org/2020/05/23/860166840/what-to-know-as-israels-netanyahu-goes-on-trial-for-corruption-charges

Gordon, Nimrod, “Israel should look to EU before West Bank Annexation,” Ynet News,  May 13, 2020. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/Hy0RDHtcI

Judah Ari Gross, “Defense Officials: Iran Pulling out of Syria as Israel Pummels Its Forces There,” The Times of Israel, May 5, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/defense-officials-iran-pulling-out-of-syria-as-israel-pummels-its-forces-there/

Prof. Tamar Hermann and Dr. Or Anabi, “Half of Israelis Favor Applying Sovereignty,” The Israel Democracy Institute, June 3, 2020. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/31733?ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_5_21_2020_22_5_COPY_01

David Horovitz, “As a Serving PM in the Dock, Netanyahu Takes Israel into Berlusconi Territory,” The Times of Israel, May 23, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/as-a-serving-prime-minister-in-the-dock-netanyahu-enters-berlusconi-territory/

Ron Huldai, “Wanted: Proper Healthcare and Education Services,” Ynet News. May 14, 2020. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/S1eK1A55U

Michael Korach and Maya Choshen, “Jerusalem Facts and Trends—2020 At a Glimpse,Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research, 2020. https://jerusaleminstitute.org.il/en/publications/jerusalem-facts-and-trends-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. https://jcpa.org/article/applying-israeli-sovereignty-to-parts-of-judea-and-samaria-according-to-the-u-s-peace-plan-implications/

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. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/six-days-fifty-years/

Daoud Khuttab, “A Return to the Fatah way,” Middle East Institute, May 25, 2020. https://www.mei.edu/publications/return-fatah-way

Daoud Kuttab, “Can Jordan stop Israeli Annexation?” Al-Monitor, May 5, 2020. https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/05/jordan-israel-annexation-plan-jordan-valley-peace-treaty.html

Daoud Kuttab, “Trump Peace Plan Risks Upending Israel’s Treaty with Jordan,” Ynet News, May 22, 2020. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/BJx9VR4o8

Gilead, Amos, “Stop the madness of West Bank Annexation,” Ynet News, May 13, 2020. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/H1xQ8VYq8

Karsh, Efraim. “How San Remo Birthed the Jewish National Home,” Middle East Quarterly, Summer 2020. https://www.meforum.org/60748/how-san-remo-birthed-the-jewish-national-home

Abigail Klein Leichman, “During Corona, Overseas Students Prefer to Be in Israel,” Israel21c, May 27, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/during-corona-overseas-students-prefer-to-be-in-israel/

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

Matthew Mainen, “No Time to Annex Like the Present,” Middle East Forum, May 10, 2020. https://www.meforum.org/60869/no-time-to-annex-like-the-present

Mohamed Galal Mostafa, “Religion and the Israel-Palestinian Conflict: Cause, Consequence, and Cure,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 31, 2018. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/fikraforum/view/religion-and-the-israel-palestinian-conflict-cause-consequence-and-cure

Marwan Muasher, “West Bank annexation will be the end of the Israeli Jordanian Peace, Ynet News,  May 11, 2020. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/ry11t6KLcI

New York Times, The Editorial Board, “Annexing the West Bank Is a Brazen Violation of International Law,” The New York Times, May 30, 2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/30/opinion/sunday/west-bank-israel-annex.html 

Mitvim, “Recommendations for Israel’s New Foreign Minister: Initial Policy Messages,” May 2020. https://www.mitvim.org.il/images/Recommendations_for_Israels_new_foreign_minister_-_May_2020.pdf

Ghaith al-Omari and Ehud Yaari, “Palestinian Politics After Abbas,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/palestinian-politics-after-abbas

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. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/avoiding-an-epic-mistake-the-case-for-continuing-the-u.s.-mission-in-sinai

Daniel Pipes, “Annexing the West bank Would Hurt Israel,” Middle East Forum, May 7, 2020. https://www.meforum.org/60846/annexing-the-west-bank-would-hurt-israel 

Daniel Pipes, “A Reply to My Critics,” Middle East Forum, May 10, 2020. https://www.meforum.org/60881/a-reply-to-my-critics

Majid Rafizadeh, “Iran: The Ayatollah, Amid Coronavirus. Calls for Jihad Against the Jewish State,” Gatestone Institute, May 26, 2020. https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/16062/iran-khamenei-jihad-israel

Omar H. Rahman, “Years of Dereliction Has Left the PLO Facing Annexation without a Plan,” Brookings, May 26, 2020. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2020/05/26/years-of-dereliction-has-left-the-plo-facing-annexation-without-a-plan/

Paul Rivlin, “Coronavirus, Oil and the Middle East,” The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, May 25, 2020. https://dayan.org/content/coronavirus-oil-and-middle-east

Natan Sachs and Adrianna Pita, “What Does the Gantz-Netanyahu Coalition Government Mean for Israel?” Brookings, April 21, 2020. https://www.brookings.edu/podcast-episode/what-does-the-gantz-netanyahu-coalition-government-mean-for-israel/

Jeremy Sharp, “U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel,” Congressional Research Service, January 5, 2006 – August 7, 2019. https://www.everycrsreport.com/reports/RL33222.html

Tobias Siegal, “U of Haifa Receives $1.15m. Donation to Support Israeli Musicians,” The Jerusalem Post, May 26, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/u-of-haifa-receives-115-m-donation-to-support-israeli-musicians-629359

Wendy Singer, “Facing Crushing COVID-19 Effects, India Could Use Israeli Innovation on Its Road to Recovery. Here’s How,” Forbes, May 31, 2020. https://www.forbes.com/sites/startupnationcentral/2020/05/31/covid19-coronavirus-india-agriculture-food-tech-health/#2fac07b37bf0

Ken Stein, “Israel’s Road to the June 1967 War-Timeline,” Center for Israel Education, 2020. https://israeled.org/israels-road-war-victory-1967/ 

Ken Stein, “Jerusalem Timeline,” Center for Israel Education, 2020. https://israeled.org/jerusalem-timeline/

Ken Stein, “The Arab-Israeli War of 1948—A Short History,” Center for Israel Education, 2020. https://israeled.org/the-arab-israeli-war-of-1948-a-short-history/

Jessica Steinberg, “10 Days, 20 Documentaries: Docaviv Film Festival Goes Online,” The Times of Israel, May 6, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/10-days-20-documentaries-docaviv-film-festival-goes-online/

Karin Stögner, “Intersectionality and Antisemitism—A New Approach,” Fathom Journal, May 2020. https://fathomjournal.org/intersectionality-and-antisemitism-a-new-approach/

Emily Tan, “Thousands Attend Israeli Music Festival Despite Country’s Lockdown,” Spin, May 22, 2020. https://www.spin.com/2020/05/thousands-attend-israeli-music-festival-despite-countrys-lockdown/

Rich Tenorio, “Israeli Celeb Chef in New Orleans Turns Shuttered Restaurants into Soup Kitchens,” The Times of Israel, May 10, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-celeb-chef-in-new-orleans-turns-shuttered-restaurants-into-soup-kitchens/

TOI Staff, “Netanyahu Gets Nods from Rivlin to Form Government, Seemingly Cementing Rule,” The Times of Israel, May 7, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/with-coalition-seemingly-set-netanyahu-gets-nod-from-rivlin-to-form-government/

Tzoreff, Yohanan, “The Palestinians and Israeli Annexation in the West Bank: Attempts at Deterrence and Calls for Help,” INSS, May 27, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/the-palestinians-ant-the-annexation/

Sarah Vorsanger, “Where Is Israel’s Food Industry Heading?” The Jerusalem Post, May 31, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/where-is-israeli-food-security-headed-629802

Washington Institute, “LBJ and the June 1967 War: Lessons from the American Role,” YouTube, June 1, 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18smPGeiEXQ

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. https://israeled.org/the-impact-of-covid-19-on-middle-eastern-and-north-african-states-a-curated-reading-list/

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. http://english.wafa.ps/page.aspx?id=SHr6TEa117154132029aSHr6TE

Becca Weinberg, “From Kibbutz Gezer to MLB: Alon Leichman’s Baseball Journey,” SBNation, May 26, 2020. https://www.lookoutlanding.com/2020/5/26/21269361/from-kibbutz-gezer-to-mlb-alon-leichmans-baseball-journey


#86 Contemporary Readings, April 2020

May 8, 2020

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu 

Algemeiner Staff, “Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Releases Virtual Passover Music Medley,” Algemeiner, April 08, 2020. https://www.algemeiner.com/2020/04/08/israel-philharmonic-orchestra-releases-virtual-passover-music-medley/

Moran Azulay, “Netanyahu and Gantz sign deal for unity government,” Ynet News, April 20, 2020. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/Hk2C2rsOL

Joy Bernard, “Locked down? Open up to… rising Israeli musician Oren Lavie,” Times of Israel, April 24, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/locked-down-open-up-to-rising-israeli-musician-oren-lavie/

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. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/ten-negative-scenarios/ 

CIE Staff, “A Guide for Streaming Israeli Content,” Center for Israel Education, April 2020. https://israeled.org/a-guide-for-streaming-israeli-content/

Edy Cohen, “Coronavirus and the Arab Culture of Secrecy,” BESA Center, May 1, 2020. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/coronavirus-arab-culture-secrecy/

Mohammed S. Dajani, “Forging a Path to Peace in The Time of Coronavirus,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 1, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/fikraforum/view/Peace-Coronavirus-Israel-Palestinians-COVID-19

Sophia Deboick, “Music and hedonism in Tel Aviv,” The New European, April 20, 2020. https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/top-stories/sophia-deboick-on-music-and-hedonism-in-tel-aviv-1-6610519

Zvi Eckstein, Avihai Lifschitz, and Sarit Menahem-carm, “a Growth Strategy for the Israeli Economy,” Brookings Institute, April 2020. https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/FP_20200407_israel_economy.pdf

Oded Eran, “A Gloomy Forecast for the Middle East following the Coronavirus Crisis,” INSS, April 22, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/the-coronavirus-crisis-in-the-middle-east/

Benjamin Ferrer, “Next-generation chickpea protein: Israeli start-up InnovoPro nets US$15m funding,” Food Ingredients First, April 24, 2020.  https://www.foodingredientsfirst.com/news/next-generation-chickpea-protein-israeli-start-up-innovopro-nets-us15m-funding.html 

Matti Friedman, “The Last Remnants of the Israeli Left,” New York Times, April 27, 2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/27/opinion/labor-likud-knesset-israel.html?smid=fb-share&fbclid=IwAR0ChkM2x2Z0W-yCLxITDxUHc7Wpf8VbkizXu7ObYB3RtMM3GH2xZXWAOpc

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. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/coronavirus-netanyahu-ben-gurion/

Tal Grinfas-David  “Zionism in Israeli Music – Activities, Ideas and Links to Resources,” Center for Israel Education, April 25, 2020. https://israeled.org/zionism-in-israeli-music-activities-ideas-and-links-to-resources/ 

Fleur Hassan Nahoum, “World powers turn to Israel for coronavirus pandemic leadership example,” Jerusalem Post, April 2, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/opinion/world-powers-turn-to-israel-for-coronavirus-pandemic-leadership-example-623399

Anne Herzberg, “UN Treaty Body Promotes BDS at Urging of Norwegian NGO,” BESA Center, April 15, 2020. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/un-treaty-body-promotes-bds-at-urging-of-norwegian-ngo/

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.  https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/coronavirus-on-the-israeli-palestinian-scene-part-2-the-gaza-strip

Tammy Hoffman, “A Moment of Reckoning for the [Israeli] Education System,” Israel democracy Institute, April 6, 2020. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/31252 

Hussein Ibish, “What Arab TV Says About Evolving Attitudes Toward Israel,” Bloomberg, May 5, 2020. https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-05-05/what-arab-tv-says-about-evolving-attitudes-toward-jews-and-israel

IPC Team, “Is Israel Prepared to Emerge from the Coronavirus Crisis?” IDC Herziliya, April 17, 2020. https://www.idc.ac.il/en/research/ips/pages/insights/insights-17-4-20-ips.aspx 

Israel21c Staff, “Join us on an intimate journey through seven decades of Israel’s history,” Israel21c, April 20, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/join-us-on-an-intimate-journey-through-seven-decades-of-israels-history/

