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#101 Contemporary Readings, July 2021

August 7, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#100 Contemporary Readings, June 2021

July 4, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#99 Contemporary Readings, May 2021

June 5, 2021

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education or

Adnan Abu Amer, “Palestinian factions mull next steps after Abbas calls off elections,” Al-Monitor, May 7, 2021.

Anan Abu Baker, “Postponed Palestinian Elections: Causes and Repercussions,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, May 11, 2021.

Associated Press, “World Bank: Lebanon’s crisis among world’s worst since 1850s,” republished in Y-Net, June 1, 2021,

Naama Barak, “Everything you need to know about the Iron Dome,” Israel21c, May 19, 2021.

Nahum Barnea, “Jerusalem is a volatile cocktail of poor decisions,” Ynet News, May 9, 2021.

BBC Monitoring, “Israel-Gaza violence dominates Arab media,” BBC, May 12, 2021.

Ofra Bengio, “As Pogroms Targeted Aleppo’s Jews, My Family Made a Dangerous Choice: To Flee,” Moshe Dayan Center, May 14, 2021.

Ron Ben Yishai, “The land incursion that never came,” Ynet News, May 14, 2021.

British Israel Communications and Research Center, “The postponement of the Palestinian Elections: Causes and Significance ,” BICOM Briefing, May 2021.

Hannah Brown, “Israel’s French Film Festival celebrates 18th anniversary,” Jerusalem Post, May 12, 2021.

Center for Israel Education, “Palestinian-Israeli Clashes, May 2021,” Webinar (53:34), Sarah Feuer, Mario Karpuj, Ken Stein, May 28, 2021,

Center for Israel Education, “Israel on Board [Video]: The Presidency,” Center for Israel Education, June 2021. 

Ethan Chorin, “What Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Does—And Doesn’t—Mean For The Abraham Accords,” Forbes, May 16, 2021.

Barry Davis, “Heartwarming Israel Festival project bonds us with the food we eat,” Jerusalem Post, May 26, 2021.

James M. Dorsey, “Playing Politics: Saudi Arabia Targets Middle America,” BESA Center, May 12, 2021.

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.

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.

Sarah Feuer, “The Real Impact of the War Between Hamas and Israel,” The National Interest, May 21, 2021.

Jonathan Frenkel, “How struggle enables Israelis to achieve difficult things [in tech],” Israel21c, May 23, 2021.

Dore Gold, “Hamas is Acting as an Arm of Iranian Power,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, May 18, 2021.

Tom Grater, “WestEnd Boards Israeli Female Army Comedy-Drama Series ‘Dismissed,’” Deadline, May 5, 2021.

Sol Gruffy, “Tel Aviv blooms in a post pandemic reawakening,” Israel21c, May 6, 2021.

Yoel Guzansky and Gallia Lindenstrauss, “The Growing Alignment Between the Gult and the Eastern Mediterranean,” Middle East Institute, May 25, 2021,

Nasreen Hadad Haj-Yahya, “Why Are Israel’s Mixed Cities on Fire?” Israel Democracy Institute, May 19, 2021.

Hussein Haridy, “Wasted chances for Palestinians,” al-Ahram Online, May 6, 2021. 

Tamar Herman and Or Anabi, “Israelis Assess Operation “Guardian of the Walls,” Israel Democracy Institute, May 24, 2021,

Ben Hubbard, Farnaz Fassihi and Jane Arraf, “Fierce Foes, Iran and Saudi Arabia Secretly Explore Defusing Tensions,” New York Times, May 1, 2021.

Stephen Kallao and John Myers, “Meet Tamar Aphek, The Israeli Guitarist Who Plays ‘Jazz & Roll’ [Video Performance],” NPR, May 6, 2021.

Ofer Kenig, “Prime Minister from a Small Party? Impossible? Well… There are Examples,” Israel Democracy Institute, May 30, 2021.

Elsa Keslassy, “As Social Media Amplifies Israel-Palestine Conflict, Film Industry Bonds Are Strained,” Variety, May 19, 2021.

Isabel Kershner, “Who Is Yair Lapid, Israel’s Would-Be Prime Minister?” New York Times, May 5, 2021.

