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#109 Contemporary Readings March 2022

April 2, 2022

April 2, 2022

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

Ramy Aziz, “Cairo’s Opportunity for Policy Change on the War in Ukraine,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 10, 2022, 

Michael Barak, “The War on Public Consciousness: Social media as a tool of influence by supporters of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood,” Moshe Dayan Center, March 28, 2022, 

Naama Barak, “Arab women in Jerusalem study Hebrew for a stronger future,” Israel21C, March 20, 2022, 

Katherine Bauer, “Israel-UAE Economic Cooperation Has Deep Roots and Broad Dividends,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 8, 2022, 

Ferid Belhaj, “Compounded stress: The impact of the war in Ukraine on the Middle East and North Africa,” Middle East Institute, March 7, 2022, 

Ofra Bengio, “Turkey Finds Israel Useful Again,” Tablet, March 13, 2022, 

BICOM Staff, “Regional summit in Israel overshadowed by terror attack,” BICOM, March 28, 2022,  

Hussein Dakroub, “Ahead of elections Lebanese see no hope for political change,” Al-Arabiya,  March 30, 2022, 

Udi Dekel, “Terrorist Attacks in Israel: A Time to Change the Rules of the Game,” INSS, March 31, 2022, 

Itamar Eichner, “Ball in Zelensky’s court when it comes to ending war, Israeli officials say,” YNet, March 8, 2022, 

Marta Furlan, “Taliban Victory Serves as a Model for Palestinian Terror Groups,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, March 8, 2022, 

Daniel Gordis, “Interview with Knesset Member Alon Tal,” with appropriate nuance explains Israel’s responses to the Russian invasion of the Ukraine,”

Roy Gutman, “No Going Back: Activists Reflect a Decade After the Arab Spring,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 7, 2022, 

Yoel Guzansky, “The War in Ukraine and Strategic Hedging by Arab Countries,” INSS, March 21, 2022, 

Great Britain, Palestine: Termination of the Mandate, May 15, 1948, (ten page summary of the Mandate)

Joseph Haboush, “Middle East one of most vulnerable regions due to Russia-Ukraine war: IMF official,” Al-Arabiya, March 28, 2022, 

Joseph Haboush, “US hostage envoy in Beirut to discuss missing Americans in Syria: Sources,” Al-Arabiya, March 31, 2022, 

Nasreen Haddad Haj-Yahya, Muhammed Khalaily, Arik Rudnitzky, Ben Fargeon, “Statistical Report on Arab Society in Israel: 2021,” Israel Democracy Institute, March 17, 2022, 

Yoseph Haddad, “Yoseph Haddad’s Brilliant Defense Of Israel In The Irish Parliament,” VINnews, March 1, 2022, 

Sivan Hilaie, “Israel braces for a housing crisis amid Ukraine immigration wave,” YNet, March 15, 2022, 

Efraim Inbar, “Israel’s Ukraine policy: ‘Right side of history’ vs national interest,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security,  March 21, 2022, 

Martin Indyk and Itamar Rabinovich, “Learning from History: Henry Kissinger’s Statecraft,” INSS, March 30, 2022,,

Amr Kandil, “Egypt has always strived to encourage Israelis, Palestinians to compromise and end conflict: FM Shoukry,” Ahram Online, March 28, 2022,,-Pa.aspx 

Isabel Kershner and Safak Timur, “Israel’s President Visits Turkey in Sign of Thawing Relations,” New York Times, March 9, 2022, 

Isabel Kershner, “Ukraine War Ignites Israeli Debate Over Purpose of a Jewish State,” New York Times, March 23, 2022, 

Patrick Kingsley, “Israel summit shows ties with Arabs moving from ceremony to substance,” Union-Bulletin, March 26, 2022,

Kemal Kirişci and Dan Arbell, “President Herzog’s visit to Ankara: A first step in normalizing Turkey-Israel relations?” Brookings, March 7, 2022, 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Golda Meir – the only woman in the room,” Israel21C, March 27, 2022, 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Healing strangers in the midst of a war zone,” Israel21C, March 28, 2022, 

Joshua Krasna, “Politics, War and Eastern Mediterranean Gas,” Moshe Dayan Center, March 24, 2022, 

Yossi Kupperwasser, “The United States Is Determined to Return to the Dangerous Iran Deal at Any Cost: The Implications for Israel,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, March 21, 2022, 

Matthew Levitt, “Don’t Drop Iran’s Revolutionary Guards from FTO List,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 21, 2022, 

Yaniv Levyatan, “The First TikTok War,” Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, March 2022, 

Alexander Loengarov, “Between Maritime Law and Politics in the East Mediterranean,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 24, 2022, 

David Makovsky, “A New Regional Role for Israel, as Washington Shows Signs of Stepping Back,” Times of Israel, March 28, 2022, 

Hamdi Malik, Michael Knights, Crispin Smith, “Exposing Kataib Hezbollah’s Royal Family? Insights from Recent Leaks,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 9, 2022, 

Yotam Margalit and Itamar Yakir, “The Israeli Labor Market and COVID-19: What Really Happened?” Israel Democracy Institute, March 28, 2022, 

Yoni Ben Menachem, “Mahmoud Abbas Seeks to Neutralize Firebrand Marwan Barghouti Sitting in Prison,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, March 20, 2022, 

Yoni Ben Menachem, “The Saudi Crown Prince’s Messages to Israel and Iran.” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, March 7, 2022, 

Ruwayda Mustafah, “Addressing Violence Against Women in Iraqi Kurdistan,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 28, 2022, 

Ghaith al-Omari, “Making the Most of Jordan’s Peace Diplomacy,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 29, 2022, 

Aurora Ortega, “Hezbollah in Columbia Past and Present Modus Operandi and the News for Greater Security,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 28, 2022,

Asaf Romirowsky and Alex Joffe, “MESA’s Israel boycott encapsulates everything wrong with academia – opinion,” The Jerusalem Post, March 26, 2022,

Avraham Sela, “Arab Historiography of the 1948 War: The Quest for Legitimacy,” Center for Israel Education, reprint from Truman Institute Reprints and Laurence J. Silberstein (ed.) New Perspectives on Israeli History, New York University Press, 1991,

Francisco Serrano, “War in Ukraine and drought at home: A perfect storm in the Maghreb,” Middle East Institute, March 21, 2022,  

Khalil Shikaki, “Press Release: Public Opinion Poll No (83),” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, March 22, 2022, 

Clément Therme, “The Russian-Iran Partnership in a Multipolar World,” French Institute of International Relations, March 2022, 

Gil Troy, “Ukraine can happen in Israel too – opinion,” Jerusalem Post, March 22, 2022, 

Khaled Abu Toameh, “73% of Palestinians want Abbas to step down – poll,” Jerusalem Post, March 26, 2022, 

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Israeli, Palestinian women call to revive peace talks,” Jerusalem Post, March 26, 2022, 

Gil Troy, “Ukraine Can Happen in Israel Too,” Jerusalem Post, March 22, 2022,

Yohanan Tzoreff, “With Ramadan Approaching, the Fear of Escalation,” INSS, March 30, 2022, 