Israel21c Staff, “Make your own homemade hummus and pita this Independence Day,” Israel21c, April 23, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/make-your-own-homemade-hummus-and-pita-this-independence-day/

Israel Kasnett, “Israel sells record $25 billion in bonds as investors show confidence in economy,” Jewish News Syndicate, April 30, 2020. https://www.jns.org/israel-sells-record-25-billion-in-bonds-as-investors-show-confidence-in-economy/

Isabel Kershner, “Passover Under Lockdown: Israeli Jews Revise the Rituals,” New York Times, April 7, 2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/07/world/middleeast/coronavirus-passover-israel.html

Anthony Kim, “Israel moving toward greater economic freedom – opinion,” Jerusalem Post, April 13, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/opinion/israel-moving-toward-greater-economic-freedom-opinion-624571

Daniel Kurtzer and Maira Seeley, “The Middle East’s Evolving Security Landscape: Prospects for Regional Cooperation and US Engagement,” Istituto Affari Internazionali, May 2020. https://www.iai.it/en/pubblicazioni/middle-easts-evolving-security-landscape-prospects-regional-cooperation-and-us

Yossi Klein Halevi, “How Hebrew music made me an Israeli: 12 seminal songs for Independence Day,” Times of Israel, April 28, 2020. https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/how-hebrew-music-made-me-an-israeli/

Yossi Klein Halevi, “Israel’s Arab Moment,” The Atlantic, April 20, 2020. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/israels-arab-moment/610918/

David M. Halbfinger and Isabel Kershner, “Netanyahu’s Power Is Extended as Rival Accepts Israel Unity Government,” New York Times, April 22, 2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/20/world/middleeast/netanyahu-israel-government-gantz.html

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israel launches ingenious zero-exposure Covid-19 test kiosks,” Israel21c, April 27, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/israel-launches-ingenious-zero-exposure-covid-19-test-kiosks/

Ephraim Lavie (et.al), “On the Eve of Ramadan: Arab Society in Israel and the Coronavirus,” INSS, April 23, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/ramadan-in-times-of-corona/

Kevin Lim, “With COVID-19, Iran’s Dependence on China Grows,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 27, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/with-covid-19-irans-dependence-on-china-grows

Ronny Linder, “Inside the ultra-Orthodox Hospital at the Center of Israel’s Coronavirus Pandemic,” Haaretz, April 20, 2020. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-inside-the-ultra-orthodox-hospital-at-the-center-of-israel-s-coronavirus-pandemic-1.8781069 

Michael Milshtein, “Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the Face of the Coronavirus Crisis,” IDC Herziliya, April 17, 2020. https://www.idc.ac.il/en/research/ips/pages/insights/michael-milshtein-17-4-20.aspx

Meron Rappaport, “What happened to Israel’s Labor party?” Middle East Eye, April 30, 2020. https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-politics-labor-party-what-happened

Asaf Romirovsky, “The Fauda Effect: Israeli Active Defense on the Screen,” BESA Center, April 19, 2020. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/fauda-effect/

Allon Sinai, ” Insights by the Israeli Tech Sector’s Eyes and Ears in the U.S.,” Calcalist, April 24, 2020. https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,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. https://www.forbes.com/sites/startupnationcentral/2020/04/26/covid19-coronavirus-agritech-food-shortage/#62d9cccf6b78

Shoshanna Solomon, “How Israeli exit strategy aims to save economy while keeping virus under control,” Times of Israel, April 13, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/how-israeli-exit-strategy-aims-to-save-economy-while-keeping-virus-under-control/

Eli Sperling, “Israeli/Hebrew Music Collections—Easily Accessible,” Center for Israel Education, April 2020. https://israeled.org/israeli-hebrew-music-collections-easily-accessible/

Ken Stein, “Dayenu – From Exodus to Contemporary Israel,” Center for Israel Education,   April 2020. https://israeled.org/dayenu-from-exodus-to-contemporary-israel/ 

Ken Stein, “Is Passover a Legacy Moment in Jewish History?” Center for Israel Education, April 12, 2020. https://israeled.org/is-passover-a-legacy-moment-in-jewish-history/   

Yedidia Stern, “Two Hedgehogs and a Hydra,” Israel democracy Institute, April 24, 2020. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/31385 

Eyal Tsir, “Israel’s changing regional landscape in light of COVID-19,” Brookings Institute, April 17, 2020. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2020/04/17/israels-changing-regional-landscape-in-light-of-covid-19/

Irenen Tsukerman, “Turkey Is Building a Geopolitical Alliance Between Sunni and Shiite Islamists,” BESA Center, April 14, 2020. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/turkey-is-building-a-geopolitical-alliance-between-sunni-and-shiite-islamists/

Ofir Winter and Tzvi Lev, “Challenges to Egypt from the Coronavirus Pandemic,” INSS, April 22, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/egypt-coronavirus-test/

Aaron Y. Zelin and Oula A. Alrifai, “Syria’s Three Governments Confront the Coronavirus,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 1, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/syrias-three-governments-confront-the-coronavirus 


#85 Contemporary Readings, March 2020

April 13, 2020

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu 

Or Anabi and Prof. Tamar Hermann, “76% of Israelis are Afraid of Getting Coronavirus,” The Israel Democracy Institute, March 31, 2020. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/31155

Tony Badran, “Crisis of the Iranian Order,” Hoover Institution: The Caravan Issue, March 10, 2020. https://www.hoover.org/research/crisis-iranian-order

Benny Begin, “Why Abbas Rejects Trump’s Deal (And Any Other Deal with Israel),” Haaretz Daily Newspaper Ltd., March 6, 2020. https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-why-abbas-rejects-trump-s-deal-and-any-other-deal-with-israel-1.8633745

Laura Brehaut, “In Sababa, Adeena Sussman Showcases the Dazzling Warmth of Israeli Food,” Windsor Star, April 2, 2020. https://windsorstar.com/life/food/in-sababa-adeena-sussman-showcases-the-dazzling-warmth-of-israeli-food/wcm/87075a43-344d-4d6d-8c16-528e6bcbd166/ 

Hannah Brown, “Amid Coronavirus Cancellations, Local Shows Will Go on- Online,” The Jerusalem Post, March 15, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/amid-coronavirus-cancellations-local-shows-will-go-on-online-621056

Itai Brun and Sarah J. Feuer, “The Calm before the Storm? Coping with Corona in the Middle East,” INSS, March 26, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/coronavirus-in-the-middle-east/

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. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/ten-negative-scenarios/

Brian Clark, “Perpetual Chaos: Why the Middle East Has Been Marred by America’s Presence,” The National Interest, March 4, 2020. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/middle-east-watch/perpetual-chaos-why-middle-east-has-been-marred-america’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. https://www.csis.org/analysis/iran-and-changing-military-balance-gulf-net-assessment-indicators

Nabil Fahmy, “The Most Severe Threat (Not Enough Water) Facing MENA,” The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Winter 2020. https://www.thecairoreview.com/midan/the-most-severe-threat-facing-mena/

Leehe Friedman and Dr. Gilad Malach, “Curbing the Coronavirus among the Ultra-Orthodox: Explainer,” The Israel Democracy Institute, April 2, 2020. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/31199

Galia Golan, “The History of the Two-State Solution,” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture Vol. 24 No. 1, 2019. https://pij.org/articles/1946/the-history-of-the-twostate-solution

Jessica Halfin, “Sip the Wines of the Fabulous Judean Hills Terroir,” Israel21C, March 18, 2020.  https://www.israel21c.org/sip-the-wines-of-the-fabulous-judean-hills-terroir/

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. https://www.kas.de/en/analyse/-/content/active-cyber-defense-a-comparative-study-on-us-israeli-and-german-approaches-2

Tsilla Hershco, “Contradictions in France’s Fight Against Antisemitic Violence,” BESA Center, March 16, 2020. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/france-antisemitism-violence/

Tammy Hoffman, “A Moment of Reckoning for the Education System,” The Israel Democracy Institute, April 6, 2020. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/31252

House Foreign Affairs Committee, “The Middle East Peace Process: An Analysis from Former U.S. Negotiators,” YouTube—2 hours, February 12, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzkJ0Tu40m8

Israel21C Staff, “In Q1/2020, Israeli High-Tech Firms Raise a Record $2.74b,” Israel21c, April 6, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/in-q1-2020-israeli-high-tech-firms-raise-a-record-2-74b/

Dina Kraft, “Lemony, Savory Fusion: Israel’s Brash Food Revolution,” The Christian Science Monitor, March 20, 2020. https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2020/0320/Lemony-savory-fusion-Israel-s-brash-food-revolution 

Yossi Kupferwasser, “Zionist Responses to the Trump Peace Plan (1): The Failure of the Old Paradigm,” Fathom Journal, February 11, 2020. https://fathomjournal.org/zionist-responses-to-the-trump-peace-plan-1-the-failure-of-the-old-paradigm/

Sarah Ladislaw, “The End of OPEC or a New Beginning?” Center for Strategic & International Studies, March 30, 2020. https://www.csis.org/analysis/end-opec-or-new-beginning 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “The Strange Story of the Rare Piano That Was Lost and Found,” Israel21C, March 22, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/the-strange-story-of-the-rare-piano-that-was-lost-and-found/

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. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/benny-gantz-did-the-right-thing-by-putting-his-country-first

Nate Mason and Jason Pack, “Could Coronavirus Lead to an Arab Spring 2.0?” Middle East Institute, March 25, 2020. https://www.mei.edu/publications/could-coronavirus-lead-arab-spring-20

Aaron David Miller, “Gulliver’s Troubles: America in a Violent and Dysfunctional Middle East,” March 9, 2020, Audio, https://israeled.org/gullivers-troubles-america-in-a-violent-and-dysfunctional-middle-east/

Aaron David Miller, “Strike Three: How a Ruling Coalition Still Eludes Israel’s Netanyahu,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, March 5, 2020. https://carnegieendowment.org/2020/03/05/strike-three-how-ruling-coalition-still-eludes-israel-s-netanyahu-pub-81220

Talya Minsberg, “An Israeli Mom Ranted about Online Learning, and the Internet Replied: ‘Same,’” The New York Times, March 26, 2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/parenting/israeli-mom-coronavirus-remote-learning.html

Yael Mizrahi-Arnaud and Tamara Cofman Wittes, “Is Israel in Democratic Decline?” Brookings, March 2019. https://www.brookings.edu/research/is-israel-in-democratic-decline/

Sari Nusseibeh, “The One-State Reality,” Tablet, March 8, 2020. https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/299871/the-one-state-reality

Meir Orbach, “Tourism Crash Threatens Survival of Israeli Travel Tech Companies,” Calcalist, April 2, 2020. https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,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. https://forward.com/fast-forward/443374/bds-founder-an-israel-invented-coronavirus-vaccine-would-be-ok-for/

Ali al-Shihabi, “Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Aramco: The end of OPEC+,” Al Arabiya English, March 15, 2020. https://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2020/03/15/The-end-of-OPEC-

Michael Singh, “U.S. Policy in the Middle East Amid Great Power Competition,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/u.s.-policy-in-the-middle-east-amid-great-power-competition

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, https://israeled.org/23610-2/  and https://israeled.org/16-july-1992-ken-stein-interview-with-ambassador-roy-atherton-washington-dc/

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. http://ismi.emory.edu/home/documents/Zionist%20Land%20Aquisition.pdf

Kristen Tauer, “Israeli Actress Shira Haas Streams into the U.S. with ‘Unorthodox,’” WWD, March 19, 2020. https://wwd.com/eye/people/shira-haas-actress-unorthodox-netlix-show-1203532073/

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.  https://www.swp-berlin.org/en/publication/nile-conflict-compensation-rather-than-mediation/

Luke Tress, “Bank of Israel to Buy NIS 50 Billion in Bonds to Steady Sinking Economy,” The Times of Israel, March 23, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/bank-of-israel-to-buy-nis-50-billion-in-bonds-to-steady-sinking-economy/

Shalom Salomon Wald, “China’s Rise, US Opposition, and the Implications for Israel,” The Jewish People Policy Institute Ltd., February 2020. http://jppi.org.il/new/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/China_2020E.pdf


