Contemporary Readings are a monthly compilation of analytical scholarly, journalistic, and think-tank pieces focusing on Israeli domestic and foreign affairs issues. We select 20-35 readings a month, all online accessible. The monthly collection dates to January 2013. Searching a topic is easy with Control F; you obtain the list’s monthly delivery at no cost by signing up on the CIE homepage.

View the full list of Contemporary Readings

You can assure vital Israel education for young adults today and for generations to come.

Please support our critical work.

#86 Contemporary Readings, April 2020

May 8, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#85 Contemporary Readings, March 2020

April 13, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#84 Contemporary Readings, February 2020

March 6, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#83 Contemporary Readings, January 2020

February 3, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#82 Contemporary Readings, December 2019

January 3, 2020

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

Ron Ben-Yishai, “Israel and Iran’s game of cat and mouse,” Ynet News, December 23, 2019.

Hannah Brown, “Cultural Affairs: The curious emergence of Israeli film and TV,” Jerusalem Post, December 22, 2019. 

Mordechai Chaziza, “China in the Middle East: Tourism as a Stealth Weapon,”
Middle East Quarterly, Fall 2019.

Congressional Research Service, “U.S. Role in the World: Background and Issues for Congress,” Congressional Research Service, December 19, 2019.

Barry Davis, “Lady Rada takes on Holiday: Israel’s beloved star vocalist performs Lady Day in her own way,” Jerusalem Post, December 4, 2019. 

Oded Eran and Shimon Stein, “A New Leadership at the European Union: A Chance for Better EU Ties with Israel?” INSS, December 19, 2019. 

Sarah J. Feuer and Carmit Valensi, “Arab Spring 2.0? Making Sense of the Protests Sweeping the Region,” INSS, December 1, 2019.

Ezra Friedman, “Gas and foreign policy: how Israel is leveraging energy to stabilize the region and advance geostrategic objectives,” Fathom Journal, December 2019.

Miriam Groner, Meet An Israeli Version Of Prince Who Fuses Arabic, Hebrew, Jazz & Soul Music,” Jewish Week, December 17, 2019.

Judah Ari Gross, “IDF chief warns Israelis: The next war will hit our home front extremely hard,” Times of Israel, December 25, 2019.

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen, “Getting Iran Out of Syria: The Dayan Formula,” BESA Center, December 10, 2019.

Hagay Hacohen, “The best of Russian [dance] culture,” Jerusalem Post, December 26, 2019.

Eytan Halon, “Alternative’ poverty report: Over 1m. Israeli children living in poverty,” Jerusalem Post, December 9, 2019.

Ruth Halperin-Kadri and Einat Ofer, “One hundred years of patriarchy,” Ynet News, December 14, 2019.

Michael Harvey, “Judaism is not a Nationality,” Times of Israel, December 11, 2019.

Mark A. Heller, “The United States and Israel: The Risk of Growing Apart,” SWP Berlin, December 2019.

Simon Henderson, “The Obstacles Still Facing Israel’s Leviathan Gas Field,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy,” December 31, 2019. 

Arthur Herman, “China and the US-Israel Special Relationship,” Tikvah Fund, December 2019.

Arthur Herman, “The Impasse Obstructing US-Israel Relations, and How to Remedy it,” Mosaic, December 2019.

Israel Democracy Institute Staff, “Two Economies – One Society [conference proceedings],” The Eli Hurvitz Conference on Economy and Society, Jerusalem, Israel, December 17-18, 2019.

Michael Klein, “An early look at Laser Wolf, Mike Solomonov’s Israeli skewer restaurant,” Philadelphia Inquirer, December 24, 2019.

Middle East Institute, “2019 Year in Review: Uprising, elections, and international contestation [twelve short essays],” December 23, 2019.

MITVIM Staff, “The 2019 Israeli Foreign Policy Index of the Mitvim Institute,” MITVIM Institute, November 2019.

Kyle Orton, “Obama, Trump and the collapse of the American position in the Middle East,” Fathom Journal, November 2019.

Adam Rasgon, “EU, including Germany’s Merkel, pressures Palestinians to hold elections,” Times of Israel, December 27, 2019.

Paul Rivlin, “The Iranian Empire Cracks, at Home and Abroad,” Moshe Dayan Center, December 31, 2019.

Gregg Roman, “A Likud Primary on Palestinian Defeat,” The Times of Israel, December 25, 2019.

Yuval Shany and Amir Fuchs, “Immunity for the Prime Minister: Explainer,” Israel Democracy Institute, December 31, 2019.

Eldad Shavit, Sima Shine and Bat Chen Feldman, “Political Instability in Iraq: A Serious Threat to Iran’s Interests,” INSS, December 24, 2019.

Cathy Siegner, “Israeli startup Sufresca gets $500K to develop edible produce packaging,” Food Dive, December 20, 2019. 

Jessica Steinberg, “With Jewish and Arab musicians, Nazareth conservatory puts on first festival,” Times of Israel, December 7, 2019. 