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

Lisa Klug, “The Israel-Arab woman bringing diversity to Hebrew University,” Israel21c, May 4, 2021.

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

Ephraim Lavie, Meir Eran, Ilham Shabari, Khader Sawead and Jony Essa, “Jewish-Arab Relations in Israel, April-May 2021,” INSS, May 31, 2021.,%20April-May%202021

Doron Matza, “Operation Guardian of the Walls: Tactical Victory, Strategic Defeat,” BESA Center, May 25, 2021.

Michael Milstein, “Changing the rules of the Gaza game,” Ynet News, May 27, 2021.

David Makovsky, “Why Blinken Will Have a Tough Sell,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 25, 2021.

Asher Maoz, “The true motives of the ultra-Orthodox parties,” Ynet News, May 28, 2021. 

David May and Jonathan Schanzer, “The truth about Hamas,” The Washington Examiner, May 20, 2021.

Jonathan Nizar Elkhoury, “Is there a Shift in Lebanese Public Opinion toward Israel?” Moshe Dayan Center, May 26, 2021.

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.

Gaith al-Omari, “Palestinian Politics Are More Divided Than Ever,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 27, 2021. 

Pew Research Center, “Jewish Americans in 2020,” Pew Forum, May 11, 2021.

Yohanan Plesner, “Israel must differentiate between Hamas, Arab riots—opinion,” Jerusalem Post, May 20, 2021.

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.

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

Haviv Retig Gur, “Wednesday’s presidential race is a microcosm of Israeli Jews’ deeper divides,” Times of Israel, June 2, 2021.

Paul Rivlin, “The UAE and Israel: Developing Relations and the Challenge Ahead,” Moshe Dayan Center, May 30, 2021.

Grant Rumley and Neri Zilber, “A Military Assessment of the Israel-Hamas Conflict,”  Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 25, 2021,

Robert Satloff, “What’s wrong with the NY Times’ report on children’s deaths? So much.” Times of Israel, May 31, 2021.

Jonathan Schanzer, “The War Between Wars Heats Up,” Pundicity, June 2021. 

David Schenker, “Rehabilitating Assad: The Arab League Embraces a Pariah,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 4, 2021.

H. Alan Scott, “Unorthodox’s Shira Haas Is the New Face of Israeli Cinema,” Newsweek, May 26, 2021.

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.

Eldad Shavit, “The United States and Israel: Insights following Operation Guardian of the Walls,” INSS, May 30, 2021. 

Shoshana Solomon, “Israel’s political stalemate impacts economy more than Hamas rockets – Moody’s,” Times of Israel, May 20, 2021.

Shoshana Solomon, “Israeli tech surges with investors jumping in as COVID spurs digitalization,” Times of Israel, May 26, 2021. 

Daniel Sonnefeld, “How Israeli Startups made a splash in Europe,” Y-Net News, May 29, 2021,

Kenneth Stein, “Analyses of Palestinian Community in 2021,” [Arab sources], Center for Israel Education, April 2021,

Kenneth Stein, “Hamas Charter totally rejects Israel and Zionism,” Center for Israel Education, May 27, 2021,

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.

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

Ben-Dror Yemini, “The truth about the Hamas terrorist organization,” Ynet News, May 18, 2021. 

Moran Zaga, “A look at UAE policy on the Israeli-Palestinian issue—opinion,” Jerusalem Post, May 10, 2021. 

#98 Contemporary Readings, April 2021

May 3, 2021

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education or

Christophe Abi-Nassif, “The Unfolding struggle for political survival in Lebanon,” Middle East Institute, April 27, 2021.

Naama Barak, “In Tel Aviv, amazing Brutalist architecture hides in plain sight,” Israel21c, April 21, 2021.  

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.

Alan Baker, “What Does the Return of the “Two State Solution” Mean?” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, April 22, 2021.

Ofra Bengio, “The “Non-State” State in Iraqi Political Discourse and Action,” Moshe Dayan Center, April 21, 2021.

Brian Blum, “[Israeli company] CropX to monitor soil quality in partnership with NASA,” Israel21c, April 1, 2021.  

Anna Borshchevskaya, “Russia in the Middle East: A Source of Stability or a Pot-Stirrer?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 21, 2021.