#84 Contemporary Readings, February 2020

March 6, 2020

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu 

Mohamed Abdelaziz, “Arab Reactions to the Trump Peace Plan: An Analysis and Recommendation,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 31, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/fikraforum/view/arab-reactions-to-trumps-peace-plan-an-analysis-and-recommendation

AFP, “Israel Awaits ‘Pragmatic’ Abbas Heir, But May Be Disappointed,” Ynet, February 13, 2020.
https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HJAGIPG78

Sarah Amandolare, “In the Heart of Israel’s ‘Start-Up Nation,’ an Exclusive Scene Opens Up,” The New York Times, February 15, 2020.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/14/travel/14TelAviv-israel-technology.html

Naama Barak, “Sunny Eilat and Nice Join Forces to Become Smart Cities,” Israel21C, February 25, 2020.
https://www.israel21c.org/sunny-eilat-and-nice-join-forces-to-become-smart-cities/

Adrian Bridgwater, “How Israel Became A Technology Startup Nation,” Forbes, February 21, 2020.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/adrianbridgwater/2020/02/21/how-israel-became-a-technology-startup-nation/#3de3cae9780e

Udi Dekel, Anat Kurz and Noa Shusterman, “The Deal of the Century: Where Does it Lead?” INSS, February 24, 2020.
https://www.inss.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/special-publication-24022020.pdf

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.
https://jcpa.org/israelophobia-and-the-west/

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.
https://jcpa.org/article/the-u-s-peace-plan-a-return-to-the-rabin-doctrine-of-defensible-border/

Shmuel Even, “Military Intelligence Directorate Recommends Stepping Up Attacks on the Iranians in Syria- A Different View,” INSS Insight No. 1259, February 13, 2020.
https://www.inss.org.il/publication/the-israeli-intelligence-recommendation/

David Friedman, “[You Tube] The Trump Plan: A Changing Diplomatic Paradigm for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” February 9, 2020.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Emop2XzFOvE and transcript, https://jcpa.org/video/the-trump-plan-the-new-american-approach/

Matti Friedman, “Israel’s Rihanna is Arab and Jewish,” The New York Times, February 26, 2020.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/26/opinion/sunday/israel-nasrin-kadry-mizrahi-pop-music.html

Dr. Amir Fuchs, “Prime Minister on Trial- Explainer,” The Israel Democracy Institute, March 4, 2020.
https://en.idi.org.il/articles/30924

Galia Golan, “The History of the Two-State Solution,” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture Vol. 24 No.1, 2019.
https://www.pij.org/articles/1946/the-history-of-the-twostate-solution

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.
https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/tel-hai-battle-anniversary/

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.
https://www.inss.org.il/publication/us-foreign-aid-to-israel/

Eytan Halon, “Israel Counts the Climbing Cost of Coronavirus,” The Jerusalem Post, February 28, 2020.
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israel-counts-the-climbing-cost-of-coronavirus-619136

Eytan Halon, “Israel’s Economic Growth Has Left Most People Behind- Study,” The Jerusalem Post, February 20, 2020.
https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israels-economic-growth-has-left-most-people-behind-618152

Dr. Eran Lerman, “Breaking the ‘Everybody Knows Paradigm,’” Israel Hayom, January 30, 2020.
https://www.israelhayom.com/opinions/breaking-the-everybody-knows-paradigm/

David Makovsky, “Israel’s Electoral Marathon: Coalition Scenarios and Policy Implications,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 28, 2020.
https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/israels-electoral-marathon-coalition-scenarios-and-policy-implications

Jonah Mandel, “Ancient Jewish Dish of Cholent is Now a Melting Pot of Israeli Cuisine,” The times of Israel, February 11, 2020.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/ancient-jewish-dish-of-cholent-is-now-a-melting-pot-of-israeli-cuisine/

Dr. Emmanuel Navon, “The ‘Deal of the Century’ and Israel’s European Challenge,” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, February 6, 2020.
https://jiss.org.il/en/navon-the-deal-of-the-century-and-israels-european-challenge/

Rachel Neiman, “How Israel Became B- Movie Central,” Israel21C, February 12, 2020.
https://www.israel21c.org/how-israel-became-b-movie-central/

Kat Odell, “Michael Solomonov’s New Philly Restaurant is an Ode to the Israeli Grill House,” Food & Wine, February 7, 2020.
https://www.foodandwine.com/travel/restaurants/michael-solomonovs-laser-wolf-philadelphia

Paul Pillar, “Cold War Containment and the Middle East,” The National Interest, February 19, 2020. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/paul-pillar/cold-war-containment-and-middle-east-125116

David Pollock, “Palestinian Majority Rejects Two-State Solution, But Backs Tactical Compromises,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 25, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/fikraforum/view/palestinian-majority-rejects-two-state-solution-but-backs-tactical-compromi
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. https://docs.house.gov/meetings/FA/FA00/20200228/110573/HHRG-116-FA00-Wstate-PompeoM-20200228.pdf

Omar H. Rahman, “The Real Threat to Palestine is a Crisis of Leadership,” Brookings Institute, February 13, 2020.
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2020/02/13/the-real-threat-to-palestine-is-a-crisis-of-leadership/

Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research “Public Opinion Poll No (75) Press-Release,” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, February 11, 2020.
https://www.pcpsr.org/en/node/797

Rachel Ringler, “Russian Comfort Food is Making a Comeback in Israel,” Jewish Telegraphic Agency, February 12, 2020.
https://www.jta.org/2020/02/12/food/russian-comfort-food-is-making-a-comeback-in-israel

Christopher Robinson, “U.S-Libya Policy,” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Testimony, February 12, 2020.
https://www.foreign.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/021220_Robinson_Testimony.pdf or watch the video, https://www.foreign.senate.gov/hearings/us-libya-policy-021220

Arik Rudnitzky, “A New Political Card,” The Israel Democracy Institute, February 26, 2020.
https://en.idi.org.il/articles/30882

Natan Sachs, “Israel is Back on the Brink,” Brookings Institute, March 3, 2020.
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2020/03/03/israel-is-back-on-the-brink/

Tal Schneider, “China Trade is a National Security Issue,” Globes, Israel Business News, February 3, 2020.
https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-control-your-business-with-china-1001317192

David Schenker, “U.S-Libya Policy,” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Testimony, February 12, 2020. https://www.foreign.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/021220_Schenker_Testimony.pdf

Gilead Sher, “Comparing the ‘Deal of the Century’ with Previous Plans,” INSS Insight No. 1255, February 2, 2020.
https://www.inss.org.il/publication/trump-deal-comparative-review/?offset=2&posts=1258&type=399

Joel Singer, “President Trump’s Plan to End the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Some ‘Big Picture’ Observations,” Joel Singer, February 26, 2020.
https://www.joelsinger.org/president-trumps-plan-to-end-the-israeli-palestinian-conflict-some-big-picture-observations/

Ken Stein, “Political Statements on a Two-State Solution to Resolve the Arab (Palestinian)-Israeli Conflict, 1937–Present,” Center for Israel Education, February 2020. https://israeled.org/political-statements-on-a-two-state-solution/

Jessica Steinberg, “How Eden Alene Became the 1st Israeli of Ethiopian Descent Bound for Eurovision,” The Times of Israel, February 7, 2020.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/how-eden-alene-became-first-israeli-of-ethiopian-descent-to-go-to-eurovision/
Sue Surkes, “Monopoly Nation: How a Handful of Firms Control Prices, Hold Israelis Ransom,” The Times of Israel, February 26, 2020.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/monopoly-nation-how-a-handful-of-firms-control-prices-hold-israelis-to-ransom/

Rich Tenorio, “Real-Life Fertility Saga Bears Fruit When Israeli Director Reproduces It in Film,” The Times of Israel, February 13, 2020.
https://www.timesofisrael.com/real-life-fertility-saga-bears-fruit-when-israeli-director-reproduces-it-in-film/

Yohanan Tzoreff, “The Palestinians at a Crossroads- Following the Presentation of the ‘Deal of the Century,’” INSS Insight No. 1261, February 23, 2020.
https://www.inss.org.il/publication/the-palestinians-are-on-a-cross-roads/


#83 Contemporary Readings, January 2020

February 3, 2020

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu 

Dana Blander, “Is Prime Minister Netanyahu Setting a Global Precedent?” Israel Democracy Institute, January 6, 2020. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/29550

Brian Blum, “Top reasons 2019 was a record-breaking year for Israel’s economy,” Israel21c, January 15, 2020. https://israeled.org/top-reasons-2019-was-a-record-breaking-year-for-israels-economy/

Itai Brun and Itai Shapira “2020 Strategic Overview: Growing Challenges to Israel’s Current Strategy,” INSS Strategic Assessment, January 2020. http://www.inss.org.il/publication/2020-strategic-overview-growing-challenges-to-israels-current-strategy/

Itai Brun and Itai Shapira, “The Operational Environment: New Capabilities of the Radical Shiite Axis,” INSS Strategic Assessment, January 2020. http://www.inss.org.il/publication/the-operational-environment-new-capabilities-of-the-radical-shiite-axis/

Shaul Chorev, Beni Shpeinner, Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak, “Turkey maneuver could block Israel’s access to the sea,” Ynet News, December 28, 2019. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/ryg47F1yI

Tamara Cofman Wittes and Adrianna Pita, “[Podcast] What does Trump’s Middle East plan mean for Israel and Palestine?” Brookings Institute, January 29, 2020. https://www.brookings.edu/podcast-episode/what-does-trumps-middle-east-plan-mean-for-israel-and-palestine/

Udi Dekel, Noa Shusterman, and Anat Kurz, “The Palestinian System: Weakened and Close to Escalation,” INSS Strategic Assessment, January 2020. http://www.inss.org.il/publication/the-palestinian-system-weakened-and-close-to-escalation/

Udi Dekel, Carmit Valensi, and Orna Mizrahi, “The Northern Arena: Toward a Large-Scale Conflict,” INSS Strategic Assessment, January 2020. http://www.inss.org.il/publication/the-northern-arena-toward-a-large-scale-conflict/

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. http://www.inss.org.il/publication/israeli-society-challenges-to-societal-resilience/

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. http://www.inss.org.il/publication/the-regional-system-struggling-for-the-shape-of-the-middle-east/

Manfred Gerstenfeld, “The Soleimani Killing and Left-Liberals,” BESA Center, January 14, 2020. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/soleimani-killing-leftists/

Eytan Gilboa, “Why, despite similar interests, did the US kill Qasem Soleimani?” Jerusalem Post, January 6, 2020. https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Why-despite-similar-interests-did-the-US-kill-Qasem-Soleimani-613340

Roman Gokhman, “Israeli duo Lola Marsh definitively back with ‘Someday Tomorrow Maybe,'” Riff Magazine, January 20, 2020. https://riffmagazine.com/features/lola-marsh-someday-tomorrow-maybe/

Raz Greenberg, “In 2019, Israel Turned Japanese,” Tablet, January 7, 2020.  https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/296472/in-2019-israel-turned-japanese

Gershon Hacohen, “A Historic Opportunity that Must Be Seized,” BESA Center, January 30, 2020. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/trump-plan-historic-opportunity/   

Kasim Hafeez, “Who was Qassim Soleimani?” Jewish Policy Center, January 26, 2020. https://www.jewishpolicycenter.org/2020/01/16/who-was-qassim-soleimani/

Jessica Halfin, “The delicious reemergence of freekeh in Israeli cuisine,” Israel21c, January 27, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/the-delicious-reemergence-of-freekeh-in-israeli-cuisine/

Tamar Hermann, Or Anabi, William Cubbison and Ella Heller, “Israel Democracy Institute: 2019 Democracy Index,” Israel Democracy Institute, January 7, 2020. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/29494

Efraim Inbar, “Jordan will not impede the US Peace Plan,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, January 31, 2020.  https://jiss.org.il/en/inbar-jordan-will-not-impede-us-peace-plan/   

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. https://www.inss.org.il/the-day-after-soleimani-a-new-middle-east/

Ben Kenigsberg, ‘Incitement’ [Israeli Film] Review: A Tense, Angry Reckoning With [PM Rabin’s] Assassination,” New York Times, January 30, 2020.  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/30/movies/incitement-review.html