Times of Israel Staff, “Israeli musician Dennis Lloyd [Nir Tibor] says global success caught him by surprise,” Times of Israel, December 20, 2019.

Eric Tlozek, “Israel’s food tech scene experiments with insects and computer-designed sweeteners,” ABC News, January 2, 2019.

Eyal Tsir Cohen and Kevin Huggard, “What can we learn from the escalating Israeli raids in Syria?” Brookings INstitute, December 6, 2019. 

Paul Tugwell, “Leaders from Israel, Cyprus, Greece Sign EastMed Gas Pipe Deal,” Bloomberg, January 1, 2019.

Mira Tzoref, “ʿAbd al-Fattah al-Sisi’s “Rehabilitation of Anwar al-Sadat,”” Dayan Center, December 15, 2019.

Bilal Wahab, “What Will It Take to Repair Middle Eastern Economies?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Winter 2019.

#81 Contemporary Readings, November 2019

December 9, 2019

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

Tamuz Avivi, “Female Representation in Israeli Politics,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 19, 2019.

Shlomo Ben-Ami, “The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Conundrum,” Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Fall 2019. 

Barukh Binah, ” US Policies toward Israel and the Middle East,” MITVIM, November 2019. 

Hannah Brown, “Making sweet music in southern bomb shelters as the rockets rained down,” Jerusalem Post, November 14, 2019.  

Patrick Clawson, “Khamenei’s Domestic and Foreign Response Options to the Protests,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 21, 2019.

Congressional Research Service, “U.S. Role in the World: Background and Issues for Congress,” Congressional Research Service, November 18, 2019. 

Matthew Continetti, “Democrats and Israel: Nothing but Daylight,” Commentary, December 2019. 

Doron Ella, “A Regulatory Mechanism to Oversee Foreign Investment in Israel: Security Ramifications,” INSS, November 19, 2019. 

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.   

Sarah J. Feuer and Carmit Valensi, “Arab Spring 2.0? Making Sense of the Protests Sweeping the Region,” INSS, December 1, 2019.

Adrian Filut, “Israel’s Income Polarization Just Keeps Growing,” Calcalist, November 28, 2019.,7340,L-3774790,00.html 

Marcus B Gilban, “Thousands of Brazilians trill along with Israeli initiative Koolulam,” Times of Israel, December 2, 2019. 

Dore Gold, “U.S. Policy Change on Israeli Settlements: A Long Awaited Correction,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, November 19, 2019. 

Shalom Golman, “Ray Charles in Israel When the ‘Genius of Soul’ sang ‘Hava Nagila’ with David Ben-Gurion,” Tablet, November 4, 2019. 

Daniel Gordis, “Podcast: Daniel Gordis on the Rift Between American and Israeli Jews,” Tikva Fund, April 3, 2019.

Eli Greenbaum, “Impact of export control law on the Israeli economy,” Jerusalem Post, November 27, 2019. 

Yoel Guzansky and Sima Shine, “A Possible Thaw in Iranian-Saudi Tensions: Ramifications for the Region and for Israel,” INSS, November 2, 2019. 

Eytan Halon, “50% of Israel’s children are receiving a ‘third world education’,” Jerusalem Post, November 15, 2019.

Tamar Herman, “After Indictment – 59% of Israelis Think Netanyahu Should Step Aside,” Israel Democracy Institute, November 28, 2019. 

Israel Democracy Institute, “Prime Minister under Investigation – A Guide for the Perplexed,” Israel Democracy Institute, February 2019. 

Ephraim Kam, “Iranian Stakes in Syria,” INSS, November 12, 2019.

Michael Kaminer, “This Israeli Chef Found Michelin Starred Restaurants ‘F*ing Boring.’ So He Turned To Kosher,” Forward, November 6, 2019. 

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.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “2 albums from bands led by Israelis get Grammy nominations,” Israel21c, November 24, 2019. 

Sivan Klingbail and Lior Dattel, “Israeli Economist Proposes Mandating Paternity Leave to Close Gender Gaps,” Haaretz, November 8, 2019.

Michael Knights, “U.S. Interests and the Unsustainable Status Quo in Iraq,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 12, 2019.

Ivan Levingston, “Israel’s Mossad Is Recruiting More Ultra-Orthodox Men,” Bloomberg, November 19, 2019.

Michael Oren, “The Coming Middle East Conflagration,” The Atlantic, November 4, 2019.

Adi Pick, “Japanese Interest in Israeli Tech Continues to Surge,” Calcalist, December 1, 2019.,7340,L-3774920,00.html

Paul Rivlin, “he Politics of Lebanon’s Economic Collapse,” Moshe Dayan Center, November 28, 2019.

Natan Sachs and Adrianna Pita, “What does Netanyahu’s indictment mean for Israel?” Brookings Institute, November 22, 2019.

Felicia Schwartz, “‘It’s So Easy to Live Here.’ Jewish Settlements Go Mainstream in Israel,” Wall Street Journal, November 10, 2019.

Marc Shulman, “Israel’s Political System is Gridlocked—but the Economy Happily Ticks Along,” Newsweek, November 4, 2019. 