Aaron Boxerman, “Ra’am’s guiding charter backs Palestinian right of return, calls Zionism racist,” Times of Israel, April 4, 2021.

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.

Udi Dekel and Carmit Valensi, “After a Decade of War in Syria, Israel Should Change its Policy,” INSS, April 7, 2021.

Dan Diker and Khaled Abu Toameh, “Mansour Abbas, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Abraham Effect,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, April 21, 2021.

Oded Eran and Yohanon Tzoreff, “Possible Rapprochement between Fatah and Hamas: Is Israel Ready?” INSS, April 5, 2021.

Daniel Egel, Shira Efron, Linda Robinson, “Peace Dividend Widening the Economic Growth and Development Benefits of the Abraham Accords,” The Rand Corporation, March 2021.

Shlomi Fogel and Rotem Sella, “[Vimeo] How the Israeli Economy Will Overcome the Corona Crisis ,” Tikvah Fund JLC, April 2021.  

Gabe Friedman and JTA, “Before Helen Mirren Plays Golda Meir, Here Are 7 Other Movies About Israeli Prime Ministers,” Haaretz, April 11, 2021.  

Dore Gold, “Recalibrating the diplomacy of Middle East peace – Opinion,” Jerusalem Post, March 25, 2021.   

Yosef Haresh, “A Stock Market Fad Now, Israeli Food-tech Is Riding a Revolution in Eating,” Haaretz, April 14, 2021.

Ari Heistein and Elisha Stoin, “Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Understanding the Houthi Threat to Israel,” INSS, April 27, 2021.

Sarah Henderson, “Israel Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates spring,” Jerusalem Post, April 19, 2021.

Tamar Herman, Gidi Rahat and Elie Rekhess, “Divided We Stand,” Israel Democracy Institute and Northwestern Israel innovation Project, April 13, 2021.   

Tamar Herman and Or Anabi, “48% of Israelis Support Forming a Government with Support From Arab Parties,” Israel Democracy Institute, April 5, 2021.  

Ben Hubbard, Farnaz Fassihi and Ronen Bergman, “Iran Rattled as Israel Repeatedly Strikes Key Targets,” New York Times, April 20, 2021.

Efraim Inbar and Eran Lerman, “Ramifications of an American Return to the 2015 Nuclear Agreement,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, April 28, 2021.

Jerusalem Post, “Israeli, Lebanese singer collaborate on Arabic version of Hebrew song,” Jerusalem Post, April 12, 2021.

Allison Kaplan Sommer, “Two Films About Power Dynamics in Israel and West Bank to Face Off at the Oscars,” Haaretz, April 25, 2021.  

Isabel Kershner, “My Life in Israel’s Brave New Post-Pandemic Future,” New York Times, April 30, 2021.

Mehdi Khalaji, “The Zarif Tape: Revelations on Russia, the Qods Force, and Iran’s Election,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 29, 2021.

Jack Khoury, “Foiling Netanyahu Vote, Islamist Party’s Strategy Pays Off. Now the Pressure Begins,” Haaretz, April 21, 2021.  

Patrick Kingsley, “Palestinian Vote Delayed, Prolonging Split for West Bank and Gaza,” New York Times, April 29, 2021.

Kuperwasser, Yossi, “President Biden’s Middle East Policy,” Fathom, April 2021.

Abigail Klein Leichmann, “Artists from Bahrain, Iran take part in Haifa exhibition,” Israel21c, April 14, 2021.  

Josh Kram, “Expanding U.S.-Israel Partnerships in Health Innovation,” US Chamber of Commerce, April 2021.  

Meir Litvak, “Iran, the Shia, and the Arab Upheaval: The Ideological Response,” INSS Strategic Assessment, January 2021.   

Marisa Mazrai-Katz, “How the Artists Behind ‘Shtisel’ Brought Akiva’s Journey to Life,” New York Times, April 20, 2021.  

Middle East Institute (12 authors), “The Biden Administration and the Middle East: Reflecting on the first 100 days, Middle East Institute, April 28, 2021.

Adveith Nair and Sylvia Westall, “UAE Firm Led by Key Royal Sets Up Data JV With Israel’s Rafael,” Bloomberg, April 19, 2021.