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli woman makes history, winning Directors Guild Award,” Israel21c, January 30, 2020. https://www.israel21c.org/israeli-woman-makes-history-winning-directors-guild-award/

Martin Kramer, “How does Trump’s partition plan compare?” Times of Israel, January 29, 2020. https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/how-does-trumps-partition-plan-compare/

Michael Knights, “Does Soleimani’s Death Matter? Findings from an [early] 2019 Workshop,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 3, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/does-soleimanis-death-matter-findings-from-a-2019-workshop

Abdel Moneim Said, “Egypt weathered the storms of the Arab Spring,” al-Ahram Online, December 26, 2019. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentP/4/358289/Opinion/Egypt-.aspx

Frank Musmar, “The Leviathan Natural Gas Field Could Be a Game-Changer for Israel-EU Relations,” BESA Center, January 19, 2020. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/leviathan-gas-israel-europe/

Jacques Neriah, “A Scorecard on the First Decade after the Arab Spring,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, December 31, 2019. https://jcpa.org/article/a-scorecard-on-the-first-decade-after-the-arab-spring/

Assaf Orion, Eldad Shavit, Shahar Eilam, and Rotem Oreg, “The International System: Superpower Competition and Functional Difficulties,” INSS Strategic Assessment, January 2020. http://www.inss.org.il/publication/the-international-system-superpower-competition-and-functional-difficulties/

Yoram Peri, “The Widening Military–political Gap in Israel,” SWP Berlin, January 2020. https://www.swp-berlin.org/en/publication/the-widening-military-political-gap-in-israel/

Dennis Ross, “Why Soleimani’s Killing Is a Gift to Vladimir Putin,” Washington Post, January 11, 2020. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/why-soleimanis-killing-is-a-gift-to-vladimir-putin

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. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2020/01/29/brookings-experts-react-to-the-white-houses-middle-east-peace-plan/

Jonathan Schanzer, “Where the US-Iran shadow war goes from here,” Pundicity, January 10, 2020. http://schanzer.pundicity.com/23680/where-the-us-iran-shadow-war-goes-from-here

Sima Shine, Raz Zimmt, and Emily B. Landau, “Iran: Defiance and Audacity, alongside Internal Challenges,” INSS Strategic Assessment, January 2020. http://www.inss.org.il/publication/iran-defiance-and-audacity-alongside-internal-challenges/

Times of Israel Staff, “Israeli pop stars Static & Ben El drop new song with US rapper Pitbull,” Times of Israel, January 12, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-pop-stars-static-ben-el-drop-new-song-with-us-rapper-pitbull/

Rich Tenorio, “In film ‘Crescendo,’ an Israeli-Palestinian orchestra struggles to get in tune,” Times of Israel, January 16, 2020. https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-film-crescendo-an-israeli-palestinian-orchestra-struggles-to-get-in-tune/

Nathan Thrall, “Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan Exposes the Ugly Truth,” New York Times, January 29, 2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/29/opinion/trump-peace-plan.html 

Flora Tsapovsky, “Coming to a Hotel Near You: Israeli Cuisine” Tablet Magazine, January 13, 2020. https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-life-and-religion/295878/hotels-israeli-cuisine

David M. Weinberg, “15 reasons to embrace the Trump Plan,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, January 31, 2020. https://jiss.org.il/en/weinberg-15-reasons-to-embrace-the-trump-plan/

Amos Yadlin, “Net Assessment and Policy Recommendations for 2020,” INSS Strategic Assessment, January 2020. http://www.inss.org.il/publication/conclusion-net-assessment-and-policy-recommendations-for-2020/

Amos Yadlin, “The Trump Plan: What’s Next?” INSS, January 28, 2020. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/the-trump-plan-whats-next/


#82 Contemporary Readings, December 2019

January 3, 2020

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu 

Ron Ben-Yishai, “Israel and Iran’s game of cat and mouse,” Ynet News, December 23, 2019.  https://www.ynetnews.com/article/SJwc3f00S

Hannah Brown, “Cultural Affairs: The curious emergence of Israeli film and TV,” Jerusalem Post, December 22, 2019. https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Cultural-Affairs-The-curious-emergence-of-Israeli-film-and-TV-611507 

Mordechai Chaziza, “China in the Middle East: Tourism as a Stealth Weapon,”
Middle East Quarterly, Fall 2019. https://www.meforum.org/59293/mordechai-chaziza-china-in-the-middle-east

Congressional Research Service, “U.S. Role in the World: Background and Issues for Congress,” Congressional Research Service, December 19, 2019. https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R44891.pdf

Barry Davis, “Lady Rada takes on Holiday: Israel’s beloved star vocalist performs Lady Day in her own way,” Jerusalem Post, December 4, 2019. https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Lady-Rada-takes-on-Holiday-609922 

Oded Eran and Shimon Stein, “A New Leadership at the European Union: A Chance for Better EU Ties with Israel?” INSS, December 19, 2019. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/a-new-leadership-at-the-european-union-a-chance-for-better-eu-ties-with-israel/?offset=4&posts=1244&type=399 

Sarah J. Feuer and Carmit Valensi, “Arab Spring 2.0? Making Sense of the Protests Sweeping the Region,” INSS, December 1, 2019. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/arab-spring-2-0-making-sense-of-the-protests-sweeping-the-region/

Ezra Friedman, “Gas and foreign policy: how Israel is leveraging energy to stabilize the region and advance geostrategic objectives,” Fathom Journal, December 2019. http://fathomjournal.org/gas-and-foreign-policy-how-israel-is-leveraging-energy-to-stabilise-the-region-and-advance-geostrategic-objectives/

Miriam Groner, Meet An Israeli Version Of Prince Who Fuses Arabic, Hebrew, Jazz & Soul Music,” Jewish Week, December 17, 2019. https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/meet-the-israeli-version-of-prince-who-fuses-arabic-hebrew-jazz-soul-music/

Judah Ari Gross, “IDF chief warns Israelis: The next war will hit our home front extremely hard,” Times of Israel, December 25, 2019. https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-chief-israel-alone-in-the-fight-against-iran-in-syria-iraq/

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen, “Getting Iran Out of Syria: The Dayan Formula,” BESA Center, December 10, 2019. https://besacenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/1368-Getting-Iran-Out-of-Syria-Hacohen-English-final.pdf

Hagay Hacohen, “The best of Russian [dance] culture,” Jerusalem Post, December 26, 2019. https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/The-best-of-Russian-culture-612232

Eytan Halon, “Alternative’ poverty report: Over 1m. Israeli children living in poverty,” Jerusalem Post, December 9, 2019. https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Alternative-poverty-report-Over-1m-Israeli-children-living-in-poverty-610314

Ruth Halperin-Kadri and Einat Ofer, “One hundred years of patriarchy,” Ynet News, December 14, 2019. https://www.ynetnews.com/article/Hybq7r6ar

Michael Harvey, “Judaism is not a Nationality,” Times of Israel, December 11, 2019. https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/judaism-is-not-a-nationality/

Mark A. Heller, “The United States and Israel: The Risk of Growing Apart,” SWP Berlin, December 2019. https://www.swp-berlin.org/en/publication/the-united-states-and-israel-the-risk-of-growing-apart/

Simon Henderson, “The Obstacles Still Facing Israel’s Leviathan Gas Field,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy,” December 31, 2019. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/the-obstacles-still-facing-israels-leviathan-gas-field 

Arthur Herman, “China and the US-Israel Special Relationship,” Tikvah Fund, December 2019. https://tikvahfund.org/library/podcast-arthur-herman-on-china-and-the-u-s-israel-special-relationship/

Arthur Herman, “The Impasse Obstructing US-Israel Relations, and How to Remedy it,” Mosaic, December 2019. https://mosaicmagazine.com/response/politics-current-affairs/2019/12/its-time-for-a-common-market-in-defense-trade/

Israel Democracy Institute Staff, “Two Economies – One Society [conference proceedings],” The Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society, Jerusalem, Israel, December 17-18, 2019. https://en.idi.org.il/media/13595/two-economies-one-society.pdf?ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_12_25_2019_12_38)

Michael Klein, “An early look at Laser Wolf, Mike Solomonov’s Israeli skewer restaurant,” Philadelphia Inquirer, December 24, 2019. https://www.inquirer.com/food/laser-wolf-kensington-mike-solomonov-steve-cook-israeli-skewers-restaurant-20191223.html

Middle East Institute, “2019 Year in Review: Uprising, elections, and international contestation [twelve short essays],” December 23, 2019. https://www.mei.edu/blog/2019-year-review

MITVIM Staff, “The 2019 Israeli Foreign Policy Index of the Mitvim Institute,” MITVIM Institute, November 2019. http://mitvim.org.il/images/English_Report_-_The_2019_Israeli_Foreign_Policy_Index_of_the_Mitvim_Institute.pdf

Kyle Orton, “Obama, Trump and the collapse of the American position in the Middle East,” Fathom Journal, November 2019.  http://fathomjournal.org/obama-trump-and-the-collapse-of-the-american-position-in-the-middle-east/

Adam Rasgon, “EU, including Germany’s Merkel, pressures Palestinians to hold elections,” Times of Israel, December 27, 2019. https://www.timesofisrael.com/eu-including-germanys-merkel-pressuring-palestinians-to-hold-elections/

Paul Rivlin, “The Iranian Empire Cracks, at Home and Abroad,” Moshe Dayan Center, December 31, 2019. https://dayan.org/content/iranian-empire-cracks-home-and-abroad

Gregg Roman, “A Likud Primary on Palestinian Defeat,” The Times of Israel, December 25, 2019. https://www.meforum.org/60161/a-likud-primary-on-palestinian-defeat

Yuval Shany and Amir Fuchs, “Immunity for the Prime Minister: Explainer,” Israel Democracy Institute, December 31, 2019.  https://en.idi.org.il/articles/29509

Eldad Shavit, Sima Shine and Bat Chen Feldman, “Political Instability in Iraq: A Serious Threat to Iran’s Interests,” INSS, December 24, 2019. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/political-instability-in-iraq-a-serious-threat-to-irans-interests/?offset=2&posts=1244&type=399

Cathy Siegner, “Israeli startup Sufresca gets $500K to develop edible produce packaging,” Food Dive, December 20, 2019. https://www.fooddive.com/news/israeli-startup-sufresca-gets-500k-to-develop-edible-produce-packaging/569474/ 

Jessica Steinberg, “With Jewish and Arab musicians, Nazareth conservatory puts on first festival,” Times of Israel, December 7, 2019. https://www.timesofisrael.com/with-jewish-and-arab-musicians-nazareth-conservatory-puts-on-first-festival/ 

Times of Israel Staff, “Israeli musician Dennis Lloyd [Nir Tibor] says global success caught him by surprise,” Times of Israel, December 20, 2019. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-musician-dennis-lloyd-says-global-success-caught-him-by-surprise/

Eric Tlozek, “Israel’s food tech scene experiments with insects and computer-designed sweeteners,” ABC News, January 2, 2019. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-03/israeli-companies-innovate-for-the-future-of-food/11757680

Eyal Tsir Cohen and Kevin Huggard, “What can we learn from the escalating Israeli raids in Syria?” Brookings INstitute, December 6, 2019. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2019/12/06/what-can-we-learn-from-the-escalating-israeli-raids-in-syria/ 

Paul Tugwell, “Leaders from Israel, Cyprus, Greece Sign EastMed Gas Pipe Deal,” Bloomberg, January 1, 2019. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-02/leaders-from-israel-to-greece-set-to-sign-eastmed-gas-pipe-deal

Mira Tzoref, “ʿAbd al-Fattah al-Sisi’s “Rehabilitation of Anwar al-Sadat,”” Dayan Center, December 15, 2019. https://dayan.org/content/abd-al-fattah-al-sisis-rehabilitation-anwar-al-sadat

Bilal Wahab, “What Will It Take to Repair Middle Eastern Economies?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Winter 2019. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/uploads/Documents/opeds/Wahab20191209-SevenPillars-bookchapter.pdf


#81 Contemporary Readings, November 2019

December 9, 2019

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu  

Tamuz Avivi, “Female Representation in Israeli Politics,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 19, 2019. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/fikraforum/view/female-representation-in-israeli-politics

Shlomo Ben-Ami, “The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Conundrum,” Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Fall 2019. https://www.international.ucla.edu/israel/currents 

