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#98 Contemporary Readings, April 2021

May 3, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#97 Contemporary Readings, March 2021

April 2, 2021

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

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

Aida Alami, “Bridging Time, Distance and Distrust with Music: Neta Elkayam, an Israeli singer, plumbs the rich culture of the Moroccan Jews,” New York Times, March 26, 2021.

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

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

Nellie Andreeva, “Shira Haas To Star In Golda Meir TV Series From Barbra Streisand, Eric Tuchman, Mimi Leder, PatMa & MGM/UA TV,” Deadline, March 1, 2021.

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

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

Carnegie Connects, “Analyzing Israel’s Fourth Election: Will there be a Fifth?” Panel Discussion, Aaron Miller, Daniel Kurtzer, Natan Sachs, and Dahlia Scheindlin, March 30, 2021, (1:03)

Carnegie Connects, “Asset, Liability, or Both: The Future of U.S.-Relations,” Panel Discussion, Aaron Miller, Yasmine Farouk, Bernard Haykel, and Robin Wright, March 17, 2021, (59:00)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, “[Palestinian] Public Opinion Poll No,”  Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Ramallah, March 23, 2021.

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

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

David Pollock, “The Arab Spring Then and Now, Through the Prism of Public Opinion,” INSS and Washington Institute for Near East PolicyStrategic Assessment, Winter 2001.

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

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

Elie Rekhess, “The elections for the 24th Knesset: A Turning Point in the Integration of Arabs into National Politics?” Moshe Dayan Center, March 18, 2021.

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

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

David Schenker, Robert Satloff,Middle East Policy from Trump to Biden: Views from Inside the State Department’s Near East Bureau,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 10, 2021.

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

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

Part I:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Mahmous Shanan Omri Eilat, “From a Community to a Society: Trends in Druze Voting Patterns in the Knesset Elections, 1996–2020,” Moshe Dayan Center, March 18, 2021. 

Michael Segall, “Iranian Revolutionary Guards Publication: Young People in Iran Pose a Security Threat to the Regime,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, March 22, 2021.

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

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

Mohamed Soliman, “Egypt to seek over $1 bln in compensations for losses and costs of floating ship that blocked Suez Canal: SCA Chairman Rabie,” Al-Ahram Online, April 1, 2021.–bln-in-compensations-for-losse.aspx

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

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

UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, “Analyzing the 2021 Israeli Election: Results and Prospects,” Panel Discussion with Oded Haklai, Menachem Hofnung, Liron Lavi, Dov Waxman,  (59:53)

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

#96 Contemporary Readings, February 2021

March 3, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak and Jonathan Spyer, “Erdogan using deniable private militias to destabilize the Middle East,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, February 03, 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marc Lynch and Shilbey Telhami, “Biden says he will listen to experts. Here is what scholars of the Middle East think,” Brookings Institute, February 19, 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bruce Rosen, Ruth Waitzberg and Avi Israeli, “Israel’s rapid rollout of vaccinations for COVID-19,” Journal of Israeli Health Policy Research, January 26, 2021. 

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

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

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

Yuval Shany, Mordechai Kremnitzer, Amir Fuchs, Guy Lurie and Nadiv Mordechay, “Israel Barring Entry to its Own Citizens in COVID Clampdown,” Israel Democracy Institute, February 28, 2021. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#95 Contemporary Readings, January 2021

February 2, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Center for Israel Education, “The Impact of COVID-19 on Middle Eastern and North African Countries: A Curated Reading List, (250 plus entries going back to March 2020),

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Special Olympics Israel to transform accessible healthcare,” Israel21c, January 31, 2021.

Yossi Kupperwasser, “Iran Is Projecting Its Power to Pressure Biden Into a Deal. But Iran Is Actually in Distress, and That Needs to Be Exploited,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, January 11, 2021.

Ephraim Lavie, Meir Elran, Khader Sawaed and Yousef Makladeh, “The Arab Public and the Forthcoming Knesset Elections: Between Public Pragmatism and Nationalist Dogmatism,” INSS, January 21, 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

David Siddhartha Patel, “The Egyptian Revolution, 10 Years On: A Conversation with Youssef El Chazli, Hannah Elsisi, and Neil Ketchley,” Brandeis’ Crown Center for Middle East Studies, January 28, 2021.