Salah Nasrawi, “Palestinians’ looming political crisis,” Ahram Online, April 27, 2021.’-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.  

Ghaith al-Omari, “To Vote or Not to Vote: Implications of Postponing Palestinian Elections,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 28, 2021. 

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.

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.

Yohanan Plesner, “Breaking Israel’s Political Deadlock,” Israel Democracy Institute, April 14, 2021.

David Pollock and Sander Gerber, “Biden’s ‘Open Door’ to the Palestinian Authority,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 26, 2021.

Haviv Rettig Gur, “Did a dry, procedural Knesset vote just signal the end of the Netanyahu era?” Times of Israel,  April 20, 2021.

Reuters, “Facing the first elections since 15 years, young Palestinians demand reforms,” al-Arabiya News, April 5, 2021.  

Dennis Ross, “For Diplomacy to Work, Iran Must Understand That It Cannot Overplay Its Hand,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 26, 2021.

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.   

Michael Sauers, “UN: Morocco, Israel Discuss Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture,” Morocco World News, April 23, 2021.  

Jon Schiller, “Emiratis, Israelis launch deal at Start-Up Nation Central,” Israel21c, April 25, 2021.  

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.

Assaf Shapira and Amir Fuchs, “The Return of Direct Elections for Prime Minister?” Israel Democracy Institute, April 20, 2021.  

Eldad Shavit and Sima Shine, “A Return to the Nuclear Agreement? Contacts between the United States and Iran,” INSS, April 13, 2021.

Kenneth Stein, “Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations are not Ripe,” Center for Israel Education, April 28, 2021.

Jessica Steinberg, “After Abraham Accords, Jewish-Arab art show tries to transcend historic conflict,” Times of Israel, April 5, 2021.  

Times of Israel, “Over half of Israel’s Holocaust survivors require food handouts — survey,” Times of Israel, April 7, 2021.

Tova Tzimuki, Eli senior, Ahiya Raved, “AG launches probe into police conduct at Meron as local chief takes blame,” Ynet News, April 30, 2021.  

Yohanan Tzoreff and Kobi Michael, “Fatah and the Legislative Council Elections: The Split and Its Implications,” INSS, April 25, 2021. 

#97 Contemporary Readings, March 2021

April 2, 2021

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education or

Micky Aharonson, “The Israel-Russia-Syria deal: Cost, beneficiaries and future deals,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, March 3, 2021. 

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.

Ali Al-Nuami, “Middle East needs to learn lessons from the Holocaust,” Ynet News, March 6, 2021.

Gaith Al-Omari, “If Palestinian Elections Proceed, Hamas May Have the Upper Hand,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 25, 2021.

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.

Arab News, “Image Nation Abu Dhabi launches cultural exchange webinars with Israel Film Fund,” Arab News, March 2021.

Muriel Assenburg, “Palestinian Elections, Finally,” SWP Berlin, March 2021. 

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)

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, (59:00)

Daphna Aviram-Nitzan and Nasreen Haddad Haj-Yahya, “Arabs in the Labor Market and COVID-19,” Israel Democracy Institute, March 9, 2021.

Dubi Ben-Gedalya, “Haifa Bay – Persian Gulf railway moves ahead Haifa Bay Photo: Tamar Matsafi,” Globes, March 8, 2021.

Yoni Ben Menachem, “Mahmoud Abbas Seeks to Neutralize Mohammed Dahlan,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, March 8, 2021.

Nir Bohms, “Israel and Lebanon: A Bridge Over Troubled Waters?” Moshe Dayan Center, March 3, 2021.

Emily Burack, “From ‘Mank’ to an Israeli short film: A Jewish guide to the 2021 Oscars,” Times of Israel, March 15, 2021.

Mordechai Chaziza and Efraim Karsh, “China in the Middle East: “Silk Road” to the Levant,” Middle East Quarterly, Spring 2021.

Liraz Cohen, “Israeli fashion gets creative during corona,” Israel21c, March 24, 2021.

Paul Driessen, “Saving the Red Sea’s coral reefs by building fake ones,” Israel21c, March 16, 2021.