Barukh Binah, ” US Policies toward Israel and the Middle East,” MITVIM, November 2019. http://mitvim.org.il/images/English_-_US_Policies_towards_Israel_and_the_Middle_East_October_2019.pdf 

Hannah Brown, “Making sweet music in southern bomb shelters as the rockets rained down,” Jerusalem Post, November 14, 2019. https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Making-sweet-music-in-southern-bomb-shelters-as-the-rockets-rained-down-607858  

Patrick Clawson, “Khamenei’s Domestic and Foreign Response Options to the Protests,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 21, 2019. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/khameneis-domestic-and-foreign-response-options-to-the-protests

Congressional Research Service, “U.S. Role in the World: Background and Issues for Congress,” Congressional Research Service, November 18, 2019. https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R44891.pdf 

Matthew Continetti, “Democrats and Israel: Nothing but Daylight,” Commentary, December 2019. https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/democrats-and-israel-nothing-but-daylight/ 

Doron Ella, “A Regulatory Mechanism to Oversee Foreign Investment in Israel: Security Ramifications,” INSS, November 19, 2019. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/?ptype=399 

Meir Elran, Carmit Padan, Sason Hadad, and Shmuel Even, “The Recent Round of Fighting with Islamic Jihad: Lessons for the Civilian Front,” INSS, November 27, 2019. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/the-recent-round-of-fighting-with-islamic-jihad-lessons-for-the-civilian-front/?offset=3&posts=1238&type=399   

Sarah J. Feuer and Carmit Valensi, “Arab Spring 2.0? Making Sense of the Protests Sweeping the Region,” INSS, December 1, 2019. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/arab-spring-2-0-making-sense-of-the-protests-sweeping-the-region/

Adrian Filut, “Israel’s Income Polarization Just Keeps Growing,” Calcalist, November 28, 2019. https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3774790,00.html 

Marcus B Gilban, “Thousands of Brazilians trill along with Israeli initiative Koolulam,” Times of Israel, December 2, 2019. https://www.timesofisrael.com/thousands-of-brazilians-trill-along-with-israeli-initiative-koolulam/ 

Dore Gold, “U.S. Policy Change on Israeli Settlements: A Long Awaited Correction,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, November 19, 2019. http://jcpa.org/article/u-s-policy-change-on-israeli-settlements-a-long-awaited-correction/ 

Shalom Golman, “Ray Charles in Israel When the ‘Genius of Soul’ sang ‘Hava Nagila’ with David Ben-Gurion,” Tablet, November 4, 2019. https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/293059/ray-charles-in-israel 

Daniel Gordis, “Podcast: Daniel Gordis on the Rift Between American and Israeli Jews,” Tikva Fund, April 3, 2019. https://tikvahfund.org/library/podcast-daniel-gordis-on-the-rift-between-american-and-israeli-jews/

Eli Greenbaum, “Impact of export control law on the Israeli economy,” Jerusalem Post, November 27, 2019. https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Impact-of-export-control-law-on-the-Israeli-economy-609220 

Yoel Guzansky and Sima Shine, “A Possible Thaw in Iranian-Saudi Tensions: Ramifications for the Region and for Israel,” INSS, November 2, 2019. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/a-possible-thaw-in-iranian-saudi-tensions-ramifications-for-the-region-and-for-israel/?offset=14&posts=1238&type=399 

Eytan Halon, “50% of Israel’s children are receiving a ‘third world education’,” Jerusalem Post, November 15, 2019.  https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Israeli-Society-Ringing-the-demographic-alarm-bells-607913

Tamar Herman, “After Indictment – 59% of Israelis Think Netanyahu Should Step Aside,” Israel Democracy Institute, November 28, 2019. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/28984 

Israel Democracy Institute, “Prime Minister under Investigation – A Guide for the Perplexed,” Israel Democracy Institute, February 2019. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/25944 

Ephraim Kam, “Iranian Stakes in Syria,” INSS, November 12, 2019. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/iranian-stakes-in-syria/

Michael Kaminer, “This Israeli Chef Found Michelin Starred Restaurants ‘F*ing Boring.’ So He Turned To Kosher,” Forward, November 6, 2019. https://forward.com/food/434214/this-israeli-chef-found-michelin-starred-restaurants-to-be-fucking-boring/ 

King Abdullah II and Robert Satloff, “Jordan’s King Abdullah II Addresses Key Mideast Issues in Exclusive Washington Institute Interview,” Washington institute for Near East Policy, November 27, 2019. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/press-room/view/jordans-king-abdullah-ii-addresses-key-mideast-issues-in-exclusive-washingt

Abigail Klein Leichman, “2 albums from bands led by Israelis get Grammy nominations,” Israel21c, November 24, 2019. https://www.israel21c.org/2-albums-from-bands-led-by-israelis-get-grammy-nominations/ 

Sivan Klingbail and Lior Dattel, “Israeli Economist Proposes Mandating Paternity Leave to Close Gender Gaps,” Haaretz, November 8, 2019. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-economist-proposes-mandating-paternity-leave-to-close-gender-gaps-1.8094971

Michael Knights, “U.S. Interests and the Unsustainable Status Quo in Iraq,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 12, 2019. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/fikraforum/view/u.s.-interests-and-the-unsustainable-status-quo-in-iraq

Ivan Levingston, “Israel’s Mossad Is Recruiting More Ultra-Orthodox Men,” Bloomberg, November 19, 2019. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-19/israel-s-mossad-is-recruiting-more-ultra-orthodox-men

Michael Oren, “The Coming Middle East Conflagration,” The Atlantic, November 4, 2019. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/11/israel-preparing-open-war/601285/

Adi Pick, “Japanese Interest in Israeli Tech Continues to Surge,” Calcalist, December 1, 2019. https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3774920,00.html

Paul Rivlin, “he Politics of Lebanon’s Economic Collapse,” Moshe Dayan Center, November 28, 2019. https://dayan.org/content/politics-lebanons-economic-collapse

Natan Sachs and Adrianna Pita, “What does Netanyahu’s indictment mean for Israel?” Brookings Institute, November 22, 2019. https://www.brookings.edu/podcast-episode/what-does-netanyahus-indictment-mean-for-israel/

Felicia Schwartz, “‘It’s So Easy to Live Here.’ Jewish Settlements Go Mainstream in Israel,” Wall Street Journal, November 10, 2019. https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-new-jewish-settlers-israelis-chasing-a-suburban-dream-in-the-west-bank-11573409035

Marc Shulman, “Israel’s Political System is Gridlocked—but the Economy Happily Ticks Along,” Newsweek, November 4, 2019. https://www.newsweek.com/israel-politics-paralyzed-economy-tech-fine-1469659 

Shoshana Solomon, “Michigan eyes Israeli tech to tackle water, mobility, cybersecurity challenges,” Times of Israel, November 21, 2019. https://www.timesofisrael.com/michigan-eyes-israeli-tech-to-tackle-water-mobility-cybersecurity-challenges/

Jonathan Spyer, “Hizballah’s Deep State in Lebanon,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, November 7, 2019. https://jiss.org.il/en/spyer-hizballahs-deep-state-in-lebanon/

Yedidia Stern, “Assault on Israel’s Judicial System: The Angel of History is Watching Us,” Israel Democracy Institute, November 6, 2019. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/28856 

Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme, “Michael Solomonov’s New Midtown Village Restaurant Is a Celebration of Israeli Street Food,” Philadelphia Magazine, November 25, 2019. https://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/2019/11/25/solomonov-merkaz-opening/ 

Yohanan Tzoreff and Yoram Schweitzer “Cracks in the Palestinian Resistance Camp?” INSS, November 27, 2019. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/cracks-in-the-palestinian-resistance-camp/?offset=2&posts=1238&type=399 

Stefan Wolfrum, “Israel’s Contradictory Gas Export Policy,” SWP Berlin, November 2019. https://www.swp-berlin.org/en/publication/israels-contradictory-gas-export-policy/

Raul Wootliff, “‘A time of unprecedented darkness’: Rivlin passes coalition-building buck to MKs,” Times of Israel, November 21, 2019. https://www.timesofisrael.com/a-time-of-unprecedented-darkness-rivlin-passes-coalition-building-buck-to-mks/

Jim Zanotti and Clayton Thomas, “Turkey: Background, U.S. Relations, and Sanctions In Brief,” Congressional Research Service, November 8, 2019. https://fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/R44000.pdf


#80 Contemporary Readings, October 2019

November 4, 2019

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu

David Adesnik and Aykan Erdemir, “Trump’s first mistake in Syria was ever trusting Erdogan at all,” Foundation for Defense of Democracies, October 17, 2019. https://www.fdd.org/analysis/2019/10/17/trumps-first-mistake-in-syria-was-ever-trusting-erdogan-at-all/

Jawad Anani and Shimon Shamir, “Jordan-Israel Peace at Twenty-Five: Past, Present, and Future,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 17, 2019. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/jordan-israel-peace-at-twenty-five-past-present-and-future

Rami Ayyub, “Young maestro takes baton as Israel Philharmonic’s Zubin Mehta ends 50-year tenure,” Reuters, October 24, 2019. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-classicalmusic/young-maestro-takes-baton-as-israel-philharmonics-zubin-mehta-ends-50-year-tenure-idUSKBN1X31N4

BBC, “Turkey’s Syria offensive explained in four maps,” BBC News, October 14, 2019. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-49973218

Ilan Ben Zion, “Israel’s Oscars pick explores mind of Rabin’s assassin,” Al-Monitor, October 30, 2019. https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/10/israels-oscar-pick-explores-mind-of-rabins-assassin.html

Sandee Brawarsky, “The Cultural Blender That Is Israeli Food,” The New York Jewish Week, October 3, 2019. https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/the-cultural-blender-that-is-israeli-food/

Myron Brilliant, “Deepening the US-Israel relationship through business,” The Hill, October 23, 2019. https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/467014-deepening-the-us-israel-relationship-through-business

Soner Cagaptay, “Turkey’s Syria Incursion: What Spurred It, and What’s Next?” Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy, October 11, 2019. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/turkeys-syria-incursion-what-spurred-it-and-whats-next

Dani Charles, “Chutzpah meets Monozukuri: A Look at the Japanese-Israeli Cyber Relationship,” Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, September 24, 2019. https://spfusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Chutzpah-meets-Monozukuri-FINAL-1.pdf

Edy Cohen, “The Crisis of Violence in Israeli Arab Society,” BESA Center, October 29, 2019.  https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/crisis-violence-israeli-arab-society/

Barry Davis, “It’s ‘Quarter To Africa’ Time In Israel,” The Jerusalem Post, October 6, 2019. https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Its-Quarter-to-Africa-time-in-Israel-603890

Gadi Eisenkot and Gabi Siboni, “Guidelines for Israel’s National Security Strategy,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 2019. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/uploads/Documents/pubs/PolicyFocus160-EisenkotSiboni.pdf

Ben Fishman and Ghaith al-Omari, “The Jordan Exception in U.S. Foreign Assistance,” The Washington Institute, March 7, 2018. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/the-jordan-exception-in-u.s.-foreign-assistance

Daniel Gordis, “Podcast on the Rift Between American and Israeli Jews,” Tikvah, April 3, 2019. https://tikvahfund.org/library/podcast-daniel-gordis-on-the-rift-between-american-and-israeli-jews/

Gershon Hacohen, “A Strategic View of the Turkish Campaign Against the Kurds,” BESA Center, October 31, 2019. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/turkey-campaign-against-kurds/

Amos Harel, “The Mideast Trump Leaves Behind: A Resurgent ISIS, an Arab Spring Comeback,” Haaretz, October 13, 2019. https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/syria/.premium-the-mideast-trump-leaves-behind-a-resurgent-isis-an-arab-spring-comeback-1.7966335

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “A Majority of Israelis Prefer a Unity Government,” The Israel Democracy Institute, October 2, 2019. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/28718

Kevin Huggard and Natan Sachs, “Israel’s government formation: Answering the key questions,” Brookings, October 25, 2019. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2019/10/25/israels-government-formation-answering-the-key-questions/

James Jeffrey, “Testimony Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Assessing the Impact of Turkey’s Offensive in Northeast Syria,” US Department of State, October 22, 2019. https://www.foreign.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/102219_Jeffrey_Testimony.pdf