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

Ken Stein “[YouTube Video] Option’s and Realities for Biden’s Foreign Policy in the Middle East,” Center for Israel and Education and the Temple, Atlanta, GA, January 15, 2021. Transcript available at

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

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

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

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

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

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

#94 Contemporary Readings, December 2020

January 4, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#93 Contemporary Readings, November 2020

December 3, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#92 Contemporary Readings, October 2020

November 2, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#91 Contemporary Readings, September 2020

September 30, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#90 Contemporary Readings, August 2020

September 2, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#89 Contemporary Readings, July 2020

July 30, 2020

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

Afif Abu Much, “Israeli Arabs absent from anti-Netanyahu, COVID-19 crisis protests,” Al-Monitor, July 22, 2020.

Nuzha Allassad Alhuzail, “The “Gender Genie:” [Negev] Bedouin Women between the Generations,” Moshe Dayan Center, July 28, 2020.

Ghaith al-Omari, Ehud Yaari, and Michael Herzog, “How the Contest to Succeed Abbas Is Shaping Palestinian Options,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, July 6, 2020.

Lindesey Bahr, “Amos Gitai’s ‘Laila in Haifa’ among picks for Venice Film Festival,” Times of Israel, July 28, 2020.

Na’ama Barak, “Art movement brings culture to all corners of Israel,” Israel21c, July 7, 2020.

BESA Center Staff, “COVID-19: Crisis: Impact and Implications,” BESA Center, July 19, 2020. 

Baruch Binah, “US Policies Toward Israel and the Middle East,” MITVIM, June 2020.

Meredith Blake, “For Israeli actress Shira Haas, starring in ‘Unorthodox’ has been ‘a gift for me,'” LA Times, July 7, 2020.

Barry Davis, “Israel’s Banai dynasty – Singing a Persian Jerusalemite tune, Jerusalem Post, July 2, 2020.

Dan Diker, “The Alignment of BDS and Black Lives Matter: Implications for Israel and Diaspora Jewry,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, July 16, 2020.

Dominic Doehler, “A revolutionary new [Israeli developed] early warning system for earthquakes,” Israel21c, July 30, 2020.

Michaela Domingo, “A Middle East between Pandemic and Pandemonium,” Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, 14:1, 9-19, 2020.

Mark Dubowitz, Shira Efron, Assaf Orion, Nathan Picarsic, and Jonathan Schanzer, “Chinese Investments in Israel: Understanding and Mitigating Risks [Video of Moderated Panel Discussion], INSS and Foundation for Defense of Democracies, July 7, 2020.

Manfred Gerstenfeld, “COVID-19 and the Anti-Racism Movement Are Challenging Liberal Democracy,” BESA Center, July 17, 2020. 

Simon Henderson, “Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States Under Stress,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Summer 2020.

Jerusalem Post Staff, “Idan Hanegev hosts Hackathon for the Negev Bedouin Community,” Jerusalem Post, July 19, 2020. 

Oliver B. John, “Saudi Arabia and the outlook for OPEC+,” Middle East Institute, July 8, 2020.

Omer Kabir, “The shockwaves of the EU Court’s ruling on privacy standards may topple Israel’s tech sector,” Calcalist, July 19, 2020.,7340,L-3840455,00.html

Omer Keilaf, “An Oasis Of Mobility Innovation: The Origins Of Israel’s Silicon Wadi,” Forbes, July 3, 2020.

Herb Keinon, “Iran, and others, watching Israel stumble over coronavirus,” The Jerusalem Post, July 20, 2020.

The Medina Line, “Twin Lebanon crises force Hezbollah to shift course,” Ynet News, July 18, 2020.

Taylor Luck, “Why a Muslim woman safeguards Jewish history for all Moroccans,” Christian Science Monitor, June 17, 2020.

Haddas Magen, “Covid-19 prompts Jews abroad to seek homes in Israel,” GLOBES, July 21, 2020.

Judy Maltz, “Israel’s Leading Demographer [Prof. Sergio DellaPergola] Warns of post-COVID-19 Exodus by Young, Educated Israelis,” Haaretz, July 28, 2020. 

Maya Margit/The Medina Line, “World’s first 3D-printed ‘steak’ to hit Israeli restaurants this year,” Jerusalem Post, July 9, 2020.

Guy Nardi, “Covid-19 hastens decline of Israel’s main street stores,” GLOBES, July 23, 2020.