Shoshana Solomon, “Michigan eyes Israeli tech to tackle water, mobility, cybersecurity challenges,” Times of Israel, November 21, 2019.

Jonathan Spyer, “Hizballah’s Deep State in Lebanon,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, November 7, 2019.

Yedidia Stern, “Assault on Israel’s Judicial System: The Angel of History is Watching Us,” Israel Democracy Institute, November 6, 2019. 

Maddy Sweitzer-Lamme, “Michael Solomonov’s New Midtown Village Restaurant Is a Celebration of Israeli Street Food,” Philadelphia Magazine, November 25, 2019. 

Yohanan Tzoreff and Yoram Schweitzer “Cracks in the Palestinian Resistance Camp?” INSS, November 27, 2019. 

Stefan Wolfrum, “Israel’s Contradictory Gas Export Policy,” SWP Berlin, November 2019.

Raul Wootliff, “‘A time of unprecedented darkness’: Rivlin passes coalition-building buck to MKs,” Times of Israel, November 21, 2019.

Jim Zanotti and Clayton Thomas, “Turkey: Background, U.S. Relations, and Sanctions In Brief,” Congressional Research Service, November 8, 2019.

#80 Contemporary Readings, October 2019

November 4, 2019

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

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.

Jawad Anani and Shimon Shamir, “Jordan-Israel Peace at Twenty-Five: Past, Present, and Future,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 17, 2019.

Rami Ayyub, “Young maestro takes baton as Israel Philharmonic’s Zubin Mehta ends 50-year tenure,” Reuters, October 24, 2019.

BBC, “Turkey’s Syria offensive explained in four maps,” BBC News, October 14, 2019.

Ilan Ben Zion, “Israel’s Oscars pick explores mind of Rabin’s assassin,” Al-Monitor, October 30, 2019.

Sandee Brawarsky, “The Cultural Blender That Is Israeli Food,” The New York Jewish Week, October 3, 2019.

Myron Brilliant, “Deepening the US-Israel relationship through business,” The Hill, October 23, 2019.

Soner Cagaptay, “Turkey’s Syria Incursion: What Spurred It, and What’s Next?” Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy, October 11, 2019.

Dani Charles, “Chutzpah meets Monozukuri: A Look at the Japanese-Israeli Cyber Relationship,” Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, September 24, 2019.

Edy Cohen, “The Crisis of Violence in Israeli Arab Society,” BESA Center, October 29, 2019.

Barry Davis, “It’s ‘Quarter To Africa’ Time In Israel,” The Jerusalem Post, October 6, 2019.

Gadi Eisenkot and Gabi Siboni, “Guidelines for Israel’s National Security Strategy,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 2019.

Ben Fishman and Ghaith al-Omari, “The Jordan Exception in U.S. Foreign Assistance,” The Washington Institute, March 7, 2018.

Daniel Gordis, “Podcast on the Rift Between American and Israeli Jews,” Tikvah, April 3, 2019.

Gershon Hacohen, “A Strategic View of the Turkish Campaign Against the Kurds,” BESA Center, October 31, 2019.

Amos Harel, “The Mideast Trump Leaves Behind: A Resurgent ISIS, an Arab Spring Comeback,” Haaretz, October 13, 2019.

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “A Majority of Israelis Prefer a Unity Government,” The Israel Democracy Institute, October 2, 2019.

Kevin Huggard and Natan Sachs, “Israel’s government formation: Answering the key questions,” Brookings, October 25, 2019.

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.

Kayla Koontz, “Borders Beyond Borders,” Middle East Institute, October 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.

David Makovsky, “Netanyahu Era Likely Coming to an End Amid Post-Election Standoff,” The Washington Institute, October 21, 2019.

David Makovsky and Dennis Ross, “What Israel’s Past Leaders Can Teach Us About Its Current Problem,” The Washington Institute, October 23, 2019.

Orna Mizrahi, “The Mass Demonstrations in Lebanon: What Do They Portend?” INSS, October 25, 2019.

Jacques Neriah, “Was the American Decision to Abandon the Kurds a Surprise?” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. October 23, 2019. 

Smadar Perry, “The slow death of a promising peace,” Ynet News, October 27, 2019.,7340,L-5614358,00.html

Bruce Riedel, “25 years on, remembering the path to peace for Jordan and Israel,” Brookings, October 23, 2019.

Dennis Ross, “Trump’s aversion to alliances is making the world a more dangerous place,” The Hill, October 20, 2019.

Ben Shapiro, “The US can learn from Israel’s social cohesion,” Globes, October 25, 2019.

Natan Sharansky and Alan Dershowitz, “Behind the Mask,” Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy, September 2019.

Shahar Smooha, “Israeli bargain hunters flock to West Bank,” Globes, September 21, 2019.

Ken Stein, “The Jordanian-Israeli treaty at 25: Geography, Location and Mutual Interest,” Center for Israel Education, October 2019.

Irina Tsukerman, “Why No Deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran Will Ever Last,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, October 24, 2019,

Avi Waksman, “A Third Election Cycle Can Only Be Bad News for Israel’s Economy,” Haaretz, October 3, 2019.