Carl Yonker, “Hizballah, Lebanon, and Reconciliation with the Gulf: The Impasse,” Moshe Dayan Center, March 10, 2022, 

#108 Contemporary Readings February 2022

March 2, 2022

Updated February 28, 2022

Assembled by Ken Stein, Michele Freesman-Levenson, and Ana Kilbourn Emory University’s Institute for the Study of Modern Israel and the Center for Israel Education,

AFP, “Israel’s economy minister visits Morocco to cement trade ties,” Ahram Online, February 20, 2022,;s-economy-minister-visits-Morocco-to-cement.aspx 

Mansour Abbas, David Makovsky, and Robert Satloff, “An Arab Leader in Israel: A Conversation with Mansour Abbas,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 10, 2022, 

Emily Alhadeff, “What Happened to Jewish (Israel) Studies” University of Washington, February 20, 2022,

Taheilla Schwart Altshuler and Amir Cahane, “The NSO Affair – What is Allowed and What is Forbidden in Online Surveillance,” Israeli Democracy Institute, January 23, 2022,

Daphna Aviram-Nitzan, Yarden Kedar, “Israelis Out of Work as a Result of COVID-19,” Israel Democracy Institute, February 28, 2022,  

Prime Minister Bennett, “The State of Israel’s Foreign, Defense and Domestic Matters,” Center for Israel Education, February 7, 2022,

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, “PM Bennett Addresses the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations,” Conference of President of Major American Jewish Organizations, Jerusalem, February 20, 2022, 

BICOM Staff, “Israel offers to mediate between Russia and Ukraine,” BICOM, February 28, 2022, 

BICOM Staff, “Not supporting the Abraham Accord was a mistake, says Abbas,” BICOMI, February 14, 2022, 

BICOM Staff, “Tension in the West Bank following counter-terrorism operation,” BICOM, February 11, 2022, 

Diana Bletter, “Helping Israel’s minorities find jobs in high-tech,” Israel21C, February 15, 2022,  

Anna Borshchevskaya, “How to Make Russia Pay in Ukraine: Study Syria,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 15, 2022,  

Margaret Dene, Hannah Labow, Carol Silber, “Middle East Responses to the Ukraine Crisis,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 25, 2022,  

Renee Ghert-Zand, “3 Days in March: How the 2nd Intifada’s Bloodiest Hours Seeded Today’s Middle East,” The Times of Israel, February 23, 2022, 

Judah Ari Gross, “PM meets Reform, Conservative leaders after 6-year hiatus under Netanyahu,” Times of Israel, February 28, 2022, 

Yoseph Hadad, “Amnesty Tries to Distort My Arab Identity and Dismantle Israel – Opinion,” The Jerusalem Post, February 7, 2022, 

Simon Henderson, “Bennett’s Bahrain Visit Further Invigorates Israel-Gulf Diplomacy,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 14, 2022,  

David Horovitz, “Why Israel must stand squarely with Ukraine,” Times of Israel, February 28, 2022, 

Ephraim Inbar, “A US failure in Ukraine Crisis could lead to a conflagration in Middle East, Asia,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, February 7, 2022, 

INSS Staff, INSS Researchers Tweet about the War in Europe,” INSS, February 24, 2022,  

Yaakov Katz, “Hamas Doesn’t Need Sheikh Jarrah or Jerusalem to Start a War,” The Jerusalem Post, February 17, 2022, 

Patrick Kingsley, Isabel Kershner and Ronen Bergman, “War in Ukraine Forces Israel Into a Delicate Balancing Act,” New York Times, February 27, 2022, 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli aid experts reach typhoon-hit Philippines,” Israel21C, February 22, 2022,  

Moshe Kwiat, “Solemeini’s Revenge from Cyberspace: A Blatant Escalation,” Beehive, Moshe Dayan Center, February 28, 2022,  

Edward Luttwak, “Iran’s Performative Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism: An Interpretation of Iran’s Current Policy Toward Its Jewish Community and Israel,” The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, January 11, 2022, 

The Media Line and Ynet, “Palestinian Authority’s Waning Power in West Bank Cause for Concern,” YNet, February 19, 2022, 

Kobi Michael, Yoel Guzansky, “Revisiting the Possibility of a Regional Military Alliance,” INSS, February 24, 2022,  

Aaron David Miller, “Israel and the Gulf: A Security Partnership Around the Corner?” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, February 10, 2022, 

Michael Milshtein, “The New Way”: The Key to Understanding Ra’am’s Strategy,” Bayan, Moshe Dayan Center, February 24, 2022,  

Assaf Orion, “Beyond Chastity Belt and Road: US-Israel Relations in the Age of Great Power Competition,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 6, 2022,  

Daniel Rakov, “Understanding the Russia-Iran-Israel Triangle,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, February 9, 2022, 

Reuters Staff, “Demand for Hebrew lessons jumps in Gaza as Israel eases work restrictions,” Alarabiya News, February 23, 2022, 

Reuters Staff, “U.S. House Leader Nancy Pelosi arrives in Israel, vows support on Iran,” Reuters, February 16, 2022, 

Paul Rivlin, “Zero-Sum versus Win-Win in the Middle East,” Iqtisadi: Moshe Dayan Center, February 22, 2022,  

Shira Rubin, “Capitalism had Israel’s kibbutzim on the ropes. Then they discovered pot,” Washington Post, February 12, 2022, 

Robert Satloff, “Three Presidents, Three Flawed Iran Policies, and the Path Ahead,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 25, 2022,  

Tehilla Schwartz Altshuler, Amir Cahane, “The Israeli Public Has a Right to Know About Illegal Surveillance,” Israel Democracy Institute, February 7, 2022,  

Mohamed Abu Shaar, “Escalation in Jerusalem and the West Bank,” Ahram Online, February 19, 2022, 

Amy Spiro, “Dozens of US lawmakers descend on Israel with AIPAC-affiliated trip,” Times of Israel, February 21, 2022, 

Carol Troen, “A Glossary of Terms on modern Israel,” February 27, 2022,

Yohanan Tzoreff, “Fatah Central Committee Decisions Accelerate the Decline of PA Legitimacy,”INSS, February 6, 2022, 

Frederic Wehrey, Ninar Fawal, “Cascading Climate Effects in the Middle East and North Africa: Adapting Through Inclusive Governance,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, February 24, 2022, 

Moran Zaga, “The UAE Under Attack: A Foreign Policy Test,” Tel Aviv Notes: Moshe Dayan Center, February 10, 2022,  

Tova Zimuky, “Israel appoints first-ever Muslim Supreme Court justice,” YNet, February 21, 2022, 

#107 Contemporary Readings January 2022

February 2, 2022

Updated February 2, 2022
Assembled by Ken Stein and Michele Freesman-Levenson, Emory University’s Institute for the Study of Modern Israel and the Center for Israel Education,

Musa Alami, “The Lesson of Palestine,” Middle East Journal, October 1949, reprinted with permission,

