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#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]u

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

#74 Contemporary Readings, April 2019

April 30, 2019

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

Said Affassi, “First Arab Cultural Center to open in Israel’s largest Bedouin city,” I24News, April 26, 2019.

Harriet Agnew and Mehul Srivastava, “Israel looks to ultraorthodox to fill tech skills shortage,” Financial Times, April 7, 2019.

Muriel Asseburg, “The Deal of the Century for Israel-Palestine,” Stiftung fur Wissenschaft und Politik, April 20, 2019.

Julia Bainbridge, “Israeli restaurants, however they’re defined, arrive in Atlanta,” Atlanta Magazine, April 25, 2019.

Naama Barak, “Tel Aviv culinary platform plates up emerging chefs,” Israel21c, April 21, 2019.

Yossi Beilin, “After Years of undermining judiciary, Netanyahu needs its help,” Al-Monitor, April 29, 2019.

Raphael G. Bouchik-Chen, “Trump’s Foreign Policy is Not Chaotic,” Begin-Sadat Center, April 25, 2019.

Rachel Brenner, “Understanding Israeli Business Culture,” Times of Israel, April 30, 2019.

William Cubbison, “What Do Israelis Think About the Golan Heights?” Israel Democracy Institute, March 31, 2019.

Meir Elran, Carmit Padan, “Long-Range Rocket Fire on Israel’s Depth: Lessons for Homefront Defense,” INSS, April8, 2019.

Shai Feldman and Khalil Shikaki, “Trump’s Peace Plan: Engagement or Swift Rejection,” Middle East Brief, April 2019.

Alex Fishman, “Israel should prepare for the day China will rule the Middle East,” Ynet News, April 30, 2019.,7340,L-5501134,00.html

Ambassador Avi Gil, “The Evolving World Order: Implications for Israel and the Jewish People,” Jewish people Policy Institute, April 16, 2019.

Nimrod Goren and Merav Kahana-Dagan, “The Israeli Election Results and Israel’s Foreign Policy,” MITVIM, April 2019.

Michael Gurfinkiel, “Winner in Israel Turns Out to Be New Voting Law,” New York Sun, April 14, 2019. 

Richard N. Haass, “The Structure of a Diplomatic Revolution,” Project Syndicate, April 18, 2019.

Gershon HaCohen, “The West Bank’s Area C: Israel’s Eastern Line of Defense,” Begin-Sadat Center, April 19, 2019.

Pinhas Inbari, “The Palestinian Authority’s New Prime Minister, Muhammed Shtayyeh,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, April 16, 2019.

Ofer Kenig, “Farewell Elections, Hello Government,” Israel Democracy Institute, April 10, 2019.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “The edgy creator gallery in a Jerusalem back alley,” Israel21c, April 29, 2019.

Ivan Levingston, “Bank of Israel Cuts Growth Forecast, Holds Rates Before Election,” Bloomberg, April 8, 2019.

Martin Kramer, Alberto Fernandez, Simon Henderson, and others, “Sudden Succession Essay Series,” The Washington institute for Near East Policy, April 2019. 

Bruce Maddy-Weitzman, “Takin’ it to the Streets in Algeria and Morocco,” The American Interest, April 25, 2019.

Michael Milstein, “The Economic Crisis in the Palestinian Authority: Time for a Strategic Alert,” INSS, April 30, 2019.

Abdel-Monheim Said, “The new great debate (autocracies vs liberal democracies),” al-Ahram Weekly, April 2019.

Itamar Radai, “‘On the Deck of the Titanic:’ Arab Politics in Israel and the 2019 Elections,” Moshe Dayan Center, April 17, 2019.

Max Reider, “‘The Passenger’ [Opera] Makes its Israel Debut,” Jerusalem Post, April 30, 2019. 

Paul Rivlin, “The Oil Market Swings: Shale and Geo-politics,” Moshe Dayan Center, April 30, 2019.

Liana Saperstein, “Eden Dersso Is the Changing Face of Tel Aviv’s Hip-Hop Scene,” Vogue, April 2, 2019.

Robert Satloff, “Trump Must Not Let Jared Kushner’s Peace Plan See the Light of Day,” The Washington institute for Near East Policy, April 10, 2019.

Ken Silverstein, “Israel’s Natural Gas Discoveries Are Bridging Political Divides and Are Forging Economic Ties,” Forbes, April 18, 2019.

Klara Strube, “Rare Israeli-Cultivated Desert Truffles ‘Worth More Than Uranium’ May Soon Be Widely Available,” No Camels, April 21, 2019.