Intissar Fakir and Isabelle Werenfels, “The Pandemic and Governance in the Maghreb: A Moment of Truth,” SWP Berlin, February 2021.

Efran Fard, “Israeli Intelligence Cooperation with Arab Allies Thwarts Iranian Terrorism,” BESA Center, March 8, 2021.

Hagay Hachohen, “Hagay Hachohen, “A sweet Israeli food innovation designed to combat COVID-19 obesity,” Jerusalem Post, March 21, 2021. 

Ari Heistein, Daniel Rakov and Yoel Guzansky, “What Will the Middle East Look Like in 2030?” Middle East Institute, March 2021.

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “Only 29% of Israelis think the Elections will Resolve the Political Stalemate,” Israel Democracy Institute, March 9, 2021. 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi,”The Views of Israeli Voters,” Israel Democracy Institute, March 21, 2021.

Pinhas Pinhas Inbari, “Planned Palestinian Election is a Battle within Fatah, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, March 24, 2021,

Hamada Jaber, “The Third Palestinian Legislative Elections,” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, March 2021.

Ilana Kaplan, “Noga Erez on Making Pop Music in Locked Down Israel,” Paper Magazine, March 26, 2021.

Yuval Karni, “Israel’s elections pandemic,” Ynet News, March 29, 2021. 

Ofer Kenig, “Preliminary Election Results 2021,” Israel Democracy Institute, March 24, 2021. 

Herb Keinon, “Israel’s conversion ruling: What it does and doesn’t do,” Jerusalem Post, March 4, 2021.

Jack Khoury, “Israel Election Results: Arab Parties Take Stock After Failure in Polls,” Haaretz, March 26, 2021. 

Rivkah Lambert Adler, “Amid coronavirus, Israelis open small home-based food businesses,” Jerusalem Post, March 3, 2021.

Abigail Klein Leichamnn, “Israeli trumpeter’s unique East-West sound wins jazz prize,” Israel21c, March 9, 2021.

Dr. Frank Musmar and Dr. Najat Al-Saied, “Combatting Antisemitism Benefits the Arab World,” BESA Center, March 30, 2021.

Houda Nonoo, “A very different Passover in Bahrain,” Ynet News, March 26, 2021.   

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.

Asnhel Pfeffer, “Outlast Bitter Rival Netanyahu or Taint the Israeli Presidency: Rivlin’s Post-election Dilemma,” Haaretz, March 31, 2021.

Yohanon Plesner, “Despite it All – Israelis Must Vote,” Israel Democracy Institute, March 23, 2021.

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.

Adam Ragson, “Israel Has Its 4th National Election in 2 Years. Here’s Why.” New York Times, March 17-23, 2021. 

Bruce Reidel, “Jordan’s crown prince steps to the fore amid strained relations with Israel,” Brookings Institute, March 15, 2021.

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.

Paul Rivlin, “Changes in Oil Markets and New Technology: The Effects of COVID-19 and Climate Change,” Moshe Dayan Center, March 21, 2021.

Dennis Ross, “How Biden Can Overcome Iran’s Maximum Pressure,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 12, 2021.

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.

Hanan Shai, “The Revolution Within the IDF,” BESA Center, March 24, 2021.

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:

Part 2:

Part 3:

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. 

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.

Times of Israel, “Israeli short film on African migrants among 10 finalists for Academy Awards,” Times of Israel, March 11, 2021.

Assaf Shapira, Ofer Kenig and Avital Friedman, “Women’s Representation in the Knesset and the Government: An Overview,” Israel Democracy Institute, March 8, 2021.

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.–bln-in-compensations-for-losse.aspx

Ken Stein, “Origins of Israeli Democracy: Jewish Political Culture and Pre-State Practice,” March 16, 2021,

Jessica Steinberg, “Israeli Opera reopens with classics for in-house audiences,” March 10, 2021.

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,  (59:53)

Ofer Zalzberg, “Trump and Netanyahu: The Disagreements Beneath The Surface,” Fathom Journal, March 2021.

#96 Contemporary Readings, February 2021

March 3, 2021

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education or

Naama Barak, “A healing prayer brings Israeli, Lebanese singers together,” Israel21c, February, 28, 2021.