Danny Zaken, “Israel will reopen economic agreements with Palestinians,” Globes, October 10, 2019.

#79 Contemporary Readings, September 2019

October 4, 2019

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

Einat Admony, “How Celebrity Chef Einat Admony Learned to Love Israeli Food,” Daily Beast, September 17, 2019.

Tony Badran, “Welcome to the End of the Process,” The Caravan Journal, September 26, 2019.

Dany Bahar and Zvi Eckstein, “Israeli Voters Don’t Care About the Economy. They Should,” Foreign Policy Magazine, September 12, 2019.

Katherine Bauer, “The Economics of Calm,” The Caravan Journal, September 26, 2019.

Ilan Berman, “China in the Middle East: Reshaping Regional Politics,” Middle East Forum, Fall 2019.

BICOM Staff, “Netanyahu fails to win 61 seat majority,” BICOM, September 18, 2019. 

Aya Chajut, “Film That Tells Story of Rabin’s Assassin Wins Israeli Oscars,” Haaretz, September 23, 2019.

Barry Davis, “A Tale of Two Musicians,” The Jerusalem Post, September 15, 2019.

Alex Fishman, “Electoral deadlock distracts Israel from growing threat in Gaza,” Ynet News, September 25, 2019.,7340,L-5596924,00.html

Reulel Marc Gerecht, “The Israeli-Palestinian Struggle, Continued,” The Caravan Journal, October 1, 2019.

Gershon Hacohen, “Israel’s New Existential Challenge,” BESA, September 4, 2019.

John Hannah, “Israel Should not worry about Ilhan Omar. It Should Worry About Xi Jinping,” Foundation for Defense of Democracy, September 19, 2019., 2019 | Commentary Magazine

Charles Hill, “The Unbalanced,” The Caravan Journal, September 17, 2019.

Allison Kaplan Sommer, “Israel Election Results: Fewer Women and LGBT People — but Lots of Ex-generals — in New Knesset,” Haaretz, September 24, 2019.

Ofer Kenig, “Farewell Elections, Hello 35th Government,” Israel Democracy Institute, September 22, 2019.

Israel Democracy Institute Staff, “Conditional Partnership 2019: Relations between Jews and Arabs in Israel,” Israel Democracy Institute, September 22, 2019.

JISS Staff, “Might at a Critical Moment,” JISS, September 2019.

Yossi Kuperwasser, “A U.S.-Israeli Defense Pact: How to Ensure That its Advantages Outweigh its Disadvantages,” JCPA, September 19, 2019.

Guillaume Lavallée, “Israeli economic growth overshadows struggles of working poor,” The Times of Israel, September 11, 2019.

Jonathan Lis, “Israeli President Delivers Rare Rebuke After Netanyahu Gov’t Approves Cameras in Ballots,” Haaretz, September 8, 2019.

David Makovsky, “The Premier Who Cried Gevalt: Why Netanyahu Lost His Majority,” The Washington Institute, September 19, 2019.

Ghaith al-Omari, “How Will Palestinians Respond to Netanyahu’s Annexation Announcement?” The Washington Institute, September 11, 2019.

Assaf Orion and Shahar Eilam, “The American Jewish Community and Israel’s National Security- A Call for Action,” INSS, August 2019.

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.

David Pollock and Tamar Hermann, “The Increasingly Right Stuff: Religious Parties in Israel’s Upcoming Election,” The Washington Institute, September 5, 2019.

Itamar Rabinovich, “The Meager Prospects Of Progress On The Palestinian Issue,” The Caravan Journal, September 19, 2019.

Paul Rivlin, “Iran attacks Saudi Arabia,” The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, September 26, 2019.

Dennis Ross, “How to Think About Israeli-Palestinian Peace,” The Caravan Journal, September 24, 2019.

Natan Sachs, “The end of Netanyahu’s unchecked reign,” Brookings, September 20, 2019.

Jonathan Schanzer, “Israel and China,” Foundation for Defense of Democracy, August 27, 2019.  

Tal Schneider, “Who will be charged with putting together a ruling coalition? A lot will depend on President Reuven Rivlin,” Globes, September 18, 2019.

Liza Schoenfein, “Everything Is ‘Sababa’ In Adeena Sussman’s Long-Awaited Israeli Cookbook,” Forward, September 2, 2019.

Yoram Schweitzer and Orna Mizrahi, “The Complexity behind Hezbollah’s Response to Israel’s Attacks,” INSS, September 4, 2019.

Chemi Shalev, “Election Countdown On Election Day, It’s the Prince of Darkness vs. Israel’s Very Soul,” Haaretz, September 17, 2019.

Simona Shemer, “Israeli Musical Trio A-WA Rocks NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert,” nocamels, September 5, 2019.

Lee Smith, “The Great Demystifier,” Tablet, September 10, 2019.

Mike Smith, “Israeli tech looks to the future — whoever wins the election,” The Times of Israel, September 10, 2019.