Kayla Koontz, “Borders Beyond Borders,” Middle East Institute, October 2019. https://www.mei.edu/sites/default/files/2019 10/Borders%20Beyond%20Borders_Oct.%2025%2C%202019.pdf

Gallia Lindenstrauss and Eldad Shavit, “Turkey’s Offensive in Northeastern Syria: The Expected, the Surprising, and the Still Unknown,” INSS, October 23, 2019. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/turkeys-offensive-in-northeastern-syria-the-expected-the-surprising-and-the-still-unknown/?utm_source=activetrail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=INSS%20Insight%20No.%201217

David Makovsky, “Netanyahu Era Likely Coming to an End Amid Post-Election Standoff,” The Washington Institute, October 21, 2019. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/netanyahu-era-likely-coming-to-an-end-amid-post-election-standoff

David Makovsky and Dennis Ross, “What Israel’s Past Leaders Can Teach Us About Its Current Problem,” The Washington Institute, October 23, 2019. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/what-israels-past-leaders-can-teach-us-about-its-current-problem

Orna Mizrahi, “The Mass Demonstrations in Lebanon: What Do They Portend?” INSS, October 25, 2019. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/the-mass-demonstrations-in-lebanon-what-do-they-portend/

Jacques Neriah, “Was the American Decision to Abandon the Kurds a Surprise?” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. October 23, 2019. http://jcpa.org/article/was-the-american-decision-to-abandon-the-kurds-a-surprise/ 

Smadar Perry, “The slow death of a promising peace,” Ynet News, October 27, 2019.

https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5614358,00.html

Bruce Riedel, “25 years on, remembering the path to peace for Jordan and Israel,” Brookings, October 23, 2019. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2019/10/23/25-years-on-remembering-the-path-to-peace-for-jordan-and-israel/

Dennis Ross, “Trump’s aversion to alliances is making the world a more dangerous place,” The Hill, October 20, 2019. https://thehill.com/opinion/international/466619-trumps-aversion-to-alliances-is-making-the-world-a-more-dangerous-place

Ben Shapiro, “The US can learn from Israel’s social cohesion,” Globes, October 25, 2019. https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-the-us-can-learn-from-israels-social-cohesion-1001304843

Natan Sharansky and Alan Dershowitz, “Behind the Mask,” Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy, September 2019. https://4il.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/MSA-report-Behind-the-Mask.pdf

Shahar Smooha, “Israeli bargain hunters flock to West Bank,” Globes, September 21, 2019. https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-israeli-bargain-hunters-flock-to-west-bank-1001301478

Ken Stein, “The Jordanian-Israeli treaty at 25: Geography, Location and Mutual Interest,” Center for Israel Education, October 2019. https://israeled.org/the-jordanian-israeli-treaty-at-25-geography-location-and-mutual-interest/

Irina Tsukerman, “Why No Deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran Will Ever Last,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, October 24, 2019, https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/iran-deals-wishful-thinking/

Avi Waksman, “A Third Election Cycle Can Only Be Bad News for Israel’s Economy,” Haaretz, October 3, 2019. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/elections/.premium-a-third-election-cycle-can-only-be-bad-news-for-israel-s-economy-1.7927452

Danny Zaken, “Israel will reopen economic agreements with Palestinians,” Globes, October 10, 2019. https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-israel-will-reopen-economic-agreements-with-palestinian-authority-1001303483


#79 Contemporary Readings, September 2019

October 4, 2019

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu

Einat Admony, “How Celebrity Chef Einat Admony Learned to Love Israeli Food,” Daily Beast, September 17, 2019. https://www.thedailybeast.com/an-essay-from-chef-einat-admonys-new-book-shuk

Tony Badran, “Welcome to the End of the Process,” The Caravan Journal, September 26, 2019. https://www.hoover.org/research/welcome-end-process

Dany Bahar and Zvi Eckstein, “Israeli Voters Don’t Care About the Economy. They Should,” Foreign Policy Magazine, September 12, 2019. https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/09/12/israeli-voters-dont-care-about-the-economy-they-should-netanyahu-gantz-lieberman/

Katherine Bauer, “The Economics of Calm,” The Caravan Journal, September 26, 2019. https://www.hoover.org/research/economics-calm

Ilan Berman, “China in the Middle East: Reshaping Regional Politics,” Middle East Forum, Fall 2019. https://www.meforum.org/59279/ilan-berman-china-in-the-middle-east

BICOM Staff, “Netanyahu fails to win 61 seat majority,” BICOM, September 18, 2019. www.bicom.org.uk/news/netanyahu-fails-to-win-61-seat-majority/ 

Aya Chajut, “Film That Tells Story of Rabin’s Assassin Wins Israeli Oscars,” Haaretz, September 23, 2019. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/culture/.premium-film-that-tells-story-of-yitzhak-rabin-s-killer-wins-israeli-oscars-1.7876699

Barry Davis, “A Tale of Two Musicians,” The Jerusalem Post, September 15, 2019. https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/A-tale-of-two-musicians-601785

Alex Fishman, “Electoral deadlock distracts Israel from growing threat in Gaza,” Ynet News, September 25, 2019. https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5596924,00.html

Reulel Marc Gerecht, “The Israeli-Palestinian Struggle, Continued,” The Caravan Journal, October 1, 2019. https://www.hoover.org/research/israeli-palestinian-struggle-continued

Gershon Hacohen, “Israel’s New Existential Challenge,” BESA, September 4, 2019. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/israel-existential-challenge/

John Hannah, “Israel Should not worry about Ilhan Omar. It Should Worry About Xi Jinping,” Foundation for Defense of Democracy, September 19, 2019. https://www.fdd.org/analysis/2019/09/19/israel-shouldnt-worry-about-ilhan-omar-it-should-worry-about-xi-jinping/5, 2019 | Commentary Magazine

Charles Hill, “The Unbalanced,” The Caravan Journal, September 17, 2019. https://www.hoover.org/research/unbalanced

Allison Kaplan Sommer, “Israel Election Results: Fewer Women and LGBT People — but Lots of Ex-generals — in New Knesset,” Haaretz, September 24, 2019. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/elections/.premium-israel-election-results-fewer-women-and-lgbt-people-in-new-knesset-1.7889656

Ofer Kenig, “Farewell Elections, Hello 35th Government,” Israel Democracy Institute, September 22, 2019. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/28659

Israel Democracy Institute Staff, “Conditional Partnership 2019: Relations between Jews and Arabs in Israel,” Israel Democracy Institute, September 22, 2019. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/28654

JISS Staff, “Might at a Critical Moment,” JISS, September 2019. https://jiss.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/mitve-book-eng_web.pdf

Yossi Kuperwasser, “A U.S.-Israeli Defense Pact: How to Ensure That its Advantages Outweigh its Disadvantages,” JCPA, September 19, 2019. http://jcpa.org/article/a-u-s-israeli-defense-pact-how-to-ensure-that-its-advantages-outweigh-its-disadvantages/

Guillaume Lavallée, “Israeli economic growth overshadows struggles of working poor,” The Times of Israel, September 11, 2019. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-economic-growth-overshadows-struggles-of-working-poor/

Jonathan Lis, “Israeli President Delivers Rare Rebuke After Netanyahu Gov’t Approves Cameras in Ballots,” Haaretz, September 8, 2019. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/elections/.premium-everyone-films-netanyahu-convenes-government-to-push-placing-cameras-in-ballots-1.7809321

David Makovsky, “The Premier Who Cried Gevalt: Why Netanyahu Lost His Majority,” The Washington Institute, September 19, 2019. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/the-premier-who-cried-gevalt-why-netanyahu-lost-his-majority

Ghaith al-Omari, “How Will Palestinians Respond to Netanyahu’s Annexation Announcement?” The Washington Institute, September 11, 2019. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/how-will-palestinians-respond-to-netanyahus-annexation-announcement

Assaf Orion and Shahar Eilam, “The American Jewish Community and Israel’s National Security- A Call for Action,” INSS, August 2019. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/the-american-jewish-community-and-israels-national-security-a-call-for-action/

Emanuele Ottolenghi, “From Latin America to West Africa: Hezbollah’s Complex Web of Connections is fueling its terrorist Activity,” Foundation for Defense of Democracy, August 29, 2019. https://www.fdd.org/analysis/2019/08/29/from-latin-america-to-west-africa-hezbollahs-complex-web-of-connections-is-fuelling-its-terrorist-activity/

David Pollock and Tamar Hermann, “The Increasingly Right Stuff: Religious Parties in Israel’s Upcoming Election,” The Washington Institute, September 5, 2019. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/fikraforum/view/the-increasingly-right-stuff-religious-parties-in-israels-upcoming-election

Itamar Rabinovich, “The Meager Prospects Of Progress On The Palestinian Issue,” The Caravan Journal, September 19, 2019. https://www.hoover.org/research/meagre-prospects-progress-palestinian-issue

Paul Rivlin, “Iran attacks Saudi Arabia,” The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, September 26, 2019. https://dayan.org/content/iran-attacks-saudi-arabia

Dennis Ross, “How to Think About Israeli-Palestinian Peace,” The Caravan Journal, September 24, 2019. https://www.hoover.org/research/how-think-about-israeli-palestinian-peace

Natan Sachs, “The end of Netanyahu’s unchecked reign,” Brookings, September 20, 2019. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2019/09/20/the-end-of-netanyahus-unchecked-reign/

Jonathan Schanzer, “Israel and China,” Foundation for Defense of Democracy, August 27, 2019.   https://www.fdd.org/analysis/2019/08/27/israel-is-americas-unlikely-ally-in-the-trade-war-with-china/  

Tal Schneider, “Who will be charged with putting together a ruling coalition? A lot will depend on President Reuven Rivlin,” Globes, September 18, 2019. https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-four-scenarios-for-forming-a-coalition-1001301243

Liza Schoenfein, “Everything Is ‘Sababa’ In Adeena Sussman’s Long-Awaited Israeli Cookbook,” Forward, September 2, 2019. https://forward.com/food/430507/everything-is-sababa-in-adeena-sussmans-long-awaited-israeli-cookbook/

Yoram Schweitzer and Orna Mizrahi, “The Complexity behind Hezbollah’s Response to Israel’s Attacks,” INSS, September 4, 2019. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/the-complexity-behind-hezbollahs-response-to-israels-attacks/?offset=3&posts=1216&type=399

Chemi Shalev, “Election Countdown On Election Day, It’s the Prince of Darkness vs. Israel’s Very Soul,” Haaretz, September 17, 2019. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/elections/.premium-election-day-is-a-referendum-on-israel-s-very-soul-1.7854165

Simona Shemer, “Israeli Musical Trio A-WA Rocks NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert,” nocamels, September 5, 2019. https://nocamels.com/2019/09/israel-music-trio-yemen-awa-npr-tiny-desk/

Lee Smith, “The Great Demystifier,” Tablet, September 10, 2019. https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/290944/the-great-de-mystifier

Mike Smith, “Israeli tech looks to the future — whoever wins the election,” The Times of Israel, September 10, 2019. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-hi-tech-looks-to-future-whoever-wins-election/

Allison Kaplan Sommer, “Israeli Baseball’s Fantastic Voyage to the 2020 Olympics,” Haaretz, September 30, 2019. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-baseball-s-fantastic-voyage-to-the-2020-olympics-1.7915437

Jessica Steinberg, “Upcoming Piano Festival is about more than the piano,” The Times of Israel, September 4, 2019. https://www.timesofisrael.com/upcoming-piano-festival-is-about-more-than-the-piano/

Samuel Tadros, “The Peace Fantasy,” The Caravan Journal, September 19, 2019. https://www.hoover.org/research/peace-fantasy

Avi Waksman, Hagai Amit and Ronny Linder, “Israel’s Next Government Has a Long Economic to-do List and Little Time to Start on It,” Haaretz, September 18, 2019. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/business/.premium-israel-s-next-government-has-a-long-to-do-list-and-little-time-to-start-on-it-1.7857102


#78 Contemporary Readings, August 2019

September 5, 2019

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu

Morsi Abu Mokh, “Between the Rational and the Emotional: Factors Influencing the Political Participation of Arab Citizens in Israel,” Moshe Dayan Center, August 12, 2019. https://dayan.org/content/between-rational-and-emotional-factors-influencing-political-participation-arab-citizens