Shaul Bartal, “Now It’s the Turn of the Palestinian Voter,” BESA Center, February 10, 2021.

Lazar Berman, “Beth Din of Arabia: Jews in Gulf countries announce first communal organizations,” Times of Israel, February 15, 2021.

Brian Blum, “Israeli startup Amimon wins technology Oscar,” Israel21c, February 24, 2021.

David Brinn, “David Broza to ‘Post’ on COVID: No mass music performances until mid-2022,” Jerusalem Post, February 25, 2021.

Ariel Cohen, “Mystery Israeli Oil Spill Leads To Multimillion Dollar Clean-Up,” Israel21c, February 26, 2021.

Ronit Domke and Adi Dovrat-Meseritz, “Prepare for Food Price Increases, Warn Israeli Food Manufacturers, Retailers,” Haaretz, February 18, 2021.

Alan Dowty, “The Israeli Election: More of the Same?” Alan Dowty Substack, February 12, 2021.

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.

Tomer Fadlon, Shmuel Even, Carmit Padan and Meir Elran, “The Global Risk Map and Implications for Israel,” INSS, February 14, 2021.   

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,

Devika Girish, “‘’Til Kingdom Come’ Review: An Unusual Religious Bond,” New York Times, February 25, 2021.

Haim Goldich and Tamar Trabelsi Hadad, “Netanyahu says Israel to extend school year until end of July,” Ynet News, February 28, 2021.

Jehab Harb, “The Challenges Confronting the Holding of the Upcoming Public Elections,” Palestinian Policy and Research Center, February 2021.

Tamar Herman and Or Anabi, “Majority of Israelis: Netanyahu’s Efforts to Forge Ties with Arab Public Insincere,” Israel Democracy Institute, February 7, 2021.

Ari Heistein and Eldad Shavit, “ Preventing the next crisis in US-Israeli Relations,” Middle East Institute, February 23, 2021,

Yair Hirschfeld. “What Should Biden Do Next on Israeli-Palestinian Peace and Iran? A Review Essay,” Fathom, February 2021,

INSS Staff, “[YouTube Video] National Security Index – Public Opinion Survey 2020-2021,” INSS, January 27, 2021.

Mohammad al-Kassim, “Palestinian elections are attempt to settle political landscape,” Ynet News, February 20, 2021.

Yarden Kaydar, “The Economic Impact of COVID: Survey Finds Decline in Financial Liquidity Among Israeli Workers,” Israel Democracy Institute, February 21, 2021. 

Ardavan Khoshnood, “Iran Is Using Violence to Put Pressure on Biden,” BESA Center, February 17, 2021.

Abigail Kelin Leichmann, “Where Arab-led Israeli startups find mentors and partners,” Israel21c, February 21, 2021.

Michael Knights, “Biden’s Warning to Iran and Its Proxies: Implications of the Syria Strike,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 26, 2021.

Daniel Kurtzer, “In Memory of George P. Shultz: The Constant Gardener-Diplomat,” US Institute of Peace, February 10, 2021.

Lea Landman and Ester Walker, “Israel should use its innovation to become the world’s problem solver.” Jerusalem Post, February 27, 2021.

Yaakov Lappin, “The Plane That Plays a Leading Role in Israel’s Shadow War on Terror,” BESA Center, February 8, 2021.

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.

David Makovsky, “Israel’s Round Four: New and Old Dynamics,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 9, 2021.

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

Ynet News Media Line, “Relationship between Haredim, non-Haredi Jews at breaking point,” Ynet News, February 19, 2021.

Ali al-Nuaimi, “Moving the Middle East from confrontation to coexistence,” Ynet News, February 13, 2021.

Michael E. O’Hanlon and Adrianna Pita, “What’s the significance of Biden’s first military strikes in Syria?,” Brookings Institute, February 26, 2021. 

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, “Herzl dared to dream the impossible,” Ynet News, February 14, 2021.

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. 

Dennis Ross, “Defining a Mature, Balanced Relationship with Saudi Arabia,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 22, 2021.

Lior Saroka, “[Actress Gila Almagor] The First Lady of Israeli Culture: ‘This Country Is Going Down the Drain,'” Haaretz, February 4, 2021.