George N. Tzogopoulos, “A New EastMed Friendship, with US Support,” Begin-Sadat Center, April 10, 2019.

TOI Staff, “Poll: Two-thirds of Israeli Jews support unity government without Haredi parties,” Times of Israel, April 23, 2019.

Avi Waksman, “Israelis’ Economic Confidence Growing, Government Survey Finds,” Haaretz, April 11, 2019.

Ehud Yairi, “Israel’s Armistice with Hamas, Growing Tensions with Abbas,” The Washington institute for Near East Policy, April 24, 2019.

#73 Contemporary Readings, March 2019

April 1, 2019

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

Ghaith Al-Omari, “Oslo’s Mangled Legacy,” The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Winter 2019.

Inball Arieli, “How chaos drives success, from the IDF to Tesla,” Israel21c, March 3, 2019.

Amb. Allan Baker, “U.S. Recognition of Israeli Sovereignty over the Golan Heights: Some Legal Observations,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, March 31, 2019.

Louis René Beres, “Beyond Realpolitik: Israel’s Strategic Imperatives,” BESA Center, March 31, 2019.

Daniel Byman, “Israel’s Four Fronts,” Global Politics and Strategy, March 19, 2019.

Mohamed Chtatou, “What Arab Monarchies Should Take Away from their Neighbors’ Instability,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 22, 2019.

William Cubbison, “What Do Israelis think About the Golan Heights?” Israel Democracy Institute, March 31, 2019.

Barry Davis, “From Electro to Acoustic [Israeli Music],” Jerusalem Post, March 28, 2019.

Dan Diker (Ed.), “Defeating Denormalization: Shared Palestinian and Israeli Perspectives on a New Path to Peace,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, March 24, 2019.

Economic Times Bureau, “From India to Israel: 3 grand festivals of food, music and fervor you must attend,” Economic Times, March 28, 2019.

Ahmed Eleiba, “Balance of Power in the Middle East (Iran, Syria, Iraq),” Al-Ahram Weekly, March 28-April 3, 2019.

Daniel Estrin, “Thousands of Israelis Now Call Berlin Home and Make Their Cultural Mark,” NPR, March 7, 2019.

Shmuel Even and Sason Hadad, “Is the IDF Ready for War?” INSS, March 25, 2019.

Robert Farley, “Israel’s Air Force Is One of the Best in World For a Reason,” National Interest, March 22, 2019.

Eitan Fischberger, “A (Euro)vision for the Future,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, March 19, 2019.

Manfred Gerstenfeld, “The EU Cannot Fight Antisemitism Effectively,” BESA Center, March 21, 2019.

A.J. Goldman, “A Golden Bear [Film Award] for Israel,” Tablet, February 21, 2019.

Dore Gold, “Testimony: Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty on the Golan Heights,” US House of Representatives, July 17, 2018.

Toby Greene, “With Gantz, has Israel’s Centre found its feet?” Fathom Journal, March 2019.

Eitan Halon, “Bank warns: Economic slowdown without ultra-Orthodox, Arab integration,” Jerusalem Post, March 28, 2019.

Ephraim Inbar, “What Happens after the “Deal of the Century” is Tabled?” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, March 6, 2019.

Yusri Khaizran, “Civil Trends in Israel’s Arab Society in Light of the “Arab Spring,” Moshe Dayan Center, March 14, 2019.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “United Hatzalah opens new emergency response unit in Colombia,” Israel21c, March 20, 2019.

Amb. (Ret.) Dr. Haim Koren, “Israel and Egypt: Strategic Partnership, Civil Remoteness?” MITVIM, March 2019.

Yaakov Lappin, “Hamas Is Willing to Risk War to Avoid Economic Collapse,” BESA Center, March 10, 2019. 

Ivan Levingston, “Even Israel Is Getting the Trump Treatment on Trade,” Fortune, March 9, 2019.

Luca Miehe and Stephan Roll, “Three Scenarios for the Development of the Sisi Regime in Egypt,” SWP Berlin, March 2019.

Michael Milshtein, “A Middle Eastern “Apocalypse Now:” The Islamic State (IS) as a Social and Cultural Phenomenon,” Moshe Dayan Center, March 6, 2019.

Hassan Mneimneh, “Another Course Correction Needed: Towards a Better Reception of U.S. Positions in the Middle East,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 25, 2019.

Nicu Popescu and Stanislav Secrieru, “Russia’s return to the Middle East Building sandcastles?” Chaillot Paper, July 2018.

Mike Richar, “Exploring Israeli Cuisine Through 5 Quintessential Foods,” The Manual, March 4, 2019.