Meir Orbach, “Streaming giant Deezer acquires Israeli music startup MUGO,” Calcalist—Ctech, July 2, 2020.,7340,L-3837493,00.html

Nidal Othman, “The Story of a Restaurant during the Corona Epidemic: A Period of Crisis for Businesses in the Arab Sector,” Moshe Dayan Center, July 28, 2020.

David Pollock, Tamar Hermann, and Ghaith al-Omari, “Palestinians and the Two-State Solution: Hard Data on the Hardest Questions,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, July 28, 2020.

Joseph Rank and Richard Baffa “What a Biden Iran strategy might look like,” Middle East Institute, July 29, 2020.

Naama Riba, “Israeli Iconography, Through the Lens of Alex Levac,” Haaretz, July 7, 2020.

David Rodman, “The Arab–Israeli Balance of Power before the Six Day War as Assessed by the American Intelligence Establishment,” Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, 2020.

Joseph Rank and Richard Baffa, “What a Biden Iran strategy might look like,” Middle East Institute, July 29, 2020. 

Maxim Reider, “Ida Haendel, master violinist and champion of Israel musicians, dies at 91,” Jerusalem Post, July 4, 2020.

Paul Rivlin, “Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria: sinking together?” Moshe Dayan Center, July 27, 2020.

Bilal Y. Saab, “We Need a Better China Policy in the Middle East,” Middle East Institute, July 28, 2020.

Itay Stern, “‘Being Unique Is Much More Than Being Pretty’: Israeli Transgender Model Dreams Big,” Haaretz, July 24, 2020.

Guido Steinberg, “Regional Power United Arab Emirates,” SWP berlin, July 2020.

Jessica Steinberg, “An Israeli-created culinary streaming platform hopes to become Netflix for cooks,” Times of Israel, July 27, 2020.

David Tereshchuk, “Arab-Israeli orchestra celebrates 20 years of harmony [includes video],” PBS News Hour, July 4, 2020.

Tzach Yoked, “The Rival Iraqi Jewish Clans Who Changed the Face of Shanghai,” Haaretz, July 16, 2020. 

Steve Zerobnick, “Cycling is having a moment in Israel,” Israel21c, July 22, 2020.

Rachel Wacks, “Israelis turning watermelon waste into fuel of the future,” Ynet news/ZAVIT Environment and Science News Agency, July 25, 2020. 

#88 Contemporary Readings, June 2020

July 2, 2020

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

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Staff in collaboration with the Moshe Dayan Center, “The Coronavirus in the Middle East: State and Society in a Time of Crisis,” Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, 2020.

Nirit Anderman, “The Israeli Version of Netflix: ‘There Are a Lot of “Faudas” Out There,'” Haaretz, July 1, 2020.

Naama Barak, “Chill to the sound of Israeli singers’ personal playlists,” Israel21c, June 11, 2020.

Amiram Barkat, “OECD sees Israel’s economy shrinking 6.2% in 2020,” Globes, June 10, 2020.

Yoni Ben Menachem, “Conflict Breaks Out Between the Iraqi Government and Pro-Iranian Militias,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June 30, 2020.

Yoni Ben Menachem, “Nepotism in the Palestinian Authority Angers the Public,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs,’ June 24, 2020.

Joy Bernard, “Locked down? Open up to… eclectic singer-songwriter Riff Cohen,” Times of Israel, June 7, 2020.

Hannah Brown, “Israeli films included in Cannes official lineup,” Jerusalem Post, June 3, 2020.

Giora Eiland, “Annexation must wait,” Y-Net News, June 14, 2020.

Donna Rachel Edmunds, “Israeli Study Points to Nicotine As A Potential Therapeutic for COVID-19,” Jerusalem Post, June 7, 2020.

ET Now Staff, “Israeli music fans get unique live experience with KLANG,” Entertainment Technology Now, June 2020. 

Joel Fishman and Yossi Kuperwasser, “Willful Blindness and the Mistake of Underestimation: The Oslo Gamble,” National Resilience, Politics and Society, Spring 2020.

Renne Ghert-Zand, “Israeli short animated film on historic ‘Cinema Rex’ wins international award,” Times of Israel, June 24, 2020.

Yoel Guzansky, “Israel, the Gulf States, and Annexation,” INSS, June 23, 2020.

Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman, “Israel Inaugurates First ‘Blue-and-White’ COVID-19 Mask Production Line,” Jerusalem Post, June 7, 2020.