Ofer Aderet, “Israeli Tech Pioneer Who Made It Possible to Talk on Skype and Watch YouTube Dies,” Haaretz, August 23, 2019. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-born-tech-pioneer-who-had-enormous-impact-on-ushering-in-digital-era-dies-1.7733708

Yoni Ben Menachem, “Abbas Tries to Convince the Palestinian Public He’s Not Corrupt,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, August 27, 2019. http://jcpa.org/abbas-tries-to-convince-the-palestinian-public-hes-not-corrupt

Uri Berkovitz, “Germans flock to Israel seeking technology,” Globes, August 12, 2019. https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-germans-flock-to-israel-seeking-technology-1001296949

BICOM Staff, “September 17 Israeli Elections – Everything You Need to Know,” BICOM, September 2, 2019. www.bicom.org.uk/analysis/september-17-israeli-elections-everything-you-need-to-know/

Stewart Clarke, “Yitzhak Rabin Assassination Film ‘Incitement’ Coming to Market at TIFF,” Variety, August 13, 2019. https://variety.com/2019/film/news/incitement-yitzhak-rabin-toronto-film-festival-1203299224/

Manfred Gerstenfeld, “Contemporary Jewish Academics and the Masochist Tradition,” Begin Sadat Center, August 20, 2019. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/jewish-academics-masochism/

Gilad Cohen, “Lowering the cost of living in Israel,” Times of Israel, August 20, 2019. https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/lowering-the-cost-of-living-in-israel/    

Shlomi Eldar, “Israel, PA find creative ways to save West Bank from economic collapse,” Al-Monitor, August 29, 2019. https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/08/israel-palestinian-authority-taxes-mahmoud-abbas-deduction.html

Oded Eran, “Natural Gas in the Eastern Mediterranean: Will Economic Wisdom Prevail?” INSS, August 26, 2019. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/natural-gas-in-the-eastern-mediterranean-will-economic-wisdom-prevail/?offset=7&posts=1213&type=399

Shmuel Even, “Is a New Wind Blowing through the State Comptroller’s Office?” INSS, August 11, 2019. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/is-a-new-wind-blowing-through-the-state-comptrollers-office/?offset=10&posts=1213&type=399

David M. Halbfinger, Ben Hubbard and Ronen Bergman, “The Israel-Iran Shadow War Escalates and Breaks Into the Open,” New York Times, August 28, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/28/world/middleeast/israel-iran-shadow-war.html

Israel Democracy Institute Staff, “The Positions of the Israeli Right-Wing,” Israel Democracy Institute, August 26, 2019. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/28392

Chris Jones, “As the musical ‘The Band’s Visit’ heads out on the road, a dilemma: Duplicate the Tony winner or create something new?” Chicago Tribune, August 29, 2019. https://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/chris-jones/ct-ent-bands-visit-cromer-0901-20190829-n5xppg7rbjdpvjya6hjashwaci-story.html

Roee Kibrik and Nimrod Goren, “Israel’s Foreign Service is Being Wekaened and We are Payiong the Price,” Jerusalem Post, July 31, 2019. https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israels-Foreign-Service-is-being-weakened-and-we-are-paying-the-price-597106

Tzvika Klein, “Why Do So Many Israelis Only Connect With Judaism When They Come to America?” Tablet, August 23, 2019. https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/us/290181/why-israelis-connect-with-judaism-in-america

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli technology chosen to ease Lake Chad water crisis,” Israel21c, August 26, 2019. https://www.israel21c.org/israeli-technology-chosen-to-ease-lake-chad-water-crisis/

David Koren, “On Demography and Economic Development in Jerusalem,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategic and Security, August 17, 2019. https://israeled.org/on-demography-and-economic-development-in-jerusalem/

Ruth Margalit, “How the Religious Right Transformed Israeli Education,” The New Yorker, August 23, 2019. https://www.newyorker.com/news/letter-from-jerusalem/how-the-religious-right-transformed-israeli-education

Rachel Neiman, “The true stories behind 10 best-loved Israeli love songs,” Israel21c, August 13, 2019. https://www.israel21c.org/the-true-stories-behind-10-best-loved-israeli-love-songs/

No Camels Staff, “6 Israeli Eateries Nab World Luxury Restaurant Awards,” No Camels, August 13, 2019. http://nocamels.com/2019/08/israel-world-luxury-restaurant-awards/

Assaf Orion and Galia Lavi, “Israel-China Relations: Opportunities and Challenges,” INSS, August 2019. https://www.inss.org.il/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Memo194_6.pdf

Orit Perlov and Udi Dekel, “Israel in Iraq: Expanding the Campaign against Iran,” INSS, August 27, 2019. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/israel-in-iraq-expanding-the-campaign-against-iran/?offset=6&posts=1213&type=399

David Pollock, “Half of Palestinians Still Want All of Palestine – But Most Would Compromise for Less,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 13, 2019. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/fikraforum/view/half-of-palestinians-still-want-all-of-palestine-but-most-would-compromise

Paul Rivlin, “Middle East Demographics to 2030,” Moshe Dayan Center, August 30, 2019. https://dayan.org/content/middle-east-demographics-2030

Dennis Ross and Stuart Eizenstat, “Israel should resist Trump’s efforts to politicize support,” The Hill, August 22, 2019. https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/458388-israel-should-resist-trumps-efforts-to-politicize-support

Shmuel Sandler, “Comparing Netanyahu and Ben-Gurion,” Begin Sadat Center, August 30, 2019. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/netanyahu-ben-gurion/

Chemi Shalev, “Israel’s Shining Political Superstar [Liberman] Is a Prime Minister unto Himself,” Haaretz, July 31, 2019. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/elections/.premium-israel-s-shining-political-superstar-is-a-prime-minister-unto-himself-1.7609259

Zach Sharf, “‘The Spy’ Trailer: Sacha Baron Cohen Goes Dramatic in Netflix’s Espionage Limited Series,” IndieWire, August 28, 2019. https://www.indiewire.com/2019/08/the-spy-trailer-sacha-baron-cohen-netflix-1202169293/

Nadav Shragai, “The Unique Status of the Jerusalem Suburb of Wadi Hummus,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, August 12, 2019. http://jcpa.org/article/the-unique-status-of-the-jerusalem-suburb-of-wadi-hummus/

Tehila Shwartz Altshuler, “The Crossroads between Ethics and Technology,” Israel Democracy Institute, August 6, 2019. https://israeled.org/the-crossroads-between-ethics-and-technology/

Rich Tenoria, “Ethiopian-Israeli filmmaker shines the camera on life her community left behind,” Times of Israel, August 9, 2019. https://www.timesofisrael.com/ethiopian-israeli-filmmaker-shines-the-camera-on-life-her-community-left-behind/

Dymytro Spilka, “Blueprints for security: how Israel is leading a fight against cybercrime,” Times of Israel, August 15, 2019. https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/blueprints-for-security-how-israel-is-leading-a-fight-against-cybercrime/

Ken Stein, “Forming a Nucleus for the Jewish State: 1882-1947,” Center for Israel Education, August 16, 2019. https://israeled.org/forming-a-nucleus-for-the-jewish-state-1882-1947/

Yasmin Yablonko, “Israeli tech cos squeezed by strong shekel,” Globes, August 13, 2019. https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-israeli-tech-cos-squeezed-by-strong-shekel-1001297162

Roie Yellinek, “Israel’s Budding Relationship with the GCC,” Begin Sadat Center, August 25, 2019. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/israel-gulf-states-relations/

Raz Zimmt and Tomer Fadlon, “The Economic Crisis and the Protest Movement in Iran: One Year after the Renewal of Sanctions,” INSS, August 28, 2019. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/the-economic-crisis-and-the-protest-movement-in-iran-one-year-after-the-renewal-of-sanctions/


#77 Contemporary Readings, July 2019

August 5, 2019

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu

Adnan Abu Amer, “How to read Hamas’ visit to Iran,” Al-Monitor, July 26, 2019. https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/07/palestine-hamas-iran-relations-visit-delegation-war-us-syria.html 

Mohammed Bani Salameh and Ayman Hayajneh, “How Jordan Can Cope the End of the Syrian Civil War,” Middle East Forum, Summer 2019. https://www.meforum.org/58683/end-syrian-civil-war-jordan 

BICOM Staff, “September 17 Israeli Elections – Everything You Need to Know,” Britain Israel Communications and Research Center, July 18, 2019. www.bicom.org.uk/analysis/september-17-israeli-elections-everything-you-need-to-know/ 

Hannah Brown, “2019 Ophir Award Nominations for Israeli Film Prizes Announced,” Jerusalem Post, July 22, 2019. https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/2019-Ophir-Award-nominations-for-Israeli-film-prizes-announced-596486

Center for Israel Education, “Scholarly Introductions to The Letters and Papers of Chaim Weizmann: 1885-1952,” Center for Israel Education, July 2019. https://israeled.org/featured-documents/weizmann-letters/

Dan Diker and Sander Gerber, “Lessons Learned in Bahrain,” Jerusalem Post, July 25, 2019. https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Lessons-learned-in-Bahrain-596828 

Josefin Dolsten, “Elijah Cummings started a program that brings African-American teens to 

Israel,” JTA, August 1, 2019. https://www.jta.org/2019/08/01/united-states/elijah-cummings-program-brings-african-american-teens-to-israel-and-teaches-them-about-the-holocaust

Mark Dubowitz and Saeed Ghasseminejad, “New Sanctions May Deal Heavy Blow to Supreme Leader’s Business Empire,” Foundation for Defense of Democracies, July 2, 2019. https://www.fdd.org/analysis/2019/07/02/new-sanctions-may-deal-heavy-blow-to-supreme-leaders-business-empire/

Shira Efron, et al, “The Evolving Israel-China Relationship,” Rand Corporation, 2019. https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR2641.html 

Karen Elliott House, “Profile of a Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, Promise and Peril in Mohammed Bin Salman’s Vision 2030,” Belfer Center, April 2019. https://www.belfercenter.org/sites/default/files/2019-04/KEH2019/ProfileofaPrince.pdf 

Jonathan Frenkel, “The Israeli startups taking NYC property-tech by storm,” Israel21c, July 21, 2019. https://www.israel21c.org/the-israeli-startups-taking-nyc-property-tech-by-storm/ 

Marcus M. Gilban, “Brazilian-Israeli kids’ music video celebrates roots in 2 countries,” Times of Israel, July 25, 2019. https://www.timesofisrael.com/brazilian-israeli-kids-music-video-celebrates-roots-in-2-countries/ 

Shahar Golan, “Ethiopian-Israeli musicians use stage to promote struggles,” Times of Israel, July 12, 2019. https://www.timesofisrael.com/ethiopian-israeli-musicians-use-stage-to-promote-struggles/

Daniel Gordis, “Why American Jews Mostly Shrugged Off the Ultimate Insult,” Bloomberg, July 17, 2019. https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-07-17/why-u-s-jews-mostly-shrugged-off-israeli-s-holocaust-insult 

Green Cars Congress, “Volvo Cars Tech Fund invests in Israeli technology start-ups MDGo and UVeye,” Green Cars Congress, July 23, 2019. https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/07/20190723-volvo.html 

Eytan Halon, “OECD: Weak Labor Productivity Hampering Growth of Israeli Economy,” Jerusalem Post, July 15, 2019. https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/OECD-Weak-labor-productivity-hampering-growth-of-Israeli-economy-595633 

Ari Hoffman, “After Seventy Years, Israeli Judaism Is Settling in and Getting Comfortable,” Mosaic Magazine, July 10, 2019. https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/israel-zionism/2019/07/after-seventy-years-israeli-judaism-is-settling-in-and-getting-comfortable/ 

Yaakov Katz, “Why is Israel Outsourcing Its National Infrastructure to China?” Jerusalem Post, August 2, 2019. https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Editors-Notes-Israels-Chinese-folly-597451 

Jeffry Kemp, “American Policy and Changing Alignments in The Middle East,” Center for the National Interest, 2018. https://cftni.org/publications/american-policy-and-changing-alignments-in-the-middle-east/ 