Michael Jacobs, “Nachman Shai: Veteran Labor Voice seeks Return to Knesset,” Interview, Center for Israel Education, February 21, 2021,

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. 

Shimon Shapira, “Hizbullah Opposes a Limited War with Israel, and Issues Threats,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, February 17, 2021.

David Siddhartha Patel, “The Great Thaw in Arab Domestic Politics,” Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, 

Shoshana Solomon, “Pharma giant Bayer scouts Israeli startup scene in search of competitive edge,” Times of Israel, February 9, 2021.

Kenneth Stein, “Options and Realities for Biden’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East,” January 27, 2021,

Gerald Steinberg, “Castles in the Air” The American Return to the UN Human Rights Council,” Fathom, February 2021,

Jessica Steinberg, “Singer Omer Adam dominates Spotify and Apple Music charts in Israel,” Times of Israel, February 23, 2021.

Jessica Steinberg, “Israeli film shortlisted for live action short Oscar,” Times of Israel, February 14, 2021.

Times of Israel Staff, “Moroccan singer receives death threats over song with Israeli artist,” Times of Israel, February 9, 2021.

Yohanan Tzoreff and Kobi Michael, “Palestinian Elections: Gamble, Potential, or Political Maneuver?” INSS, February 4, 2021. 

Alex Zabezhinsky, “Israeli economy’s 2020 performance not what it seems,” February 18, 2021. 

#95 Contemporary Readings, January 2021

February 2, 2021

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education or

Meirav Arlozoroff, “Israel’s Population Is Growing at a Dizzying Rate. Is It Up for the Challenge?” Haaretz, January 4, 2021.

Shlomo Avineri, “[YouTube video] Israeli Democracy: Historical Origins and Future Perspectives,” UCLA Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, January 13, 2021. Transcript

Dany Bahar, “The secret sauce behind Israel’s successful COVID-19 vaccination program,” Brookings Institute, January 5, 2021.

Rina Bassit, “Indian Jews bring traditional celebrations to Israel,” al-Monitor, January 2020.

Ismail Bellaquali, “Jews in Morocco ‘already packing their suitcases’ for direct Israel flights,” Times of Israel, January 17, 2021.

Ron Ben-Yishai, “Israel bracing for blows with Biden on Iran,” Ynet News, January 12, 2021.

Ofra Bengio, “Great expectations: The Kurds of Iraq and President Biden,” Moshe Dayan Center, January 20, 2021.

Brian Blum, “13 Israeli startups that made waves at 2021’s virtual CES in Las Vegas,” Israel21c, January 14, 2021.

Hannah Brown, “Despite coronavirus, Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School thrives,” Jerusalem Post, January 27, 2021.

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),

Uri Dekel and Noa Shusterman, “The Palestinian Arena: Preserving the Status Quo or Seeking Change?,” INSS, January 2021.

James Dorsey, “Saudi Arabia Is Sending Joe Biden Mixed Message,” BESA Center, January 21, 2021.

The Economist, “Emirati and Israeli bosses cannot wait to do business,” The Economist, January 2020.

Shira Efron, “Rising Temperatures, Rising Risks: Climate Change and Israel’s National Security,” INSS, January 4, 2021.

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

Michael Eisentadt, “Biden’s First 200 Days: The Security Agenda,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 20, 2021.

Jonathan Ferzinger, “Israel’s Arabs May Help Netanyahu Avoid Trump’s Miserable Fate,” Foreign Policy, January 25, 2021.

Ben Fishman, “Jordan Must Be Included in Future Israeli-Arab Normalization Deals,” National Interest, January 3, 2021.

Gallup Polls, “American Sympathy Toward Israel and the Arabs/Palestinians,” (June 1967- February 2020), Jewish Virtual Library,

Manfred Gerstenfeld, “Conspiracy Theories Are an Integral Part of Western Culture,” BESA Center, January 27, 2021.

Tamar Herman and Yohanon Plesner, “IDI’s 2020 Democracy Index: Public Trust, Social Solidarity and Democracy in Danger,” Israel Democracy Institute, January 11, 2021.