Susan Jung, “Why there is more to Israeli cuisine than falafal, hummus and shakshuka,” South China Morning Post, June 8, 2020.

Yossi Klein Halevi, “A plea to Gantz, Ashkenazi: Israel and its friends need you to block annexation, Times of Israel, June 14, 2020.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Meet the Israeli king of US college tennis,” Israel21c, June 21, 2020.

Haaretz Staff, “Coronavirus Israel Live: Israel Tops 20,000 Confirmed Cases,” Haaretz, June 19, 2020. 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “Israel Voice Index: Half of Israelis Favor Applying Sovereignty,” Israel Democracy Institute, June 3, 2020.

INSS Staff, “Annexation or Separation? [A Series of Articles],” INSS, June 2020.

Zachary Keyser, “Israeli AI Firm that Offers Early COVID-19 Detection Receives FDA Approval,” Jerusalem Post, June 17, 2020.

Colonel (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman and Professor Efraim Inbar, “Phased Territorial Implementation of the Trump Peace Plan,” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, May 31, 2020.

David Makovsky, Basia Rosenbaum and Lauren Morganbesser, “Mapping West Bank Annexation: Territorial and Political Uncertainties,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 15, 2020.

David Makovsky, Ghaith al-Omari, Dana Stroul, and Dennis Ross, “Israeli Annexation in the West Bank? Scenarios and Implications,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 23, 2020.

Maayan Manel, “Survey finds Israeli tech workers taking Covid-19 salary cuts on the chin,” Calcalist, June 26, 2020.,7340,L-3835937,00.html

Salai Meridor, “Is annexation really good for the Jews?” Ynet News, June 17, 2020.

Aaron Miller, “What Annexation Would Really Mean for Middle East Peace Benjamin Netanyahu Is Ready to Bury the Two-State Solution,” Foreign Affairs, June 30, 2020.

Joshua Mitnick, “Why the U.S. Can’t Get Israel to Break Up With China,” Forbes, June 16, 2020.

Yousef Al Otaibi, “Annexation will be a serious setback for better relations with the Arab world,” Ynet News, June 6, 2020.

Joel Parker, “The Boomerang Effect: How Syria Brought down Lebanon, which is bringing down Syria,” The Moshe Dayan Center of Tel Aviv University, June 28, 2020.

Ed Power, “How Israel became a global power in television,” The Sydney Morning Review, June 3, 2020.

Itamar Rabinovich, “We Have No role But to Bear Witness (Syrian Art and Culture decline),” Tel Aviv Notes, The Moshe Dayan Center, June 30, 2020.

Robert Satloff, “I’m an ardent Zionist. But Israel’s annexation makes no sense,” Washington Post, June 25, 2020.

Robert Satloff, “Wrestling with Annexation The Elusive Search for a Policy Rationale,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 2020.

Roy Schulman, “COVID-19 and the Post-Truth Age: The Role of Facts in Public Policy | Summary of an Online International Conference,” INSS, June 15, 2020. 

Lt. Col (ret.) Michael Segall, “Iran’s President Rouhani: Coronavirus Will be Here for a Long Time,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June 8, 2020. 

Joel Singer, “Israeli West Bank Annexation – Answers to Frequently Asked Questions,” Joel, June 8, 2020.

Ken Stein, “The Impact of Covid-19 on Middle Eastern and North African Studies: A Curated Reading List (Updated – June 19, 2020),” Center for Israel Education, June 19, 2020.

Gil Murciano, “Unpacking the Global Campaign to Delegitimize Israel,” SWP Berlin, June 2020.

Rosella Tercatin, “Why dance? From prehistory to the Bible, scholar offers answers,” Jerusalem Post, June 11, 2020.

Ishaan Tharoor, “For Israel, annexation is saying the quiet part loud,” Washington Post, June 16, 2020.

Fareed Zakaria, “[Video] On GPS: Israel’s Annexation Plans,” CNN, June 21, 2020.

Isa Zweiback, “Eating authentic Israeli hummus in New Orleans,” Israel21c, June 8, 2020.

Benjamin Weinthal, “Ex-Israeli ambassador discloses ground-breaking research on Damascus Jews,” Jerusalem Post, June 21, 2020.

#87 Contemporary Readings, May 2020

June 8, 2020

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

Ahmad Agbaria, “Arab Citizens are Not the Problem: How the 2020 Election Might Redefine the Israeli Political Landscape,” The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, May 31, 2020.