Allison Kaplan Sommer, “Israeli Baseball’s Fantastic Voyage to the 2020 Olympics,” Haaretz, September 30, 2019.

Jessica Steinberg, “Upcoming Piano Festival is about more than the piano,” The Times of Israel, September 4, 2019.

Samuel Tadros, “The Peace Fantasy,” The Caravan Journal, September 19, 2019.

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.

#78 Contemporary Readings, August 2019

September 5, 2019

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

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.

Ofer Aderet, “Israeli Tech Pioneer Who Made It Possible to Talk on Skype and Watch YouTube Dies,” Haaretz, August 23, 2019.

Yoni Ben Menachem, “Abbas Tries to Convince the Palestinian Public He’s Not Corrupt,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, August 27, 2019.

Uri Berkovitz, “Germans flock to Israel seeking technology,” Globes, August 12, 2019.

BICOM Staff, “September 17 Israeli Elections – Everything You Need to Know,” BICOM, September 2, 2019.

Stewart Clarke, “Yitzhak Rabin Assassination Film ‘Incitement’ Coming to Market at TIFF,” Variety, August 13, 2019.

Manfred Gerstenfeld, “Contemporary Jewish Academics and the Masochist Tradition,” Begin Sadat Center, August 20, 2019.

Gilad Cohen, “Lowering the cost of living in Israel,” Times of Israel, August 20, 2019.    

Shlomi Eldar, “Israel, PA find creative ways to save West Bank from economic collapse,” Al-Monitor, August 29, 2019.

Oded Eran, “Natural Gas in the Eastern Mediterranean: Will Economic Wisdom Prevail?” INSS, August 26, 2019.

Shmuel Even, “Is a New Wind Blowing through the State Comptroller’s Office?” INSS, August 11, 2019.

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.

Israel Democracy Institute Staff, “The Positions of the Israeli Right-Wing,” Israel Democracy Institute, August 26, 2019.

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.

Roee Kibrik and Nimrod Goren, “Israel’s Foreign Service is Being Wekaened and We are Payiong the Price,” Jerusalem Post, July 31, 2019.

Tzvika Klein, “Why Do So Many Israelis Only Connect With Judaism When They Come to America?” Tablet, August 23, 2019.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli technology chosen to ease Lake Chad water crisis,” Israel21c, August 26, 2019.

David Koren, “On Demography and Economic Development in Jerusalem,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategic and Security, August 17, 2019.

Ruth Margalit, “How the Religious Right Transformed Israeli Education,” The New Yorker, August 23, 2019.

Rachel Neiman, “The true stories behind 10 best-loved Israeli love songs,” Israel21c, August 13, 2019.

No Camels Staff, “6 Israeli Eateries Nab World Luxury Restaurant Awards,” No Camels, August 13, 2019.

Assaf Orion and Galia Lavi, “Israel-China Relations: Opportunities and Challenges,” INSS, August 2019.

Orit Perlov and Udi Dekel, “Israel in Iraq: Expanding the Campaign against Iran,” INSS, August 27, 2019.

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.

Paul Rivlin, “Middle East Demographics to 2030,” Moshe Dayan Center, August 30, 2019.

Dennis Ross and Stuart Eizenstat, “Israel should resist Trump’s efforts to politicize support,” The Hill, August 22, 2019.

Shmuel Sandler, “Comparing Netanyahu and Ben-Gurion,” Begin Sadat Center, August 30, 2019.

Chemi Shalev, “Israel’s Shining Political Superstar [Liberman] Is a Prime Minister unto Himself,” Haaretz, July 31, 2019.

Zach Sharf, “‘The Spy’ Trailer: Sacha Baron Cohen Goes Dramatic in Netflix’s Espionage Limited Series,” IndieWire, August 28, 2019.

Nadav Shragai, “The Unique Status of the Jerusalem Suburb of Wadi Hummus,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, August 12, 2019.

Tehila Shwartz Altshuler, “The Crossroads between Ethics and Technology,” Israel Democracy Institute, August 6, 2019.

Rich Tenoria, “Ethiopian-Israeli filmmaker shines the camera on life her community left behind,” Times of Israel, August 9, 2019.

Dymytro Spilka, “Blueprints for security: how Israel is leading a fight against cybercrime,” Times of Israel, August 15, 2019.

Ken Stein, “Forming a Nucleus for the Jewish State: 1882-1947,” Center for Israel Education, August 16, 2019.

Yasmin Yablonko, “Israeli tech cos squeezed by strong shekel,” Globes, August 13, 2019.

Roie Yellinek, “Israel’s Budding Relationship with the GCC,” Begin Sadat Center, August 25, 2019.

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.

#77 Contemporary Readings, July 2019

August 5, 2019

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

Adnan Abu Amer, “How to read Hamas’ visit to Iran,” Al-Monitor, July 26, 2019. 

Mohammed Bani Salameh and Ayman Hayajneh, “How Jordan Can Cope the End of the Syrian Civil War,” Middle East Forum, Summer 2019. 

BICOM Staff, “September 17 Israeli Elections – Everything You Need to Know,” Britain Israel Communications and Research Center, July 18, 2019. 