Tamar Herman and Yohanon Plesner, “IDI’s 2020 Democracy Index: Erosion in Israelis’ Assessment of Police,” Israel Democracy Institute, January 11, 2021. 

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.

I24News, “[Youtube Video] Peace Between Israel and Morocco Through Music,” i24News, January 26, 2021.

Ephraim Inbar, “Iran and Israel: The Inevitable War?” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, January 6, 2021.

Jerusalem Post Editorial Board, “Israel Elections: The Arab vote’s short-term, long-term significance,” Jerusalem Post, January 14, 2020. 

Jack Khoury, “Israeli Arabs Explain Why They Might Vote Netanyahu,” Haartetz, February 2, 2021.

Ardavan Khoshnood, “What Will Happen When Khamenei Dies?” BESA Center, January 14, 2021.

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.

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.

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.

Tess Levy, “First Israeli novel translated into Moroccan Arabic,” Israel21c, Janaury 26, 2021.

Gad Lior, “Israel’s poverty rate rises as standard of living crashes, report finds,” Ynet News, January 21, 2021.

David Makovksy, “Building Bridges for Peace U.S. Policy Toward Arab States, Palestinians, and Israel,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 26, 2021. 

Gerri Miller, “Shira Haas & Israeli Filmmakers Appear at Virtual Film Festival,” Jewish Journal, January 17, 2021.

Padraig Muldoon, “Poll results: Israel’s Eden Alene is your favourite Eurovision 2021 act so far,” Wiwi Bloggs, January 30, 2021.

Raphael Nagel, “The COVID-19 economy has become central to Israel’s election,” Jerusalem Post, January 11, 2021.

Jacques Neriah, “An Israeli Official’s Meeting with Moroccan King Hassan II in 1993,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, January 12, 2021.

Jocelyn Noveck, “Documentary highlights the ‘Human Factor’ in Israel-Palestinian peace talks,” Times of Israel, January 22, 2021.

Gaith al-Omari, “Will the Palestinian Election Decree Produce Actual Elections?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 26, 2021.

Ashley Perry, “5 rules for winning an Israeli election – opinion,” Jerusalem Post, January 28, 2021.

Redação (Brazil), “Meet the 19-year-old Israeli Model [Yael Shelbia] Named the Most Beautiful Woman in the World,” L’Officiel, January 5, 2021.

Haviv Retig Gur, “Israel’s coming election may be decided on the religious right,” Times of Israel, Janaury 18, 2021.

Paul Rivlin, “The Impact of Covid-19 and Conflict on Middle Eastern Economies,” Moshe Dayan Center, January 21, 2021.

Dennis Ross, “The Coming Iran Nuclear Talks: Openings and Obstacles,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 5, 2021.

Felicia Schwartz, “As Israel’s Right Splinters, Netanyahu Is Challenged by Former Protégé [Gideon Saar],” Wall Street Journal, January 28, 2021.

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.

Shoshana Solomon, “Israeli startup Aleph Farms, Mitsubishi team up to bring cultured steak to Japan,” Times of Israel, January 5, 2021.

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. Transcript available at

Jessica Steinberg, “Tuning into the Israeli experience, one culturally loaded lyric at a time,” Times of Israel, January 9, 2021.

Jennifer Vinyard, “In ‘Losing Alice,’ Ayelet Zurer Burns It All Down,” New York Times, January 26, 2021.

Stuart Winer, “Haredi population growing twice as fast as overall Israeli population,” Times of Israel, December 31, 2021.

Tamar Wittes, “What to do – and what not to do – in the Middle East,” Brookings Institution, January 25, 2021,

Raoul Wootliff, “Ex-commando, social activist, Reform rabbi take top slots in Labor primary,” Times of Israel, February 2, 2021.

Ynet News, “Pelosi quotes Israeli poet Ehud Manor in plea to impeach Trump,” Ynet News, January 13, 2021. 

#94 Contemporary Readings, December 2020

January 4, 2021

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education or

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#93 Contemporary Readings, November 2020

December 3, 2020

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education or

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#92 Contemporary Readings, October 2020

November 2, 2020

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education or 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#91 Contemporary Readings, September 2020

September 30, 2020

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education or 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#90 Contemporary Readings, August 2020

September 2, 2020

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education or 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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