Raphael Ahren, “Lots of Bark, Some Actual Bite? How the World Will React to West Bank Annexation,” The Times of Israel, April 30, 2020.

Alan Baker, “Can Jordan Revoke its Peace Treaty with Israel,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, May 19, 2020,

Alan Baker, “Abbas’s Latest Tantrum: Is He Cutting Off His Nose to Spite His Face?” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, May 27, 2020.

Naama Barak, “Jerusalem Writers Festival Goes Digital, and It’s Awesome,” Israel21c, May 10, 2020.

“BICOM Briefing: The New National Unity Government,” BICOM, May 18, 2020.

Hannah Brown, “Movies Get Creative during Coronavirus Lockdown,” The Jerusalem Post, June 4, 2020.

Emily Burack, “Israeli Musician DOV Is Telling Queer Stories through Gentle Electronica,” The Times of Israel, May 30, 2020.

Steven A. Cook, “The United States Doesn’t Get Israel Anymore,” Foreign Policy, May 8. 2020.

Candice Chung, “Feels like Home: How an Israeli Family Stew Became ‘the Best Potato You’ve Ever Had,’” SBS, May 13, 2020.

Congressional Research Service, “Israel: Background and U.S. Relations in Brief,” Congressional Research Service, Updated May 18, 2020.

Congressional Research Service, “Israel and the Palestinians: Chronology of a Two-State Solution,” Congressional Research Service, November 20, 2019.

Mohammed S. Dajani, “How Should the PA Respond to the U.S.-Israeli Annexation Plan?” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 27, 2018.

Udi Dekel, Lia Moran-Gilad, and Anat Kurz, “Annexation under the Auspices of the Coronavirus,” INSS, May 3, 2020.

Udi Dekel and Noa Shusterman, “Israel’s Policy Toward the Gaza Strip: Strategic Alternatives,” The Institute for National Security Studies, April 2020.

Diehl, Jackson, “Trump now has the power to forever alter Israel’s character,” Washington Post, April 26, 2020.

Dan Diker, “Mahmoud Abbas’ Strategy of Selective Compliance,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June 1, 2020.

Eckstein, Zvi, Avihai Lifshitz, and Sarit Menachem-Carmi, “A Growth Strategy for the Israeli Economy,” Brookings, April 2020.

Noura Erakat, “Israel’s annexation of Palestinian land will be the result of U.S. policy, not a betrayal of it,” Washington Post, May 19, 2020.

Oded Eran and Shimon Stein, “Israel’s Foreign Policy in the Post-COVID-19 Era,” INSS, May 13, 2020.

Daniel Estrin, “What To Know As Israel’s Netanyahu Goes On Trial For Corruption Charges,” NPR, May 23, 2020.

Gordon, Nimrod, “Israel should look to EU before West Bank Annexation,” Ynet News,  May 13, 2020.

Judah Ari Gross, “Defense Officials: Iran Pulling out of Syria as Israel Pummels Its Forces There,” The Times of Israel, May 5, 2020.

Prof. Tamar Hermann and Dr. Or Anabi, “Half of Israelis Favor Applying Sovereignty,” The Israel Democracy Institute, June 3, 2020.

David Horovitz, “As a Serving PM in the Dock, Netanyahu Takes Israel into Berlusconi Territory,” The Times of Israel, May 23, 2020.

Ron Huldai, “Wanted: Proper Healthcare and Education Services,” Ynet News. May 14, 2020.

Michael Korach and Maya Choshen, “Jerusalem Facts and Trends—2020 At a Glimpse,Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research, 2020.

Yossi Kuperwasser, “Applying Israeli Sovereignty to Parts of Judea and Samaria according to the US Peace Plan –Implications,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, May 21, 2020.

Anat Kurz, Kobi Michael, and Gabi Siboni, “Six Days, Fifty Years: The June 1967 War and Its Aftermath,” The Institute for National Security Studies, November 2018.

Daoud Khuttab, “A Return to the Fatah way,” Middle East Institute, May 25, 2020.

Daoud Kuttab, “Can Jordan stop Israeli Annexation?” Al-Monitor, May 5, 2020.

Daoud Kuttab, “Trump Peace Plan Risks Upending Israel’s Treaty with Jordan,” Ynet News, May 22, 2020.

Gilead, Amos, “Stop the madness of West Bank Annexation,” Ynet News, May 13, 2020.