Tomer Barak and Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak, “Confronting Climate Change, Turkey Needs ‘Green’ Leadership Now More than Ever,” Middle East Institute, January 25, 2022,

Ilan Ben Zion, “Israel’s national library sees Arabic site traffic boom,” AP News, January 9, 2022, 

Joshua Albin Cheyaden, “A Saudi-Pakistani Reset: Business as Usual?” Moshe Dayan Center, January 31, 2022, 

Ana Borshchevskaya, “Russia’s Strategic Success in Syria and the Future of Moscow’s Middle East Policy,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 23, 2022, 

Soner Cagaptay, “Erdogan’s End Game,” Foreign Affairs, January 4, 2022,

Sarah Dadouch, “Iran is putting down roots in eastern Syria, outcompeting Assad’s regime in signing up fighters,” Washington Post, January 28, 2021 

Boaz Dolev and David Siman-Tov, “Iranian Cyber Influence Operations against Israel Disguised as Ransomware Attacks,” INSS, January 27, 2022, 

Farnaz Fassihi and Lara Jakes, “Trading Threats, the U.S. and Iran Inch Closer to a Nuclear Pact,” New York Times, January 12, 2022, 

Eytan Gilboa, “Will US-Israel Ties Withstand Possible Strains Due to the Iranian and Palestinian Issues?” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, January 26, 2022,

Rick Gladstone, “U.N. Approves Israeli Measure to Condemn Holocaust Denial,” New York Times, January 20, 2022, 

Daniel Gordis, “Continuity Requires Content,” SAPIR: A Journal of Jewish Conversations, vol. 3, (Autumn 2021): 54-63,

Shira Hanau, “Rabbi Simcha Krauss, who fought for women’s rights in Orthodoxy, dies at 85,” Haaretz, January 24, 2022, 

Amir Hayek, “Something Natural Is Happening Here and Now,” Khaleej Times, January 30, 2022, 

Ariel Heimann, “Salaries, Compensation, and Benefits in the IDF: Implications for the Regular and Reserve Service Model,” INSS, January 12, 2022, 

Simon Henderson, “Reality Check for Israel’s Natural Gas Plans,” The Washington Institute, January 27, 2022,

Tamar Hermann, “The Erratic Pulse of Israeli Democracy,” Israel Democracy Institute, January 20, 2022, 

Tamar Hermann, Or Anabi, Yaron Kaplan, Inna Orly Sapozhnikova, “The Israeli Democracy Index 2021,” Israel Democracy Institute, 2022, 

President of Israel, “UAE Presidential Visit: President Isaac Herzog and the First Lady Meet Jewish community representatives in the United Arab Emirates,” January 30, 2022,

Adi Kantor, “An Overview of Contemporary Antisemitism,” INSS, January 27, 2022,

Michael Kaminer, “House Hunting in Israel: An Inventive Use of Concrete Outside of Tel Aviv,” New York Times, January 5, 2022, 

Isabel Kershner, “Israeli Artist Turns Plastic Pollution Into ‘Earth Poetica,’” New York Times, January 16, 2022, 

Mehdi Khalaji, “Iran’s Increased Persecution of the Bahai,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 21, 2022, 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israel’s first Winter Paralympics athlete is alpine skier,” Israel21C, January 23, 2022, 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli STEM program empowers girls in Ghana,” Israel21C, January 19, 2022, 

Ephraim Lavie, Mohammed S. Wattad, Meir Elran, “Curbing Violence and Crime in Arab Society: The Risk of a Missed Opportunity,” INSS, January 16, 2022, 

Doaa A. Moneim, “Egypt to receive $368 mln loan from AMF to boost country’s financial position amid COVID-19,” Ahram Online, January 29, 2022, 

Guy Lurie, “The Tenure on the Bench of Supreme Court Justices,” Israel Democracy Institute, January 20, 2022, 

David Makovsky, “Israeli Coalition Leaders Navigate Protests and Political Constraints,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 14, 2022, 

Aviad Mendelboim, Yoram Schweitzer, Ido Gadi Raz, “Suicide Attacks Worldwide in 2021: The Downward Trend Continues,” INSS, January 10, 2022, 

Alon Pinkas, “Biden’s First Year in the Middle East Was Predictable and Underwhelming – and That’s Good,” Haaretz, January 20, 2022, 

Anshel Pferffer, “Confounding Critics, Israel’s Yair Lapid Marks Surprising Decade in Politics,” Haaretz, January 9, 2022, 

Barak Ravid, “U.S. sees “snapback” sanctions threat as tool to deter Iran enrichment,” Axios, January 5, 2022, 

Marc Rod, “Congress launches bipartisan Abraham Accords Caucus,” Jewish Insider, January 10, 2022, 

Dennis Ross, “A Needed Warning for Yemen’s Rebels—and for Our Allies and Enemies Alike,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 24, 2022, 

Uzi Rubin, “Iran’s Drones Tip the Balance of Power in the Middle East,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, January 25, 2022, 

Robert Satloff, ““The Holocaust was an Arab Story too”: Holocaust Remembrance in the Arab World,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 28, 2022, 

Jonathan Spyer, “Current Trends in Syria and the Israeli national interest,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, January 10, 2022, 

Jonathan Spyer, “Houthi/Iranian attacks on UAE a response to losses on the Yemen battlefield,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, January 31, 2022, 

TOI Staff, “Israel signs secret deal to transfer natural gas to Lebanon — TV,” Times of Israel, January 15, 2022, 

Kenneth Stein, “An Israel Syllabus that informs – decades of proof,” Center for Israel Education,

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Palestinian online campaign blames Hamas for Gaza misery,” Jerusalem Post, January 29, 2022, 

Eyal Zisser, “Demography still plays a critical role in the Middle East,” Moshe Dayan Center, January 9, 2022, 

#106 Contemporary Readings December 2021

January 7, 2022

Updated January 4, 2022 

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

Elliott Abrams, “Murmurs About Palestine as 2021 Ends,” Council on Foreign Relations, December 15, 2021,  

Associated Press, “Israeli leader returning home from UAE ‘very optimistic’.” Y-Net, December 14, 2021,  

Daphna Aviram-Nitzan and Roe Kenneth Portal, “Is Israel Also Experiencing a “Great Resignation”?” Israel Democracy Institute, December 22, 2021,  

Steven Bayme, “American Jewry and Israel: Whither the Next Generation?” Center for Israel Education, December 2, 2021,  

Naama Barak, “Israeli film on WWII Nazis hidden in US is Oscar contender,” Israel21C, December 23, 2021,  

Danya Belkin and Oreen Cohen, “Tracing the history of Tel Aviv through its street names,” Israel21C, December 30, 2021, 

Howard Berman, Michèle Flournoy, Jane Harman, Leon Panetta, David Petraeus, Dennis Ross, and Robert Satloff, “Statement on Improving the Potential for a Diplomatic Resolution to the Iran Nuclear Challenge,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 17, 2021,  

Anna Borshchevskaya, “How the Death of the Soviet Union Transformed the Middle East,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 21, 2021,  

Mitchell Cohen, “Why Today’s Middle East Needs Henry Kissinger’s ‘Less Is More’ Approach,” Politico, December 29, 2021,  