Paul Rivlin, “China: Economy, Energy and the Middle East,” Moshe Dayan Center, March 28, 2019.

Scott Roxborough, “Why the world is watching Israeli TV series,” Deutsche Welle, March 25, 2019.

Elyakim Rubenstein, “The Players of Camp David,” The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Winter 2019. 

Alexander Jacob Shapiro, “Examining Newly-Formed Mixed Arab-Jewish Municipal Coalitions,” Moshe Dayan Center, March 14, 2019.

Natan Sachs, “The end is nigh for Netanyahu,” Brookings Institute, March 4, 2019.

Assaf Shapira, “Alliance of Interests,” Israel Democracy Institute, March 10, 2019.

Pnina Sharvit Baruch, “The Violent Events along the Gaza-Israel Border: The Report of the Commission of Inquiry of the Human Rights Council,” INSS, March 12, 2019.

Jagdish N. Singh, “Erdoğan’s Dangerous Ambitions Threaten India and Beyond,” BESA Center, March 27, 2019. 

Shoshana Solomon, “Clouds gather as Israel emerges from economic ‘golden decade,’” Times of Israel, March 14, 2019.

Shoshana Solomon, “Japanese investment in Israel blossoms as firms scout for tech,” Times of Israel, April 1, 2019.   

Amy Spiro, “Israeli DJs React to Renewed Michael Jackson Allegations,” Jerusalem Post, March 10, 2019.

Jonathan Spyer, “Armed Opposition Groups in Iran,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, March 12, 2019.

Gil Stein, “Why this Israeli band of disabled musicians said no to Eurovision,” Jewish Weekly, March 13, 2019.

Ken Stein, “The Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty at 40: Lessons Learned and Impacts Sustained,” Center for Israel Education, March 27, 2019.

Todd Stein, “Rep. Omar’s comments are worse than you think,” Times of Israel, March 11, 2019.

Bret Stephens, “Ilhan Omar Knows Exactly What She Is Doing,” New York Times, March 7, 2019.

Shibley Telhami, “Will Israel’s Palestinian Arab citizens turn out to vote?” Brookings Institute, March 25, 2019.

Yohanan Tzoreff, “Is the PLO Still the “Sole Representative of the Palestinian People?” INSS, March 18, 2019.

Adv. Alona Vinograd, “Behind Every Man Stands… Another Man,” Israel Democracy Institute, March 10, 2019.

Ofra Winter and Udi Dekel, “Egypt and Israel: From Peace between Leaders and Armies to Peace between Peoples,” INSS, March 27, 2109.

Yad Izhak Ben-Tzvi Insititute, “Between Jerusalem and Cairo: 40 Years to the Israel-Egypt Peace Agreement,” INSS, March 14, 2019.

Amos Yadlin, Zvi Magen, “The Netanyahu-Putin Meeting: What was Agreed, and What are Russia’s Intentions?” INSS, March 18, 2019.

#72 Contemporary Readings, February 2019

March 5, 2019

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

Michael Barak, “Civil War? The rift between Fatah and Hamas, as seen on social media,” Moshe Dayan Center, February 7, 2019.

Naama Barak, “Tel Aviv’s most unlikely nightlife hot spot,” Israel21c, February 19, 2019.

Amiram Barkat, “Israel’s economic skies darken,” Globes, January 1, 2019.

Amiram Barakat, “Jerusalem and Tel Aviv both have negative migration,” Globes, February 18, 2019.

BICOM, “Israeli Elections: Everything you need to know,” British Israel Communications and Research Center, February 15th, 2019.

BICOM, “The Netanyahu investigations: What next after the Attorney General’s announcement?” February 2019. file:///C:/Users/kstein/Downloads/Netanyahu-Investigations-paper%20(1).pdf

Edwin Black, “BDS Prosecution Efforts at UCLA and UCI,” BESA Center, February 5, 2019. 

Alan Boyle, “‘Big step for Israel’: SpaceX launches lunar lander along with high-flying satellites,” Geek Wire, February 21, 2019.

Itai Brun, Sarah J. Feuer, Itay Haiminis, “Eight Years after the Upheaval: Alternative Approaches to Understanding the Current Middle East,” INSS, February 26, 2019.

Center for Israel Education, “How Israel Votes Whiteboard Video,” Center for Israel Education, February 28, 2019.

Udi Dekel, “Obstacles to Israel’s Strategic Objectives: Main Insights from the INSS 12th Annual International Conference,” INSS, February 12, 2019. 

Shira Feder, “Mike Solomonov’s New Venture Shows Israeli Food Is More Than Falafel and Hummus,” Forward, February 7, 2019.