Hannah Brown, “2019 Ophir Award Nominations for Israeli Film Prizes Announced,” Jerusalem Post, July 22, 2019.

Center for Israel Education, “Scholarly Introductions to The Letters and Papers of Chaim Weizmann: 1885-1952,” Center for Israel Education, July 2019. 

Dan Diker and Sander Gerber, “Lessons Learned in Bahrain,” Jerusalem Post, July 25, 2019. 

Josefin Dolsten, “Elijah Cummings started a program that brings African-American teens to 

Israel,” JTA, August 1, 2019.

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.

Shira Efron, et al, “The Evolving Israel-China Relationship,” Rand Corporation, 2019. 

Karen Elliott House, “Profile of a Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, Promise and Peril in Mohammed Bin Salman’s Vision 2030,” Belfer Center, April 2019. 

Jonathan Frenkel, “The Israeli startups taking NYC property-tech by storm,” Israel21c, July 21, 2019. 

Marcus M. Gilban, “Brazilian-Israeli kids’ music video celebrates roots in 2 countries,” Times of Israel, July 25, 2019. 

Shahar Golan, “Ethiopian-Israeli musicians use stage to promote struggles,” Times of Israel, July 12, 2019.

Daniel Gordis, “Why American Jews Mostly Shrugged Off the Ultimate Insult,” Bloomberg, July 17, 2019. 

Green Cars Congress, “Volvo Cars Tech Fund invests in Israeli technology start-ups MDGo and UVeye,” Green Cars Congress, July 23, 2019. 

Eytan Halon, “OECD: Weak Labor Productivity Hampering Growth of Israeli Economy,” Jerusalem Post, July 15, 2019. 

Ari Hoffman, “After Seventy Years, Israeli Judaism Is Settling in and Getting Comfortable,” Mosaic Magazine, July 10, 2019. 

Yaakov Katz, “Why is Israel Outsourcing Its National Infrastructure to China?” Jerusalem Post, August 2, 2019. 

Jeffry Kemp, “American Policy and Changing Alignments in The Middle East,” Center for the National Interest, 2018. 

Benjamin Kerstein, “Legendary Conductor Zubin Mehta Retires After 50 Years as Musical Director of Israel Philharmonic,” Algemeiner, July 15, 2019.

Michael J. Koplow, “There’s Something Happening Here, What It Is Ain’t Exactly Clear,” Israel Policy Forum, July 18, 2019. 

Tal Kra-Oz, “As Jerusalem’s Film Festival Kicks Off, So Does a New Round in Israel’s Culture Wars,” Tablet, July 26, 2019.

Joshua Krasna, “The Israel-Jordan Treaty at 25,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, July 26, 2019. 

P. R. Kumaraswamy, “India’s New Israel Policy,” SWP Berlin, March 2019. 

David Makovsky, “Jared Kushner’s all-or-nothing mistake in the Middle East,” Washington Post, July 1, 2019. 

Arye Mekel, “A New, Pro-Israel Government in Athens,” BESA Center, July 19, 2019. 

Michael Oren, “The Three Myths of the Iran Deal,” The Atlantic, July 18, 2019.

Nadav Shragai, “2,000 years, one path: The Pilgrim’s Road being excavated in Jerusalem,” Israel Hayom, July 5, 2019. 

Omar Rahman, “Trump’s economic proposal is an opportunity in disguise,” Brookings Institute, July 26, 2019. 

Octavian Report, “State of Israel: an Interview With Michael Oren,” Octavian Report, Summer 2019.

Paul Rivlin, “The Kushner Plan: Economics of Politics, which Comes First?” Moshe Dayan Center, July 29, 2019. 

Robert Rockaway, “Yossi and the Mossad: A former Israeli spy describes his life and work in the 1960s and ’70s,” Tablet, June 25, 2019. 

Dennis Ross, “There’s a Deal to Be Had Between the U.S. and Iran,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, July 20, 2019. 

Jeff Ruby, “Galit Is a Bridge to Israeli Food,” Chicago Tribune, July 18, 2019. 

Chemi Shalev, “Israel’s Shining Political Superstar Is a Prime Minister unto Himself,” Haaretz, July 31, 2019. 

Barbara Silverstein, “The Upscale Israeli Food Craze,” Canadian Jewish News, July 10, 2019. 

Shoshana Solomon, “Israel provides $56 million boost for joint Israel-US research projects,” Times of Israel, July 31, 2019. 

Gil Troy, “Center Field: A Negative, Defensive Zionism,” Jerusalem Post, July 23, 2019. 

Josh Weiss, “‘Entebbe’ Meets ‘Argo’: ‘The Red Sea Diving Resort’ Director Declassifies Topical Israeli Spy Film,” Forbes, July 26, 2019.

Eyal Zisser, “The Many Implications The End of the Syrian Civil War,” Middle East Forum, Summer 2019.

#76 Contemporary Readings, June 2019

July 5, 2019

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

Muriel Asseburg and Nimrod Goren, “Divided and Divisive Europeans, Israel and Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking,” SWP Berlin, 2019.