Dalia Dassa Kaye, Linda Robinson, Jeffrey Martini, Nathan Vest, Ashley L. Rhoades, “Reimagining U.S. Strategy in the Middle East,” Rand Corporation, 2021,  

Hillel Frisch, “Hamas takeover of Gaza killed the two-state solution,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, December 23, 2021,  

Daniel Gordis, “Continuity Requires Content,” Sapir Journal, Autumn 2021,  

Judah Ari Gross, “War: What Israel talks about when it talks about striking Iran’s nuclear program,” Times of Israel, December 3, 2021,  

Tamar Herrmann and Or Anabi, “Does Iran pose an existential threat? Israeli Voice Index November 2021,” Israel Democrcay Institute, December 8, 2021,  

David Horovitz, “Iran — the gamble, the original sin, and the unthinkable current consequence,” Times of Israel, December 2, 2021,  

David Horovitz, “Why is Israel again abandoning the Solomonic wisdom of the Western Wall compromise?,” Times of Israel, December 16, 2021,  

Rony Karstadt, “Trust, Truth, and National Security: The Cognitive Battle in the Digital Age – Summary of the 2021 Conference of the Lipkin-Shahak Program,” INSS, December 15, 2021,  

Rachel Kaufman, “Women and Social Media: Key Drivers of Protest in Iraq,” Wilson Center, December 22, 2021,  

Patrick Kingsley, “Israeli Leader Holds Historic Meeting With Emirati Crown Prince,” New York Times, December 13, 2021,  

Eran Lerman, “Israel, the US, and the Iranian Nuclear project – back to basics,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, December 8, 2021,  

Moran Levanoni, “No Boundaries – The Syrian-Lebanese Drug Economy,” Moshe Dayan Center, December 22, 2021,  

David Makovsky, “Bennet Visit Shows the UAE Balancing Between Israeli Ties and Regional De-escalation,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 16, 2021,  

Giland Malach and Lee Cahaner, “Two Thirds of Ultra-Orthodox Are Online,” Israel Democracy Insititute, December 30, 2021,  

David May, Jonathan Schanzer, “Israel’s Arabs are the latest victim of Iran’s proxy wars,” Al-Arabiya, December 9, 2021,  

Kobi Michael, “Israel’s Moment of Truth in Dealing with Hamas?” INSS, December 23, 2021,  

Aaron David Miller, “Bennett’s Breakthrough,” Malcom H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center, December 15, 2021,  

Aaron David Miller, “Israel and the Gulf State Are Becoming Closer. But It Won’t Make Biden’s Life Much Easier,” Politico, December 16, 2021,  

Assa Ophir, “Turkey’s Nuclear Future,” Moshe Dayan Center, December 15, 2021,  

Anshel Pfeffer, “2021, the Year Israel Learned Not to Take Its Democracy for Granted,” Haaretz, December 30, 2021,  

David Pollack, “The UAE’S Second Half-Century: Building Forward to What?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 2, 2021,  

Makram Rabah, “The Palestinian refugee camp explosion shows that Hamas is in the pocket of Iran,” Al-Arabiya, December 19, 2021,  

Yair Rosenberg, “Yair Lapid: Extremist Violence Is a ‘Stain on Israel,’” The Atlantic, December 15, 2021,  

Arik Rudnitzky, “Comprehensive Survey of Political Opinion among the Arab Public,” Moshe Dayan Center, December 14, 2021,  

David E. Sanger and Patrick Kingsley, “Lapid Says Israel Will Support Iran Nuclear Pact if It’s ‘a Good Deal,” New York Times, December 23, 2021,  

Yuval Shany and Amir Fuchs, “The Lack of the Right to Equality in Israel is Unique in the Democratic World,” Israel Democracy Institute, December 4, 2021,  

Khalil Shikaki, “Public Opinion Poll No (82),” Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, December 27, 2021,  

Kenneth W. Stein, “The Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty – Context and Implications,” Center for Israel Education, December 27, 2021,  

Kenneth W. Stein, “In Damascus in December 1973–Kissinger rebuffed by Assad: ‘Mr. Secretary, is it my turn to speak?’” December 15, 2021, Center for Israel Education, December 15, 2021,  

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Hamas, PA responsible for crises, say Gazans – poll,” Jerusalem Post, December 24, 2021,  

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Is the Palestinian Authority losing control? – analysis,” Jerusalem Post, December 14, 2021,  

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Palestinian factions decry ‘disgraceful’ Abbas-Gantz meeting,” Jerusalem Post, December 29, 2021,  

Yohanan Tzoreff, “Israel and the Palestinians: Approaching an Age that Defies Negotiations?” INSS, December 16, 2021,  

Ryan Zaitoun, “Old Loyalties, New Opportunities: the Battle for Identity among the Golani Druze,” Wilson Center, December 22, 2021,  

Jim Zanotti, “Israel: Background and U.S. Relations in Brief,” Congressional Research Service, December 2, 2021,  

Neri Zilber, “Why Israel (Sort of) Misses the Iran Deal,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 6, 2021,  

#105 Contemporary Readings November 2021

December 2, 2021

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

Wifag Adnan and Haggay Etkes, “The Reform of the Permit Regime for Palestinian Workers in Israel: A Preliminary Evaluation,” INSS, November 11, 2021, 

Major General (res.) Yaakov Amidror, “Why is Iran returning to the negotiating table?” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, November 14, 2021, 

Sultan Althari, “Green energy development is a must as developing world faces poverty by pollution,” Al-Arabiya, November 13, 2021, 

BICOM Staff, “The Bennett-Lapid Government: Domestic Policy Priorities,” BICOM, November 2021, 

Shlomo Black, “Haredi Enlistment in the IDF: Does the Proposed New Law Invite Substantive Change?” INSS, November 2, 2021, 

Omer Carmi, “Reading Through Iran’s Nuclear Demands,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 24, 2021, 

Center for Israel Education, “The Impact of Covid-19 on Middle Eastern and North African States: A Curated Reading List (March 2020-October 15, 2021),

Adiel Cohen, “The Invention of Arab Jews Erases Mizrahi Jewish History – Opinion,” Jerusalem Post, November 8, 2012, 

Shira Efron, Lieutenant Colonel (res.) T.B, and David Siman Tov, “The Implications of Climate Change for Military Intelligence,” INSS, November 20, 2021, 

Shahar Eilam and Tom Eshed, “Increased Antisemitism in the United States Following Operation Guardian of the Walls: Permanent or Short-Lived?” INSS, November 10, 2021, 

Oded Eran and Shimon Stein, “The United States and Israel: Disagreements Could Threaten Relations,” INSS, November 15, 2021, 

Ben Fishman, “December Elections in Libya Risk a Return to Civil War,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 21, 2021, 

Brandon Friedman, “Regional Solutions to Regional Challenges in the Middle East?” Moshe Dayan Center, November 30, 2021, 

Hadas Gold, “What the world could learn from Israel’s Covid-19 vaccine booster rollout,” CNN, November 24, 2021, 