Karsh, Efraim. “How San Remo Birthed the Jewish National Home,” Middle East Quarterly, Summer 2020.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “During Corona, Overseas Students Prefer to Be in Israel,” Israel21c, May 27, 2020.

Colonel (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman and Professor Efraim Inbar, “Phased Territorial Implementation of the Trump Peace Plan,” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, May 31, 2020.

Matthew Mainen, “No Time to Annex Like the Present,” Middle East Forum, May 10, 2020.

Mohamed Galal Mostafa, “Religion and the Israel-Palestinian Conflict: Cause, Consequence, and Cure,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 31, 2018.

Marwan Muasher, “West Bank annexation will be the end of the Israeli Jordanian Peace, Ynet News,  May 11, 2020.

New York Times, The Editorial Board, “Annexing the West Bank Is a Brazen Violation of International Law,” The New York Times, May 30, 2020. 

Mitvim, “Recommendations for Israel’s New Foreign Minister: Initial Policy Messages,” May 2020.

Ghaith al-Omari and Ehud Yaari, “Palestinian Politics After Abbas,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 2020.

Assaf Orion and Denis Thompson, “Avoiding an Epic Mistake: The Case for Continuing the U.S. Mission in Sinai,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 2020.

Daniel Pipes, “Annexing the West bank Would Hurt Israel,” Middle East Forum, May 7, 2020. 

Daniel Pipes, “A Reply to My Critics,” Middle East Forum, May 10, 2020.

Majid Rafizadeh, “Iran: The Ayatollah, Amid Coronavirus. Calls for Jihad Against the Jewish State,” Gatestone Institute, May 26, 2020.

Omar H. Rahman, “Years of Dereliction Has Left the PLO Facing Annexation without a Plan,” Brookings, May 26, 2020.

Paul Rivlin, “Coronavirus, Oil and the Middle East,” The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, May 25, 2020.

Natan Sachs and Adrianna Pita, “What Does the Gantz-Netanyahu Coalition Government Mean for Israel?” Brookings, April 21, 2020.

Jeremy Sharp, “U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel,” Congressional Research Service, January 5, 2006 – August 7, 2019.

Tobias Siegal, “U of Haifa Receives $1.15m. Donation to Support Israeli Musicians,” The Jerusalem Post, May 26, 2020.

Wendy Singer, “Facing Crushing COVID-19 Effects, India Could Use Israeli Innovation on Its Road to Recovery. Here’s How,” Forbes, May 31, 2020.

Ken Stein, “Israel’s Road to the June 1967 War-Timeline,” Center for Israel Education, 2020. 

Ken Stein, “Jerusalem Timeline,” Center for Israel Education, 2020.

Ken Stein, “The Arab-Israeli War of 1948—A Short History,” Center for Israel Education, 2020.

Jessica Steinberg, “10 Days, 20 Documentaries: Docaviv Film Festival Goes Online,” The Times of Israel, May 6, 2020.

Karin Stögner, “Intersectionality and Antisemitism—A New Approach,” Fathom Journal, May 2020.

Emily Tan, “Thousands Attend Israeli Music Festival Despite Country’s Lockdown,” Spin, May 22, 2020.

Rich Tenorio, “Israeli Celeb Chef in New Orleans Turns Shuttered Restaurants into Soup Kitchens,” The Times of Israel, May 10, 2020.

TOI Staff, “Netanyahu Gets Nods from Rivlin to Form Government, Seemingly Cementing Rule,” The Times of Israel, May 7, 2020.

Tzoreff, Yohanan, “The Palestinians and Israeli Annexation in the West Bank: Attempts at Deterrence and Calls for Help,” INSS, May 27, 2020.

Sarah Vorsanger, “Where Is Israel’s Food Industry Heading?” The Jerusalem Post, May 31, 2020.

Washington Institute, “LBJ and the June 1967 War: Lessons from the American Role,” YouTube, June 1, 2017.

Ben Wax, Eli Sperling, and Ken Stein, “The Impact of Covid-19 on Middle Eastern and North African Studies: A Curated Reading List,” ISMI and the Center for Israel Education, June 2, 2020.

WAFA News Agency, “President Abbas declares end to agreements with Israel, US: turns over responsibility on occupied lands to Israel.” WAFA News Agency, May 19, 2020.

Becca Weinberg, “From Kibbutz Gezer to MLB: Alon Leichman’s Baseball Journey,” SBNation, May 26, 2020.