Laura Adkins, “This 20 year-old Israeli combat soldier is also a drag queen,” Jewish Telegraph Agency, June 28, 2019.

Ami Ayalon, “Donald Trump’s dangerous deal,” Ynet News, June 23, 2019.,7340,L-5533424,00.html

Tony Badran, “Hezbollah Isn’t Broke. So Why Is Everyone Claiming Otherwise?” Tablet Magazine, May 31, 2019.

Naama Barak, “Meet the Israeli conductor harmonizing East and West,” Israel21C, June 6, 2019.

BBC Staff, “The Arab world in seven charts: Are Arabs turning their backs on religion?,” BBC, June 24, 2019.

Hannah Brown, “Revealing the Funny Side of the Mossad [Israeli TV],” Jerusalem Post, June 26, 2019.

Tamara Cofman Wittes, “Will the Bahrain workshop lead to progress on Middle East peace?” Brookings Institute, June 25, 2019.

Amichai Cohen, “For These Do-Over Elections, We are all Smarter,” Israel Democracy Institute, June 16, 2019. 

Anthony Cordesman, “Iran: More War(s) In the Middle East? There Still May Be Options,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, June 20, 2019.

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.

James M. Dorsey, “Russian-Iranian Strains Raise Possibility of US-Israel-Russia Deal on Syria,” BESA Center, June 14, 2019.

Giora Eiland, “Before Israel is dragged into a U.S.-Iran war,” Ynet News, June 28, 2019.,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.

Seth Frantzman, “Military Options for Targeting Iran without Ground Forces,” Middle East Forum, My 23, 2019.

Hillel Frisch, “Ahead of the Bahrain Conference, Hamas Casts Its Lot with Iran,” BESA Center, June 18, 2019.

Manfred Gerstenfeld, “What Hiding One’s Kippa Says About Europe,” BESA Center, June 11, 2019.

Nimrod Goren, Eyal Ronen and Emir Bayburt, “Israel, the EU, and the Mediterranean: Understanding the Perceptions of Israeli Elite Actors,” Peter Lang, 2019.

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen, “The Six-Day War and the Israeli Dream,” BESA Center, June 13, 2019.

Eytan Halon, “Where do Israeli Businesses Stand Amid the Escalating Trade War?” Jerusalem Post, June 18, 2019.

Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman, “Israel Should Prepare for Another Mass Immigration,” Jerusalem Post, July 1, 2019.

Nathan Jeffay, “How Israeli Jews are increasingly becoming part of a growing craze for Arab tunes,” The Jewish Chronicle, June 14, 2019.

Emily B. Landau and Shimon Stein, “New US initiative: Creating an Environment for Nuclear Disarmament (CEND),” INSS, June 13, 2019.

Shauna Lyon, “A Tel Aviv Restaurant Brings Bacchanalia and Technique to Hell’s Kitchen,” New Yorker, June 21, 2019.

Magid, “Bahrain summit puts Jordan in a tough spot,” Middle East Institute, June 12, 2019.

Michael Milshtein, “Seventy Years since the “First Hudna:” The Legacy of the Rhodes Agreements,” Moshe Dayan Center, June 6, 2019.

Orna Mizrahi and Oded Eran, “The Negotiations between Israel and Lebanon on the Maritime Border,” INSS, June 24, 2019.

Daniel Neep, “Why hasn’t the Asad Regime Collapsed? Lessons learned from Syria’s History of Turanny,” Crown Center at Brandeis University, June 2019.

Paul Salem, “Thinking Arab Futures: Drivers, scenarios, and strategic choices for an improved Arab World,” The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Summer 2019.

Sophie Schulman, “With Tech Talent Too Expensive, Israeli Startups Look to High School,” Algemeiner, June 30, 2019.

Joel Singer, “An Oral Agreement Isn’t Worth the Paper It’s Written On,” Joel, June 12, 2019.

Amy Spiro, “Assessing the Gal Gadot Effect on Israel’s Image,” Jerusalem Post, June 22, 2019.

Ken Stein, “Egyptian-Israeli Negotiations’ Documents Reader: 1973-1979,” Center for Israel Education, June 2019.

Jessica Steinberg, “As ‘Shtisel’ mania sweeps US, promoter aims to widen the world’s lens on Israel,” Times of Israel, June 20, 2019.

Bret Stephens, “The Pirates of Tehran If Iran won’t change its behavior, we should sink its navy,” New York Times, June 14, 2019.

Mehmet Yegin, “Turkey between NATO and Russia: The Failed Balance,” SWP Berlin,  June 2019.

#75 Contemporary Readings, May 2019

June 5, 2019

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

Meirav Arlosoroff, “Shabbat Costs Israel Billions of Dollars Every Year,” Haaretz, May 16, 2019.

Shay Atias, “The Barring of Eurovision from Jerusalem Is a Win for the BDS Movement,” BESA Center, May 14, 2019.

Naama Barak, “South Koreans are flocking to Israel for Bible study… why?” Isreal21c, May 26, 2019.  