Evan Gottesman, “The Palestinian Authority’s Most Enthusiastic Cheerleader,” Israel Policy Forum, November 19, 2021, 

Judah Ari Gross, “In Morocco, Gantz signs Israel’s first-ever defense MOU with an Arab country,” Times of Israel, November 24, 2021, 

Layla Hashemi, “Threats to Iranian Instagram: Analyzing Iran’s Internet Landscape,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 24, 2021, 

Prof. Tamar Hermann and Dr. Or Anabi, “Israel’s International Standing Has Remained Stable Under the New Government,” Israel Democracy Institute, November 3, 2021, 

Martin Indyk, Stuart Eizenstat, and Susan Glasser, “American Peace Process Diplomacy: What Works? What Doesn’t?” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 30, 2021, 

Israel Democracy Institute Staff, “Changing Public Perceptions of the IDF: Special Survey,” Israel Democracy Institute, November 23, 2021, 

Michael Jacobs and Ken Stein, “Yitzhak Rabin: Israel Leadership in a Lifetime,” Center for Israel Education, November 2, 2021,

Wendy Kalman, “Hearing the Voices of History,” Times of Israel, November 29, 2021,

Isabel Kershner, “Israel Passes First Budget in More Than 3 Years in Lifeline for Government,” New York Times, November 4, 2021, 

Michael J. Koplow, “The Domestic Politics Driving Israeli Policy,” Israel Policy Forum, November 18, 2021,

Tovah Lazaroff and Khaled Abu Toameh,  “Israel won’t thwart two states, minister tells int’l parley on Palestinians,” Jerusalem Post, November 18, 2021, 

Colonel (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman, “Military Diplomacy as a National Security Asset: Israel’s Widening Array of Joint Exercises,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, November 17, 2021, 

Michael Milshtein, “What if Israel Refuses to Decide on the Palestinian Territories,” Moshe Dayan Center, November 19, 2021, 

Orna Mizrahi and Yoel Guzansky, “The Crisis in Lebanese-Saudi Relations: Yet Another Blow to the Cedar State,” INSS, November 15, 2021, 

Omri Nahmias, “Mike Herzog arrives in Washington, officially takes office as ambassador to US,” Jerusalem Post, November 14, 2021, 

Dr. Emannuel Navon, “Israel and the New ‘Old Europe,’” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, November 25, 2021, 

Ghaith al-Omari, “Preparing for Orderly Change in Jordan When the Time Comes,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 22, 2021, 

Ghaith al-Omari and Simon Henderson, “UAE to Fund Israel and Jordan’s Solar/Water Deal,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 18, 2021, 

Giovanni Matteo Quer, “Back in Exile: Afghan Stories of a Near Distant Past,” Beehive: Moshe Dayan Center, November 1, 2021,

Dennis Ross, “How Israel Should Navigate the New American Landscape,” Jerusalem Strategic Tribune, November 2021, 

Danielle Roth-Avneri, Yehuda Shlezinger and ILH Staff, “Knesset passes 2022 budget after marathon voting session, staving off elections,” Israel Hayom, November 5, 2021, 

Jonathan Schanzer, “The May 2021 Israel-Hamas war was a stress test for normalization,” Al-Arabiya, November 12, 2021, 

Eldad Shavit and Sima Shine, “The Renewal of the Talks on Returning to the Nuclear Deal – Slim Chances of Success,” INSS, November 24, 2021, 

Amro Selim, “Regional Water Cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa: Transitioning from Conflict to Stability,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 30, 2021, 

Ken Stein, “The National Library of Israel,” Center for Israel Education, November 9, 2021,

Khaled Abu Toameh, “PA steps up crackdown on Hamas, Islamic Jihad members,” Jerusalem Post, Novemeber 27, 2021, 

Omar Al-Ubaydli, “Expanding the scope of the JCPOA might serve Iran’s best interests,” Al- Arabiya, November 21, 2021, 

Jesse Weinberg, “Celebrating Ashura in Syria,” Beehive: Moshe Dayan Center, November 25,  2021, 

Calvin Wilder and Kenneth R. Rosen, “Delta Crescent Energy: Refining U.S. Stabilization Strategies in Northeast Syria,” Washington Institute Near East Policy, November 24, 2021, 

Raoul Wootliff, “Even with budget test passed, key challenges threaten unity of diverse coalition,” Times of Israel, November 7, 2021, 

James Zogby, “Refocus on Iran’s Behavior,” Ahram Online, November 8, 2021, 

#104 Contemporary Readings, CIE October 2021

November 4, 2021

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

AFP, “Saudi Arabia: Dealing with Hezbollah-dominated Lebanon is ‘pointless’,” Times of Israel, October 31, 2021, 

Al-Ahram Online Staff, “Israel’s president apologizes for 1956 Kafr Qasem massacre,” Al-Ahram Online, October 30, 2021, 

Moshe Albo, “A new regional architecture? The impact of U.S. strategy on the regional Arena,” Reichman University, October 2021, 

Rina Bassist, “For Israel’s Acceptance to the AU as Observer Reveals Continental Divides,” Moshe Dayan Center: Ifriqiya, October 28, 2021, 

Naama Barak, “Astronauts carry out space mission in Israeli desert,” Israel21C, October 14, 2021, 

Ron Ben-Yishai, “Iran’s attack on U.S. base in Syria is a message to Israel,” YNet News, October, 21, 2021, 

BICOM Staff, “Israel passes new climate change action plan,” BICOM, October 27, 2021, 

Brian Blum, “Game-changing tech will digitize farming and increase sustainability,” Israel21C, Ocotber 12, 2021, 

Center for Israel Education, “30 Years After the Madrid Middle East Peace Conference: Context and Consequences, October 27, 2021,

Oded Eran, “Jordan 2021: Cause for Concern in Israel, but No Need to Panic,” INSS, October 18, 2021, 

Tom Eshed, “Antisemitism in the United States: A Critical Look at the Data, Monitoring, and Measurement,” INSS, October 13, 2021, 

Haggay Etkes, “The Arrangements Law and the Palestinian Economies,” INSS, October 12, 2021, 

Liran Friedmann, “The most important lesson Yitzhak Rabin taught us,” YNet News, October 18, 2021, 

Amos Gilead, “The strategic map: Achievements in the face of mounting challenges,” Reichman Univesity, October 2021, 

Al-Hamadani, “A Constitutional Challenge to Iraq’s Treatment of Iraqi Jews,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 21, 2021, 

Mai Abu Hasaneen, “Gazans study Hebrew as Israel increases work permits,” Al-Monitor, October 31, 2021, 

Haisam Hassanein, “The Muslim Brotherhood Sees Cairo’s Flirtation with Biden as an Opportunity,” Washington Institute Near East Policy, October 27, 2021, 

David Horovitz, “Jerusalem dedicates square to Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who saved thousands of Jews in WWII,” Times of Israel, October 11, 2021, 

Efraim Inbar, “Realpolitik Should Guide Israeli-Russian Relations,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, October 18, 2021, 