Brandon Friedman, “The Crisis in Palestinian Politics: From National Consensus to National (Dis)Unity,” Moshe Dayan Center, February 6, 2019.

Sophie Friedman, “L’Chaim: exploring Israel’s burgeoning wine culture,” The Bowdoin Orient, February 22, 2019.

Jennifer Greenberg, “Why Women are Rocking Tel Aviv’s Electronic Music Scene,” Jerusalem Post, February 28, 2019.

Tsilla Hershco, “The “Yellow Vests” in France: Social Protest, Violence, and Antisemitism,” BESA Center, February 28, 2019.

Nick Ismail, “Israel’s tech start-up scene: the heartbeat of the economy,” Information Age, February 19, 2019.

Israel Democracy Institute, “Investigation – A Guide for the Perplexed,” Israel Democracy Institute (explains various possibilities about the indictments presented to PM Netanyahu and what next), February 14, 2019.

Jerusalem Center – Iran Desk, “Iran’s President Rejects Foreign Minister Zarif’s Resignation,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, February 27, 2019.

Alex Joffe and Asaf Romirowsky, “Americans’ Two Conceptions of Israel,” BESA Center, February 21, 2019.

Dan Kaken, “Israel agrees to reopen economic agreements with Palestinians,” Globes, February 7, 2019.

Israel Kasnett, “Israelis and Palestinians unite to create economic viability,” Jewish News Syndicate, February 28, 2019.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli wine, art and music provides ‘cultural foreplay,’” Israel21c, February 3, 2019.

Martin Kramer, Norman Stillman, Jacob Lassner, “The Enduring Legacy of Professor Bernard Lewis,” ASMEA, November 2018.

Ori J. Lenkinski, “Israel Museum’s Dance: Dancing in the Dark,” Jerusalem Post, February 19, 2019.

Yaakov Lapid, “Can Israel Defeat Hamas Without Toppling It?” BESA Center, February 21, 2019.

Ivan Levingston and Michael Arnold, “Israel’s Economy Beats Expectations on Consumer Spending,” Bloomberg, February 17, 2019.

Elior Levy, “Gaza suffers from brain drain as young professionals look for better life,” Y-Net, Jan 18, 2019.,7340,L-5446415,00.html

Lacie Levy, “Israel Is Innovating Its Way To Success,” Business Facilities, February 2019.

David Makovsky, “Dueling Narratives in Israel’s Election Campaign,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 22, 2019.

David Makovsky, “Israel’s Battle of the ‘Benjamins’: Netanyahu vs. Gantz,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 11, 2019.

Elhanan Miller, “The Enigmatic Benny Gantz,” Tablet Magazine, February 11, 2019.

Rachel Neiman, “Israel National Library launches free Israeli music app,” Israel21c, February 11, 2019.

Volker Perthes, “The EU and its members will have to come up with their own policy for the new reality in Syria,” The Security Times, February 2019.

Claire Polansky, “How Exporting Cannabis Will Boost Israel’s Economy,” Times of Israel, February 10, 2019.

Adi Pick, “Israel and Japan in Talks to Enter a Free Trade Agreement,” Calcaslist, January 15, 2019.,7340,L-3754321,00.html

Sever Plocker, “Why do Israelis have a soft spot for generals as politicians?” Ynet News, February 7, 2019.,7340,L-5459654,00.html

Haviv Rettig Gur, “Netanyahu and the Kahanists: A moral compromise that may ruin his legacy,” Times of Israel, February 25, 2019.

Paul Rivlin, “Tunisia 2019: The Success and Failures of the Arab Spring,” Moshe Dayan Center, February 28, 2019.

Itamar Sharon, “Danube days: Hungary launches culture year in Israel with song and dance,” Times of Israel, February 20, 2019.

Eldad Shavit, “President Trump versus his Administration,” INSS Insight,February 12, 2019,

Nadav Shragai, Lenny Ben-David, “New Waqf Council Managing the Temple Mount,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, February 28, 2019.

Amy Spiro, “Band’s Visit to End Its Broadway Run,” Jerusalem Post, February 5, 2019.

Jonathan Spyer, “The Rise of Iraq’s Shia Militias: An Emergent Threat to Israel,” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, February 20, 2019.

Itay Stern, “Israeli Director’s Film Wins Top Prize at Berlin Festival,” Haaretz, February 16, 2019.

Ofir Winter, Gallia Lindenstrauss, “Beyond Energy: The Significance of the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum,” INSS, February 3, 2019.

Raz Zimmt, “The Khamenei Roadmap on the 40th Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution,” INSS, February 20, 2019.