Barukh Binah, “US Policies toward Israel and the Middle East,” MITVIM, May 2019.

Brian Blum, “Openness to new tech makes Israeli biotech a leader, says Philips exec,” Isreal21c, May 6, 2019.

Lee Cahaner, “The Ultra-Orthodox Community on the Conservatism-Modernism Spectrum,” Israel Democracy Institute, May 31, 2019.

Center for Israel Education, “June 1967 War theme page: a collection of multimedia resources and primary source documents,”,

Amichai Cohen, “Israel’s New Elections Are the Latest Symptom of an Assault on Its Institutions,” Israel Democracy Institute, May 31, 2019.

Mohammad Darawshe, “To Close the Rifts, Leadership is Needed,” Dayan Center, May 20, 2019.

Steven Davidson, “In A-Wa’s New Yemenite-Israeli Hip Hop Album, Home Is Not A Place — It’s A Feeling,” Forward, May 31, 2019.

Udi Dekel and Carmit Valensi, “Russia and Iran: Is the Syrian Honeymoon Over?” INSS, May 27, 2019.

Gadi Eizenkot, “Israeli Security Today: Facing Multiple Challenges on Multiple Fronts,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 17, 2019.

Oded Eran, “Concerns for Jordan’s Stability,” INSS, May 21, 2019.

Josef Federman, “Tough act to follow: Young maestro leads Israel Philharmonic,” Seattle Times, May 22, 2019. 

Shanna Fuld, “Cuisine to Die for, Tel Aviv Combines Food Fair with Eurovision Events,” Jerusalem Post, May 17, 2019. 

Manfred Gerstenfeld, “Anti-Semitic Cartoons in the Anti-Israel Media,” BESA Center, May 24, 2019.

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen , “The Meaning of ‘Mamlachtiut,’” BESA Center, May 26, 2019. 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “How Jewish Israelis Feel Towards Non-Jews and the Current Conversion Process – Shavuot Survey,” Israel Democracy Institute, June 4, 2019.

Efraim Inbar, “No reason to fear PA economic collapse,” Jerusalem Post, May 2, 2019.

ISRAEL21c Staff, “Israel, US science academies sign cooperation agreement,” Isreal21c, May 7, 2019.

Alex Joffe and Asaf Romirowsky, “A Memo to Jared,” BESA Center, May 12, 2019.

Debra Kamin, “Israel’s Best-Kept Secret: This Food City on the Mediterranean,” Wall Street Journal, May 14, 2019.

Yaakov Katz, “Israel Destroyed Syria’s Nuclear Potential. What Would The World Look Like Now If They Hadn’t?” Newsweek, May 26, 2019.

Jared Kushner and Robert Satloff, “Inside the Trump Administration’s Middle East Peace Effort: A Conversation With Jared Kushner,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 2, 2019.

Yaakov Lappin, “Egypt and Iran Vie for Influence in Gaza,” BESA Center, May 7, 2019.

David Makovsky, “Israel’s Election Redo: Implications for the Trump Peace Plan,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 31, 2019.

Orna Mizrahi and Yoram Schweitzer, “Does Hezbollah Want a War with Israel Now?” INSS, May 23, 2019

Roisin O’Connor, “Israeli heavy metal band Orphaned Land: ‘The boycott is a great excuse for antisemites to jump on board,'” IndependentUK,May 18, 2019.

Arik Rudnitzky, “Arab Voting in the 21st Knesset Elections,” Moshe Dayan Center, May 20, 2019.

Paul Salem, “Thinking Arab Futures Drivers, scenarios, and strategic choices for an improved Arab World,” The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, May 2019.

Robert Satloff, “Jared Kushner’s Peace Plan Would Be a Disaster,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 10, 2019.

Jonathan Schanzer, “The Gaza Conundrum: Israel has many options, none good,” Commentary, May 2019.

Pnina Shavit Baruch, “The Proposed Changes to Judicial Oversight of Government Powers: Justified Measures or an Erosion of Democracy?” INSS, May 19, 2019.

Joel Singer, “Trump’s Recognition of Israeli Sovereignty in the Golan Heights and Netanyahu’s Promise to Annex the Jewish Settlements in the West Bank – Poison Pills to Middle East Peace,”,May 19, 2019.

Jonathan Spyer, “Iranian Missiles in the Iraqi Desert,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, May 20, 2019.

Jessica Steinberg, “This year’s Israel Festival dares audiences to challenge artistic boundaries,” Times of Israel, May 27, 2019.

Ryan Torok, “Israeli Culture, Food and Music Celebrated at Israel Festival,” Jewish Journal, May 15, 2019.

Eyal Tsir Cohen, “What we can learn from yet another round of conflict in Gaza,” Brookings Institute, May 16, 2019.

Amos Yadlin, “Paying for calm on the Gaza front, cannot be our policy,” Ynet News, May 11, 2019.,7340,L-5506434,00.html

Ben-Dror Yemini, “Liberman is blackmailing Netanyahu for the future of Israel,” Ynet News, May 28, 2019.,7340,L-5516775,00.html