Jerusalem Post Staff, “Nachman Shai to be considered for Jewish Agency Chairman,” Jerusalem Post, October 17, 2021, 

Patrick Kingsley, “Whose Promised Land? A Journey Into a Divided Israel,” New York Times, October 25, 2021, 

Joshua Krasna and George Meladze, “The “Four Plus One”: The Changing Power Politics of the Middle East,”Moshe Dayan Center, October 7, 2021, 

Joshua Krasna, “Jordan: With Relations with Washington and Jerusalem Back in Order, a Flurry of Diplomatic Activity,” Moshe Dayan Center: Tel Aviv Notes, October 20, 2021, 

Susie Linfield, “Palestine Isn’t Ferguson,” The Atlantic, October 24, 2021, 

David Makovsky and Josh Kram, “Think Regionally: A US Role for Deepening the Abraham Accords,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 3, 2021, 

Aaron David Miller, “Reflections on Colin Powell’s Legacy,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, October 18, 2021, 

Orna Mizrahi, “The Diplomatic Crisis that Adds Fuel to the Lebanese Fire,” INSS, October 31, 2021, 

Orna Mizrahi and Yoram Schweitzer, “Hezbollah Faces Domestic Challenges with Self-Confidence,” INSS, October 25, 2021, 

Doaa A. Moneim, “Egypt to create new VAT refund system for tourists in all ports,” Al-Ahram Online, October 31, 2021, 

Daphna Aviram-Nitzan and Hila Shoef Kollwitz, “Israel 2050: Global Warming – Israelis Concerned – Survey Part I & II,” Israel Democracy Institute, October 28, 2021, 

Marina Ottaway, “Sudan: The Last Domino Stood Up by the Arab Uprisings has Fallen,” Wilson Center, October 26, 2021, 

Dennis Ross, “A Pro-Israel Summit in Erbil Breaks New Ground,” Washington Institute Near East Policy, September 30, 2021, 

Dennis Ross, “The Threat of War Is the Only Way to Achieve Peace With Iran,” Foreign Policy, October 27, 2021, 

Richard Rother and Maegan Vazquez, “US officially rejoins controversial UN Human Rights Council,” CNN, October 14, 2021, 

Ismael Abu Saad, “Fighting Crime Through Education in the Arab Sector,” Israel Democracy Institute, October 9, 2021, 

Nermine El Saadany, “Egyptian Women & Labor Force: Challenges and Opportunities,” Wilson Center, October 25, 2021, 

Katherine Q. Seelye, “Marcia Freedman, First American Woman in Knesset, Dies at 83,” New York Times, October 2, 2021, 

Michael Sharnoff, “Nasser and the Palestinians,” Middle East Quarterly, Summer 2021, 

Khalil Shikaki, “Press Release: Pre-local elections Poll,” Palestinian Center for Policy Survey Research, October 27, 2021, 

Bret Stephens, “Is There a Future for American Jews?”  Sapir Journal of Jewish Conversations, Autumn 2021, 

Zev Stub, Gil Hoffman, Jeremy Sharon, “Israel’s kashrut reform approved, 2021 budget to be NIS 609b,” Jerusalem Post, October 27, 2021, 

Nathan Sussman, Daphna Aviram-Ntizan, Hila Shoef Kollwitz, “A Just Transition to a Low Carbon Economy,” Israel Democracy Institute, October 28, 2021, 

TOI Staff, “Israeli study: COVID booster shots 92% effective at preventing serious illness,” Times of Israel, October 30, 2021, 

Ken Stein, “The October 1973 War and its Aftermath – Quotable Quotes and Key Conversations,” Center for Israel Education, October 17, 2021,

Ken Stein, “The October 1973 War – Henry Kissinger’s choreography in it,” (Israel’s Ambassador to the US, Simcha Dinitz recalls) Center for Israel Education,” October 8, 2021,

TOI Staff, “PM: Israeli tech must pivot from making cool apps to fighting climate change,” Times of Israel, October 30, 2021, 

Dov Waxman, “Finding New Ways to Write About and Grapple With Israel,” New York Times, October 29, 2021, 

Vivian Yee, “Iran Will Rejoin Nuclear Talks, Top Negotiator Says,” New York Times, October 27, 2021, 

Michael Young, “An Investigation in Lebanon Has Led to Armed Clashes Reminiscent of the Civil War,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, October 15, 2021,  

#103 Contemporary Readings, CIE September 2021

October 2, 2021

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

Jonathan Ariel, “The Real Lesson of the Afghanistan Debacle,” BESA Center, September 10, 2021,

Naama Barak, “Israeli clean-living tech reaches Latin American locales,” Israel21C, September 27, 2021, 

BICOM Staff, “The Bennett-Lapid Government and Regional Priorities: Change or Continuity,” BICOM, September 27, 2021, 

Anat Ben Haim, “Rebuilding the Syrian Military: Significance for Israel,” INSS, September 15, 2021, 

Naftali Bennett, Address to the United Nations General Assembly, September 27, 2021, 

Lazar Berman and Aaron Boxerman, “Over 300 prominent Iraqis publicly call for full peace with Israel,” Times of Israel, September 24, 2021, 

Antony J. Blinken, Yair Lapid, Nasser Bourita, Anwar Gargash, Sheikh Abdulla Bin Rashid Al Khalifa, “At the One Year Anniversary of the Abraham Accords: Normalization Agreements in Action,” US State Department, September 17, 2021, 

Camp David Negotiations,” Discussion with Hermann Eilts, Samuel Lewis, William Quandt, Hal Saunders, Dan Kurtzer and Ken Stein, November 1993

Ben Caspit, “100 days in, Bennett’s government challenged on Iran, Gaza,” Al-Monitor, September 17, 2021, 

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

Yossi Cohen, “Fall of Afghanistan raises alarming questions about the Middle East,” YNet News, September 1, 2021, 

Udi Dekel, “Hamas has its Own Logic. What is Israel’s Logic?” INSS, September 4, 2021, 

Jonathan H. Ferziger, “On Abraham Accords Anniversary, Biden Is Tepid About Israeli-Arab Peace,” Foreign Policy, September 10, 2021, 

Yochai Guiski and Kim Noach, “Urban Planning and Adaptation: Saving 0.5-1 Percent of Israel’s Annual GDP,” INSS, September 13, 2021, 

Haisam Hassanein, “The Bennett-Sisi Meeting: A Rare Chance to Publicly Boost Relations,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 13, 2021, 

Simon Henderson, “Qatar’s Council Election Has Gulf-Wide Implications,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 30, 2021, 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “Ahead of the Jewish New Year – National Mood Pessimistic,” Israel Democracy Institute, September 1, 2021, 

Ben Hubbard, “Lebanon Gets New Prime Minister Amid Economic Meltdown,” New York Times, September 10, 2021, 

Ben Hubbard and Hwaida Saad, “With Fuel from Iran, Hezbollah Steps In Where Lebanon Has Failed,” New York Times, September 16, 2021, 

INSS, “Israel-UAE-US: A Year of Cooperation,” September 13, 2021, (1:30) Discussion,

Efraim Inbar, “The Egypt-Israel Common Strategic Agenda,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, September 14, 2021, 