Benjamin Kerstein, “Legendary Conductor Zubin Mehta Retires After 50 Years as Musical Director of Israel Philharmonic,” Algemeiner, July 15, 2019. https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/07/15/legendary-conductor-zubin-mehta-retires-after-50-years-as-musical-director-of-israel-philharmonic/

Michael J. Koplow, “There’s Something Happening Here, What It Is Ain’t Exactly Clear,” Israel Policy Forum, July 18, 2019. https://israelpolicyforum.org/2019/07/18/theres-something-happening-here-what-it-is-aint-exactly-clear/ 

Tal Kra-Oz, “As Jerusalem’s Film Festival Kicks Off, So Does a New Round in Israel’s Culture Wars,” Tablet, July 26, 2019. https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/288569/jerusalem-film-festival-culture-wars

Joshua Krasna, “The Israel-Jordan Treaty at 25,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, July 26, 2019. https://jiss.org.il/en/krasna-the-israel-jordan-treaty-at-25/ 

P. R. Kumaraswamy, “India’s New Israel Policy,” SWP Berlin, March 2019. https://www.swp-berlin.org/fileadmin/contents/products/comments/2019C11_kumaraswamy.pdf 

David Makovsky, “Jared Kushner’s all-or-nothing mistake in the Middle East,” Washington Post, July 1, 2019. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/jared-kushners-all-or-nothing-mistake-in-the-middle-east/2019/07/01/f2da1bc2-9c36-11e9-b27f-ed2942f73d70_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.473dce5cb2eb 

Arye Mekel, “A New, Pro-Israel Government in Athens,” BESA Center, July 19, 2019. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/greece-pro-israel-government/ 

Michael Oren, “The Three Myths of the Iran Deal,” The Atlantic, July 18, 2019. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/07/iran-deal-myths-are-pervasive/594208/

Nadav Shragai, “2,000 years, one path: The Pilgrim’s Road being excavated in Jerusalem,” Israel Hayom, July 5, 2019. https://www.israelhayom.com/2019/07/05/2000-years-one-path/ 

Omar Rahman, “Trump’s economic proposal is an opportunity in disguise,” Brookings Institute, July 26, 2019. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2019/06/26/trumps-economic-proposal-is-an-opportunity-in-disguise/ 

Octavian Report, “State of Israel: an Interview With Michael Oren,” Octavian Report, Summer 2019. https://octavianreport.com/article/michael-oren-israel-world-power/

Paul Rivlin, “The Kushner Plan: Economics of Politics, which Comes First?” Moshe Dayan Center, July 29, 2019. https://dayan.org/content/kushner-plan-economics-or-politics-which-comes-first 

Robert Rockaway, “Yossi and the Mossad: A former Israeli spy describes his life and work in the 1960s and ’70s,” Tablet, June 25, 2019. https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/286374/yossi-and-the-mossad 

Dennis Ross, “There’s a Deal to Be Had Between the U.S. and Iran,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, July 20, 2019. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/theres-a-deal-to-be-had-between-the-u.s.-and-iran 

Jeff Ruby, “Galit Is a Bridge to Israeli Food,” Chicago Tribune, July 18, 2019. www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/August-2019/Galit-Review/ 

Chemi Shalev, “Israel’s Shining Political Superstar Is a Prime Minister unto Himself,” Haaretz, July 31, 2019. https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/elections/.premium-israel-s-shining-political-superstar-is-a-prime-minister-unto-himself-1.7609259 

Barbara Silverstein, “The Upscale Israeli Food Craze,” Canadian Jewish News, July 10, 2019. https://www.cjnews.com/food/the-upscale-israeli-food-craze 

Shoshana Solomon, “Israel provides $56 million boost for joint Israel-US research projects,” Times of Israel, July 31, 2019. https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-provides-56-million-boost-for-joint-israel-us-research-projects/ 

Gil Troy, “Center Field: A Negative, Defensive Zionism,” Jerusalem Post, July 23, 2019. https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Center-Field-A-negative-defensive-Zionism-596606 

Josh Weiss, “‘Entebbe’ Meets ‘Argo’: ‘The Red Sea Diving Resort’ Director Declassifies Topical Israeli Spy Film,” Forbes, July 26, 2019.  https://www.forbes.com/sites/joshweiss/2019/07/26/entebbe-meets-argo-the-red-sea-diving-resort-director-declassifies-topical-israeli-spy-film/#40a42a8e57ed

Eyal Zisser, “The Many Implications The End of the Syrian Civil War,” Middle East Forum, Summer 2019. https://www.meforum.org/58648/end-of-syrian-civil-war-implications


#76 Contemporary Readings, June 2019

July 5, 2019

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
kenstein@israeled.org or kstein@emory.edu

Muriel Asseburg and Nimrod Goren, “Divided and Divisive Europeans, Israel and Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking,” SWP Berlin, 2019. https://www.swpberlin.org/fileadmin/contents/products/fachpublikationen/Asseburg_PAX_REPORT_Divided_Divisive.pdf

Laura Adkins, “This 20 year-old Israeli combat soldier is also a drag queen,” Jewish Telegraph Agency, June 28, 2019. https://www.jta.org/2019/06/28/culture/this-20-year-old-israeli-combat-soldier-is-also-a-drag-queen

Ami Ayalon, “Donald Trump’s dangerous deal,” Ynet News, June 23, 2019.  https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5533424,00.html

Tony Badran, “Hezbollah Isn’t Broke. So Why Is Everyone Claiming Otherwise?” Tablet Magazine, May 31, 2019. https://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/285612/hezbollah-isnt-broke

Naama Barak, “Meet the Israeli conductor harmonizing East and West,” Israel21C, June 6, 2019. https://www.israel21c.org/meet-the-israeli-conductor-harmonizing-east-and-west/

BBC Staff, “The Arab world in seven charts: Are Arabs turning their backs on religion?,” BBC, June 24, 2019. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-48703377

Hannah Brown, “Revealing the Funny Side of the Mossad [Israeli TV],” Jerusalem Post, June 26, 2019.  https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Revealing-the-funny-side-of-the-Mossad-593809

Tamara Cofman Wittes, “Will the Bahrain workshop lead to progress on Middle East peace?” Brookings Institute, June 25, 2019. https://www.brookings.edu/podcast-episode/will-the-bahrain-workshop-lead-to-progress-on-middle-east-peace/

Amichai Cohen, “For These Do-Over Elections, We are all Smarter,” Israel Democracy Institute, June 16, 2019. https://en.idi.org.il/articles/27034 

Anthony Cordesman, “Iran: More War(s) In the Middle East? There Still May Be Options,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, June 20, 2019. https://www.csis.org/analysis/iran-more-wars-middle-east-there-still-may-be-options

Tyler Cowen, “Israel’s Economic Miracle Most visitors come for the history, but Israel’s economy is also something to marvel at,” Bloomberg, June 6, 2019. https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-06-06/israel-s-economy-shows-that-classical-economic-theory-still-works

James M. Dorsey, “Russian-Iranian Strains Raise Possibility of US-Israel-Russia Deal on Syria,” BESA Center, June 14, 2019. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/us-israel-russia-deal-syria/

Giora Eiland, “Before Israel is dragged into a U.S.-Iran war,” Ynet News, June 28, 2019. https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5538096,00.html

Tomer Fadlon and Sason Hadad, “Economic Prosperity is Not a Recipe for Resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” INSS, June 25, 2019. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/economic-prosperity-not-recipe-resolution-israeli-palestinian-conflict/?offset=4&posts=1185&type=399

Seth Frantzman, “Military Options for Targeting Iran without Ground Forces,” Middle East Forum, My 23, 2019. https://www.meforum.org/58571/former-intelligence-officer-here-is-how-the-us

Hillel Frisch, “Ahead of the Bahrain Conference, Hamas Casts Its Lot with Iran,” BESA Center, June 18, 2019. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/ahead-of-the-bahrain-conference-hamas-casts-its-lot-with-iran/

Manfred Gerstenfeld, “What Hiding One’s Kippa Says About Europe,” BESA Center, June 11, 2019. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/what-hiding-ones-kippa-says-about-europe/

Nimrod Goren, Eyal Ronen and Emir Bayburt, “Israel, the EU, and the Mediterranean: Understanding the Perceptions of Israeli Elite Actors,” Peter Lang, 2019. https://www.peterlang.com/view/9783034338196/chapter-08.xhtml

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen, “The Six-Day War and the Israeli Dream,” BESA Center, June 13, 2019. https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/six-day-war-israeli-dream/

Eytan Halon, “Where do Israeli Businesses Stand Amid the Escalating Trade War?” Jerusalem Post, June 18, 2019. https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Where-do-Israeli-businesses-stand-amid-the-escalating-trade-war-592916

Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman, “Israel Should Prepare for Another Mass Immigration,” Jerusalem Post, July 1, 2019. https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israel-should-prepare-for-another-mass-immigration-report-594262

Nathan Jeffay, “How Israeli Jews are increasingly becoming part of a growing craze for Arab tunes,” The Jewish Chronicle, June 14, 2019. https://www.thejc.com/news/news-features/how-israeli-jews-are-increasingly-becoming-part-of-a-growing-craze-for-arab-tunes-music-1.485428

Emily B. Landau and Shimon Stein, “New US initiative: Creating an Environment for Nuclear Disarmament (CEND),” INSS, June 13, 2019. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/new-us-initiative-creating-environment-nuclear-disarmament-cend/?offset=9&posts=1185&type=399

Shauna Lyon, “A Tel Aviv Restaurant Brings Bacchanalia and Technique to Hell’s Kitchen,” New Yorker, June 21, 2019. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/07/01/a-tel-aviv-restaurant-brings-bacchanalia-and-technique-to-hells-kitchen

Magid, “Bahrain summit puts Jordan in a tough spot,” Middle East Institute, June 12, 2019. https://www.mei.edu/publications/bahrain-summit-puts-jordan-tough-spot

Michael Milshtein, “Seventy Years since the “First Hudna:” The Legacy of the Rhodes Agreements,” Moshe Dayan Center, June 6, 2019. https://dayan.org/content/seventy-years-first-hudna-legacy-rhodes-agreements

Orna Mizrahi and Oded Eran, “The Negotiations between Israel and Lebanon on the Maritime Border,” INSS, June 24, 2019. https://www.inss.org.il/publication/negotiations-israel-lebanon-maritime-border/?offset=5&posts=1185&type=399

Daniel Neep, “Why hasn’t the Asad Regime Collapsed? Lessons learned from Syria’s History of Turanny,” Crown Center at Brandeis University, June 2019. https://www.brandeis.edu/crown/publications/meb/meb128.html

Paul Salem, “Thinking Arab Futures: Drivers, scenarios, and strategic choices for an improved Arab World,” The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Summer 2019.  https://www.thecairoreview.com/essays/thinking-arab-futures/

Sophie Schulman, “With Tech Talent Too Expensive, Israeli Startups Look to High School,” Algemeiner, June 30, 2019. https://www.algemeiner.com/2019/06/30/with-tech-talent-too-expensive-israeli-startups-look-to-high-school/

Joel Singer, “An Oral Agreement Isn’t Worth the Paper It’s Written On,” Joel Singer.com, June 12, 2019. https://www.joelsinger.org/an-oral-agreement-isnt-worth-the-paper-its-written-on/

Amy Spiro, “Assessing the Gal Gadot Effect on Israel’s Image,” Jerusalem Post, June 22, 2019.  https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Assessing-the-Gal-Gadot-effect-593202

Ken Stein, “Egyptian-Israeli Negotiations’ Documents Reader: 1973-1979,” Center for Israel Education, June 2019. https://israeled.org/product/egyptian-israeli-negotiations-documents-reader-1973-1979/

Jessica Steinberg, “As ‘Shtisel’ mania sweeps US, promoter aims to widen the world’s lens on Israel,” Times of Israel, June 20, 2019. https://www.timesofisrael.com/as-shtisel-mania-sweeps-us-promoter-aims-to-widen-the-worlds-lens-on-israel/

Bret Stephens, “The Pirates of Tehran If Iran won’t change its behavior, we should sink its navy,” New York Times, June 14, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/14/opinion/iran-oil-tanker-attack.html

Mehmet Yegin, “Turkey between NATO and Russia: The Failed Balance,” SWP Berlin,  June 2019. https://www.swp-berlin.org/fileadmin/contents/products/comments/2019C30_Yegin.pdf