Tala Michel Issa, “Saudi Arabia holds meeting to discuss current, future investments in smart cities,” Al-Arabiya, September 29, 2021, 

Lisa Klug, “Israeli-grown vanilla is about to disrupt the industry,” Israel21C, September 20, 2021, 

Limor Lavie, “Family Law in Egypt and Iraq: Social Media Campaigns against Limiting Women’s Rights to Guardianship and Custody of their Children,” Moshe Dayan Center: Beehive, September 29, 2021, 

Bernard Henry Levy,  ”Promising Liasons,” (Israel and the UAE), The American Interest, September 5, 2021,

Ido Levy, “Biden UN Speech Misunderstands the Point of ‘Forever Wars’—in the Mideast and Elsewhere,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 20, 2021, 

Institute for Policy and Strategy, ”The Challenges and opportunities for Israel’s national security in the coming year,”  Reichman University (IDC), September 2021,

Marc Lynch and Shibley Telhami, “Academic experts believe that Middle East politics are actually getting worse,” Washington Post, September 17, 2021, 

Jacob Magid, “‘We’ve only just begun’: Abraham Accords partners mark one year since signing,” Times of Israel, September 14, 2021, 

Benny Morris, “On Nuclear Iran, Israel Faces Two Terrible Options,” Haaretz, September 27, 2021, 

Omri Nahmias, “Abraham Accords are going to continue shaping the Middle East,” Jerusalem Post, September 18, 2021, 

Michael Oren, “Is US aid a threat to Israel?,” Tablet, September 23, 2021, 

Joel Parker and Sarah Cahn, “Hizballah’s Gain, Lebanon’s Pain,” Moshe Dayan Center: Tel Aviv Notes, September 14, 2021, 

Inbal Orpaz and David Siman-Tov, “The Unfinished Campaign: Social Media in Operation Guardian of the Walls,” INSS, September 12, 2021, 

David Pollack and Robert Satloff, “A New Start for the U.S. on Mideast Democracy and Human Rights,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 19, 2021, 

Adam Rasgon, “In Reversal, Israel’s New Government Engages With Palestinian Authority,” New York Times, September 25, 2021, 

Susanna Reskallah, “Food Insecurity in Palestine: A Future for Farmers,” Wilson Center, August 30, 2021, 

Bruce Riedel, “Playing a weak hand well,” Brookings Institute, September 27, 2021, 

Yitzhak Reiter, “Jerusalem Matters (34:) Changes In Jerusalem, Center for Israel Education, September 14, 2021

Paul Rivlin, “How the Taliban Re-took Afghanistan,” Moshe Dayan Center: Iqtisadi, September 30, 2021,

Abdel-Moneim Said, “Reconciliations in the region,” Ahram Online, September 8, 2021, 

Jonathan Schanzer, “What is America’s role in the World,” The Washington Examiner, September 30, 2021,

Ali Soufan, “Evolution of Jihadism 20 Years After 9/11,” Wilson Center, September 8, 2021, 

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Palestinians to hold municipal elections in December,” Jerusalem Post, September 16, 2021, 

United States House of Representatives, Antony Blinken, “Afghanistan 201-2021: Evaulating the Withdrawal and U.S. Policies, – Part 1, September 13, 2021,

United States Senate, Foreign Relations of the United States, “U.S. Security Assistance in the Middle East,” August 10, 2021,

United States Senate, Foreign Relations, Antony J. Blinken, “Examining the U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan,” September 14, 2021,

Robert Wexler, “For Progressives, Iron Dome Isn’t the Issue. It’s Israel Itself,” New York Times, September 29, 2021, 

#102 Contemporary Readings, August 2021

September 12, 2021

September 5, 2021

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

Kasra Aarabi and Saeid Golkar, “Completing the Revolution,” Carnegie Middle East Center, August 17, 2021, 

Abdul Basit, “Why did the Afghan army disintegrate so quickly?” Aljazeera, August 17, 2021,

Afghanistan Study Group, Afghanistan Study Group Final Report, United Institute for Peace, February 2021, afghanistan_study_group_final_report_a_pathway_for_peace_in_afghanistan.pdf (

Danya Belkin, “The little-known history of Tel Aviv’s iconic power station,” Israel21C, August 12, 2021, 

Jennifer Bell, “Abraham Accords: A year of ‘faith and tolerance’ between UAE, Israel, say Rabbis,” Al Arabiya English, August 12, 2021, 

Ofra Benigo, “Jews, Israel and the Kurds: unravelling the myth,” Israel Affairs, August 23, 2021, 

BICOM Staff, “Foreign Minister Lapid concludes historic visit to Morocco,” BICOM, August 13, 2021, 

Shlomo Black, Tomer Fadlon, and Meir Elran, “Integrating the Ultra-Orthodox into the Labor Market,” INSS, August 15, 2021, 

Nir Boms, “The Egyptian TikTok Girls,” Moshe Dayan Center: Beehive, August 30, 2021, 

Michael A. Calvo, “Israel and the Holy See,” BESA Center, August 27, 2021, 

Amichai Cohen, “The Return of the International Arena,” Israel Democracy Institute, August 24, 2021, 

Edy Cohen, “Iran’s New Suitors,” Tablet Magazine, August 2, 2021, 

Ryan Crocker, “Why Biden’s Lack of Strategic Patience Led to Disaster,” The New York Times, August 21, 2021,

Anne Dearan and Sean Sullivan, “Biden, Bennett open new chapter in U.S.-Israel relations with White House visit,” Washington Post, August 27, 2021, 

Michele Dunne, Zaha Hassan, Aaron David Miller, Marwan Muasher, Maha Yahya, Michael Young, “Is the Two-State Solution Still Viable?” Foreign Affairs, August 24, 2021, 

Shmuel Even, “The National Significance of Israeli Demographics at the Outset of a New Decade,” INSS and Tel Aviv University, July 2021, 

Matti Friedman, “Building Israel’s Dust City,” Tablet Magazine, August 9, 2021, 

Hanin Ghaddar, “A Strategy to Contain Hezbollah: Ideas and Recommendations,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 24, 2021, 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Gilead, “The American Withdrawal from Afghanistan: Lessons and Ramifications for Israel,” Institute for Policy and Strategy: IDC Herzilya, August 2021, 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen, “From the Second Lebanon War to Regional War,” BESA Center, August 29, 2021, 

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen, “The Ingathering of the Exiles Is Not Over,” BESA Center, August 24, 2021, 

Nasreen Haddad Haj-Yahya, “Taking Attendance: Arab Teachers and Students in Israel’s Education System,” Israel Democracy Institute, August 28, 2021, 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “What Solutions to the Conflict with the Palestinians are Acceptable to Israelis?” Israel Democracy Institute, August 3, 2021, 

Tammy Hoffman, “We Must not Squander the Opportunity for Real Change in Israeli Schools,” Israel Democracy Institute, August 19, 2021, 

David Horovitz, “When the Jerusalem Hills go up in smoke,” Times of Israel, August 26, 2021, 

Kohei Imai, “Afghanistan offers an opportunity to repair Turkey-NATO relations,” Moshe Dayan Center: Turkeyscope, August 12, 2021, 

INSS Staff, “Strategic Challenges Facing Israel and Policy Recommendations Special Update for the President,” INSS, August 1, 2021, 

Annie Karni, “Biden Vows ‘Unshakable Partnership’ With Israel in Meeting With Bennett,” New York Times, August 27, 2021, 

Daphna Kaufman, “Framing the Jewish and Israeli establishment in progressive discourse,” Reut Group, August 30, 2021, 

Dr. Menachem Keren-Kratz, “Post-Truth Politics and Invented Traditions: The Case of the Haredi Society in Israel,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs,  August 9, 2021, 

Isabel Kershner, Ronen Bergman and Ben Hubbard, “Hezbollah Fires Rockets at Israel as Risk of Escalation Looms,” New York Times, August 6, 2021, 

Patrick Kingsley and Isabel Kershner, “New Israeli Leader Backs Hard Line on Iran but Softer Tone with U.S.” New York Times, August 24, 2021, 

Patrick Kingsley and Gabby Sobelman, “The World’s Last Samaritans, Straddling the Israeli-Palestinian Divide,” New York Times, August 22, 2021, 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “A tech startup where autism is preferred,” Israel21C, August 29, 2021, 

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli aid groups respond to Haiti quake,” Israel21C, August 16, 2021, 

Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kupperwasser, “Iran Is Testing All Boundaries,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, August 10, 2021, 

Daniel Kurtzer, “Of course we couldn’t transform Afghanistan: Stop the self-flagellation,” New York Daily News, August 16, 2021, 

Ron Lauder, “A call to action in the face of anti-Israel pandemic,” YNet, August 25, 2021, 

Eli Lederhendler, “American Antisemitism in its Historical and Social Background,” INSS, August 1, 2021, 

Colonel (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman, “The Implications of the Fall of Kabul,” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, August 16, 2021, 

Jacob Magid, “Progressive Democrats tear into Palestinians over crackdown on critics,” Times of Israel, August 25, 2021, 

Irwin J. Mansdorf, “The “Antisemitism/Anti-Israel” Phenomenon: What Do Israel Campus Professionals Think?” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, August 16, 2021 

Abdel-Moneim Said, “Why the Bells Toll,” Ahram Online, August 24, 2021, 

Marwan Muasher, “Jordan’s Identity Question,” Carnegie Middle East Center, August 12, 2021, 

Adam Rasgon, “Palestinians Finally Have Vaccines. But Will People Take Them?” New York Times, August 29, 2021, 

Najat Al-Saied, “The Sharaka Project in the US,” Israel Hayom, August 18, 2021, 

Dror Shalom, “Last Call for Gaza? Proposing an Alternative to Israeli-Palestinian “Conflict Management”” Washington Institute for Near East Policy,  

Elad Shavit and Shimon Stein, “Lesson in the Limits of Power: The Withdrawal of the United States and its Allies from Afghanistan,” INSS, August 24, 2021,  

Brig-Gen (ret.) Dr. Shimon Shapira, “Hizbullah Leader Nasrallah Raises the Intensity of his Challenge to the United States and Israel,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, August 23, 2021, 

Lior Sirkis, “The Discourse on Antisemitism in the United States as Reflected in the Mainstream Media—Review of 2020,” INSS, August 1, 2021,

Kenneth Stein, “Lessons from American Withdrawal from Afghanistan,” Center for Israel Education, August 25, 2021,

Kenneth Stein, “La Retirada de Afganistán: lecciones para Israel,”Center for Israel Education, August 30, 2021,

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Abbas stabbed Palestinians in the back by meeting with Gantz,” Jerusalem Post, August 30, 2021, 

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Fatah-Hamas rift deepens as Abbas moves closer to US, Israel,” Jerusalem Post, August 31, 2021, 

Khaled Abu Toameh, “Why is PA rhetoric so anti-Israel when there is good cooperation?” Jerusalem Post, August 7, 2021, 

TOI Staff, “Bennett warns Iran after attack on Israel-linked ship: ‘They know the price’,” Times of Israel, August 3, 2021, 

Frederic Wehrey and Andrew Weiss, “Reassessing Russian Capabilities in the Levant and North Africa,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, August 31, 2021, 

Ben-Dror Yemini, “The fall of Kabul is warning sign for Israel,” YNet, August 16, 2021, 

Michael Young, “Enemies in the Gates,” Carnegie Middle East Center, August 10, 2021, 

Aaron Y. Zelin, “Return of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan: the Jihadist State of Play,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 18, 2021, 

#101 Contemporary Readings, July 2021

August 7, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#100 Contemporary Readings, June 2021

July 4, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#99 Contemporary Readings, May 2021

June 5, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michael Eisenstadt, Henry Obering III, Samantha Ravich and David Pollock, “An Expanded Agenda for U.S.-Israel Partnership: New Technologies, New Opportunities [YouTube Video],” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 7, 2021.

Steven Erdlanger and David E. Sanger, “U.S. and Iran Want to Restore the Nuclear Deal. They Disagree Deeply on What That Means.” New York Times, May 9, 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gaith al-Omari, “Israel-Gaza Violence Means Biden Must Avoid Emboldening Hamas in Any Cease-Fire Deal,” ,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 18, 2021.

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

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

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

Yitzhak Reiter and Jon Seligman, “Jews and Moslems in Jerusalem—Har Ha Bayit and Al-Haram al-Sharif, 1917-present—A history,” Center for Israel Education, 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michael Segall, “Iran’s Supreme Leader: The Global Balance of Power Is Tilting toward “Palestine” and Muslims,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, May 19, 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jessica Steinberg, “Israel’s Eden Alene makes it into Eurovision finals [Israel’s first Ethiopian contestant to do so],” Times of Israel, May 19, 2021.

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

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

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

#98 Contemporary Readings, April 2021

May 3, 2021

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

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

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

Katherine Bauer and Matthew Levitt, “Hamas Fields a Militant Electoral List: Implications for U.S.-Palestinian Ties,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 21, 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

Center for Israel Education, “Political Statements on a Two-State Solution to Resolve the Arab (Palestinian) – Israeli Conflict, 1937-Present,” Center for Israel Education, April 19, 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ali al-Nuaimi, Zeina Barakat and El Mehdi Boudra, “Teaching the Holocaust in the Arab World,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 12, 2021.  

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

Office of the Director of National Intelligence, “Annual Threat Assessment: report of worldwide threats to the national security of the United States,” Office of the Director of National Intelligence, April 9, 2021.

Gal Perl Finkel, “”War Month”: A Test of the IDF’s Operational Concept and a Dress Rehearsal for the Next War,” INSS, April 25, 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Satloff and Gaith al-Omari, “The Hamzah Affair: Context and Implications of Jordan’s Royal Crisis,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, April 5, 2021.   

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

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

Tom Segev and Dov Waxman, “A State at Any Cost: The Life and Legacy of David Ben-Gurion,” UCLA’s Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, April 15, 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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